PLANNING COMMISISON – REGULAR MEETING – JANUARY 17, 2012
regular meeting of the Morris Planning Commission was called to order at 5:15 p.m.
this 17th day of January, 2012, 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, Livingston, Hoffman, Gades and Chairperson Kuchenreuther. Commissioner Rudney was absent. Also present were ex-officio Miller and
City Manager/Zoning Administrator Hill.
BUSINESS: Election of Chairperson and Vice
Granger moved, seconded by Hoffman, to nominate Kuchenreuther as Chairperson
for 2012. With all present voting
in favor, motion carried.
Commissioner Rudney was not present at the meeting, he has indicated he would
accept the Vice-Chair seat for 2012.
Commissioner Livingston moved, seconded by Granger, to nominate
Commissioner Rudney as Vice-Chairperson for 2012. With all present voting in favor, motion
on the Planning Commission: Commissioner Johnson’s
term on the Planning Commission expired December 31, 2011, and he has decided not
to be reappointed to the Commission.
Therefore, there is a vacancy of a 4-year term on the Planning
the consensus that City Manager Hill should send a letter of thanks to Johnson
for his many years of service on the Commission on behalf of the City and
Planning Commission members.
names were suggested to fill the vacancy.
Commissioner Hoffman will contact Josh Kurpiers to see if he would be
interested in serving on the Commission, and Commissioner Livingston will
contact Robert Kopitzke and see if he would be interested in serving on the
AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES: 10/18/11 Regular
Meeting: Commissioner Gades
moved, seconded by Livingston, to approve the minutes of the 10/18/11 regular
Planning Commission meeting as presented.
Review of the Comprehensive Plan: City
Manager/Zoning Administrator Hill would like to have the Planning Commission
review the Comprehensive Plan. He
stated there is a lot of general information and statistical information in the
Plan that can be updated. He
questioned if the Planning Commission wants to review and make obvious changes
based on facts, or do a full scale update.
He feels it should be reviewed at the most. He will work on the updates.
indicated she feels one of the strengths of the 1999 Comprehensive Plan was all
the public input during that updating process. Kuchenreuther indicated she feels the
information should all be gathered first.
She also feels the Planning Commission should check and see if any of
the goals of the Comprehensive Plan were met.
indicated the 2007 Housing Study will help in the review of the Comprehensive
asked how often Comprehensive Plans are generally updated. Hill indicated there is no set
timeframe. He stated the term
“update” can mean a simple review of the document.
the consensus that City Manager/Zoning Administrator Hill will update the statistical
information and will identify his sources of information. For the February meeting, the Planning
Commission should read Page 11 of the Comprehensive Plan, along with pages 14
discussion was held on housing and rental stock in Morris, and how it has
changed since the 2007 Housing Study.
Kuchenreuther stated maybe the economic downturn will make people
realize smaller homes are acceptable.
asked if the Comprehensive Plan can be updated without updating the Housing Study. Hill indicated it could be.
ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business,
Commission Gades moved, seconded by Hoffman, to adjourn. Motion carried and the meeting adjourned