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Planning Commission Minutes

August 15, 2018

PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING

CITY OF JOHNSON

August 15, 2018

 

PUBLIC HEARING IS CALLED TO ORDER by Dan Cross: 6:00 pm

Present: Todd Wood, Katherine Hudson, Dan Cross, Richard Cromwell, and Gregg Gainer. Also present, Clay Wilson City of Johnson Building Official, James Geurtz-Earth plan Development Alternatives (EDA), and 11 Guests.

Petition 2018-22: Requesting a Large-Scale Development on property located on the north side of Main Drive, approximately 0.5 miles from the intersection of Main Drive and Thompson Street. Requested by Blake Murry of ESI, engineer for owner Bayyari Construction, Inc.

Public comment for Petition 2018-22:
Chairman Cross asked for public comments. A guest mentioned the public notice received for the public hearing on Petition 2018-22 had the incorrect date. Chairman Cross asked if any other guest received a notice with an incorrect date. The response from the guests were some had a notice with the wrong date while some had duplicate notices, and some never received notice of public meeting.
Since all neighboring property owners within the designated perimeter of subject property for petition 2018-22 were not properly notified, it was agreed on petition 2018-22 would be resubmitted for September 6, 2018 planning commission meeting.

A request to hear the presentation for petition 2018-22 was made from a public guest due to the distance traveled to be at the meeting.

PUBLIC HEARING IS CLOSED: 6:44 pm

PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING CALLED TO ORDER BY Dan Cross: 6:44 PM

Chairman Cross amended the agenda for the addition of zoning committee update.

Approval of July 5, 2018 Planning Commission Minutes
A motion was made by Richard Cromwell to approve the minutes. 2nd was made by Katherine Hudson. All approved.

New Business:
No new business due to the postponement of petition 2018-21 and petition 2018-22 to September 5, 2018.

Old Business:

Update from Zoning Revision Committee:
Commissioner Gainer gave an update on the status of zoning document revision:
• A copy of the revised zoning document was given to Northwest Planning Commission to review.
• Meetings with project consultants Sarah Geurtz, EDA and Juliet Richey, Garver Engineering occurred with Mayor Keeney and Northwest Arkansas Planning Commission.
• Currently planning to conduct public Town Hall meetings for early to mid-October for public feedback.
• Current project status plan is to deliver final draft copy to planning commission and hold public meeting on November 1, 2018 Planning Commission meeting.

He also commented on the scope of work regarding the implementation of the proposed zoning document. Recommendation was made to retain legal counsel to assist in the drafting and revision of city code changes as needed, and to advise regarding potential liability issues that may arise in changing city code and due process issues that may arise. It is the recommendation of the zoning committee to hire Harrington Miller law firm since they have assisted the city of Johnson in similar matters.

Chairman Cross asked for a motion to request from City Counsel the retainment of legal counsel for the implementation of proposed zoning document, if passed by the planning commission and approved by the City Counsel.
Commissioner Hudson made such motion. Richard Cromwell made a 2nd motion. All approved.

MOTION TO ADJOURN PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING:

A motion to adjourn Planning Commission meeting was made by Richard Cromwell, 2nd Todd Wood. All approved. Adjourned at 6:59 pm.