The Armstrong City Council Monday approved a subdivision request for property to both the east and west of Arts Way Manufacturing.
The request was for approval of land that will remain in ag use.
Larry Howell made the request for the subdivision that includes a 19.21-acre pasture to the east of Arts Way and 31.75 acres west of the main building, leaving 21.22 acres remaining where the plant is situated. Howell said a property to the north and across the railroad tracks would not be involved in the subdivision. While no homes will be built on the parcels, Howell said splitting the parcel twice within the city limits had required him to come before the council.
Council member Jon Larsen said he thought the land would have been grandfathered in and not require council approval.
"We need your blessing because it's in the city limits," Howell said, noting that he would also have to go to the Emmet County Board of Supervisors with the request since the property was located partly in the county and partly in the city.
Connie Thackery, city clerk, said the city was in the process of changing zoning which would mean an exception for ag land.
"If it's okay with the county, it's okay with the city," clarified Mayor Marv Dailey.
Howell asked the city for approval so he could move forward with a Dec. 5 closing on the property, and the council approval.