– PLANNING COMMISSION – SPECIAL MEETING – OCTOBER 2, 2012
Special Meeting of the Morris Planning Commission was called to order at 5:15
p.m. this 2nd day of October, 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
Gades, Granger, Rudney, Livingston, Hoffman and Chairperson
Kuchenreuther. Also present were Ex-officio Miller and City
Manager/Zoning Administrator Hill.
AND APPROVAL OF AUGUST 21, 2012 REGULAR MEETING MINUTES: Chairperson Kuchenreuther
indicated the Planning Commission deferred consideration of these minutes at
the 9/18/12 meeting. Commission Rudney asked about the first sentence at
the top of page 2 which reads, “Granger noted that the Planning Commission was
not consulted when the 2007 annexation took place, and is wondering why the
mobile home park on East 7th Street was not included in the
annexation.” He stated this is inaccurate, as the Planning Commission was
consulted on the annexation. Granger also noted she did not say that at
the meeting. The Secretary will review the tape of the minutes and amend
the minutes to state “Commissioner (whoever made the statement) wondered why the
mobile home park on East 7th Street was not included when the 2007
annexation took place.” Commissioner Rudney moved, seconded by Hoffman,
to approve the minutes with the noted amendment. With all present voting
in favor, motion carried.
Variance Request: This hearing is on a zoning variance request from
Section 11.23, Subd. 2 D 5 (c) of the Morris City Code which requires a 10’
interior side yard setback in a residential (R) zone. This request is by
Stan Hennen, 50406 260th Street, Morris, and the subject parcel is
600 West 8th Street, legally described as Block 4, Lot 4, Sunset
View, Parcel #20-0859-000. This variance, if granted, would allow the
addition onto an attached garage within 6’8” of the side yard property line.
noted this is a variance request to construct an 8’ addition to the single garage.
He talked with a neighbor, Mr. Rosen, today. Originally the Rosens had
issues with this request regarding fire protection and drainage. Hill
indicated he didn’t think either of those will be issues because of the
distance between the two properties. Hill stated two issues the Rosens
have after talking with Mr. Rosen today are how the overhang of the new
addition plays into the setback, and how the variance would affect them if they
want to put an egress window in on the side of their house facing the Hennen
house. Hill indicated he discussed the overhang issue with the City’s
building official. The building official indicated the measurement of the
variance is from the wall, not the overhang. Rosen indicated the Hennen
house has a 2’ overhang on the end, and a 3’ overhang on the back of the
home. Hill indicated setback requirements do not affect egress
Hennen, 50406 260th Street, indicated they purchased the home as a
retirement home. One of the concerns they have with the property is the
steepness of the grade from the garage down to their additional parking spot on
their yard. This is a reason they decided to add on to the garage.
Hoffman indicated he does not see anything dramatic with this request beside
the fact the home sits kitty corner on the lot.
Miller asked if the setback will be 6’6” as stated on the application, or 6’8”
as stated on the plan. Hennen replied it is 6’8”, and there are property
Rosen, 804 Sunset Place, stated their home is 10’ from the property line.
He stated the former owner of the Hennen home followed the rules
strictly. He stated it will take some getting used to going from that
neighbor to a neighbor that is requesting a variance.
asked about the fire issue, and being able to get behind the homes for fire
protection. Hill noted one could get to the back of the homes off 8th
Street, and also noted the Rosen’s structure is 10’ off their property line,
which would be a total of 16’8” between the homes if the variance were
granted. Ex-officio Miller indicated that chances are that during a fire,
a fire truck would not be driven to the back of the properties, rather a hose
would be brought to the back.
indicated he does see both points of view on this variance request, and does
not see a reason not to grant the request.
indicated in this case she feels an extraordinary circumstance exists with the
house sitting kitty corner on the lot.
indicated she is comfortable granting the variance because it is an addition to
a single car garage making it a double car garage.
Granger moved, seconded by Rudney, to grant the variance as requested.
With all present voting in favor, motion carried.
asked if the criteria on the Checklist for Variance Requests is still valid
with the new law regarding variances. Hill will look into the language on
Benson, 612 West 5th Street, asked what the rule is on
variances. Kuchenreuther responded that the practice the Planning
Commission has applied is to use sensible judgment on if what is being asked
causes a hardship to the neighbors. Benson asked if the Commission would
consider 5’ from the property line too close. Kuchenreuther indicated
that the Commission would have to look at all the surrounding circumstances.
ADJOURNMENT: There being no further
business, Commissioner Gades moved, seconded by Rudney, to adjourn.
Motion carried and the meeting adjourned at 5:43.