MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE PLANNING COMMISSION,

WHICH TOOK PLACE ON TUESDAY, MARCH 25, 2003, 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:  Jon Lynch, Director of Planning & Community Development; Mark Ostgarden, City Planner; Cheri Standfest, Administrative Assistant; Sally Sutton, Zoning Board of Appeals and 21 others

2.   Approval of Minutes

Regular Meeting of March 11, 2003

It was moved by Senesac and supported by Max to approve the minutes of March 11th as presented.  The minutes were unanimously approved.

 

3.   Public Hearings

 

      Site Plan No. 220 – request by WT Development to review and approve a site plan for

      construction of a 2,947 square foot fast food drive up restaurant located in the parking

      lot of Dunham’s Sports. [see transcript]

 

      Site Plan No. 225 – request by Three Rivers Construction, Inc. to review and approve

      a site plan for the Regional Dialysis Services, Inc., a 11,700 square foot dialysis clinic –

      business occupancy on Jefferson Avenue north of Wheeler Street. [see transcript]

 

      Preliminary Plat of Countryside Estates – request by Schroeder Builders for tentative

      approval of a preliminary plat of Countryside Estates, a residential subdivision of 50 lots

      on 24.86 acres west of Dublin Avenue and south of Countryside Drive. [see transcript]

 

4.   Public Comments (not related to agenda items)

 

None

 

5.      Old Business

 

Site Plan No. 223 – request by Dr. Corey Rodnick to review and approve a site plan for Fountain Park Office Center, a 14,000 s.f. office building, located on the south side of Wackerly Street, west of Eastman Avenue.

Mr. Lynch provided a brief review of the public hearing conducted regarding this petition on March 11th.

Commission Max sees no reason to have two curb cuts.  He would prefer they be limited to one curb cut.

Commissioner Wieland agrees.  He does not think they need two curb cuts that close together.  He will support the plan with the elimination of the parking spaces as recommended by the Fire Department.

Commissioner Kozakiewicz concurs.  He will support the plan if they close the second driveway.

Commissioner Senesac agrees.  Even if Dial-A-Ride has to drop off their passengers on the west side of the existing building, they still have a shorter distance to walk than most in the parking lot.

It was moved by Baker and seconded by Senesac to recommend City Council approve Site Plan 223 contingent upon:

1.   The slope of the proposed driveway will meet applicable rules.

2.   Parking surfaces shall be placed a minimum of ten feet from the south property line.

3.   The north edge of the new parking lot shall be screened in accord with Section 29.12 of the Zoning Ordinance.

4.   Parking spaces shall be delineated with double “box” striping.

5.   Site lighting will not cast illumination off site.

6.   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, Max, Senesac, Slicker, Svenson and Wieland

NAY:  None

ABSENT:  None

6.  New Business

None

7.  Communications

Mr. Lynch presented a notice from Scenic Michigan regarding their annual conference/workshop on Monday, April 7, 2003.  Also presented was information regarding Governor Jennifer Grandholm’s formation of a bipartisan Michigan Land Use Leadership Council.

8.  Report of the Chairman

      None

9.   Report of the Planning Director

The Director reported on the following matters:

           

PLANNING COMMISSION

April 8th

1)      Zoning Petition No. 500 (Public Hearing) – Todd Bennett: W. Wackerly Street, N & E of Northgate Dr. from OS-2 to Business B-1.

2)      Site Plan No. 226 (Public Hearing) – The Courts at Josephs Run, N of Joseph Dr. & W. of Midfield Lane (18 unit site condominium)

3)      Preliminary Plat of Oakbrook Estates East (Public Hearing) – 6 lots @ E end of Oakbrook

4)      Site Plan No. 220 (Action)

5)      Site Plan No. 225 (Action)

6)      Preliminary Plat – Countryside Estates (Action)

April 22nd

1)      Zoning Petition No. 500 (Action)

2)      Site Plan No. 226 (Action)

3)      Preliminary Plat – Oakbrook Estates (Action)

                               

Special Sessions

April 26th (Saturday) – Draft Zoning Ordinance Orientation – Time and location not yet determined.

 

 

10.  Adjourn.

Adjournment at approximately 9:35 PM was moved by Senesac, seconded by Wieland, and unanimously approved.

Respectfully submitted,

Jon Lynch, AICP

Planning Commission Secretary

 

 

MINUTES ARE NOT FINAL UNTIL APPROVED BY THE PLANNING COMMISSION