Planning & Zoning – 2011-06-15 7:00 PM

In attendance: Bill Harger, Kendall Crouch, Sandy Speeling, Shannon Flickenger, John Christenson

Guest: Group from a local business, Jamie Royster, Chris Pedersen, Adam Gordon, Gary Coffman, Andy Arnburg, Elton Root

 

Meeting called to order.

 

Approve agenda 

The committee welcomes the new committee members Chris Swalla and John Christenson.

Agenda Item #1: City ordinances regarding sewers:

Elton Root of Madison County Environmental Health presented to the committee codes for both the state and county regarding septic systems.

Verbiage in the city's ordinance contradicts with the state's code. The states code is more strict and would supersede the city code. The state code states that there can be no private septic system on a property if the adjoining property has public waste hook-up available.

Elton recommends that the city ordinance (95.05) refer to the state code (Section 567, Chapter 69).

Elton states that since permits for septic systems must be acquired from the county, the county will follow the state code.

Properties with existing septic systems are also required to meet the Iowa code.

Kendall makes a recommendation that the city ordinance be updated to reflect just the state code (Section 567, Chapter 69). Shannon seconds the recommendation. The vote is 5 for, 0 against.

Agenda Item #2: Extension of Arnburg plat:

Andy Arnburg is present to talk about the preliminary plat. Andy is asking for an extension to the preliminary plat approved last year.

There is talk about septic systems and which lots would have to hook up to the city's public sewage.

Shannon makes a recommendation to approve the extension. Kendall seconds the recommendation. The vote is 5 for, 0 against.

Agenda Item #3: Rezoning of Block 16:

Brett Templeton of the Farmer's Cooperative is present to discuss future plans of the Farmer's Cooperative.

Plans were shown plans of phases 1 - 4.

The block will need to be rezoned from residential to industrial and commercial to industrial.

Sandy makes a recommendation to vacate the the alley located in block 16. John seconds the recommendation. The vote is 5 for, 0 against.

Kendall makes a recommendation to change the comprehensive plan to change the entire block 16 to industrial. Sandy seconds the recommendation. The vote is 5 for, 0 against.

Bill makes a recommendation that the city council rezones block 16 be rezoned to industrial. Shannon seconds the recommendation. The vote is 5 for, 0 against.

Agenda Item #4: New members for the committee:

Jeff Luke's name is suggested as a possible member.

Agenda Item #5: Select a new committee chair:

Bill nominates Chris as the committee chair. The vote is 5 for, 0 against, 1 abstained.

Additional questions and concerns:

 Sewage is still a concern for the committee. The committee considers whether the ordinance should be changed to not allow any septic systems.

Meeting Adjourned.