MINUTES – PLANNING
COMMISSION – REGULAR MEETING – AUGUST 21, 2012
regular meeting of the Morris Planning Commission was called to order at 5:15
p.m. this 21st day of August, 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
Livingston, Hoffman, Granger, Kurpiers, Rudney and Chairperson
Kuchenreuther. Commissioner Gades was absent. Also present were
Ex-officio Miller and City Manager/Zoning Administrator Hill.
AND APPROVAL OF 7/17/12 REGULAR MEETING MINUTES: Commissioner Rudney moved,
seconded by Livingston, to approve the minutes of the 7/17/12 Regular Meeting
as submitted. With all present voting in favor, motion carried.
Code Update: Hill indicated the City Code contains words that to him
do not make any sense and feels the language in the Code needs to be
indicated there is a development company interested in the property north of
Highway 28 at the Highway 9 junction. They would build a building that a
business in Morris would rent. The area is platted, but there is no
infrastructure. Hill noted he refers to the City Code frequently for
these types of projects.
Kuchenreuther asked about the schedule for demolition of the old school.
Hill noted he is meeting with a bond consultant tomorrow regarding the old
school. He indicated if the funding can be figured out, he hopes to take
bids on demolition after January 2013. Rudney asked if the property will
be rezoned. Granger noted it is zoned RM already, but it is not
platted. Kuchenreuther suggested any potential purchasers of the property
be reminded of the Affordable Green Neighborhood Plan for the property.
Miller noted those ideas have been shared with interested people.
Plan: Kuchenreuther noted she feels when this Comprehensive Plan was
written, the most important thing was to figure out how to redevelop the
central city and get rid of decrepit properties. Granger recommends
implementing the Housing Study. Kuchenreuther feels another goal should
be to work with the County to avoid sprawl.
noted that b. at the top of Page 32 suggests developing an Orderly Annexation
Plan. Hill pointed out the City has an Orderly Annexation Plan, and feels
it should be enforced on the County and Township levels also. He feels
the City does have good communication with the County on planning issues.
wondered why the mobile home park on East 7th Street was not
included when the 2007 annexation took place. Hill stated that will come
up when the utilities are put in on 7th Street and out to the
Hillside Addition. That will happen when either the City decides to build
the infrastructure, or the residents petition to have it done.
D.1.c. discusses creating new parks that will provide parkland for every 100
residents. Granger encourages the development of a park plan that
addresses the location of the parks and their use, and also management and
maintenance recommendations because of budget constraints and new realizations
about environmental controls. She suggested parks could be maintained in
a different way that would bring maintenance costs down. Kuchenreuther
feels the number of acres of parks seems less relevant than the placement of
the parks. Granger suggested having parks for organized sports, and
others for more informal or passive uses. Hill doesn’t feel it is
necessary to mandate a park for every so-many people. He feels page 32,
D.1.d. regarding the expansion of trails is a better thing to promote.
suggested language for D.1.c. that would state, “It would be nice if parks and
green spaces are considered”, instead of the mandated park for every 100
residents. Section 12.30, Subd. 2, DD and EE of the City Code set out the
requirements for parks in new developments.
asked about the development of a park plan. Hill noted there is already a
park plan. Granger suggested incorporating the park plan into the
comprehensive plan. Hill feels the Hillside Addition is one that should
have had a little park area, as that addition is not connected to the City with
any other trails or sidewalks. He stated the City wants to make sure new
developments have sidewalk connections. He noted in the Public
Improvement Code the city is now going to designate major arterial roads, City
arterial roads, rural urban roads, collector roads, and residential roads, and
build the roads to those standards.
doesn’t feel 2.a. on page 32 should be under Residential Land Use. She
feels it should be higher up for each use. Kuchenreuther agreed.
on page 32, Commercial Land Use, Granger feels encouraging the sharing of
parking lots should be added, along with encouraging new parking lots with
environmentally best practices. She also feels a large section should be
added stating we shall preserve, protect and enhance natural resources in the
environment. She feels someone needs to go through the entire Code and
find deficiencies on handing environmental issues. She feels a committee
of 10 people should take a year and look at Morris in terms of City management
and planning on how it should be environmentally responsible. Hill
indicated one of the easiest ways to make sure new projects comply with State
and Federal mandates is to work with architects as they know and understand the
felt 2b. on page 32 could be removed.
for the September meeting will be pages 32 – 35 of the Comprehensive
ADJOURNMENT: There being no further
business, Commissioner Rudney moved, seconded by Livingston, to adjourn.
Motion carried and the meeting adjourned at 6:20 p.m.