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Planning and Zoning on January 2, 2019

Agenda

 6:30 PM, North Liberty City Council Chambers, 1 Quail Creek Circle

  1. ROLL CALL
  2. AGENDA APPROVAL
  3. REZONING: Request of Watts Group Development Inc to approve a one-lot rezoning for a small area of “The Preserve” at the southeast corner of Kansas Avenue and St. Andrews Drive.
    1. Staff Presentation
    2. Applicants Presentation
    3. Public Comments
    4. Questions and Comments
    5. Recommendation to the City Council
  4. PRELIMINARY PLAT: Request of Watts Group Development Inc to approve a revised subdivision plat for “The Preserve” at the southeast corner of Kansas Avenue and St. Andrews Drive.
    1. Staff Presentation
    2. Applicants Presentation
    3. Public Comments
    4. Questions and Comments
    5. Recommendation to the City Council
  5. SUBDIVISION PLAT: Request of Longsterman Holdings LLC, to approve a subdivision plat, Longsterman Subdivision, located approximately 1.8 miles beyond the corporate limits along Scales Bend Road, but within the Fringe Area for City review.
    1. Staff Presentation
    2. Applicants Presentation
    3. Public Comments
    4. Questions and Comments
    5. Recommendation to the City Council
  6. COUNTY CONDITIONAL USE IN NORTH LIBERTY FRINGE AREA: Request of David Scott Hardwick to Johnson County for a conditional use to establish a lawn maintenance business for 2-5 years at 2780 S Front Street, generally located on the east side of Front Street between the Broadmoor and Windsor Farms subdivisions.
    1. Staff Presentation
    2. Applicants Presentation
    3. Public Comments
    4. Questions and Comments
    5. Recommendation to the City Council
  7. ORDINANCE AMENDMENTS: A series of amendments to address various issues, including:
    • Trash enclosure opening orientation and gate specifications.
    • Fence installation changes to better reflect current permitting practice and better define a setback standard.
    • Supplemental yard changes to address certain problems encountered by Building Department staff with the locations of garages, sheds, and swimming pools, decks, and other miscellaneous uses.
    • Remove need for outside eating areas to obtain conditional uses, but keeping all code requirements regarding the placement and operations.
    • Cleanup language missed during previous amendment regarding conditional use requirement for outside storage (no longer required).
    • Delete the C-RV (Commercial Recreational Vehicle) district.
    • Refine regulations for PODS storage units and commercial dumpsters, and amend Section 105.11 in the Code, Solid Waste Control, to prohibit commercial dumpsters in residential areas except during permitted construction activities.
    1. Staff Presentation
    2. Public Comments
    3. Questions and Comments
    4. Recommendation to the City Council
  8. APPROVAL OF PREVIOUS MINUTES
  9. OLD BUSINESS
  10. NEW BUSINESS
  11. ADJOURNMENT

Minutes

Roll Call
Chair Ronda Detlefsen called the January 2, 2019 Regular Session of the North Liberty Planning
Commission to order at 6:31 p.m. Commission members present: Jennifer Bleil, Ronda Detlefsen,
Adam Gebhart, Jason Heisler, Rebecca Keogh, Kylie Pentecost. Absent: Patrick Staber
Others present: Dean Wheatley, Ryan Heiar, Tracey Mulcahey, Kevin Trom, Joel Miller, Duane
Musser, Scott Hardwick, Tom Palmer and other interested parties.
Agenda Approval
Gebhart moved, Heisler seconded to approve the agenda. The vote was all ayes. Agenda approved.
Watts Group Development, Inc. Rezoning
Staff Presentation
Wheatley presented the request of Watts Group Development Inc to approve a one-lot rezoning
for a small area of “The Preserve” at the southeast corner of Kansas Avenue and St. Andrews
Drive. Staff recommends approval of the application.
Applicants Presentation
Duane Musser was present on behalf of the applicant and offered additional information.
Public Comments
No public comments were offered.
Questions and Comments
The Commission discussed the application including the drainageway that goes through the
property and the reconfiguration.
Recommendation to the City Council
Bleil moved, Gebhart seconded to recommend approval of the proposed rezoning with no
conditions to the City Council. The vote was: ayes – Pentecost, Gebhart, Keogh, Heisler, Detlefsen,
Bleil; nays – none. Motion carried.
Watts Group Development Inc Preliminary Plat
Staff Presentation
Wheatley presented the request of Watts Group Development Inc to approve a revised
subdivision plat for “The Preserve” at the southeast corner of Kansas Avenue and St. Andrews
Drive. Staff recommends approval of the application.
Applicants Presentation
Duane Musser was present on behalf of the applicant.
Public Comments
No public comments were offered.
Questions and Comments
The Commission had no discussion on the application.
Recommendation to the City Council
Keogh moved, Pentecost seconded to recommend approval of the revised preliminary plat with
no conditions. The vote was: ayes – Gebhart, Pentecost, Heisler, Bleil, Detlefsen, Keogh; nays –
none. Motion carried.
Longsterman Holdings LLC Subdivision Plat
Staff Presentation
Wheatley presented the request of Longsterman Holdings LLC, to approve a subdivision plat,
Longsterman Subdivision, located approximately 1.8 miles beyond the corporate limits along
Scales Bend Road, but within the Fringe Area for City review. Staff recommends that Council defer
to the County on this application.
Applicants Presentation
The application was not present.
Public Comments
No public comments were offered.
Questions and Comments
The Commission discussed the application including how the recommendation might be worded.
Recommendation to the City Council
Bleil moved, Heisler seconded to recommend deferring to the County to the City. After discussion,
the vote was: ayes – Heisler, Gebhart, Pentecost, Bleil, Detlefsen, Keogh; nays – none. Motion
carried.
David Scott Hardwick County Conditional Use in North Liberty Fringe Area
Staff Presentation
Wheatley presented the request of David Scott Hardwick to Johnson County for a conditional use
to establish a lawn maintenance business for 2-5 years at 2780 S Front Street, generally located
on the east side of Front Street between the Broadmoor and Windsor Farms subdivisions. Staff
recommends not approving the proposed use based on land use policy.
Applicants Presentation
Scott Hardwick was present on behalf of the applicant and offered additional information on the
application.
Public Comments
No public comments were offered.
Questions and Comments
The Commission discussed the application including concerns for the neighboring properties, the
usage, the County imposing additional restrictions, and the timeframe for allowed use.
Recommendation to the City Council
Pentecost moved, Bleil seconded to recommend approval for twenty-four months with no retail
sales and limited to just this applicant to the City Council. After discussion, the vote was: ayes –
Detlefsen, Pentecost, Heisler, Gebhart, Keogh, Bleil; nays – none. Motion carried.
Ordinance Amendments
Staff Presentation
Wheatley presented a series of amendments to address various issues, including:
 Trash enclosure opening orientation and gate specifications.
 Fence installation changes to better reflect current permitting practice and better define
a setback standard.
 Supplemental yard changes to address certain problems encountered by Building
Department staff with the locations of garages, sheds, and swimming pools, decks, and
other miscellaneous uses.
 Remove need for outside eating areas to obtain conditional uses, but keeping all code
requirements regarding the placement and operations.
 Cleanup language missed during previous amendment regarding conditional use
requirement for outside storage (no longer required).
 Delete the C-RV (Commercial Recreational Vehicle) district.
 Refine regulations for PODS storage units and commercial dumpsters, and amend Section
105.11 in the Code, Solid Waste Control, to prohibit commercial dumpsters in residential
areas except during permitted construction activities.
Public Comments
No public comments were received.
Questions and Comments
The Commission discussed the proposed ordinance amendments.
Recommendation to the City Council
Pentecost moved, Keogh seconded to recommend approval of the proposed ordinance
amendments to the City Council. After discussion, the vote was: ayes – Heisler, Pentecost,
Gebhart, Detlefsen, Bleil, Keogh; nays – none. Motion carried.
Approval of Previous Minutes
Gebhart moved, Heisler seconded to approve the minutes of the December 4, 2018 Planning
Commission. The vote was all ayes. Minutes approved.
Old Business
Wheatley reported on the screening for the heating and cooling on top of GEICO building. He
reported that it is a great example of how it should be done. Detlefsen spoke regarding the quality
of building
New Business
Wheatley reported that since no new cases were received for February, a land use discussion
would be held at the next meeting.
Adjournment
Keogh moved, Gebhart seconded to adjourn at 7:33 p.m. The vote was all ayes. Meeting
adjourned.

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