2017 February Planning & Zoning Minutes

PLANNING & ZONING COMMISSION

FEBRUARY 16, 2017 MEETING MINUTES

 The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Chairman Steve Kossett.  The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by those in attendance.  Present for the meeting were Chairman Kossett, Commission Members Kathy Meyer, Katie Vukelich, and John Hegstrom, Zoning Administrator Teresa Koivula, Deputy Clerk Toni Blomdahl, City Councilor Suzanne Herstad, John Klaers Rice Lake City Planner from Klaers and Associates, and guests Greg Andrews, Bob Quade, and John Werner.

John H. made a motion to approve the January 17, 2017 meeting minutes, Krenzen Re-zone minutes and Findings of Fact, and Ordinance #43 public hearing minutes with a second by Kathy.  All vote in favor.  Motion carried.

BUSINESS FROM THE FLOOR: Mayor John Werner was here to discuss the commission’s decision on maximum lot coverage percentage on commercial zoned property.  Mayor Werner stated he has been approached by three businesses and a big restaurant that are all currently located in Duluth and are looking at relocating to the Rice Lake corridor.  Mayor Werner stated he is looking at transferring the tax burden from residential to business but he is not in favor of creating a concrete jungle.  Mayor Werner stated Rice Lake has a large amount of wetlands and larger businesses will have to set aside some of their land for stormwater treatment which does not leave them much land to use.  Mayor Werner stated he is advocating 75% lot coverage so we can attract businesses to this area.  Greg stated the property owner can always apply for a variance if they find they need more than 50% or 60% lot coverage to operate their business.  Teresa stated the variance is a public hearing heard before the Board of Adjustment and approval or denial is based on adherence to MN Statues.  Teresa stated the burden of proof lies on the applicant and that decision will set precedence for future decisions.  John H. stated the commission decided the 50%/60% was a baseline to start with and can be reconsidered if we have people saying it’s not enough.  John H. stated we want to develop the Rice Lake corridor.

 CORRESPONDENCE: None

OLD BUSINESS: None

NEW BUSINESS:

Minor subdivision – Rice Lake and McComber Roads: Teresa stated she processed and approved a minor subdivision on the corner of Rice Lake and McComber Roads.

Ordinance #22 changes: Teresa shared with the commission the proposed changes to Ordinance #22 in reference to municipal utilities.  Teresa stated we are proposing to make municipal utility structures exempt from setback requirements.  Teresa stated when the City is installing lift stations and pump stations, we don’t want to require them to meet the setbacks as the parcels they are located on are smaller and the larger setbacks would not be feasible.  Teresa stated we are also proposing to add them as a permitted use in Light Industrial and Industrial as they are not currently permitted.  A motion was made by Kathy to approve the proposed changes with a second by Katie.  All vote in favor.  Motion carried and the changes will be added to the list for updates at a public hearing.

Ordinance #34 changes: Teresa shared with the commission the proposed changes to Ordinance #34 in reference to municipal utilities.  Teresa stated we are also proposing to exempt from the subdivision requirements lots created for the purpose of locating municipal infrastructure.  A motion was made by Katie to approve the proposed changes with a second by Kathy.  All vote in favor.  Motion carried and the changes will be added to the list for updates at a public hearing.

Joint Airport Zoning Board: Teresa stated the next Joint Airport Zoning Board meeting will be held Thursday, March 2nd at 3:30 pm.

Next Meeting Date: Steve stated the next Planning and Zoning meeting is Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.  Steve noted he has a conflict this night and was wondering if we could reschedule.  The commission agreed to change the date to Tuesday, March 28th at 6:00 pm.  Toni will get the date change posted.

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