MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE PLANNING COMMISSION,

WHICH TOOK PLACE ON TUESDAY, JUNE 13, 2000, 7:00 P.M.,

COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY HALL, MIDLAND, MICHIGAN

 

 

1.   Roll Call.

PRESENT:  Commission members – Baker, Geisler, Lind, McCann, Rapanos, Sasaki, Senesac Wieland

ABSENT:    Slicker (excused)

OTHERS PRESENT:  James Schroeder, Secretary; Mark Ostgarden, City Planner; Cheri Standfest, Administrative Assistant, and 10 others

2.   Approval of the minutes of the meeting of May 23, 2000.

It was moved by McCann, seconded by Senesac, to approve the minutes of the meeting of May 23, 2000, as written.  Motion carried.

 

3.  Public hearing:

      Zoning Petition No. 461 – the request of Richard Perry to rezone property on the east side of Kuipers Drive south of Bay City Road from Residential D to Residential B (see transcript).

      The Planning Director indicated that a request to have this matter considered at the same meeting had been received.  Chairman Wieland indicated such action could occur under New Business.

 

4.  Public Comments.

There were no public comments.

 

5.  Old Business.

a.  Consideration of 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.

The Planning Director reviewed the proposed zoning action and explained how it had come about.  He responded to questions concerning the properties not included in the Community District, noting that these are under separate ownership.

Lynn Field asked questions about the required setbacks of Community Districts when adjoining residential, and noted concerns on behalf of Mr. Pugsley, as his property is completely surrounded by Northwood University lands.

The Commission undertook a discussion of the proposed change.  Commission concerns centered on the impact of adjacent residential properties and the possible kind of development that could occur as a part of Northwood University.  Commissioner McCann noted that he was opposed to the proposal as presented, and it was suggested that the Commission may want to eliminate some of the area adjacent to existing residential along Dublin.

 

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It was moved by Baker, seconded by Senesac, to recommend to City Council approval of Zoning Petition No. 460.

Vote on the motion:

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

NAYS:  Lind, McCann

ABSENT:  Slicker

The Planning Director noted that the City Council would receive this at its meeting on June 26, and that the public hearing before the City Council would take place on July 17.

 

b.      Consideration of 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.

The Planning Director reviewed the proposed development, noting in particular the proposed access from Joe Mann Boulevard.  It was noted that the matter had been discussed with the City’s Traffic Engineer, Stan Cool, who recommended the modification of the easterly driveway entrance so as to require traffic coming into the site at that location to continue several hundred feet south before being able to enter the parking area.

Mr. Steve Cross, speaking for the developer, indicated their modification of the plan to accommodate the recommendations coming forth as a result of the discussions with the City staff and also information provided by the City’s Traffic Engineer.  The Commission, as a whole, indicated satisfaction with the project and complimented the developer for adding additional landscaping to the site.

It was moved by McCann, seconded by Sasaki, to recommend to City Council approval of Site Plan No. 191.

Vote on the matter:

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

NAYS:  Lind, McCann

ABSENT:  Slicker

c.      Discussion of Zoning Petition No. 449 – the request of Bill Wilson to rezone Lot 4 of Edwards Subdivision (the north side of West Wackerly Street west of Dublin Avenue) from Residential A-1 to Residential A-4.

The Planning Director reviewed for the Commission Zoning Petition No. 449, filed in late 1999, and for which the Planning Commission had taken no action.  As a result of changes to the Land Use Plan, it was proposed that, in addition to the single lot petitioned for as a part of Zoning Petition No. 449, the remaining lots in the area recently changed to Medium-density Residential be advertised for rezoning to Residential A-4.

It was moved by Senesac, seconded by Sasaki, to initiate a rezoning action for the lands between Wackerly Street and US-10 west of Dublin recently changed to Medium-density

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Residential on the Land Use Plan, to be considered for Residential A-4 zoning, and that a public hearing be scheduled for the same.  Motion carried.

6.  New Business.

a.  Chairman Wieland asked if there was a motion to consider Zoning Petition No. 461 at this time.  Hearing no motion to consider, it was determined that the Commission would place this on its agenda for action at its meeting on June 27, 2000. 

  1. Chairman Wieland noted that in the Planning Commission’s action on Zoning Petition No. 456, lands along Joseph Drive, the Commission had recommended denial of the Residential A-4 zoning on the north side of Joseph Drive.  Since this land is now being given a City zoning classification, the Planning Commission must recommend to City Council an intermediate classification.  It was noted that the Commission placed this area as low-Density Residential on the Land Use Plan.

It was moved by Geisler, seconded by Lind, to recommend to City Council that the land on the north side of Joseph Drive, as originally petitioned for Residential A-4 zoning, be placed in the Residential A-1 category.

            Vote on the matter:

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

NAYS:  Lind, McCann

ABSENT:  Slicker

  1. Chairman Wieland noted that the proposed projects across Jerome Street form City Hall involve a land exchange and the construction of a gas station in the block between Ellsworth and Buttles, and a parking lot in the blocks bounded by Jerome, Larkin, Ripley, and Ellsworth Streets require certain actions.  The Planning Director reviewed the proposed development and land exchange, noting that for the proposed parking lot to develop, the block of Eastman between Ellsworth and Larkin Streets must be vacated, and the block bounded by Eastman, Larkin and Riley be changed from Office-Service 2 to Business B-2 in order to accommodate the parking lot construction.  It was noted that the City Council has referred the matter to the Planning Commission to initiate action.  A public hearing can be scheduled for July 11 on the zoning action, and the matter of the street vacation could be reviewed at that same time.  The Commission concurred with the proposal to advertise for a public hearing for the zoning change.
  2. Discussion of proposed zoning classification for recently annexed lands on the northeast corner of Perrine and Letts Roads.

The Planning Director noted that as a result of another change in the Land Use Plan where it provides for Medium-density Residential in lieu of Low-density Residential for the area north of Letts between Sturgeon and Perrine, a formal zoning action for this recently annexed land is in order.  It was proposed that the Commission initiate action to zone that part of the area now in the City of Midland to a Residential A-4 category. In responding to questions, it was noted that the landowner is supportive of such a zoning classification.  The Commission concurred, and set a date for a public hearing for this matter on July 11, 2000.

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e.    Commissioner Tom McCann raised several issues he felt needed further action.  These include action on access controls, the use of the City’s TV channels for advertising the City Planning Commission agenda, and the televising of Zoning Board of Appeals meetings.  Mr. McCann also noted he would be absent from the meeting of June 27, and expressed his appreciation for having been on the Planning Commission for the past 18 months or so.

 

It was moved by McCann, seconded by Sasaki, to adjourn.  Motion carried, and the meeting was adjourned at 8:30 p.m.

 

Respectfully,

 

 

 

James H. Schroeder

Secretary

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