CITY OF CARLISLE, IOWA
PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION
7:00 PM, MONDAY
15 January 2018
CARLISLE CITY HALL
MEMBERS PRESENT: Corey Oelberg, Bryan Holden, Jon Lins, Dane Wright
MEMBERS ABSENT: Becky Peterson, Stephany Goodhue, Howard Goodhue,
Chair Oelberg called the meeting to order at 7:05 PM a roll call was taken and it was determined that a quorum existed.
Motion by Lins, seconded by Holden, to approve minutes from 18 December 2017. Motion carried unanimously.
Mark McDougal from Ruth Harbor Ministries was present to present information on the rezoning application from Kenny and Bobbi McCaughey to rezone their house at 130 Pennsylvania Street from R-1 Single Family Residential to R-3, Multi-Family Residential District. The rezoning will allow the home to be purchased by Ruth Harbor to be used as a home for unwed mothers. A couple will permanently live at the house and host the women staying there temporarily. Ruth Harbor also provides services for those unwed mothers in the community who might not live at the house. There would be 4-6 women living at the house, depending on any children staying with the woman. Screening would be done to keep out those who have a violent history or have mental health issues they cannot handle. Ruth Harbor has been in existence for 16 years started by three women as a faith-based service. They have had no issues dealing with violent issues. They are currently recruiting for the couple to serve as house parents at this location.
Bill Gustoff, Ruth Harbor Ministries, also spoke on the project. He thought that community members might also want to get involved with the project.
A concern was brought forward about the number of vehicles to be located at the house. McDougal stated that very few of the mothers, due to their situation, will have vehicles. He stated that if the parking becomes an issue, they will take steps to correct the problem. Lent stated that parking by residents should be on Pennsylvania Street as that is the wider street.
The Commission voiced concern that if the Council would approve the rezoning, that the zoning would be R-3 as long as Ruth Harbor Ministries owned the property. Otherwise the property would return to R-1, Single Family Residential.
Mr. Gustoff addressed the issue of spot zoning and feels this situation did not meet the tests set by case law for this to be determined as spot zoning.
Motion by Lins, seconded by Holden to recommend approval of the rezoning of 130 Pennsylvania Street from R-1 Single Family Residential to R-3, Multi-Family Residential, but that the rezoning would return to R-1 when the property is no longer owned by Ruth Harbor Ministries for providing services as presented at this time. Motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.
No further business was necessary and on a motion by Wright, seconded by Holden, the meeting was adjourned at 7:58 PM on a unanimous vote.
Andrew J. Lent