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
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
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 BUSINESS: Replat 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'
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
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.