MINUTES

Planning and Zoning Commission

November 25, 2013

 

The Clarkson Valley Planning and Zoning Commission, pursuant to notices published in the St. Louis Countian on November 9, and the West Newsmagazine on November 20 and all notices mailed to homes within 500' of the proposal met on Monday, November 25, 2013, at the Clarkson Executive Building to consider two agenda items and to make a recommendation to the Board of Aldermen.

 

Planning and Zoning Commission Members present were:

                        Artie Ahrens, Chairman

                        Honora Schiller

                        Gregg Bogosian

                        John Cloute

                        Anne Grabner

Member Jerry Litschgi was unable to attend. 

Mayor Scott Douglass; City Attorney, Patrick Butler; and City Clerk, Michele McMahon also attended

 

After the meeting was called to order the Chairman introduced Commission Members.  The City Clerk read the Notice of Public Hearing for the first agenda item: To consider Mr. and Mrs. Bradley Miller's request for a Special Use Permit to locate a building mounted solar energy system on the roof consisting of 28 panels at the property known as 16598 Kehrsgrove Dr. in the Dunhill Subdivision and to make a recommendation to the Board of Aldermen.  Mr. Ahrens read Agenda Item 1. 

 

Mr. Kevin Smith introduced himself, stating the Miller's were out of town and he worked with Mr. Miller at French-Gerleman, a company that distributes solar equipment, and was here this evening to make the presentation.  He explained the array and mentioned the panels, flashing and mountings would be black to match the color of the roof. 

 

A Commission Member asked if the proposal would be visible from the street or if any neighbors could view the panels?  The response was the proposal would not be visible from the street.  With further explanation there was a row of evergreen trees that would block the view from the neighbor to the right.  

 

Another question asked was would the Miller's be able to sell the stored power back to AmerenUE to which the response was they could at $3 per kilowatt.  Mention was also made the rebate ends at the end of December.  Mr. Smith concluded by saying the proposal would supply 40% to 50% of the Miller's energy needs. 

 

The Building Commissioner's revised Memo contained information that should have been deleted.  Text left over from the previous Memo and the City Clerk stated she would send Commission Members the revision the next day.  There were no more questions. 

 

The Planning & Zoning Chairman, Artie Ahrens, asked for proponents or opponents to which there were none

 

A vote was taken with the motion to accept the proposal as stated on the agenda with the following result:  Yeas:  Ahrens, Schiller, Bogosian, Cloute and Grabner.  There were no nays.  The motion was declared as having passed.  Chairman Ahrens stated the Planning and Zoning Commission makes an affirmative recommendation to the Board of Aldermen.

 

The second agenda item was read:  To discuss provisions for grandfathering existing privacy fences and semi-privacy fences; prohibiting privacy fences and semi-privacy fences; and changing the definition of fences. 

 

Commission Member Honora Schiller, who also serves as Alderperson for Ward 2, explained the reasons for discussing the request for the change saying someone replaced a stockade fence recently and subsequently the project has received many comments of concern for these types of fences.  She gave the reasons for using the term privacy and semi-privacy fences opposed to the term stockade fences.  She also explained the reason the proposed code states under Definition. Privacy Fence and Semi Privacy Fence:  is a fence over 3' tall, stating this is for those homes with low patio walls.

 

Patrick Butler confirmed to the Commission Members the proposed changes were written satisfactorily and could be upheld. 

 

A vote was taken with the motion to accept the proposal as stated on the agenda with the following result:  Yeas:  Ahrens, Schiller, Bogosian, Cloute and Grabner.  There were no nays.  The motion was declared as having passed.  Chairman Ahrens stated the Planning and Zoning Commission makes an affirmative recommendation to the Board of Aldermen.

 

The meeting adjourned at 7:50 p.m.

 

                                                            Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

 

                                                            Artie Ahrens, Chairman

                                                            Planning and Zoning Commission

                                                            City of Clarkson Valley