MINUTES - PLANNING
COMMISSION - REGULAR MEETING - FEBRUARY 15, 2011
regular meeting of the Morris Planning Commission was called to order at 5:15
p.m. this 15th day of February, 2011, 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, Gades, Livingston, Hoffman and Chairperson Kuchenreuther. Commissioners Granger and Rudney were
absent. Also present were City
Manager/Zoning Administrator Hill and Ex-officio Miller.
OF CHAIRPERSON AND VICE CHAIRPERSON: Commissioner
Johnson moved to nominate Kuchenreuther as Chairperson and Rudney as Vice
Chairperson for 2011.
With all present voting in favor, motion carried.
AND APPROVAL OF 11/16/10 REGULAR MEETING MINUTES: Commissioner Gades moved, seconded by
Johnson, to approve the 11/16/10 regular meeting minutes as presented. Motion carried.
BUSINESS: Zoning Process Update: Hill indicated he has talked with
representatives of Morris, Framnas and Darnen Townships regarding the proposed
zoning map. Chuck Lesmeister of
Morris Township was present at the meeting.
indicated he and an AmeriCorps student that is working with him have been
reviewing records in the building inspector’s office. They came across a number of useful
maps. A conclusion Hill has come to
is that the ½ mile has never been zoned and the
entire area outside City limits is RF (Farm Residence). Hill noted the area outside City limits
that the City has zoning control over is not truly ½ mile,
rather it is a designated zone with legal descriptions.
indicated in addition to designating zoning outside of City limits, the
proposed zoning map includes some changes inside City limits. He proposes two separate hearings on the
proposed changes – one for the areas outside of City limits and one for
the areas inside City limits. He
noted that when the Planning Commission was working on the zoning map, it tried
to establish where they wanted certain uses to end up in the City. Commissioner Johnson asked if the
½ mile would be a moving line.
Hill indicated it would not, as there is an agreement with the Townships
that establishes the area the City can zone outside of City limits. The agreement provides that once a
certain percentage of an area is developed, the City can give notice to have
the line moved.
noted the easiest place to allow the development of new residential areas is
where City utilities already exist.
noted the Planning Commission has tried to develop a proposed zoning map that
would not injure or upset anyone.
Hill pointed out the proposed map has been developed based on where the
Planning Commission would like to see things, not based on who owns them.
asked if, at this point, the City is planning to move the ½ mile
jurisdiction out further. Hill
indicated the City is not planning on any annexation. He pointed out everything that is
currently in place would be grandfathered in.
indicated that when the City annexed land in 2007, many of the township people
felt it was just shoved at them.
Hoffman stated the Planning Commission is just doing the best it can,
and trying to keep communication open with the Townships.
suggested that the “hole” in the City limits on the east side of town be
indicated he is planning to hold the hearing with the townships in April at the
high school auditorium. Lesmeister
suggested making it known the City is not planning to move any boundaries.
Variance Legislation Update: Hill indicated he does not think there’s
a hearing scheduled on this item at this time. He indicated the legislation proposed
contains language that gives local government authority to impose conditions on
the granting of a variance. Several
business groups have objected.
Wind Turbines: Discussion was held on wind
turbines. It was the consensus that
the Planning Commission should make a recommendation to the City Council on a
wind turbine ordinance.
Kuchenreuther indicated she will also work on
the outdoor wood burning ordinance.
She feels the sensible thing is to not allow outdoor wood burning
furnaces, given the health hazards and the fact that the technology on them is
ADJOURNMENT: There being no
further business, Commissioner Gades moved, seconded by Livingston, to adjourn. Motion carried and the meeting adjourned