PLANNING COMMISSION – REGULAR MEETING –
JUNE 15, 2010
regular meeting of the Morris Planning Commission was called to order at 5:15
p.m. this 15th day of June, 2010, by Chairperson Kuchenreuther in
the Council Chambers of the Morris Senior Citizens/Community Center.
THE ROLL: Roll call was taken
with the following members present:
Commissioner Gades, Johnson, Rudney, Granger and Chairperson
Hoffman was absent. Also present
was Zoning Administrator Hill and
AND APPROVAL OF 4/20/10 REGULAR MEETING MINUTES: Commissioner Rudney moved, seconded by Granger, to approve
the 4/20/10 regular meeting minutes.
BUSINESS: Brainstorm Things
to Work On: Kuchenreuther
noted she would continue working on an outdoor wood burning ordinance.
suggested the Building Inspector make recommendations on things that should be
changed in the city code.
stated there is a need for the city to do a general review of the codes. Some items to look at include:
licenses – they are required but not pursued.
– only 3 people per unit.
turbines – there is currently nothing in the code.
of comprehensive plan
of bicycles - obsolete
buildings into town
stated initially they were restricting the number of people in units but due to
federal regulations that had to be stopped. Kuchenreuther read the definition of a family from the
code, which was effective in November of 1999. Hill stated what's in the code should be followed and if
it’s not, it should be corrected.
the university put their new solar thermal unit for the RFC on top of the sewer
but the city does not have the authority to regulate University property.
pointed out one other thing about rental property is that the city may want to
look at specific language for off street parking. Hill indicated everything ties in with how many people are
living in a home.
was held on the house at West 6th Street & Washington. The commission questioned how many
rental units were in the home.
Granger pointed out the house is in an R district, not RM.
asked about the house on East 7th Street by the Salvation Army that
has no front yard because it is used as a parking lot.
suggested the city could possibly withhold issuing rental certificates if they
aren't following city code.
suggested trying to find a grant for a student to look into these issues. Granger stated the city tried that and
it was too cumbersome a task.
Granger indicated a task force may be a better solution.
pointed out state code grandfathers in anything that met Code at the time it
was done, so most of the houses inspected can't be inspected for code. However, when charges are made it needs
to be brought up to code at that time.
indicated time has been an issue for conditional use or variance requests
because everything seems rushed.
Hill suggested a 30 day minimum and language should be put in the code
to that effect. The city is also
going to be looking at fees that are charged for variances and conditional use
permits. Hill also pointed out the
commission can’t pre-guarantee something when it’s not exactly sure what will
be done, e.g. the church issues.
Hill pointed out even if a church was in an area that was zoned
correctly it would still need a conditional use permit and that takes time.
commission indicated some of the priority issues would be rentals and the
moving of buildings into the city.
The commission suggested getting copies of what other towns the size of
Morris do and possibly putting requests on the list serve.
stated the city is not increasing the number of rentals it has. Kuchenreuther added that it has been
and continues to be a goal of UMM to increase the number of students. Granger noted that Morris cannot have a
strong, healthy community that grows if it does not have decent housing.
stated law enforcement does a good job at controlling the noise associated with
rentals. Hill indicated there have
been a few problems with garbage, but not many.
informed the commission that the city’s building inspector did an inspection of
the church one of the groups is looking at moving into town. They were given a bill for the
inspection because the location of the church was out of city limits. Building Inspector Jacobson had
indicated to Hill that it would be fairly easy to bring the church up to
code. This group was looking at
the former Steve’s Strawberries location on East 7th Street for a
location for the church; however there is no water or sewer there.
indicated a different group is looking at the possibility for a church on the
old Stahler property. They would
be looking at a church with a fellowship hall, a couple of residential lots and
a cemetery. Hill stated there are
two separate groups, one of which is looking at bringing a church into town and
the other is looking at building a new one.
Plan Update: Hill stated he
has started working on a database for notices with regard to the public
hearings on zoning. Hill indicated
the map reflects everything in the Orderly Annexation Agreement. It was suggested to have a meeting with
the county because the city should be working together with them on the area
outside of city limits. Granger
also suggested having a worksession before the hearings so the commission is
familiar with the issues and to revisit the reasons why things were done the
way they were.
that was moved in on East 2nd Street was mentioned because of the
basement and height of the house.
Member: Miller indicated that
Dale Livingston is interested in being on the planning commission. The commission requested that the Mayor
appoint him to the commission at the next council meeting.
ADJOURNMENT: Commissioner Rudney moved, seconded by
Granger, to adjourn the meeting.
Motion carried and the meeting adjourned at 6:24 p.m.