2016 October Planning & Zoning Minutes



 The meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Chairman Steve Kossett.   Present for the meeting were Chairman Kossett, Commission Members Kathy Meyer, Pete Branca, Bob Whitmyer, and John Hegstrom, Zoning Administrator Teresa Koivula, Deputy Clerk Toni Blomdahl, John Klaers Rice Lake City Planner from Klaers and Associates, and guests Greg Andrews, Bob Quade, John Werner, and Ray McClelland.

Bob made a motion to approve the September 20, 2016 meeting minutes with a second by Kathy.  All vote in favor.  Motion carried.


CORRESPONDENCE: St. Louis County, Canosia Township 35.84-acre development application which Teresa stated was just for the commissions information.


Ordinance #22 – Lot Coverage: Teresa showed the commission some information she had gathered on lot coverage and the different ways to calculate it as per the attached sheet and our potential need to increase our maximum lot coverage for commercial zoned properties.  Teresa noted how we have historically calculated maximum lot coverage based on the gross lot area and have considered all impervious surfaces.  Teresa also showed the commission some drawings for calculating off gross area versus buildable area which would take the parcel and reduce the gross area by the setbacks required in that zone district.  There was much discussion as to the pros and cons of both.  Bob stated we need to consider stormwater management.  Toni stated they need to have some sort of stormwater management if they add more than 1 acre of impervious.  Steve stated, based off the drawings, if we have historically gone with gross area and then change to buildable area, that is a big change.  Teresa stated we can do a max lot coverage for properties with utilities and a different lot coverage for properties without utilities.  John H. stated we need to make it attractive enough for the developer to develop at their expense but still maintain the rural nature of the community and he thinks 50% of gross would be okay.  John K. stated he thinks we would be on good ground if we go with 50% of gross area with utilities based off past practices.  The commission agreed we should calculate lot coverage off gross area as we have historically.  Bob made a motion to recommend changing maximum lot coverage for commercial zoned properties with utilities to 50% with a second by Kathy.  All vote in favor.  Motion carried.  This will be added to the other recommended changes to Ordinance #22 to be presented at a public hearing to be scheduled at a later date.

New Business: None

Next Meeting Date: Steve stated the next Planning and Zoning meeting is Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 6:00 pm.

Having nothing further to discuss, John made a motion with a second by Pete to adjourn the meeting.  All vote in favor.  Motion carried and the meeting was adjourned.