Minutes of the Norris Planning Commission meeting, held in the Council Room of the Norris Community Building, 20 Chestnut Drive.

Monday 2, July 2012

Commission Members Present: Gene Oates (acting chairman), Matt Zorvan, Jeff Merritt, CA Ridge, Jack Black and Chris Mitchell

Also Present: Sarah Watson, Frances Oates, Ed McEleney, Loretta Black, Tim Hester

I.          Call to Order:

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Acting Chairman Gene Oates

II.         Hear the public:

No member of the public spoke.

III.       Minutes 4, June 2012

Jack Black made motion to approve minutes as submitted.  Mr. Ridge seconded.   Commission voted unanimously to approve the minutes of the Norris Planning Commission 4, June 2012.

IV.       New Business

1.  Review training options for 2012.

Mr. Hester and county Planner Sarah Watson reviewed with Commissioners four training options for 2012, that would meet the required states training hours, Commissioners were asked to prioritize the four (4) choices.  They are as follows:

            1. Legal Issues and Updates

            2. Plan ET and design standards

            3. Architectural and design standards

            4. Overlay Zones

Training sessions should begin in August or September

2.  Rescheduled September Meeting

The Labor Day Holiday falls on the regular scheduled Planning meeting.  Mr. Ridge made a motion to re-schedule the September 2012 meeting to Tuesday September 4, 2012.  Mr. Zorvan seconded.  Commission voted unanimously to approve.

3.  Plan of services for HWY 61 parcel 043 023.00

Mr. Hester gave overview.  Mr. Ridge made motion to recommend to City Council the adoption of resolution 1-2012.  Mr. Zorvan seconded.  Commission voted unanimously to approve.

4.  Plan of services for HWY 61 parcel 043 024.00

Mr. Hester gave overview.  Mr. Ridge made note that both parcels called for a street light even though they were side by side.  Mr. Hester reviewed the document and found that the street light requirement was a typo.  Mr. Hester will correct the document.  Mr. Zorvan made a motion to recommend to City Council the adoption of resolution 2-2012.  Mr. Ridge seconded.  Commission voted unanimously to approve. 

 

 

V.  Old Business

1. Review Lighting Standards

Mr. Oates asked County Planner Watson her thoughts on the Commissions changes to the proposed Lighting Ordinance.  Ms. Watson said she likes the ordinance with Commissions changes but, is still to cumbersome.  Ms. Watson commented that if Planning Commission can't fully understand the proposed ordinance, that the public surely will not. 

Mr. Hester said that the proposed ordinance could be over bearing to a developer and fears that they would pass Norris by due to the ordinance.  Mr. Hester went on to say that in his opinion the proposed ordinance could be enforced with no legalities.

Mr. Black committed that the proposed ordinance is consistent with other Municipalities and thinks the ordinance would be a good thing for developers, because it spells out plainly what standards would be required.

Mr. Hester said it maybe a better idea to strengthen the current zoning lighting standards, instead of writing a new one.

Discussion ensued between Commissioners, City Manager and County Planner.  Agreement was reached that Planner Watson would pull the Farragut, TN Lighting Ordinance, which is shorter and more understandable and also the Celebration, FL. ordinance dealing with lighting standards which is similar.  Planner Watson will present there ordinance at the August 2012 Planning meeting for Commissioners to review.

IV. Adjourn

Mr. Ridge made motion to adjourn.  Mr. Zorvan seconded.  Commission voted unanimously to adjourn. 

Minutes submitted by Jeff Merritt Secretary