PLANNING COMMISSION - REGULAR MEETING - MARCH 20, 2012
regular meeting of the Morris Planning Commission was called to order at 5:17
p.m. this 20th day of March, 2012, 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, Hoffman and Chairperson Kuchenreuther. Commissioners Livingston, Rudney and
Gades were absent. Also present
were ex-officio Miller and City Manager/Zoning Administrator Hill.
AND APPROVAL OF 2/21/12 REGULAR MEETING MINUTES: Commissioner Granger moved, seconded by
Hoffman, to approve the minutes of the regular meeting held 2/21/12. With all present voting in favor, motion
HEARINGS: Riverview Variance Requests –
16 East 4th Street and 15 South Street: This hearing is on a request for two
variance requests. The first request
is for a zoning variance from Section 11.23, Subd. 2 D 5 a of
the Morris City Code which requires a 25’ front yard setback in a Central
Business Zone (CBD) adjacent to a Residential Zone. This request is by Riverview, LLP, 26410 470th Avenue, Morris, MN 56267. The subject property address is 16 East
4th Street, and the legal description is Block 29, Fraction Lot 22,
1st Railway Addition, Fraction Lot 22, Morris First Addition, Parcel No. 20-0374-000.
second request is for a zoning variance request from Section 11.23, Subd. 2 D 5
a of the Morris City Code which requires a 25’ front
yard setback in a Residential (R) zone.
This request is by Riverview, LLP, 26410 470th
Avenue, Morris, MN 56267. The subject property address is 15 South
Street, and the legal description is Block 15, Lot 1, Morris First Addition, Parcel No. 20-0765-000.
variances, if granted, would allow a home to be constructed on each lot that is
6 feet into the 25 foot front yard setback
Wulf of Riverview, LLP, was present and indicated these projects are the same
as the project they undertook at the corner of East 9th and Oregon
Avenue in 2010.
indicated he has received no correspondence or comments on these projects.
Nemmers, 13 South Street, indicated he has no problem with the project that is
next to his home.
Granger indicated she feels the home at 9th and Oregon Avenue that
Riverview did is a good addition to the neighborhood. Ex-officio Miller agreed and feels these
homes will clean up the lots they are going onto.
Kuchenreuther indicated she feels these homes will be improvements and will
increase the City’s tax base. Her
only concern is that she feels there is a proliferation of driveways crossing
sidewalks, and both of these projects do that. She encouraged Riverview to look at
plans that would allow the garage to approach the alley if they do more of
these projects. Wulf acknowledged
that was a valid point.
Hoffman moved, seconded by Granger, to grant these variances at 16 East 4th
Street and 15 South Street as requested.
With all present voting in favor, motion carried.
Plan Review: Kuchenreuther feels a lot of the
information the Planning
Commission was to review for tonight’s meeting just needs
updating. She suggested the City
hire someone from the Center for Small Towns to do the updating. Hill indicated he feels this would be a
good project for an intern. He
suggested the Planning Commission members review the Comprehensive Plan and
turn in comments to him. The
Planning Commission could make recommendations to the Council based on those
comments. He stressed that
implementation of the plan is not the Planning Commission’s job. Rather, they are charged with reviewing
and updating the plan.
Granger indicated the hard information needs
to be updated. She feels the
policies and goals need to be talked about, and feels the community visioning
seems solid. She feels there is a
stronger process with everyone working together.
indicated he will look at updating the statistical
information. He indicated that the
format of the Comprehensive Plan is good.
indicated she is impressed with how much the community has accomplished since
the Comprehensive Plan was written in 1999. She does feel one area that has not been
addressed is making the entrances to Morris more attractive. Granger asked if the proposal of a roundabout
at the intersection of the Highway 59 bypass and Highway 28 is still being
considered. Hill indicated he has
not heard anything about that. He
will discuss this with the City’s engineering firm.
Planning Commission is to review pages 23-26 of the Comprehensive Plan for
review at the April Planning Commission meeting.
Brewery: Hill indicated the City has received an
inquiry about a brewer taproom in Morris.
A brewery is not a permitted or conditional use in the location the
person asked about. Hill did send a
letter to this individual outlining the steps he would have to take in order to
ADJOURNMENT: Commissioner Hoffman moved, seconded by
Granger, to adjourn. Motion carried
and the meeting adjourned at 6:08.