- PLANNING COMMISSION-REGULAR MEETING - FEBRUARY 18, 2020
Regular Meeting of the Morris Planning Commission was called to order at 5:15
p.m. this 18th day of February, 2020, 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
Brands, Gades, Granger, Kurpiers, and Chairperson Kuchenreuther.
Commissioners Rudney and Wulf were absent. City Manager Hill was also present.
AND APPROVAL OF 1/21/2020 REGULAR MEETING MINUTES: Commissioner Kurpiers
moved, seconded by Gades, to approve the minutes of the 1/21/2020 regular
meeting as presented. With all voting in favor, motion carried.
Workplace Policy: City Manager Hill explained that the City Council
recently passed a Respectful Workplace Policy, and the Planning Commission is
covered by this Policy.
Signs - Central Business District: Hill thinks advertising signs should not be allowed
in the Central Business District (CBD) unless they are advertising a product or
service at that location. At this point there are none in the CBD.
Granger noted that several of those types of advertising signs are on the
fringes of the CBD and may affect people living close by that typically don't
have a lot of money. She feels the Planning Commission should be mindful
Kuchenreuther indicated she would like to take the time to look at and compare
Benson's sign ordinance to Morris's and come back to the Planning Commission
and discuss it. It was the consensus of the Planning Commission to do
this. This item was tabled until the Planning Commission meets again.
Systems and Equipment Allowances and Requirements: The Planning Commission
perused Fergus Falls and Northfield's Solar System ordinances.
Commissioner Brands noted that neither addresses trees.
discussion was held regarding height, yard coverage and trees with respect to
indicated he feels a percentage of lot coverage rather than a set square
footage of coverage would make the most sense, given the varying lot
suggested that language be added noting that anything containing new technology
that is not addressed by the City Code would come to the Planning Commission.
would like to get something in the new language dealing with the rights of
trees. Hill agreed that the last thing the Planning Commission wants to
do is give someone the right to get rid of trees.
farms were discussed. Hill indicated the County is currently updating
their zoning ordinances and he thinks they are addressing solar farms. A
few good solar farm locations would be the landfill and by the Industrial
Park. Both Fergus Falls and Northfield allow solar farms in their farm
districts. Kurpiers indicated his hesitation with allowing solar farms in
the RF district would be long term zoning, and what that would look like.
Kuchenreuther feels that if a solar farm is anywhere near a residential
district, it has to be screened. Hill believes they should be screened
even if they're not by a residential district.
Brands feels drainage should be addressed by solar farms if they are free
standing. Granger also feels impervious surfaces should be addressed.
the consensus to continue working on this at the next meeting.
ADJOURNMENT: Commissioner Granger
moved, seconded by Brands, to adjourn. Motion carried and the meeting
adjourned at 6:15.