Planning Commission Minutes
Colby-Thomas County Metropolitan
Area Planning Commission
April 11, 2013
The Colby-Thomas County Metropolitan Area Planning Commission of the City of Colby, Kansas, met in regular session on Thursday, April 11, 2013, at 9:30 A.M. in the Council Chambers. Chairman Charles Schwanke called the meeting to order.
PRESENT: Chairman Charles Schwanke. Members Paul Bailey, Al Gerstner, Doug Lewis, Rob Stithem, Ivan Lee.
ABSENT: Rod Williams, Tylon Mengel, Wayne Sulzman.
ALSO PRESENT: Tyson McGreer, City Manager; Joni Ketchum, City Clerk; Sean Hankin, Assistant Fire Chief; Rick Dickman, Building Official.
APPROVAL OF FEBRUARY 14, 2013 REGULAR MEETING MINUTES:
MOTION BY Doug Lewis, seconded by Paul Bailey to approve the minutes of the February 14, 2013 regular meeting. VOTING AYES: Charles Schwanke, Paul Bailey, Al Gerstner, Doug Lewis, Rob Stithem, Ivan Lee. NOES: None. ABSENT: Rod Williams, Tylon Mengel, Wayne Sulzman. Chairman Schwanke declared the motion carried.
A. DISCUSSION OF RE-ZONING THOSE AREAS FROM R-1 TO R-3 WHERE HOSPITALS, NURSING HOMES, & MEDICAL CLINICS ARE LOCATED- At the last meeting there was an informal discussion on this item due to a lack of a quorum. They talked about whether to change the language in R-1 Zones to include hospitals, medical clinics and nursing homes or to re-zone the areas from R-1 to R-3. Tyson had asked Rick Dickman to get some feedback from other towns to see how they zone their hospitals, medical clinics and nursing homes. Rick received a variety of responses from several towns on their zoning regulations and included a list in the packet. Rick said the City’s regulations don’t list hospitals in R-1 and nursing homes aren’t specifically listed anywhere. The Commission members agreed that these businesses should be allowed in any zone so a special permit would not be necessary. Rick suggested adding language to include these in the R-1 zoning with a conditional use permit instead of trying to re-zone the areas from R-1 to R-3. Tyson agreed with his recommendation and asked him to have a draft ready for the next meeting before they sent it to the Council. MOTION BY Paul Bailey, seconded by Doug Lewis to approve the change to the language in an R-1 zone to include hospitals, medical clinics and nursing homes with a conditional use permit. VOTING AYES: Charles Schwanke, Paul Bailey, Al Gerstner, Doug Lewis, Rob Stithem, Ivan Lee. NOES: None. ABSENT: Rod Williams, Tylon Mengel, Wayne Sulzman. Chairman Schwanke declared the motion carried.
B. DISCUSSION OF ATTACHED VS. DETACHED STRUCTURES- Rick said he had a homeowner that wants to build a detached garage on his property that would exceed the size of the house. This brought up the issue of what is considered attached vs. detached structures. He received some responses from other towns and got a variety of answers. Rick said it is all in the interpretation so there is no real clarification. Doug Lewis said he learned from a previous City Manager that if the structure that connects the two buildings has a roof that you can see the sky, then it is considered detached. If the roof is solid, then it is considered attached. Rick said that if there is a common solid roof and common footings, then it would be considered attached. Tyson asked if Rick would re-write the definitions of attached and detached structures and have them for the next meeting.
C. UPDATE ON CURRENT PROJECTS-
1. Arlen Leiker Detail Shop- Rick reported that they have begun construction on the detail shop.
2. St. Thomas Apartments- Rick talked to Cohen-Esrey about the old hospital. They said it is still in probate, but the owners’ lawyers have petitioned to sell the property to expedite the process.
3. Bainter Senior Apartments- Wes Bainter is to start construction of his apartments within the next couple of weeks. He plans to build it all in one phase instead of two because he has most of the apartments rented already.
4. South Franklin Park- Tyson stated that he knows the rubber mulch has been ordered and they are waiting on the plans for the bathrooms.
MOTION BY Rob Stithem, seconded by Doug Lewis to adjourn the meeting at 10:40 A.M. VOTING AYES: Charles Schwanke, Paul Bailey, Al Gerstner, Doug Lewis, Rob Stithem, Ivan Lee. NOES: None. ABSENT: Rod Williams, Tylon Mengel, Wayne Sulzman. Chairman Schwanke declared the motion carried.
Joni L. Ketchum, City Clerk