MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE PLANNING COMMISSION,

WHICH TOOK PLACE ON TUESDAY, APRIL 10, 2001, 7:00 P.M.,

COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY HALL, MIDLAND, MICHIGAN

 

1.   Roll Call.

PRESENT:    Baker, Garner, Geisler, Kozakiewicz, Rapanos, Senesac, Slicker, Wieland

ABSENT:      Lind (previously arranged)

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

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

It was moved by Baker, seconded by Senesac, to approve the minutes of the meeting of March 27, 2001.  The minutes were approved as presented.

 

3.   Public hearings:

a.        Site Plan No. 204 –the request of W.T. Development for site plan review and approval of a 2,505 square foot Taco Bell restaurant to be located on the north side of east Patrick Road east of Washington Street [see transcript].

b.        Site Plan No. 205 – the request of Bill Waterman and Rebecca Muhs, on behalf of R & B Enterprises, for site plan review and approval of Wild West Family Amusement Center, which will include a 12,000 square foot commercial building with indoor food area and arcade games, along with a go-cart track, mini-golf, bumper boats, water war zone, and an outdoor eating area on six acres on the north side of Commerce Drive east of Eastman Road.  [see transcript].

4.  Public Comments.

None.

 

5.  Old Business.

a.     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.

Jon Lynch provided a brief overview of the site plan presented March 27th.  Planning Commissioners discussed the fact that this proposed development met applicable review standards and was a use permitted in the zone.

It was moved by Senesac and seconded by Slicker to recommend approval of Site Plan No. 199 to the City Council, contingent on conditions specified in Staff Report SP199 being addressed.


Vote on the motion:

YEAS:  Baker, Garner, Geisler, Kozakiewicz, Rapanos, Senesac, Slicker, Wieland

NAYS:  None

ABSENT:  Lind

b.        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 (the south side of East Lyon Road between Bayliss and Washington Streets).

Mr. Lynch provided an overview of the site plan considered during the March 27th public hearing.  Planning Commissioners discussed various elements of the proposal including the addition, parking, and interior circulation.

It was moved by Baker and seconded by Slicker to recommend approval of Site Plan No. 203 to the City Council, contingent on conditions specified in Staff Report SP203 being addressed.

Vote on the motion:

YEAS:  Baker, Garner, Geisler, Kozakiewicz, Rapanos, Senesac, Slicker, Wieland

NAYS:  None

ABSENT:  Lind

6.    New Business.

Planning Commissioners discussed a request from Mr. Bill Waterman to act on the Wild West Family Amusement Center site plan.  Members noted that the land use would be heavily impacted by seasonal use and that the applicant agreed to address all of the contingencies specified.  Member Senesac noted that acting on the proposed plan was not appropriate given the number of outstanding issues.

It was moved by Slicker and seconded by Rapanos to place consideration of Site Plan No. 205 on the agenda for consideration.

Vote on the motion:

YEAS:  Baker, Garner, Geisler, Kozakiewicz, Rapanos, Slicker, Wieland

NAYS:  Senesac

ABSENT:  Lind

Consideration of Site Plan No. 205. 

Planning Commissioners discussed screening and adjacent land uses, future thoroughfare plans for the area, access to utilities, and site functions.  Members requested that the location of proposed curb cuts be examined by the Traffic Engineer.  On-site storage of gasoline was also discussed, and the Planning Commission noted that any tank would be subject  to fire prevention code regulations.   They also noted that the solid  waste dumpster

 

 

 

had been provided, the applicant has proposed additional parking if necessary, and a lighting plan is being prepared.

It was moved by Slicker and seconded by Kozakiewicz to recommend approval of Site Plan No. 205 to the City Council, contingent on conditions specified in Staff Report SP205 being addressed, the curb cut locations being approved by the municipal Traffic Engineer, and the Fire Department approving placement of the proposed gas tank.

In discussing the motion, Member Senesac offered an opinion that while he supports the proposed project, the contingencies as presented placed a significant burden on staff to ensure compliance.

Vote on the motion:

YEAS:  Baker, Geisler, Kozakiewicz, Rapanos, Slicker, Wieland

NAYS:  Senesac, Garner

ABSENT:  Lind

7.                  Communications.

None.

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 will receive the Planning Commission recommendation on Site Plan No. 202 and conduct public hearings on Zoning Petitions 472, 473, and 474. 

On April 24th the Planning Commission agenda will include for action Site Plan No. 204 (Taco Bell).

Finally, Mr. Lynch requested that members bring their calendars to the next meeting so a future work session date could be discussed.

10.  Adjourn.

Adjournment at approximately 9:15 p.m. was moved by Baker and seconded by Slicker, and unanimously approved.

Respectfully submitted,

 

Jon Lynch, AICP

Planning Commission Secretary