MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE PLANNING COMMISSION,

WHICH TOOK PLACE ON TUESDAY, AUGUST 9, 2005, 7:00 P.M.,

COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY HALL, MIDLAND, MICHIGAN

 

1.   Roll Call

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

ABSENT:     Gaynor and Plotzke

OTHERS PRESENT:  Jon Lynch, Assistant City Manager; Daryl Poprave, City Planner; Cheri Standfest, Community Development Specialist; Sally Sutton, Zoning Board of Appeals member and 6 others.

 

2.   Approval of Minutes

Regular Meeting of July 26, 2005

It was moved by Mead and supported by Kozakiewicz to approve the minutes of July 26th. The minutes were unanimously approved. 

 

3.   Public Hearings

 

      None

     

4.   Public Comments (not related to agenda items)

 

      None

 

5.   Old Business

 

      A    Zoning Petition No. 522 – Consideration of a petition initiated by the Planning

            Commission to rezone approximately 1.09 acres located at the south side of the

            parcel at 2810 East Wheeler Street from Midland Township Residential A-1 to

            City of Midland Residential A-4 zoning. 

 

Mr. Poprave reviewed the petition beginning with the location map.  The surrounding zoning includes RA-4, borders to the west with RA-1, and on the north side of Wheeler, we have RB, high density residential.  Currently, the parcel is a farm field.  It is just south of the Jehovah’s Witness’ Kingdom Hall. 

Steve Rapanos requested to be allowed to abstain from both zoning petitions this evening as the petitioner is his father.  This was acceptable by the Commission.

No one spoke either in favor of or in opposition to this zoning request.

Mr. Mead does not see any problems with how this petition currently stands.  He is in favor of it.  Mr. Eyre is also in favor of it as it is consistent with the Master Plan. 

 

It was moved by Eyre and seconded by Mead to recommend approval of Zoning Petition No. 522 to City Council.

The vote proceeded as follows:

YEA:                Eyre, Kozakiewicz, Mead, Senesac and Svenson

NAY:                None

ABSENT:         Gaynor and Plotzke

ABSTAIN:        Rapanos

 

Motion passes unanimously.

 

      B.  Zoning Petition No. 523 – Consideration of a petition initiated by John Rapanos

            to rezone approximately 1.14 acres located at the west side of the parcel at 2810

            East Wheeler Street from Residential A-1 to Residential A-4 zoning. 

 

Mr. Poprave began by showing a location map of the subject property.  This parcel is the one located immediately to the west of the previous parcel.  No one spoke either in favor of or in opposition to this request.

 

It was moved by Eyre and seconded by Mead to recommend approval of Zoning Petition No. 523 to City Council.

The vote proceeded as follows:

YEA:                Eyre, Kozakiewicz, Mead, Senesac and Svenson

NAY:                None

ABSENT:         Gaynor and Plotzke

ABSTAIN:        Rapanos

 

Motion passes unanimously.

 

      C.  Conditional Use Permit No. 20 – Consideration of a petition initiated by Faulk

            & Foster on behalf of IPCS Wireless for conditional use permit approval to allow

            collocation of telecommunications equipment and increase of tower height at

            1730 N. Saginaw Road. 

 

The property is all zoned regional commercial.  Since they are extending the tower height by six feet, they must seek a conditional use permit.  Mr. Poprave showed a sketch of the proposed tower.  There is a cylindrical cabinet being added at the top.  There will be three separate cellular companies on the same tower. 

            Dave Marvin, of Faulk & Foster in Grand Rapids is representing IPCS Wireless.  He thinks the opportunity for collocation is pretty great.  Height is the concern.  While the overall tower height will remain the same, the only thing extending up over the limit will be the canister that houses the antennae.  Although it looks like the tower is being extended, it is just due to the canister on top.  The FAA has approved it for 114 feet.  It is unlikely they would extend this above that.  The antenna that looks like a “lightening rod” will still be there.  There will be cabinets, rather than a shelter, on the ground.  This is a steel platform that is raised about a foot.  Snow and ice will melt and fall through. 

            No one spoke either in favor of or in opposition to this petition.

It was moved by Mead and seconded by Svenson to recommend approval of Conditional Use Permit No. 20 to City Council.

The vote proceeded as follows:

YEA:                Eyre, Kozakiewicz, Mead, Rapanos, Senesac and Svenson

NAY:                None

ABSENT:         Gaynor and Plotzke

 

Motion passes unanimously.

 

 

6.  New Business

A.     Michigan Department of Transportation – Presentation by Mr. Don Mayle, Transportation Planner, regarding inputs, benefits, and use of travel demand

modeling.  Discussion of role of Socio-Economic data in the model. 

 

Mr. Mayle explained the following:

·         Why a regional model?

·         What is a travel demand model?  This is the process of modeling what is here now and then forecasting future travel on the transportation system.

·         Model applications, including long-range transportation plans, capacity deficiency analysis, alternative testing, detour analysis and land use impacts.

·         Travel demand model limitations include designed for system-wide analysis, makes broad assumptions, and makes a 24-hour capacity analysis.  It will not reflect peak hour problems or road conditions.

·         To create a travel demand model, you must build a network, build traffic analysis zones (TAZs), and attach data to the network and zones.

·         Network attributes are used to determine the capacity of a road and to determine how traffic is assigned to the network.

·         Trip generation by purpose – the reason for making a trip.

·         Trip distribution – links trip origin to trip destination.

·         Traffic assignment accumulates trips between zones to estimate volumes.

·         Base year traffic volumes are calibrated to known traffic counts.

 

Currently, they are working on the socio-economic data to establish a base for the model.  The values for population and household were added during his process.  Maps of MESA and Claritas data provided data for review.

 

     B.   7-Eleven Report – Receive a report regarding a request by Garb-Ko, Inc. to operate

            the 7-Eleven store at 4004 North Jefferson Avenue 24 hours per day.

 

Garb-Ko, Inc., the franchisee of 7-Eleven, has an interest in allowing the store to operate on a 24-hour a day basis.  Mr. Lynch presented a chronology of events leading up to this request.  Historically, the neighborhood has been an interested party regarding what happens at this location.  It is recommended by staff that the Planning Commission hold a public hearing to allow input by the neighborhood. 

 

Felicia Selesky – represents 7-Eleven on Jefferson.  She has been involved with this location for the past 5-6 years.  She is the field consultant for the store. 

 

John Zimmer – 121 E. Sugnet Rd. – He is the new franchise owner and he lives right next door to the store.  There used to be a problem with kids.  He has lived there for 28 years.  The problem has gone away.  It is too cold in the winter time for kids to hang around there.  The shorter hours do cost him sales. 

 

The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the hours of operation for the neighborhood commercial zoning district. 

 

     C.   Comprehensive Plan Update – Consideration of a process by which firms responding to the City’s request for proposals to update the Comprehensive Plan will be interviewed.

 

Staff recommends that two interview panels take part in the process of evaluating these firms.  The first panel will consist of the entire Planning Commission.  The second panel, a Community Interest Panel (CIP) would represent broad interests and could be comprised of representatives of the following groups:  City Council, Entranceway Initiative Taskforce, Homebuilders Association of Midland, Midland Area Chamber of Commerce, Midland Board of Realtors, Midland Public Schools and Midland Tomorrow.

 

7.  Communications

 

      None

 

8.  Report of the Chairman

    

Three people will be going to the Planning Conference.  Commissioner Plotzke has turned in his resignation as he has accepted a new job in Detroit and is unable to attend meetings.    

 

9.  Report of the Planning Director

 

CITY COUNCIL                                                                                                                 

 

August 8th

                                PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

                                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. (approved)

§         Conditional Use Permit No. 19 – 1700 E Patrick Rd.; Midland Church of Christ for CUP to allow a place of worship – set public hearing (8-22)

 

August 22nd

                                PUBLIC HEARINGS

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

 

                                ACTION ITEMS

§         Set public hearing, Zoning Petition No. 522 – Consideration of a petition initiated by the Planning Commission to rezone approximately 1.09 acres located at the south side of the parcel at 2810 East Wheeler Street from Midland Township Residential R-1 to City of Midland Residential A-4 zoning. (9-12)

§         Set public hearing, Zoning Petition No. 523 – Consideration of a petition initiated by John Rapanos to rezone approximately 1.14 acres located at the west side of the parcel at 2810 East Wheeler Street from Residential A-1 to Residential A-4 zoning. (9-12)

§         Set public hearing, Conditional Use Permit No. 20 - Consideration of a petition initiated by Faulk & Foster on behalf of IPCA Wireless for conditional use permit approval to allow collocation of telecommunications equipment and increase of tower height at 1730 N Saginaw Road. (9-12)

 

PLANNING COMMISSION

               

August 23rd

                                PUBLIC HEARINGS

None

 

                                ACTION ITEMS

§         Michigan Department of Transportation – Don Mayle will request local approval of Midland socioeconomic data used in regional traffic modeling

§         Electronic Signs Report

 

September 13th

                                PUBLIC HEARINGS

Hours of Operation; 7-Eleven Store (TENTATIVE)

 

                                ACTION ITEMS

 

 

ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS

 

August 16th

 

§         05-12 – Speedway SuperAmerica for a non-use variance to permit an increase in the amount of under canopy lighting and additional wall signage at 2500 North Saginaw Road.

§         05-13 – Midland King’s Daughters Home for a non-use variance to permit a 32 square foot ground sign to exist in RB – Residential at 2410 Rodd Street.

§         05-14 – Dollar Daze Inc. for an administrative review to appeal City Council screening and fencing contingencies approved as part of site plan approval at 1828 North Saginaw Road.

§          05-15 -  Richard LaPoe on behalf of Subway Inc. for a non-use variance to permit additional signage on the Wal-Mart Super Center at 910 Joe Mann Blvd.

       

PENDING ADMINISTRATIVE SITE PLAN REVIEWS

 

None

 

 

DIRECTOR’S NOTES

 

§                                             Michigan Association of Planning annual conference is scheduled from 9-14 to 9-17 (Eyre, Rapanos, & Svenson attending)

§                                             Mark Plotzke has expressed his intent to resign from the Commission leaving two vacancies.

 

               

10.  Adjourn

Adjournment at approximately 9:07 PM and unanimously approved.

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

Jon Lynch

Assistant City Manager

 

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