Planning and Zoning Commission minutes for April 5, 2016

Planning Commission

Minutes

April 5, 2016

Call to Order

Chair Ronda Detlefsen called the April 5, 2016 regular meeting of the Planning Commission to order.  Members present:  Jennifer Bleil, Ronda Detlefsen, Adam Gebhart, Jason Heisler, Kylie Pentecost and Patrick Staber; absent: Josh Covert.

 

Others present: Dean Wheatley, Ryan Heiar, Scott Peterson, Kevin Trom, Stefan Juran and other interested parties.

 

Agenda Approval

Bleil moved, Heisler seconded to approve the agenda. The vote was all ayes. Agenda approved.

 

T & R Subdivision – Part Two Preliminary and Final Plat

Staff Presentation

Wheatley presented the request of Tom & Rick Streb to approve a 2-lot preliminary and final plat for property zoned I-1 and located on W. Penn Street at the northwest corner of W. Penn Street and Nathan Avenue. Staff recommends approval with no conditions.

 

Applicant’s Presentation

Duane Musser, MMS Consultants, presented information regarding the application.

 

Public Comments

No public comments were offered.

 

Questions and Comments

The Commission had no questions or comments.

 

Recommendation to the City Council

Bleil moved, Gebhart seconded to recommend approval of the Preliminary and Final Plat for T & R Subdivision – Part Two to City Council with no conditions.  The vote was: ayes – Detlefsen, Pentecost, Heisler, Gebhart, Bleil, Staber; nays – none. Motion carried.

 

Parking and Storage Ordinance Amendment   

Gebhart moved, Heisler seconded to remove this item from the table.  The vote was all ayes. Motion carried.

 

Staff Presentation

Wheatley presented an updated on the proposed amendments to the ordinance relating to parking and storage.

 

 

Public Comments                                             

No public comments were offered.

 

Questions and Comments

The Commission asked about Coralville and Iowa City’s ordinances.  The definition of storage and applicability to single family residential driveway usage, grandfathering and enforcement were discussed.  The Commission discussed the proposed amendment and provided feedback to staff.  The Commission will continue the discussion in the future.

 

New Single-Family Zoning District

Staff Presentation

Wheatley presented information on the proposed new single-family zoning district.  He reported that builders are requesting to build single family homes on duplex lots.  This is allowed in Coralville and Iowa City. The lot size equivalent to half of a duplex lot and would provide for another housing choice for buyers.

 

Questions and Comments

The Commission discussed the proposed amendment.  The Commission expressed support for adding a new level of density.

 

Recommendation to the City Council

Bleil moved, Staber seconded to recommend approval of the ordinance amendment to the City Council with the addition of the word “lot.” The vote was: ayes – Bleil, Gebhart, Pentecost, Detlefsen, Staber, Heisler; nays – none. Motion carried.

 

Sign Amendment for Public Zone

Staff Presentation

Wheatley presented the amendment to the sign code to allow for signs at schools.  The requirements are identical to the most restrictive commercial district. Public uses are city property and school property.

 

Questions and Comments

The Commission discussed the proposed amendment.

 

Recommendation to the City Council

Heisler moved, Gebhart seconded to recommend approval of the proposed amendment to the City Council. The vote was: ayes – Staber, Pentecost, Gebhart, Heisler, Detlefsen, Bleil; nays –none. Motion carried.

 

Approval of Previous Minutes

Gebhart moved, Bleil seconded to approve the March 1, 2016 Planning Commission minutes.  The vote was all ayes. Minutes approved.

 

Old Business

No old business was presented.

 

New Business

Wheatley reported that there are a number of cases for next month.

 

Adjournment

At 7:21 p.m., Bleil moved, Gebhart seconded to adjourn. All ayes. Meeting adjourned.