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Planning Commission Minutes

November 5, 2020

PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING

CITY OF JOHNSON, AR

NOVEMBER 5, 2020

PLANNING COMMSION PUBLIC HEARING:

Chairman Dan Cross called the Planning Commission Public Hearing to order at 6:00 PM

Present: Todd Wood, Katherine Hudson, Richard Cromwell, Henry Layes, Gregg Gainer, and Shane Bronson. Also, Clay Wilson – City of Johnson Building Official, James Geurtz – City of Johnson Engineer, and three guests were in attendance.

Chairman Dan Cross amended the November 05, 2020, Planning Commission Agenda to change Petition 2020-13 to be changed from 5802 S. Caldwell to 5533, 5555, and 5577 Walter Circle with no objections.

PETITION 2020-06: Requesting a CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT for property located at 5802 S. Caldwell. Requested by Charles Cassat, owner.

PETITION 2020-13: Requesting a VACATION OF UTILITY EASEMENT for property located at 5533, 5555, and 5577 Walter Circle. Requested by Craig Davis of ESI for Clear Creek Residential, LLC.

Chairman Dan Cross opened up the Hearing for public comment and allowed the public meeting to remain open to allow comments from anyone who may arrive late. No additional comments were offered.

MOTION TO ADJOURN PLANNING COMMISSION PUBLIC HEARING:

Motion to Adjourn Planning Commission Public Hearing was made by Henry Layes and seconded by Katherine Hudson. All approved. Chairman Dan Cross closed the Board of Adjustments Public Hearing at 6:05 PM. 

PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING

Present: Todd Wood, Katherine Hudson, Richard Cromwell, Henry Layes, Gregg Gainer, and Shane Bronson. Also, Clay Wilson – City of Johnson Building Official, James Geurtz – City of Johnson Engineer, and three guests were in attendance.

Planning Commission Meeting was called to order at 6:05 P.M. by Chairman Dan Cross.

A motion to approve the October 08, 2020 Planning Commission Minutes was made by Todd Wood and seconded by Richard Cromwell. All approved. 

Old Business:

Chairman Dan Cross opened discussion for review of Zoning Updates.

Building Official, Clay Wilson, requested the Commissioners review Zoning Updates for final review by EDA consultants and communicate their feedback by November 18, 2020.

Gregg Gainer stated he has some concerns about the lack of local supply of “Native” plants and the high percentage required in Zoning Code Updates.

Katherine Hudson suggested possibly reducing the percentage of Native Species required to reduce the burden on builders. She also stated that Commissioners should be sure to consider the maintenance of plants when including them in the Zoning Code.

Henry Layes agreed with Gregg Gainer and Katherine Hudson that the developers should be considered when finalizing updates to Zoning Code.

Richard Cromwell agreed with the statements made by the Commissioners and stated he believes that there are plenty Non-Native, Non-Invasive species that would positively add to the landscape and could be included in the Zoning Code.

Chairman Dan Cross requested specific feedback to assist the consulting team.

Building Official Clay Wilson reviewed the remaining contract of consulting team.

Henry Layes requested information on the process of possibly extending current contract. To which, Chairman Dan Cross stated he will seek clarification with the Mayor.

No additional comments were made and the discussion was closed by Chairman Dan Cross.

New Business:

Petition 2020-06: Requesting a CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT for property located at 5802 S. Caldwell. Requested by Charles Cassat, owner.

City of Johnson Engineer, James Geurtz, clarified zoning of property listed to include both floodplain and floodway classifications. He went on to review his recommendations which was included in writing to Commissioners and property owner.

Gregg Gainer requested clarification on how the City of Johnson’s street plans would effect the permit being requested. Mr. Guertz discussed the effects and reiterated that the permit would be a temporary conditional use permit. The owner of the property and his employee acknowledged the understanding and importance of permit being conditional and thus temporary if approved.

Chairman Dan Cross requested information from the property owner on his plan to clean and retain materials during flooding; to which the owner deferred to Mr. Guertz who reviewed the requirements based on FEMA standards.

The owner and his employee reviewed the construction of the bins that would be used to hold the materials. He stated that each bin would consist of pre-fabricated, interlocking concrete pieces spanning two pieces high and six pieces wide with each piece weighing 4,000 lbs.

Todd Wood reviewed the written recommendations and questioned if the property listed is appropriate placement of business proposed.

The City of Johnson Building Official abstained from making a recommendation

Henry Layes made a motion to approve the conditional use for twelve months with the owners meeting all the requirements presented in the letter presented by EDA. The motion was seconded by Shane Bronson. A roll call was conducted, Richard Cromwell: No, Henry Layes: Yes, Shane Bronson: No, Gregg Gainer: No, Katherine Hudson: No, Todd Wood: No. Majority vote, Petition 2020-06 failed to pass. The request for CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT for property located at 5802 S. Caldwell, requested by Charles Cassat, owner, was not approved.

PETITION 2020-13: Requesting a VACATION OF UTILITY EASEMENT for property located at 5533, 5555, and 5577 Walter Circle. Requested by Craig Davis of ESI for Clear Creek Residential, LLC.

After reviewing the request with discussion of drainage easement and ownership Building Official, Clay Wilson, made his recommendation for Petition 2020-13.

A motion to approve Petition 2020-13 was made by Richard Cromwell and seconded by Katherine Hudson. All approved.

No additional New Business.

MOTION TO ADJOURN PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING:

Motion to Adjourn Planning Commission meeting was made by Henry Layes and seconded by Gregg Gainer. All approved. Meeting adjourned at 6:56 P.M.