MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE PLANNING COMMISSION,

WHICH TOOK PLACE ON TUESDAY, JULY 24, 2001, 7:00 P.M.,

COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY HALL, MIDLAND, MICHIGAN

 

1. Roll Call

PRESENT: Kozakiewicz, Garner, Liberto, Senesac, Slicker, Svenson, Wieland

ABSENT: Baker, Geisler (both previously arranged)

OTHERS PRESENT: Jon Lynch, Director of Planning and Community Development; Mark Ostgarden, City Planner; Cheri Standfest, Administrative Assistant, and 20 others

2. Approval of the minutes of the meeting of July 10, 2001

Under report of the Chairman, it should be noted that the Nominating Committee includes Sam Liberto and that the report will be presented on July 24th.

It was moved by Slicker, seconded by Senesac, to approve the minutes of the meeting of July 10, 2001. The minutes were approved as amended.

3. Report of the Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee, consisting of members Wieland, Slicker, and Liberto nominated Jim Geisler as Chairperson and Ray Senesac as Vice-Chairperson. The nominations were moved by Wieland and seconded by Slicker. The nominations were unanimously accepted.

 

3. Public hearing

Site Plan No. 207 the request of David Dunn, on behalf of Wolverine Bank, for site plan review and approval of a 12,653 square foot addition to the existing building at 5710 Eastman Avenue [see transcript].

 

4. Public Comments

None.

5. Old Business

None.

6. New Business

  1. Business A zoning language.

Mr. Lynch illustrated for the Commission discrepancies in permitted hours of operation for businesses in the Business A Zone. The Zoning Ordinance permits establishments to operate between 5:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m., while the Code of Ordinances permits them to operate between 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. The Commission felt that to rectify this discrepancy, the 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. limitations should be used.


b. Driveway area zoning language.

Mr. Lynch introduced a report that outlines dimensional requirements for driveways in front yard setbacks. Engineering Department standards for driveway construction were also reviewed. After examining photographs of several types of driveways, the Planning Commission noted that some driveways might be appropriately permitted in front yard setbacks while others are not desirable. A working committee composed of staff members from the Building, Engineering, and Planning Departments, as well as Commissioners Liberto, Slicker, and Wieland will examine this issue in further detail.

c. Rules of Procedure

Commissioner Senesac requested that the Commission Rules of Procedure be updated.

7. Communications

None.

8. Report of the Chairman

On behalf of the entire Planning Commission, acting Chairperson Senesac thanked Mr. Wieland for his years of service to the Planning Commission as Chairperson.

9. Report of the Planning Director

CITY COUNCIL

ACTION JULY 23, 2001

      Approved Zoning Petition No. 477 (Browne) to RA-4

      Approved Zoning Petition No. 478 (Rapanos)

MEETING AUGUST 13th

Public Hearing Zoning Petition No. 479 (Popp)

PLANNING COMMISSION

AUGUST 14th

      Public Hearing Preliminary Plat of Midland Commerce Park

      Wolverine Bank Site Plan action

      Telecommunications Facility Regulations update

      Access management update

       Select RFP review committee participants

 

10. Adjourn.

Adjournment at approximately 8:46 p.m. was moved by Wieland, seconded by Garner, and unanimously approved.

Respectfully submitted,

 

Jon Lynch, AICP

Planning Commission Secretary