2010 Agendas / Minutes

MINUTES
ROGERS PLANNING COMMISSION
JULY 20, 2010


CALL TO ORDER
The meeting of the Rogers Planning Commission was held on July 20, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. was called to order with Commissioners Stanley, Ihli, Terhaar, Noto, Kornovich, Breun, and Denker present.  

Also present were City Planning Consultants Rose Lorsung, Deputy Clerk Splett, and Councilmember Bell.

Member(s) excused:  Knapp, and Olsen

OPEN FORUM
No one wished to speak.

SET AGENDA
Chairman Noto inquired if there was anyone who wished to place an item on the Agenda.

The following was added under “Other Business”: 
  • Meritex fencing
  • Pool ordinance
  • New housing

CONSENT AGENDA*
A. Approval of the June 15, 2010 Planning Commission Minutes
Commissioner Ihli moved, Commissioner Breun seconded a motion to approve the Consent Agenda.

On the vote, all members voted AYE.  Motion carried.

PUBLIC HEARINGS
A. Public Hearing to Create a Single-Family Large Lot Zoning District Ordinance
Planning Consultant Lorsung provided the background information along with a Powerpoint presentation commenting on the following:
  • How the Planning Commission reached the decision to eliminate the RE-4 zoning district
  • Reviewed the selected zoning districts along with the proposed ordinance

Chairman Noto opened the meeting for public comment. 

The following comments were registered:
Charlie Maue, 24665 141st Ave. N.:  Could you clarify the definitions for the RE2, RE4 and RE5 zoning districts.
Planner Lorsung:  The 2/4/5 refers to the lot size/allowance.  These are all the same zoning districts as what you currently have in Hassan.  We are proposing to eliminate the RE4 district.  The only other change was that we removed the shoreland overlay as Rogers has a shoreland ordinance.
Commissioner Denker explained that if you had 10 acres and were in the RE2 district that you would be able to divide it into five 2 acre lots if all requirements were met.
Planner Lorsung stated that the all of the criteria must be met in order to proceed with any development.
Commissioner Noto commented that the RE4 district is being removed because it is covered within the RE5 district.  It won’t change any development rights that you have now.  All setbacks will remain the same too.
Planner Lorsung commented that if you are in the RE5 district, you do need a full 10 acre lot to be able to divide it.
Greg Hoseth, 12025 Tucker Rd.:  Is all of the RE4 district going to be annexed?
Planner Lorsung stated no, not at this time.
Greg Hoseth:  What about future for 4 acre lots in the next phase?  Will we lose our rights?  That might create some trouble.
Planner Lorsung stated that the zoning is not your development rights.  The guide designation provides the development rights.  The City has to accommodate for all of the land coming in in 2012.  The majority of the properties are not losing their development rights.
Kim Zimmer, 13145 Basswood Ln.:  Will we automatically be given city sewer and water without have a choice if we want it or not?
Planner Lorsung stated no, not until it becomes available in that area.  The city will not be doing public improvement projects for the properties coming in.
Sherri Palmgren, 13125 Basswood Ln.:  How long will the answer “no” last?
Commissioner Noto stated that because the properties are being annexed into the City does not mean that they will be forced to hook up to city sewer and water. 
Mr. Erickson, Fletcher Lane:  We have our own septic right now.  If it fails will we have to hook up to city sewer?
Commissioner Noto stated that speaking on logic, if the septic fails you would need to repair it.  You wouldn’t have to hook up to city sewer if it could be fixed.  You should also have a secondary site located on your property too.
Sherri Palmgren, 13125 Basswood Ln.:  I have animals on my property – horses and chickens.  Is that allowed by Rogers?
Planner Lorsung stated that the city did not make changes to those ordinances.  The City adopted an ordinance in 2005 that prohibits chickens in the City of Rogers.  You can bring your request to the City Council for discussion.
Charlie Maue:   All the properties come in as agricultural, then you change the zoning after that, right?  Is there an ag rating?
Planner Lorsung stated that the agricultural district is basically a place holder / temporary zoning until the property can be rezoned into the appropriate district.  For example, when the properties are annexed in August, the RE-2 properties will temporarily be zoned ag until the comprehensive plan amendment is done.  Same will happen with the RE-5 properties.
Del Petrie, 13380 Willandale Rd.:  Can you rezone RE-5 properties to RE-2?
Planner Lorsung stated that you usually do not reduce zoning of a property. 

Commissioner Breun moved, Commissioner Ihli seconded a motion to close the public hearing.

On the vote, all members voted AYE.  Motion carried.

The Planning Commission discussed the following:
  • Discussion on the creation of the RE4 zoning district in Hassan
  • Met Council density requirements
  • Property being annexed will be rezoned in 45 days to the appropriate zoning
  • Accessory building size complications – to be dealt with on a case by case basis

Commissioner Denker moved, Commissioner Ihli seconded a motion to recommend approval of the proposed addition of the RE-2 and RE-5 zoning districts and make any necessary changes to the districts for the City Council to review and adopt at the August 10, 2010 meeting.

On the vote, all members voted AYE.  Motion carried.

B. Public Hearing to Create a Mixed-Use Zoning District Ordinance
Planning Consultant Lorsung provided the background information along with a Powerpoint presentation commenting on the following:
  • Nine months to update guiding/zoning district
  • Review of 3 mixed use districts
  • Next year focus on downtown study
  • Fletcher mixed use neighborhood district
  • Review of ordinance which provides some flexibility

Chairman Noto opened the meeting for public comment. 

The following comments were registered:
Charlie Maue, 24665 141st Ave. N.:  Will there be an ordinance on minimum lot size?
Planner Lorsung stated that these are separate zoning districts.  We are trying to accommodate for the three different districts.
Commissioner Noto commented that this zoning is only for the 3 types of mixed-use areas.
Planner Lorsung stated that a mixed-use district is a PUD that is already designed.

Commissioner Breun moved, Commissioner Kornovich seconded a motion to close the public hearing.

On the vote, all members voted AYE.  Motion carried.

The Planning Commission discussed the following:
  • In line with the comp plan – no issues – clearly defined
  • Mixed use area is speaking to the Fletcher neighborhood.  Guide plan allows 12 units per acre
  • Buildings could be 3 stories high – limit of 35’ with restrictions
  • Sewer and water is close to the mixed-use neighborhood area
  • Preserve the Fletcher area – designate now to protect it
  • Plan for the Rogers downtown area – is it to maintain it as historical site
  • Uniform downtown area – more architectural
  • Next year review streets and streetscapes for the Rogers downtown area
  • Would like it to be pedestrian friendly, but also look like a downtown area

Commissioner Kornovich moved, Commissioner Breun seconded a motion to recommend  approval of the proposed addition of the Mixed Use zoning districts and make any necessary changes to the districts for the City Council to review and adopt at the August 10, 2010 meeting.

On the vote, all members voted AYE.  Motion carried.

OTHER BUSINESS
   • Meritex Fencing
Commissioner Breun commented on the nice job Meritex did in fencing the rear portion of the buildings that they received approval for earlier this year and last year.

   • Pool Ordinance
Discussion about seeing violations of the pool ordinance and requesting that the CSO drive throughout the City to make sure that the ordinance is being enforced.

   • New Type of Housing
An article was provided to the Planning Commission relating to a new portable alternative to nursing homes that was seen in the AARP bulletin.

ADJOURN
Commissioner Stanley moved, Commissioner Ihli seconded a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:30 p.m.

On the vote, all members voted AYE.  Motion carried.