PLANNING & ZONING COMMISSION
OCTOBER 17, 2017
The meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Chair Steve Kossett. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by those in attendance. Present for the meeting were Chair Kossett, Commission Members Pete Branca, Katie Vukelich, and Kathy Meyer, Zoning Administrator Teresa Koivula, Deputy Clerk Toni Blomdahl, City Councilor Suzanne Herstad, and guests Greg Andrews and Bob Quade.
Kathy made a motion to approve the August 15, 2017 meeting minutes with a second by Pete. All vote in favor.
BUSINESS FROM THE FLOOR: None
CORRESPONDENCE: Teresa gave the commission copies of the attached letter for Starry Skies and stated our zoning ordinance does address dark sky in reference to signs so she thought the Commission may be interested in getting more information from this organization.
Small Cell Technologies: Teresa shared with the Commission some information from the League of Minnesota Cities (LMC) in reference to small cell technology as there is new legislation that allows the wireless providers a more streamlined process for permitting in the right of way (ROW). Teresa stated the small cell companies can put their equipment on existing poles in the ROW and the City has to adopt an ordinance before January 1, 2018 in order to be able to regulate them. Teresa stated Mike Couri, City Attorney, is working on an ordinance to allow the City some control over where the equipment can be placed and the number of wireless providers but Ordinance #22 may need to be amended to reflect the new laws. The Commission agreed the community does need/want better wireless coverage but they also want to maintain the rural character of the community so some regulation is necessary.
Ordinance #22 Amendments:
Recreational Camping Vehicles: Teresa stated she spoke with Mike Couri regarding Ordinance #22 Performance Standards for Recreational Camping Vehicles as she wanted to clarify a few things. Teresa presented the Commission with some proposed revisions. The Commission went over them, specifically in reference to compost toilets, and noted they would defer regulations of compost toilets to St. Louis County and their sewage treatment standards. Katie made a motion to approve the changes as discussed with a second by Kathy. All vote in favor. The changes will be forwarded to Mike Couri for his approval and then presented at a public hearing.
Screening: Teresa stated she spoke with Mike Couri regarding Section 3 Screening and Mike stated this section should be moved to Performance Standards. Teresa stated Ordinance #22 states screening plans are required with a permit application for Building Material Storage and Contractor Yards yet there is no other reference to what type of permit is required for these uses. There was some discussion of having Contractor Yards permitted as Interim Use Permits (IUP) and creating a definition and performance standards for them. Suzanne suggested using the performance standards for borrow pits as a sample for contractor yards. The Commission asked Teresa to look for examples from other communities for further discussion.
Applicant: Teresa stated she spoke with Mike Couri regarding requirements for the applicant to be the property owner as we currently don’t have it as a requirement in Ordinance #22. Teresa presented the Commission with proposed revisions to Article VIII. Pete made a motion to approve the changes as discussed with a second by Katie. All vote in favor. The changes will be forwarded to Mike Couri for his approval and then presented at a public hearing.
Signs: Teresa stated the previous sign section in Ordinance #22 stated only one side of a two-sided or V-shaped sign shall be used in calculating the square footage but the new amended sign section does not have that language. The Commission agreed it should be added back in. Kathy made a motion to add the verbiage back in with a second by Katie. All vote in favor. The changes will be forwarded to Mike Couri for his approval and then presented at a public hearing.
Interim Use Permit (IUP): Teresa stated she spoke with Mike Couri regarding processing IUP and noted our current ordinance does not contain language of how to process an application. Teresa presented the Commission with proposed revisions to Article VIII Section 4. Katie stated portions of Section 4.03 are probably not needed as they are addressed in the section preceding. The Commission agreed so sections of 4.03 will be added to 4.02, E., 3. And portions will be deleted. Steve asked Teresa to make the proposed changes and verify them with Mike Couri and bring back to the next meeting for Commission approval.
Nuisance Ordinance: The Commission agreed to table this discussion until the next meeting due to the late hour.
Planning Commission Member Opening: Teresa stated we still have an opening on the Planning Commission and encouraged the Commission Members to spread the word.
Joint Airport Zoning Board (JAZB): Teresa stated the next scheduled meeting for JAZB will be Thursday, December 7th at 3:30 pm. Steve stated there was not a quorum at the last meeting and there has not been a quorum all year. Teresa stated the Board is looking at their bi-laws to see if miss “x” number of meetings, can you be removed from the Board.
Next Meeting Date: Steve stated the next Planning and Zoning meeting is Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.
Having nothing further to discuss, Kathy made a motion to adjourn the meeting with a second by Katie. All vote in favor. Motion carried and the meeting was adjourned.