MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE PLANNING COMMISSION,
WHICH TOOK PLACE ON TUESDAY, MAY 22, 2001, 7:00 P.M.,
COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY HALL, MIDLAND, MICHIGAN
1. Roll Call
PRESENT: Baker, Garner, Geisler, Kozakiewicz, Senesac, Slicker, Rapanos, Wieland
OTHERS PRESENT: Jon Lynch, Director of Planning and Community Development; Cheri Standfest, Administrative Assistant, and 20 others
2. Approval of the minutes of the meeting of May 8, 2001
It was moved by Senesac, seconded by Baker, to approve the minutes of the meeting of May 8, 2001. The minutes were approved as presented.
3. Public hearings
Zoning Petition No. 477 the request of Jeffrey and Josephine Browne to rezone property at 3103 West Wackerly Street (the south side of West Wackerly Street east of Sturgeon Avenue) from Residential A-1 to Office- Service 2 [see transcript].
Zoning Petition No. 478 the request of Nicolaos Rapanos to rezone property between Bay City Road and Fisher Road west of the US-10 Expressway from Business B-2 and Agricultural to Business C and Industrial A [see transcript].
4. Public Comments
5. Old Business
Rezoning Petition No. 476 the request of Wolverine Bank to rezone property east of Eastman Avenue between Denver Street and Bitler Street, and between Bitler Street and Dilloway Drive from Residential A-1 to Office Service 1.
Jon Lynch provided a brief recap of the information presented during the public hearing of May 8th. He noted that Wolverine Bank has filed the zoning petition with a specific land use in mind, but that the matter before the Planning Commission at this time is specifically the zoning of property. During the public hearing, a number of comments regarding site design were made, but the Planning Commission will consider design issues when a formal site plan review is conducted.
John Baer of Pumford Construction touched on the Banks proposed zoning change and site development. Wolverine Bank has operated at this location for more than 20 years. There are 18 employees at the facility, and there is a need to add 16 more. The proposed project will provide additional offices and meeting space. Mr. Baer noted that approximately 20 children per day cross Eastman Avenue to access Jefferson Middle School. A crossing guard between 7:20 and 7:50 AM facilitates these pedestrian movements. Bank employees arrive at 8:30 AM, and the Bank opens for business at 9:00 AM. The Bank handles approximately 10 customers every 30 minutes.
Cindy Lowery of 1507 Dilloway Drive expressed concern that the Planning Commission had not discussed the impact of this proposed zoning change on area property values.
Tom Kullgren of 1305 Dilloway Drive inquired about the depth of an area designated for office land uses, east of Eastman Avenue, on the Land Use Plan. Mr. Lynch responded that while the plan did not provide hard district boundaries or a scale, the requested zoning change was bracketed on the north and south by existing Office zoning. The request roughly corresponds with the existing zoning, but in specific locations both fall short and extend beyond an imaginary connection of existing districts.
With no further public comments, the Planning Commission deliberated over the matter. Members inquired about the possibility of including the parcel at 1618 Dilloway Drive in this request. Mr. Lynch explained that during their presentation, the petitioner indicated this property owner had been contacted and declined to be included in the zoning change request.
Commissioners discussed the depth of the requested change, noting that upon review it was appropriate for the neighborhood and in keeping with the Land Use Plan. They also discussed the fact that the site plan would likely prompt additional discussions. Member Baker stated that it is difficult to separate the zoning matter from the site plan.
It was moved by Senesac and seconded by Geisler to recommend approval of the requested zoning change.
Vote on the motion:
YEAS: Garner, Geisler, Kozakiewicz, Senesac, Rapanos, Slicker, Wieland
6. New Business
It was noted that the most recent edition of the Planning and Zoning News had been distributed to Planning Commissioners.
8. Report of the Chairman
9. Report of the Planning Director
During the City Council meeting of May 21st the Council approved annexation of 22.65 acres on Commerce Court / Commerce Drive and appointed James Geisler, Ray Senesac and Sam Liberto to full terms and Carol Svenson to an unexpired term of the Planning Commission.
On June 12th the Planning Commission will address the following matters:
§ Public Hearing on Site Plan #206 RFP Oil for a 3,590 square foot gas station/ convenience store at 4816 Bay City Road
§ Public Hearing on Zoning Petition #479 John Popp for property between Austin and Bay City Road west of Plumer Street from BC to IA
§ Public Hearing on the Preliminary Plat of Hearthstone Estates #3 David Rapanos, 16 lots on Eastlawn Drive west of Waldo Avenue
§ Zoning Petition #478 54.22 acres between Bay City Road and Fisher Road (west of US-10) from Business B-2 to Business C and from Agricultural to Business C and Industrial A
The Planning Commission would like to address the appointment of officers after new members are seated. It was determined that the Director should discuss appointment of officers with the City Attorney.
Adjournment at approximately 8:20 p.m. was moved by Senesac, seconded by Geisler, and unanimously approved.
Jon Lynch, AICP
Planning Commission Secretary