June 6, 2016
Minutes of the Norris Planning Commission
meeting, held in the Council Room of the Norris Community Building, 20 Chestnut Drive
Chair-Joy Wilson, Vice-Chair John Barker, Secretary Jeff Merritt, Ed Myer, Jack Black, Chris Mitchell
Planning Adviser Dan Hawk, City Manager Tim Hester, Rick Meredith, Tim Thomason, Loretta Painter, Jack Mitchell, Jim
Tomlinson, and Sarah Locksmith
I. Call to
Order: Chair Wilson called the meeting to order at 5:00 pm.
Hear the Public: Mr. Hester advised Commission that due to the July 4th Holiday falling on Monday, that the
Norris Planning Commission's next meeting will be on Tuesday July 5th, 2016.
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Chair Wilson asked for corrections or comments, with none brought forward, Chair Wilson asked
for motion to approve as submitted. Mr. Barker made motion, Mr. Myers seconded, all voted
unanimously to approve.
IV. New Business:
REVIEW C-2 ZONING DISTRICT TO ALLOW EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES
Mr. Hester reviewed the Anderson County School Systems request to convert the old Hensley's
grocery store space on Highway 61 to a Vocational Training Center.
The desire is for the Center to be under the umbrella of the Anderson County School System, while two of the store
fronts and parking lot remain under private ownership.
Mr. Hester went on to a say that the current C-2 zoning does not support Educational Facilities,
which is defined as a "Public or Private facility or improved location, including open spaces and
buildings, for the purpose of providing for Professional Training and Education and/or Public and Private Schools, Colleges
and Universities and Business and Vocational Schools not involving operations of an industrial nature."
Mr. Hawk went on to suggest
that if the Anderson County School Board and the property owner's
intent was only to divide the building and not the land, then may be possible to
accomplish this using the Tennessee Horizontal Property statues without requiring planning
commission review and approval.
Commissioners discussed the pros and cons of allowing Educational Facilities in the C-2 zone, such as loss
of property tax revenue to the City increased traffic and so on. The topic of zero lot
line development was more unclear to Commission.
After discussion was completed, Chair Wilson made motion to recommend to City Council that Educational Facilities as defined
in the standard definition be allowed in the Norris C-2 zone.
Also, to follow a possible recommendation to implement a zero lot line development when
more concise information is presented to the Planning Commission by Planning Advisor Hawk.
Mr. Black seconded.
Wilson called for a vote. All voted unanimously to approve.
2. REVIEW USE OF "ZERO" LOT LINES IN C-2 ZONING
Mr. Hawk reviewed
with Commission. After review Commission was still unclear as to the intricacies involving "zero" lot lines
and asked Mr. Hawk to bring back to Commission more concise information for a determination.
No old Business
was brought forward.
Chair Wilson made motion to adjourn. Mr. Black seconded. All voted unanimously to adjourn.
Minutes submitted by Jeff Merritt, Chairman/Secretary