MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE PLANNING COMMISSION,

WHICH TOOK PLACE ON TUESDAY, MAY 23, 2000, 7:00 P.M.,

COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY HALL, MIDLAND, MICHIGAN

 

1.   Roll Call.

PRESENT:  Commission members - Geisler, McCann, Lind, Rapanos, Sasaki, Senesac, Slicker, Wieland

ABSENT:    Baker

OTHERS PRESENT:  James Schroeder, Secretary; Mark Ostgarden, City Planner; and 30 others

2.   Approval of the minutes of the meeting of May 9, 2000.

It was moved by McCann, seconded by Sasaki, to approve the minutes of the meeting of May 9, 2000, as written.  Motion carried.

 

3.  Public hearings:

  1. Zoning Petition No. 460 – initiated by the Planning Commission to rezone property under the ownership of Northwood University east of Dublin Avenue and south of the Rail-Trail from Agricultural, Residential A-1 and Residential B to Community District (see transcript).
  2. Site Plan No. 191 – the request of Ayres Associates, on behalf of Midland Place II, LLC, for site plan review and approval of a 164,434 square foot retail development on 17.15 acres south of Joe Mann Boulevard and east of Midland Mall (see transcript).

Chairman Wieland indicated that these matters would be discussed by the Commission at its meeting on June 13.

 

4.  Public Comments.

There were no public comments.

 

5.  Old Business.

  1. Zoning Petition No. 459 – the request of Matt Rapanos to rezone Lot 8 of Hedgewood Subdivision No. 1 (the south side of Universal Drive east of Dublin Avenue) from Business B-2 to Business B-1.

The Planning Director reviewed the facts pertaining to the request.

Commissioner Rapanos requested permission to abstain.  It was moved by Geisler, seconded by Senesac, to grant permission to abstain.  Motion carried.

Commissioner McCann indicated that the request was considered a step in the right direction with respect to the zoning, recognizing that perhaps action should have been taken in the past to remove the Business zoning classification.  Similar sentiments were expressed by other members of the Planning Commission.  Commissioner Senesac indicated that the business zoning is inappropriate for the location.


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It was moved by McCann, seconded by Sasaki, to recommend to City Council approval of Zoning Petition No. 459.

 

Vote on the motion:

YEAS:  Geisler, Lind, McCann, Sasaki, Slicker, Wieland

NAYS:  Senesac

ABSENT:  Baker

ABSTENTION:  Rapanos

b.   Proposed changes to the City’s Master Plan (Land Use Plan) as follows:

Area 1 – Lands both north and south of the intersection of Joseph Drive and Jefferson Avenue from Low-density Residential to Office-Service; lands on the south side of Joseph Drive east of Jefferson Avenue from Low-density Residential to High-density Residential; lands on the north side of Joseph Drive east of Jefferson Avenue from Low-density Residential to Medium-density Residential.

Area 2 – Lands north of Letts Road between Sturgeon Avenue and Perrine Road, from Low-density Residential to Medium-density Residential.

Area 3 – Lands between West Wackerly Street and US-10 immediately west of Dublin Avenue, from Low-density Residential to Medium-density Residential.

Area 4 – A triangular area between Waldo Avenue on the west and US-10 on the east, south of the Waldo Avenue interchange, from Medium-density Residential to High-density Residential.

Area 5 – Lands north and west of the intersection of Bay City Road and Waldo Avenue adjacent to Yale Street from General Commercial to High-density Residential.

Area 6 – Lands on the northwesterly side of Jerome Street, from Office-Service to General Commercial.

The Planning Director reviewed the six locations being considered for change and noted communications received with respect to each.

Area 1 - lands both north and south of the intersection of Joseph Drive and Jefferson Avenue.  Chairman Wieland asked for any new public input.  Remarks were made by Steven Graham concerning the roadway and access to Dow, and by Michael and Patrick Pnacek with regard to justification of the proposal.

The Commission undertook a discussion of the proposed changes.  Commissioner Lind indicated no support for the Medium-density Residential north of Joseph Drive, noting that it can be Low-density, but indicating approval for Office-Service at the intersection.  Commissioner Senesac indicated support for the Office-Service proposal and only Medium-density Residential on the south side, with no change on the north side of Joseph Drive.  Commissioner Geisler’s opinion was that no change should occur.  Commissioner Slicker stated that the land on the south side of Joseph Drive should be left to be available for open space.  Commissioner Sasaki indicated support for only the Office-Service.  Commissioner Rapanos stated that the Commission should be looking at

the long-term needs for diverse residential development, and he indicated support for the



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proposal as submitted.  Commissioner Wieland indicated support for the Office-Service part of the proposal, but suggested that Low-density Residential should be considered for the north side of Joseph Drive.  Commissioner McCann indicated support for the changes as proposed, but also stated he felt there should be some General Commercial on the southeast corner of the intersection.  It was noted that the Commission cannot consider a General Commercial classification, as it was not advertised as such.

It was moved by Senesac, seconded by Sasaki, to approve the Office-Service shown for the northeast and southeast corner.

It was moved by McCann, seconded by Slicker, to divide the question and vote on the north and south corners separately.  Motion failed.

Vote on the original motion:

YEAS:  Geisler, Lind, Rapanos, Sasaki, Senesac, Wieland

NAYS:  McCann, Slicker

ABSENT:  Baker

It was moved by McCann, seconded by Rapanos, to change the Land Use Plan to show High-density Residential on the south side of Joseph Drive.

Vote on the motion:

YEAS:  McCann, Rapanos, Wieland

NAYS:  Geisler, Lind, Sasaki, Senesac, Slicker

ABSENT:  Baker

It was moved by Senesac, seconded by Sasaki, to change the Land Use Plan to Medium-density Residential on the south side of Joseph Drive.

Vote on the motion:

YEAS:  Geisler, Lind, Rapanos, Sasaki, Senesac, Wieland

NAYS:  Slicker, McCann

It was moved by Geisler, seconded by Lind, to make no change from Low-density Residential for the lands on the north side of Joseph Drive.

Vote on the motion:

YEAS:  Geisler, Lind, McCann, Rapanos, Sasaki, Senesac, Slicker, Wieland

NAYS:  None

ABSENT:  Baker

Area 2 – Lands north of Letts Road between Sturgeon Avenue and Perrine Road.   It was moved by Lind, seconded by Senesac, to change the Land Use Plan to show Medium-density Residential.

Vote on the motion:

YEAS:  Geisler, Lind, McCann, Rapanos, Sasaki, Senesac, Slicker, Wieland

NAYS:  None

ABSENT:  Baker

 

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Area 3 – Lands between West Wackerly Street and US-10 immediately west of Dublin Avenue.  It was moved by McCann, seconded by Geisler, to change the area to Medium-density Residential.

Vote on the motion:

YEAS:  Geisler, Lind, McCann, Rapanos, Sasaki, Senesac, Wieland

NAYS:  Slicker

ABSENT:  Baker

Area 4 – A triangular area between Waldo Avenue opn the west and US-10 on the east, south of the Waldo Avenue interchange.

Commissioner Rapanos requested permission to abstain because of family owning a large part of the area.  It was moved by Lind, seconded by Senesac, to grant permission to abstain.  Motion carried.  It was moved by McCann, seconded by Geisler, to change the described area to High-density Residential.

Vote on the motion:

YEAS:  Geisler, McCann, Senesac, Wieland

NAYS:  Slicker, Lind, Sasaki

ABSENT:  Baker

ABSTENTION:  Rapanos

MOTION FAILED.

Area 5 – lands north and west of the intersection of Bay City Road and Waldo Avenue adjacent to Yale Street.  It was moved by McCann, seconded by Sasaki, to make no change in the Land Use Plan designation for the described area. 

General sentiment was that the Commission did not want to make changes to longstanding plan designations or zoning.

YEAS:  Geisler, Lind, McCann, Sasaki, Senesac, Slicker

NAYS:  Rapanos, Wieland

ABSENT:  Baker

Area 6 – lands on the northwesterly side of Jerome Street.  It was moved by Geisler, seconded by McCann, to change the described area, including lands on the east side between Indian and Buttles to a General Commercial classification.

Commissioner Slicker expressed concern about the potential development of commercial along the strip.  It was noted that the lands in the block between Larkin and Ellsworth will eventually be owned and controlled by the City of Midland.

Vote on the motion:

YEAS:  Geisler, Lind, McCann, Rapanos, Sasaki, Senesac, Wieland

NAYS:  Slicker

ABSENT:  Baker

 

 

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c.   Consideration of Zoning Petition No. 456 – the request of Michael Pnacek, on behalf of F/A Pnacek, Ltd., to zone 40.11 acres on Joseph Drive (east of Jefferson Avenue north of the soccer fields) as follows:

1)  6.1 acres on the southeast corner of Joseph Drive and Jefferson Avenue to Office-Service 2.

2)                  4.55 acres on the northeast corner of Joseph Drive and Jefferson Avenue to Office-Service 2.

3)      17.84 acres on the south side of Joseph Drive east of Jefferson Avenue to Residential B.

4)      11.71 acres on the north side of Joseph Drive east of Jefferson Avenue to Residential A-4 (based on request from petitioner).

At this time, the Commission undertook discussion of the proposed zoning changes to the east of Jefferson on the north and south sides of Joseph Drive.  The Commission decided to separate the four parts Zoning Petition No. 456 for action. 

It was moved by McCann, seconded by Rapanos, to recommend to City Council approval of Office-Service 2 for the northeast and southeast corners of the intersection.

It was noted that the Commission will be looking at this zoning change as a part of the newly adopted changes in the Land Use Plan.  Some questions were raised about the amount of Office-Service proposed on the corner of Jefferson Avenue and Joseph Drive.

            Vote on the motion:

YEAS:  Geisler, Lind, Rapanos, Wieland

NAYS:  Slicker, McCann, Sasaki, Senesac

ABSENT:  Baker

The Secretary indicated a tie vote, and the motion did not pass.  At this time, it was moved by McCann, seconded by Senesac, to reconsider the action on the southeast corner.  Motion carried.

Vote on the original motion:

YEAS:  Geisler, Lind, McCann, Rapanos, Wieland

NAYS:  Slicker, Sasaki, Senesac

ABSENT:  Baker

It was moved by Senesac, seconded by Slicker, to deny the request for Residential B for lands on the south side of Joseph Drive.

Vote on the motion:

YEAS:  Geisler, Lind, McCann, Rapanos, Sasaki, Senesac, Slicker, Wieland

NAYS:  None

ABSENT:  Baker

It was moved by Rapanos, seconded by Lind, to recommend to City Council Residential A-4 for the lands along the south side of Joseph Drive.

 

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At this time, a request was received from Pat Pnacek for a recess for the purpose of discussion by the petitioners.  Chairman Wieland indicated the meeting would recess for five minutes.

The meeting was called back to order at 9:40 p.m.

Vote on the motion:

YEAS:  Geisler, Lind, McCann, Rapanos, Sasaki, Senesac, Wieland

NAYS:  Slicker

ABSENT:  Baker

It was moved by Lind, seconded by Senesac, to deny the request for Residential A-4 for lands along the north side of Joseph Drive.

Vote on the motion:

YEAS:  Geisler, Lind, Rapanos, Sasaki, Senesac, Slicker, Wieland

NAYS:  McCann

ABSENT:  Baker

It was moved by Senesac, seconded by Rapanos to extend the meeting for New Business.  Motion carried.

6.  New Business.

  1. Commissioner Senesac requested that staff prepare a list of the inconsistencies between the recently amended Land Use Plan and current zoning.

b.   Commissioner McCann requested that the Commission act on the request of Bill Wilson concerning Zoning Petition No. 449, to rezone Lot 4 of Edwards Subdivision (the north side of West Wackerly Street east of Dublin Avenue) from Residential A-1 to Residential A-4. It was indicated that a new public hearing will have to be advertised.  Chairman Wieland indicated that the Commission will take this up for discussion at its next meeting.

 

It was moved by McCann, seconded by Sasaki, to adjourn.  Motion carried, and the meeting was adjourned at 9:55 p.m.

 

Respectfully,

 

 

 

James H. Schroeder

Secretary

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