MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE PLANNING COMMISSION,

WHICH TOOK PLACE ON TUESDAY, JUNE 10, 2003, 7:00 P.M.,

COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY HALL, MIDLAND, MICHIGAN

 

1.   Roll Call

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

ABSENT:     Dowling, Slicker and Svenson

OTHERS PRESENT:  Jon Lynch, Assistant City Manager; Mark Ostgarden, City Planner; Cheri Standfest, Administrative Assistant; Sally Sutton, Zoning Board of Appeals member and 10 others

2.   Approval of Minutes

Regular Meeting of May 27, 2003

It was moved by Wieland and supported by Senesac to approve the minutes of May 27th.  The minutes were unanimously approved.

 

3.   Public Hearings

     

Site Plan No. 224 – Request by RC Engineering, Inc. on behalf of Tri-City Foods for site plan review and approval of a 3,980 s.f. Pizza Hut restaurant at 1516 North Saginaw Road. [see transcript]

     

4.   Public Comments (not related to agenda items)

 

None

 

5.   Old Business

 

Site Plan No. 227 – Home Depot – Request by Ledy Design Group, Inc. for site plan review and approval of a development that includes a 104,795 s.f. Home Depot with an additional 28,078 s.f. garden center and a separate 40,044 s.f. retail building on 25.47 acres located north of Joe Mann Boulevard, west of Jefferson Avenue and east of Eastman Avenue.

 

Petitioner has met with Brian McManus and Stan Cool and it was determined that a left turn lane would not be necessary.  The interior parking lots are open spaces.  Cathy Smally, representative of the owner, stated that they have met the concerns of the Planning Commission that were brought out at the last meeting.  They have met with Wal-Mart and can assure the Planning Commission that only one driveway will be open at a time.

 

Commissioner Senesac wants to compliment them on working with Wal-Mart to get everything aligned.  He thinks the middle driveway on the west side should be eliminated.

 

Commissioner Wieland would also like to compliment them on working with their neighbor.  Although he generally supports having a minimum of curb cuts but since this is a secondary road, he will support the site plan as presented.

 

Commissioner Baker asked if the Planning Commission has the authority to recommend approval of a public street.  Mr. Lynch stated they do.  Baker supports the project.

 

Commissioners Kozakiewicz, Max and Geisler are also in favor.

 

It was moved by Wieland and seconded by Baker to recommend City Council approval of the Site Plan No. 228 contingent upon:

 

1.   Only one driveway (excluding the new public street) will be connected to Joe Mann Boulevard.  Driveway construction shall not result in a separate curb cut for the Home

      Depot project and a curb cut to the Wal-Mart site.

2.   Parking spaces are identified with required “box” striping.

3.   Site lighting will not cast illumination off site.

4.   Storm water drainage from the proposed public street will not be discharged across private property or into the private detention facility.

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

 

The vote proceeded as follows:

 

Yea:           Baker, Geisler, Kozakiewicz, Max, Senesac, and Wieland

Nay:          

Absent:      Dowling, Slicker, and Sevenson

 

Commission Kozakiewicz abstained from the public hearing at the last meeting as his firm

may have been involved in bidding for the project.  Since the hearing he learned his firm will

not be bidding on the project so he is comfortable voting on the issue.

 

6.  New Business

 

It was moved by Wieland and seconded by Max to consider Site Plan No. 224.  Motion passed 6 to 0.

 

Commissioner Baker inquired whether there could be access to Mac Court behind the dry cleaners?  Mr. Lynch said there is another parcel between Pizza Hut and Mac Court making access difficult. 

 

Commissioners Max and Senesac would like to move the access to the east side of the property using the private drive.  The access would be located across from the south entrance to the car wash. 

 

Commissioner Kozakiewicz can support the project as is.

 

Commissioner Wieland stated that those are valid points but this plan has been reviewed by staff and it’s an improvement over what is there now.  He will support the project as is. 

 

It was moved by Max and seconded by Senesac to recommend City Council approval of the Site Plan No. 224 contingent upon:

 

1.   The westernmost curb-cut is a one-way out, right turn configuration.

2.   Parking spaces shall be placed a minimum of ten feet from interior property lines in the Residential B Zone.

3.   Site lighting will not cast illumination off site.

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

 

The vote proceeded as follows:

 

Yea:           Baker, Geisler, Kozakiewicz, Max, Senesac, and Wieland

Nay:          

Absent:      Dowling, Slicker, and Sevenson

 

7.  Communications

None.

8.  Report of the Chairman

 

Appointment of nominating committee:  Rod Wieland, chair, Jim Geisler and Dan Kozakiewicz.

9.  Report of the Planning Director

        The Director reported on the following matters:

 

CITY COUNCIL

      June 9th

1)      Planned Unit Development #15 (final plan) – Cliff Reese:  Carolina Cove Condominiums, W of Abbott Rd & S of Alta Ct. APPROVED

                                                                       

PLANNING COMMISSION

June 10th

PUBLIC HEARINGS

Site Plan No. 224 – Pizza Hut, N. Saginaw Rd., W of Hidden Pines Ct & E of Mac St.

 

Due to a publication error by MDN this hearing was postponed from May 27th

to June 10th.  As a result, staff will recommend that action be taken on the

site plan at the conclusion of the public hearing.  This will result in City Council

consideration on June 23rd versus July 14th.  The second public hearing notice

indicates that the Planning Commission may act on the site plan on June 10th.

 

ACTION ITEMS

Site Plan No. 227

June 24th

PUBLIC HEARINGS

Site Plan No. 228 – Boulder Creek Condominiums, W of Perrine Rd., N of             Airport Rd. & S of Letts Rd.

 

ACTION ITEMS

            Site Plan No. 224

                               

Toolbox Project

June 24 – Schedule Public Hearing on Zoning Ordinance

July 22 – Conduct Public Hearing on Zoning Ordinance

 

 

OUTSTANDING BUSINESS

 

Site Plan No. 220 – Taco Bell    WT Development has contacted N. Rapanos to discuss easement issues.

 

Zoning of Annexed Properties – Target hearing date:  July 8th.

 

10.  Adjourn.

Adjournment at approximately 8:11 PM was moved by Wieland, seconded by Max, and unanimously approved.

Respectfully submitted,

Jon Lynch, AICP

Planning Commission Secretary

 

 

MINUTES ARE NOT FINAL UNTIL APPROVED BY THE PLANNING COMMISSION