MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE PLANNING COMMISSION,

WHICH TOOK PLACE ON TUESDAY, JULY 9, 2002, 7:00 P.M.,

COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY HALL, MIDLAND, MICHIGAN

 

1.   Roll Call

PRESENT:  Baker, Geisler, Kozakiewicz, Max, Senesac, and Slicker

ABSENT:     Dowling, Svenson, Wieland (previously arranged)

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

2.   Organizational Meeting

      Commissioner Kozakiewicz reported on behalf of the Nominating Committee which recommends Geisler as Chairperson and Senesac and Vice-Chairperson for the 2002-2003 fiscal year.  There being no further nominations it was moved by Baker and seconded by Max to approve the slate of officers recommended.  The motion was unanimously approved.

3.  Approval of the minutes of the meeting of June 25, 2002

Senesac moved approval of the minutes of the meeting of June 25, 2002 with Kozakiewicz supporting the motion.  Commissioner Slicker requested that the disposition of items before the City Council be listed in future Director’s Reports.  The minutes were unanimously approved as presented.

 

 

4.   Public Hearings

 

Zoning Petition No. 493 – initiated by Birchwood Pointe Apartments to zone property at the northwest corner of Wheeler Street and Swede Avenue from Business-A to Residential-B. [See transcript]

 

5.   Public Comments (not related to agenda items)

 

None

 

6.      Old Business

 

Site Plan No. 214 – request of Affordable Housing Alliance of Midland to review and approve a site plan for construction of 22 dwelling units in four buildings at 3100 Isabella Road (M-20).  Mr. Lynch provided a brief review of the public hearing for this project conducted on June 25th.  Amendments to the initial site plan were highlighted and Mr. Lynch noted that the Transportation Department of Midland Public Schools stated that students would be picked up and dropped off from M-20.

 

Jim Pappas, project architect, noted that grading had been altered to provide a 20’ long driveway approach at the same grade as M-20.  In addition, acceleration and deceleration lanes will be added to the driveway design.  The development will rely on cut-off lighting fixtures and the site will be screened on the west, north, and east with a six foot tall wood fence.  It was noted that the original version of the site plan incorrectly illustrated the north property line.

 

Commissioner Senesac stated that the problems identified during the technical review had been addressed and he is in favor of the plan with the contingency items applied.  Commissioner Max also expressed support.

 

Commissioner Slicker stated that the proposed development density is severe and the project is an accident waiting to happen.

 

It was moved by Senesac and seconded by Baker to recommend to City Council approval of Site Plan No. 214 with contingency items 1, 4, 6, 7, and 8  identified in Staff Report SP No. 214 included.  The vote proceeded as follows:

YEA:  Baker, Geisler, Kozakiewicz, Max, Senesac

NAY:  Slicker

ABSENT:  Dowling, Svenson, Wieland

 

7.  New Business

 

Commissioners discussed potential amendments to the Planning Commission Rules of Procedure.  Members discussed providing opportunities for member comments on the agenda, the process of appointing the Commission Secretary, and language addressing conflicts of interest.  Revised language will be returned to the Commission for review as soon as the City Attorney can consider it.

8.  Communications

None

9.  Report of the Chairman

      Upon inviting Commissioner comment Commissioner Slicker discussed urbanized land projections from the Michigan Future Trends Report.

 

 

 

 

 

 

10. Report of the Planning Director

The Director reported on the following matters:

 

CITY COUNCIL

July 15

ZP No. 492, Public Hearing

Site Plan No. 214

 

PLANNING COMMISSION

July 9

                                                SP No. 214 Action

                                                   PH ZP No. 493

                                     Rules of Procedure discussion

               

July 23

                                                ZP No. 493 Action

 

 

11.  Adjourn.

Adjournment at approximately 8:04 PM was moved by Senesac, seconded by Slicker, and unanimously approved.

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

Jon Lynch, AICP

Planning Commission Secretary

 

 

MINUTES ARE NOT FINAL UNTIL APPROVED BY THE PLANNING COMMISSION