P&Z Minutes Sept. 19, 2013

Planning and Zoning Regular Meeting
September 19, 2013 5:30 pm

Attending: Matt Cossalman, Chairman, John Cranor, Steve Shelman, Ron Self, John Moss, Marciavee Cossette, John Cranor. Absent: Bruce Behrman, Caleb Davis (excused). Staff, Dan Studer.

At 5:30 pm Matt Cossalman, Chairman opened the regular meeting and read through the agenda, and introduced the members of the commission.

The minutes for May 30, 2013 and June 20, 2013 were motioned to be accepted without change or addition by Steve Shelman, second by Ron Self; no discussion, the vote was unanimously in favor of the motion.

The commission members were introduced to P&Z Commission applicant Olivia Drake. In addition to the letter of interest and resume submitted Olivia described her past experience working on the Comprehensive Plan Review, being part of a Citizen Board and providing input for Land Use, Recreation and Trails, and Transportation. Olivia also elaborated on her experience in businesses applying for subdivision and variances in Bonner and Kootenai Counties. Familiarity with those counties ordinances gives her a perspective on differences and how it affects applicants in those counties. Asked about controversial decisions Olivia stated the ordinances have to be checked to see what the right decision is.

The commission members thanked Olivia for responding to questions and invited her to participate in the next agenda item, discussion of the Comprehensive Plan Amendment Proposal for Chapters 13 and 14. The commission adjourned and reconvened in the Jury Room.

The commission members reviewed changes and comments to both Chapters 13 and 14. Additional changes were recorded by Studer and Cossalman. There was discussion over the amount of change and is there a need for some changes? The group recognized the provisions in the ordinance Section 18 to amend the current Comp Plan, and they expressed a will to go forward with the Board of Commissioners to adopt these proposed changes. Motion by Ron Self to proceed with the amendment process; give the copies of modifications to the Commissioners, and set a date on their agenda to meet with them and discuss their reaction. Second by John Cranor; after short discussion the motion passed unanimously.

The Commission members agree to try to meet quickly, October 1 possibly. October is recognized as a difficult period of the year to coordinate meetings due to people taking time off.

At 7:17 John Cranor made motion to adjourn, second by Ron Self, no discussion, the meeting ended.

Dan Studer


Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 18:00
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