Planning and Zoning Commission minutes from April 4, 2017

Planning Commission
Minutes
April 4, 2017

Roll Call
Chair Ronda Detlefsen called the April 4, 2017 Regular Session of the North Liberty Planning Commission to order at 6:33 p.m.  Commission members present: Jennifer Bleil, Ronda Detlefsen, Adam Gebhart, Kylie Pentecost and Patrick Staber; absent – Josh Covert and Jason Heisler.  Others present: Dean Wheatley, Tracey Mulcahey, Scott Peterson, Kevin Trom, Megan Benischek and other interested parties.

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

Interstate Power and Light Company Preliminary Plat
Staff Presentation
Wheatley presented the request of Interstate Power and Light Company to approve a preliminary plat for an electrical substation located on North Dubuque Street midway between W. Penn Street and 965. Staff recommends approval of the application.

Applicants Presentation
Dan VanDervort, Project Manager for Alliant Energy was present and offered to answer questions on the application.

Public Comments
No public comments were received.

Questions and Comments
The Commission commented that the application is pretty straightforward.

Recommendation to the City Council
Bleil moved, Gebhart seconded to recommend approval of Interstate Power and Light Company’s Preliminary Plat application to the City Council.  The vote was: ayes – Gebhart, Staber, Pentecost, Detlefsen, Bleil; nays – none. Motion carried.

Proposed Venom Villas Addition Rezoning
Staff Presentation
Wheatley presented the request of Acie Earl to approve a rezoning for property located on North Jones Boulevard, between 236th Street and Eight Point Trail. (Proposed Venom Villas Addition)  Staff does not recommend approval of the application.

Applicants Presentation
Acie Earl, applicant, and Duane Musser, MMS Consultants, presented additional information regarding the application.

Public Comments
No public comments were offered.

Questions and Comments
The Commission discussed the application for rezoning including paving close to adjacent lot lines, sizes of property being amended, ownership of adjacent properties, new lot sizes, lot line changes, adjacent development, setting precedents, code compliance, and development of adjacent properties versus non developed land and ownership of some impacted units not owned by the applicant.

Recommendation to the City Council
Gebhart moved, Detlefsen seconded to recommend denial to the City Council.  The vote was: ayes – Staber, Detlefsen, Pentecost, Gebhart; nays – Bleil. Motion carried.

Zoning Ordinance Amendment
Staff Presentation
Wheatley presented the request of staff to consider an amendment correcting an oversight by adding a height limitation to ground signs in the Office Park and Industrial Districts consistent with that found in commercial districts, 24 feet.

Public Comments
No public comments were offered.

Questions and Comments
The Commission had no questions or comments.

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

Approval of Previous Minutes
Bleil moved, Staber seconded to approve the minutes of the March 7, 2017 Commission meeting.  The vote was all ayes. Minutes approved.

Old Business
Wheatley provided an update on athletic field lighting amendment that will be on Council’s April 11 agenda.

New Business
Wheatley reported that two cases coming back for next month with resubmittals of previous submissions.

Adjournment
At 7:24 p.m., Gebhart moved, Bleil seconded to adjourn. All ayes. Meeting adjourned.