MINUTES – PLANNING
COMMISSION – REGULAR MEETING-NOVEMBER 19, 2013
The Regular Meeting of the Morris Planning Commission was
called to order at 5:15 p.m .this 19th day of November, 2013, by
Chairperson Kuchenreuther in the Council Chambers of the Morris Senior
CALL OF THE ROLL: Roll call was taken with the following members
present: Commissioners Granger, Livingston, Rudney, Kurpiers, and
Chairperson Kuchenreuther. Commissioner Gades arrived at 5:20, and
Commissioner Hoffman was absent. Also present were City Manager/Zoning
Administrator Hill and Ex-officio Miller.
READING AND APPROVAL OF 10/15/13 REGULAR MEETING MINUTES: Commissioner Rudney moved,
seconded by Granger, to approve the minutes of the 10/15/13 regular meeting as
submitted. Motion carried.
PUBLIC HEARINGS: None.
OTHER BUSINESS: Neighborhood Commercial District Discussion:
City Manager/Zoning Administrator Hill indicated he took the City Code format
and tried to include those things that would be included in a Neighborhood
Commercial (NC) District in writing the draft. In the NC zone he included
all permitted uses of the RM District, and added other uses he thought would be
compatible in an NC District, along with accessory and conditional uses.
He noted that setbacks need to be addressed in the new district. He
indicated it comes down to what the Planning Commission wants permitted in the
Commissioner Rudney noted whatever is permitted in the NC
needs to apply to the entire City, not just this area. Hill
questioned if there are any other areas in the City where NC would apply.
Rudney thought there may be several areas along West 5th Street that
may apply. Livingston indicated he is trying to think about potential
uses down the road.
Kuchenreuther indicated she feels warehouses and wholesale
businesses should be conditional uses. She feels the NC district should
supply neighborhoods with businesses. She feels UMM students do not
venture downtown a lot, and feels they would go to small businesses along East
7th Street, therefore this district would be a neighborhood serving
It was felt businesses that need large parking lots would
not be appropriate in the NC zone. Granger indicated a lot of model
ordinances she looked at restrict the size of buildings rather than restricting
David Fluegel submitted his thoughts in writing about the
zoning on East 7th Street. Chairperson Kuchenreuther read the
Neighborhood Commercial District Discussion:
Kuchenreuther asked about parking regulations in various
zoning districts. Hill noted a special notation regarding parking for the
NC zone could be included in Section 11.70 of the City Code.
Granger indicated possible additions to the items Hill
noted as permitted uses could be personal services, laundry, therapeutic
massage, veterinarian clinic, newspaper publishing, catering, etc., and she was
trying to think of ways to generalize uses that could be added. Rudney
suggested “General retail sales and services” could be added. Granger
indicated she feels lighting and noise created by a business should be considered,
as well as size. Rudney indicated he thinks controlling the size of
buildings might be helpful.
Hill has included Parking Lots as a possible permitted use
in the NC zone. He indicated that would be a place where parking spots
are sold, leased or rented, and would not include parking that is required for
Hill indicated the dilemma is trying to determine what
should be included as permitted in the NC zone. He feels using general
terms would be the best idea so the Commission isn’t trying to list every
Discussion was held on limiting the physical size of the
buildings versus limiting the size of the property.
Hill indicated all the businesses currently along East 7th
Street will be grandfathered in. Discussion was held on lot
Granger suggested excluding those things that would not be
compatible, and allowing everything else.
Kurpiers indicated light, noise, sound and dust could be
restricted under District Requirements. He also feels screening and signs
might be something to look at closer. Kuchenreuther indicated the
screening requirements listed in 5 seems bizarre to her. Granger
indicated Performance Standards in the City Code differentiate screening
adjacent to residences. The language on Screening Requirements in this
draft is taken from the HB zone.
Kuchenreuther pointed out the Landscaping Requirements
listed in the draft is in conflict with the Permitted Use of Garden and
Rudney indicated he feels setbacks need to change in the
rear of properties and possibly the sides, as he feels all the businesses in
this zone would be designed for parking in the front. Hill reminded the
Commissioners that the setback is from the property line and not the
Kuchenreuther feels there should be a sidewalk on the
north side of East 7th Street if there are going to be businesses
there. Hill indicated the right of way is where a sidewalk is allowed,
and there may not be room for sidewalks along that stretch. Miller noted
there is a sidewalk on the south side of East 7th Street, and
doesn’t feel there would be a need for sidewalk on both sides. Miller
suggested a pedestrian crossing be put in. Don Werk indicated the
sidewalk is on the south side of 7th Street because that is the side
of the street where parking is allowed.
Rudney asked if it would be sufficient to require 20’
setback and have vehicles park straight on toward the buildings. Kurpiers
noted it depends on where the property pins are located, and feels it would be
good to do some measuring. Hill indicated parking spots are required to
be 9’ X 20’.
Sid Wilcox indicated his attorney told him to give the
Planning Commission until January 1st before he kicks in.
Miller asked Wilcox if there is anything definite he is proposing to do with
his property. Wilcox indicated there isn’t. Hill informed the
Commissioners that if someone is threatening the Commission with legal action,
the City’s League of MN Cities attorney will deal with it.
Hill summarized the things the Planning Commission needs
to address: setbacks, size of existing buildings, purpose of the
district, lot coverage, allowed building size, how to deal with getting what is
intended in the NC zone, screening/landscaping, and height
Brown/Wilbert: Kuchenreuther indicated this is an intractable
issue. Hill indicated he feels this business is either light or heavy
industrial, and they could either be spot zoned or included as a use in another
zone, but that he didn’t think either would probably be the right way to do
Worksession: It was the consensus to meet in work session on
Monday, December 2, 2013 at 5:30 to further discuss the NC District and
AJDOURNMENT: There being no further business, Commissioner
Rudney moved, seconded by Kurpiers, to adjourn. Motion carried and the
meeting adjourned at 6:30.