MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE PLANNING COMMISSION,

WHICH TOOK PLACE ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2005, 7:00 P.M.,

COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY HALL, MIDLAND, MICHIGAN

 

1.   Roll Call

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

ABSENT:     Mead

OTHERS PRESENT:  Jon Lynch, Assistant City Manager; Daryl Poprave, City Planner; and 4 others.

 

2.   Approval of Minutes

Regular Meeting of October 11, 2005

It was moved by Eyre and supported by Gaynor to approve the minutes of October 11th. The minutes were unanimously approved. 

 

3.   Public Hearings

 

      Site Plan No. 249, Manual Therapeutics – Consideration of a petition initiated by

      Weckesser Builders for approval of a 12,868 square foot addition on approximately 2.06

      acres located at 1900 Ridgewood Drive.  [See transcript.]

     

      4.   Public Comments (not related to agenda items)

 

      None

 

5.   Old Business

 

      Preliminary Plat, Trotter’s Pointe – Consideration of a petition initiated by Bartow & King

      Engineer’s for approval of a 20 lot residential subdivision on approximately 5.84 acres

located south of East Wheeler Street and east of Liberty Drive.

 

Mr. Lynch reviewed the subject and some of the issues discussed in the public hearing.  A new revised drawing was received and the Planning Commission was provided a copy and this curve has been broadened significantly and the center line radius meetings the 100 foot requirement.  The Engineering Department reviewed the street dimension and recommends its approval.  The change has some impact on a few of the components of the plan.  Storm water detention modifications at the east end of these lots at the east side of the proposed street have been added and the detention area at the east end of cul de sac has been broadened.  The broadening of that retention basin does bring up one point that if the side slopes of that pond exceed the 6 to 1 ratio then our storm water ordinance requires that the detention area be fenced.  Fences are subject to specific zoning requirements with regard to their height.  So any fences that are required around the basins, if they exceed that slope, it would be important to insure that the resulting fences would comply with the applicable provisions of the Zoning Ordinance.   

 

Commissioner Svenson asked if there would be water in the detention pond all the time.

 

Rich Fosgitt stated that there was a street revision and they adjusted the location of the intersection to align with Butterfield Drive.  The cul de sac was shortened by 20 feet to give more room in the back for storm water retention.  It is their intent to provide a 1 on 6 slope in those areas so that they will be grassed and mowable surfaces so they will become part of the back yards for those lots.  They will also be dry retention basins.  They will only have water in them during storm events. 

 

Commissioner Kozakiewicz asked if the areas require an easement.

 

Rich Fosgitt stated that the final plat will have an easement to the City of Midland for storm water detention and maintenance.  The deed requirements will have provisions in them dealing with maintenance on the detention areas.

 

Commissioner Gaynor asked about the retention pond grading.

 

Fosgitt stated that the street grade is going to be cut down and lowering the grade by approximately five or six feet.  They are going to be cutting off the top of the hill but there will still be a slope to provide for day light basements on the back side of the building.  

 

Commissioner Eyre thinks the plan makes sense and it fits into the master plan.

 

Commissioner Kozakiewicz agrees with Eyre, good project, he supports it.

 

It was moved by Eyre and seconded by Kozakiewicz to recommend approval of the preliminary plat of Trotter’s Pointe with the contingency items:

 

1.   Access to Lots 1 and 20 are restricted to Trotter’s Pointe Circle.

2.   Lot 4 is approved in excess of the 1 to 2.5 ratio.

3.   It is recognized that existing conditions warrant placement of the Trotter’s Pointe Circle intersection 500’ from Congress Drive.

4.   Fire hydrants must be installed prior to building construction.

5.   Temporary turnarounds capable of supporting a 60,000 pound fire apparatus must be provided at street terminations for each phase of construction.

6.   On street parking must be prohibited on the fire hydrant side of the public streets.

7.   No structure being constructed may be more than 150 feet from a fire access roadway.

8.   A storm water management plan must be submitted and approved by the Engineering Department.

9.   Any fences required for the storm water detention basin meeting the dimensional aspect of the zoning provisions.

 

The vote proceeded as follows:

 

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

NAY:                      None

ABSENT:               Mead

ABSTAIN:              Rapanos

     

6.  New Business

Transportation model from MDOT concerning population and growth project – now they need to take the numbers that we had before and project those out to what we think that growth will be over the years 2010, 2015 and 2025 and they need two people to meet and review the places that may grow faster then others in the city.  Steve Rapanos and Bill Eyre volunteered and will meet at a mutual date and time.

7.  Communications

 

     Planning & Zoning News was distributed.  

 

8.  Report of the Chairman

 

None.

 

9.  Report of the Planning Director

 

            CITY COUNCIL                                                                                                                

 

October 24th

                                PUBLIC HEARINGS

                                                None

 

                                ACTION ITEMS

§         Rezoning, Zoning Petition No. 524 – Consideration of a petition initiated by Nicolaos Rapanos and the City of Midland to rezone approximately 14.32 acres located at 4228 Bay City Road and 405 Fast Ice Drive from Agricultural to Regional Commercial zoning. Set public hearing for November 14th.

 

November 14th

                                PUBLIC HEARINGS

§         Rezoning, Zoning Petition No. 524 – Consideration of a petition initiated by Nicolaos Rapanos and the City of Midland to rezone approximately 14.32 acres located at 4228 Bay City Road and 405 Fast Ice Drive from Agricultural to Regional Commercial zoning.

 

                               

ACTION ITEMS

§         Preliminary Plat, Trotter’s Pointe – Consideration of a petition initiated by Bartow & King Engineer’s for tentative approval of a 20 lot residential subdivision on approximately 5.84 acres located south of East Wheeler Street and east of Liberty Drive.

 

PLANNING COMMISSION

               

November 8th

                                PUBLIC HEARINGS

                                                None

 

                                ACTION ITEMS

§         Site Plan No. 249; Manual Therapeutics – Consideration of a petition initiated by Weckesser Builders for approval of a 12,868 square foot addition on approximately 2.06 acres located at 1900 Ridgewood Drive.

§         Schedule public hearing to consider revisions of the City of Midland Zoning Ordinance.

 

November 22nd

                                PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

                                ACTION ITEMS

 

ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS

 

October 18th

 

§         No. 05-20 – Jack Gaudard for an area/dimension variance to permit a proposed attached garage addition to encroach within a side yard setback at 3905 Swede Avenue. (denied)

       

PENDING ADMINISTRATIVE SITE PLAN REVIEWS

 

BWP Transport, Inc. – 2527 Schuette Road; A commercial truck wash of 9,974 s.f. on a site of approximately 4.67 acres.

 

 

DIRECTOR’S NOTES

 

The Planning Commission has been provided with a letter objecting to the appearance of the commercial sign located at 900 East Wackerly Street.  Given concerns expressed by the neighborhood the business owner will reduce brightness of the sign by 25% and turn the sign off between 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.

 

No applications have been received for the Planning Commission seat vacant since August.

 

10.  Adjourn

Adjournment at approximately 7:42 PM and unanimously approved.

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

Jon Lynch

City Planner

 

MINUTES ARE NOT FINAL UNTIL APPROVED BY THE PLANNING COMMISSION