MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE PLANNING COMMISSION,
WHICH TOOK PLACE ON TUESDAY, APRIL 22, 2003, 7:00 P.M.,
COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY HALL, MIDLAND, MICHIGAN
1. Roll Call
PRESENT: Baker, Geisler, Kozakiewicz, Max, Senesac, Slicker, Svenson and Wieland
ABSENT: Dowling (excused)
OTHERS PRESENT: Jon Lynch, Assistant City Manager; Mark Ostgarden, City Planner; Cheri Standfest, Administrative Assistant; Sally Sutton, Zoning Board of Appeals and 16 others
2. Approval of Minutes
Regular Meeting of April 8, 2003
It was moved by Senesac and supported by Wieland to approve the minutes of April 8th as presented. The minutes were unanimously approved.
3. Public Hearings
4. Public Comments (not related to agenda items)
5. Old Business
Site Plan No. 226 request by F/A Pnacek, LTD to review and approve a site plan for construction of 18 site condominiums off of Joseph Drive east of Jefferson Avenue. Mark Ostgarden reviewed the issues regarding the site plan that were presented at the public hearing on April 8th. Street names have been provided. Manholes have been located in the turn around. Streets have been widened to allow parking on one side of the street. Contingencies were noted from staff report, deleting #s 5, 6, 7 and 8 as those issues have been satisfied. Additionally, staff recommends the installation of sidewalks.
Commissioner Senesac is opposed to the plan because: having houses 7 from the property to the north is too close and he would like to see a plan to reduce the number of curb cuts onto Joseph Drive.
Commissioner Svenson agrees with Senesac. She would like to see some landscape buffer between this development and that to the north.
Commissioner Baker opposed the parking situation, the 7 side yard setback and the no landscaping proposed.
Commissioner Max is opposed. He thinks it meets criteria but there are problems like the parking in the street the criteria it does not meet is the deleterious effect to the surrounding properties.
Commissioner Kozakiewicz feels it does meet all the criteria. He doesnt like the plan, but he feels it does meet all the criteria.
Commissioner Geisler read each of the criteria. Senesac & Baker believe #1 is not met, #2 is ok per all, #3 everyone feels some type of landscaping should be required, #4 lighting no one sees a problem here, #5 Max feels this is not met, Baker agrees, #6 development standards.
It was moved by Senesac and seconded by Max to approve with contingencies that were stated in the staff report, realizing several of them have already been met.
1. Following construction utility easements and a detention pond location easement shall be provided.
2. Each court shall be properly identified as a fire lane.
3. Site lighting will not cast illumination off site.
4. Storm water retention plans shall be reviewed and approved by the City of Midland Engineering Department.
5. Hard surface construction around each sanitary manhole shall be provided to the satisfaction of the utility department.
6. If trash receptacles are planned, screening shall be provided.
7. Each court shall be individually named.
8. Sidewalk shall be installed during 2004 construction year and the developer shall provide a financial guarantee in an amount equal to the cost of installation valid until November 1, 2005.
The vote proceeded as follows:
NAY: Baker, Geisler, Max, Senesac, Slicker, Svenson and Wieland
Zoning Petition No. 500 request by Todd Bennett to rezone property owned by Earl D.
Bennett Construction located off of West Wackerly Street, north and east of Northgate
Drive from Office-Service 2 to Business B-1.
Mark summarized the rezoning petition request and the issues raised at the public hearing.
Staff recommends denial of this rezoning as they feel the petitioner has not demonstrated
that the property cannot be used as it is currently zoned.
Commissioner Senesac stated that weve heard comments both for and against. When you
change the zoning, it allows whatever use is allowed in that zoning district. He supports
staffs recommendation of denial. Most commissioners agreed.
It was moved by Senesac and seconded by Kozakiewicz to recommend City Council approval
of Zoning Petition No. 500.
The vote proceeded as follows:
NAY: Baker, Geisler, Kozakiewicz, Max, Slicker, Senesac and Wieland
Preliminary Plat of Oakbrook Estates East request by Bartow & King Engineers
for tentative approval of a preliminary plat of Oakbrook Estates East, a residential
subdivision of 6 lots on 6.48 acres east of Jefferson Avenue east on Oakbrook
Richard Fosgitt has reviewed the letter from the County Road Commission. He
requested tentative and final approval of the preliminary plat and have received the
approval of the County Drain Commissioner.
Commission Max thinks it is a good plan. He is in favor. Commission Svenson also
approves the plan. Commissioners Baker and Slicker also support.
approval on the plat.
It was moved by Baker and seconded by Max to recommend City Council give
tentative approval to the Preliminary Plat of Oakbrook Estates East contingent upon:
1. Utility mains do not encroach into the Oakbrook Drive right of way.
2. The size and location of the utilities shall be approved by the City of Midland.
3. A utility easement across the westerly portion of Lot 1 is accepted by the
City of Midland.
4. A storm water retention plan is approved by the City Engineering Department.
5. A public walkway is provided along the west lot line of Lot 1 to connect to
The vote proceeded as follows:
YEA: Baker, Geisler, Kozakiewicz, Max, Senesac, Slicker, Svenson and Wieland
6. New Business
Letter from Homer Township Planning Commission April 10, 2003 This letter provides
responses to questions regarding zoning of annexed property raised during the
January 22nd joint meeting of the City of Midland Planning Commission and the Homer
Township Planning Commission.
8. Report of the Chairman
9. Report of the Planning Director
The Director reported on the following matters:
1) Site Plan No. 223 Rodnick @ W. Wackerly
2) Site Plan No. 225 Regional Dialysis @ Jefferson / Wheeler
3) Tentative Preliminary Plat Countryside Estates
4) Final Preliminary Plat Broadhead Estates
5) Preliminary Plat Extension City Forest Estates
6) Final Plat City Forest Estates
1) Tentative Preliminary Plat Oakbrook Estates
2) Zoning Petition No. 500 (Set Public Hearing) Todd Bennett; W. Wackerly
Street, N & E of Northgate Dr. from OS-2 to Business B-1.
3) Site Plan No. 226 (Conduct Public Hearing) The Courts at Josephs
Run, N of Joseph Dr. & W. of Midfield Lane (18 unit site condominium)
1) Zoning Petition No. 500 (Action)
2) Site Plan No. 226 (Action)
3) Preliminary Plat Oakbrook Estates (Action)
Discussion regarding zoning of recently annexed property N. Saginaw Rd.
May 31st Special Session on Ordinances
Adjournment at approximately 8:55 PM was moved by Svenson, seconded by Wieland, and unanimously approved.
Jon Lynch, AICP
Planning Commission Secretary
MINUTES ARE NOT FINAL UNTIL APPROVED BY THE PLANNING COMMISSION