Board of Adjustment Minutes for March 2012 meeting

North Liberty Planning Commission
Minutes
February 7, 2012

Roll Call
Chairman Bill Mausser called the North Liberty Planning Commission meeting to order at
6:30 p.m. Commissioners present: Anderson, Covert, Detlefsen, Frost, Haack, Mausser,
Moore.
Others present: Dean Wheatley, Tracey Mulcahey, Erika Harper, Carter Kurdlre and other
interested parties.
Agenda Approval
Mausser moved, Frost seconded to approve the agenda. The vote was: ayes – Covert, Frost,
Mausser, Detlefsen, Moore, Haack, Anderson; nays – none. Motion carried.
Public Comment
No public comment was offered.
Bluebird Café Conditional Use Application.
CONDITIONAL USE: Request of Thomas Connolly to approve a request for outside eating at
Stonebridge Promenade, located at the northwest corner of Cherry Street and Highway
965, for the Bluebird Cafe.
(Legal: Lot 15, Liberty Centre Part 1)
Staff Presentation.
Wheatley presented the application for an outdoor eating request at Bluebird Café. The
proposal is for a small outdoor eating area with conditions as included in the staff report. If
alcohol, lighting, or music is planned, those items will be handled by a separate agreement.
Staff recommends approval of the application.
Applicants’ Presentation
A representative from Bluebird Café reported that the outdoor area is an extension of the
café and dining area with ornamental grasses screening the area from the parking lot.
Public Comments
No public comments were offered.
Questions and Comments
Council discussed the proposed conditional use at the Bluebird Café.
Recommendation to Board of Adjustment.

Detlefsen moved, Haack seconded to recommend approval to the Board of Adjustment with
the conditions contained in the staff memo. The vote was: ayes – Detlefsen, Anderson,
Haack, Moore, Mausser, Frost, Covert; nays – none. Motion carried.
Approval of Minutes
Haack moved, Detlefsen seconded to approve the minutes of the January 3, 2012 Planning
Commission meeting. All ayes. Motion carried.
Old Business
Wheatley reported that staff is working with Casey’s on a draft agreement.
New Business
March’s agenda has one final plat and two conditional uses for daycare.
Adjournment
At 6:36 p.m., Moore moved, Frost seconded to adjourn. All ayes. Meeting adjourned.

MEETING MINUTES OF THE NORTH LIBERTY BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT
April 20, 2011

Attending: Brian White, Alison Smith, Wayne Grell, Art Chipman and Jim Sayer. Also
attending: Dean Wheatley, North Liberty TV, applicants Rob and Julie Hajek and Mr.
and Mrs. Dolphin.
The board convened at 6:30 p.m. Roll call was taken. The public comment period was
closed due to lack of public. The board considered the request of Rob and Julie Hajek to
approve a front and side yard setback for their property at 110 N. George Street at the
northeast corner of North George Street and West Chestnut Street. The staff review by
Wheatley notes that the alley abutting the side yard setback is in the process of being
vacated by the City of North Liberty as it is unused. The request for the variance was
noted to be in addition to the extra space that would be created by the alley. The
applicant Rob Hajek made a presentation showing schematics for a proposed addition to
the family home. The setbacks are requested in order to allow additional bay windows to
be constructed but are consistent and follow the roof line of the existing house. The other
setback is necessary because existing garage will be connected to the new addition. The
applicant noted that the house was erected in 1906 and the intent of the request for the
variance is simply to keep the aesthetics and architectural elements of the property
consistent.
The public comment period was open and the Dolphins, neighbors across the street at 115
N. George Street indicated that they had no objection and were in favor of the proposed
variance. No other public comments were made. Brief discussion was upheld by the
board, noting the prior garage variance, the age of the property, and the proposed addition
planned. Chair person Smith outlined the seven criteria required in order to grant a
variance and color photographs of the property were viewed.
Chipman made a motion to approve the request for variance that was seconded by Grell.
The application for a variance, subject to the amendment that the 1.5 ft. requested front
yard setback was actually a 3 ft. requested setback passed unanimously.
White moved and Grell seconded approval of the minutes of the February 20, 2011
meeting. There was no old or new business and the meeting adjourned approximately
7:00 p.m.
Respectfully submitted,
Alison Werner Smith

Planning Commission
Minutes
March 6, 2012

Roll Call.
At 6:30 p.m., Chairman Mausser called the March 6, 2012 Planning Commission meeting to
order. Commission members present: Anderson, Covert, Detlefsen, Frost, Mausser, Moore;
absent – Haack.
Others present: Dean Wheatley, Tracey Mulcahey, Scott Peterson, Erika Harper and other
interested parties.
Agenda Approval.
Moore moved, Frost seconded to approve the agenda. The vote was: ayes – Detlefsen,
Mausser, Moore, Anderson, Frost, Covert; nays – none; absent – Haack. Motion carried.
Public comment on items not on the agenda.
No public comment was offered.
315 South Stewart Street Conditional Use Application.
Staff Presentation
Wheatley presented the request of Lisa Hills to approve a conditional use for a residential
daycare at 315 South Stewart Street. Wheatley asked for discussion later regarding
increasing the number of children to 12 to comply with state code.
Staff recommends approval with the condition that the screening be installed for the play
area to minimize impact on the neighbors.
Applicant’s Presentation
Lisa Hill presented her application for the Conditional Use for an in home daycare. She will
comply with any conditions requested. .
Public Comments
No public comments were offered.
Questions and Comments from the Commission
The Commission discussed the screening requirement relating to covenants.
Recommendation to Board of Adjustment
Detlefsen moved, Moore seconded to recommend approval of the Conditional Use
Application to the Board of Adjustment with the following condition:

The owner must provide, by no later than June 1 2012, required screening consisting of 6’
tall fencing or densely planted trees/shrubs that will grow to 6’ within 2 years of planting.
The vote was: ayes –Mausser, Moore, Anderson, Frost, Covert, Detlefsen; nays – none;
absent – Haack. Motion carried.
1535 Deerfield Drive West Conditional Use Application.
Staff Presentation
Wheatley presented the request of Linda Vawter-Morgan to approve a conditional use for a
residential daycare at 1535 Deerfield Drive West. Staff recommends approval with the
condition that the HVAC issue be remedied.
Applicant’s Presentation
Linda Vawter-Morgan presented her application for a conditional use for an in home
daycare. She stated that the HVAC issue has been completed. She stated that her
application meets all of the requirements.
Public Comments
No public comments were offered.
Questions and Comments from the Commission.
The Commission discussed the number of other childcare providers in the neighborhood
and throughout town with conditional uses for daycares. Traffic issues on the street and
parking were discussed.
Recommendation to Board of Adjustment
Detlefsen moved, Moore seconded to recommend approval of the Conditional Use
Application to the Board of Adjustment with the following conditions:
1. The building safety issue regarding heating and cooling vent termination to the
garage needs to be completed and inspected by the City Building Department staff
within 14 days of the conditional use approval by the Board of Adjustment.
2. An annual review needs to be conducted to ensure that the garage is not being used
as childcare space.
The vote was: ayes – Moore, Anderson, Frost, Covert, Detlefsen, Mausser; nays – none;
absent – Haack. Motion carried.
Cedar Springs, Part Six, Lot 157 Final Plat.
Staff Presentation
Wheatley presented the request of Cedar Springs Partners LLC to approve a two-lot final
plat for property located at the pond in the Cedar Lake development. This is a replat of the
original pond lot in Cedar Springs. With this plat, the pond goes to association for
maintenance. The site plan for the developable lot may be on the April Commission agenda.
Staff recommends for approval with no conditions.
Applicant’s Presentation
Tom Lepic, one of the developers at Cedar Springs, presented information regarding the
application for a final plat.
Public Comments
No public comments were offered.
Questions and Comments from the Commission
The Commission discussed the Homeowner’s Association, multifamily development on this
lot, and association fees.
Recommendation to City Council
Moore moved, Detlefsen seconded to recommend approval of the Final Plat Application to
the City Council with no conditions. The vote was: ayes –Anderson, Frost, Covert,
Detlefsen, Mausser, Moore; nays – none; absent – Haack. Motion carried.
Communication Towers and Antennas Ordinance Amendment.
Staff Presentation
Wheatley presented the Communication Towers and Antennas ordinance amendment. This
is an update to the City’s current provisions for siting facilities.
Public Comments
No public comments were offered.
Questions and Comments from the Commission
Safety, who approves agreements,
Recommendation to City Council
Moore moved, Frost seconded to recommend approval of the Communication Towers and
Antennas Ordinance to the City Council. The vote was: ayes –Frost, Covert, Detlefsen,
Mausser, Moore, Anderson; nays – none; absent – Haack. Motion carried.
Approval of Previous Minutes
Moore moved, Frost seconded to approve the minutes of the February 7, 2012 Planning
Commission Meeting. All ayes. Motion carried.

Old Business.
Wheatley reported that Casey’s had provided a revised site plan and revised building
elevations, and has now heard the development is not moving forward. He anticipates
another proposal at another location.

New Business.
The Cedar Springs site plan application discussed tonight will likely be on the next agenda.
Adjournment.
At 7:17 p.m., Anderson moved, Moore seconded to adjourn. All ayes. Meeting adjourned.