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Planning Commission Minutes

October 8, 2020

PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING

CITY OF JOHNSON, AR 

OCTOBER 08, 2020

 

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, Sarah Geurtz, Juliet Ritchey, and one guest were in attendance.


Planning Commission Meeting was called to order at 6:00 P.M. by Chairman Dan Cross.

A motion to approve the September 03, 2020 Planning Commission Minutes was made by Henry Layes and seconded by Richard Cromwell. All approved except Shane Bronson who abstained from voting on the issue, stating he did not have a physical copy of the minutes to review. 

Old Business:

Chairman Dan Cross opened discussion for review of the Landscaping and Parking portions of the updated zoning code. Sarah Geurtz presented a presentation on the Land Codes and Juliet Ritchey presented on the Parking Codes.

Commissioner Shane Bronson questioned the subjectivity of replacement and repairs of trees and fencing, to which Sarah Guertz added clarifying terminology to code and Clay Wilson acknowledged the enforcement of these items are covered under the City’s Land Maintenance Ordinance to which the City Code Enforcement Officer enforces at their discretion.

Commissioner Gregg Gainer requested clarification on the numbers regarding percentages on expansion of parking/sq footage to which terminology was changed to not exceed 25% of existing. Commissioner Gregg Gainer questioned the restrictiveness of limiting non-native plants to 20%, to which Sarah Geurtz reviewed species and all agreed with current limits. He also requested clarification on plugs to which Sarah Geurtz responded that plugs in code refer only to perennials. Gregg Gainer went on to question whether use of land would change requirements according to code, to which Clay Wilson and Sarah Geurtz clarified change of land use would dictate the requirements as it is currently being used.

Commissioner Todd Wood requested clarification on the Large Species trees, number of feet of sidewalk crossing landscaping, setback standards, and fence heights. Sarah Geurtz and Clay Wilson clarified code as it is written and which Sarah Geurtz added additional clarifying terminology.

Henry Layes also requested clarification of fence height and materials allowed to which all those vocal agreed that there should be a height limit to fences in front yards to maintain consistency with existing code.

Clay Wilson discussed his concern for tree species which bear items larger than one inch, that obstruct street view and/or lighting, and or below a specified height over sidewalks; to which Sarah Geurtz removed one species of street trees and added clarification to code to allow for property owners to maintain their landscaping to not obstruct visibility/lighting, right of way/easements, and sidewalks. Clay Wilson also requested removal of code referencing no electricity to fencing to allow for pet barriers to be installed to which all agreed. Clay Wilson went on to discuss his concern with the verbiage of fencing around pools, hot tubs, etc., and requested that clarifying terminology be added as to not read that multiple fences would have to be installed around item if the item is within a fenced in area to which Sarah Geurtz changed verbiage for clarification purposes.

After extensive review of Landscape and Parking Code updates, all agreed to forward the Parking Code updates to Legal for Review and for the Landscape Code updates to be changed to reflect discussion and Commissioners to continue to review with a goal of forwarding to legal by December 2020 for review.

New Business:

No 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 7:55 P.M.

BOARD OF ADJUSTMENTS MEETING CALLED TO ORDER:

Chairman Dan Cross called the Board of Adjustments Meeting to order at 7:56 PM

Present: Dan Cross, Todd Wood, Katherine Hudson, Richard Cromwell, Gregg Gainer, and Henry Layes. Also present, Clay Wilson-City of Johnson Building Official, and three guests.

New Business:
None

Old Business:

None

MOTION TO ADJOURN BOARD OF ADJUSTMENTS MEETING:

Motion to Adjourn the Board of Adjustments meeting was made by Richard Cromwell and seconded by Todd Wood. All approved. Meeting adjourned at 7:57 PM.