1.   Roll Call.

PRESENT:    Baker, Lind, Senesac, Rapanos, Wieland

ABSENT:     Garner, Geisler, Kozakiewicz, Slicker (all previously arranged)

OTHERS PRESENT:   Jon Lynch, Director of Planning and Community Development; Cheri Standfest, Administrative Assistant, and 8 others

2.   Approval of the minutes of the meeting of February 27, 2001.

It was moved by Rapanos, seconded by Senesac, to approve the minutes of the meeting of March 13, 2001.  The minutes were approved as presented.


3.   Public hearings:

a.        Site Plan No. 204 – Chairman Wieland announced that the public hearing regarding a 2,505 square foot Taco Bell restaurant to be located on the north side of east Patrick Road east of Washington Street would be rescheduled to April 10th.

b.        Site Plan No. 199 – the request of Gary Bartow of Bartow and King Engineers for review and approval of a site plan for Somerset Pines, a residential site condominium development of 34 building sites on 47.75 acres on the east side of Dublin Road north of Airport Road  [see transcript].

c.        Site Plan No. 203 – the request of HBE Financial Services for site plan review and approval of a three-story, 40,156 square-foot addition to the Dow Chemical Employees Credit Union building at 600 East Lyon Road [see transcript].

4.  Public Comments.



5.  Old Business.

Site Plan No. 202 – the request of Chuck Wellman, on behalf of Bill Daily, for site plan review and approval of an eight-unit residential building at 4912 Meyers Street (the east side of Meyers Street north of West Wheeler Street). 

Jon Lynch provided a brief overview of the site plan presented March 13th, noting that the project representative had expressed willingness to comply with wishes of the Planning Commission regarding parking lot screening and placement of a handicapped parking space.

Commissioner Rapanos noted that the Planning Commission had not reached consensus on the value of requiring the developer to place the single barrier-free parking space within the proposed covered parking area.

Mr. Chuck Wellman explained to the Commission that relocating the parking space would place it quite far from the barrier-free apartment unit.  The parking space has been moved toward the front of the lot at the request of City staff, and the developer feels this is a better location for the parking space.  The illustrated location provides for the least travel distance between the barrier-free space and the barrier-free apartment unit.

Commissioner Rapanos inquired about the feasibility of constructing a roof over the barrier- free parking space at the illustrated location.  Mr. Wellman responded that such a structure would appear out of place and could not reasonably be built for a single parking space.  A minimum of four spaces would need to be covered.

Members of the Planning Commission also discussed outstanding screening requirements for the proposed parking lot.  Mr. Wellman indicated that either screening option, fencing along the property line or fencing along the parking lot, would be acceptable.  Commissioners concluded that either option meets screening requirements of the Zoning Ordinance and that the developer should work with the adjacent property owner to identify the most desirable screening method.

It was moved by Baker and seconded by Senesac to recommend approval of Site Plan No. 202 to the City Council, contingent on outstanding conditions specified in the March 6th staff report being addressed and the developer working with the adjacent property owner to identify the most desirable method of parking lot screening to fully comply with Zoning Ordinance screening provisions.

Vote on the motion:

YEAS:  Baker, Lind, Rapanos, Senesac, Wieland

NAYS:  None

ABSENT:  Garner, Geisler, Kozakiewicz, Slicker

6.    New Business.


7.                  Communications.


8.                  Report of the Chairman.

No report was given.

9.   Report of the Planning Director.

Jon Lynch provided the Commission with an update of City Council activity. He also noted that on April 9th the City Council would receive the Planning Commission recommendation on Site Plan No. 202 and would conduct public hearings on Zoning Petitions 472, 473, and 474. 

On April 10th the Planning Commission agenda will include public hearings on Site Plan No. 204 (Taco Bell) and Site Plan No. 205 (Family Amusement Center).  Action items will include Site Plan No. 199 (Somerset Pines) and Site Plan No. 203 (Dow Chemical Employees’ Credit Union).

Finally, Mr. Lynch gave a brief overview of the APA National Planning Conference and the March Michigan Society of Planning Executive Board meetings.

10.  Adjourn.

Adjournment at approximately 8:03 p.m. was moved by Baker and seconded by Senesac, and unanimously approved.

Respectfully submitted,


Jon Lynch, AICP

Planning Commission Secretary