BRIER PLANNING COMMISSION MINUTES
March 16, 2016
Chairman Pro-Tem Thorpe called the Brier Planning Commission
meeting to order at 7:02:04 PM.
PRESENT: Commissioner DeMorett,
Rosman, Scott, Weston and Thorpe.
ABSENT: Commissioner Marley and
STAFF: City Planner Gaudette, City
Attorney Rod Kaseguma
Pro-Tem Thorpe opened for consideration
approval of the February 17, 2016 Planning Commission minutes. Commissioner Rosman made a MOTION to approve
the February 17, 2016 Planning Commission minutes. Commissioner Scott SECONDED. Motion
COMMITTEE REPORTS: None.
PUBLIC REQUESTS &
ORAL COMMUNICATIONS: None.
Chairman Pro-Tem Thorpe opened the Public Hearing for
Conditional Use Permit #CUP16-01 requesting a secondary dwelling unit for
Claire McClenny and the Estate of Lindsay McClenny located at 3607 214th St SW at 7:04:44 PM.
City Planner Gaudette gave an overview of the permit with a
recommendation of approval with conditions to City Council.
Edward McClenny representative of the McClenny Estate, gave an
overview of the McClenny family history in the City of Brier and the reasons
for the Conditional Use Permit.
Vladan Milosavljevic of Brier, is in support of this Conditional
The Public Hearing was closed at 7:15:55 PM.
Commissioner DeMorett made a MOTION to recommend approval of
Conditional Use Permit #CUP16-01 requesting a secondary dwelling unit with conditions
listed in the Staff report to City Council. Commissioner Scott SECONDED.
Pro-Tem Thorpe called a recess for approximately 5
minutes, to hang drawings for the next Public Hearing at 7:17:04 PM.
Pro-Tem Thorpe resumed the meeting at 7:23:40 PM.
B. Chairman Pro-Tem Thorpe opened for review Variance #V15-01
requesting a building to be approximately 10 feet higher than the allowed
height limit for Vladan Milosavljevic at 23005 27th Ave W. City Planner
Gaudette gave an overview of the permit with a recommendation of denial to City
The applicant Vladan Milosavljevic brought a model of the proposed
building. He explained the building will be a place of worship for him and his
family. Acoustically the height of the domes need to be as proposed.
Chairman Pro-Tem Thorpe opened the Public Hearing for Variance
#V15-01 at 7:31:40 PM.
Tom Hansen of Brier, feels the property can and should be used within
the rules of Brier Municipal code, he would like to see this Variance denied.
Dave Johnson of Brier, is neutral about the Variance.
Grace Sortland of Brier, would like to see the Variance denied, it
would look out of place.
Preston Behan of Brier, is concerned the proposed height would
infringe on his privacy as his property is behind the applicants, he wants to
see this Variance denied.
David Emmons of Brier, his home faces the applicants property and feels
the proposed height does not fit the neighborhood.
Lynne Emmons of Brier, stated Brier is a single family
environment. She is not in favor of this Variance.
Gary Shull of Brier, does not have a problem with the proposed
Theodore Cox of Brier, does not have a problem with the proposed
Mary Ann Baltich of Brier, said once you approve one height
Variance, how many more will there be to eventually lose the rural environment.
She does not support this Variance.
Dave King of Brier, is not in favor of this Variance, the
structure will stick out like a sore thumb.
Vladan Milosavljevic said the domes on the building would be no
larger then two small trees. The proposed height is calculated from the
City Planner Gaudette acknowledged the applicant just answered a
question the City had asked him for several times. City Attorney Kaseguma explained
to the Commission the focus of the Commissioners is to decide if all the
Variance Criteria is being met or not met.
The Commission asked clarifying questions.
Commissioner Weston asked is lowering the ground elevation of the
building an option, what screening will be provided, will any other buildings
be on the property.
Commissioner Thorpe asked where in the Orthodox Bible does it say
this is the required height, are they absolute measurements, are all structures
of this religion this size.
City Attorney Kaseguma suggested the
Commission ask for a written detailed explanation from the applicant as to why
the height is required and then continue the hearing within a reasonable time.
The Commissioners asked City Planner Gaudette to further explain
in detail each criterion in the Variance.
City Attorney Kaseguma informed the Commission that the applicant
has not provided enough information to make a recommendation.
Commissioner Weston made a MOTION to extend the public
hearing to March 30, 2016 at 7:00 PM and request that more information from the
applicant be provided and submitted by March 23, 2016, and have the City staff
provide more information on how the applicant is compliant with each criterion.
There was discussion. Commissioner Weston withdrew her motion.
David King of Brier, asked why the Commission is discussing the Bible.
The Bible does not dictate the Brier Municipal Code.
Dave Johnson of Brier, asked if a basement was an option.
Mary Ann Baltich of Brier, asked if the applicant says the height
requirement is required for how he prays, how is it he can make do with the
building he has now.
Vladan Milosavljevic feels he has the right to religious freedom
to build this structure.
Commissioner Weston made a MOTION to continue the Public
Hearing to March 30, 2016 at 7:00 PM, requesting more detailed justification on
the minimum height requirement in writing by March 23, 2016 to be submitted by
the applicant, and have City staff provide more information on the eight Variance
criteria by March 28, 2016 to the Planning Commission. Commissioner DeMorett SECONDED.
The Public Hearing was continued to March 30, 2016 for 7:00 PM.
Commissioner Weston made a MOTION to adjourn. Commissioner
Rosman SECONDED. Motion carried. Meeting adjourned at 8:48:33 PM.
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