Planning and Zoning Commission Minutes for November 07, 2017

PLANNING COMMISSION

Minutes

November 7, 2017

 

Roll Call

Planning Commission Chair Ronda Detlefsen called the November 7, 2017 meeting to order at 6:30 p.m.  Commissioners present: Jennifer Bleil, Ronda Detlefsen, Adam Gebhart, Rebecca Keogh, Kylie Pentecost and Patrick Staber; absent – Jason Heisler.

 

Others present: Dean Wheatley, Ryan Heiar, Tracey Mulcahey, Scott Peterson, Kevin Trom, Derek Blackman and other interested parties.

 

Agenda Approval

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

 

Living Word Community Church Site Plan

Staff Presentation

Wheatley presented the request from Living Word Community Church is to approve a site plan for an expanded church parking lot located at the northwestern corner of W. Penn Street and Meade Drive. Staff recommends approval of the site plan application with no conditions.

 

Applicants Presentation

Dave Larsen was present on behalf of the applicant and offered to answer questions.

 

Public Comments

No public comments were offered.

 

Questions and Comments

The Commission discussed the application and offered positive feedback on the proposal.

 

Recommendation to the City Council

Bleil moved, Pentecost seconded to recommend approval of the Site Plan application to the City Council with no conditions.  The vote was: ayes – Gebhart, Staber, Keogh, Detlefsen, Bleil, Pentecost; nays – none. Motion carried.

 

Living Word Community Church Rezoning

Staff Presentation

Wheatley presented the request from Living Word Community Church to approve a rezoning from I-1 to C-2-A for a lot located at the northwestern corner of W Penn Street and Meade Drive. Staff recommends approval of the rezoning application.

 

Applicants Presentation

No further information was presented.

 

Public Comments

No public comments were offered.

 

Questions and Comments

The Commission discussed the application including the following.

 

Recommendation to the City Council

Keogh moved, Gebhart seconded to recommend approval of the rezoning application to the City Council with no conditions. The vote was: ayes – Staber, Pentecost, Gebhart, Bleil, Keogh, Detlefsen; nays – none. Motion carried.

 

Code Amendment

Staff Presentation

Wheatley and Peterson presented the recommendation from City staff to address a State Code change that takes effect January 1 and prohibits cities in Iowa from limiting occupancy of rental housing units through the use of a “family” definition – a standard code provision in probably every city in the state. Without this amendment (or some equivalent), unlimited numbers of unrelated people could rent any housing unit in North Liberty.   The changes were summarized.  The Commission discussed the proposed amendment.  The Commission took no action at this meeting.

 

Approval of Previous Minutes

Keogh moved, Staber seconded to approve the minutes from the October 3, 2017 meeting. The vote was all ayes. Detlefsen abstained.  Minutes approved.

 

Old Business

No old business was presented.

 

New Business

Wheatley reported that one new case is planned for the December agenda, the rezoning of property on north Front Street for the planned elementary school.

 

Adjournment

At 7:23 p.m., Bleil moved, Staber seconded to adjourn. All ayes. Meeting adjourned.