MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE PLANNING COMMISSION,
WHICH TOOK PLACE ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2001, 7:00 P.M.,
COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY HALL, MIDLAND, MICHIGAN
1. Roll Call
PRESENT: Baker, Dowling, Garner, Geisler, Senesac, Slicker, Svenson, Wieland
ABSENT: Kozakiewicz (previously arranged)
OTHERS PRESENT: Jon Lynch, Director of Planning & Community Development; Mark Ostgarden, City Planner; Cheri Standfest, Administrative Assistant, and 5 others
2. Approval of the minutes of the meeting of October 23, 2001
It was moved by Wieland, seconded by Baker, to approve the minutes of the meeting of October 23, 2001. All in support.
3. Public Hearings
Zoning Petition No. 480 – the request of Tom McCann and Robert Hitsman to rezone property on the south side of Isabella Street (M-20) west of Vance Road from Residential A-1 and Agricultural to Business B-2 [see transcript].
4. Public Comments
5. Old Business
Site Plan No. 209 – the request of Asselin Associates, on behalf of Dr. Ted Knight, for site plan review and approval of a 2,972 square foot dental office on .75 acres on the southeast corner of Eastman Avenue and Dilloway Drive
Mr. Lynch provided an overview of the driveway location illustrated on the site plan. An illustration including the Wolverine Bank driveway was also provided. Commissioners discussed the options of simply approving the site plan, requiring the developer to move the driveway to within ten feet of the east property line, and approving the plan while attempting to secure alignment of the Wolverine Bank driveway. Members discussed the drive placement and concluded that staff should work with Wolverine Bank in an effort to secure alignment. The site plan for the dental office will then stand on its own.
It was moved by Svenson and seconded by Senesac to recommend approval of Site Plan No. 209, contingent on screening provisions of the zoning ordinance, the applicable consent agreement being met, and site lighting not being cast off site. Staff was also directed to work with Wolverine Bank in an effort to achieve alignment of the Wolverine Bank driveway and the dental office driveway on Dilloway Drive.
YEA: Baker, Garner, Geisler, Senesac, Slicker, Svenson, Wieland
6. New Business
Articles regarding urban design and retail malls known as “lifestyle centers” were shared with the Planning Commission.
8. Report of the Chairman
Chairman Geisler reported that he attended the Michigan Society of Planning Annual Conference, held on Mackinac Island. He found the conference to be well organized and very educational. He further recommended that Commissioners take advantage of the opportunity to attend the conference in the future.
9. Report of the Planning Director
Director Lynch reported on the following matters:
Ř On November 6th Commissioner Dowling attended an orientation session conducted by the Director. The Midland Daily News reporter, Kathie Marchlewski, also attended the session.
Ř On November 19th the City Council will receive the Planning Commission recommenda-tion regarding Site Plan No. 209.
Ř The Planning Commission conducted a special session in conjunction with the Michigan Department of Transportation on November 8th.
Ř On November 27th the Planning Commission will deliberate over Zoning Petition No. 480.
Adjournment at approximately 8:05 p.m. was moved Wieland, seconded by Svenson, and unanimously approved.
Jon Lynch, AICP
Planning Commission Secretary
MINUTES ARE NOT OFFICIAL UNTIL APPROVED BY THE PLANNING COMMISSION