MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE PLANNING COMMISSION,

WHICH TOOK PLACE ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2004, 7:00 P.M.,

COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY HALL, MIDLAND, MICHIGAN

 

1. Roll Call

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

ABSENT: None

OTHERS PRESENT: Jon Lynch, Assistant City Manager; Cheri Standfest, Community Development Specialist; and 26 others.

2. Approval of Minutes

Regular Meeting of August 24, 2004

It was moved by Baker and supported by Wieland to approve the minutes of August 24th. The minutes were unanimously approved.

 

3. Public Hearings

None

 

4. Public Comments (not related to agenda items)

 

None

 

5.      Old Business

 

Zoning Petition No. 512 Consideration of request by Prodo, Inc., to zone property at

400 / 410 North Saginaw Road from Residential A-1 to Residential A-4. Action tabled on August 24th to consider Planned Unit Development.

 

It was moved by Svenson and supported by Dowling to remove the petition from being tabled. It was unanimously approved.

 

Jon Lynch reviewed the location of the subject site. Subject site is currently undeveloped. The surrounding land uses include a church and low density residential.

 

In the public hearing, we discussed the present zoning, and would it be consistent with existing uses, has there been a change in existing conditions, and is it spot zoning. There were a number of neighbors who spoke in opposition to the request..

 

At the August 24th meeting, the developer requested the petition be tabled so he could pursue development of a PUD. Under RA-1 zoning, the petitioner would be allowed a maximum of four units. If developed as a PUD, it would allow a maximum of 5 units. If it were rezoned to RA-4, the maximum density would be 12 units. If the zoning were changed and it was developed as a PUD, it would allow 13 units.

 

The only way the petitioner can get to 10 units is to change the zoning from RA-1 to RA-4

 

Procedural issues there is no PUD presently before the board.

 

The Planned Unit Development Process:

 

Pre-application conference with city staff.

Preliminary plan application.

Planning Commission Public Hearing (notice to 300)

City Council Public Hearing (notice to 300)

Final plan application.

Planning Commission review

City Council action (development agreement required)

 

Staff recommendation is to not approve the zoning change as it does constitute spot zoning.

 

The City Council would receive the petition on September 27th and the public hearing would take place on October 25th.

 

Commissioner Svenson asked if these conditions for approval are like a site plan.

 

Jon Lynch stated that there are discretionary standards associated with approval of a PUD.

 

The petitioner withdrew the request. He will come back with a request for rezoning and a PUD simultaneously.

 

6. New Business

None

 

7. Communications

Distribution of Planning and Zoning News.

 

8. Report of the Chairman

Commissioner Mead asked about voting for a new Michigan Society of Planning Board

Member.

 

Chairman Senesac announced the resignation of Jim Geisler due to some unforeseen family

circumstances.

9. Report of the Planning Director

The Director reported on the following matters:

 


CITY COUNCIL

 

September 13th

SPECIAL MEETING

Discuss draft ordinance changes:

         Site plan review authority

         Screening fence height

PUBLIC HEARINGS

ACTION ITEMS

        • Site Plan No. 220 revision approved

Taco Bell curb cut allowed

        • Site Plan No. 241 revision approved

Dollar Daze fencing removed & buffer relocated

 

September 27th

SPECIAL MEETING

Discussion of proposed Zoning Ordinance

PUBLIC HEARINGS

1.        Set public hearing for proposed Zoning Ordinance

2.        Set public hearing for Zoning Petition No. 512 - Rapanos

ACTION ITEMS

PLANNING COMMISSION

September 28th

PUBLIC HEARINGS

1.        Preliminary Plat Scenic Estates No. 7

2.        Zoning Petition No. 513 Weckesser, 5512 W Wackerly from OS-2 to BC

 

ACTION ITEMS

 

September 29th October 2nd

Michigan Society of Planning Annual Conference

 

10. Adjourn

Adjournment at approximately 7:30 PM was moved by Wieland, seconded by Geisler and

unanimously approved.

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

Jon Lynch, AICP

Planning Commission Secretary

 

MINUTES ARE NOT FINAL UNTIL APPROVED BY THE PLANNING COMMISSION