DICKINSON — The Dickinson Planning and Zoning Commission recommended denying a specific-use permit for an event center in the city after spending an hour Tuesday listening to residents opposed to the proposed plan.

The commission’s recommendation will go the Dickinson City Council, which will have the final say on a permit for an event center Marsha Millstid said she would like to build on her 7-acre lot on Hughes Road.

The council will meet at 7 p.m. Feb. 25.

Millstid told the planning and zoning commission and a City Hall chamber full of residents, that she planned to build a rustic barn-style structure that would host romantic, upscale weddings. She said 99 percent of her business would be from weddings.

“This will be a tremendous investment for me,” Millstid said. “I have every incentive to make this a successful, top-notch wedding venue with public safety and respect to all my neighbors being my top priority.”

She said city ordinances and the permit, if it were to be approved, would limit what she could do on the property and would rule out certain concerns people had, such as a waterfront bar going on the property.

Millstid said she wanted to preserve the quite, neighborhood feel of the area and did not plan to cut down any trees in the heavily wooded area, she said.

But the more than 30 people who signed up to speak in opposition to the permit told the commission they were worried the event center would alter the residential neighborhood.

Speakers brought up concerns about possible increased traffic, noise, light coming from the facility, drainage, alcohol consumption at the facility, safety of people walking or playing on the street and even of the capacity of the city’s sewer lines in the area.

Eric Eitzen said he and his wife lived directly to the east of the property on which the facility is proposed. Eitzen told the commission he chose to live in the area because it was an escape from the noise and traffic of the big city.

“All of this that we currently enjoy and value about our secluded life here would be put in jeopardy if the city would allow commercial enterprises such as this one to encroach on quite residential communities,” Eitzen said.

Millstid said the City Council meeting would be a new day, and she once more would explain her proposal and attempt to address the concerns brought up at the commission meeting.

Contact reporter Christopher Smith Gonzalez at 409-683-5314 or chris.gonzalez@galvnews.com.

At a glance

WHAT: Dickinson City Council will vote on a specific-use permit for an events center at its next regular meeting

WHEN: 7 p.m. Tuesday

WHERE: City Council Chambers at City Hall, 4403 state Highway 3, in Dickinson


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