March 31, 2003


The Louisville Planning Commission meeting was held on March 31, 2003, 7:00 p.m. at the City Hall and called to order by Chairman Ronda Anderson. Members present were Bill Nessen, Candy McClun, Randy Jensen, Kathy Stohlmann and alternate, Bob Keiter. Del Stites and Jim Williams were absent. Also present were Mayor Dave Pankonin, Dan Henry and JEO Representative Keith Marvin.

Jensen moves, Nessen seconds to approve the minutes of the March 3, 2003 minutes. Ayes – 5, nays – none. Motion carried.

McClun moves, Jensen seconds to open the public hearing at 7:01 p.m. regarding an accessory use permit for home occupation, Lot 1, Eastwood Addition, Louisville, Nebraska. Ayes – 5, nays – none. Motion carried. Julie Hendricks was present to discuss her massage therapy/tanning business in her home. She stated that appointments are scheduled one person at a time so parking should not be an issue. She is working by appointment only so there are no set hours for her business. She stated she understood that according to the rules, her sign could not be posted in the yard, only against the building. Randy asked if her business required a separate entrance. Julie said that’s not required by the state and she did include that she is certified by the state. The home has been inspected and she is fully insured. No other public comment was made. Nessen moves, Stohlmann seconds to close the public hearing at 7:12 p.m. Ayes – 5, nays – none. Motion carried. 

McClun moves, Stohlmann seconds to recommend to the city council to approve the accessory use permit for home occupation at Lot 1, Eastwood Addition, Louisville, Nebraska, for Julie’s Massage Therapy & Tanning. Ayes – 5, nays – none. Motion carried. 

The next topic of discussion was a new zoning map. Dan Henry and Keith Marvin have been working together to update the zoning map. Through discussions and classes, Dan is aware that it is a good idea to have a future land use map as well as an official zoning map. The future land use map shows where things might be in the future, for example, when the bypass comes in, the city might want B-l down by the intersection where the bypass meets Highway 50. Another example would be east of the cemetery, that piece of property may eventually be an industrial park so that on the future land use map would be designated as I-1. It was made clear that this is not the official zoning map, just what it might possibly be some day. An aerial photo has been obtained by the city with an overlay of the old zoning map. It makes it easier to see and understand and make informed decisions as to where zoning lines need to be. The planning commission went into Dan’s office to look at the photo and discuss new zoning. Everything that is used for agriculture will be zoned TA and subdivisions will be zoned RS. Southridge is already zoned R-1 and there was some concern that there should be a buffer of RS around it instead of TA which allows for 20 head of livestock. Some options for Depot Street were discussed. It could all be zoned B-1 and change the language to accommodate the homes already there, or it could be zoned residential with industrial “fingers” to accommodate the businesses already there. The latter seemed to be the best solution to the commission. There was question about spot-zoning. Keith said that this proposal has none that would be a problem. Keith will take the map with him and overlay the proposed changes to zoning and have it ready for the public hearing at the next planning commission meeting. 

Some of the language in the zoning ordinance was discussed. RS doesn’t allow for any animals and Ronda is sure that there are plenty of RS homes with animals. Keith explained that they were probably there before the zoning ordinance was enacted. And the use of a property goes with the ownership. For example, if you have horses on RS property, and that use is grandfathered because it was established before the zoning ordinance, and you sell that property, the next owner can have horses. If you don’t have horses for 12 months, then you lose the right to have horses, and a new owner cannot have horses. TA was looked up and confirmed that 20 is the number of livestock allowable. For conditional use permits, 10 acres is the minimum required. The planning commission feels that isn’t enough space for that many cattle. The state defines 20 acres as being the minimum for farm use. That seems to be more in line with what the planning commission wants so that language will be changed in the zoning ordinance. Some of the other conditional uses were gone over and changes were recommended for size compared to use. Keith recommended removing the highway corridor overlay. 

Bill Nessen asked about the ordinances pertaining to violations such as junk cars and weeds. Dan suggested that by the next meeting, he and the clerk would have copies for the planning commission of those ordinances for discussion. 

Mayor Dave Pankonin updated the planning commission on some meetings he has been attending pertaining to the proposed Lower Platte River Utility District an Interlocal Cooperation Agreement. The reason for this idea is because South Bend has such a terrible situation with each individual home having septic tanks and wells, Ashland has a sewage plant problem, and Louisville has a water issue. The proposal unites Cass County, South Bend, Ashland, Louisville, the Rural Water Districts and the NRD to form a utility district and look into a regional water district. There are all kinds of options to solve these problems. This involves the zoning and planning to the extent that NRD predicts great growth for this area. The sizing of the project is important because the expense will be installation and they don’t want to use pipes too small for potential growth. The possibility of owning a well field and selling the water is an option for Louisville. They want our future land use map and plans to fit the overall general scheme of things. Cluster housing will be emphasized, still in rural areas but closer together. There are a lot of zoning implications for the next several years. This seems to be a very viable option. June 1, 2003 is Louisville’s deadline for a resolution to the long term water situation. A signed agreement such as this would let the state know the city is working to solve the problem. 
Nessen moves, Jensen seconds to adjourn the meeting at 8:15 p.m. Ayes – 5, nays – none. Motion carried. 

Bill Nessen, Secretary
Dee Arias, Recording Secretary

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