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Planning and Zoning on May 5, 2020

Agenda

6:30 PM via Zoom

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  1. Call to Order
  2. Roll Call
  3. Approval of the Agenda
  4. Public Hearing: Request of Harvest Investments, LLC for a zoning map amendment on 8.51 acres, more or less, from ID – Interim Development District to RS-4 PAD Single-Unit Residence District Planned Area Development on Lot 6 Country Pines Subdivision, which is located at 175 South Jones Boulevard.
    1. Staff Presentation
    2. Applicants Presentation
    3. Public Comments
    4. Questions and Comments
    5. Recommendation to the City Council
  5. Public Hearing: Request of the City of North Liberty for an ordinance amending several sections of the Code of Ordinances of North Liberty, Iowa, including Section 167.01, entitled “Definitions” by deleting and amending certain definitions, Section 173.02, entitled “Definitions” by amending and adding certain definitions and Section 173.05, entitled “Exempt Signs” by providing regulations for window signs.
    1. Staff Presentation
    2. Applicants Presentation
    3. Public Comments
    4. Questions and Comments
    5. Recommendation to the City Council
  6. Approval of Previous Minutes
  7. Old Business
  8. New Business
  9. Adjournment

Minutes

Call to Order
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this meeting was held by live stream on Zoom.us. All attendance
is through the live stream.
Chair Rebecca Keogh called the Tuesday, May 5, 2020 Planning Commission meeting to order at
6:30 p.m. Commission members present: Josey Bathke, Adam Gebhart, Jason Heisler, Rebecca
Keogh, Kylie Pentecost and Patrick Staber; absent: Ronda Detlefsen.
Others present: Ryan Rusnak, Ryan Heiar, Tracey Mulcahey, Grant Lientz, Derek Blackman,
Heather Ropp, Jason Ledden, and Ray Bisbee.
Approval of the Agenda
Gebhart moved, Staber seconded to approve the agenda. The vote was all ayes. Agenda
approved.
Harvest Estates, LLC Zoning Amendment
Staff Presentation
Rusnak presented the request of Harvest Estates, LLC for a zoning map amendment on 8.51 acres,
more or less, from ID – Interim Development District to RS-4 PAD Single-Unit Residence District
Planned Area Development on Lot 6 Country Pines Subdivision, which is located at 175 South
Jones Boulevard. Staff recommends approval with 3 findings and 8 conditions as shown in the
staff report. Rusnak reported that two letters of objection were received relating to stormwater
concerns, not density.
Applicants Presentation
Jason Ledden, Snyder and Associates, was present on behalf of the applicant and offered
additional information on the planned development and rezoning. Heather Ropp & Ray Bisbee
from Ewing Development presented information on the plan for the development.
Public Comments
Two public responses received by email were included in the packet. Rusnak sent letters to
proximate property owners. Both responses were regarding issues other than density.
Questions and Comments
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The Commission discussed the application including the PAD process, the issue with the
neighboring property owner, traffic on Jones Boulevard, streetlighting, and questions on density
in comparison to adjacent neighborhoods.
Recommendation to the City Council
Pentecost moved, Heisler seconded to recommend approval to the City Council with the
following conditions with the acceptance of the three listed findings and the eight conditions as
listed below:
Findings:
1. The zoning map amendment would be consistent the North Liberty Comprehensive Plan
Land Use Plan;
2. The proposed use and density of the development would be compatible with the area;
3. The zoning map amendment achieves consistency with Section 168.12 of the North
Liberty Code of Ordinances, entitled “PAD Zone – Planned Area Development Overlay
District and the site plan achieves consistency with Section 165.04(2) of the North
Liberty Code of Ordinances entitled, “Site Plan Requirements”.
Conditions:
1. That the applicant dedicate such right-of-way and public easements to the City as are
set forth in the site plan and/or required by North Liberty Code of Ordinances, subject
to approval as to form and content by the City Attorney;
2. That the development be subject to the design standards and maximum height
limitations for buildings in the single-unit residence district;
3. That no building in the proposed development have basements:
4. That additional detail be provided on the location, style and height of the entrance gate
and the sign to be installed on it prior to City Council’s consideration of the zoning map
amendment;
5. That a rendering depicting the color and material type of the clubhouse be provided
prior to City Council’s consideration of the zoning map amendment;
6. That a color rendering in elevation of the proposed landscaping prior to City Council’s
consideration of the zoning map amendment;
7. 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; and
8. That the applicant pay the Jones Boulevard improvement fees, which is $105 per linear
foot along South Jones Boulevard, totally $61,500.60, prior to any site construction or
building permit issuance.
After discussion, the vote was: ayes – Heisler, Gebhart, Staber, Bathke, Keogh, Pentecost; nays –
none. Motion carried.
Ordinance Amendment
Staff Presentation
Rusnak presented the request of the City of North Liberty for an ordinance amending several
sections of the Code of Ordinances of North Liberty, Iowa, including Section 167.01, entitled
“Definitions” by deleting and amending certain definitions, Section 173.02, entitled “Definitions” by
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amending and adding certain definitions and Section 173.05, entitled “Exempt Signs” by providing
regulations for window signs. Lientz provided additional information on the sign code section and
future amendments coming.
Applicants Presentation
No applicant’s presentation was offered.
Public Comments
No public comments were received.
Questions and Comments
The Commission had no questions or comments on the revisions.
Recommendation to the City Council
Bathke moved, Staber seconded to accept the two listed conditions and forward the Zoning
Ordinance Amendments to the City Council with a recommendation for approval. The vote was:
ayes – Staber, Gebhart, Keogh, Heisler, Pentecost, Bathke; nays – none. Motion carried.
Approval of Previous Minutes
Gebhart moved, Heisler seconded to approve the minutes from the March 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 7:05 p.m., Staber moved, Heisler seconded to adjourn. All ayes. Meeting adjourned.

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