MINUTES - PLANNING COMMISSION - REGULAR MEETING
– MARCH 15, 2011
regular meeting of the Morris Planning Commission was called to order at 5:17
p.m. this 15th day of March, 2011, by
Chairperson Kuchenreuther in the Council Chambers of the Morris Senior
OF THE ROLL: Roll call was taken with the following
members present: Commissioners
Granger, Livingston, Hoffman and Chairperson Kuchenreuther. Commissioner Gades arrived at 5:30. Commissioners Johnson and Rudney were
absent. Also present were
ex-officio Miller and City Manager/Zoning Administrator Hill.
AND APPROVAL OF 2/15/11 REGULAR MEETING MINUTES: Commissioner Hoffman moved, seconded by
Livingston, to approve the minutes of the 2/15/11 regular meeting as
presented. Motion carried.
BUSINESS: Recommendation to City Council on
Proposed Zoning Amendments, and Set Date for Public Hearing on Zoning
Amendments: Per City Code, the
Planning Commission must make a recommendation to the City Council on the
proposed zoning map amendments, and set a date for a public hearing on the
indicated the plan is to hold the public hearing on April 19, 2011. He has checked into having the hearing
at the high school, however, neither of the auditoriums is available for use
that night. His intent at this
point is to have the hearing in the Council Chambers in the Senior Center, and
open up the doors to the dining room for additional seating.
the address listing of properties affected by the proposed zoning map
amendments around the perimeter of the City contains 250-270 names. Public notices must be mailed to each
owner of affected property within 300 feet of the property proposed
to be amended. Hill indicated
a hearing for properties affected within the City limits will
be held at a later date.
indicated he will discuss the hearing and proposed zoning map amendments on the
radio next week. An article will
also be run in the local newspaper.
Hill has also written a blog on this subject. He feels it is important people
understand the City is just changing the use of some properties, and is not
proposing any annexations.
suggested using a portable PA system for the hearing. Kuchenreuther feels the map should be
projected onto a screen, and also suggested a map at the back of the room. Hill wants to make sure people know they
can come in to his office and discuss this with him. Kuchenreuther suggested getting an
article in the paper early.
feels the purpose of the hearing is to listen and answer questions.
indicated he feels it will help that Hill has talked to several of the township
officials regarding the proposed amendments, and another official attended a
Planning Commission meeting.
suggested including in the notices that the township chairs have talked to Hill
regarding the proposed amendments.
Hoffman moved, seconded by Gades, to forward to the City Council the proposed
zoning map for their review and comment, and to schedule a public hearing for
the proposed zoning amendments on the perimeter of the City on April 19, 2011
at 5:15 in the Council Chambers of the Morris Senior Citizens/Community
Center. Motion carried.
asked if the City Council is aware of the upcoming hearing. Hill indicated he has provided
information to them in his City Manager Reports, and Miller indicated the City
Council receives copies of the Planning Commission minutes, so they should be
Legislation Update: Hill indicated the LMC legislation was
amended and forwarded on by the auto dealers and big business. The amendment was to remove local
authority to place conditions on variances. He does not feel this will work very
well, and may result in a lot of variance requests being denied.
asked if this affects conditional use permits. Hill indicated this is for
Zoning: Hill indicated that when compiling the
mailing list for the proposed zoning amendments, it became very apparent that
any time a change in zoning is made, it’s a terrific effort and time consuming
process to put together the mailing list.
The Planning Commission is proposing to change the zoning along the
entire railroad corridor. Public
notices are required to be sent to every property owner within 300’ of that
corridor. Compiling the list of
owners along the railroad alone will be very time consuming. Hill asked if it really makes a
difference if that zoning is changed.
Miller indicated he feels heavy industrial uses should be on the
outskirts of town and not in the interior parts of town. Kuchenreuther asked if it would be
possible to just send notice to everyone in town and tell them they may or may
not be affected by the proposed amendments. Granger indicated these proposed
zoning map amendments are setting the course of the City’s growth for the next
50 years. Hill will check with the
City Attorney on sending notices to every property in town regardless if they
are affected or not.
questioned what the implication is of changing someone’s property value through
zoning. She indicated state laws
address upzoning or downzoning. She
is a policy statement on that and the Planning Commission should be aware of
that before the hearing.
Churches: Miller asked if there is any discussion
of a new church on the south side of Morris. Hill indicated there is no activity that
he is aware of. If a church,
cemetery and houses are planned, the property must first be platted, and a
conditional use permit would be required for the church.
ADJOURNMENT: There being no
further business, Commissioner Livingston moved, seconded by Granger, to
adjourn. Motion carried and the
meeting adjourned at 6:00.