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Planning and Zoning Commission on October 6, 2020

Agenda

6:30 PM, via Zoom

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Call to Order

  1. Roll Call
  2. Approval of the Agenda
  3. Preliminary Plat: Request of Tyler and Jennifer Doran to approve a Preliminary Plat for a two lot subdivision at 1475 South Jones Boulevard.
    1. Staff Presentation
    2. Applicants Presentation
    3. Public Comments
    4. Questions and Comments
    5. Recommendation to the City Council
  4. Public Hearing for Zoning Map Amendment: Request of Watts Group Development, Inc. for a zoning map amendment on 7.87 acres, more or less, from RM-8 Multi-Unit Residence District to RS-4 PAD Single-Unit Residence District Planned Area Development on property located at the southwest corner of Denison Avenue and Oak Terrace Avenue, being Lot 29 of The Preserve, Part One to North Liberty, Johnson County, Iowa.
    1. Staff Presentation
    2. Applicants Presentation
    3. Public Comments
    4. Questions and Comments
    5. Recommendation to the City Council
  5. Approval of Previous Minutes
  6. Old Business
  7. New Business
  8. Adjournment

Minutes

Call to Order

Chair Becky Keogh called the October 6, 2020 Regular Session of the North Liberty Planning Commission to order at 6:30 p.m.  Commission members present: Barry A’Hearn, Becky Keogh, Jessica Marks, Kylie Pentecost and Patrick Staber; absent: Josey Bathke, Jason Heisler.

Others present: Ryan Rusnak, Tracey Mulcahey, Grant Lientz, Kevin Trom, James Kincade, Adam Hahn, Brian Boelk and other interested parties.

Approval of the Agenda

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

Preliminary Plat – 1475 South Jones Boulevard

Staff Presentation

Rusnak presented the request of Tyler and Jennifer Doran to approve a Preliminary Plat for a two- lot subdivision at 1475 South Jones Boulevard.  Staff recommends approval with two findings and five conditions.

Applicants Presentation

No application presentation was made.

Public Comments

No public comments were offered.

Questions and Comments

The Commission discussed the application including that it is straight forward and as expected.

Recommendation to the City Council

A’Hearn moved, Staber seconded to approve the preliminary plat for 1475 South Jones Boulevard with the two findings.  After discussion, A’Hearn moved, Staber seconded to accept the two listed findings and the five conditions and forward the Preliminary Plat to the City Council with a recommendation for approval.  Marks moved to call the question on the first motion. The vote was: ayes – none; nays – Staber, Pentecost, Marks, Keogh, A’Hearn. Motion failed.  The vote on the second motion was: ayes – Pentecost, Marks, Keogh, A’Hearn, Staber; nays – none. Motion carried.

The Preserve, Part One, Lot 29 Rezoning

Staff Presentation

Rusnak opened the public Hearing for Zoning Map Amendment: Request of Watts Group Development, Inc. for a zoning map amendment on 7.87 acres, more or less, from RM-8 Multi-Unit Residence District to RS-4 PAD Single-Unit Residence District Planned Area Development on property located at the southwest corner of Denison Avenue and Oak Terrace Avenue, being Lot 29 of The Preserve, Part One to North Liberty, Johnson County, Iowa. No oral or written comments were received. The public hearing was closed.  Staff recommends approval with nine conditions as follows:

  1. That the development be subject to the design standards and maximum height limitations for buildings in the single‐unit residence district;
  2. That the private drive be named, subject to approval by the Building Official;
  3. That the site plan depicts and dedicate a public ingress/egress and utility easement, subject to approval as to form and content by the City Attorney;
  4. That no portion of any building project into a public easement:
  5. That the signs be ground style and incorporate a similar type of masonry used on the residences;
  6. That the mailbox pad located at the southeast portion of the property be labeled on the site plan;
  7. That the landscaping to revised to adhere to the visual corner clearance at the intersection of streets;
  8. That the plans be revised such that the top of foundation wall or window wells not be lower than the minimum low opening elevation; and
  9. That applicant demonstrate the site plan’s consistency with the City’s post‐construction storm water runoff control ordinance, as determined by the City Engineer, prior to City Council’s consideration of the zoning map amendment.

Applicants Presentation

Adam Hahn, Watts Group, offered additional information regarding the application.

Public Comments

No comments were received.

Questions and Comments

The Commission discussed the application including how the units and lots are developed, the size of the units, the differences between this development and Vintage Estates, parking concerns, and access to the development for emergency vehicles.

Recommendation to the City Council

Pentecost moved, Staber seconded that the Planning Commission accept the three listed findings and forward the zoning map amendment with the nine listed conditions recommended by City staff to the City Council with a recommendation for approval.  The vote was: ayes – Marks, Staber, A’Hearn, Pentecost, Keogh; nays – none. Motion carried.

Approval of Previous Minutes

Staber moved, Marks seconded to approve the minutes of the September 1, 2020 Planning Commission meeting. The vote was all ayes. Minutes approved.

Old Business

No old business was presented.

New Business

No new business was presented.

Adjournment

At 6:53 p.m., Staber moved, A’Hearn seconded to adjourn. The vote was all ayes. Meeting adjourned.

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