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: Joy Wilson, John Barker, Matt Zorvan,
Ed Meyer, Jack Black, Chairman Jeff Merritt
Public Present: City Manager Tim Hester, Dan Hawk City Planning
Adviser, Dan Brower, Jeff Bennell, Tony McAfee, Jim Black, Loretta Painter, Jack Mitchell, Pam Turner
Call to Order: Chairman Merritt called the meeting to order at 5:00 pm.
Hear the Public: No member of the public spoke
Minutes - December 7, 2015
Chairman Merritt asked members if they had questions or corrections. With no questions or corrections
brought forward, Chairman Merritt asked for a motion to approve as submitted.
Mr. Zorvan made the motion to approve as submitted, Mr. Black seconded, all voted
unanimously to approve.
IV. New Business:
Covenant Life Site Scope Revision Request:
Mr. Dan Bower acting architect for Covenant Life distributed a updated site drawing reflecting the proposed changes
Jeff Bennell, aid to Covenant Life explained the design and location of the two general
parking areas remains the same except for the relocation of the accessible handicap spaces. They have been relocated
closer to the main entries. A second drop-off area has been added to the buildings west entrance
in a circulation design similar to the original east drop off.
The primary request before Commission is to allow gravel paving to remain on both the east and
west parking areas. The east parking area has been paved with concrete over approximately
40% of the area. The Church proposes to have the remaining gravel until such time that the Church can afford
to pave the areas.
second request, is to change the original tree proposal from Bradford Pear to Sugar
Maples with no other change
in count or species.
a short discussion, Mr. Hester commented that environmental studies have shown that a
non or low grade area that has been paved with gravel has a higher water absorption that that
of asphalt or concrete. Mr. Hawk explained that he has seen a number of commercial
properties elect to have gravel parking areas in lieu of hard surfaces not only due to the lower cost but to add in storm
As to the
second request everyone agreed that the sugar maple would be a better tree species
than the Bradford pear.
Chairman Merritt made a motion to amend the original site plan to allow gravel parking on the remaining 60% of the east parking
area and the entirety of the west parking area until the
Church can afford to pave these areas. Motion also, to include the relocation of the accessible
handicap spaces and the change in the tree species from Bradford pear to sugar maple. Mr.
Barker seconded. Chairman Merritt called for a vote. All voted unanimously to approve.
Election of Officers
Chairman Merritt asked Commissioners
for nominations for Chairman. No nominations were suggested. Chairman Merritt nominated Mrs. Joy
Wilson for Chairwoman saying given her professional background and organization skills that she would serve the City of Norris
and The Planning Commission well. Mrs. Wilson accepted.
Chairman Merritt asked Commissioners
for nominations for Vice-Chairman. No nominations were suggested. Chairman Merritt nominated
John Barker saying that his profession as an Architect positioned him well in assisting the Chairman and
his ability to run a meeting in the absence of the Chairman. Mr. Barker accepted.
Merritt asked Commissioners for nominations for Secretary. No nominations were suggested. Chairman
Merritt nominated himself for Secretary as he has served that office for
his last two terms.
****BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS REPRESENTATIVE
Chairman Merritt asked Commissioners for nominations for BZA representative. No nominations
were suggested. Chairman Merritt nominated Mr. Ed Meyer to fill this most significate position. Mr. Meyer accepted.
DEVELOPMENT BOARD REPRESENTATIVE
Chairman Merritt asked Commissioners for nominations for CDB representative. No nominations
were suggested. Chairman Merritt nominated Mr. John Barker saying given his
planning skills, enthusiasm and love of community will serve this board well. Mr. Barker
Chairman Merritt Thanked the Commissioners for accepting their nomination and asked for a motion to approve the
nominees to their respected positions. Mr. Black made the motion, Mr.
Zorvan seconded. All voted unanimously to approve.
Annual Ethics Forms due January 31, 2016
Mr. Hester and Mr. Hawk reminded Commissioners of the looming deadline.
Procedures Training Session reminder for February:
Mr. Hawk reminded Commissioners again of the upcoming training sessions.
asked Commission for any NEW or OLD business. With no additional business
brought forward Mr. Merritt asked for a motion to adjourn. Mr. Barker made motion to
adjourn, Mr. Zorvan seconded. All voted unanimously to approve.
by Jeff Merritt, Chairman/Secretary