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City of Galesburg Planning and Zoning Commission met August 19

By Michael Abella | Oct 10, 2019


City of Galesburg Planning and Zoning Commission met Aug. 19.

Here is the minutes provided by the commission:

MEMBERS PRESENT: Roger Carlson, Bill Johnson, Mark Lee, Stephen McKelvie, Neil Thomas, David Uhlmann, 6.

MEMBERS ABSENT: Greg Davis, Kyle Kelley, Leigh Nygard, 3.

OTHERS PRESENT: Stephen Gugliotta AICP Brad Nolden – City Attorney/Administrative Services Director and Wayne Carl – Director of Planning & Public Works.

Chairman declared quorum present.

Approve Minutes of the June 18, 2019 meeting

Member Lee moved to approve the minutes, seconded by Member Uhlmann.

Minutes were approved by voice vote.

Member Kelley entered meeting at 6:59

Update Past Planning and Zoning Commission items

 Ordinance amendment to allow a Financial Institution as an accessory use to a hospital or clinic in an Institutional zoning district was approved by Council at their July 15, 2019 meeting.

 A Drive through facility review for a proposed new restaurant, located at 2701 Gale Village Drive was approved by Planning & Zoning at the June 18, 2019 meeting and construction of the restaurant is underway.

Receive Citizen Comment

None Received.

PZ-19-0801 Public Hearing Variance request of Section 152.070 (F) (3) to allow a 17 foot 6 inch rear yard setback instead of the required 25 foot setback, located at 1626 Monroe St.

Petitioner was present.

The Commission members considered the following items:

 The granting of the variance will not be detrimental to or endanger the public health, safety, morals, comfort or general welfare.

 The granting of the variance will not be injurious to the use and enjoyment of other property in the immediate vicinity, nor substantially diminish or impair property values within the adjacent area.

 The variance will not alter the essential character of the neighborhood.

 The Development Review Committee reviewed the proposed variance at their August 7, 2019 meeting and recommend approval.

Member Lee moved, seconded by Member Carlson to approve the variance.

Roll Call #1

Ayes: Carlson, Johnson, Kelley, Lee, McKelvie, Thomas, Uhlmann, 7. 

Nays: None.

Abstentions: None.

Chairperson declared the motion approved.

Member Nygard entered meeting at 7:03

PZ-19-0802 Public Hearing Zoning map amendment to go from I, Institutional to B1, Neighborhood Business, located at 555 N Kellogg St.

Cody Basham, Klingner & Associates was present on behalf of petitioner.

The Commission members considered the following items:

 The proposed amendment will allow development that is compatible with existing uses and zoning of nearby property;

 The city and other service providers will be able to provide adequate public facilities and services to the subject property, while maintaining adequate levels of service to existing development;

 The proposed amendment will not result in significant adverse impacts on other property in the vicinity of the subject tract or on the environment, including air, water, noise, stormwater management, wildlife and natural resources; and

 The subject property is suitable for the proposed zoning classification.

 The Development Review Committee reviewed the proposed zoning map amendment at their August 7, 2019 meeting and recommend approval.

Member Thomas moved, seconded by Member Uhlmann to recommend approval of the zoning map amendment.

Roll Call #2

Ayes: Carlson, Johnson, Kelley, McKelvie, Thomas, Uhlmann, 6.

Nays: None.

Abstentions: Lee, Nygard, 2.

Chairperson declared the motion approved.

PZ-19-0803 Public Hearing Ordinance amendment to allow the zoning of cannabis business establishments.

Member Thomas mentioned he received calls from some who questioned why the B3 zoning district (primarily located downtown) was not mentioned in the proposed ordinance to allow similar uses being proposed in the B2 zoning district. Director Carl recognized a person in the audience from the Galesburg Downtown Council, Bob Bondi, who wanted to speak.

Mr. Bondi stated the Downtown Council voted to support and request the proposed ordinance allow the same uses being proposed in the B2 zoning district to be allowed in the B3 zoning district. Commission members asked if there were building owners who felt they had locations that would be suitable and Mr. Bondi stated there was, for example someone who has a parking garage could easily convert it into a usable space or upper story offices could be utilized.

Member Nygard stated concerns about allowing the sale of cannabis in the community and his opinion that it could be a gateway drug that leads to other types of drugs. Member Nygard mentioned that some communities are choosing not to adopt ordinance to allow such uses.

Other members mentioned that the State of Illinois has passed the law allowing cannabis businesses and it will be a very regulated industry.

Member Lee moved to recommend approval of the ordinance with the inclusion of allowing the proposed uses in the B2 zoning district to also be allowed in the B3 zoning district, seconded by Member Kelley.

Roll Call #3

Ayes: Carlson, Johnson, Kelley, Lee, McKelvie, Thomas, Uhlmann, 7.

Nays: Nygard, 1.

Abstentions: None.

Chairperson declared the motion approved.

PZ-19-0804 Public Hearing Ordinance amendment to modify the site plan approval process in a Comprehensive Planned Development & Office zoning districts and the drive through facility approval process.

Member Thomas moved, seconded by Member Carlson to recommend approval of the ordinance amendment.

Roll Call #4

Ayes: Carlson, Johnson, Kelley, Lee, McKelvie, Nygard, Thomas, Uhlmann, 8.

Nays: None.

Abstentions: None.

Chairperson declared the motion approved.

PZ-19-0805 Consider Excused absences of Members Davis, Lee and Uhlmann from the June 18, 2019 meeting.

Member McKelvie moved, seconded by Member Kelley to approve the excused absences.

Excused absence was approved by voice vote.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:25 p.m.

https://www.ci.galesburg.il.us/assets/1/20/190820_P_Z_minutes.pdf

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