MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE PLANNING COMMISSION,

WHICH TOOK PLACE ON TUESDAY, JULY 27, 2004, 7:00 P.M.,

COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY HALL, MIDLAND, MICHIGAN

 

1.   Roll Call

PRESENT:  Baker, Geisler, Kozakiewicz, Mead, Senesac, Svenson and Wieland 

ABSENT:     Dowling

OTHERS PRESENT:  Jon Lynch, Assistant City Manager; Sally Sutton, Zoning Board of Appeals member and 4 others.

2.   Approval of Minutes

Regular Meeting of July 13, 2004

It was moved by Wieland and supported by Baker to approve the minutes of July 13th as corrected.  The minutes were unanimously approved. 

 

3.   Public Hearings

     

      None

 

4.   Public Comments (not related to agenda items)

 

      None

 

5.      Old Business

 

  1. Site Plan No. 242 – Consideration of site plan approval requested by Webcon Construction Company for a 15,600 square foot retail building on 1.5 acres located south of Joe Mann Boulevard and west of Cinema Drive. 

Tim Evans, project architect, traffic coordination of delivery from long vehicles.  He was thinking more like van or truck access.  It is definitely one way at the southwest corner of the site. 

            Commissioner Svenson stated that a contingency should be one way during hours.

Commissioner Mead questioned if it is over management of the issue and going overboard. 

Commissioner Svenson stated that it would be a bigger issue with drive through.

Tim Evans stated that there are three complete lanes at the rear of the building.

It was moved by Geisler and seconded by Mead to recommend approval of Site Plan No. 242 with the following contingencies:

1.         Storm water detention plans are reviewed and approved by the City of Midland Engineering Department.

2.         Illumination is not cast off site.

3.         Sidewalk is constructed along Joe Mann Boulevard and Cinema Drive.

4.         The southeast driveway is restricted to right turns in and out.

5.         The boulevard island is altered to align the gap with the west driveway.

6.         Parallel parking spaces are lengthened to 24’.

7.         “Box” style parking space delineation is utilized.

8.         Traffic circulation around the building will be one-way in a counter-clockwise direction.

9.         The southwest corner of the structure will be shortened 10’ in the north and east directions.

The vote proceeded as follows:

YEAS:              Baker, Geisler, Kozakiewicz, Mead, Senesac, Svenson and Wieland

NAYS:              None

ABSENT:         Dowling

 

  1. Zoning Text Amendment No. 141A – Consideration of a zoning text amendment initiated by the City of Midland Department of Planning & Community Development to add Article 16 – Residential D Mobile Home Park District to the recommended Zoning Ordinance update. 

Commissioner Kozakiewicz stated that it seemed straight forward.

Commissioner Mead stated that he had looked at several.

It was moved by Svenson and seconded by Geisler to recommend approval of Zoning Text Amendment No. 141A.

The vote proceeded as follows:

YEAS:              Baker, Geisler, Kozakiewicz, Mead, Senesac, Svenson and Wieland

NAYS:              None

ABSENT:         Dowling

 

  1. Zoning Text Amendment No. 142A – Consideration of a zoning text amendment initiated by the City of Midland Department of Planning & Community Development to add parking lots in residential zoning districts via conditional use permit to the recommended Zoning Ordinance update. 

 

Commissioner Mead is in favor because the advantages out weight the disadvantages.

 

Commissioner Wieland has the same comparison as Mead.

 

Commissioner Baker stated they weren’t dealing with a specific neighborhood.

 

Commissioner Geisler stated that it was just another tool and was in favor.

 

Commissioner Svenson stated that in her neighborhood she didn’t know about the range of uses and this would be a good tool to have.

 

Commissioner Senesac stated that he saw examples based on a parking lot and rezoning is hard given consideration of use.  Would it be misused?

 

It was moved by Geisler and seconded by Kozakiewicz to recommend approval of Zoning Text Amendment No. 142A.

The vote proceeded as follows:

YEAS:              Baker, Geisler, Kozakiewicz, Mead, Senesac, Svenson and Wieland

NAYS:              None

ABSENT:         Dowling

 

 

6.  New Business

Commissioner Senesac and Jon Lynch attended the review of the land use plan with Larkin Township and it was consistent with our plan.  They suggested the mall area be reviewed.  A discussion regarding the desirability of a joint meeting in the fall with others too was mentioned.

 

7.  Communications

      None

 

8.  Report of the Chairman

     

      City Council had a good set of rules.

9.   Report of the Planning Director

The Director reported on the following matters:

 

CITY COUNCIL

 

July 19th

                                SPECIAL MEETING

Discussion of general provisions of proposed Zoning Ordinance

PUBLIC HEARINGS

                                               

                                ACTION ITEMS

                                                Adoption of Board & Commission Attendance Policy

 

August 9th                           

                                SPECIAL MEETING

PUBLIC HEARINGS

                                ACTION ITEMS

 

                                               

 


PLANNING COMMISSION

                                                                                                                                                               

August 10th

                                PUBLIC HEARINGS

Zoning Petition #512 – 400 / 410 S. Saginaw Road: RA-1 to RA-4

 

                                ACTION ITEMS

 

August 24th

                                PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

                                ACTION ITEMS

Zoning Petition #512 – 400 / 410 S. Saginaw Road: RA-1 to RA-4

 

 

ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS

 

July 20th

                SUMMARY

v      4613 Bristol Court – Dimension variance for garage 2’ in side yard (approved)

v      6511 Jefferson Avenue – Use variance for continuation of non-conforming residential dwelling (approved)

v      321 W. Nelson Street – Dimension variance for construction of garage reducing side yard total to 18’ (approved)                                  

 

10.  Adjourn

Adjournment at approximately 8:04 PM was moved by Geisler, seconded by Wieland and

unanimously approved.

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

Jon Lynch, AICP

Planning Commission Secretary

 

MINUTES ARE NOT FINAL UNTIL APPROVED BY THE PLANNING COMMISSION