MONROE CITY PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING
JULY 16, 2008
1. Chairman Kamelle Gleave conducting
The regular meeting of the Monroe City Planning Commission was called to order at 7:30 p.m. by Chairman Kamelle Gleave. Prayer was offered by Commissioner Troy Torgersen.
Approval of minutes of previous meeting.
The minutes of the June 25, 2008 planning commission were reviewed.
A motion was made by Commissioner Leon Stewart seconded by Commissioner Pat Lee to approve the minutes of the June 25, 2008 planning commission meeting, adding the names of those who were present. All were in favor. Motion carried.
Commissioners welcomed Bart Lee, the newest member of the planning commission. His term will be until 12/31/2009. He is filling the unexpired term of Albert Winsor, who passed away.
Commission Chairman Kamelle Gleave
Members of the planning commission: Pat Lee, Bart Lee, James Holmes, Leon Stewart, Troy Torgersen
2. Discussion topics:
(A) Discussion of possible land use ordinance amendments:
There was a discussion of the city’s land use ordinance as it pertains to which structures require building permits and what constitutes a permanent structure to need a building permit.
The county building inspector has sent letters of noncompliance to several individuals in the community for their failure to obtain a building permit when they have installed car ports on their property. There are at least two instances where these structures don’t meet the city’s required front yard set backs. The property owners are saying they feel they don’t need to comply because these car ports are not permanent structures.
The land use ordinance was referred to for the definition of a car port and out building and structures requiring building permits.
It was determined that these structures do need building permits and do need to meet the city’s set back requirements. The county building department and the property owners will be notified of the planning commission’s decision. The existing carports that do not meet the city’s required set backs may request a variance, if they desire, if one is not given, they must move them.
(B) Review draft ordinance pertaining to placement of shipping containers as storage units requiring that they meet Monroe City Land Use Ordinance set-backs, obtain a building permit and follow International Building Codes
A draft ordinance has been prepared by City Recorder Emalee Curtis as instructed by the planning commission. This draft has been reviewed by the city’s attorney. He sees no problem with it as written.
Commissioner Torgersen had a few minor corrections to the original draft. These corrections will be made then a copy of it will be presented to the city council for their review prior to setting a date for a public hearing for adoption.
Once this ordinance is adopted, the county building inspector will be given a copy of our regulations to make sure that any such structure meets Monroe City’s requirements as spelled out in our ordinance.
There being no more business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:15 p.m.
Approved this 27th day of August, 2008
Emalee H. Curtis, City Recorder