1.   Roll Call

PRESENT:  Baker, Dowling, Geisler, Max,  Mead, Senesac, and Svenson

ABSENT:     Kozakiewicz and Wieland (each excused)

OTHERS PRESENT:  Jon Lynch, Assistant City Manager; Mark Ostgarden, City Planner; and one citizen

2.   Approval of Minutes

It was moved by Geisler and supported by Baker to approve the minutes of July 22nd. The minutes were unanimously approved as presented.


3.   Public Hearings


Zoning Text Amendment No. 140aAction initiated by the Midland County Board of Commissioners to amend the City of Midland Zoning Ordinance by amending Article II to define Correctional Facility; by amending Article XXX to provide parking standards for Correctional Facility; and by amending Article XI to list Correctional Facility as a use permitted via Special Use Permit in the C – Community Zone. [See transcript]


Special Use Permit No. 11 Request of Tracy Arthur of Sunny Days Home Daycare, LLC, to operate a group daycare for 7 to 12 children at 1117 East Ashman Street.  Chairman Senesac noted that the applicant had withdrawn this petition.


4.   Public Comments (not related to agenda items)




5.   Old Business


Zoning Petition No. 501Action initiated by the Planning Commission to zone property located at 1367 and 1419 East Saginaw Road from Township zoning to Business B-2.


Staff reviewed the significant aspects of the zoning and criteria for evaluating the petition as well as recent recommendations regarding application of City zoning to area properties.  The Commission requested an opportunity to question Mr. Campbell, the property owner, about the impending zoning change so Mr. Campbell was invited to attend the meeting and is present.  Staff outlined the master plan for this geographic area and testimony received during the public hearing.


Mr. Ronald Campbell of 1367 East Saginaw Road indicated that he had no preference regarding which zoning classification is applied to the property.  He stated that it makes no difference and it really doesn’t matter what zoning is applied.


Commissioner Geisler stated that it makes most sense to have an Office Service designation applied to the property versus a commercial classification given recent zoning recommendations in the area.


Chairman Senesac indicated that he would continue to support the Future Land Use Plan for this area and feels that a residential zoning classification should be applied.  Such zoning will help reduce traffic congestion on the main route between Midland and Sanford, particularly if Stark Road is developed between Saginaw Road and M-20.  He noted that Wheeler Street represents a good model for how residential property near a main road can be effectively developed.


Commissioner Max agrees with some of these principles but is concerned about creating numerous non-conforming uses for existing land uses.


Commissioner Svenson expressed some disagreement with these positions and feels that the area should be zoned for commercial use so as to provide support to residential development that will occur in the area in the future.


The Commission also discussed the impact that a zoning change will have on traffic, the nature of transition between residential and commercial uses, and the range of uses permitted in the office service zones.


A motion was made by Geisler and supported by Baker to zone the area in Petition No. 501 to Office Service 2.  Commissioner Geisler noted that this recommendation is warranted given the logical transition of uses it will create, contiguity with the exiting OS-2 Zone in the area, no negative impact on traffic, and consistency with area zoning.


The vote proceeded as follows:


Yea:           Baker, Dowling, Geisler, Max, Mead

Nay:           Senesac and Svenson

Absent:      Kozakiewicz and Wieland



7.       New Business



8.  Communications

It was noted that Commissioners received the most recent edition of the Planning & Zoning News.  Commissioner Svenson also pointed out an article on sidewalks in the most recent edition of Michigan Planner.

9.   Report of the Chairman

Chairman Senesac noted that the annual conference of the Michigan Society of Planning is scheduled to take place in Traverse City from October 15 to October 18.  Up to three Commissioners can attend and are encouraged to do so.  The early registration period ends on September 15th so interest should be expressed fairly soon.  He also invited citizens to attend the special meeting on September 2nd at 6:00 PM to discuss the draft zoning ordinance.


10.  Report of the Planning Director



o        August 12 – Approved Site Plan #229 for Midland Evangelical Free Church

o        August 25th – Will set a public hearing for Zoning Petition #501.

o        September 8th – Will conduct public hearings on Zoning Petition #502 and #503.


o        August 26th – Will conduct public hearings on Site Plan #230 (Ridgecrest Dr.) and Special Use #12 (Waldo Rd. Church of Christ) and will take action on Zoning Text Amendment 140a (Correctional Facilities)

o        September 2nd – Will conduct a public hearing on the draft zoning ordinance beginning at 6:00 PM.

o        September 9th – Will take action on Site Plan #230 and Special Use #12.



o        Site Plan No. 220 – Taco Bell WT Development and Nick Rapanos are continuing to discuss the easement issues.

o        The Planning Department is reviewing Midland Township’s Master Plan and will be providing written comment to the Township.

o        Encouraged the Planning Commission to begin planning for the MSP Conference scheduled for October 15-18 at Grand Traverse Resort.


11.  Adjourn.

Adjournment at approximately 7:40 PM was moved by Max, seconded by Svenson, and unanimously approved.

Respectfully submitted,





Jon Lynch, AICP

Assistant City Manager