MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE PLANNING COMMISSION,

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

COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY HALL, MIDLAND, MICHIGAN

 

1.   Roll Call

PRESENT:  Baker, Eyre, Kanuch, Kozakiewicz, Mead, Senesac, and Wieland

ABSENT:     Dowling and Svenson

OTHERS PRESENT:  Jon Lynch, Assistant City Manager; Daryl Poprave, City Planner; Cheri Standfest, Community Development Specialist; and 8 others.

2.   Approval of Minutes

Regular Meeting of October 26, 2004.

It was moved by Wieland and supported by Kanuch to approve the minutes of October 26th.  The minutes were unanimously approved. 

 

3.   Public Hearings

     

      None

     

4.   Public Comments (not related to agenda items)

 

      None

 

5.   Old Business

 

a.   Special User Permit No. 14 – Petition by Eby Group, on behalf of Bickford House,

      for a 46 unit senior living facility on 3.03 acres located east of Jefferson Avenue and

      north of Joseph Drive.

     

The reason a special use permit is involved is because a portion of the site falls within the RA-3 zoning classification, thus requiring a special use permit for this type of development.

 

During the public hearing two weeks ago, they received input from one resident on Oakbrook Drive and received one letter regarding this development.

 

The site plan has been modified, taking in the changes that have been requested in the staff report.  The entry drive has been moved to the east so they are now slightly over 200 feet from the intersection of Jefferson and Joseph Drive.  Also a 5’ sidewalk has been included along the southern frontage and the western frontage. 

 

Commissioner Kanuch asked what happens if this goes out of business?

 

Lynch explained the use of this structure would be limited to a senior housing facility or some other occupancy that would comply with the provisions of the zoning district, or another special use permit could be requested.

 

Commissioner Mead questioned the water retention area sort of fades down to the bottom of the picture.  He wanted to know where it goes.

 

Lynch stated that there is some topographic changes toward the bottom and creates sort of an inverted “W” and then curves around and goes back to the north.

 

Commissioner Mead asked about screening.  They plan to use evergreens for screening. 

 

Lynch:  The screening requirement is for obscuration along these two property lines.  It requires a 70 % obscuration.

 

Commissioner Kanuch asked if they have to plant 6’ trees or can they plan something shorter and let them grow?

 

Lynch stated that typically we like to see the 6’ in the first growing season. 

 

Commissioner Wieland stated that the petitioner has met the concerns and this petition is fairly straight forward.  They had one letter of opposition and the writer was fairly clear in his concerns, but I would support this special use permit.

 

Commissioner Mead stated that it will be a good addition to the area.  They have done what we have asked them to do. 

 

It was moved by Wieland and seconded by Mead to recommend approval of Special Use Permit No. 14, with the following contingency items:

 

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

2.         Illumination is not cast off site.

3.         Dumpsters are screened as required by the Zoning Ordinance.

4.         “Box” style parking space striping is required.

 

The vote proceeded as follows:

 

YEA:                Baker, Eyre, Kanuch, Kozakiewicz, Mead, Senesac and Wieland

NAY:                None

ABSENT:         Dowling and Svenson

 

b.   Site Plan No. 245 – Petition by Bartow & King Engineers, on behalf of Bennett

      Construction, Inc., for a 14,160 s.f. retail building addition and a 6,720 s.f. office

      Building on 3.66 acres located west of Jefferson Avenue and south of East

      Wackerly Street.

 

There are two existing structures.  The retail facility is actually proposed for extension to the west.  The extension of this structure will create a structure that is 23,000 sq. ft. in floor area.  Further to the west, you will find the construction of an office building.  The triangular portion of the parcel contains the storm water retention of the site.  In terms of the contingency items for this site, you will note that dumpster screening and storm water retention will be underground on this site.  

 

Commissioner Eyre asked if there was a zoning petition that came before this board a year ago for this property.

 

Lynch stated yes. 

 

Commissioner Kozakiewicz asked if this plan is compliant with the current zoning.

 

Lynch answered yes.

 

Commissioner Wieland stated that this is straight forward and sees no reason not to approve it as submitted.

 

Commissioner Mead asked if sidewalks were allowed for.

 

Lynch stated that sidewalks currently exist along the perimeter of the site.

 

Commissioner Mead asked if there a deceleration zone as you approach the corner of Jefferson and Wackerly.

 

Lynch stated that this has been reviewed by the city’s traffic engineer.  This intersection is under review by our engineering department.  The traffic engineer looks at the traffic patterns of the proposed use and will consider these issues when making his recommendations regarding this intersection.

 

It was moved by Wieland and seconded by Baker to recommend approval of Site Plan No. 245, with the following contingency items.

 

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

2.         Parcel splits will require maintenance agreements between properties for responsibility of detention basin into the storm sewer.

3.         Illumination is not cast off site.

4.         Required barrier free parking spaces are provided

5.         Dumpsters are screened as required by the Zoning Ordinance.

6.         Signs will meet applicable zoning requirements.

 

                The vote proceeded as follows:

 


YEA:                Baker, Eyre, Kanuch, Kozakiewicz, Mead, Senesac and Wieland

NAY:                None

ABSENT:         Dowling and Svenson

 

6.  New Business

None

 

7.  Communications

 

     Board members received a copy of the Michigan Planner.

 

8.  Report of the Chairman

     

      None

 

9.  Report of the Planning Director

The Director reported on the following matters:

 

CITY COUNCIL

 

November 8th                     

PUBLIC HEARINGS

ACTION ITEMS

1.        Site Plan No. 243 – Kutchey’s Flowers (approved)

2.        Site Plan No. 244 – Tractor Supply Company (approved)

3.        City of Midland Zoning Ordinance (approved)

                               

November 22nd                  

PUBLIC HEARINGS

1.    Zoning Petition No. 513 – William Weckesser: 5512 W. Wackerly St., OS-2 to BC

ACTION ITEMS

1.        Site Plan No. 245 – Bennett Retail Center

 

PLANNING COMMISSION

                                                                                                                                                               

       

November 9th

                                PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

ACTION ITEMS

1.        Special Use Permit No. 14 – Bickford House (46 unit senior housing facility, NE corner Jefferson / Joseph Dr)

2.        Site Plan No. 245 – Bennett Commercial Plaza (SW corner Jefferson / Wackerly)

 

November 23rd

                                PUBLIC HEARINGS

                                None

 

ACTION ITEMS

None

 

ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS

 

November 16th

a.  No. 04-16 – Mike Lapham for temporary permit amendment to allow seasonal sales of nursery stock items at 1412 N. Saginaw Road.

 

b.  No. 04-17 - Richard Jellum for an area/dimension variance to permit a new ground sign to be constructed within the required setback and over the maximum height at 3417 W. Main Street.

 

c.   No. 04-18 – Barry & Falgumi Patel for an area/dimension variance to permit occupancy of a dwelling unit addition on the first floor of a business establishment at 1815 S. Saginaw Road.

 

10.  Adjourn

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

unanimously approved.

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

Jon Lynch, AICP

Planning Commission Secretary

 

MINUTES ARE NOT FINAL UNTIL APPROVED BY THE PLANNING COMMISSION