Norris Planning Minutes

June 6, 2016

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

Members Present:  Chair-Joy Wilson, Vice-Chair John Barker, Secretary Jeff Merritt, Ed Myer, Jack Black, Chris Mitchell

Public Present:  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.

II.            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. 

III.           Minutes - April 4, 2016

                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:   


                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.

                Chair Wilson called for a vote.  All voted unanimously to approve.


                2.            REVIEW USE OF "ZERO" LOT LINES IN C-2 ZONING DISTRICT

                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.

V.            Old Business:

                No old Business was brought forward.


VI.          ADJOURN

                Chair Wilson made motion to adjourn.  Mr. Black seconded.   All voted unanimously to   adjourn.


 Minutes submitted by Jeff Merritt, Chairman/Secretary