MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE PLANNING COMMISSION,

WHICH TOOK PLACE ON TUESDAY, JULY 25, 2000, 7:00 P.M.,

COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY HALL, MIDLAND, MICHIGAN

 

1.   Roll Call.

PRESENT:  Commission members – Garner, Geisler, Lind, Rapanos, Slicker, Wieland, Young

ABSENT:    Baker (excused)

OTHERS PRESENT:  James Schroeder, Secretary; Mark Ostgarden, City Planner; Cheri Standfest, Administrative Assistant, and 7 others

2.   Approval of the minutes of the meeting of July 11, 2000.

It was moved by Senesac, seconded by Geisler, to approve the minutes of the meeting of July 25, 2000.  Motion carried.

 

3.  Public hearing:

Zoning Petition No. 468 – initiated by the Planning Commission to rezone property on the east side of Kuipers Drive from Residential D to Residential B (see transcript).

4.  Public Comments.

There were no public comments.

 

5.  Old Business.

  1. 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 Chairman introduced the subject and noted that it was related to item 6.a. under New Business, pertaining to possible special uses in the Office-Service 2 zoning classification.  It was suggested that the Commission may want to wait until that time to discuss this zoning petition.

It was moved by Slicker, seconded by Geisler, to remove Zoning Petition No. 462 from the table.  Motion carried.

Mr. Thomas Shearer, Attorney for Midland Ford, presented a letter to the Commission, outlining the reasons why the property should be rezoned to Business B-2.  A copy of the letter is on file.  Mr. Tom McCann spoke in favor of the rezoning.

Commission discussion generally indicated support for the petition, noting that all other property in the area has bee developed, and this action would not be detrimental to the surrounding property.  Some Commissioners expressed support for the ability of Midland Ford to utilize this property, but expressed concern about opening the property up to all business uses, should the Ford dealership move at some time in the future.

It was moved by Lind, seconded by Slicker, to recommend to City Council approval of Zoning Petition No. 462. 

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Vote on the motion:

YEAS:  Garner, Geisler, Lind, Rapanos, Slicker, Young

NAYS:  Senesac, Wieland

ABSENT:  Baker

The Planning Director noted that this would very likely be on the City Council agenda for public hearing on September 11.

  1. Consideration of 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.

The Planning Director reviewed the location and surrounding property, and also the proposed changes in the larger area and this project’s relationship to those changes.

Mr. Tom McCann spoke concerning this issue.  Commission discussion included comments about the possible use of the land, should at some time in the future, the City decide that it was no longer needed for a parking area.  Commissioner Slicker raised the issue of using the Special Use process for this land, as it had been proposed for the previous Petition No. 462.  Commissioner Geisler noted that the project could be considered on its merit at this time, with the Special Use process being a separate action.

It was moved by Geisler, seconded by Young, to recommend to City Council approval of Zoning Petition No. 463.

Vote on the motion:

YEAS:  Garner, Geisler, Senesac, Wieland, Young

NAYS:  Lind, Rapanos, Slicker

ABSENT:  Baker

  1. Consideration of 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.

After a brief explanation of the proposal by the Planning Director, Mr. Tom McCann spoke in favor of the action.  It was noted that he had sent a letter to the Commission in support of this matter.  There were several letters in opposition to the request.

It was moved by Senesac, seconded by Garner, to recommend to City Council approval of Zoning Petition No. 464.

Vote on the motion:

YEAS:  Garner, Geisler, Lind, Rapanos, Senesac, Slicker, Wieland, Young

NAYS:  None

ABSENT:  Baker

 

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  1. Consideration of 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.

The Planning Director reviewed the history behind the rezoning action, noting that this is a recent annexation to the City.

It was moved by Geisler, seconded by Young, to recommend to City Council approval of Zoning Petition No. 465.

Vote on the motion:

YEAS:  Garner, Geisler, Lind, Rapanos, Senesac, Slicker, Wieland, Young

NAYS:  None

ABSENT:  Baker

  1. Consideration of Zoning Petition No. 466 – the request of Troy Marr, to rezone property at 1984 Chippewa River Road (the east side of Chippewa River Road south of Isabella Street {M-20}) from Business B-2 to Residential A-1.

The Planning Director reviewed the request, providing some additional details about the zoning of the various parcels in the immediate area.  The different zoning classifications came about at the time the zoning was being applied after annexation and in response to a desire from some property owners to have their properties remain residential until such time in the future that a business use would be feasible.

Mr. Troy Marr, owner of the property, explained his intended use, noting a need to construct a new garage and make renovations to the house.  Mr. Harold Riggie stated objections to the change, noting that the area is general commercial, and that for property development of commercial, consolidation of property would be necessary.  Changing the zoning to Residential would make the assemblage of property more difficult.

Commission discussion raised questions about the impact of the change in future development possibilities.  It was noted that if the original owner had requested Residential zoning at the time after annexation, it would have been put into a Residential classification.  It was recognized that the area is not ready for commercial development, and at the time in the future this occurs, another zoning action could take place.

Based on questions raised for the owner approaching the Zoning Board of Appeals for a variance, the Planning Director reviewed the process and the criteria for obtaining what would be a use variance.

It was moved by Slicker, seconded by Young, to recommend to Council approval of Zoning Petition No. 466. 

Vote on the motion:

            YEAS:  Garner, Geisler, Lind, Senesac, Slicker, Young

            NAYS:  Rapanos, Wieland

            ABSENT:  Baker

 

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6.  New Business.

a.                  Proposed Zoning Text Amendments.

The Planning Director reviewed proposed zoning text amendments, the first for expanding the allowable special uses in the Office-Service District, and the other expanding language pertaining to the operation of social services in Residential Districts.  The former had come about as a result of a requested rezoning at the southeast corner of Eastlawn Drive and Washington Street.  The latter was the result of a letter from the 1016 Treatment Centers, requesting action which would give them additional options in searching for property.  The Commission agreed to hold a public hearing on these zoning text amendments, said public hearing to occur on August 16.

b.   Consideration of Zoning Petition No. 468. 

Chairman Wieland noted that Zoning Petition No. 468 was initiated by the Planning Commission as a result of other actions in the same area, and asked whether the commission wanted to consider this at the meeting.  It was moved by Senesac, seconded by Geisler, to consider Zoning Petition No. 468.  Motion carried.

It was moved by Senesac, seconded by Slicker, to recommend to Council approval of Zoning Petition No. 468.

Vote on the motion:

YEAS:  Garner, Geisler, Lind, Rapanos, Senesac, Slicker, Wieland, Young

NAYS:  None

ABSENT:  Baker

 

It was moved by Geisler, seconded by Senesac, to adjourn.  Motion carried, and the meeting was adjourned at 9:22 p.m.

 

Respectfully,

 

 

 

James H. Schroeder

Secretary

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