MINUTES - PLANNING COMMISSION -
REGULAR MEETING - MARCH 21, 2017
Regular Meeting of the Morris Planning Commission was called to order at 5:15
p.m. this 21st day of March, 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, Rudney, Wulf, Hoffman and Chairperson Kuchenreuther.
Commissioners Gades and Kurpiers were absent. Also present were
ex-officio Gullickson, Zoning Administrator Jacobson, and City Manager Hill.
AND APPROVAL OF 2/21/17 REGULAR MEETING MINUTES: Commissioner Granger noted
that on the 2nd page, 4th paragraph, the first sentence
should read, "Granger asked if Hill has heard any concerns about bike or
pedestrian traffic going to the new Thrifty on Highway 28." Commissioner
Rudney moved, seconded by Granger, to approve the 2/21/17 regular meeting
minutes with the noted amendment. With all present voting in favor,
Plat - Third Addition to Stevens County/Morris Industrial Park: City
Manager Hill explained the name of this plat was changed from the Preliminary
Plat name of "Subdivision A of Lot 1, Block 1, Morris Industrial Park Addition"
to "Third Addition to Stevens County/Morris Industrial Park" at the suggestion
of the County Recorder. There were also a few informational items added
to the final plat. Other than that, the final plat remains the same as
the preliminary plat.
Wulf moved, seconded by Rudney, to recommend approval of the Final Plat of the
Third Addition to Stevens County/Morris Industrial Park. With all present
voting in favor, motion carried.
Zoning Questions/Recommendation - Home Construction: The County has received a
request from Jim and Penny Domnick to build a home near the airport.
During their review, the County determined that some zoning issues need to be
map and Airport Zoning Ordinance were completed in 1974 by a joint City/County
Airport Board. This Board no longer exists, however, the Zoning Ordinance
does name the City Zoning Administrator as the Airport Zoning Administrator.
County Planning Commission has approved a zoning map that included a limited
industry zone that is near the airport and includes the land where the Domnicks
want to build their house.
indicated the City has applied for a grant to complete a Master Plan update at
the Airport. This will be a 2-year $500,000 project. He
indicated he has checked with the
Master Plan engineers to make sure that allowing this house to be built will
not affect the Master Plan. One of the things the engineers recommend is
that a minimum lot size of 3 acres be required to insure the City has the
flexibility in the Master Plan to adjust the City’s crosswind runway zones at
the airport. City Zoning Administrator and Hill both recommend that the
minimum lot size be 5 acres. The Dominicks own 11 acres, so this won’t be
an issue. The engineers also recommend a maximum height of 60 feet to
protect a future 34:1 surface ratio on a realignment of the crosswind runway, and
that an agreement be entered into releasing the airport and the City from any
liability associated with the noise from the airport.
Attorney has recommended that the Planning Commission review and make a
recommendation on this request.
Kuchenreuther referenced 7A of the Airport Zoning Ordinance which talks about
glare for pilots. She just wants the Domnicks to be aware of the lighting
at the airport. Jim Domnick noted they are aware of the airport lighting
as they currently live in the vicinity of the airport.
Wulf moved, seconded by Rudney, to convey to the County Planning Commission
that the City Planning Commission has looked at the proposal by Domnicks to
build a home close to the airport, and the Planning Commission does not see any
major problems. With all present voting in favor, motion carried.
Training: Commissioner Granger asked
if there is any training available for Planning Commission members. Hill
will look into this.
Commissioner Granger asked if there are any zoning or planning issues that are
impeding redevelopment in downtown Morris. Hill indicated he is not aware
of any issues.
indicated she recently reviewed the Code with a party interested in opening a
restaurant. She noted their biggest obstacle is off-street parking as
required in the Performance Standards. Discussion was held.
Hoffman indicated there is a requirement in the Code that once the use of a
building is changed, the building then has to be brought up to Code, which can
be very costly. Zoning Administrator Jacobson noted the City has adopted
the State Building Code, and that requirement is in there.
noted he feels it would be helpful if the Planning Commissioners could identify
things they feel should be allowable in the CBD.
feels the City needs to be more accommodating to people that want to redevelop
properties in the downtown area.
inquired if Jacobson was aware of anything the City could do to encourage
downtown development. Jacobson mentioned incubator businesses wherein the
City owns a building and lets people try a business on a small scale to see if
they could make a go of it. Gullickson feels that is a good program.
the consensus the Planning Commissioners should review the Central Business
District and performance standards for the next meeting.
ADJOURNMENT: Commissioner Rudney moved,
seconded by Hoffman, to adjourn. Motion carried and the meeting adjourned