Norris Planning Minutes
Minutes of the Norris Planning Commission meeting, held in the Council Room of the
Norris Community Building, 20 Chestnut Drive
Members Present: Matt Zorvan, Ed Meyer, Chris Mitchell,
John Barker, Jack Black, Joy Wilson and Chairman Jeff Merritt
Public Present: Dan Hawk Planning Adviser, Kathy
Richland and City Manager Tim Hester,
Call to Order: Chairman Merritt called the meeting to order at 5:00 pm.
Hear the Public: No member of the public spoke
Minutes - October 5. 2015
Chairman Merritt asked members if any changes or corrections were needed, with non-brought forward Mr. Merritt asked for a
motion to approve as submitted. Mr. Zorvan made the motion, Mr. Meyer seconded, all voted unanimously to approve.
IV. New Business:
1. 135 Little Senator Circle request to allow "EVENT HOSTING" as a permitted use
Mr. Hester introduced the property owner and explained that she desired to create a "Event Hosting" facility from
her vacant building located at 135 Little Senator Circle. Mr. Hester advised Commission that currently no zones in Norris
permitted such a use; but "Event Hosting" was a growing trend and would be a good Commercial use.
After a short discussion Chairman Merritt asked Mr. Hester what would the proper procedures be for Commission to create an
acceptable zone or zones for "Event Hosting"?
Mr. Hester advised Commission to:
A. Define "Event Hosting"
B. Define acceptable Zones
C. Recommend to City Council for approval
Mr. Hawk said that he
had a prepared definition for "Event Hosting" for the Commission to review. Mr. Barker asked about parking.
Mr. Hawk said that the state has parking requirements defined subject to the type of business, the square footage of the building
and so forth.
definition of "Event Hosting" is "Places of public assembly including conference and meeting spaces, banquet
and reception halls, catering services, and other businesses that provide event services for a fee.
After a short discussion Commission agreed with Mr. Hawk's definition. It was agreed that zones C-1, C-2, S-1, and S-2
would permit "Event Hosting".
Mr. Zorvan made motion to recommend to City Council approval of "Event Hosting" (as defined above) in the C-1, C-2,
S-1 and S-2 zones. Mr. Barker asked to add specific language to the motion concerning parking. Chairman Merritt
advised that a motion had been made by Mr. Zorvan and amended by Mr. Barker. Chairman Merritt asked for a seconded on
the motion, No Second was given. Motion died.
Mr. Merritt asked for a discussion on parking requirements. It was agreed by Commission that "Event Hosting"
parking regulations shall be regulated in accordance with Norris Zoning Ordinance Title 14, Section 14-405, sub-section 1.n."
made motion to recommend to City Council for approval of "Event Hosting" (as defined above) in the C-1, C-2, S-1,
and S-2 zones with parking regulated in accordance with Norris Zoning Ordinance Title 14, Section 14-405, sub-section
l.n." Restaurants. Mrs. Wilson seconded, with no further discussion Chairman Merritt asked for a vote.
Commission voted unanimously to approve the motion.
Review Definitions & Locations for Hotels, Motels, Tourist Courts and Inns.
Mr. Hester advised Commission that it recently approved Distilleries, Wineries & Breweries in the corporate city limits
of Norris. Also, in that approval Inn and B&B's were allowed in conjunction with the above. Problem:
Current city ordinance says that B&B's are to be located in single family homes with no definitions of Inns, Hotels, Motels
or Tourist Courts concerning number of rooms or the number of establishments in any particular zone.
Mr. Hester asked that Commission define the above and which zones they should be located in.
A short discussion ensued about number of rooms each should have and the appropriate zones.
Mr. Hawk suggested that he look at other examples and compile definitions of each establishment
i.e., number of rooms, parking, ex., ex., and suggestive zones for Commission to review. All
approved of his suggestion.
Rules & Procedures for Training Session in February
Mr. Hester said that he just wanted to remind Commission of the Training Session in February.
2. Design Review Commission
Mr. Hawk said City Council will be the Government body to appoint a Design Review
New government bodies, have planning act as the Review Commission, or appoint itself
Mr. Merritt asked Mr. Barker a professional architect, who has been before such
Commission's on past projects, if he would suggest a suggestive or doctorial driven Design Review
Commission? Mr. Barker said in his opinion that a doctorial driven
Commission would service Norris best.
B. Goal & Visions statement
Mr. Mitchell reviewed with Commissioner's an enlarged phot of a newly constructed
strip mall in another town, which
showed varying heights and lengths of adjoining
buildings. Mr. Mitchell suggested
that this design mimicked early 20th century
architecture. Mr. Mitchell
went on to say that he would like to get away from the all
metal and glass buildings. His vision statement would have minimum standards on
building materials, facades, heights, lengths; otherwise there would be no means to
enforce. Commission agreed with this vision statement and asked Mr. Barker to put
into architectural language for review. Mr. Barker agreed. Mr. Hawk will also present
for review a draft ordinance.
With no further business brought forward Chairman Merritt asked for a motion to adjourn. Mr. Meyer made motion to adjourn,
Mr. Zorvan seconded. All voted unanimously to adjourn.
Minutes submitted by Jeff Merritt, Chairman/Secretary