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February 2019 – Meeting Minutes

Frenchtown Revitalization Partnership
Meeting Minutes
February 8, 2019 @ 10:00 am
St. Charles City Hall, Conference Room A


Meeting Attendees

Sherilyn Blair
Susan Sams
Ed Akers
Scott Tate
Steve Merritt
Kate Manfull
Melissa Whitwam
Jason Orf
Keith Lutz
Alex Reichert
Bob Tipton
Thomas Douglas (Tri Star)
Councilman Tom Besselman

City Staff

Bruce Evans
Beth Norviel
Jim Gremaud
Travis Wilson
Susie King

I. Call to Order: Ed Akers called the meeting to order at 10:03 am. Susan Sams asked the group to make sure of their commitment level because participating in the revitalization of Frenchtown may be a lengthy process. Everyone agreed they are committed. Bruce Evans stated the purpose of today’s meeting is to get the consensus of the group on what land uses should be Permitted, Conditional and Non-conforming in the Frenchtown zoning district. He suggested looking at the current FHCD Zoning code to see what should be amended. The group went through the Permitted uses and agreed most uses should remain on the Permitted list with the following exceptions:

2. Antique shops. – After discussion, a vote was held; it will remain a “Permitted” use.

7. Bed and breakfast establishments, with each guest room having its own independent bath facilities. – After discussion, a vote was held; it will remain a “Permitted” use. Bruce stated that perhaps the group should have follow-up discussion on this land use after the City works on an ordinance to regulate Airbnb rentals.

11. Commercial laboratories including testing and photo finishing laboratories, but not including testing combustion engines or explosives. – After discussion, a vote was held; it will be removed from the Frenchtown zoning district.

12. Computer and data processing centers. – After discussion, a vote was held; it will be removed from the Frenchtown zoning district.

16. Direct mail advertising service business. – After discussion, a vote was held; it will be changed to a “Conditional” use.

27. Research laboratories and facilities. – After discussion, a vote was held; it will be changed to a “Conditional” use.

32. Stores or shops for the conduct of retail business including the sale of books, cards, carpets, clothing, drugs, fabrics, flowers, food, furniture, garden supplies, gifts, groceries, hardware, home appliances, jewelry, musical instruments and records, office supplies and merchandise, optics, paint, shoes, sporting goods, stationery, stereos, televisions and radio, tobacco and similar stores and shops. There was a lengthy discussion whether “tobacco” should remain in the list. A vote was held; tobacco will remain in the list but Tobacco Shops will be added as a “Conditional” use.

34. Temples and meeting facilities for fraternal, religious, Masonic and philanthropic clubs and organizations. There was a discussion related to this line item being “Permitted” and Auditorium, lecture hall, meeting facility or conference center being a “Conditional” use. A vote was held; it will remain a “Permitted” use and auditorium, lecture hall, meeting facility or conference center will remain a “Conditional” use.

Bruce explained the process for approval of Conditional Uses. The group went through the Conditional uses and agreed most uses should remain on the “Conditional” list with the following exceptions:

2. Day care facilities or adult day care facilities. After discussion, a vote was held; it will be deleted as a “Conditional” use and existing facilities will become nonconforming uses.

3. Equipment rental and leasing services, not including passenger motor vehicles; provided storage is within a completely enclosed building unless otherwise allowed through the conditional use permit. After discussion, a vote was held; it was decided to remove regulation 3.a (1) and (2) which regulated the lot size and building size. Regulation (3) will remain.

4. Guest house. After discussion, a vote was held; it will remain a “Conditional” use. Bruce stated that perhaps the group should have follow-up discussion on 4 and 5 after the City works on an ordinance to regulate Airbnb rentals.

5. Hotels, motels and inns. After discussion, a vote was held; it will remain a “Conditional” use. Bruce stated that perhaps the group should have follow-up discussion on #4 and #5 after the City works on an ordinance to regulate Airbnb rentals.

Line items 6 and 10 relate to In-vehicle sales or service. Bruce suggested addressing those items at the next meeting.

Conditional uses 7, 8 and 9 will remain as “Conditional” uses.

11. Pet shops and dog beauty parlors, provided that any work rooms, cages, pens or kennels be maintained within a completely enclosed sound-proof building and that such shop or parlor be operated in such a way as to produce no objectionable noises or odors outside its walls. After discussion, a vote was held; it will be changed to a “Permitted” use.

Conditional uses 12, 13 and 14 will remain as “Conditional” uses.

15. Telecommunication towers, antennas attached to structures, or placement of a telecommunication antenna on an existing tower (co-location) where an expansion or enlargement of the existing tower enclosure is required. Bruce suggested delaying discussion on this item until after the City works on legislation regarding telecommunications towers and related uses.

16. Two-family and multi-family residential. After discussion, a vote was held; it will remain a “Conditional” use.

17. Veterinary office, clinic and/or hospital. After discussion, a vote was held; it will be changed to a “Permitted” use.

Conditional use 18 will remain as a “Conditional” use.

19. Wineries and microbreweries. After discussion, a vote was held; it will be changed to a “Permitted” use, pending the definition of “Microbreweries” that Bruce will provide.

Discussion and Announcements. Bruce will revise the permitted and conditional uses as discussed and bring the revised list to the group next month for further discussion. We will also discuss #6 and #10 relating to vehicle sales/service. Further, we will discuss items not mentioned in the above lists but the group may want to consider, such as Tattoo Parlors and street performers. Jim Gremaud said that on Monday, February 11, 2019, East West Gateway and the City will be meeting to evaluate Second Street in Frenchtown as a project for Great Streets. Bruce reminded the group that on the March 12th City Council’s agenda, a presentation is scheduled to be made by the Frenchtown Revitalization Partnership about the progress made. Attendance is encouraged at the meeting.

Sherilyn said that she is about a month away from closing her shop. Therefore, she will no longer be eligible to be the Partnership’s president. She will remain an active member. There will be further discussion at the next meeting.

The meeting adjourned at 12:05.

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