Norris Planning Minutes

September 8, 2015

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

Members Present:  John Barker, Chairman Jeff Merritt, Matt Zorvan, Jack Black, Mayor Chris Mitchell

Public Present:  Dan Hawk Planning Adviser, City Manager Tim Hester, Jack Mitchell

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

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

III.           Minutes - August 3, 2015

                Chairman Merritt asked for a motion to approve as submitted.  Matt Zorvan made a motion to approve, John Barker seconded, all voted unanimously to approve.

IV.          New Business: 

                Review New Special Exception Draft to allow Distilleries, Wineries, and/or Microbreweries in certain Business Zoning Districts.

                Mr. Hester summarized that the State Legislature has passed measures allowing Distilleries, Wineries and Micro-breweries in Municipalities where liquor by the drink and or package stores has been allowed by referendum. 

                Mr. Hester went on to say Norris does not have on the books an ordinance directing where the above establishments could be located. 

                Mr. Hawk talked about and gave examples of how other Cities has zoned for the location of these establishments and the benefits of Tourism that they attract.  Mr. Hawk suggested that Planning consider the C-2, I-1, S-1 and S-2 zones for the possible locations of these Businesses.

                Mr. Hawk was asked if Restaurants were normally associated with these Businesses.  Mr. Hawk said they were but, Norris S-1 and S-2 zones did not allow Restaurants or Bed and Breakfast Inns.   After a short discussion Mr. Mitchell made a motion to recommend to City Council to change ordinances in the C-2, S-1 and S-2 zones to allow Distilleries, Wineries and/or Micro-breweries as a Special Exception and also allow restaurants and Bed and Breakfast Inns when associated with Distilleries, Wineries and Micro-breweries.  Mr. Barker seconded.  All voted unanimously to approve the recommendation. 

                Mr. Mitchell committed that he thought that it best to be pro-active than re-active as to the location of these Businesses in the event one wanted to locate to Norris.


V.            Old Business

                1.            Zoning overlays & Design Standards

                Mr. Hawk was asked at the August 2015 meeting to provide Commission a projected time line and procedural document for Commission to review.  Mr. Hawk reviewed with Commission the document explaining each step he thought was necessary to set up a Design Review Board.

                Mr. Mitchell committed that he has reservations with the pros and cons of creating a Design review board, that while it could be good for the area as a whole it could be cost prohibited to the prospective business.

                Commission agreed to continue the discussion at the October meeting. 

VI.          Adjourn

                Mr. Merritt asked if any additional New Business was to be brought forward.  With no new business, Mr. Merritt asked for a motion to adjourn.  Mr. Mitchell made motion to adjourn, Mr. Zorvan seconded.   All voted unanimous to adjourn.

 Minutes submitted by Jeff Merritt, Chairman/Secretary