November 3, 2003


The Louisville Planning Commission meeting was held on November 3, 2003, at the City Hall and called to order by Chairman Ronda Anderson at 7:00 p.m. Members present were Randy Jensen, Jim Williams, Del Stites, and Bill Nessen. Kathy Stohlmann was absent. Also present was Mayor Dave Pankonin and City Supervisor Dan Henry.

Jensen moves, Williams seconds to approve the minutes of the September 2, 2003 meeting. Ayes – 4, nays – none. Motion carried. 

Nessen moves, Stites seconds to open the public hearing for the replat of lots 620 & 621, Original Town, Louisville, Nebraska at 7:03. Ayes – 4, nays – none. Motion carried. Candy McClun entered the meeting at 7:04. Dan explained that the property owners, Charles and Cynthia Hammonds, would like to change the direction of the lot lines. Currently, the lot lines run east and west. The house was built years ago on the lot line close to the alley. They would like to change the lot lines to run north and south which would free up one lot to allow it to be built on. The commission had the application with drawings and a survey to study. Dan assured the commission that all setbacks are met and the lots are conforming. The clerk talked to Keith Marvin, the planner from JEO, and was told that the replat would actually be a betterment because it makes the lot buildable. Even if it didn’t meet setbacks, it is an improvement. No other public comment was made. Jensen moves, Nessen seconds to close the public hearing at 7:15. Ayes – 5, nays – none. Motion carried.

Stites moves, Jensen seconds to recommend to the city council the replat of lots 620 & 621, Original Town, Louisville, Nebraska. Ayes – 5, nays – none. Motion carried. 

The next item on the agenda was specific wording being added to the zoning regulations that deal with accessory buildings. Dan stated that some issues have arisen in the last two months regarding carports and garages that aren’t specifically addressed in the regulations that need to be. Dan and the clerk were told by Keith Marvin that if an item isn’t addressed in the zoning book, typically that means it isn’t allowed. Dan and Dee would prefer they be addressed in the book so they have something clear cut to show the residents. One specific issue is what size building needs footings. Dan asked the opinion of commissioner Jim Williams who has been in construction for years. Different sizes were discussed and it was agreed to go by square footage rather than dimensions. Jim said footings could be trenched which would make it easier. The commission agreed that 250 square feet should be the minimum size to require footings. They also discussed the width of the footings and agreed they should be no less than twice the width of the wall. Another issue discussed was carports. One problem is carports are generally in front of the house where accessory buildings are not allowed to begin with. Carports connected to the house are not a problem. The opinion of the commission is that temporary carports are tacky and shouldn’t be allowed. There is a definition in the zoning regulations regarding carports that could be added to that would allow attached carports with similar construction as the primary structure. Williams moves, Jensen seconds to recommend to the city council to amend the zoning ordinance to read as follows: 4.12.06 Item #6 - Any accessory building over 250 square feet is required to have frost footings, no less than twice the width of the wall, 42” below grade. Item #7 – No detached carports. And to add to the carport definition so it reads: 2.02.54 CARPORT shall mean a permanent roofed structure, which is attached to and constructed of similar materials as the primary structure, with not more than two (2) enclosed sides used or intended to be used for automobile shelter and storage. Ayes – 5, nays – none. Motion carried. 

The clerk made the group aware that the current city code states the commission shall hold at least one regular meeting in each calendar quarter. Everyone has busy schedules and the commission no longer has to approve building permits and the zoning regulations are completed so it was felt that monthly meetings are not necessary. It is understood that if a special meeting is required it can be called. No action is necessary because it is already in the code book. It was agreed to meet the first month of the quarter unless otherwise called. 

Nessen moves, McClun seconds to adjourn the meeting at 7:42 p.m. Ayes – 5, nays – none. Motion carried.

Bill Nessen, Secretary 

Dee Arias, Recording Secretary

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