Planning Commission Minutes

 Monday 3, December 2012


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

Monday 3, December 2012

Commission Members Present: Chairman-Spencer Boardman, Secretary-Jeff Merritt,  Jack Black, Gene Oates, Matt Zorvan and C.A. Ridge

Also Present: May Boardman, Loretta Black, Jack Mitchell & Pam Turner


I.          Call to Order:

The meeting was called to order at 7:03 p.m. by Chairman Spencer Boardman

II.         Hear the public:

No member of the public spoke.   

III.       Minutes 1, October 2012

Chairman Boardman pointed out three locations in the 1 October 2012 minutes where Planner Wallace was recorded as Watson.  Secretary Merritt said he would make the corrections.  Mr. Oates made motion to approve with corrections.  Mr. Zorvan seconded.   Commission voted unanimously to approve.

Chairman Boardman asked each member if they have completed the required 4 hours of training.  Mr. Ridge, Mr. Black, Mr. Oates, Mr. Merritt, Mr. Boardman said yes.  Mr. Zorvan said he had 2 hours.  Mr. Boardman thanked Commissioners for their efforts. 

Chairman Boardman reviewed with Commissioners his training in Nashville.  Mr. Ridge asked to be heard before Commission reviewed lighting standards.  Mr. Ridge said he had done more research, referring to a handbook authored by IESNA on lighting standards and it was his opinion that the Missoula, MT lighting ordinance was out-dated.  Mr. Ridge went on to say that the example ordinance was passed in 2008 and that the handbook came out in 2011.Mr Ridge gave the example of enforcement in the Missoula, MT ordinance, commenting that it was un-clear and not fully explained.  Mr. Ridge went on to say that he doesn't think that this body is qualified to write a new ordinance or explain to the enforcement officer how to police it.  Mr. Ridge said that he did not have anything else to contribute to this matter and excused himself from the meeting.


IV.       Old Business

            1.  Lighting Standards:

Chairman Boardman asked that Commissioners review a power point presentation conducted by Mr. Black, showing the original Missoula, MT lighting ordinance with color coded changes that were suggested by Commissioners.  Mr. Boardman said that Commission needs to proceed with the endeavor, one because City Council asked that Planning submit an ordinance, two because it is a useful and needed ordinance.  Mr. Boardman then asked Commissioners to consider there points when this ordinance would come into play.  1.  New Commercial Development, 2. Multi-Family and 3. Industrial.

Mr. Black proceeded with the power point presentation.  Each page of the Missoula, MT ordinance was reviewed with the changes coinciding with the sentence in which the change was intended. 

At some point during the presentation the subject of a public workshop was brought up in the conversation.  Mr. Oates asked if a public workshop was necessary.  Mr. Black said that in his opinion he felt it important for the public to be informed of any new ordinance and it (the workshop) would give a chance for the new incoming members of the Norris City Council to get familiar with it.

During the presentation occasional conversation between Commissioners and the public took place concerning the line items in the ordinance and the proposed changes. 

After the power point presentation, Mr. Merritt made a motion to adopt the Missoula, MT lighting ordinance as originally written without any changes to present at the public workshop.  Chairman Boardman called for a second on Mr. Merritt's motion.  Mr. Oates seconded.  Chairman Boardman called for a vote.  Commission voted unanimously to approve. 

Mr. Merritt then asked Commissioners if a date should be set for the public workshop.  Commission agreed to set the public work shop date for 4, February, 2013 at 5:30 pm, to be held in the City Council room of the Norris Community Building, 20 Chestnut Drive.

Chairman Boardman asked if their, was any New Business.  No Commissioner brought up any new business.

Mr. Merritt made a motion to adjourn.  Mr. Oates seconded.  Commission voted unanimously to adjourn.


Submitted by Jeff Merritt, Secretary