MINUTES - PLANNING
COMMISSION - REGULAR MEETING - OCTOBER 19, 2010
Regular Meeting of the Morris Planning Commission was called to order at 5:15
p.m. this 19th day of October, 2010, by Chairperson 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 Hoffman, Granger, Rudney, Livingston, Gades, and
Commissioner Gades was absent.
Also present were City Manager/Zoning Administrator Hill, Ex-officio
Miller, and Building Official Jacobson.
AND APPROVAL OF 9/21/10 REGULAR MEETING MINUTES: Commissioner Hoffman moved, seconded by Granger, to approve
the minutes of the 9/21/10 regular Planning Commission meeting as
presented. With all present voting
in favor, motion carried.
BUSINESS: Zoning Update
Discussion: Hill handed out a
listing of parcels in the townships that would be affected by the proposed
zoning changes. He indicated the
listing is based on the City's zone of authority as set out in the Orderly
Annexation Agreement, which is not necessarily ½ mile as previously
thought. No parcels within City
limits that may be affected by the proposed zoning are included in this
listing. He indicated he feels the
next step in this process would be to meet with township officials and then
conduct a public hearing with the township people. Kuchenreuther asked if a separate hearing would be held for
those people in City limits that would be affected by the proposed zoning
changes. Hill indicated that would
be his intent.
indicated people have been piecemeal selling farmland around the City for a
long time and according to the Orderly Annexation Agreement, that should not
have been happening. He stated the
whole purpose of the hearing it so take public input, but the City ultimately
makes the final decision. He
indicated he has discussed this with all the township officials once already.
asked if the notices will indicate what they are zoned, and what we are
proposing. Hill indicated it would
not as it will be a general overall notice.
indicated residential parcels have been developed all over in the county. Granger asked what is wrong with
that. Hill indicated the purpose
of the zoning ordinance is to protect the farmland and residents. He stated it's an environmental
nightmare to have all these little parcels that have wells and septic systems
on them. Granger pointed out the
State of Minnesota has laws set up that cover the installation of septic
systems. Hill indicated that as a
City we should have been more proactive on septic systems and allowing them on
the fringes of the City limits.
asked about zoning for the new church going in on Yankee Ridge Road. Hill stated he thinks that is outside
the City's zoning jurisdiction.
asked if it would be workable to handle all the townships at one hearing. Hill indicated he thought it would as
they would all have the same questions.
He thinks if he meets with the township officials before the hearing it
might answer some questions. He
indicated he would envision this as an evening meeting at the high school.
asked if the Stevens County Board of Commissioners and Planning Commission were
in support of the zoning changes.
Hill indicated they have not been contacted regarding the changes. Granger asked if politically and as a
courtesy, it would be good to let them know of the proposed changes. Hill agreed it would.
indicated he feels it would help at the hearings if all the people in the
townships know beforehand why the City is proposing the changes. Granger indicated one reason would be
that the City has zoning authority ½ mile out, and we are now exercising
that authority. Hill stated the
City is also doing this to protect the City and protect farmland.
suggested looking at the Comprehensive Plan and pulling language and goals from
that to be used at the hearing.
She feels the Planning Commission should have something that says why
they are doing this. One reason is
the City is trying to organize things so there are not incompatible uses next
to each other. Kuchenreuther
indicated she feels that information should go out with the notice. She also suggested having a large
projected map, laser pointer and microphones at the hearing. Hill will look into the cost of
providing a color map with each notice.
suggested language that states this is the way the City wants to see things
develop. He reiterated that the
public hearing is not a debate or mass argument; rather it's a time to listen
to people and take their input.
read off a list of issues from the January 2005 zoning hearing. They included land value effect,
definition of non-conforming use, grandfathering, people affected had never
been exposed to zoning, drainage, why does an area that will never see any
growth need to be zoned, fertilizer runoff in the MC district, will the zoning
lead to annexation, the map provided at the hearing didn't have enough detail
so that people could locate their parcels, and should call it a land use map
instead of a zoning map. Granger
indicated she feels it would be good to have answers to some of these questions
for the upcoming hearings. Hill
indicated he feels he could answer all of those questions. He further stated he agrees the
comprehensive plan should be tied into the hearings. Granger indicated having the City Manager at the hearings to
support some of those issues would be good.
indicated he feels the reason this is being done is to protect the people in
the City. He feels if that is the
premise of the meetings they will go better.
suggested putting a map in the library and having the newspaper do an
article. She also suggested that
if a map is sent with each notice, there be a couple sentences defining each of
the zoning districts.
asked if the townships zone land.
Hill indicated he does not think so. He thinks it would be the county doing the zoning. Granger suggested finding out what the
county zones are. Kuchenreuther
suggested having a county zoning map at the hearing. Granger suggested the City Manager discuss the proposed
zoning with the County Commissioners and the County Planning Commission. Hill indicated he could do that. Hill indicated he feels now is the time
to get them involved and look at the comprehensive plan.
asked about a timetable. Hill
indicated he will write a letter to township officials next week to set up a
meeting. Granger indicated the
County Planning Commission chairperson could come to one of the City's Planning
Commission meetings and get the communication going.
ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business,
Commissioner Rudney moved, seconded by Hoffman, to adjourn. Motion carried and the meeting
adjourned at 6:25 p.m.