MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE PLANNING COMMISSION,

WHICH TOOK PLACE ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2002, 7:00 P.M.,

COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY HALL, MIDLAND, MICHIGAN

 

1. Roll Call

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

ABSENT: Dowling, Max

OTHERS PRESENT: Jon Lynch, Director of Planning & Community Development; Mark Ostgarden, City Planner; Cheri Standfest, Administrative Assistant; and 12 others.

2. Approval of the minutes of the meeting of September 24, 2002

Senesac moved approval of the minutes of the meeting of September 10, 2002 with Dowling supporting the motion. It was noted that Commissioner Dowling was absent from the meeting and he is listed as present and absent. The minutes were approved as corrected.

 

 

3. Public Hearings

 

a.        Preliminary Plat of Countryside Estates request of Schroeder Builders for tentative approval of a preliminary plat of Countryside Estates, a residential subdivision of 56 lots on 18.42 acres west of Dublin Avenue and south of Countryside Drive. [see transcript]

b.        Zoning Petition No. 495 request of James Wilson on behalf of Midland Ford to rezone property east of Washington Street and south of Eastlawn Drive from Office Service-2 to Business B-2 zoning. [see transcript]

 

4. Public Comments (not related to agenda items)

 

None

 

5.      Old Business

 

(a)                        Site Plan No. 210 request of Wolgast Corporation for site plan review and approval of a 34,899 s.f. manufacturing facility for Liquid Molding Systems, 2202 Ridgewood Drive. Mr. Lynch provided a brief review of the public hearing conducted regarding this petition on September 24th. Mr. Terry Campbell of RC Associates informed the Commission that they would be requesting a variance from design requirements of the on site storm water detention basin. Two site plans were shared with the Planning Commission, one with a compliant storm water basin and one without the required 1 of freeboard.

Commissioners discussed the designs submitted and noted that each design would meeting requirements of the zoning ordinance. Commissioners felt that all issues were addressed, with exception of the storm water system design which is ultimately approved by the Engineering Department.

Mr. Lynch noted that a recommendation for action would not proceed to the City Council until the storm water design issue had been resolved. Commissioners indicated that there was no need for the plan to be resubmitted to the Planning Commission.

It was moved by Wieland and seconded by Senesac to recommend to City Council approval of Site Plan No. 210 with the following contingency items:

 

1)       Storm water retention plans are reviewed and approved by the City of Midland Engineering Department.

The vote proceeded as follows:

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

NAY: None

ABSENT: Max

 

(b)                        Zoning Petition No. 494 request of Dow Howell Gilmore Associates, Inc. on behalf of the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation to rezone property west of Eastman Avenue and north of West Saint Andrews Road from Residential A-1 and Limited Commercial, Manufacturing & Research to Community zoning. Mr. Lynch provided a brief review of the public hearing conducted with respect to this petition on September 24th.

Commissioners stated that this petition was rather straight forward.

It was moved by Wieland and seconded by Senesac to recommend to City Council approval of Zoning Petition No. 494.

 

The vote proceeded as follows:

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

NAY: None

ABSENT: Max

 

(c)                        Discussion of Annexed Property Discussion regarding application of City of Midland zoning classifications to recently annexed properties:

1.      Perrine Road - West of Perrine to Letts Road

 

Commissioners determined that notice should be given that the property will be zoned Residential A-1.

2.      Saginaw Road - West City Limit (Cora Belle Bell property)

3.      Saginaw Road - Midland Fence Company

4.      Saginaw Road - West City Limit (Ronald Campbell property)

Commissioners engaged in a significant discussion regarding validity of the Future Land Use Plan for this area. Testimony was received from Mr. Terry Humpert of the Midland Fence Company. Mr. Humpert indicated that he was not in favor of residential zoning of his property and that commercial zoning would be more appropriate. It was pointed out that many of the residences along Saginaw Road are not owner occupied.

Commissioners requested information regarding the process of updating the future land use map. Several Commissioners stated that there appeared to be no compelling reason to deviate from the established plan. Others indicated that some commercial land uses would be necessary in this area to support future residential development to the south.

No action was taken.

At approximately 9:30 PM is was moved by Kozakiewicz and seconded by Dowling to extend the meeting beyond 9:30 PM.

The vote proceeded as follows:

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

NAY: None

ABSENT: Max

 

 

 

6. New Business

 

Establish 2003 Meeting Dates It was moved by Baker and seconded by Slicker to approve a resolution establishing regular Planning Commission meetings at 7:00 PM on:

January 14 and 28 July 8 and 22

February 11 and 25 August 12 and 26

March 11 and 25 September 9 and 23

April 8 and 22 October 14 and 28

May 13 and 27 November 11 and 25

June 10 and 24 December 9:

The vote proceeded as follows:

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

NAY: None

ABSENT: Max

 

7. Communications

The October edition of the Planning and Zoning News was distributed to Commissioners.

8. Report of the Chairman

Chairman Geisler reported on attendance of the Michigan Society of Planning annual conference in Kalamazoo by Commissioner Max, Commissioner Senesac, Mr. Lynch, and himself. The conference was quite informative.

9. Report of the Planning Director

The Director reported on the following matters:

 

CITY COUNCIL

October 14

Preliminary Plat Broadhead Estates

SP No. 217 Birchwood Pointe Apartments

SP No. 218 Eagle Ridge Church of God

 

PLANNING COMMISSION

 

October 22

ZP No. 495 Midland Ford to Business B-2 (action)

Preliminary Plat Countryside Estates (action)

ZP No. 497 Public Hearing: Broadhead site zoned to Residential A-1

Community Development Toolbox Meetings

November 5 Administration, Schedule of Regulations, PUD

December 3 Public Hearing Draft

 

 

 

10. Adjourn.

Adjournment at approximately 9:40 PM was moved by Baker, seconded by Slicker, and unanimously approved.

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

Jon Lynch, AICP

Planning Commission Secretary

 

 

MINUTES ARE NOT FINAL UNTIL APPROVED BY THE PLANNING COMMISSION