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MINUTES- PLANNING COMMISSION - REGULAR MEETING - FEBURARY 21, 2017

The regular meeting of the Morris Planning Commission was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 21st day of February, 2017, 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 Granger, Gades, Rudney, Kurpiers and Chairperson Kuchenreuther.  Commissioners Wulf and Hoffman were absent.  Also present were ex-officio Gullickson and City Manager Hill.

The Planning Commission introduced themselves to new Council ex-officio Gullickson.

ELECTION OF CHAIR AND VICE-CHAIR:  Commissioner Rudney moved, seconded by Granger, to nominate Kuchenreuther as Chairperson of the Planning Commission for 2017.  With all present voting in favor, motion carried.

Commissioner Granger moved, seconded by Gades, to nominate Rudney as Vice Chairperson of the Planning Commission for 2017.  With all present voting in favor, motion carried.

READING AND APPROVAL OF 11/15/16 REGULAR MEETING MINUTES:  In the fourth paragraph on page one, Gades indicated the first sentence should read, "Commissioner Gades commented that when plowing snow, 2' will be lost on each side of the street, making driving difficult."  Commissioner Gades moved, seconded by Rudney, to approve the minutes of the 11/15/16 Regular Meeting minutes as amended.  With all present voting in favor, motion carried.

PUBLIC HEARINGS:  None.

OTHER BUSINESSReplat of Portion of Lot 1, Block 1 in the Morris Industrial Park Addition:  Hill indicated this is a Preliminary Plat for the storage garage area Kirk Riley has proposed in the Industrial Park.  He indicated the only thing that he feels should be changed is the title.  This property is a little over an acre in size. 

Dean Meichsner, representing Kirk Riley, indicated that water and sewer are stubbed in to each lot.  Kuchenreuther asked if drainage is an issue.  Meichsner indicated the NW corner of the plat has a storm sewer opening on the street.  The buildings will face each other.  He indicated they will slope from the back of the lots to the front of the lots.  Eventually they plan to pave between the middle of the parcel.  They will have 10' easements and 15' setbacks.

Discussion was held on a name for this plat.  It was the consensus that the name be changed to Subdivision A of Lot 1, Block 1, Morris Industrial Park Addition.

Commissioner Gades moved, seconded by Rudney, to recommend to the City Council that this Preliminary Plat be approved, and the name be changed to Subdivision A of Lot 1, Block 1, Morris Industrial Park Addition.  With all voting in favor, motion carried.

OTHER BUSINESS:  Rudney indicated that at the last meeting the Commission talked about sidewalks on Brook Street.  He asked if there will be sidewalks there.  Hill indicated there will not be sidewalks in that area.

Rudney asked about the news article where Hill indicated the old Coborn's property is close to being sold.  Hill stated he brought the subject up at the Council meeting to let everyone know that the City has had nothing to do with the possible sale.  Holiday owns the building.  The City has been contacted regarding sign and zoning requirements.  He indicated he heard from the company that is interested in the building a few weeks ago, but hasn't heard anything since.

Granger asked if Hill has heard any concerns about bike or pedestrian traffic going to the new Thrifty on Highway 28.  He indicated he hasn't heard any concerns.

County Comprehensive Plan - Zoning Ordinance:  The County recently approved a new Comprehensive Plan.  The proposed plan had language that would discourage the construction of 1,000+ animal feedlots within a 2-mile area outside city limits.  After the public hearings on the plan, an amendment was approved to reduce that area of discouragement down to 1 mile.  Granger asked if the community had any input on the change.  Hill noted there were 2 public hearings.  Kuchenreuther indicated it concerns her that their public hearings occur during the day.  Hill indicated the public hearings on the Comprehensive Plan were held in the evening.

Hill indicated he was part of the working group that worked on the County's new Comprehensive plan over the last couple of years.  The County had a consultant walk them through the process. 

Hill noted the next step for the County is to work on their zoning ordinance.  He indicated if anyone on the Planning Commission is interested in being part of the zoning group, he thinks the County would let them be part of the group.  He indicated he will be in the zoning planning group, and he will keep the Planning Commission informed of their work.

Granger asked if any other issues came up in the Comprehensive Plan that had to do with City borders.  Hill indicated there were no other issues concerning City borders.

ADJOURNMENT:  There being no further business, Commissioner Rudney moved, seconded by Gades, to adjourn.  Motion carried and the meeting adjourned a 6:00 p.m.

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