MINUTES – PLANNING
COMMISSION – REGULAR MEETING – AUGUST 16, 2011
regular meeting of the Morris Planning Commission was called to order at 5:15
p.m. this 16th day of August, 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
Johnson, Granger, Livingston, Gades and Chairperson Kuchenreuther. Commissioners Rudney and Hoffman were
absent. Also present were ex-officio
Miller and City Manager/Zoning Administrator Hill.
AND APPROVAL OF 6/21/11 REGULAR MEETING MINUTES: Commissioner Granger moved, seconded by
Johnson, to approve the minutes of the regular meeting held 6/21/11. Motion carried.
BUSINESS: September Zoning Hearing: Notice will go out to every property
owner in the City. Hill indicated
he does not anticipate that a lot of people will show up at the hearing. The public notice will state the areas
where zoning will change, and Hill hopes most people will call with questions
ahead of time.
asked how Iowa Avenue and 7th Street will
be zoned. Hill indicated it is
proposed that area be RM (Multiple Family Residence District).
pointed out there are two different definitions of the RM district in the
notice. Hill will correct
that. Kuchenreuther also suggested
that the word “if” in the 2nd sentence in the 2nd to last
paragraph of the notice be changed to “whether”.
indicated the bullets in the notice will be changed to
numbers. Miller suggested numbering
the changes on the proposed zoning map to coincide with the numbers in the
fourth bullet reads, “Change all Morris Public School Property near the
University to Residential (R) and all University property to Municipal
Conservancy (MC).” It was the
consensus to strike “and all University property to Municipal Conservancy
noted a couple of language changes in the Code are also proposed, one being
that the Fairgrounds be zoned Highway Business and be added as a permitted
several references to zoning lines being 600’ deep in the notice. Hill noted the 600’ is measured from the
property line. Kuchenreuther
indicated “from the property line” should be added after the 600’ measurements
listed in the notice.
asked how the Planning Commission would answer a question regarding a zoning
change affecting the value of a person’s property. Hill indicated his philosophy is that a
property is grandfathered in until it is no longer usable. Kuchenreuther read Section 11.10, Subd. 2B, “A non-conforming use of a structure which has
been discontinued for a period of twelve (12) months shall not be
re-established and any further use shall be in conformity with the regulations
of this Chapter.” Hill indicated he
does not feel there are many cases where that will happen.
Request: Hill indicated there will
be a variance request at the September meeting to construct a rambler on a
corner lot. The variances needed will be for lot coverage and sideyard
setback. Kuchenreuther indicated it
bothers her that story and a half neighborhoods are
being changed to rambler neighborhoods.
Ex-officio Miller indicated he feels the Riverview house for which a
variance was granted last year looks very nice.
ADJOURNMENT: Commissioner Gades moved, seconded by
Livingston, to adjourn. Motion
carried and the meeting adjourned at 6:10.