Norris Planning Minutes
June 2, 2014
of the Norris Planning Commission meeting, held in the Council Room of the Norris Community Building, 20 Chestnut Drive.
Members Present: Chairman Spencer Boardman, Secretary Jeff Merritt,
Members Chris Mitchell, Jack Black, Joy Wilson and Matt Zorvan
Public Present: City Manager Tim Hester, City
Planner Dan Hawk, Loretta Painter and Chris Cunningham
Call to Order: Chairman Boardman called the meeting to order at 5:00 pm.
Hear the Public: No member of the public spoke.
Minutes May 5, 2014: Mr. Black made motion to approve the minutes as written, Chairman Boardman seconded. All
voted unanimously to approve.
IV. Old Business:
1. Review R-1 setback requirements
Mr. Hester explained that the R-1 district "Historic Residential area"
or Old Norris has experienced a large number of variance request dealing with the side set back requirement, triggering this
review. Mr. Hawk commented that many of the lots in the "Historic Residential area of Old Norris" were created
after the single family dwelling units were constructed in the 1930's and 40's, some have encroached into the side yard setback
since the time parcel lines were established. Mr. Hawk went onto say that as he sees it the Planning Commission can
reduce the number of variance request by one of the following:
a new zoning district
Amend the R-3 district
Create a special exception
After a long discussion about the advantages and dis-advantages of each suggestion, Mr.
Mitchell asked Mr. Hawk which option he thought would best serve the city. Mr. Hawk suggested, by creating a new zoning
district the number of side yard variance request should be reduced without changing the traditional R-1 standards.
Example: might reduce the side yard setback from the current 15 feet to 7 or 8 feet with a minimum of 20 feet combined
in the total. Mr. Hawk also suggested that the City Police and Fire Departments be consulted as to their opinion, as it would pertain to
safety before considering any changes, Mr. Hester agreed with Mr. Hawk's suggestion on both accounts.
Boardman asked that Mr. Hawk draft options for The Planning Commission to review, including pros and cons of each option to
be sent to each Commissioner before the July 7, meeting. Mr. Hawk agreed.
Final Draft of 2014-2024 Land Use & Transportation Plan
Mr. Hawk reviewed with Commission the reason for a Land Use & Transportation Plan and why it is needed and required.
Mr. Hawk went thought a slide show surmising the document and suggested that after completion the Commission should periodically
review the plan and suggest any changes to City Council. Mr. Hawk warned that any changes after completion could be
"cumbersome". Chairman Boardman asked members to review the plan before the July 7th meeting and
possibility vote to recommend for adoption by City Council.
Adventure Tourism Presentation
Postponed until the August 2014 meeting.
Chairman Boardman made comments
on the May 19th Land Development training at the U.T. Arboretum in Oak Ridge, TN. All were positive.
Chairman Boardman asked for a motion to adjourn. Mr. Zorvan made motion, Mr.Black seconded. All voted unanimously
Minutes submitted by Jeff Merritt, Secretary