MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE PLANNING COMMISSION,

WHICH TOOK PLACE ON TUESDAY, MARCH 12, 2002, 7:00 P.M.,

COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY HALL, MIDLAND, MICHIGAN

 

1. Roll Call

PRESENT: Baker, Dowling, Geisler, Senesac, Slicker, Svenson, and Wieland

ABSENT: Kozakiewicz (previously arranged)

OTHERS PRESENT: Jon Lynch, Director of Planning & Community Development; Mark Ostgarden, City Planner; Cheri Standfest, Administrative Assistant, and 7 others

2. Approval of the minutes of the meeting of February 26, 2002

Wieland, seconded by Slicker, moved approval of the minutes of the meeting of February 26, 2002 with corrections of the time of departure of Commissioner Svenson to 9:00 and the vote to adjourn reflecting the motion seconded by Baker. The motion was unanimously approved.

 

3. Public Hearings

  1. Preliminary Plat of Tri City Commerce Park a commercial / industrial subdivision of 34 lots on 46.19 acres between Bay City Road and Fisher Road, west of the US-10 Expressway being developed by Nicolaos Rapanos [see transcript].

 

 

4. Public Comments (not related to agenda items)

None

5.      Old Business

 

  1. Zoning Petition No. 487 initiated by the Planning Commission to zone properties north of North Saginaw Road and west of Stark Road from Homer Township zoning to City of Midland Business C, Office Service-2, and Residential A-1 Zones. Mr. Lynch provided a brief review of the petition and the associated public hearing. Planning Commissioners noted that the property owners involved in the petition are supportive and that the proposed zoning pattern is supported by the Master Plan.

It was moved by Baker and seconded by Wieland to recommend approval of Zoning Petition No. 487 to the City Council. The vote proceeded as follows:

YEA: Baker, Dowling, Geisler, Senesac, Slicker, Svenson, and Wieland

NAY: None

ABSENT: Kozakiewicz

 

 

 

  1. Zoning Petition No. 488 initiated by the Planning Commission to zone properties east of North Eastman Road, north and south of Commerce Drive, east and west of Commerce Court from Larkin Township Zoning to City of Midland Business B-2 and Business C Zones. Mr. Lynch provided a brief review of the petition as well as the associated public hearing.

Commissioners discussed the fact that this petition calls for implementation of a zoning pattern not supported by the Master Plan. They noted that the surrounding areas had not been developing in an industrial manner and that the business zoning classifications more accurately support both existing land uses and anticipated future land uses.

It was moved by Svenson and seconded by Slicker to recommend approval of Zoning Petition No. 488 and updating the Master Plan to the City Council. The vote proceeded as follows:

 

YEA: Baker, Dowling, Geisler, Senesac, Slicker, Svenson, and Wieland

NAY: None

ABSENT: Kozakiewicz

 

6. New Business

None

7. Communications

None

8. Report of the Chairman

None

9. Report of the Planning Director

The Director reported on the following matters:

The City Council, during its meeting of March 11th; accepted the Planning Commission recommendation regarding closure of Hedgewood Drive; vacated Madison Street and Burch Street north of Soper Street; and set public hearings of April 22nd for Zoning Petitions No. 485 and 486.

The Planning Commission will address the following items during the March 26th meeting:

A public hearing will be conducted regarding the Preliminary Plat of Harsh Estates and deliberations regarding the Preliminary Plat of Tri-City Commerce Park will take place.

On April 2nd the first issues forum pertaining to the Community Development Toolbox will take place.

 

 

 

 

10. Adjourn.

Adjournment at approximately 8:00 p.m. was moved by Slicker, seconded by Wieland, and unanimously approved.

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

Jon Lynch, AICP

Planning Commission Secretary