COMMISSION-REGULAR MEETING-AUGUST 20, 2019
Regular Meeting of the Morris Planning Commission was called to order at 5:15
p.m. this 20th day of August, 2019, 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: Commissioner
Gades, Granger, Wulf and Chairperson Kuchenreuther. Commissioner brands
arrived at 5:26. Commissioners Kurpiers and Rudney were absent. Also
present were ex-officio Gullickson, Building Official/Zoning Administrator
Jacobson, and City Manager Hill.
AND APPROVAL OF 7/16/19 REGULAR MEETING MINUTES: Commissioner Wulf moved,
seconded by Gades, to approve the minutes of the regular meeting 7/16/19 as
written. With all present voting in favor, motion carried.
Variance Request: This hearing is on a zoning variance request from
Section 11.23, Subd. 2 D 5 (c) of the Morris City Code which requires a 10'
interior side yard setback in a residential (R) zone. This request is by
Paul Priemesberger, 17 Westwood Acres, Morris. Subject parcel is 17
Westwood Acres, legally described as Bk. 5, W 56.25' Lot 23 & E 37.50' Lot
24, Highland Homes Addition, Parcel #20-1506-000. This variance, if
granted, would allow the owner to build a storage area on to a two-car attached
garage within 5' of the west interior side yard property line.
Manager Hill indicated he spoke with Priemesberger yesterday regarding today's
meeting and shared with him that he and Building Official/Zoning Administrator
Jacobson concur that this variance should not be approved as there is no
DeVries, 12 Highland Drive, was present and indicated he is just curious as to
what is being planned.
indicated he has received no calls on this request. When taking pictures
of the Priemesberger property, he did visit with a neighbor behind the subject
property, and that neighbor did not have a problem with the request.
Granger noted that the Planning Commission has been consistent in granting
variances in single to double-garage instances but nothing else in order to
keep that lane open for access to the back yard.
Kuchenreuther indicated the Planning Commission has to show there's some kind
of hardship when granting a variance.
indicated he feels putting this addition on his garage would be an easily
accessible spot to store some tools he has. His garage is not long enough
to house his pickup with the 2' bench in the end of the garage.
reiterated her stance that the Planning Commission be consistent in granting
variances. Commissioner Wulf agreed.
Granger moved, seconded by Gades, to deny this variance request. With all
present voting in favor, motion carried.
Commissioner Granger asked about the bare lot at the corner of West 5th
Street and Lyndale Avenue. It is in a residential zone, but there is an
accumulation of cars there, and she is wondering if they are being sold.
Hill noted the individual that owns that lot stores things on the lot. He
is not sure if the cars are for sale by others, or if they are the
owner's. Hill will write a letter to the owner.
Brands asked about the trees being planted along East 10th Street
and if there a certain distance they should be from the curb. Granger
noted the City is planting those trees, and they are actually planted a bit
further back than they need to be because of the amount of snow that
accumulates in that area.
indicated that because the City receives State Aid money, it is required to do
a handicap accessibility survey on sidewalks. While doing that
accessibility survey, it would also make sense to do a sidewalk survey to
identify places where the sidewalks need to be replaced. The City Council
will be discussing this.
Wulf left at 5:45.
continued on sidewalks.
ADJOURNMENT: Commissioner Brands moved,
seconded by Granger, to adjourn. Motion carried and the meeting adjourned