PLANNING COMMISSION - REGULAR MEETING -
MAY 19, 2009
regular meeting of the Morris Planning Commission was called to order at 5:24
p.m. this 19th day of May, 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 Granger, Gades, Johnson and Chair person
Hoffman, Carpenter and Rudney were absent. Also present were City Manager/Zoning Administrator Hill and
AND APPROVAL OF 4/21/09 REGULAR MEETING MINUTES: Commissioner Johnson moved, seconded by Gades, to approve
the minutes of the 4/21/09 regular meeting as presented. With all present voting in favor,
BUSINESS: Zoning Map: City Manager/Zoning Administrator Hill
indicated with the proposed changes in the zoning map being completed, we now
need to determine how to give public notice to those individuals affected by
the proposed changes. The City
Attorney has indicated that according to City Code, all individuals within 300’
of a proposed change in zoning must be given notice of a hearing to be held on
asked if the newspaper would be willing to work with the City on notices. Granger pointed out not everyone reads
or has access to the paper. Gades
suggested conducting the public hearing on the proposed changes in parts.
indicated in the past there have been several different Planning Commission
interns through the Center for Small Towns that may be able to help identify
Miller suggested meeting with officials of the affected townships (Morris,
Framnas and Darnen) before the public hearing to inform them of the proposed
changes and the reasons behind the changes.
and proposed zoning maps will be available at the work session with the
townships and at the public hearing.
indicated she feels working with the newspaper to answer as many questions up
front as possible would be helpful.
indicated that at the work session and hearing the Planning Commission will
need to explain the implications of the MC zone and any zoning changes, along
with reviewing the legal basis on which the Planning Commission makes zoning
indicated some people feel when zoning is changed it could be considered a
taking. She has information on
this subject and will provide it to the Commission.
suggested discussing urban creep at the work session with the townships.
suggested a large map and laser pointer, along with an aerial map of the City
would be helpful for the hearing.
Plan: Hill explained the
conditional use permit for the courthouse/jail project included conditions
regarding lighting, landscaping, storm water and exit issues. After meeting with Kuchenreuther and
Granger, he discussed the need to address the planting issues with the architect.
indicated they are planning super bright lighting and she is concerned about
that. She stated the plantings
being planned by the County do not have screening and they are arguing that
hedges would catch snow and garbage and would be impractical. She stated her concern now is with air
handlers and how noisy they will be.
She stated the ones at the hospital are very loud. Hill indicated the noise from the air
handlers would be considered a nuisance.
Granger stated she feels once they were installed it would be hard to
get them changed. Kuchenreuther
indicated it wouldn’t hurt to communicate this to County Coordinator Thoreen
and have them talk to their architect about them.
ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business, the
meeting was adjourned at 6:05.