1.   Roll Call

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

ABSENT:     Gaynor

OTHERS PRESENT:  Jon Lynch, Assistant City Manager; Cheri Standfest, Community Development Specialist and 9 others.


2.   Approval of Minutes

Regular Meeting of January 10, 2006

It was moved by Eyre and supported by Kozakiewicz to approve the minutes of January 10th. The minutes were unanimously approved. 


3.      Public Hearing




4.   Public Comments (not related to agenda items)




5.   Old Business


A.   Zoning Petition No. 527 – Consideration of a petition initiated by the County of Midland

      to rezone approximately 30 acres at 4600 Bay City Road, west of Rockwell Drive, from

      Agricultural zoning to Community zoning.


Mr. Lynch showed a site location map indicating the subject property is south of Bay City Road.  The subject site on the aerial photograph shows the subject site is currently undeveloped.  There is an existing mobile home park to the east.  To the south, west and north, the property is currently undeveloped.  To the northwest, there is the new ice arena that has recently been built.  The zoning map shows the subject property.  The master plan calls for the area to be commercial and heavier industrial uses.  The public hearing was held on January 10th.  A number of public comments were received, including one comment in favor of this rezoning and five comments in opposition to this rezoning.  Staff recommends the property be recommended for rezoning to the City Council.


Bay City Road is a major roadway in our collection network.  Bay City Road interchange has been recently changed to a full interchange.  It is certainly in a position to accommodate increased volumes of traffic.  Rockwell Drive may need to be improved to accept the additional traffic demands. 


Cindy Winland, from Midland County, spoke on behalf of the petitioner and offered to answer any questions.  No one else spoke in favor of or in opposition to the request.


Carol Svenson stated there were several uses she would not like to see on this property, however, most of them were allowed under conditional uses.  Steve Rapanos stated it is fairly straight forward.  Dan Kozakiewicz stated he could support it.  Bill Eyre agreed.  Roger Mead stated it is well located and it will serve the community well.  He is in support.  Ray Senesac stated it is in the industrial area on the master plan.  However, he believes that when we go through the next master plan update, this area has changed enough that it will be changed on the next master plan.


It was moved by Mead, and supported by Eyre, to recommend approving Zoning Petition No. 527 to rezone approximately 30 acres at 4600 Bay City Road, west of Rockwell Drive, from Agricultural zoning to Community zoning. 


The vote proceeded as follows:


YEA:                Eyre, Jocks, Kozakiewicz, Mead, Rapanos, Senesac & Svenson

NAY:                None

ABSENT:         Gaynor


6.  New Business

     Review and approve projected socio-economic data related to transportation demand

     model being developed by the Michigan Department of Transportation.


     Cheri Standfest presented the socio-economic data projections for 2015, 2025, and

     2035 that have been prepared for the Michigan Department of Transportation for

     the Tri-City traffic model that is under development.  Projections were made for

     population, occupied households, retail employment, service employment, and

     “other” employment based upon anticipated annexations, population growth and

     expansion of the city according to current projections.


     As soon as this model is available, we can begin requesting runs on this model to see

     how traffic patterns will be affected by various developments.


     A motion was made by Svenson, seconded by Jocks, to recommend approval to

     City Council of the socio-economic data as presented, realizing that this data

     could be amended over time.


     This was unanimously approved.


7.  Communications




8.  Report of the Chairman


     Meeting scheduled with LSL for Thursday, February 2, 2006.  The telephone survey

     showed that the first Thursday of the month was the most convenient for everyone to

     get together.  The agenda will be sent out in the mail in advance of the meeting.


     Mr. Lynch was named the Leader of the Year by the Leadership Midland Alumni

     Association.  Congratulations!


9.  Report of the Planning Director


            CITY COUNCIL                                                                                                                


                January 23rd

                                PUBLIC HEARINGS



                                ACTION ITEMS

§         Zoning Text Amendment – Set public hearing for consideration of a petition initiated by the City of Midland to amend various articles of the Zoning Ordinance as outlined in a memorandum to the Planning Commission dated December 6, 2005. (hearing 2/13)

§         Zoning Petition No. 525 – Set public hearing for consideration of a petition initiated by Ron Lapham to rezone property at 1314 West Wheeler Street from Office Service zoning to Regional Commercial zoning. (hearing 2/13)

§         Zoning Petition No. 526 – Set public hearing for consideration of a petition initiated by the Dow Chemical Company – Michigan Operations to rezone property at East Ellsworth Street and East Buttles Street, east of State Street, from Regional Commercial zoning to Community zoning. (hearing 2/13)


February 13th

                                PUBLIC HEARINGS

§         Street Vacation – Public hearing to consider a petition initiated by Dow Chemical Co; Michigan Operations, to vacate East Ellsworth Street between State Street and Haley Street; vacation of Mill Street between East Ellsworth Street and Buttles Street; vacation of Haley Street between East Ellsworth Street and Buttles Street (February 13)

§         Zoning Text Amendment

§         Zoning Petition No. 525

§         Zoning Petition No. 526


                                ACTION ITEMS

§         Rezoning, Zoning Petition No. 527 – Set public hearing for consideration of a petition initiated by Midland County to rezone approximately 30 acres located at 4600 Bay City Road from Agriculture to Community zoning. (public hearing 3-6)

§         Approve projected socio-economic data related to transportation demand model being developed by the Michigan Department of Transportation.

§         Master Plan – Adopt a resolution expressing City Council’s intent to adopt the master plan.


February 20th

                                PUBLIC HEARINGS



                                ACTION ITEMS

Receive proposals for reuse and / or redevelopment of the Midland Civic Arena.




February 14th

                                PUBLIC HEARINGS

Site Plan No. 250 – Public hearing to consider a petition initiated by the Michigan Baseball Foundation to review a site plan for a minor league baseball stadium located on 21 acres bounded by State Street, Buttles Street, Lyon Road, and Dow Chemical Michigan Operations property.


                                ACTION ITEMS



February 28th

                                PUBLIC HEARINGS



                                ACTION ITEMS

Site Plan No. 250




January 17th


§         No. 06-01 – Keith Wirth on behalf of Amish Reflections for an area/dimension variance to build into existing setback for first floor entrance and build up with second floor addition at 503 South Saginaw Road. (withdrawn)


§         No. 06-02 – Lawrence Hale for an area/dimension variance for a parking lot expansion into side yard setback at 3106 Swede Avenue. (approved)




Administrative Site Plan No. 21 – Firehouse Soft Wash:  A carwash located on 1.80 acres, south of Joe Mann Boulevard and east of McDonald Nursery.




Please take notice that on January 13th Mayor Johnson received a telephone call from Mr. Richard Roberson Jr. regarding the location of the proposed baseball stadium.  He suggested that the stadium be built on Dow property near Bushey’s Bar.  He also thought that a good place for it would be behind the new ice arena.  Mr. Roberson wished to express his views to the City Council since Council must approve a zoning change.  Mayor Johnson requested that these comments be forwarded to the Planning Commission.


Meetings dedicated to work on the Master Plan are tentatively scheduled for the first Thursday of each month.  The beginning time of the meetings needs to be established.  Identified meeting dates include February 2nd, April 15th(?), May 4th, June 1st, August 3rd, September 7th, October 5th, November 2nd, and December 7th.


10.  Adjourn

Adjournment at approximately 7:46 PM and unanimously approved.

Respectfully submitted,




Jon Lynch

Assistant City Manager