MINUTES – PLANNING
COMMISSION – REGULAR MEETING–FEBRUARY 17, 2009
regular meeting of the Morris Planning Commission was called to order at 5:15
p.m. this 17th day of February, 2009, by Chair person Kuchenreuther
in the Council Chambers of the Morris Senior Citizens/Community Center.
OF THE ROLL: Roll call was taken
with the following members present:
Commissioners Carpenter, Johnson, Rudney, Hoffman, Granger and Chair
person Kuchenreuther. Commissioner
Gades was absent. Also present
were City Manager/Zoning Administrator Hill and Ex-officio Miller.
AND APPROVAL OF 1/20/09 REGULAR MEETING MINUTES: Granger suggested on the last page of the minutes, the last
sentence in the first paragraph read, “It was the consensus to change
the Mohr Plumbing/Melchert area to R.”
Commissioner Rudney moved, seconded by Johnson, to approve the minutes
as modified. With all present
voting in favor, motion carried.
BUSINESS: Old Elementary
indicated that the date for the next Planning Commission meeting, March 17th,
is also the date for the plans for the elementary school project to be
presented at 7:00 p.m. at the Soils Lab.
It was the consensus of the Planning Commission to cancel the March
Planning Commission meeting if there is no official business to consider. Kuchenreuther invited the Planning
Commission to the 7:00 p.m. meeting at the Soils Lab on March 17th. She indicated representatives from
Dovetail will be in town at 5:00 that day to go over covenants and zoning. They will meet at Bello Cucina for
dinner, and the Planning Commission was also invited to attend the dinner.
Ordinance: Granger indicated
that a while ago she volunteered to rewrite the lighting ordinance that intern
Amanda Minion had worked on. While
working on this project she discovered a Minnesota Statute that directs the
Commissioner of Administration to develop a model lighting ordinance on outdoor
use for cities. In light of this
information, it was the consensus of the Planning Commission to put the rewrite
on hold until information is received on the model ordinance.
Map: City Manager/Zoning
Administrator Hill made a list of all proposed zoning changes that the Planning
Commission has discussed since June of 2008. The Planning Commission reviewed the list and cited reasons
for the proposed zoning changes.
- Make the property from Olson
Implement on the South side of Highway 28 west to the road and the
property past the marsh on the north side of Highway 28 Highway Business (HB).
- Leave the lots the Morris
Dental Building is on and the lots the Schuster Agency and Raymond James
are on as Central Business District (CBD), and the rest of the lots on
those two blocks should be Multiple Family Residence (RM). The reason for this change is the
city is trying to not encourage the demolition of houses in the central
area of town.
- Change Mohr Plumbing and
Melchert area to Residential (R).
The reason for this change is that this area is adjacent to a
newly-developed residential area and is flanked by other residential
- Change all Morris School
property near the University to Residential (R) and all University
property to Municipal Conservancy (MC). The reason for this change is because Farm Residence
(RF) would not allow appropriate density to be compatible with the
- Change the area along Iowa
Avenue near the Iowa Avenue Townhomes from Highway Business (HB) to Residential Multi-Family (RM). This includes the apartment to the
northwest of the Townhomes and the small triangular lot to the east of
Iowa Avenue near 7th Street. The reason for this change is that the area already
contains multi family residences.
- Change the area north of the
new elementary school from Residential Farm (RF) to Residential (R). This includes the small triangular
area east of the Columbia Avenue and South Street corner. The reason for this change is
because there are single family residences there now.
- Change the zoning along the
railroad to Light Industrial (I1) from Heavy Industrial (I2). The reason for this is to promote
a nice, quiet, aesthetically pleasing downtown environment, and to
consolidate new industry in the Industrial Park.
- Change R & B Tire from
Central Business District (CBD) to Highway Business (HB). It was the consensus to change
this to Highway Business (HB) south of 5th Street, and Central Business District
(CBD) north of 5th Street on the west side of Pacific Avenue to
7th Street. The
reason for this change is that it fits with existing businesses and is
more compatible with residential areas than I2, and provides a gradual
transition to the R zone.
- Change the small piece of
land just east of Highway 59 on the very northeast corner of the zoning
map from Farm Residence (RF) to Municipal Conservancy (MC). The reason for this change is that
it is within the Pomme de Terre River valley.
- Change the area around
Riverview Townhomes First Addition and east of the Highway 59 bypass from
Residential (R) to Municipal Conservancy (MC) coming up to the property
lines. The reason for this
change is the area is too wet to build on, and to provide protection of
the water quality of the Pomme de Terre River.
- Change the area north of
Riverside Addition and east of the Highway 59 bypass, plus the small open
area immediately west of the Highway 59 bypass to Municipal Conservancy
(MC) from Residential (R).
The reason for this change is the area is too wet to build on, and
to provide protection of the water quality of the Pomme de Terre River.
- Change the triangular parcel
shown Light Industrial (I1) on the zoning map along South Highway 9 in the
southeast part of the map to Highway Business (HB), along with a strip
extending diagonally to the southeast. The area north and east of this Highway Business (HB)
strip should be Residential (R).
The reason for this change is that views of the river in the
designated R and the rest is a logical area for HB.
- Change the Municipal
Conservancy (MC) zoning in the southeast corner of the zoning map to
include a Residential (R) zone extension extending south east along the
area just east of the newly created Highway Business (HB) zoning area to
the ½ mile line of authority.
The reason for this change is there are desirable home building
sites with views of the river along here.
- Change the homes on the south
side of Thomas Street from Multiple Family Residence (RM) to Residential
(R). The reason for this
change is there are single family residences in this area.
- Change the Michaelson land to
Municipal Conservancy (MC).
The reason for this change is that currently it is spot zoned. Also this area drains into the
Pomme de Terre River and aquifers used by the City for the municipal water
- The former Westmor property
on the northeast part of town should be changed to Highway Business
(HB). The reason for this
change is because it is an appropriate place for highway business.
- Change the farm land to
the South side of North Ridge
Drive, which is owned by the University, from Farm Residence (RF) to
Single and Two Family Residence (R), except that a strip in the southeast
corner should be changed to Highway Business (HB) and should run in a line
equal to another line of Highway Business (HB) property for the adjacent
properties. The reason for
this change is because there are houses north of North Ridge Drive, and it
is a prime location to put in homes because of the infrastructure
there. To the south, the area
should be HB because it’s by the highway.
- Change the land designations
to Highway Business (HB) along a line east of and parallel to Highway 9
from the northwest line of authority running southeast to the east west
line of the Highway Business (HB) property designation which is northwest
of Highway 28 as presented on the updated zoning map. The reason for this change is to
expand highway business locations along the highway.
- Change a small quarter section
area northwest of North Ridge Drive and west of Yankee Ridge Road from
Farm Residence (RF) to Residential (R), except that portion that is part
of the newly created Highway Business (HB) area. The reason for this change is because there are
presently houses in this area.
- The quarter section south of
West 8th Street right outside the City limits, along with the
quarter section directly to the west should be Farm Residence (RF). The reason for this is that the
utilities have been extended out West 8th Street and this would
be a good place for new homes.
The two quarter sections south of these should be Municipal
Conservancy (MC) because this is a wetland.
- The area south of the
railroad tracks south of Lake Crystal should all be Farm Residence
extending to the City’s ½ mile authority.
- The fairgrounds should be
zoned Highway Business (HB). Carpenter
noted the HB zone has a lot of restrictions that do not work for the
fairgrounds. It was the
consensus to do an ordinance change that would make the fairgrounds a
conditional use in the Highway Business HB zone.
- The strip of land north of
East 7th Street from Columbia Avenue extending east and north
to the railroad tracks should be Multiple Family Residence (RM).
was held on notifying several of the businesses for which the Planning
Commission is proposing zoning changes.
Carpenter indicated she feels it would be common courtesy to notify
those individuals instead of just telling them this is the Planning
Commission’s proposal and inviting them to the public hearing.
Johnson left the meeting at 6:23.
ADJOURNMENT: Commissioner Carpenter moved, seconded
by Rudney, to adjourn. Motion
carried and the meeting adjourned at 6:30.