MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE PLANNING COMMISSION,
WHICH TOOK PLACE ON TUESDAY, JULY 11, 2000, 7:00 P.M.,
COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY HALL, MIDLAND, MICHIGAN
1. Roll Call.
PRESENT: Commission members – Baker, Garner, Geisler, Lind, Rapanos, Slicker, Wieland, Young
OTHERS PRESENT: James Schroeder, Secretary; Mark Ostgarden, City Planner, and 24 others
2. Election of Officers for 2000-2001.
Chairman Wieland indicated that the election of officers would proceed, and that the first part would be handled by the Secretary, Mr. Schroeder. The Secretary called for a report from the Nominating Committee, and Commissioner Slicker presented the name of Wieland for the position of Chairman. This action was seconded by Baker. After receiving no additional nominations, a motion was made by Senesac, seconded by Slicker, to approve the election of Wieland as Chairman by affirmation. Motion carried.
Chairman Wieland asked for nominations for the office of Vice Chairman. Commissioner Slicker presented into nomination Jim Geisler. The motion was seconded by Senesac. After requesting and receiving no additional nominations, it was moved by Senesac, seconded by Slicker, to elect Geisler as Vice-Chairman by affirmation. Motion carried.
3. Approval of the minutes of the meeting of June 27, 2000.
It was moved by Geisler, seconded by Senesac, to approve the minutes of the meeting of June 27, 2000. Motion carried.
4. Public hearings:
a. Zoning Petition No. 463 – initiated by the Planning Commission, to rezone property within the block bounded by Eastman Avenue, Larkin Street and Ripley Street from Office-Service 2 to Business B-2 (see transcript).
b. Zoning Petition No. 464 – initiated by the Planning Commission, to rezone property on the north side of West Wackerly Street west of Dublin Avenue from Residential A-1 to Residential A-4 (see transcript).
c. Zoning Petition No. 465 – initiated by the Planning Commission, to zone property on the northeast corner of Perrine Road and Letts Street to a Residential A-4 zoning classification (see transcript).
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Chairman Wieland indicated that a request to withdraw Zoning Petition No. 467 had been received, and the matter would not be heard.
Chairman Wieland indicated that these matters would be taken up for consideration at the meeting of July 25.
5. Public Comments.
There were no public comments.
6. Old Business.
Consideration of Zoning Petition No. 462 – the request of Thomas Shearer, on behalf of Midland Ford Lincoln Mercury, Inc., to rezone Lots 2 – 6 of Reinhart’s Addition (the southeast corner of Washington Street and Eastlawn Drive) from Office-Service 2 to Business B-2.
The Planning Director reviewed the request and presented information concerning a court decision in 1983 governing the use of the property for parking purposes. It was noted that rezoning the property to Business was not recommended, but that a Special Use Permit process was recommended, in order to allow the automobile agency the ability to more fully utilize the property. The Planning Director explained that the process would consist of an amendment to the Office-Service section of the Zoning Ordinance to allow this to occur. Once the Ordinance was amended, the automobile agency could then apply for a Special Use Permit, and once granted, the property could then be used for that particular use or any other permitted uses within the existing zoning; i.e., Office-Service 2.
After discussion, some Commissioners supported the zoning to Business B-2, but the majority expressing reservations of such an action and wishing to pursue the Special Use Permit process, it was moved by Senesac, seconded by Rapanos, to table Zoning Petition No. 462 and to request information from staff as to an appropriate zoning text amendment for a Special Use Permit. Motion carried.
Staff was requested to place Zoning Petition No. 462 on the agenda for the July 25 meeting.
7. New Business.
The Planning Director reviewed the vacation action, noting it had been referred to the Planning Commission from the City Council. This action is a part of the proposed land exchange which will ultimately result in the City owning the two triangular blocks now bounded by Ellsworth, Jerome, Larkin, and Ripley Streets. The ultimate goal is to construct a parking lot within that area, and the vacation of the street is necessary to combine the two blocks into a single large parcel. The Director explained other changes to the street system in the area and noted that the Commission’s recommendation should be based on a determination of the need for this street as a part of the local street system.
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It was moved by Baker, seconded by Senesac, to recommend to City Council approval of the vacation of Eastman Avenue between Larkin and Ripley Streets. Motion carried.
It was moved by Senesac, seconded by Slicker, to adjourn. Motion carried, and the meeting was adjourned at 9:30 p.m.
James H. Schroeder