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P & Z Meeting Minutes

February 3, 7:00 P.M.

Members Present: Derris Butler, Chance Peebles, Joe Gallant, Loren Winter, David Young, Randall Bettis, Robert Wilson, Kami Patrick, Sarah Bader. Members Absent: None

The minutes from January 6, 2020 were approved with a motion by Robert Wilson and a second by David Young. All voted aye.

The agenda was approved with a motion from Joe Gallant and a second from Randall Bettis. All voted aye.

Visitors:

No one was present.

Agenda Items:

20-2-01 Short Term Rental – 1107 Verna Lane

Staff Report:  

Scott Godbey presented the staff report for the Special Use request. Mr. Godbey stated that John and Alisha Herring have applied for a Special Use Permit to use their primary residence at 1107 Verna Lane as a Short-Term Residential Rental.  The City’s ordinance requires that permanent residents that wish to operate a Short-Term Residential Rental in their primary residence acquire a Special Use Permit and business license from the City of Nixa.  Staff supports the request.

Public Hearing

Loren Winter opened the Public Hearing to anyone who would like to speak on this request.

Sherry Fielder, 1106 Verna Lane, approached the Commission.  Mrs. Fielder stated that she and her husband were against the request and asked for it to be denied.  They have concerns that it will be problematic and asked what would prevent the property from being turned into a full-time rental property.  Mr. Cossey stated that the applicant had to adhere to guidelines concerning the Short-Term Rental property and that they would be responsible for who rents.  Long term rental property falls under our Rental Inspections Guidelines, but there where no regulations on where rentals could be located.  Sarah Bader asked if there was a Neighborhood Association, Mrs. Fielder stated that there was not. 

James Heck, 1102 Verna Lane, approached the Commission.  Mr. Heck stated that he did receive a letter concerning this issue but had not had a chance to find out more.  He had concerns that if the current property owners sold the house then what was stopping the new owner from renting to someone that was undesirable.  Mr. Cossey stated that the Special Use request was for the applicants at this address, if they sold then the Special Use permit would be null and void.

Alisha Herring, 1107 Verna Lane, approached the Commission.  Mrs. Herring stated that she was the applicant and they had taken precautions and felt that they would be responsible for anyone renting from them.  She said she cares about the neighborhood and would not do anything to harm it.  Joe Gallant asked if there was sufficient parking.  Mrs. Herring stated that there was. 

Discussion

Loren Winter opened the discussion for the Commission.  Joe Gallant asked if there were any issues with the others that were operating.  Mr. Godbey stated that there was a complaint but it wasn’t concerning the tenants. 

David Young stated that if there were issues with the tenants that they could call the Police Department to take care of the issue.  Mr. Young stated that he didn’t see the harm in approving the request. 

Sarah Bader stated that the City cannot say no to an Air BNB or anything like it.  But they could enforce regulations to ensure issues are addressed. 

After much discussion, Joe Gallant made a motion to approve the request with a second by Randall Bettis.  All voted aye. 

20-2-02 Preliminary Plat – Re-Plat Lot 71 Maplewood Hills Subdivision

Staff Report:  

Scott Godbey presented the staff report the request.  Mr. Godbey stated that William and Debra Brewster, managing members of The Brewster Living Trust, are requesting the approval of a Preliminary Plat, Replat of Lot 71 of the Maplewood Hills Subdivision. The subject property is a 1.45-acre tract of land located on the Northeast corner of the intersection of East Twin Maple Court and North Maplewood Hills Road. The Maplewood Hills Subdivision was recorded in April 2004. The Replat of Lot 71 includes 5 lots zoned Single-Family (R-1), of which, 4 are buildable lots and lot 5 is the Drainage Easement portion of the land that is currently used for Storm Water Detention and is maintained by the Homeowners Association. There are overhead power lines on the property that sit in a 50’ easement. The easement runs East to West through the buildable lots.   Staff supports approval with conditions as stated. 

Public Hearing

Loren Winter opened the Public Hearing for the request.

Debra Brewster, RR1 Box 3470C Ava Missouri approached the Commission.  Mrs. Brewster is the applicant for the request and gave a brief explanation and background for the request. 

Discussion

With no further discussion, Randall Bettis made a motion to approve the request with a second by David Young.  All voted aye.

20-2-03 Façade Grant – American Legion Post 434

Staff Report:

Travis Cossey presented the staff report for the Façade Grant.  Mr. Cossey stated the City has received a Façade Grant application from Mr. Nicolas Gerdes with the Nixa American Legion Post 434.  Mr. Gerdes is requesting funds from the grant program for improvements to the American Legion building located at 591 McCroskey St.  Mr. Gerdes is requesting funds for the replacement of the front entrance and side doors to the building and to bring the entrance/exit locations up to current ADA accessibility code.  Funds are also requested to accommodate a sign replacement for a changeable canopy sign.  The total cost for the proposed improvements is $9,050.00.  If approved the applicant would receive $4,525.00 in City Façade Grant funds upon completion of the project.  Staff supports approval of the Grant application.

Public Hearing

Nicholas Gerda, 384 Niangua Dr approached the Commission.  Mr. Gerda stated that the current building was severely outdated and in major disrepair.  Over the last 6 months there has been updates inside that has taken a lot of available funds and now they would like to replace the doors that have been on the building since the 1950’s.  Mr. Gerda stated that if there were any other questions, he would be here to answer them.  Sarah Bader thanked Mr. Gerda for his dedication and investing in the American Legion Post.

Discussion

With no further discussion, Robert Wilson made a motion to approve the Façade Grant application with a second by Joe Gallant.  All voted aye.

Planner’s Report

None

With no further business, Randall Bettis made a motion to adjourn with a second by Joe Gallant.  All voted aye.

 

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P&Z Secretary