MINUTES- PLANNING COMMISSION -
REGULAR MEETING - FEBURARY 21, 2017
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.
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.
Planning Commission introduced themselves to new Council ex-officio Gullickson.
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.
Granger moved, seconded by Gades, to nominate Rudney as Vice Chairperson of the
Planning Commission for 2017. With all present voting in favor, motion
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.