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MINUTES-PLANNING COMMISSION-REGULAR MEETING-NOVEMBER 18, 2008

The regular meeting of the Morris Planning Commission was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 18th day of November, 2008, in the Council Chambers of the Morris Senior Citizens/Community Center by Chairperson Kuchenreuther.

CALL OF THE ROLL:  Roll call was taken with the following members present:  Commissioners Johnson, Gades, Rudney, Granger, and Chairperson Kuchenreuther.  Commissioner Hoffman arrived at 5:18.  Absent was Commissioner Carpenter.  Also present were City Manager/Zoning Administrator Hill and Ex-officio Miller.

READING AND APPROVAL OF 10/21/08 REGULAR MEETING MINUTES:  Commissioner Johnson noted the word “Hearings” in “Public Hearings” should be “Hearing”.  Commissioner Granger moved, seconded by Gades, to approve the 10/21/08 regular meeting minutes with the noted change.

PUBLIC HEARINGS:  None.

OTHER BUSINESS:  Riley Development Tree Updates:  City Manager/Zoning Administrator Hill indicated he spoke with Joe Riley regarding the planting of trees in the Riverview Townhome and Iowa Avenue Townhome Developments.  Riley indicated trees are being planted in the Riverview Development as houses are being built.  Hill indicated he thinks Riley’s forgot about the trees in the Iowa Avenue Development and indicated they will go in and start working on that.

Courthouse Update:  Hill indicated the architects for the Courthouse project were at the last Council meeting.  He anticipates they will have a conditional use application at the December Planning Commission meeting.  He doesn’t feel they will need any variances with the way they have set up the parking, green spaces, etc.  He stated they intend to ask that the street in front of the courthouse be closed, and they are purchasing a home across the street from the courthouse to use for use as a parking lot.  He indicated they will lay out all their plans at the conditional use public hearing.

Rudney asked if a crowd is expected at the public hearing.  Hill indicated he does not know, but pointed out public notices of the hearing are sent to everyone within a 300’ radius of the property. 

School Property Meeting:  Kuchenreuther invited Planning Commission members to a meeting at 5:15 p.m. tomorrow, November 19th, here in the Council Chambers with the architects and landscape architects on the school property. 

Hill indicated he thinks this development will require the City to add a zoning district because as planned, the layout will not fit into any current zoning districts. 

Front Yard: At the October meeting Granger asked about the front yard at 617 East 7th Street.  According to City Code the front yard cannot be used for parking in the HB zone when it abuts the R zone.  

Hill indicated he has not talked to the owner.  He feels it is a rather obscure item in the Code.  He stated building a home is allowable, but with a duplex he questioned where the residents are supposed to park. 

Hill indicated when this building permit was applied for, this restriction on parking was not caught or shared with the owner.  Hill indicated the City has to tweak how it handles building permits.  He indicated this was a case where the City was not made aware the owner planned to install a parking lot in the front yard.  Hill will contact the owner regarding this. 

Zoning Map:  Granger had a number of items to discuss on the zoning map.  The area by Mohr Plumbing and Carrie Melchert’s property is zoned HB.  She questioned if that is the intent next to the Hillside Addition and suggested the zoning be changed to R.  It was the consensus to revisit this at a later time.

The area along Iowa Avenue where the Iowa Avenue Townhomes sit is zoned HB.  Also there is a small triangle across Iowa Avenue by 7th Street that is also HB.  It was the consensus that these areas should both be RM, along with the area north of the Townhomes where the apartment building sits.

The area east of the senior high school where the University fields are located is zoned RF.  If someone wanted to build a home in that area, the zoning district would control the lot size. 

Kuchenreuther indicated that the area north of the school that is proposed to be RF should be R along with the small triangle to the northwest of this area along Columbia Avenue. 

Granger asked why the CBD district extends to the east of California Avenue between 5th and 6th Street.  It was felt this little “jut” should be RM. 

Granger asked about the I1 along East 10th Street off of Atlantic Avenue.  The consensus was that I1 is the appropriate zoning for that area. 

Granger questioned the fact that all zoning along the railroad is I2.  It was the consensus the zoning along the railroad should be that of the adjacent property. 

Granger asked if Hennen Tire at Pacific and East 5th Street should be HB instead of CBD.  It was the consensus it should.

 

Hill indicated something the Planning Commission should consider is whether it wants to allow homes in the HB district.

ADJOURNMENT:  Commissioner Hoffman moved, seconded by Rudney, to adjourn.  Motion carried and the meeting adjourned at 6:30 p.m.

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