MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE PLANNING COMMISSION,

WHICH TOOK PLACE ON TUESDAY, MARCH 9, 2004, 7:00 P.M.,

COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY HALL, MIDLAND, MICHIGAN

 

1.   Roll Call

PRESENT:  Baker, Dowling, Kozakiewicz, Max, Mead, Senesac, Svenson and Wieland

ABSENT:     Geisler (excused)

OTHERS PRESENT:  Jon Lynch, Assistant City Manager; Mark Ostgarden, City Planner; Cheri Standfest, Community Development Specialist; Sally Sutton, Zoning Board of Appeals Member and 15 others.

2.   Approval of Minutes

Regular Meeting of February 24, 2004

It was moved by Max and supported by Dowling to approve the minutes of February 24th.  The minutes were unanimously approved.

 

3.   Public Hearings

     

      A.  Zoning Petition No. 507 – Consideration of a petition initiated by the City of Midland

      Planning Commission to zone property at 7501 Perrine Road, owned by Gary Bartow,

      from Township zoning to Residential A-1.  [See transcript]

 

      B.  Zoning Petition No. 508 – Consideration of a petition initiated by the City of Midland

      Planning Commission to zone property at 6700 North Saginaw Road, owned by James

      Johnson, from Township zoning to Business B-2.  [See transcript]

 

      C.  Zoning Petition No. 509 – Consideration of a petition initiated by the City of Midland

      Planning Commission to zone property at 4792 East Wheeler Street, owned by the City

      of Midland, from Township zoning to Agricultural.  [See transcript]

 

      D.  Zoning Petition No. 510 – Consideration of a petition initiated by the City of Midland

      Planning Commission to zone property at 7505 Perrine Road, owned by Maria Bailey,

      from Township zoning to Residential A-1.  [See transcript]

     

      E.  Zoning Petition No. 511 – Consideration of a petition initiated by the City of Midland

      Planning Commission to zone property at 7221 Jefferson Avenue, owned by Midland

      Evangelical Free Church, from Township zoning to Residential B.  [See transcript]

 

4.   Public Comments (not related to agenda items)

 

None

 

5.      Old Business

 


A.  Zoning Petition No. 506 – consideration of a petition initiated by Agree Realty

Corporation to zone property at 4710 Eastman Avenue from Office Service 2 to Business

B-1.  

 

Jon Lynch reviewed the location of the subject parcel and surrounding zoning.  Property owners on Burrell Court spoke regarding screening, historical agreement with Bill Knapp’s and traffic issues and concerns.

 

Cindy Winland stated that there has been a great deal of discussion about the traffic issues.  There are an average of 400 trips a day to the Shell station and an average of 300 trips to Walgreen.  She feels the design considerations of the site can provide the appropriate buffer and still allow the property to be used as business property.  Cindy feels the rezoning would make the site safer, as several curb cuts are proposed for elimination.  The petitioner has done an excellent job meeting with the residents and ironing out some of the problems in advance.

 

Bill Kennett, of 4209 Arbor Drive, stated that he was a member of the Planning Commission when this parcel was zoned Office Service.

 

Commissioner Svenson said that she has mixed feelings about this petition.

 

Commissioner Mead looked at what could go in as Office Service.  They could have duplexes, multi family housing, senior housing, etc.  He thinks the residents on Burrell Court would like these uses less than the business.

 

Commissioner Max agrees with Mead.  He feels the parking lot would be a good buffer. 

 

Commissioner Dowling stated that he would oppose it.  This is a rezoning not a site plan review.

 

Commissioner Kozakiewicz is in favor of the rezoning.  He agrees with Pat Max.

 

Commissioner Senesac agrees with Commissioner Svenson.  He has struggled with this, however, he is going to look at it as Troy Dowling, this is a rezoning request not a site plan review.

 

It was moved by Max and seconded by Kozakiewicz to recommend approval of Zoning Petition No. 506.

 

The vote proceeded as follows:

 

YEA:    Kozakiewicz, Max and Mead

NAYS:  Baker, Dowling, Senesac, Svenson, and Wieland

ABSENT:   Geisler

 


B.        Site Plan No. 237 – consideration of site plan approval requested by Bartow & King

Engineers on behalf of Midland Soccer Club for expansion of the Midland soccer

complex on 28.5 acres south of Joseph Drive and north of Diamond Drive, east of

Midfield Lane.

 

There will be nine playing fields on 29 acres of land area.

 

Richard Fosgitt, of Bartow & King Engineers, stated that they will meet with the fire

Department to determine how to provide fire protection to the easterly parking lot.   They will also provide a fence to keep balls and kids out of the street.

 

Commissioner Mead – looks good.

 

Commissioner Max – supports.

 

Commissioner Dowling – supports.

 

Commissioner Wieland – supports.

 

It was moved by Svenson and seconded by Baker to recommend approval of Site Plan No. 237 with the following contingencies:

 

1.         The Midfield Lane site entrance is redesigned to align with the apartment complex driveway and to prevent blocking of driveways by temporary parking.

2.         No parking will be permitted on Midfield Lane.

3.         Fire hydrants are provided on site in locations approved by the City of Midland Fire Department.

4.         Signs will comply with applicable provisions from the Zoning Ordinance.

5.         Box style parking space delineation will be utilized.

 

 

The vote proceeded as follows:

 

YEA:                Baker, Dowling, Kozakiewicz, Max, Mead, Senesac, Svenson and

                        Wieland

NAYS:              None

ABSENT:         Geisler

 

C.        Site Plan No. 238 – consideration of site plan approval requested by Bartow & King

            Engineers for Boulder Creek Condominiums, including 66 residential home sites

            located west of Perrine Road, north of Airport Road and south of Letts Road.

 

Jon Lynch reviewed the site location and layout of the site plan.  He also reviewed the

contingency items recommended in the staff report.  Contingency items have all been

addressed by the petitioner.

 

Commissioner Max – plan looks nice.

 

Commissioner Dowling – Likes the single family condominiums.

 

Commissioner Wieland – in support.

 

Commissioner Senesac, Kozakiewicz, Svenson, Baker and Mead are all in support.

 

It was moved by Max and seconded by Dowling to recommend approval of Site Plan

No. 238 with the following contingency:

 

1.         Site storm water plans must be approved by the City of Midland Engineering

            Department.

 

The vote proceeded as follows:

 

YEA:                Baker, Dowling, Kozakiewicz, Max, Mead, Senesac, Svenson and

                        Wieland

NAYS:              None

ABSENT:         Geisler

 

D.        City of Midland Zoning Ordinance – Consideration of a new zoning ordinance,

            Including a zoning district map, regulating the development and use of land within

            the City of Midland.

 

Time has been devoted at 12 different Planning Commission meetings to discuss the new Zoning Ordinance.  You have spoken with the downtown businesses, the Zoning Board of Appeals and members of the public.  There is also a new zoning map that has been included.  Zoning Ordinance revisions have been available on-line, as well as at the library.  The existing Zoning Ordinance is over 40,000 words long.  The new document is amount 90,000 words.  Outstanding issues include the section on mobile home parks and parking in residential districts.

 

The Planning Commission and City Council will have a joint session to review the issues in the new ordinance.

 

It was moved by Max and seconded by Mead to recommend approval of the final draft of the Zoning Ordinance.

 

The vote proceeded as follows:

 


YEA:                Baker, Dowling, Kozakiewicz, Max, Mead, Senesac, Svenson and

                        Wieland

NAYS:              None

ABSENT:         Geisler

 

6.  New Business

Commissioner Mead wanted to know when they are going to review the Master Plan.  Jon Lynch stated that they will do the Subdivision Ordinance first and then the Master Plan so that will probably be in the 200506 budget year.

7.  Communications

We received a copy of the proposed master plan for Williams Township.

 

8.  Report of the Chairman

      None

9.   Report of the Planning Director

The Director reported on the following matters:

 

CITY COUNCIL

 

March 8th

                                PUBLIC HEARINGS

Zoning Petition No. 505 – Family & Children’s Services of Midland (approved)

 

                                ACTION ITEMS

                                Site Plan No. 236 – Revised Forestridge Condos (approved)

 

PLANNING COMMISSION

           

March23rd

                                PUBLIC HEARINGS

Site Plan No. 239 – Murphy Oil, Wal-Mart Gas Station

 

                                ACTION ITEMS

1.        Zoning Petition No. 507 – 5701 Perrine (Bartow)

2.        Zoning Petition No. 508 – 6700 N Saginaw (Johnson)

3.        Zoning Petition No. 509 – 4792 E Wheeler (City)

4.        Zoning Petition No. 510 – 7505 Perrine (Bailey)

5.        Zoning Petition No. 511 – W of Jefferson (M.E. Free Church)

 

 

April 13th

                                PUBLIC HEARINGS

None

 

                                ACTION ITEMS

Site Plan No. 239 – Murphy Oil, Wal-Mart Gas Station

       

        ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS

 

             February 17th

                        Denied a use variance for an apparel design business at 3622 N. Saginaw Road

                        (Elk’s Club building).  Decision is being appealed to Circuit Court.

 

                        Approved a setback variance at 608 E. Ellsworth Street to display merchandise in

                        the required street setback area.  Variance will allow use of the abandoned gas station

                        at Ellsworth and George Street for used car sales.

 

            March Special Meeting

                        Approved with conditions a temporary permit for seasonal sales by Lapham Flowers.

                        Seasonal sales will occur on the vacant parcel west of the Fast Eddies Car Wash from

                        May 1st to July 1st on an annual basis.

 

            March 16th

                        No meeting.

 

10.  Adjourn.

Adjournment at approximately 8:44 PM was moved by Max, seconded by Wieland and unanimously approved.

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

Jon Lynch, AICP

Planning Commission Secretary

 

 

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