MINUTES - PLANNING
COMMISSION - REGULAR MEETING - MAY 21, 2013
regular meeting of the Morris Planning Commission was called to order at 5:18
p.m. this 21st day of May, 2013, 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
Rudney, Granger, Livingston, Kurpiers and Chairperson Kuchenreuther. Commissioners Gades and Hoffman were
absent. Also present were City
Manager/Zoning Administrator Hill and Ex-officio Miller.
AND APPROVAL OF 11/20/12 REGULAR MEETING MINUTES: Commissioner Granger indicated the last
sentence on the second page should read, “Granger indicated the Housing Study
did that and it indicated the old school grounds, in light of market need, had
a capacity for 16 – 20 twin home rentals, 20-24 owner-occupied townhomes
or twin homes, and student housing with 3-4 students/unit.” Commissioner Kurpiers indicated the last
sentence of the 5th paragraph on page 2 should read, “Kurpiers noted
the property itself is valuable and very attractive to developers, and adding
in the TIF District is an added bonus that could help maintain a little more
say in how it’s developed.”
Rudney moved, seconded by Kurpiers, to approve the 11/20/12 minutes with the
above corrections. Motion carried.
BUSINESS: Election of Chairperson and Vice
Chairperson for 2013:
Commissioner Granger moved, seconded by Livingston, to elect the slate
of Kuchenreuther as Chairperson for 2013, and Rudney as Vice Chairperson for
2013. Motion carried.
Request for Closed Landfill Restricted Zone Creation/Other Updates: City Manager/Zoning Administrator Hill
received a letter from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)
recommending that the City adopt a zoning district called “Closed Landfill
Restricted” which will control any development on the landfill property. Right now the property is zoned Heavy
Industrial, and the MPCA believes most of the identified uses in the Heavy
Industrial zone are not compatible with the MPCA’s future responsibilities for
MPCA has designated
a waste footprint, land management area, groundwater plume, groundwater area of
concern, and methane area of concern.
the area south of Bonanza Bean in the Industrial Park is the area that the City
is interested in purchasing for the expansion of the Industrial Park.
Kuchenreuther asked if the City had ever thought of collecting the methane. Hill indicated the City does not own the
Commission reviewed the maps included in the MPCA packet. Also included was suggested language for
a new zone, however, there are a lot of blanks in the document. Hill will do some research in order to
come up with a completed document.
noted that once an ordinance is drafted for the creation of the new zone, the
City will give notice to adjoining properties, and
hold a public hearing. Hill will
check and see if the County is also creating a new zone.
asked that the Planning Commission members review the MPCA information.
Requests: Hill indicated there have been a few
inquiries about possible variances, but no requests have come in at this
Elementary School: Ex-officio Miller noted the City
Council, through its Economic Development Authority (EDA), authorized
advertising for the sale of the 17.75 acres on which the old school sits. Proposals will be taken until June 20th.
asked what the public input process is when the proposals come in. Hill noted the EDA is the owner of
the property. The EDA has the
ability to meet, review, and negotiate the sale of the property. Then everything is brought back to a
public hearing. Hill indicated
there has been a lot of discussion on public input, and he feels the public
input has been going on for the last seven years while development
of this property has been studied by various groups. The property is zoned RM, and the
developers Hill has talked to are interested in
developing the property into things that are permitted in the RM zone.
indicated she feels one of the really good things about the process over the
past years was the sensitivity to the surrounding neighborhood that the
architects tried to show, and she hopes that is taken into consideration.
asked what the process is by which the public gets to see the proposals. Hill indicated that happens during the
public hearing. Granger indicated
this is the largest redevelopment in the City of Morris and asked if a public
information meeting could be held to review proposals. Hill pointed out anyone buying the
property has to follow all the rules and regulations for developing the
property, and the City and EDA cannot tell the developers all the specifics of
what they develop. He noted his goal as City Manager is to get this property into the hands
of people with money that will develop the land. He feels this will not
be accomplished by a muddled process of how it should be developed. He indicated the City does not have the
money to develop the property.
indicated she feels the Planning Commission should be involved. Hill pointed out the zoning dictates
setbacks, etc., and the Planning Commission will be involved in the platting
process. Kuchenreuther indicated
she feels the City needs to look at alternative models if there are no
proposals. Hill stated that the
City didn’t want to lead the development.
If one developer wanted to buy the whole thing, subdivide it and
petition the City to put in the water, sewer and streets, we probably wouldn’t
take the risk.
asked if the public input process is to attend the EDA meetings. Hill indicated that is correct.
discussion was held. Granger noted
the Housing Study said the infusion of new construction and housing is good for
ADJOURNMENT: There being no
further business, Commission Kurpiers moved, seconded by Rudney, to
adjourn. Motion carried and the
meeting adjourned at 6:20.