MINUTES - PLANNING
COMMISSION - REGULAR MEETING - DECEMBER 17, 2013
Regular Meeting of the Morris Planning Commission was called to order at 5:15
p.m. this 17th day of December, 2013, by
Chairperson Kuchenreuther in the Council Chambers of the Morris Senior
OF THE ROLL: Roll Call was taken with the following
members present: Commissioners
Rudney, Livingston, Granger, Kurpiers, and Chairperson Kuchenreuther. Commissioners Gades and Hoffman were
absent. Also present was City
Manager/Zoning Administrator Hill.
Ex-officio Miller arrived at 5:30.
AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES: 11/19/13 Regular
Meeting: Commissioner Granger
moved, seconded by Livingston, to approve the minutes of the 11/19/13 regular
Planning Commission meeting as presented.
With all present voting in favor, motion carried.
Worksession Minutes: Commissioner Granger moved, seconded by
Livingston, to approve the minutes of the 12/3/13 Planning Commission
worksession as presented. With all
present voting in favor, motion carried.
BUSINESS: Neighborhood Commercial District
drafted Subd. 1
Purpose, which reads, "The NC, Neighborhood Commercial District,
is intended to provide a mix of housing and small-scale businesses that are
compatible with surrounding residential areas. Uses in this district are restricted to
limit adverse impacts on nearby residential areas. The scale of buildings and parking areas
are also restricted so as not to conflict with the character of surrounding
residential development." The Commission
felt this wording is good, and captures the intent of the district.
Commission went on to review the various sections of the draft ordinance. The first section discussed was Use
Regulations and Permitted Uses. Granger
indicated she feels the Commission should limit things that need big signs,
parking, and uses that spill into the neighborhood.
indicated he has a concern with drive-in restaurants. Granger indicated she doesn't feel
drinking places should be permitted uses in this zone. It was the consensus to strike "eating
and drinking places" in 8a, and delete 8f in its entirety
which includes entertainment and amusement services such as motion
picture theatres, bowling alleys, and roller skating rinks.
asked if in 8a, the word "neighborhood" should be inserted before "grocery
store". It was felt lot coverage
and setbacks would take care of the size of the grocery store, so
"neighborhood" does not need to be added.
asked what 9 Professional businesses would include. It was felt 8c which
lists professional services such as medical and dental clinics, architecture
and attorney offices would cover all professional businesses, so 9 can be
asked the intent of 10 – private clubs. Hill feels that would be like the Eagles
and Legion clubs. Discussion was
held on liquor establishments and restaurants that serve liquor. Rudney suggested making liquor
establishments conditional uses and limit them with conditions. Granger stated she feels the purpose of
this district is to protect the sanctity of the residential neighborhood. Hill suggested making a restaurant a
permitted use, but if they serve liquor, they would be required to get a
conditional use permit.
the consensus to add "coffee shops" before bakeries in 8a.
also the consensus to make 10 private clubs, 11 automobile parking lots, 12 on
and off sale liquor establishments, and 13 mortuaries all conditional
Garden and landscape sales under permitted uses is similar to nurseries and
greenhouses under conditional uses.
It was the consensus to strike garden and landscape sales in permitted
uses, and leave it as a conditional use.
Veterinary clinics for small animals is listed as a permitted use. It was the consensus this should be a
Uses (Accessory) was reviewed next.
Discussion was held on B3, the renting of rooms or the providing of
table board to not more than three persons per single family
dwelling. It was the consensus to
leave the language in this section.
asked if a gym facility should be a permitted use. It was the consensus that "fitness center"
be added to Permitted Uses 8b.
asked about the restriction of size in B6, home occupations. After discussion, it was the consensus
to list B6 as Home Occupations, and strike the restriction on use of gross
questioned if cemeteries, hospitals and rest homes, and public schools,
colleges and universities should be struck because of their scale. She also
asked if police and fire should be deleted. It was the consensus to leave them all
in as conditional uses.
automotive accessory stores, repair shops, service stations and car wash establishments
as conditional uses. It was the
consensus to add automotive parts store to A8 of Permitted Uses, and strike
"accessory stores" and "service stations" from C9 of Conditional Uses.
was held on District Requirements.
It was the consensus that language needs to be added that limits
commercial structures on a lot or parcel of 21,000 square feet or less (3 lots).
of coverage, Kuchenreuther indicated she feels limiting coverage to 30% of the
lot is too small. In several
examples of the NC zone Kuchenreuther researched, they allowed 50% coverage
with 70% impervious surface. Hill noted setbacks need to be addressed
before coverage can be determined.
He indicated on a 50 X 140 lot with a 25' front setback, 10' rear
setback, and a 5' sideyard setback, there's a total of 2,800 square feet in
setbacks, and then buildings and parking need to be added. On a corner lot, the setback
requirements comprise 4,900 square feet of a 50 X 140 lot. Hill indicated he feels a 5' sideyard
setback is sufficient, along with a 25' front yard setback. He also feels parking needs to be
allowed in the front of businesses in this zone. Granger indicated she feels setbacks in
the multi family district are too restrictive for this district.
District Requirements, Granger questioned if the term "commercial" should be
changed to "non-residential". It
was the consensus to change the term to "non-residential' in D1 Lot Coverage,
D2 Height Restrictions, and D3 Setback Requirements.
draw up a new draft for the January meeting that will reflect the changes
ADJOURNMENT: There being no
further business, Commissioner Rudney moved, seconded by Livingston, to
adjourn. Motion carried and the
meeting adjourned at 6:25.