Norris Planning Minutes

August 4, 2014


Minutes 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, Ed Meyer, Jack Black, Joy Wilsonand Chris Mitchell

Public Present:  Jim Tomlinson & City Planning Adviser - Dan Hawk

I.             Call to Order:  Chairman Boardman called meeting to order at 5:00 pm.

II.            Hear the Public:  No member of the public spoke.

III.           Minutes July 7, 2014:  With there being no changes or corrections, Mr. Black made motion to approve as submitted, EdMeyer seconded.  All voted unanimously to approve.

            Mr. Black asked to speak before the Adventure Tourism Presentation.  Mr. Black who is the Norris Representative for the Anderson County Economic Board (ACEB) updated Commissioners of the last ACEB meeting, where the main topic was local commercial development expansion.  Part of that expansion potential is in the form of a petition being circulated on a referendum to allow liquor by the drink on the November 2014 ballot.  Mr. Black went on to say that if it passed, a large restaurant will commit to a new establishment in the area and possible new business to follow.  Mr. Black urges the Norris Planning Commission to "get involved" as he has suggested a number of times before.

IV.          Old Business:

            1.            Adventure Tourism Presentation

Mr. Hawk thanked Mr. Black for his comments and services with the ACEB.  Mr. Hawk launched his presentation on Adventure Tourism, detailing its purpose, regulations, advantages and where Adventure Tourism is active locally.

Types of Adventure Tourism that Norris could take advantage of given its resources, including Mountain biking, Canoeing, Caving, Boating, and Hiking.  These resources include the Norris Water Shed, Norris Lake and the Clinch River.

Discussion went around the table with topics such as opening up the Water shed to Commercial Outfitters, locating an area in the corporate city limits to locate Adventure Businesses and the fact that the advantages don't kick in for a business unless they have 20 plus employees.  Mr. Mitchell committed on the timing for the city to make application to the state for a Adventure Tourism district and didn't want to see Norris and it resources "loved to death". 

More discussion went around the table about the application process, the current zoning on HWY 61 and the advantages and dis-advantages of Adventure Tourism.  Mr. Hawk said that he would help Norris become what it wanted to be, no action was taken.

V.            New Business:

                No new business was brought forward.

VI.          Adjourn

            Chairman Boardman asked for a motion to adjourn.  EdMeyer made motion, Mrs. Wilson seconded.  All voted unanimously to adjourn.

Minutes submitted by Jeff Merritt, Secretary