2009 Minutes

MINUTES
ROGERS PLANNING COMMISSION
JUNE 16, 2009


CALL TO ORDER
The meeting of the Rogers Planning Commission was held on June 16, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. was called to order with Commissioners Kornovich, Ihli, Noto, Breun, Stanley, Denker, Terhaar, and Olsen present.  

Member(s) excused:  Knapp

Also present were Chief City Planner Burnham, Deputy Clerk Splett and Councilmember Rauenhorst.

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 agenda was set as submitted.

CONSENT AGENDA*
A.   Approval of the May 19, 2009 Planning Commission Minutes

Commissioner Stanley moved, Commissioner Kornovich seconded a motion to approve the Consent Agenda

On the vote, all members voted AYE, with Breun abstaining.  Motion carried.

NEW BUSINESS
A.   Standard Sign Adjustment Request from Veit, 14000 Veit Place

Chief Planner Burnham provided the background and commented on the following:
      • The maximum size wall sign permitted by code per Section 113-9 of the City Code for
         property within the Industry General (IG) sign overlay area is 60 square feet.
      • The sign that was constructed is 93 sq.ft., applicant should have filed for a standard sign
         adjustment
      • Neither criteria #1 or #2 has been met
      • The sign was constructed/installed without a permit from the City
      • Recommendation is for denial

Rob Anderson, Veit Safety Director/Reg. Compliance commented on the following:
      • Sign needs to be the size it is so that it can be visible to all lanes of traffic on I-94
      • City needs to clearly define terms in the sign ordinance such as “readily visible” and how to
         measure the square footage of the sign
      • This building also houses an auto paint shop, meeting area, and warehouse storage
      • This situation was handled poorly from the very beginning
      • The sign is already installed and did cost quite a bit of money, so I am imploring you to
         allow it to remain
      • I can guarantee the City from this day forward we will completely cooperate with the City
         and all of the regulations

The Planning Commission discussed the following:
      • Cost of the sign that has already been spent
      • Reducing the size of the sign will not reduce the visibility to the freeway
      • Standard letter size used on the size
      • If proper procedures were followed, the sign would not have been allowed
      • Don’t want to set a precedence by allowing this one

Commissioner Kornovich moved, Commissioner Terhaar seconded a motion to recommend approval of the proposed standard sign adjustment, based on site constraints that include a large billboard that partially blocks the view, all of the trees and vegetation surrounding the area, and the vehicles that are driving 70 mph.

On the vote, members Terhaar, Kornovich, and Breun voted AYE, with members Stanley, Ihli, Noto, and Denker voting NAY.  Motion failed.

B.   Creation of Bed and Breakfast Standards
Chief Planner Burnham provided the background and commented on the following:
      • City is being proactive in having an ordinance in place should a request be made
      • Used a couple of different codes for your review and suggestions

The Planning Commission discussed the following:
      • Allowing wine to be served
      • Parking spaces allotted – make sure there is enough (1.2 spaces per room)
      • Have 5 bedrooms be the maximum allowed
      • Hassan’s ordinance was established in 2003
      • Single family district and agricultural would require a Conditional Use Permit
The consensus of the Planning Commission was to conduct a public hearing at the July 21, 2009 Planning Commission meeting.

OTHER BUSINESS
Chief Planner Burnham informed the Planning Commission that the Hummer dealership sign has now been removed.

Commissioners thanked Burnham for his hard work in getting this done.

ADJOURN
Commissioner Breun moved, Commissioner Denker seconded a motion to adjourn the meeting at 7:55 p.m.

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