MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE PLANNING COMMISSION,
WHICH TOOK PLACE ON
COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY HALL,
1. Roll Call
PRESENT: Baker, Eyre, Kanuch, Kozakiewicz, Mead, Senesac, Svenson and Wieland
ABSENT: 1 vacancy
OTHERS PRESENT: Jon Lynch, Assistant City
2. Approval of Minutes
Regular Meeting of
It was moved by Mead and supported by Baker to approve the minutes of December 14th. The minutes were unanimously approved.
3. Public Hearings
4. Public Comments (not related to agenda items)
5. Old Business
Discussion of Subdivision Ordinance Update Process.
The composition of the committee will consist of between seven to nine individuals. They would look for a few Planning Commission Members to sit on that committee. Then they would look for some members of the public to also sit on this committee. They would like a good bit of diversity on this committee, such as homebuilders, developers, surveyors, and others who would have to work within this ordinance. Mr. Lynch sent a memo to the Planning Commission regarding the development of the committee. According to the time line, the committee would meet at least six times and be ready to go to a public hearing in May.
McKenna’s involvement was to prepare the draft and deliver it to us. They have done this. It is now up to us to review it and make any changes to the document. During February, the committee would take a look at the plat procedures. Design standards would be discussed during the latter part of February and the month of March. In April, this document would come before the Planning Commission and be able to review the work of the committee.
During the beginning of the next fiscal year, we will begin updating our master plan. The Subdivision Ordinance should be in place by this time.
The Planning Commission may wish to extend an invitation to a member of City Council. They could observe the process, not vote with the committee, but observe in an ex-oficio capacity. With the zoning ordinance, it took quite a bit of time to bring the City Council up to speed with the new zoning ordinance once the Planning Commission had recommended adoption.
Mr. Mead thought Mr. Senesac and Mr. Eyre would be good to serve on this committee. He thinks they would be the logical ones to help. Mr. Eyre has no problem with it. Mr. Senesac states he has some conflicts but he hoped Mr. Kozakiewicz would volunteer to help. There was consensus of the Planning Commission that the time line looks good and should move forward with this plan.
Ray, Dan, & Jon will get together and select the remaining members of the committee. If anyone in the audience is interested in serving, please contact the Planning Department. They would like to have the committee in place by the first of February.
Dan and Bill are both willing to serve. Carol Svenson would also be willing to serve. They would like to extend an invitation to City Council if anyone would be willing to work with this committee.
6. New Business
Presentation of Capital Improvements Plan.
One of the aspects of the capital improvement plan has to do with the installation of infrastructure. The capital plan received this year is different from in years’ past. This plan projects out approximately ten years. The goal in developing a capital improvement plan is not to list all the projects to be done and we know that all these projects will be developed by these dates. This time, we are proposing projects, based upon population projections, capacity of the water treatment plant, and other services to city residents. The City Engineer will present projects projected regarding streets and public infrastructure. The Director of Utilities will present projections regarding water and sewer lines. At the conclusion of this, Mr. Lynch summarized this and tried to pull them all together so some recommendations can be made by the Planning Commission and forwarded to City Council.
Brian McManus presented capital improvement projects. These are not regular maintenance projects. Maintenance projects are funded by gas and weight taxes. Capital improvement projects are paid from the county road mileage and possibly some funding from the state. These would include interchanges and street widening. We try to accumulate those dollars and spend them as the projects arise.
The next project is the
The next project is
Another project on the land use plan is the extension of West Sugnet Road between West Main Street and Dublin Avenue, and eventually, even further to the west, over to Stark Road. This will provide a needed east/west route across town that is badly needed.
The widening of
The last project is another
Noel Bush spoke regarding the water and sewer extensions. The MUGA policy was discussed, regarding the availability of water and sewer to outlying areas. You have to oversize the sewer lines to accommodate the additional flow from the wet seasons. There will be some water and sewer lines that will run for several hundred feet due to wetlands and undeveloped areas in the city. We have made significant improvements to the available capacity of our sewer lines.
In the northwest, we have a capacity problem with the size
of sewer lines that have been installed in this area. They have created a model to determine the
needs of this area. The least expensive
solution would start at
We also believe there will be sewer requests for
They installed a 24 inch pressure main. This is the heart of the water pressure
system out to northeast side of town.
They would like to fill the
S-12 and S-19 sanitary sewer areas are primarily capacity issues. The Waldo sewer is poorer in condition. It does not need to be replaced immediately but it is on the horizon for the future.
The southeast portion of the city, they are installing a new water and sewer system in the area of the new ice arena. There has also been interest in new developments by the freeway. There has been interest in both industrial and commercial development in this area, following annexation.
The S-1 sewer main is in the process of being installed now. We are probably looking at some form of force main to go by gravity to the plant.
In a project, if properties can be assessed along the way, this helps to pay for the project. The additional water main going up Waldo, along Wheeler will be at the city’s expense. Once you get to the north of the freeway, there will be special assessments levied.
Mr. Lynch summarized these projects out to 2015. This provides for planned growth of the city and we can see where the areas are that need to be improved.
It was moved by Kozakiewicz and seconded by Svenson to forward this information on to City Council.
The vote proceeded as follows:
Eyre, Kanuch, Kozakiewicz, Mead, Senesac, Svenson and Wieland
ABSNET: 1 vacancy
Motion passes unanimously.
The report will be presented to city council on Monday, January 17th.
8. Report of the Chairman
9. Report of the Planning Director
The Director reported on the following matters:
January 17th Engineering Priorities Meeting
§ Receive and file Capital Improvements Program
Right of Way Vacation –
§ Zoning Ordinance Implementation
o Code of Ordinances Updates
§ Review of recently annexed property
– Midland Curling Club for off premises sign at
– Mickey Sparks for a new front porch encroachment 14’ into the required 25’
front yard setback at
§ Belle Tire – 8,200 s.f., 815 Joe Mann Blvd.
§ Meijer – 14,000 s.f., 7300 Eastman Ave.
Truck & Auto Accessories – 9,900 s.f.,
§ Auto parts store – 4,300 s.f., 517 S. Saginaw Rd.
Adjournment at approximately was moved by Wieland, seconded by Kanuch and
Jon Lynch, AICP
Planning Commission Secretary
MINUTES ARE NOT FINAL UNTIL APPROVED BY THE PLANNING COMMISSION