MINUTES – PLANNING
COMMISSION – REGULAR MEETING – OCTOBER 16, 2012
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.
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.
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
Gades moved, seconded by Granger, to approve the minutes of the 10/2/12 Special
Meeting. Motion carried.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Goal #1, I reads “Encourage development of multiple housing units in
appropriate areas.” It was suggested the Comprehensive Plan should reference
the Housing Study.
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.
Granger will meet regarding reorganizing the Comprehensive Plan.
Commissioner Kurpiers moved, seconded by Gades, to adjourn. Motion carried
and the meeting adjourned at 6:17.