- PLANNING COMMISSION - REGULAR MEETING-SEPTEMBER 16, 2014
Regular Meeting of the Morris Planning Commission was called to order at 5:15
p.m. this 16th day of September, 2014, 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
Hoffman, Gades, Livingston, Rudney, Kurpiers and Chairperson
Kuchenreuther. Commissioner Granger was absent. Also present were
ex-officio Miller and City Manager/Zoning Administrator Hill.
AND APPROVAL OF 8/19/14 REGULAR MEETING MINUTES: Commissioner Livingston
moved, seconded by Gades, to approve the minutes of the 8/19/14 regular meeting
as presented. With all present voting in favor, motion carried.
of Roads and Right of Way: The public hearing was opened at 5:17
p.m. Commissioner Kuchenreuther explained this hearing is on the vacation
of the non-existent roads and right of way in the Riley’s Commercial
Subdivision that was platted in 2006. City Manager/Zoning Administrator
Hill indicated these roads and right of way must be vacated so that the new plat
for this area can be filed.
being no public comments, the hearing was closed at 5:19. Commissioner
Rudney moved, seconded by Hoffman, to recommend to the City Council to vacate
the roads and right of way on the 2006 plat of the Riley’s Commercial
Subdivision. With all present voting in favor, motion carried.
Auction Site/Rezoning: Hill noted that allowing this type of
operation would require two things: 1. The area has to be rezoned;
and 2. The language in the HB zone has to be changed in order to allow
this kind of operation.
recommends the I1 (light industrial) zoning along the railroad track along East
10th Street be eliminated. He feels there is a natural
dividing line to split the area between HB (Highway Business) and R
(Residential). He feels the property to the northwest and west from the
end of the Morris Co-op property could be changed to HB, and the property to
the southeast could be changed to R. The Railroad would be grandfathered
in as a use.
second item would be to add language in the HB zone allowing for “Online
Auction Collection Sites” as a Conditional Use Permit. He noted the
sticking point is there is no way for them to sell someone else’s merchandise in
the HB zone without screening it, so that language would have to be
tweaked. Another option would be to add “unless otherwise authorized by
the Planning Commission through a Conditional Use Permit.” in the City Code at Section
11.3.2.D.7. This section addresses storage and display requirements in
the HB zone.
Rudney asked if changing the zoning to R would create any landlocked lots.
Hill indicated he thought all the areas zoned R would have access to 10th
Street. Rudney asked about the area to the north. Hill noted the
alley right of way is vacated, and the only way anything would happen there
would be if someone sold their property. Kuchenreuther noted the zoning
would not be designating lots, rather it is zoning.
Hoffman asked if the railroad had commented on this. Hill noted they
haven’t because there has not been a hearing on this yet. They might
comment if they get a public notice.
asked if Cenex’s operations would fit the new zoning. Ex-officio Miller
noted they would be grandfathered in.
indicated he feels changing the zoning would make more sense than adding Online
Auction Collection Sites as a Conditional Use Permit in the I1 zone.
Kuchenreuther noted that if the Railroad sold some of their property and it was
zoned I1, all light manufacturing businesses would be allowed, and they would
be across the street from an area zoned R. Livingston asked what would
happen if the Railroad decided to construct a small maintenance facility
on their property. Hill indicated they would be grandfathered in, but
could only continue using their property as it is now being used.
if changing the zoning on the east end of the current I1 zone would divide any
existing properties into two zones. Hill noted he doubts it, but he will
double check on that. Ron Gausman was present and noted when Gausman and
Hansen, owners of West Central Implement, purchased their land, they sold the
northern portions of the property to the adjacent businesses – Subway,
Northern Impressions, and Ag Service. He’s not sure if UPS or the
Railroad own the property behind UPS.
controversial part of the proposal is whether or not anything should be rezoned
to R, or if it should all be HB. Rudney indicated he feels there should
be as much of a buffer on 10th Street as possible.
recommends having the public hearing first and then deciding whether or not it
should all be HB or have R included also.
suggested having the public hearing and getting property owners’ input.
Rudney moved, seconded by Kurpiers to set a public hearing for October 21 to
consider rezoning that section from I1 to a split between HB and R with the
residential buffer toward 10th Street as big as possible. With
all present voting in favor, motion carried.
Gades moved, seconded by Rudney, to add “Online Auction Collection Sites” to
the conditional uses and in the Code in Section 11.3.2.D.7, add “unless otherwise
authorized by the Planning Commission through a Conditional Use Permit” at the
end of the paragraph. With all present voting in favor, motion carried.
ADJOURNMENT: Commissioner Rudney moved,
seconded by Hoffman, to adjourn. Motion carried and the meeting adjourned
at 6:05 p.m.