A special meeting of the City Council of the City of Walcott, Iowa was held on Monday, April 23, 2012, with Mayor Pro Tem Kostichek calling the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Council members present were: Tim Koehler, Jackie Puck, Lisa Mengler, and Jacob Puck. City employees present were: J. Huston.
Koehler moved and Jacob Puck seconded to approve the agenda. Motion carried.
Audience Members: Planning & Zoning Commission members : Chris Thompson, David Trees, Lon Warnecke, Mike Byington, and Mike Sissel.
Huston presented the recommended Code changes from the Subdivision and Zoning Chapters. The Planning & Zoning Commission spent several months reviewing the Code and they are recommending the changes. All changes were reviewed with the following discussed in detail:
- Notification signs for Site Plans and Residential Preliminary Plats
- Accessory Buildings : This change would allow two garages, both 900 sq. ft. Huston is opposed to the change due to a drastic increase in residential lot coverage by structures and hard-surfaced driveways. All P&Z members are in favor of the change as it allows homeowners to choose additional garages to house vehicles and equipment.
- Downtown or Commercial Parking Area : this area would be expanded to allow P&Z to consider off-street parking on a case-by-case basis.
Dangerous Buildings Ordinance: Council reviewed and discussed the sample ordinance. This ordinance would allow the city to take action regarding dilapidated, hazardous buildings.
All recommended changes will be placed on a future Council agenda.
Kostichek moved and Jackie Puck seconded to adjourn at 6:56 p.m. Motion carried.