Rick Poppitz

Special to The Gardner News
Gardner’s Planning Commission met on April 25 to consider final plat for two development projects and proposed text amendments to the city’s Land Development Code. Commission was also introduced to Michell Kriks, planner I, who was attending her first meeting as city staff. Kriks replaces Chadwick Bahr in the Planner I position.

Quail Meadows II
Michelle Leininger, principal planner, presented staff review of preliminary and final plats for Quail Meadows II, a 46 lot single family residential subdivision to be located southwest of S. Waverly Road and W. 167th Street at Pratt Street extended.
The property was originally part of the preliminary plat for Quail Meadows, approved in 2006. Phase I was developed and final platted that same year. Phase II was never developed, never final platted and the preliminary plat has expired.
Staff advised that platting was similar to what was approved in 2006, with only some minor “tweaking.”
Leininger pointed out city property bordering on the east that is planned to be developed as a park.
The proposed street layout provides a tract between lots 78 and 79 that is dedicated to the city for connectivity to the future park.
The developer plans to build Lots 53-75 first and Lots 76-98 in a future phase.
Staff recommends approval of preliminary plat provided three conditions are met, all related to stormwater.
Staff recommended approval of the final plat and dedication of right of way and easements, pending conditions: submission and approval of construction plans for utilities/infrastructure/public facilities and payment of $61,593.84 Excise Tax.
In separate votes, commission voted with none opposed to forward recommendation for approval of both preliminary and final plats for Quail Meadows II to city council.

Gardner Truck
Plaza fifth plat
Leininger presented staff review of final plat for Gardner Truck Plaza Fifth Plat. The plaza will be just east of Wal-Mart next to I-35.
“This is the last process before we move on to public improvements and building permits,” Leininger said.
Staff recommended approval of the final plat and dedication of right of way and easements, pending conditions: submission and approval of construction plans for utilities/infrastructure/public facilities and street trees be planted per the previously approved site plan.
This property qualifies for an exemption of excise tax.
With none opposed, commission voted to forward recommendation for approval of final plat for Gardner Truck Plaza Fifth Plat to city council.

Land Development Code text amendment
Commission considered proposed text amendments to the Gardner Land Development Code (LDC) pertaining to communications facilities for wireless services.
Kelly Drake-Woodward, chief planner, gave the staff presentation.
“Technology is ever changing for these communication facilities. Our current rules don’t address some of the same technology. We also need to adapt our regulations to changes in state and federal regulations,” she said.
Current code only addresses new construction of towers. The amendments expand regulation to cover equipment mounted on towers, rooftops, or other existing structures.
Approved facilities would be inspected every 24 months.
A public hearing was held after the presentation.
Adrianna Meder, chairman, asked commission members if they wanted to review the code section by section.
“I don’t feel like we need to do that. I think city staff has been very thorough on this, and knowing that our city attorney has looked at it for hours and knows this is congruent with state and federal standards and laws, I’m fine with moving forward,” said Tim Brady, commission member.
Brady and several other members said they had read the amendments prior to the meeting and were comfortable with it.
Brad Austin, commission member, had questions about definitions. After discussion, commission voted to send recommendation for approval of proposed text amendment TA-16-15 to the governing body.