Norris Planning Minutes

April 6, 2015

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

Members Present:  Ed Meyers, Chris Mitchell, Jack Black, John Barker, Matt Zorvan and Chairman Jeff                                         Merritt

Public Present:  City Planning Adviser Dan Hawk, City Manager Tim Hester, Ray Tackett, Jr., Loretta                                         Painter, Jack Mitchell, John Alvis and Daniel Padgett

I.             Call to Order:  Chairman Merritt called the meeting to order at 5:03 pm.

II.            Hear the Public:  No Member of the Public Spoke 

III.           Minutes - March 2, 2015:  With no corrections or questions, Chairman Merritt asked for a motion to approve as submitted.  Mr. Zorvan made motion, Mr. Barker seconded.  All voted unanimously to approve.         

IV.          New Business:

                1.  Site plan Review 3820 Andersonville Hwy.  Sleepy Eyed John's:

                Replace existing trailer and porch with permanent construction.  Chairman Merritt asked Mr. John Alvis (owner) if he would review his site plan with the Commission.  Mr. Alvis handed out to Commissioners hand drawn plans detailing what he was asking for.  Mr. Alvis explained that the main structure of the building was a manufactured house that he wants to remove and construct a new structure with a smaller footprint that now exist with the exception of a 8x12 front porch. 

                After a short discussion Mr. Hawk committed that due to the recent annexation and grad-fathering, the property was legal and non-conforming but falls within the intent of the ordinance.  City Manager Hester recommended approval of the site plan.  Mr. Mitchell made motion to approve 2830 Andersonville Hwy, Sleepy Eyed John's site plan.  Mr. Black seconded.  All voted unanimously to approve.

                2.  Subdivision of Perfect Polish property:  1.24 acres to be made part of adjoining RTE Industries     property:

                Mr. Hawk reviewed with Commission RTE Industries and Perfect Polish Subdivision request.  Mr. Hawk explained that the plant in front of Commission did not include a statement of accuracy and the drawn proposed addition confused the plat and should be removed.

                Mr. Hawk recommended that Commission approve the subdivision subject to the surveyor attesting to the degree of accuracy of the plat and removing the drawn proposed addition for clarity.

                Mr. Mitchell asked both parties if they were in agreement of the recommended changes.  Both parties acknowledged that they would agree.  Mr. Black made motion to approve the subdivision request subject to 1, surveyor attesting to the degree of accuracy of the plat 2, remove the proposed drawing of the addition from the plat for clarity.  Mr. Zorvan seconded.

                Mr. Mitchell asked Mr. Hester if neighboring properties would have any grounds to object to the proposed subdivision.  Mr. Hester answered that TVA surrounded the two (2) properties and the request meets the requirements of the ordinances.

                Chairman Merritt called for vote.  All voted unanimously to approve subject to the two above mentioned conditions.

                3.  Site plan for RTE Industries proposed addition:

                Mr. Hester reviewed the presented plat and explained that the proposed addition did not meet the 40 ft. side yard setback requirement and would be non-compliant.  Mr. Mitchell asked Mr. Tackett the scope of the addition.  Mr. Tackett explained that he simply needed more working space for the growing business. 

                Mr. Hawk committed that due to the terrain, this proposed location was all that was available for the proposed addition.  Mr. Hawk recommended that the Commission approve the site plan subject to obtaining a variance from BZA which in his opinion was reasonable. 

                Mr. Mitchell made motion to approve RTE Industries proposed addition site plan subject to RTE obtaining an approved variance from BZA due to a non-compliant side yard setback requirement.  Mr. Barker seconded with no more discussion Chairman Merritt called for vote.  All voted unanimously to approve with an approved variance by Norris Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA).

                4.  Review potential completion requirements for construction projects:

                Mr. Hawk reviewed with Commission Mr. Hester's request on completion requirements.  Mr. Hawk posed questions such as intent?  Should there be punitive penalties?  What is the legalities?  Should performance bonds be required?  Mr. Hawk told Commissioners that he would like to research these questions and come back with suggestions.

                5.  Review of cell tower location requirements:

                Mr. Hawk reviewed new federal rule changes pertaining to cell towers. Mr. Hawk saw one rule that would effect the city.  The application for the placement of a cell tower must be approved or rejected within 60 days of the time of application.  One example for rejection would be insufficient materials.  If approved a permit must be issued in that same 60 days.      

V.            Old Business:     No old Business was brought forward.

                Mr. Mitchell asked Commission to think about the possibility of creating an Architectural Design Standard for the Commercial Zones in town.  Mr. Hawk suggested using this discussion as a training session.

VI.          Adjourn              

                With no other business Chairman Merritt asked for a motion to adjourn.  Mr. Zorvan made motion, Mr. Meyers seconded.   All voted unanimously to adjourn.

 Minutes submitted by Jeff Merritt, Chairman/Secretary