2017 April Planning & Zoning Minutes

PLANNING & ZONING COMMISSION

APRIL 18, 2017 MEETING MINUTES

 The meeting was called to order at 6:00 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 Katie Vukelich, Bob Whitmyer, John Hegstrom, Pete Branca, and Kathy Meyer, Zoning Administrator Teresa Koivula, Deputy Clerk Toni Blomdahl, City Councilor Suzanne Herstad, and guests Duane and Tina Brown, Amber Marsolek, Ray McClelland, Greg Andrews, and Bob Quade.

Bob made a motion to approve the March 28, 2017 meeting minutes with a second by John H.  All vote in favor.  Motion carried.  A motion was made by Kathy to approve the April 6, 2017 work meeting minutes with a second by Pete.  All vote in favor with the exception of Bob, Katie, and John who did not attend the work meeting.  Motion carried.

BUSINESS FROM THE FLOOR: None

CORRESPONDENCE: Teresa gave the commission a copy of an email from Scott Tiegen with Kwik Trip noting they were seeking confirmation from the county regarding the access points to the property on the corner of Rice Lake and Martin Roads.  Teresa stated Kwik Trip has pushed their project back into 2018.

 NEW BUSINESS:

Home Business Application for Duluth Forest Kinderhaus: Amber Marsolek was here to discuss her home business application for 3930 Martin Road.  Amber stated they moved here in September and she wanted to create a classroom with an outdoor learning space for kindergarten age children.  Amber stated classes would run from September to June, Monday thru Friday 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.  Amber stated they would like to renovate their detached garage into the classroom/daycare but in order to get licensed from the county, the county is requiring them to convert the garage into a dwelling unit with approval from the City of Rice Lake.  Amber stated they would be willing to take out the holding tank and remove the waterline at their expense when they go to sell the property.  Teresa read her attached report into the record and noted there are no zoning violations on the property.  The Commission was concerned if we approve the home business application, would we be violating our own ordinance, as you can only have one dwelling unit per parcel.  Teresa stated we are giving approval on the use of the structure and the use is still an accessory structure.  The Commission agreed they would like Teresa to check with Mike Couri as to whether an approval of the home business would be a violation of our zoning ordinance.  A motion was made by Bob to postpone the decision definitely, to the next meeting so we can seek legal counsel with a second by John H.  All vote in favor.  Motion carried.

Home Business Application for Duane’s Outboard Repair Service: Duane Brown was here to discuss his home business application for 5128 Olson Road.  Duane stated he started the business about 20 years ago in which he fixes outboard motors.  Teresa read her report into record and noted there are no zoning violations on the property.  John H. asked Duane what he does with the batteries and if he has any hazardous chemicals he uses in his business.  Duane stated he brings the batteries to NAPA and he only has the used oil which is picked up by Crystal Clean Co.  Suzanne asked if Duane was storing boats on the property.  Duane stated he only stores boats that he is working on and he currently has about five on his property.  Pete asked why they were applying for a home business permit instead of a home occupation permit.  Teresa stated that Duane may have employees during the busy season so he is applying for a home business just in case.  A motion was made by Kathy to approve the home business permit with a second by John H.  All vote in favor.  Motion carried.

Minor Subdivision 3980 Fiskett Road: Teresa stated she processed a minor subdivision where both lots met the lot requirements and she approved it based off the survey provided.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

Small Area Project: Suzanne stated the Planning Commission should have received a packet from Klaers and Associates for the preliminary small area planning.  Suzanne stated we are putting this project on hold right now until we evaluate our city planner situation.  Suzanne encouraged the Commission to look over the packet for future reference.

Ordinance #22 changes: Teresa shared with the commission the proposed changes to Ordinance #22 Article II Definitions.  A motion was made by Bob to include the definitions for Automobile repair major, Automobile repair minor, Automobile sales, and Automobile service station 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.

A motion was made by Kathy to approve the proposed definition for driveway as presented 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.

A motion was made by Katie to approve the definition for setback as presented 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.

A motion was made by Bob to approve the proposed changes to Article III Section 1, the Lot Dimension Table in Section 2.01 and Section 2.03 as presented 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.

A motion was made by John H. to approve the proposed changes to Section 5.13 Closed Landfill Restricted as presented 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.

A motion was made by Katie to approve the proposed changes to Section 8 Recreational Vehicles as presented with a second by Bob.  All vote in favor.  Motion carried and the changes will be added to the list for updates at a public hearing.

Work Meeting for Ordinance #22 changes: Teresa stated there are unfinished proposed changes to Ordinance #22 and she would like to schedule a work meeting to go over them.  The commission agreed to meet on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 6:00 pm.

Joint Airport Zoning Board (JAZB): Teresa stated the next JAZB meeting is scheduled for Friday, June 2nd at 1:30 pm.

Next Meeting Date: Steve stated the next Planning and Zoning meeting is Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

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