January 27, 2004
Minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Riverdale Planning Commission held Tuesday, January 27, 2004 at 6:30 p.m. at the Riverdale Civic Center.
Jenny Henstra Lillian
Chair Limburg called the meeting to order and welcomed all those in attendance. He excused Commissioner Farr and acknowledged that all members were in attendance.
Consideration of Minutes
The meeting minutes for January 13, 2004 were inadvertently left out of the planning packets, and the Planning members did not have an opportunity to review the minutes.
Motion Commissioner Tanner moved to postpone the approval of the minutes of the preplanning work session and regular meeting of January 13, 2004, until the next regularly scheduled meeting. Commissioner Coleman seconded the motion; the motion passed unanimously.
Conditional Use Permit / Home Occupation Application
Jeremy Henstra Jers All Season Yard Care
Mr. Jeremy Henstra was present at the meeting to discuss his conditional use application for a home occupation business license for yard care, snow and tree removal services. Mr. Henstra lives in an R-1-10 zone and rents the dwelling he lives in. Mr. Henstra provided the City with a letter of approval from the property owner to utilize the dwelling for a home occupation.
Mr. Henstra informed the Commission that he has a truck and a 20-foot trailer that he would utilize in conjunction with his home occupation. It was inquired if Mr. Henstra has an area to park the truck and trailer. Mr. Henstra explained that he has a large driveway; he went on to say that he would not park the truck or trailer on the street. Mr. Henstra noted that all of his supplies would be stored on the trailer.
It was questioned if the trailer was enclosed. Mr. Henstra informed the Commission that the trailer is not enclosed. Commissioner Tanner pointed out at one time it was required that a trailer had to be enclosed or covered. Mr. Daily explained that there isnt anything in the ordinance that says it has to be enclosed; in the past, it has been a condition required by the Commission. Mr. Henstra pointed out that there are other businesses in the City that utilize trailers that are not enclosed, and he does not think it would be fair to required him to have an enclosed trailer. Mr. Daily explained to Mr. Henstra that he could not become a nuisance as a home business, and the Planning Commission can call him back at any time and impose certain conditions upon him.
Commissioner Miller inquired if Mr. Henstra would dispose of grass clippings every day. Mr. Henstra indicated that he would probably dispose of them once a week due to the cost factor. Commissioner Limburg reiterated that Mr. Henstras business would not be able to become a nuisance in anyway.
Motion Commissioner Tanner moved to grant the conditional use permit for a home occupation located at 396 West Cherry for Jeremy Henstra, Jers All Season Yard Care, as requested. Commissioner Eskelsen seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Rainier Such D&R Distributing
Mr. Rainier Such was not present at the meeting; no action was taken.
Lillian & Jason Hansen Lil-n-Jays Place of Gifts
Ms. Lillian Hansen was present at the meeting to discuss her conditional use application for a home occupation business license for retail/wholesale sales through a catalog from her home from a computer. Mrs. Hansen lives in an R-2 zone, and she owns the home.
Ms. Hansen explained that she would not have any employees, and the only inventory she would have at the dwelling are things she would sell at the county fair or swap meets.
Motion Commissioner Coleman moved to grant the conditional use permit for a home occupation located at 821 West 4200 South for Lillian & Jason Hansen, Lil-n-Jays Place of Gifts, as requested. Commissioner Miller seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Chair Limburg noted that two weeks ago the Commission discussed amending the Commissions bylaws because they ran into a problem when the Chair was elected to the City Council, the Vice Chairs term expired and was not reappointed, and the Commission was left without leadership the first meeting in January. Chair Limburg went on to say he believes the proposed amendment to change the election of the Chair and Vice from the first regularly scheduled meeting in January to the last regularly scheduled meeting in December is a good idea.
Commissioner Coleman inquired how the Commission would know if individuals were being reappointed or not and who would be on the Commission. Mr. Daily commented that the Mayor was busy this year; however, it is usually known who is on the Commission by December.
Mr. Daily suggested that as a part of the proposed amendment, the Commission look at what if the Chair and Vice Chair are not present and a quorum is present. Mr. Daily indicated that the first part of business could be to appoint an interim chair or the senior member of the Planning Commission could act as the interim chair. The Commission agreed that they were in favor of the senior member acting as the interim chair.
Motion Commissioner Tanner moved to recommend to the City Council to amend the Riverdale City Planning Commission Bylaws and Rules of Ethical Conduct by revising the month of electing the Chair and Vice from the first regularly scheduled meeting in January to the last regularly scheduled meeting in December and to add the language that in the event that both the Chair and Vice Chair are absent from the meeting, and a quorum is present, the senior remaining member of the Commission shall act as the Interim Chair. Commissioner Eskelsen seconded the motion; the motion passed unanimously.
Chair Limburg noted that the next meeting he would like to have a few legal terms explained. He went on to say that he has a glossary, and he has a few terms that he would like to discuss that he believes most people dont understand.
With no further business to come before the Commission at this time, Commissioner Eskelsen moved to adjourn the meeting. Commissioner Coleman seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously. The meeting adjourned at approximately 6:47 p.m.
Attest: Approved: February 10, 2004