MONROE CITY PLANNING COMMISSION
APRIL 24, 2013
1. Meeting called to order by Chairman Pro Tempore Jim Holmes
The regular meeting of the Monroe City Planning Commission was called to order by Chairman Pro Tempore Jim Holmes at 7:30 p.m. A prayer was offered by Commissioner Holmes.
Commissioners: Leon Stewart, Pat Lee, Bart Lee, Jim Holmes
Commissioner Troy Torgersen arrived late.
Recorder Emalee Curtis
Commissioner Kamelle Gleave was excused.
Commissioner Bart Lee moved to approve the minutes of the March 27, 20113 planning commission meeting with corrections. Motion seconded by Commissioner Pat Lee. All were in favor. Motion carried.
Page 1: Sentence to read: " If the business works out, they might move it to another site and reapply for a business license at the new location."
2. Conditional use home occupation business license - Olsen Lawn Care - Troy Olsen located at 83 East 100 North
Troy Olsen met with the planning commission. He is applying for a conditional use business license for a lawn care business. He explained he has four accounts in Monroe at this time and is operating as a small lawn care business. He also has a business license in Richfield City. He wants to make sure he complies with the city’s regulations. This business is a one-man show. He will have a small trailer parked in the rear of the property with his mowers and trimmers and does not plan on any additional parking on the city street. He will have a home office for billing and no customers will come to the home. He has 15 years experience in this field and recently moved to Monroe. He has a state id license number.
Commissioner Leon Stewart moves to recommend that the city council approve the conditional use business license application for Olsen Lawn Care, located at 83 East 100 North submitted by Troy Olsen. Motion seconded by Commissioner Bart Lee. All were in favor. Motion carried.
The city council will meet on May 14 to review the planning commission’s recommendation for approval of the conditional use business license.
3. Discussion - Rules about travel trailers/motor homes - define "residency", "occupancy" -possible penalties for encroaching on the city’s right-of-way
Commissioners were asked at their meeting last month to think about, research and be ready to discuss proposed rules about occupied travel trailers/motor homes and to define residency and occupancy as well as discuss issues of parking on the city’s right-of-way.
Commissioner Torgersen said that the city council expressed concerns with a motor home parked to the rear of a property with a fence and grass and appearance of it being lived in. Other council concerns are trashy yards and parking on city streets. The council would like input from the planning commission regarding enforcement and penalties and what new rules may need to be written.
Several areas of concern were discussed. The city council doesn’t want the city to have the appearance of neglect. Ideas are needed on how to encourage everyone in the community to clean up their property.
We live in rural Utah but it is important to keep a neat appearance in the community.
Some areas of discussion:
* Might define a period of time to determine "occupancy".
* Need to look out for neighbors as well as individual property rights.
* Abandoned, unlicensed vehicles parked on the city right of way.
* Create definitions and determine a process of enforcement.
* Look at the option of hiring an enforcement official.
* Don’t take away our small town feeling.
It was suggested that the commission attack one problem at a time. Parking on the city easements may be the first issue. We need to know the city’s legal right to remove things.
Further discussion about what the city can legally do. We don’t want to be overly restrictive. The County Sheriff’s Department is being paid to enforce laws in our community.
Current ordinances don’t address parking issues. Further research needs to be done as far as laws already on the books, such as the Utah Code and Uniform Traffic Code regarding parking on the city right of way.
Richfield City defines "permanent residence" and "seasonal occupancy".
The commission first wants to identify problems and make a list and determine where to start.
1. Public easements Encroachment of Maintenance of permitted and non permitted uses
2. Parking (occupying) travel trailers on private property PRIMARY RESIDENCE
3. Unlicensed vehicles Also abandoned vehicles on private property
4. Junk (accumulation of)
5. Semi truck and trailer parking on right of way, horse and recreation (4 wheeler) trailers - farm equipment -recreation vehicles
6. KTTA local television station: CITY CLEAN UP BEAUTIFICATION OF COMMUNITY Go back to our roots and the tradition of pride in our "Little Green Valley."
The commission will look at enforcement and other community’s rules and state right of way rules prior to the May 22, 2013 commission meeting.
The planning commission needs to recognize private property rights as they consider restrictions.
A survey might be sent asking the public what should Monroe look like in 10 years. What problems do they see and any ideas on how to resolve those problems.
Another idea was to sponsor a beautification contest.
Commissioner Leon Stewart moved to adjourn at 8:55 p.m. Motion seconded by Commissioner Bart Lee. All were in favor. Meeting adjourned at 8: 55 p.m.
Recorder Curtis was asked to email a list of issues to each of the commissioners.
Approved this 22nd day of May, 2013
Emalee H. Curtis
Monroe City Recorder