Tuesday, February 05, 2013

The City of Nichols Hills

Minutes of the Planning Commission Meeting

February 5, 2013



Original Agenda Filed in the Office of the Municipal Clerk at 1  PM on the 1st  day of February, 2013.


Michael Bickford, Chairman                                        Tim Cohn

Barbara Gilbert                                                            Lynn Pringle         

John McCaleb                                                              Larry Savage

David Poole, City Manager                                          John Michael Williams, City Attorney

                                                                                    Kristi Hort, City Clerk, Fin Director


1.      Call to Order.


Chairman Bickford called the meeting to order.


2.      Roll Call.


Acknowledgment was made by Chairman Bickford that all commission members were present, except for Larry Savage.  Mr. McCaleb arrived during discussion of agenda item 7.


3.      Citizens desiring to be heard:  None


4.      Minutes:   


No Action.


Chairman Bickford stated that commission members would discuss agenda item 6 next.


5.      PUBLIC HEARING: Discussion, Consideration and Possible Approval or disapproval on Case PC 2013-01 for which the owners of 6707 NW Grand Boulevard are requesting to erect a fence higher than allowed by code.  This property is currently zoned E-2.


Mr. David Giasson addressed commission members on behalf of the applicant. Following the presentation of the application, Chairman Bickford opened the public hearing.  Seeing that no one present expressed a desire to speak, the public hearing was closed. Following discussion by the commission members, Gilbert moved to recommend approval of this application to city council.  Cohn seconded the motion.

AYES: Bickford, Gilbert, Pringle and Cohn.

NAYES:  None


6.      PUBLIC HEARING: Discussion, Consideration and Possible Approval or disapproval of amendments to the Nichols Hills Code regarding building setbacks on corner lots.


Chairman Bickford advised that information from Mr. Yowell was received on Friday, February 1, 2013, and that commission members have not had enough time to review the information for discussion to take place this evening.


Gilbert moved to table item 6. Pringle seconded the motion.

AYES: Bickford, Gilbert, Pringle and Cohn

NAYES:  None.



7.      Discussion, Consideration and Possible action concerning antenna systems.


Chairman Bickford provided a brief update to commission members and residents as to why this item is before the commission.  Mr. Elby Beal addressed members of the Planning Commission expressing concern about the suitability and locations of towers. He indicated the tower located by the country club continues to be a “sore spot” for a lot of people.  He requested review of the manner in which Nichols Hills allows the permitting of cell towers in residential areas, and requested a broad review of future leases for cell antenna locations.


Attorney Kendall Parrish provided a brief summary of federal law and FCC regulations which restrict municipalities’ authority over wireless telephone tower siting applications.


Discussions followed.  No action was taken.


8.      Adjournment


There being no further business, Pringle moved to adjourn the meeting.  McCaleb seconded the motion.

AYES: Bickford, Gilbert, McCaleb, Cohn and Pringle.

NAYES:  None




Michael Bickford______     

Michael Bickford, Chairman




Kristi Hort_________            David Pool                         

Kristi Hort, City Clerk             David Poole, City Manager



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