MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE PLANNING COMMISSION,

WHICH TOOK PLACE ON TUESDAY, JULY 12, 2005, 7:00 P.M.,

COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY HALL, MIDLAND, MICHIGAN

 

1.   Roll Call

PRESENT:  Eyre, Kozakiewicz, Gaynor, Mead, Rapanos, Senesac, and Svenson

ABSENT:     Plotzke

OTHERS PRESENT:  Jon Lynch, Assistant City Manager, Daryl Poprave, City Planner; Cheri Standfest, Community Development Specialist; Sally Ann Sutton, Zoning Board of Appeals member and 7 others.

 

      Ray Senesac introduced two new members:  Steve Rapanos and Scott Gaynor.

 

2.   Nominating Committee

 

      Report of the Nominating Committee by Chairman Svenson recommended Ray Senesac for

      Chairman and Dan Kozakiewicz for Vice Chairman.  It was moved by Svenson and  

seconded by Mead to elect this slate of officers.

 

Motion passes unanimously.

3.   Approval of Minutes

Regular Meeting of June 14, 2005

It was moved by Mead and supported by Eyre to approve the minutes of June 14th. The minutes were unanimously approved. 

 

4.   Public Hearings

 

A.   Site Plan No. 248 – Consideration of a petition initiated by Ayres Associates, on behalf of Jeff and Shelly Weckesser, for site plan approval to allow construction of Danburry Place Townhouses, a 12 unit residential development located north of Universal Drive and west of Hedgewood Drive.  [See transcript.]

B.  Conditional Use Permit No. 19 – Consideration of a petition initiated by Midland Church of Christ for conditional use permit approval to allow a place of worship at 1700 East Patrick Road.  [See transcript.]

 

5.   Public Comments (not related to agenda items)

 

      None

 

6.   Old Business

 

      None

 

7.  New Business

A.                                 Principle Shopping District Petition – Consideration of a petition initiated by the Circle

Area Business Association to establish a Principle Shopping District corresponding with

the Circle zoning district.

 

At the June 24th City Council meeting, a petition was brought to City Council regarding allowing the Circle Area Business Association to establish a principal shopping district.  This petition has been the culmination of about a five-year process with the Circle Business Association and the City of Midland.  The purpose of this is for these businesses to create a district where they can assess themselves to collect some money for promotion of events in their business area.  In order to do this, it needs to be designated on the city’s master plan as a principle shopping district. 

 

A timeline has been provided to incorporate state laws regarding public review for surrounding governmental entities and other concerned individuals to be heard on this matter.  This area would have a Board of Directors, just like the downtown area, to govern them and to oversee the pot of money collected.

 

Steve Rapanos asked if the group of business owners got together and done any visioning regarding how they would like to see this district proceed in the future.

 

Jon Lynch stated that in 2003, they did have Hamilton/Anderson Company do a visioning process for this area. 

 

Dave Ginnis stated that he is the acting chair of the Circle Business Association.  They have spent a considerable amount of time considering their boundaries and the way they are going to proceed with this process. 

 

Stuart Bergstein, 1200 North Parkway. Stated that he has worked with these individuals and businesses in getting this all set up.  It will be two to three years before any projects would be able to be started.

 

Mark Smith, Smith’s Flowers, said that his family moved into the building shortly before he was born in 1956.  He is very proud of the circle and he hopes it can be brought back to what it used to be but in a modern fashion.

 

B.     Code of Ordinances Amendment – Request by Diane Doyle on behalf of 7-Eleven

Store #12 to modify Section 16-35 of the City of Midland Code of Ordinances to permit 24 hour operations at 4004 Jefferson Avenue.

 

The history of this property is quite extensive regarding neighborhood concerns, hours of operation for both this store as well as the pizza establishment next door.  Mr. Lynch proposed staff come back to the Planning Commission on August 9th with an extensive history of this property and how it became what it is today.

    

     C.   Mr. Senesac brought up the issue of moving signs that have been popping up throughout the city.  If there is support from the commission, he would like to ask Jon and staff to pull together some information regarding these signs.  There is a new scrolling message sign just east of Wackerly.  The city has received a number of comments about this sign. 

 

 

8.  Communications

 

     None

 

9.  Report of the Chairman

    

     Commissioner Kanuch was experiencing some work pressures that conflicted with his   

     ability to serve on the Planning Commission.  He has, therefore, resigned.  City Council will

     be appointing a new commissioner hopefully at their first meeting in August.

 

10.  Report of the Planning Director

 

CITY COUNCIL                                                                                                                 

               

June 27th

                        PUBLIC HEARINGS

§         Public hearing; Conditional Use Permit No. 16 – 305 E. Reardon St; Cingular Wireless (approved)

§         Public hearing; Conditional Use Permit No. 17 – 1305 E. Sugnet Rd; Cingular Wireless (approved)

 

                        ACTION ITEMS

§         Site Plan No. 247 – south of James Savage Road and east of Waldo Avenue; Richard Fosgitt on behalf of Midland Building Company for a 9 unit site condominium (approved)

§         Preliminary Plat, Rolling Meadows Estates No. 1 – north of Countryside Drive and east of Green Road;  Bartow and King Engineers on behalf of John Rapanos for tentative approval of a preliminary plat of 31 lots on 12.79 acres (approved)

§         Set public hearing; Conditional Use Permit No. 18 – 4900 Hedgewood Drive; Richard Postema on behalf of Tendercare for a 6,154 s.f. addition (7-11)

§         First Reading; Proposed Subdivision Control Ordinance

 


July 11th  

                        PUBLIC HEARINGS

§         Conditional Use Permit No. 18 – 4900 Hedgewood Drive; Richard Postema on behalf of Tendercare for a 6,154 s.f. addition

 

                        ACTION ITEMS

§         Second Reading; Proposed Subdivision Control Ordinance

 

 

PLANNING COMMISSION

           

July 26th

                        PUBLIC HEARINGS

§         Zoning Petition No. 522 – 2810 E Wheeler St.; Planning Commission from Midland Twp. Zoning to RA-4

§         Zoning Petition No. 523 – 2810 E Wheeler St.; John Rapanos from RA-1 to RA-4

 

                        ACTION ITEMS

§         Site Plan No. 248 – W of Hedgewood Dr. and N of Universal Dr.; Ayres Associates for Jeff & Shelly Weckesser for site of 6 duplex structures.

§         Conditional Use Permit No. 19 – 1700 E Patrick Rd.; Midland Church of Christ for CUP to allow a place of worship

 

August 9th

                        PUBLIC HEARINGS

None

 

                        ACTION ITEMS

§         Zoning Petition No. 522 – 2810 E Wheeler St.; Planning Commission from Midland Twp. Zoning to RA-4

§         Zoning Petition No. 523 – 2810 E Wheeler St.; John Rapanos from RA-1 to RA-4

 

ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS

 

July 19th

 

§         No. 05-05 – Amish Reflections for an area/dimension variance to permit FY setback encroachment at 503 S Saginaw Rd.

§         No. 05-10 – Harry Kokkinakis on behalf of Buffalo Wild Wings for an area/dimension variance to permit two wall signs in addition to total allowed wall signage at 6728 Eastman Avenue

§         No. 05-11 – Ryan Anderson for an area/dimension variance to allow a six foot all fence to be located in a required side street yard setback at 4912 Christie Court

     

 

PENDING ADMINISTRATIVE SITE PLAN REVIEWS

 

§         PETsMART – E of existing Best Buy

§         BW3s – former Chi-Chi’s restaurant

 

DIRECTOR’S NOTES

 

§                                             Michigan Association of Planning annual conference is scheduled from 9-14 to 9-17

§                                             Master Plan RFP’s were due today.  Proposals were received from Carlisle Wortman Associates, Hamilton Anderson Associates, LSL Planning, and McKenna Associates.

 

11.  Adjourn

Adjournment at approximately 8:34 PM and unanimously approved.

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

Jon Lynch

Assistant City Manager

 

MINUTES ARE NOT FINAL UNTIL APPROVED BY THE PLANNING COMMISSION