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MINUTES – PLANNING COMMISSION – REGULAR MEETING – OCTOBER 16, 2012

The Regular Meeting of the Morris Planning Commission was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 16th day of October, 2012, by Chairperson Kuchenreuther in the Council Chambers of the Morris Senior Citizens/Community Center.

CALL OF THE ROLL: Roll call was taken with the following members present: Commissioners Granger, Kurpiers, Gades, and Chairperson Kuchenreuther. Commissioners Hoffman, Rudney and Livingston were absent. Also present were Ex-officio Miller and City Manager/Zoning Administrator Hill.

READING AND APPROVAL OF 9/18/12 REGULAR MEETING MINUTES AND 10/2/12 SPECIAL MEETING MINUTES: Commissioner Granger moved, seconded by Chairperson Kuchenreuther, to approve the minutes of the 9/18/12 Regular Meeting. Motion carried.

Commissioner Gades moved, seconded by Granger, to approve the minutes of the 10/2/12 Special Meeting. Motion carried.

PUBLIC HEARINGS: None.

OTHER BUSINESS: Comprehensive Plan Review – Pages 32-35: Commissioner Granger feels that there should be an entire section on environmental issues instead of them being stuck here and there in the Comprehensive Plan.

Under Land Use Goal #1, Commercial, on page 33, Hill noted he uses the zoning map often times, and only allows development in proper areas. He feels some of the policies were written at a time when the rules weren’t being following so closely. He stated maybe a better statement here would be to make sure the City is following the adopted zoning plan.

Kuchenreuther feels all of page 32 can be reorganized. She feels the language regarding screening in commercial and industrial areas is an important item to keep.

Granger noted that many industries now are scaled up from what they used to be. Years ago, those industries were smaller and are not as compatible now with the residential areas as they used to be.

Granger indicated that if the Land Use Goals are going to be kept in the updated Comprehensive Plan, she feels preserving natural resources and the environment should be added as a general goal. Kuchenreuther noted that Land Use Goal #1 on page 33 is already somewhere else in the Comprehensive Plan.

Hill noted some of the items listed do not need to be in the Comprehensive Plan because they are already addressed in the Orderly Annexation Agreement. He also noted there is a lot of land within the City limits and under the City’s authority that is tied

up for institutional purposes. Granger stated some of the goals provide for theoretical support of the Orderly Annexation Agreement, and feels some of the goals should be kept for that reason.

Granger is aware of a City that is completely surrounded by wind turbines, and the people that live in the town are just miserable as there is no clear view of anything. These townspeople do not benefit from the privately-owned wind turbines. She feels if the City had had some kind of regulations regarding wind turbines, that could have been prevented. She feels something should be added to the Comprehensive Plan regarding preservation of the environment to prevent something like this happening in Morris. A Wind Turbine Ordinance was also suggested.

Hill questioned the need for the Community Facilities, Services and Utilities section in the Comprehensive Plan. Granger noted that when a Management Plan is done, one would first look at what they have, and that may be the reason for this section. Kuchenreuther suggested this section should be an appendix. Hill noted the Comprehensive Plan is a document the City uses.

Granger indicated it seems like the Comprehensive Plan needs to be reorganized by topic into background, goals and policies. Hill suggested listing a goal then listing what tasks are going to be done to meet that goal. He suggested focusing on zoning, planning and where things should be placed.

Land Use Goal #1, D, reads “Work to incorporate all existing and planned urban development in the adjacent Townships within the City limits.” Granger noted some of that was taken care of in the 2007 annexation, but questioned if that is a desirable policy.

Land Use Goal #1, G states “Protect residential neighborhoods adjacent to the commercial areas.” Granger feels policies or practices should be implemented that buffer residential neighborhoods from commercial areas.

Land Use Goal #1, I reads “Encourage development of multiple housing units in appropriate areas.” It was suggested the Comprehensive Plan should reference the Housing Study.

Hill indicated he will try to clean up the format of the Comprehensive Plan. Granger indicated she would be willing to try separate categories out. Hill noted he asked the Planning Commission to review and update the Comprehensive Plan. This may include pulling out some parts of the plan. Granger indicated she does not want to lose the fact that a lot of people had input into the Comprehensive Plan, and does not want to lose their desires.

Hill and Granger will meet regarding reorganizing the Comprehensive Plan.

ADJOURNMENT: Commissioner Kurpiers moved, seconded by Gades, to adjourn. Motion carried and the meeting adjourned at 6:17.

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