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MINUTES  -  PLANNING COMMISSION  -  REGULAR MEETING  -  MAY 19, 2009

The 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.

CALL OF THE ROLL:  Roll call was taken with the following members present:  Commissioners Granger, Gades, Johnson and Chair person Kuchenreuther.  Commissioners Hoffman, Carpenter and Rudney were absent.  Also present were City Manager/Zoning Administrator Hill and ex-officio Miller.

READING 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, motion carried.

PUBLIC HEARINGS:  None.

OTHER 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 the changes.

Kuchenreuther 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.

Granger 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 property owners. 

Ex-officio 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.

Existing and proposed zoning maps will be available at the work session with the townships and at the public hearing. 

Kuchenreuther indicated she feels working with the newspaper to answer as many questions up front as possible would be helpful.

Granger 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 changes.

Granger 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.

Kuchenreuther suggested discussing urban creep at the work session with the townships. 

Granger suggested a large map and laser pointer, along with an aerial map of the City would be helpful for the hearing. 

Courthouse 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.

Granger 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.

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