Planning and Zoning Commission Minutes for May 1, 2018

PLANNING COMMISSION

Minutes

May 1, 2018

City Council Chambers

1 Quail Creek Circle

 

 

Roll Call

Chair Ronda Detlefsen called the May 1, 2018 Regular Session of the Planning Commission to order.  Commission members present:  Ronda Detlefsen, Adam Gebhart, Rebecca Keogh, Kylie Pentecost and Patrick Staber; absent – Jennifer Bleil and Jason Heisler.

 

Others present: Dean Wheatley, Ryan Heiar, Tracey Mulcahey, Kevin Trom, Evan Runkle and other interested parties.

 

Agenda Approval

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

 

Scanlon Family Development Company County Plat

Staff Presentation

Wheatley presented the request from Scanlon Family Development Company to approve a preliminary and final plat for a 2-lot residential subdivision located generally east of Liberty High School, in an area of rural Johnson County not planned for annexation.  Staff recommends approval with no conditions.

 

Applicants Presentation

Susan Forinash, Hall and Hall Engineers, was present on behalf of the applicant and offered to answer questions.

 

Public Comments

No comments were offered.

 

Questions and Comments

The Commission discussed the application including the process for approval.

 

Recommendation to the City Council

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

 

Grand Rail Development Company, Inc. Site Plan

Staff Presentation

Wheatley presented the request from Grand Rail Development Company, Inc to approve a site plan for a commercial development on Highway 965 / Ranshaw Way, generally across from McDonalds.  Staff recommends approval of the application with no conditions.

 

Applicants Presentation

Jake Evans, Grand Rail Development, was present on behalf of the applicant and offered additional information.

 

Public Comments

No comments were offered.

 

Questions and Comments

The Commission discussed the application including street connectivity, layout, and design.

 

Recommendation to the City Council

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

 

North Central Junior High School Revised Site Plan

Staff Presentation

Wheatley presented the request from the Iowa City Community School District to approve a revised site plan for North Central Junior High, located at the northeast corner of Front Street and Forevergreen Road.  Staff recommends approval of the revised site plan.

 

Applicants Presentation

Duane Van Hemert, ICCSD, was present on behalf of the applicant, presented additional information on the design of the parking lot to help with traffic stacking in the roundabout, and offered to answer questions.  The Commission discussed the proposed traffic amendments with Van Hemert and Luke Newton, MMS Consultants.

 

Public Comments

No public comments were offered.

 

Questions and Comments

The Commission discussed the application including what will be approved.

 

Recommendation to the City Council

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

 

North Nest Restaurant Conditional Use

Staff Presentation

Wheatley presented the application for an outside eating conditional use at North Nest restaurant (formerly Vito’s), located just east of 965/Ranshaw Way on Jordan Street.  Staff recommends approval of this application with the following conditions:  Permit is for this owner only (future owners would need to reapply, alcoholic beverage sales allowed, only low-wattage lighting to be added – no floodlighting, amplified music levels to be agreed to in the field by the owner and City staff if introduced in the future, and no more seats than allowed by the Building and Fire Codes for this location.

 

Applicants Presentation

No one was present on behalf of the applicant.

 

Public Comments

No public comments were offered.

 

Questions and Comments

The Commission discussed the application including the history of the location.

 

Recommendation to the Board of Adjustment

Staber moved, Gebhart seconded to recommend approval to the Board of Adjustment with the following conditions:  Permit is for this owner only (future owners would need to reapply, alcoholic beverage sales allowed, only low-wattage lighting to be added – no floodlighting, amplified music levels to be agreed to in the field by the owner and City staff if introduced in the future, and no more seats than allowed by the Building and Fire Codes for this location.  The vote was: ayes – Pentecost, Detlefsen, Staber, Keogh, Gebhart; nays -none. Motion carried.

 

Rusciano’s Restaurant Conditional Use

Staff Presentation

Wheatley presented the application for an outside eating conditional use at Rusciano’s restaurant, located at Penn Landing at the northeast corner of Penn Street and 965/Ranshaw Way. Staff recommends approval with the standard outdoor eating area conditions.

 

Applicants Presentation

No one was present on behalf of the applicant.

 

Public Comments

No public comments were offered.

 

Questions and Comments

The Commission discussed the application including the quality of the application.

 

Recommendation to the Board of Adjustment

Keogh moved, Staber seconded to recommend approval to the Board of Adjustment with the following conditions:  Permit is for this owner only (future owners would need to reapply, alcoholic beverage sales allowed, only low-wattage lighting to be added – no floodlighting, amplified music levels to be agreed to in the field by the owner and City staff if introduced in the future, and no more seats than allowed by the Building and Fire Codes for this location.  The vote was: ayes – Gebhart, Keogh, Pentecost, Detlefsen, Staber; nays -none. Motion carried.

 

Mosley’s Restaurant Conditional Use

Staff Presentation

Wheatley presented the application for an outside eating conditional use at Mosley’s restaurant, located at Beaver Kreek Center at the southwest corner of Zeller Street and Dubuque Street. Staff recommends approval with the standard outdoor eating area conditions.

 

Applicants Presentation

No one 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 including the smoker and requirements.

 

Recommendation to the Board of Adjustment

Gebhart moved, Staber seconded to recommend approval to the Board of Adjustment with the following conditions:  Permit is for this owner only (future owners would need to reapply, alcoholic beverage sales allowed, only low-wattage lighting to be added – no floodlighting, amplified music levels to be agreed to in the field by the owner and City staff if introduced in the future, and no more seats than allowed by the Building and Fire Codes for this location.  The vote was: ayes – Gebhart, Detlefsen, Keogh, Pentecost, Staber; nays -none. Motion carried.

 

Approval of previous minutes

Gebhart moved, Staber seconded to approve the minutes of the April 3, 2018 meeting.  The vote was all ayes.  Minutes approved.

 

Old Business

No old business was presented.

 

New Business

Wheatley reported that they have a couple of cases for next month. He reminded all of the special meeting on 5/10.

 

Adjournment

At 7:25 p.m., Keogh moved, Staber seconded to adjourn. All ayes. Meeting adjourned.