Planning and Zoning Commission Minutes for December 5, 2017

NORTH LIBERTY PLANNING COMMISSION

Minutes

December 5, 2017

City Council Chambers, 1 Quail Creek Circle

 

 

Roll Call

Chair Ronda Detlefsen called the December 5, 2017 Planning Commission meeting to order. Commissioners present: Jennifer Bleil, Ronda Detlefsen, Adam Gebhart, Jason Heisler, Becky Keogh, Kylie Pentecost, and Patrick Staber.

Others present: Dean Wheatley, Ryan Heiar, Tracey Mulcahey, Scott Peterson, Evan Runkle, Carter Kurdlre and other interested parties.

 

Agenda Approval

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

 

Iowa City Community School District Rezoning

Staff Presentation

Wheatley presented the request from Iowa City Community School District to approve a rezoning from I-1 to Public for property intended for a new elementary school and located generally on the west side of N Front Street directly south of Cedar Springs Subdivisions.

 

Applicants Presentation

Duane Van Hemert, Iowa City Community School District, 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 school design including walking paths.  The Commission offered support for the location.

 

Recommendation to the City Council

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

 

Rental Housing Unit Code Amendment

Staff Presentation

Heisler will abstain due to his employment.

Wheatley 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.  Council has held a public hearing and first consideration on the ordinance. Wheatley has received feedback from the community.

 

Public Comments

No public comments were offered.

 

Questions and Comments

The Commission discussed the ordinance regarding parking, the language, the maximum number of adults allowed, and expressed support for staff in this process,

 

Recommendation to the City Council

Bleil moved, Gebhart seconded to recommend approval of the code amendment.  The vote was: ayes – Pentecost, Gebhart, Detlefsen, Keogh, Bleil; nays – Staber; abstain – Heisler. Motion carried.

 

Approval of previous Minutes

Staber moved, Keogh seconded to approve minutes from the November 7, 2017 Commission meeting. The vote was all ayes. Minutes approved.

 

Old Business

No old business was presented.

 

New Business

Wheatley reported that there are no new cases for January.

 

Adjournment

At 7:00 p.m., Staber moved, Gebhart seconded to adjourn. The vote was all ayes. Meeting adjourned.