MINUTES – PLANNING
COMMISSION – REGULAR MEETING – APRIL 17, 2012
regular meeting of the Morris Planning Commission was called to order at 5:20
p.m. this 17th day of April, 2012, by Chairperson Kuchenreuther in
the Council Chambers of the Morris Senior Citizens/Community Center.
OF THE ROLL:
Roll call was taken with the following members present: Commissioners
Granger, Hoffman, Kurpiers, Livingston, and Chairperson Kuchenreuther.
Commissioners Gades and Rudney were absent. Also present were City
Manager/Zoning Administrator Hill and Ex-officio Miller.
Kuchenreuther welcomed new member Josh Kurpiers to the Planning Commission and
thanked him for his willingness to serve.
AND APPROVAL OF 3/20/12 REGULAR MEETING MINUTES: Commissioner Livingston
moved, seconded by Granger, to approve the minutes of the 3/20/12 regular
meeting. With all present voting in favor, motion carried.
Landscaping: Commissioner Granger indicated when Stevens County was
granted a Conditional Use Permit for the Courthouse, landscaping conditions
were placed on the Permit. At this time, they have yet to complete the
landscaping. Hill indicated he will send them a letter indicating they
need to finish the landscaping as noted in the Conditional Use Permit.
Evangelical Free Church: Hill indicated the Evangelical Free Church has applied for a
variance to setback requirements, and it will come to the Planning Commission
at their May meeting. Discussion was held on the church’s sewer
Plan Review: Review began in the middle of Page 23, Morris Land Use
Alternatives. It was felt the introduction looks good. The first
bullet under “Constant Forces” reads, “The City of Morris will provide sewer to
development within its service area.” It was felt the words “where
feasible” should be added to the end of that sentence.
second bullet reads, “The City of Morris may well experience moderate growth
while the rest of the county declines in population.” Hill indicates he
does not feel that is still true.
bullet reads, “The highway bypass will result in increased demand for
development along its corridor.” Hill indicated he feels this could be
eliminated because the MC zoning will limit the ability to develop along that
bullets under “Variable Forces” were reviewed. It was felt the fourth
bullet, “Amount of services provided in the areas outside the city limits,”
could be removed.
suggested rewriting the Constant Forces and Variable Forces sections.
Hill indicated a good Constant Force is that the City now has a solid zoning
plan. Kuchenreuther indicated the Orderly Annexation Agreement is also a
solid plan. Hill noted a variable is the ability to enforce zoning plans
at all levels.
Future Outlook and Foreseeable Trends, the population projections need to be
three bullets under Current development patterns. The first bullet,
“southward commercial expansion with the new bypass, with anticipated
commercial/industrial expansion in this direction.” is no longer true. The
second bullet reads, “industrial park area.” It was noted the size of the
Industrial Park needs to be increased. The third bullet, “residential
development pressures mainly to the northeast and southeast” is still true.
asked if there are any other outlooks or foreseeable trends. Hill
indicated he thinks the old school property development needs to be addressed.
indicated she feels a lot of the housing part of the Comprehensive Plan seemed
redundant and could be better organized. Discussion was held on housing
felt most of the language on Growth Management and Orderly Annexation under the
Planning Issues section could be tossed out. She feels urban core
redevelopment should be discussed, and felt it should be rewritten with no
anticipation of annexation. Also, the school property should be added,
along with information from the housing study.
indicated before any major project is done the implications should be
indicated there is a lot of talk about balancing existing utilities and the
costs; however, there is nothing about the environmental impact. She
feels it has become more front and center and should be a lot more important in
feels e. Urban Fringe Planning on page 26 seems relevant.
noted the City needs to make a concerted effort to watch what the County is
doing. Kuchenreuther feels the City Planning Commission should meet with
the County Planning Commission this summer.
month’s homework will be to review pages 26 – 29.
ADJOURNMENT: There being no further
business, Commissioner Hoffman moved, seconded by Kurpiers, to adjourn.
Motion carried and the meeting adjourned at 6:24.