MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE PLANNING COMMISSION,

WHICH TOOK PLACE ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2002, 7:00 P.M.,

COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY HALL, MIDLAND, MICHIGAN

 

1.   Roll Call

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

ABSENT:     None

OTHERS PRESENT:  Mark Ostgarden, City Planner; Cheri Standfest, Administrative Assistant; and 14 others.

2.   Approval of the minutes of the meeting of October 22, 2002

Senasac moved approval of the minutes of the meeting of October 22, 2002 with Max supporting the motion.  Commissioner Wieland noted a correction in the last sentence in the third paragraph on page four.  The sentence should read:  “Mr. Wayne Rienberg a business owner next to the Midland Fence Company wished the zoning to be commercial.”  Mr. Rienberg does not own the property.

The minutes were approved as corrected.

 

3.      Public Hearings

 

The City Planner announced the public hearings requested by Midland County to consider a zoning text amendment and a rezoning proposal for the proposed jail had been withdrawn, temporarily.  Midland County was revisiting the site selection process.

 

a.        Site Plan No. 219 - request of Arthur J. Fisher for site plan approval of Alpine Estates - Phase II, a manufactured home community of 120 sites on 35.42 acres east of Perrine Road and south of Letts Street. [See Transcript]

b.        Zoning Petition No. 497 – initiated by the Planning Commission to zone property east of Jefferson Avenue, north and east of Oakbrook Court and south of Julie Ann Drive from township zoning to the City of Midland Residential A-1 Zone. [See Transcript]

c.        Zoning Petition No. 498 – initiated by the Planning Commission to zone property west of Perrine Road, north of Airport Road, and south of Letts Road from township zoning to the City of Midland Residential A-1 Zone. [See Transcript]

d.        Zoning Petition No. 499 – initiated by Shiloh Land Development, LLC to zone property west of Abbott Road, north of Betsey Drive, and south of Alta Court from Residential A-2 to Residential A-4.  [See Transcript]

4.   Public Comments (not related to agenda items)

 

There were no public comments.


 

5.      Old Business

 

a.        Preliminary Plat of Winding Creek Estates – request of Bennett Construction for tentative approval of a preliminary plat of Winding Creek Estates, a residential subdivision of 83 lots on 48.2 acres east of Perrine Road and north of Letts Street.

 

The City Planner reviewed the significant features of the preliminary plat with the Planning Commission.  The approval of the preliminary plat is the tentative approval, as the Drain Commissioner’s approval has not been received.  The six issues listed in the staff report were explained:

1.      The Midland City Council grants an exception from Section 23-53 of the Subdivision Control Ordinance, permitting Winding Creek Drive to be located within 250’ of Letts Road.

2.      A storm water retention plan is approved by the City Engineering Department.

3.      The fire hydrant on West Bobcat Court is relocated to the east to achieve 500’ spacing.

4.      Lot 43 is altered to comply with the 1:2.5 width to depth ratio.

5.      The 100-year flood plain elevation of Sturgeon Creek is illustrated on the plat.

6.      Expansion of the Letts Road and Perrine Road rights of way are considered in accord with Section 23-48 of the Subdivision Ordinance. 

 

The Chairman inquired if anyone desired to comment on the preliminary plat.

 

Richard Fosgitt of Bartow and King Engineering stated to the Planning Commission that the additional 7’ for street right of way will be on the final plat, he will be meeting with the DEQ tomorrow, November 6th, to discuss the wetland details, and the area behind (to the east) of the easterly lots is in the 100 year flood plain.  The 100 year flood plain is on the preliminary plat but difficult to identify.

 

There were no other comments.

 

Commissioner Senesac started the Planning Commission discussion by stating he felt the plat was straightforward except for the issues listed in the staff report.  He moved to recommend approval with the contingencies in the staff report being included as conditions of approval.  Pat Max seconded the motion.

 

The unanimous opinion of the Board was that the plat was acceptable and should be approved with the conditions in the motion. 


The vote proceeded as follows:

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

NAY:  None

ABSENT:  None

 

6.  New Business

The Chairman with concurrence of the Planning Commission cancelled the November 12th meeting.  The action items, which would have been reviewed at that meeting, will be considered on November 26th.

7.  Communications

None

8.  Report of the Chairman

      None

9.      Report of the Planning Director

The City Planner announced the public hearings requested by Midland County to consider a zoning text amendment and a rezoning proposal for the proposed jail had been withdrawn, temporarily.  Midland County was revisiting the site selection process.

The City Planner reported on the following matters:

 

CITY COUNCIL

November11th

                Preliminary Plat – Tentative approval of Winding Creek Subdivision

                Public Hearing on Zoning Petition No. 494 by Dow Gardens

 

November 25th

                Public Hearing on Zoning Petition No. 495 by Midland Ford

               

PLANNING COMMISSION

 

November 26th

                Public hearings:

Site Plan No. 200 - Taco Bell on South Saginaw Road

Site Plan No. 22   -  Warehouse on Schuette Drive

 

                                                Action items will include:

                                                Zoning Petition No. 497 Rapanos Property

                                                Zoning Petition No. 498 Bartow Property

                                                Zoning Petition No. 499 Abbott Road

                                                Site Plan No. 219 Alpine Village

 

Wednesday November 6th is the Tri County Greenways Charrette at the Midland Center For The Arts.    

 

A letter from John Rapanos was received raising concerns about the Zoning Ordinance update process and McKenna Associates.

 

A special meeting with McKenna Associates will be held on December 3rd beginning at 6:00 p.m. 

The draft of the new zoning districts prepared by McKenna was distributed to the Planning Commission for review.  The City Planner asked that it be reviewed prior to the December 3rd meeting.

 

                                                               

10.  Adjourn.

Adjournment at approximately 8:45 PM was moved by Senesac, seconded by Wieland, and unanimously approved.

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

Mark Ostgarden, AICP, CFM

Acting Planning Commission Secretary

 

 

MINUTES ARE NOT FINAL UNTIL APPROVED BY THE PLANNING COMMISSION