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PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES

OCTOBER 28, 2008


1. CALL TO ORDER AND ROLL CALL: Chair Perry called the meeting to order at 2:00 p.m. Chair Perry and Commissioners Woodruff, Johnston, Smolen, Power, Mare and Holland answered the roll. A quorum was present.
2. CITIZEN COMMENTS AND CONCERNS: Tom Cropper addressed the Commission regarding the proposed changes to the Comprehensive Plan.
3. COMMISSION COMMENTS AND CONCERNS: Commissioner Holland voiced concern about Proposition 63 on the upcoming ballot which, if passed, would exempt specified property owners from building permit requirements for improvements valued at/under $35,000. Commissioner Woodruff asked about Mr. Guptill’s property on Broadway and Mr. Lewis responded that he is doing a partition. Chair Perry suggested that the City consider subscribing to a national Planning Commission publication. Discussion ensued regarding educational materials, and the Commission asked Mr. Lewis to look at compiling a list of suggested reading materials for the Commissioners.
4. MINUTES: The Commission considered the minutes from the August 26, 2008 Meeting. Commissioner Maré moved to approve the minutes as presented. Commissioner Holland seconded, and the motion carried unanimously on a voice vote.
5. CORRESPONDENCE: None.
6. PUBLIC HEARING: None.
7. DISCUSSION/ACTION ITEMS:
  A. Planning Report: Mr. Lewis reviewed his written report.
  B. Comprehensive Plan Amendments: The Commission commenced review of the proposed draft Comprehensive Plan transportation goals and policies. They talked about establishing an action plan in conjunction with the Goals and Policies, and making a recommendation to Council about forming a transportation committee. Discussion ensued regarding the process, and consensus of the Commission was to approve the broad guidelines and finish refinements once the major topics have been covered. Specific language improvements and clarifications were then made to the proposed amendments to the Transportation section and duly noted by the City Planner.
  Commissioner Johnston left the meeting at 3:05 p.m. Mr. Lewis distributed the proposed revisions to the Energy Conservation section, for the Commission to review at their next meeting. Discussion then ensued regarding the next topic to be addressed, and consensus of the Commission was to work on the Existing Public Facilities and Services section.
  C. Other Issues: Mr. Lewis reminded the Commission that their next two meetings will be a week earlier than normal, due to the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. This created a potential conflict with the Municipal Court schedule. Commissioner Woodruff suggested that they consider using the Fire Hall meeting room for their next two meetings. Following a brief discussion, it was determined that the November 18 and December 16 meetings will be held in the Fire Hall meeting room.
8. ADJOURNMENT: At 3:35 p.m., there being no further business to come before the Commission, the meeting was adjourned.
Respectfully submitted,
Reda A. Quinlan, City Recorder
APPROVED by the Planning Commission this 18th day of November, 2008.
SIGNED by the Chair this 18th day of November, 2008.
Dave Perry, Chair