PLANNING COMMISSION - REGULAR MEETING - JUNE 19, 2012
regular meeting of the Morris Planning Commission was called to order at 5:15
p.m. this 19th day of June, 2012, 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
Livingston, Kurpiers, Granger, and Chairperson Kuchenreuther. Commissioners Rudney, Hoffman and Gades
were absent. Also present was Ex-officio
AND APPROVAL OF 5/15/12 REGULAR MEETING MINUTES: Chairperson Kuchenreuther indicated the
discussion regarding the Riverview Variance Requests on the 3rd page
does not specifically spell out that the map for the Riverview homes project
that was presented to the Planning Commission at the hearing was not correct,
but the Planning Commission did not catch the mistake. Kuchenreuther indicated she felt that
was one reason she was willing to allow their mistake. It was the consensus of the Planning
Commission to add the phrase “instead of the 19’ setback from the property
line” to the first sentence of the third paragraph under Riverview Variance
indicated that on the fourth page of the minutes, Engin
Sungur’s name is misspelled.
Kurpiers moved, seconded by Granger, to approve the minutes as amended. Motion carried.
OTHER BUSINESS : Comprehensive Plan Review (pages 26
– 29): The section
reviewed is titled Residential Planning Issues, with the first subtitle being
Mixed Densities and Mixed Uses.
Granger indicated she feels the first two paragraphs on mixed densities
and mixed uses are no longer important.
She feels the Residential (R)
need to be fiercely defended and should not be mixed into higher density zones. She noted this section does not address
the high number of rental properties in Morris. Granger cited the percentage of rental
properties in a number of cities, and Morris is at the high end. She indicated rentals bring with them
all kinds of problems, such as run down properties, long grass, garbage, and
parking. She pointed out the single
family homes turned into rentals are a business, and feels there should be zero
tolerance for the nuisances they pose.
She suggested limiting the number of rentals in certain
neighborhoods. Kurpiers asked if
that would even be enforceable. Granger
feels this issue should be highlighted in the Comprehensive Plan.
indicated that even if a single family home were changed to a rental, typically
it would not be multi family.
discussion was held.
Kuchenreuther would like to see the City be proactive on the rental housing issue
and really wrestle with the problem.
She feels the City needs to figure out a way to encourage landlords to
rent to families. She suggested
limiting the number of college students that can be in one house.
Housing Study lists 5 housing needs for the City, and Granger feels they should
be incorporated into the Comprehensive Plan. Kuchenreuther feels the Housing Study
should be used in this part of the Comprehensive Plan. Kurpiers asked if the old Elementary
School should also be addressed in the Comprehensive Plan. Kuchenreuther feels the issues and
opportunities with the old Elementary School should be included.
27, d. Improvements in New Subdivision, Granger feels street trees should be
included. Kuchenreuther also
suggested language should be included on rain gardens and impervious
surfaces. She also stated the City
needs to do more to connect neighborhoods with sidewalks, and feels the City
should do an evaluation of where sidewalks are needed. Kuchenreuther also feels this section
should have language that requires all new developments to put in dark sky
feels this entire section needs to be rewritten, incorporating a lot of things
from the Housing Study.
section states new streets and avenues should be numbered rather than
named. Kuchenreuther feels that
should be changed. Livingston
pointed out numbering them makes it easier for people from out of town to find
are to read pages 29 – 35 for next month, focusing on pages 29 –
ADJOURNMENT: Commissioner Kurpiers moved, seconded by
Livingston, to adjourn. Motion
carried and the meeting adjourned at 6:17.