MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE PLANNING COMMISSION,

WHICH TOOK PLACE ON TUESDAY, AUGUST 23, 2005, 7:00 P.M.,

COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY HALL, MIDLAND, MICHIGAN

 

1.   Roll Call

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

ABSENT:     Rapanos

OTHERS PRESENT:  Jon Lynch, Assistant City Manager; Daryl Poprave, City Planner; Cheri Standfest, Community Development Specialist; and 3 others.

 

2.   Approval of Minutes

Regular Meeting of August 9, 2005

It was moved by Mead and supported by Svenson to approve the minutes of August 9th. The minutes were unanimously approved. 

 

3.   Public Hearings

 

      None

     

4.   Public Comments (not related to agenda items)

 

      None

 

5.   Old Business

 

      Michigan Department of Transportation – Presentation by Mr. Don Mayle, Transportation

      Planner, regarding inputs, benefits and uses of travel demand modeling.  Discussion of role

      of Socio-Economic data in the model.

 

      Mr. Mayle presented the 2000 census numbers and 2005 projections for population,

      Households and numbers of employees in retail, service and other types of businesses.

      MDOT has some new survey data that specifies numbers of each type of trip by number

      of people and number of autos per household.

 

      Roger Mead asked who will get use out of this model.

 

      Mr. Mayle said that it is made for the local governments.  They can make requests from MDOT

      for information if the Planning Commission is going to look at new development in a

      particular area.  MDOT will also use it to plan for trunk wide roads, interchanges, and

      major road expansions.

 

      The model is created to reflect an average business day while school is in session.   It is

      Set for a Monday through Thursday average business day.

 

      It was moved by Mead and seconded by Kozakiewicz to accept the model as submitted

      By Mr. Mayle with updates and changes to be e-mailed to Jon Lynch.

 

      The vote proceeded as follows:

 

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

      NAY:

      ABSENT:   Rapanos

 

      Motion passes unanimously.

 

 

6.  New Business

Animated Signs – Receive a report regarding zoning requirements pertaining to animated

signs. 

 

In July the Planning Commission asked staff to take a look at how we regulate animated signs.

 

According to the Michigan Court of Appeals, the city does not have the opportunity to regulate animated signs any differently than other types of signs.  However, there is research to indicate that it takes about six seconds to process the information on these signs, but that they do not pose a safety issue to drivers.

 

7.  Communications

 

      None

 

8.  Report of the Chairman

    

There is still an open position on the Planning Commission. 

 

9.  Report of the Planning Director

 

CITY COUNCIL                                                                                                                 

 

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)

 

September 12th

                                PUBLIC HEARINGS

§         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.

§         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.

§         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.

 

                                ACTION ITEMS

 

 

PLANNING COMMISSION

               

September 13th

                                PUBLIC HEARINGS

Hours of Operation; Neighborhood Commercial Zones

 

                                ACTION ITEMS

                                None

 

September 27th

                                PUBLIC HEARINGS

None

 

                                ACTION ITEMS

Hours of Operation; Neighborhood Commercial Zones

 

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. (partially approved)

§         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. (approved)

§         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. (denied)

§          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.(tabled)

       

PENDING ADMINISTRATIVE SITE PLAN REVIEWS

 

None

 

DIRECTOR’S NOTES

 

§                                             Interviews of firms responding to the City’s RFP for services to update the master plan are scheduled for October 14th.  The preparation meeting is not yet scheduled.

 

               

10.  Adjourn

Adjournment at approximately 7:54 PM and unanimously approved.

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

Jon Lynch

Assistant City Manager

 

MINUTES ARE NOT FINAL UNTIL APPROVED BY THE PLANNING COMMISSION