103B.215 BOUNDARY CHANGE OF WATERSHED DISTRICTS.
Subdivision 1. Procedure.
The boundaries of a watershed district wholly within the
metropolitan area may be changed pursuant to this section or chapter 103D.
Subd. 2. Petition.
(a) The governing board of a watershed management organization
may petition the Board of Water and Soil resources for an order changing the boundaries of a
watershed district wholly within the metropolitan area, by adding new territory to the district
or by transferring territory that is within the district to the jurisdiction of another watershed
(b) The petition must:
(1) describe with particularity the change in boundary requested, the territory affected, and
the reasons for the change;
(2) show that the change is consistent with the purposes and requirements of sections
(3) identify property subject to section
(c) The petition must be accompanied by a written statement of concurrence in the petition
from the governing body of each statutory or home rule charter city and town and each
watershed management organization having jurisdiction over the territory proposed to be added
Subd. 3. Notice.
(a) Upon the filing of a sufficient petition, the board shall give notice of the
filing of the petition by publication once each week for two successive weeks in a legal newspaper
in each county affected and by mail to the county auditor of each county affected and to the chief
official of each statutory or home rule charter city and township affected.
(b) The notice must describe the action proposed by the petition and invite written comments
on the petition for consideration by the board. The notice must announce that any person who
objects to the action proposed in the petition may submit a written request for hearing to the board
within 20 days of the last publication of the notice of the filing of the petition, and that if no
timely request for hearing is received the board will make a decision on the petition pursuant to
this subdivision without conducting the public hearing required under chapter 103D.
Subd. 4. Decision on petition.
(a) If a timely request for hearing is not received, the board
shall make a decision on the petition without a hearing within 30 days after the last publication of
(b) If one or more timely requests for hearing are received the board shall hold a hearing
on the petition and shall follow the procedures in chapter 103D regarding notice and conduct of
(c) After completing the procedures required by this subdivision, the board shall, by its
findings and order, make the boundary change requested if the board determines that:
(1) the governing body of each statutory or home rule charter city and town and each
watershed management organization having jurisdiction over the territory proposed to be added or
transferred concurs in the petition;
(2) the change is consistent with the purposes and requirements of sections
(3) the change can be accomplished in conformance with section
(d) The board shall file a certified copy of the findings and order with the secretary of state.
The order making the change must conform to section
. The order making the change
may amend the order prescribing the distribution of managers of the district.
History: 1990 c 391 art 2 s 8