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MINUTES - REGULAR MEETING - PLANNING COMMISSION - MAY 17, 2016

 

The Regular Meeting of the Morris Planning Commission was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 17th day of May, 2016 by Chairperson Kuchenreuther in the Council Chambers of the Morris Senior Citizens/Community Center.

 

CALL OF THE ROLL:  Roll call was taken with the following members present:  Commissioners Rudney, Granger, Kurpiers, Gades and Chairperson Kuchenreuther.  Commissioner Hoffman was absent.  Also present were Ex-officio Miller and City Manager/Zoning Administrator Hill.

 

READING AND APPROVAL OF 4/19/16 REGULAR MEETING MINUTES:  Commissioner Rudney moved, seconded by Kurpiers, to approve the minutes of the 4/19/16 regular meeting as presented.  With all present voting in favor, motion carried.

 

PUBLIC HEARINGSPublic Hearing on Ordinance #106, An Ordinance Amending the Morris City Code - Chapter 11 Land Use Regulation, Section 11.40 - Light Industrial District:  This hearing is to consider amending the Morris City Code to allow commercial and private storage buildings as a permitted use in the Light Industrial (I1) zone.

 

City Manager/Zoning Administrator Hill indicated notice of this hearing was published in the paper.  Because the change would not be specific to one property in Morris, mailed notice was not required.  Hill indicated he received only one telephone call regarding this notice.  The call was from an individual that expressed a concern that when the snowmobile club wanted to purchase a piece of property in the Industrial Park for storage, they were told by the Morris Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) that it wasn't allowed because it didn't create jobs.  Hill informed this individual that the prohibition was not specific to the Industrial Park, but apparently a requirement of the MIDC, who owned the land.  Hill indicated the MIDC no longer owns any land in the Industrial Park. 

 

The hearing was opened at 5:19 by Chairperson Kuchenreuther.  Commissioner Granger indicated her concern is that this may block out a sizeable chunk of land to be used for some other industry.  Owner of the property, Kirk Riley, indicated the parcel of land is only 1 acre in size, and was part of the original storage shed property.  He doesn't feel using this land for his purposes would impede any other use of this property.  Ex-officio Miller indicated the parcel is pretty much land-locked and it's not big enough for anyone else to use.  As a resident in town he feels this would be a good place for people to store their excess toys and vehicles, which is a plus for the community.  He feels this is a good fit for this small parcel. 

 

Hill noted the Industrial Park is land locked as the owner to the south is not interested in selling.  Commissioner Kurpiers asked if commercial and private storage buildings are allowed in other I2 zones.  Hill indicated there are some storage buildings along Pacific Avenue.

 

 

MINUTES - REGULAR MEETING - PLANNING COMMISSION - MAY 17, 2016

Public Hearing on Ordinance #106, An Ordinance Amending the Morris City Code - Chapter 11 Land Use Regulation, Section 11.40 - Light Industrial District:  (continued)

Hill indicated that if this is allowed, the next step would be for Riley to plat this parcel into lots that would meet Code.  Hill noted there is also the potential of a small business going in one of the buildings on this parcel. 

 

There being no further discussion, the hearing was closed at 5:28 and brought back to the Planning Commission for consideration. 

 

Commissioner Kurpiers moved, seconded by Gades, to make a recommendation to the City Council to amend the City Code to allow commercial and private storage buildings as a permitted use in the Light Industrial zone.  With all present voting in favor, motion carried.

 

OTHER BUSINESS:  A potential Planning Commission member was present at the meeting, and Chairperson Kuchenreuther and Ex-officio Miller explained the basics of

the Planning Commission duties.

 

Commissioner Granger indicated the documentary on the Morris Fire Department, When the Call Comes: History of the Morris Area Fire Department, on Pioneer Public TV was very good.

 

ADJOURNMENT:  There being no further business, Commissioner Rudney moved, seconded by Granger, to adjourn.  Motion carried and the meeting adjourned at 5:30.

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