MINUTES – PLANNING
COMMISSION – REGULAR MEETING – JULY 16, 2013
regular meeting of the Morris Planning Commission was called to order at 5:15
p.m. this 16th day of July, 2013, in the Council Chambers of the
Morris Senior Citizens/Community Center by Chairperson Kuchenreuther.
OF THE ROLL:
Roll call was taken with the following members present: Commissioners
Gades, Kurpiers, Livingston, Rudney, and Chairperson Kuchenreuther.
Commissioners Granger and Hoffman were absent. Also present were
Ex-officio Miller and City Manager/Zoning Administrator Hill.
AND APPROVAL OF 5/21/13 REGULAR MEETING MINUTES: Commissioner Rudney moved,
seconded by Kurpiers, to approve the minutes of the 5/21/13 regular meeting as
presented. With all present voting in favor, motion carried.
Variance Request: This hearing is for a zoning variance request from
Section 11.23, Subd. 2 D 5 (i) of the Morris City Code which requires a 7’
sideyard setback in an residential (R) zone. This request is by Gary and
Ione Bruns, 12 South California, legally described as Block 1, SE 20’ Lot 8 and
All Lot 9, Morningside Addition, parcel number 20-0935-000. This
variance, if granted, would allow building an attached garage within 5’ of the
sideyard property line.
explained the Bruns’ have an attached garage that they want to enlarge and it
would be within 5’ of the sideyard property line. The finished garage
would be 24 X 32. Hill has received no feedback regarding this
request. He indicated the neighbor’s house has smaller high windows next
to this garage, and it is living space. Bruns noted the neighbor has a
garage in the back of their yard.
indicated he does not see any problems approving this request. Bruns
indicated they are going to try keep the pitch of the roof the same on the
asked how far the neighbor’s house is from the property line. Bruns
estimated it is about 8’ from the sideyard property line.
currently have a 1-car garage. Kuchenreuther noted the Planning
Commission considers a 1-car garage non-standard.
Gades moved, seconded by Livingston, to approve this variance request.
With all present voting in favor, motion carried.
Request for Closed Landfill Restricted Zone Creation: Hill handed out
information he received from Olmsted County on this issue. He indicated
he basically took their information and drafted a new zoning district document
for Morris. He indicated it is short and to the point, and follows MPCA
indicated he does not know if Stevens County has finished their plan for this
yet. He noted the City really doesn’t have any liability or
responsibility for the landfill, except to zone it. He indicated the only
thing the City should make a decision on is if a solar farm should be allowed.
Livingston noted the ground under the landfill is unstable and is going to
settle, so he is surprised that a solar farm could be allowed.
indicated there are three types of uses – permitted, accessory and
asked if there is any urgency to get this adopted. Hill indicated there
is no urgency. Kuchenreuther suggested the Planning Commissioners read
through the information and discuss it at the August meeting.
indicated he feels landfill and methane gas capture options should be included
as well. Hill noted that the Olmsted County resolution includes bee
keeping and vineyards.
noted Olmsted County has methane gas capture as a conditional use.
Chairperson Kuchenreuther asked if the City EDA is made up of Council
members. Hill indicated that is correct. Kuchenreuther indicated
the proposals for development of the old elementary school property all talk
about student and elderly housing. She feels there is a need for
transitory housing for temporary or new staff that are not interested in buying
a home when they first come to town. Ex-officio Miller noted the design
plan included some nicer rental units. He feels the developers will look to
target what is needed in our community. Kuchenreuther indicated out of
town developers may not realize Morris needs transitory housing. Hill
noted one of the developers has indicated they would like to meet with
community members to get a feel for what they want.
Commissioner Gades asked if the Industrial Park was full. Hill noted it
is pretty much filled. Gades asked if the City is going to purchase more
land for the Industrial Park. Hill indicated the City is interested in
purchasing more land and has talked with an adjacent land owner.
ADJOURNMENT: There being no further
business, Commissioner Gades moved, seconded by Livingston to adjourn.
Motion carried and the meeting adjourned at 5:40.