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FEBRUARY 28, 2013


The meeting of the Rogers Planning Commission was held on February 28, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. was called to order with Commissioners Martin, Meadows, Denker, Knapp, Swanson, Busch and Burr were present.  

Also present were City Planning Consultant Steve Grittman, Deputy Clerk Splett and Councilmember Ihli.

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No one wished to speak.

The following was added under “Other Business”

  • Clarification on the sign standards adjustment ordinance

A.        Approval of the January 24, 2013 Planning Commission Minutes
Commissioner Martin moved, Commissioner Swanson seconded a motion to approve the January 24, 2013 Planning Commission Minutes as submitted, with the three corrections.

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

A.        Request for Concept Plan Approval of Fletcher Hills Villas
Planning Consultant Grittman provided the background information commenting on the following:

  • The history of the Fletcher Hills Villas original PUD
  • Original project building pads were 50’ x 80’; PUD provided open space/common space for the project; different property setbacks than regular R-2 development
  • Proposed amendment will have the same number of lots, they will be single family individual lots overlaid on the original approved lots, will eliminate the open space and common space areas as these will become individual owned, the majority of the public improvements are in place, and this will also eliminate the homeowner’s association
  • Lots are smaller than the regular single family lot requirements as is the lot width
  • Land use will not be changing, nor will there be an increase in the density
  • Applicant is looking for guidance for what can be done here to get the project moving forward again

David Hinners, Gonyea Company was present to answer any questions that the Planning Commission may have. He spoke briefly on what they are trying to accomplish here to bring new life to the project and move it forward.

There was a discussion between the Planning Commission and Mr. Hinners:

Commissioner Meadows inquired what led to the request for amending the original PUD?

Mr. Hinners stated that the townhome market is no longer there. People are more interested in small lot single family homes with two car garages. He mentioned the single family homes would be in the range of $260,000 to mid $300,000.

Commissioner Meadows again asked what trigger the abandonment of the original PUD?

Mr. Hinners stated that there is no longer a market for homeowner’s associations nor is there the market for the single family detached townhomes.

This led to discussion on how can the City allow the original PUD be abandoned, yet let the original concept to exist with the smaller lots?

  • There is no open space or common area, no architectural standards, no unique lifestyle.
  • Market demand playing a role in the proposed amendment to the PUD. There is no longer the desire for homeowner’s associations
  • The proposed amendment is not a PUD as it offers nothing other than large homes on very small lots.
  • Uniqueness could be providing a regular size home on a smaller lot
  • Property guided mid-density – not traditional development
  • Same number of lots as the original PUD – not increasing nor decreasing the number of previously approved lots
  • PUD was amended previously to allow for smaller houses
  • No longer can consider this a PUD if all of the open space is gone, no unique architecture, regular size homes on sub-standard lots, nothing unique about the development
  • 90 foot lots have been a problem in the past, now these are smaller yet with only 5 foot side yard setbacks
  • Scale houses down
  • Side yard setbacks are too small, as are the front yard setbacks
  • Services are already in place – can’t change them now

The consensus of the Planning Commission is that the applicant take the following suggestions into consideration for amending the current PUD:

  • House size are too large for such small lots
  • Lot sizes are too small for the proposed larger homes
  • There are no amenities being offered as part of this PUD
  • Setbacks, both front and side yard, should be increased

No action taken.

A.        Comprehensive Plan – Update on Revisions to Plan following Annexation
Consulting Planner Grittman stated that he is continuing to work on the Comprehensive Plan data for the former Hassan Township and the City of Rogers to pull all of the information into one common document. The process will take about another month or so.

B.        Adult Use Regulations – Update on Revisions to Ordinance and Map
Consulting Planner Grittman stated that there will be a draft available for the April Planning Commission meeting for review.

C.        Sign Standard Adjustment Ordinance Clarification
The Planning Commission revisited and clarified the wording for criteria 1-4 as follows:

(1)  The Adjustment results in no increase to the overall amount of signage allowed on the property under an application of the other standards of this Section.
(2)  The Adjustment results in no increase to the overall height or sign area of any individual freestanding sign otherwise permitted by this Section.
(3)  The Adjustment is found to be necessary to provide visual identification of the property due to site conditions that interfere with reasonable identification of the occupant(s).
(4)  Proposed changes to sign allowances beyond the scope of this Section shall be processed according to the Variance or Planned Unit Development requirements of the Zoning Ordinances, as may be applicable to the specific property in question.

Commissioner Swanson moved, Commissioner Martin seconded a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:05 p.m.

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





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