COMMISSION-REGULAR MEETING-SEPTEMBER 17, 2013
Regular Meeting of the Morris Planning Commission was called to order at 5:15
p.m. this 17th day of September, 2013, 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 Rudney, Granger, Kurpiers, and Chairperson Kuchenreuther.
Commissioners Livingston, Hoffman and Gades were absent. Also present
were Ex-officio Miller and City Manager/Zoning Administrator Hill.
AND APPROVAL OF 8/20/13 REGULAR MEETING MINUTES: Commissioner Granger
moved, seconded by Rudney, to approve the minutes of the 8/20/13 regular
meeting as presented. Motion carried.
Council Request for Action on Zoning – Set Public Hearing for Zoning:
Chairperson Kuchenreuther indicated the City Council has passed a Resolution Requesting
Planning Commission Action on Zoning. This resolution requests that the
Planning Commission change the zoning for the area along East 7th
Street from Columbia Avenue to Iowa Avenue, which was recently changed from a
Highway Business (HB) Zoning District to a Multiple Family Residence (RM)
Zoning District, back to a Highway Business (HB) Zoning District.
Granger indicated she has thought this through and feels HB is not the right
zone in that area as it allows such large scale operations. She feels the
City should consider a Neighborhood Commercial District which would allow for
small businesses in residential areas. The City of Minneapolis has such a
district, and Granger made a spreadsheet of what their district allows, what
the Morris HB zone allows, what the Morris Central Business District (CBD)
allows, and what she feels could be allowed in a Morris Neighborhood Commercial
District. The new district would allow smaller uses such as clothing stores,
shoe repair, cafes, coffee shops, and vet clinics, to name a few. Not
permitted would be movie theatres, auto sales, gas stations, motels, rest
homes, and other uses that would negatively impact residential
neighborhoods. Granger indicated uses could be limited by size. The
purpose of the Neighborhood Commercial District is to provide a convenient
shopping environment of small scale retail sales and commercial services that
are compatible with adjacent residential uses. Commissioner Rudney indicated
he also looked at Minneapolisí zoning code and feels this zone makes so much
sense. The zone would prohibit things that spill into the night, such as
night clubs, and allow entertainment things that go on in the daytime.
Miller indicated he feels that with the 17 acre school property across the
street and the development that will be taking place there, it makes sense to
try and accommodate and allow some uses along 7th Street, and feels
some types of small businesses along there could be good. Kuchenreuther
agreed that having amenities close to housing is good.
pointed out that Brown Wilbert is a heavy industrial use, and is a
non-conforming business in both the HB and RM zones. She noted that
Minneapolis is not social engineering because a lot of things are allowed in
the Neighborhood Commercial District. Uses could be restricted by size,
hours and spill over impact. The Planning Commission would have to think
about principal and accessory uses, along with setbacks, screening, etc.
indicated that with the City Councilís resolution requesting action, the
Planning Commission has to set a public hearing on changing the zoning from RM
to HB. Public notices must be sent to all property owners within a 350
foot radius, the hearing must be held, and then the Planning Commission makes a
recommendation to the City Council on that request. Hill questioned why
the Planning Commission would want to create a commercial zone on that little
stretch of street. He asked if this zone would be placed on every corner
in Morris. Kuchenreuther indicated it could be placed along major streets
such as West 5th Street. Miller feels the City has to try
protect businesses also. Hill indicated he feels the Planning Commission
is trying to solve a problem by doing something (creating the new zone) they
never would have done otherwise. Granger did not agree.
indicated Brown Wilbert does want to add on to their building. Granger
pointed out that according to the Code, their business is non-conforming, even
in the Highway Business zone. They are an allowed use in the Heavy
Industrial zone. Hill pointed out that as a non-conforming use, they are
not allowed to expand. Miller asked if Brown Wilbert would be allowed to
move their trucks out of the trucks stalls and use that space for their
business. Kuchenreuther indicated that would be an expansion, and would
not be allowed.
Kurpiers indicated Mayor Giese did ask if there was a zone for uses between RM
and HB. Granger indicated the possible new Neighborhood Commercial
District would allow a lot more uses, and would allow property owners to sell
their properties for many uses.
suggested holding the public hearing, listening to the input from the public,
and explaining that the Planning Commission feels they have a better option
with a new Neighborhood Commercial zone, and then take time to develop the new
zone. Miller agreed this would show that the Planning Commission is
trying to work with the present owners.
asked if there would be a negative impact on Main Street if the Neighborhood
Commercial zone comes to pass. Granger indicated she didnít think it
would. Rudney indicated he didnít think the neighborhood businesses would
be much competition to the downtown businesses. Kurpiers indicated this was the
one negative benefit he came up with with the new zone.
Granger moved, seconded by Rudney, to set a public hearing for 5:20 p.m. on
Tuesday, October 15th devoted to the question of whether or not to reverse
the zoning on East 7th Street from Columbia Avenue to Iowa Avenue
and reinstate Highway Business (HB). With all present voting in favor,
Brief discussion was held on the progress of the demolition of the old
asked if the Planning Commission was going to start working on zoning the
landfill property. Hill explained there is no use in working on it until
Stevens County does their plan.
ADJOURNMENT: There being no further
business, Commissioner Rudney moved, seconded by Kurpiers, to adjourn.
Motion carried and the meeting adjourned at 6:17.