COMMISSION-REGULAR MEETING-NOVEMBER 16, 2010
regular meeting of the Morris Planning Commission was called to order at 5:15
p.m. this 16th day of November, 2010, by Chairperson
Kuchenreuther in the Council Chambers of the Morris Senior Citizens/Community
OF THE ROLL: Roll call was taken with the following
members present: Commissioners
Johnson, Granger, Gades, Hoffman, Rudney, Livingston, and Chairperson
Kuchenreuther. Also present were
City Manager/Zoning Administrator Hill and Ex-officio Miller.
AND APPROVAL OF 10/19/10 REGULAR MEETING MINUTES: Commissioner Granger moved, seconded by
Gades, to approve the minutes of the 10/19/10 regular meeting as
presented. Motion carried
Letter: The Planning Commission
received a letter from Clint Warzecha who has
purchased the former UBC property at 10 West 6th Street. A few years ago this
property was rezoned by the City from Heavy Industrial to Central Business
District. At that time a
church was interested in purchasing the property and requested the zoning
indicated in his letter that because the church’s need to rezone is no longer
relevant, and the new zoning limits his plans for the property, he is
requesting that the property be rezoned back to heavy industrial.
Warzecha’s letter states he would like to store vehicles on the property and
feels this would work well with the buildings on the site. His long term
goal is to renovate the retail center into offices for businesses.
asked if Warzecha could store vehicles in the CBD
with a conditional use permit. Granger
indicated warehouses are allowed with a CUP in the CBD.
indicated she doesn’t feel this property was rezoned because of the church;
rather she feels it was part of the move to get the Heavy Industrial uses into
the outer parts of the City.
Kuchenreuther indicated she feels the rezoning was prompted by the church,
and feels it is much better for the City to move the Heavy Industrial uses to
the outer parts of the City.
indicated that in researching this issue she found a lot of cities dovetail self storage into the warehouse definition, and all
commercial zones allow warehouses.
No cities allow outside storage without 8’ high solid screening. Kuchenreuther indicated Warzecha’s long-term goal for offices is compatible in the
CBD. Hoffman agrees that is Warzecha’s long-term goal, and stated his short term goal is to produce some income from the property
to continue renovations. He
indicated he does not feel Warzecha’s request is
Hill indicated clarification needs to be
made on the definition of a warehouse.
He questioned if it included rental storage.
asked Hill what he thought about allowing warehousing as a CUP in the CBD. Hill indicated it depends on where he
wants to store things. He feels the
CUP would be fine and feels Warzecha needs to
establish what he wants to do with the property. His main concern is that there are
already vehicles being stored there, and outdoor storage is something that
needs to be controlled in the downtown area.
indicated he feels a timeframe should be included on a CUP for this property.
contact Warzecha and explain the conditional use
permit process to him.
Update: Hill indicated there is a very prominent
relationship between the City, County and Townships on expansion, and each
entity’s responsibilities were laid out in the Orderly Annexation Agreement
(OAA). He has been in contact with
Bill Kleindl and Brian Giese from the County
noted that when he was putting together the mailing list for the hearing, he
was amazed at all the little developments on the outskirts of town. According to the OAA that was not supposed to
happen. The City is supposed to
designate land development around the City, and that is what the Planning
Commission did with all the work they have been doing on zoning.
asked if building permits are required in the County. Hill indicated he believes they do issue
building permits, but doesn’t think they look at zoning. He feels the next step is to meet with
the townships. He indicated the
meeting could take place at the High School Auditorium.
indicated it sounds to her that it would be good for the City to be proactive
with the Townships and County and work with them to direct development within a
reasonable distance from Morris.
indicated she does not understand what is wrong with a little parcel of
property in the country and why that is not allowed. Kuchenreuther indicated farmland is not
well protected if small parcels of land are sold off.
discussion was held on septic systems on properties that have been annexed into
the City. Hoffman indicated he feels extending utilities to the newly-annexed areas is more eminent than one might think. Granger asked if all cities assess in the
same manner. Hill indicated cities
assess differently. In Morris for
example, the City pays for the road.
He stated at least 22% of a project has to be assessed in order for the
City to qualify for assessment bonds.
If the City does not qualify for assessment bonds, it must go to
indicated he feels the zoning hearings should be held after the first of the
year. He indicated 8 X 11 colored
maps will be included with hearing notices. Miller suggested putting the map on the
City’s website. Kuchenreuther
indicated she has discussed this with Tom Larsen of the Morris Sun Tribune and
he is willing to help get the word out about the hearing.
ADJOURNMENT: There being no
further business, Commissioner Rudney moved, seconded by Hoffman, to
adjourn. Motion carried and the
meeting adjourned at 6:11.