1st Engrossment - 82nd Legislature (2001 - 2002) Posted on 12/15/2009 12:00am
1.1 A bill for an act 1.2 relating to natural resources; exempting certain 1.3 charges from legislative approval; modifying terms for 1.4 certain lakeshore land exchanges to include leased 1.5 farmed wild rice lands; authorizing public and private 1.6 sales of certain state lands in Lake county; 1.7 authorizing conveyance of certain surplus state land 1.8 in Mower county; adding to a state forest; adding to 1.9 and creating wildlife management areas; authorizing 1.10 the private conveyance of consolidated conservation 1.11 land in Aitkin county; amending Minnesota Statutes 1.12 2000, section 16A.1283; Laws 1998, chapter 389, 1.13 article 16, section 31, subdivision 2, as amended. 1.14 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: 1.15 Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 2000, section 16A.1283, is 1.16 amended to read: 1.17 16A.1283 [LEGISLATIVE APPROVAL REQUIRED.] 1.18 (a) Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, an executive 1.19 branch state agency may not impose a new fee or increase an 1.20 existing fee unless the new fee or increase is approved by law. 1.21 For purposes of this section, a fee is any charge for goods, 1.22 services, regulation, or licensure, and, notwithstanding 1.23 paragraph (b), clause (3), includes charges for admission to or 1.24 for use of public facilities owned by the state. 1.25 (b) This section does not apply to: 1.26 (1) charges billed within or between state agencies, or 1.27 billed to federal agencies; 1.28 (2) the Minnesota state colleges and universities system; 1.29
or2.1 (3) charges for goods and services provided for the direct 2.2 and primary use of a private individual, business, or other 2.3 entity; or 2.4 (4) charges that authorize use of state-owned lands and 2.5 minerals administered by the commissioner of natural resources 2.6 by the issuance of leases, easements, cooperative farming 2.7 agreements, and land and water crossing licenses and charges for 2.8 sales of state-owned lands administered by the commissioner of 2.9 natural resources. 2.10 (c) An executive branch agency may reduce a fee that was 2.11 set by rule before the effective date of this section without 2.12 legislative approval. Chapter 14 does not apply to fee 2.13 reductions under this paragraph. 2.14 Sec. 2. Laws 1998, chapter 389, article 16, section 31, 2.15 subdivision 2, as amended by Laws 1999, chapter 180, section 1, 2.16 and Laws 2000, chapter 488, article 3, section 31, is amended to 2.17 read: 2.18 Subd. 2. [EXCHANGE OF COUNTY LAKESHORE LAND FOR LEASED 2.19 LAKESHORE LOTS; EXCHANGE OF COUNTY LAND FOR LEASED FARMED WILD 2.20 RICE LAND.] (a) For the purposes of this section: 2.21 (1) "county land" includes, but is not limited to, 2.22 tax-forfeited land administered by any county; 2.23 (2) "leased lakeshore lots" means lands leased by the 2.24 state, including lots for which leases have been canceled, 2.25 pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, section 92.46, subdivision 1; 2.26 and 2.27 (3) "plan for exchange" means a listing of parcels proposed 2.28 for exchange with legal descriptions, county estimates of 2.29 values, and maps and acreage for each parcel. By July 1, 1999, 2.30 counties shall include exchange plans for all lakeshore lease 2.31 lots that are in substantial compliance with official controls. 2.32 The plan shall also include a timeline that provides for the 2.33 completion of the exchange of all remaining lakeshore lease lots 2.34 by December 31, 2000. 2.35 (b) By July 1, 1999, a county board with leased lakeshore 2.36 lots must petition the land exchange board with a plan for an 3.1 exchange of county land for leased lakeshore lots in the county 3.2 that are not listed by the commissioner pursuant to subdivision 3.3 1. Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, section 94.342, the land 3.4 proposed for the exchange must be land bordering on or adjacent 3.5 to meandered or other public waters. A county board proposing 3.6 an exchange under this section may include tax-forfeited land 3.7 administered by another county in the proposal with the consent 3.8 of that county board. 3.9 (c) In determining the value of the leased lakeshore lots 3.10 for purposes of the exchange, the land exchange board must 3.11 review an appraisal of each lot prepared by an appraiser 3.12 licensed by the commissioner of commerce. The selection of the 3.13 appraiser must be agreed to by the commissioner of natural 3.14 resources and the county board of the county containing the 3.15 leased lakeshore lot. The commissioner of natural resources 3.16 must pay the costs of appraisal and may recover these costs as 3.17 provided in this section. The commissioner must submit 3.18 appraisals under this paragraph to the land exchange board by 3.19 June 1, 1999. 3.20 (d) The land exchange board must determine whether the land 3.21 offered for exchange by a county under this section is lakeshore 3.22 of substantially equal value to the leased lakeshore lots 3.23 included in the county's petition. In making this 3.24 determination, the land exchange board must review an appraisal 3.25 of the land offered for exchange prepared by an appraiser 3.26 licensed by the commissioner of commerce. The selection of the 3.27 appraiser must be agreed to by the commissioner of natural 3.28 resources and the county board of the county containing the 3.29 leased lakeshore lots. The county must pay the costs of this 3.30 appraisal and may recover those costs as provided in this 3.31 section. 3.32 (e) Before the proposed exchange may be submitted to the 3.33 land exchange board, the commissioner of natural resources must 3.34 ensure that, whenever possible, state lands are added to the 3.35 leased lakeshore lots when necessary to provide conformance with 3.36 zoning official controls. The lands added to the leased 4.1 lakeshore lots must be included in the appraised value of the 4.2 lots. If the commissioner is unable to add the necessary land 4.3 to a lot, the lot shall be treated as if purchased at the time 4.4 the state first leased the site, for the purposes of local 4.5 zoning and other ordinances at the time of sale of the lot by 4.6 the county. 4.7 (f) Additional state or county lands, including state 4.8 riparian land leased for a commercial use, may be added to the 4.9 exchanges if mutually agreed upon by the commissioner and the 4.10 affected county board to meet county zoning standards or other 4.11 regulatory needs for the lots, for use of the land by the county 4.12 or state, or to avoid leaving unmanageable parcels of land in 4.13 state or county ownership after an exchange, or to dispose of 4.14 state commercial riparian leases. The additional county land 4.15 may include nonriparian land, if the land is adjacent to county 4.16 land exchanged under this section and is beneficial to or 4.17 enhances the value of the school trust land. Notwithstanding 4.18 Minnesota Statutes, chapter 282, or any other law to the 4.19 contrary, a county board may sell all or part of any additional 4.20 land to an owner of a lakeshore lot sold by the county under 4.21 this section, or sold by the state at a lakeshore lot sale, or 4.22 to the lessee of a commercial lease. 4.23 (g) In the event that commercial leased state land or 4.24 state-owned land leased for farming wild rice is proposed for 4.25 exchange, the state and county must submit to the land exchange 4.26 board prior to exchanges, without regard to the dates provided 4.27 in this section, the reports, appraisals, and plan for exchange 4.28 required by this section. For the appraisal of the wild rice 4.29 farming leases, no improvements paid for by the lessee shall be 4.30 added to the value of the land. The county is not required to 4.31 sell the commercially leased lands or wild rice farming leased 4.32 lands it receives from the state within the times stated in this 4.33 section. For wild rice farming leased lands, the commissioner 4.34 of natural resources may enter into an agreement with the county 4.35 to pay the costs of appraisal and survey of the lands offered 4.36 for exchange by the county, with the commissioner reimbursed 5.1 from the proceeds of the sale for the costs of said appraisal 5.2 and survey. Proceeds from the sale of wild rice farming leased 5.3 lands are not subject to subdivision 4. 5.4 (h) The land exchange board must determine whether the lots 5.5 are of substantially equal value and may approve the exchange, 5.6 notwithstanding the requirements of Minnesota Statutes, sections 5.7 94.342 to 94.347, relating to the approval process. If the 5.8 board approves the exchange, the commissioner must exchange the 5.9 leased lakeshore lots for the county lands, together with any 5.10 additional state land provided for under this section, subject 5.11 to the requirements of the Minnesota Constitution, article XI, 5.12 section 10, relating to the reservation of mineral and water 5.13 power rights. 5.14 (i) The deeds between the state and counties for land 5.15 exchanges under this section are exempt from the deed tax 5.16 imposed by Minnesota Statutes, section 287.21. 5.17 (j) The deeds issued by the state and counties for the land 5.18 exchanges and sales to a lessee made pursuant to this section 5.19 are exempt from the requirements imposed for well disclosure by 5.20 Minnesota Statutes, section 103I.235, well sealing by Minnesota 5.21 Statutes, section 103I.311, and individual sewage treatment 5.22 system disclosure by Minnesota Statutes, section 115.55, 5.23 subdivision 6. 5.24 Sec. 3. [PUBLIC SALE OF TRUST FUND LAND BORDERING PUBLIC 5.25 WATER; LAKE COUNTY.] 5.26 (a) Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, section 92.45, the 5.27 commissioner of natural resources may sell by public sale the 5.28 school trust land bordering public water that is described in 5.29 paragraph (c) under the remaining provisions of Minnesota 5.30 Statutes, chapter 92. 5.31 (b) The conveyance must be in a form approved by the 5.32 attorney general for consideration no less than the appraised 5.33 value of the land. The attorney general may make necessary 5.34 changes to the legal description to correct errors and ensure 5.35 accuracy. 5.36 (c) The land to be sold is located in Lake county and is 6.1 three subdivided lots bordering White Iron lake, located in 6.2 Government Lot 7, Section 6, Township 62 North, Range 11 West. 6.3 The property is being surveyed by the department of natural 6.4 resources for legal subdivision. 6.5 (d) The commissioner has determined that the land is no 6.6 longer needed for any natural resource purpose and that the 6.7 state's land management interests would best be served if the 6.8 land was sold. 6.9 Sec. 4. [PUBLIC SALE OF SURPLUS STATE LAND; LAKE COUNTY.] 6.10 (a) The commissioner of natural resources may sell by 6.11 public sale the surplus land that is described in paragraph (c) 6.12 under the provisions of Minnesota Statutes, chapter 94, except 6.13 that the commissioner need not comply with the requirements of 6.14 Minnesota Statutes, sections 94.09, subdivision 3, and 94.10, 6.15 subdivision 1, that the land first be offered for transfer of 6.16 custodial control to state departments and agencies and the 6.17 University of Minnesota, or sale to the city, county, town, 6.18 school district, or the public entity where the lands are 6.19 located. 6.20 (b) The conveyance must be in a form approved by the 6.21 attorney general for consideration no less than the appraised 6.22 value of the land. The attorney general may make necessary 6.23 changes to the legal descriptions to correct errors and ensure 6.24 accuracy. 6.25 (c) The land to be sold is located in Lake county and is 6.26 described as: 6.27 that part of the Northwest Quarter of the Southeast Quarter 6.28 of Section 14, Township 54 North, Range 9 West, lying South of a 6.29 line drawn from the northwest corner thereof to a point on the 6.30 east line thereof distant 893 feet South of the northeast corner 6.31 of said Northwest Quarter of the Southeast Quarter, and westerly 6.32 of the following described line: Commencing at the point of 6.33 termination of the above described line; thence northwesterly 6.34 along said above described line a distance of 495 feet to the 6.35 point of beginning of the line to be described; thence 6.36 southwesterly deflecting to the left at an angle of 77 degrees 7.1 27 minutes 32 seconds for a distance of 380 feet; thence 7.2 southeasterly deflecting to the left an angle of 90 degrees for 7.3 a distance of 460 feet to the center line of Minnesota trunk 7.4 highway No. 61; thence southwesterly along said center line to 7.5 the south line of said Northwest Quarter of the Southeast 7.6 Quarter and there terminating. Subject to the easement for the 7.7 right-of-way of Minnesota trunk highway No. 61. 7.8 (d) The commissioner has determined that the land is no 7.9 longer needed for any natural resource purpose and that the 7.10 state's land management interests would best be served if the 7.11 land was returned to private ownership. 7.12 Sec. 5. [PRIVATE SALE OF SURPLUS STATE LAND; LAKE COUNTY.] 7.13 (a) Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, sections 94.09 and 7.14 94.10, the commissioner of natural resources may sell to Lake 7.15 county by private sale the surplus land, and buildings located 7.16 thereon, that is described in paragraph (c) under the remaining 7.17 provisions of Minnesota Statutes, chapter 94. 7.18 (b) The conveyance must be in a form approved by the 7.19 attorney general. The attorney general may make necessary 7.20 changes to the legal description to correct errors and ensure 7.21 accuracy. Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, section 94.10, 7.22 subdivision 1, consideration may be for less than the appraised 7.23 value of the land and the land need not be used for a public 7.24 purpose. 7.25 (c) The land to be sold is located in Lake county and is 7.26 described as the westerly 235 feet of the northerly 82 feet of 7.27 the southerly 662 feet of the Southwest Quarter of the Southwest 7.28 Quarter of Southwest Quarter, Section 36, Township 53 North, 7.29 Range 11 West. 7.30 (d) The commissioner has determined that the land is no 7.31 longer needed for any natural resource purpose and that the 7.32 state's land management interests would best be served if the 7.33 land was sold to Lake county. 7.34 Sec. 6. [CONVEYANCE OF SURPLUS STATE LAND; MOWER COUNTY.] 7.35 (a) Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, sections 94.09 to 7.36 94.16, the commissioner of natural resources may convey to the 8.1 holders of the life estate for no consideration the surplus 8.2 state land, including improvements, that is described in 8.3 paragraph (c). 8.4 (b) The conveyance must be in a form approved by the 8.5 attorney general. 8.6 (c) The land to be conveyed is located in Mower county in 8.7 the Mentel wildlife management area and is described as: the 8.8 West 270.00 feet of the South 460.00 feet of the SW 1/4 of the 8.9 NW 1/4 of Section 5, Township 102 North, Range 17 West, subject 8.10 to highway easement on the south side thereof. The described 8.11 tract contains 2.85 acres, more or less. 8.12 (d) The commissioner has determined that the land is no 8.13 longer needed for any state natural resource purpose and that 8.14 the state's land management interests would best be served if 8.15 the land was conveyed to the holders of the life estate. The 8.16 holders of the life estate donated over 110 acres of land to the 8.17 Mentel wildlife management area, including the land described in 8.18 paragraph (c). The holders of the life estate have requested 8.19 that the building site be returned to them. The conveyance 8.20 gives the holders of the life estate full title free of state 8.21 interest. 8.22 Sec. 7. [HILL LAKE WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA.] 8.23 Subdivision 1. [97A.133] [Subd. 29a.] [HILL LAKE WILDLIFE 8.24 MANAGEMENT AREA.] Hill Lake wildlife management area is 8.25 established in Aitkin county. 8.26 Subd. 2. [BOUNDARIES.] The following described land is 8.27 located within the boundaries of Hill Lake wildlife management 8.28 area: Lot 1, the unplatted portion, and Lot 2, the South 25 8.29 rods East of highway except the North 14 rods of West 23 rods of 8.30 South 25 rods, of Section 23, Township 52 North, Range 26 West. 8.31 Sec. 8. [ADDITION TO STATE FOREST.] 8.32 [89.021] [Subd. 24.] [HILL RIVER STATE FOREST.] The 8.33 following area is added to the Hill River state forest: 8.34 NW1/4-SE1/4 and S1/2-SE1/4 of Section 22; NW1/4-SW1/4 of Section 8.35 23; S1/2-NW1/4, NE1/4-SW1/4, and S1/2-SW1/4 of Section 26; all 8.36 in Township 52 North, Range 26 West. 9.1 Sec. 9. [ADDITION TO STATE WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA.] 9.2 [97A.133] [Subd. 5.] [AITKIN WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA, 9.3 AITKIN COUNTY.] The following area is added to the Aitkin 9.4 wildlife management area: SW1/4 of Section 3, Township 47 9.5 North, Range 26 West. 9.6 Sec. 10. [PRIVATE CONVEYANCE OF CONSOLIDATED CONSERVATION 9.7 LAND; AITKIN COUNTY.] 9.8 (a) Notwithstanding the classification and public sale 9.9 provisions of Minnesota Statutes, chapters 84A and 282, or other 9.10 law to the contrary, Aitkin county may sell to the city of Hill 9.11 City the consolidated conservation land that is described in 9.12 paragraph (c) under the remaining provisions of Minnesota 9.13 Statutes, chapters 84A and 282. 9.14 (b) The conveyance must be in a form approved by the 9.15 attorney general and must provide that the land reverts to the 9.16 state if it is not used for public purposes. The consideration 9.17 for the conveyance must not be less than the appraised value of 9.18 the timber. Proceeds shall be disposed of according to 9.19 Minnesota Statutes, chapter 84A. 9.20 (c) The land that may be sold is located in Aitkin county 9.21 and is described as: SE1/4-NE1/4 and NE1/4-SE1/4 of Section 22, 9.22 Township 52 North, Range 26 West.