MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE PLANNING COMMISSION,

WHICH TOOK PLACE ON TUESDAY, MARCH 28, 2006, 7:00 P.M.,

COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY HALL, MIDLAND, MICHIGAN

 

1.   Roll Call

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

ABSENT:     Eyre and Gaynor

OTHERS PRESENT:  Jon Lynch, Assistant City Manager; Cheri Standfest, Community Development Specialist and 6 others.

 

2.   Approval of Minutes

Regular Meeting of March 14, 2006.

It was moved by Kozakiewicz and supported by Svenson to approve the minutes of March 14th.  The minutes were unanimously approved. 

 

3.      Public Hearing

 

      None

 

4.   Public Comments (not related to agenda items)

 

      None

 

5.   Old Business

 

      Zoning Petition No. 528 – Consideration of a petition initiated by Michael Rapanos

      to rezone approximately 11 acres located at 4124 Waldo Avenue from Residential A-4

      zoning to Residential B zoning.

 

      Steve Rapanos asked to abstain from deliberation on this petition, as the petitioner is his brother.  Motion to allow Mr. Rapanos to abstain by Mead, seconded by Jocks, to allow Commissioner Rapanos to abstain.  Motion passed unanimously.

 

      Mr. Lynch showed a location map for the subject property.  The petition involves a request to change the zoning from Residential A-4 to the Residential B zoning classification.  Residential B zoning classification permits a wide range of uses including multi-family housing.  To the west we have a Residential A-1 zoning district.  To the south, we have additional Residential A-1 and A-2 zones.  Off to the east, we have an Agricultural zoning district.  There are well developed residential neighborhoods to the west and to the south.  The landfill operations are off to the east, across the expressway.  The request is not consistent with the master plan.  The future land use map shows this area utilized for medium density residential.  At the previous meeting, the commission heard a couple of objections from surrounding property owners regarding traffic and noise. 

 

      Michael Rapanos, Julie Ann Drive, expressed the uniqueness of this property.  He thinks part of the reason this area is not developed is due to the interchange from US-10.  He thinks that, typically, you do not put residential next to an expressway.  Alterra was built prior to annexation to the city, when the property was in the township. 

 

      Ron Daniel, 3214 Mt. Vernon Court – His house is along the court that you see that backs along Waldo.  It is in the middle of where there might be an entrance to the developed site.  He has lived there for about four years.  Before he selected that neighborhood, he looked at the city’s master plan and saw the Residential A-4 zoning in this area.  That was acceptable to him.  His concern is increased traffic and increased noise, but also increased light pollution.  People will be starting and stopping right about the area where he lives going into and coming out of the complex.  There will also be significant lighting at night, which is another issue.  If this petition is approved, he would request a light and noise abatement be required along this property. 

 

      Michael Rapanos, Julie Ann Drive, stated no matter what the zoning is there will still be a drive across from Mr. Daniel’s back yard.  The intentions for this property are consistent with the assisted living facility that is already there.  Providing a fence will be at the discretion of the developer.

 

      Mr. Mead stated he thinks the city is changing dramatically in this area with the development of the soccer complex.  He also feels this particular piece of property has some constraints due to the expressway on one side and Waldo Avenue on the other.  The existing master plan is somewhat outdated at this time.  Things have changed in this area since this land use plan was developed.  He would be in support of this proposal.

 

      Mr. Kozakiewicz stated that Mr. Mead made some good points.  However, looking at the way this area is developed, he does not see making that significant of a change when most of the surrounding property is already developed.  He can appreciate the challenges that go along with this property, but other properties also have similar challenges.  He feels the character of the area to the north and the west will continue to be residential in nature.  He would like to adhere to the recommendations of staff and keep it with the lighter density. 

 

      Mr. Jocks agrees with Mr. Kozakiewicz.  The master plan is currently under revision and he does not yet know what changes will be recommended there.  He also visited the site, and feels that a change is not warranted at this time.

 

      Ms. Svenson feels this property can be used as it is currently zoned.  She has seen other difficult pieces of property developed successfully.

 

      Mr. Senesac stated he can see all the issues that have been discussed.  He drove out to the site and looked at the surrounding area.  The landfill is across the highway.  No matter what goes in there, you will never know the landfill is there due to the screening that is there.  He cannot support anything but leaving it as it is currently.

 

It was moved by Kozakiewicz and supported by Jocks to recommend approval of Zoning Petition No. 528, to rezone approximately 11 acres located at 4124 Waldo Avenue from Residential A-4 zoning to Residential B zoning.

 

The vote proceeded as follows:

 

YEA:          Mead

NAY:          Jocks, Kozakiewicz, Svenson and Senesac

ABSENT:   Eyre and Gaynor

ABSTAIN:  Rapanos

     

6.  New Business

    

     None

  

7.  Communications

 

     There is a training session scheduled for April 13, 2006.  The majority of the commission would like to start at 6:30 p.m.

 

8.  Report of the Chairman

 

    Mr. Senesac stated he happened to attend one of the “meetings in a box” last week.  There have been approximately 54 of these meetings throughout the community.  The city is very pleased with the number of people who have been involved in this process.

 

     Chairman Senesac pointed out that Commissioners Kozakiewicz and Mead have been reappointed and there is still one open position.

 

9.  Report of the Planning Director

 

            CITY COUNCIL                                                                                                                

 

April 10th

                                PUBLIC HEARINGS

                                None

                                ACTION ITEMS

§         Zoning Petition No. 528 – Set public hearing for consideration of a petition initiated by Michael Rapanos to rezone approximately 11 acres located at 4124 Waldo Avenue from Residential A-4 zoning to Residential B zoning. (Public Hearing May 8th)

 


April 24th

                                PUBLIC HEARINGS

None

                                ACTION ITEMS

None

 

PLANNING COMMISSION

               

April 11th

                                PUBLIC HEARINGS

§         Site Plan No. 251 – Public hearing for consideration of a petition initiated by Ledy Design Group for approval of a site plan including a Bed, Bath 7 Beyond retail store on 1.77 acres located at 1118 Joe Mann Boulevard.

§         Text Box: WithdrawnZoning Petition No. 529 – Consideration of a petition initiated by John Rapanos to rezone approximately 14.8 acres located at 510 and 610 East Wackerly Street from Residential B and Residential A-1 to Residential A-2 and Residential A-3 zoning.

§         Zoning Petition No. 530 – Consideration of a petition initiated by John Rapanos to rezone approximately 10 acres located at 4203 East Ashman Street from Industrial zoning to Residential B zoning.

 

                                ACTION ITEMS

None

 

April 25th

                                PUBLIC HEARINGS

None

 

                                ACTION ITEMS

§         Site Plan No. 251 – Public hearing for consideration of a petition initiated by Ledy Design Group for approval of a site plan including a Bed, Bath 7 Beyond retail store on 1.77 acres located at 1118 Joe Mann Boulevard.

§         Zoning Petition No. 530 – Consideration of a petition initiated by John Rapanos to rezone approximately 10 acres located at 4203 East Ashman Street from Industrial zoning to Residential B zoning.

 

ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS

 

April 18th

 

PENDING ADMINISTRATIVE SITE PLAN REVIEWS

 

None

 

 

DIRECTOR’S NOTES

 

§         Schedule starting time of April 13th training session.

§         Next Master Plan meeting is May 4th.

 

10.  Adjourn

Adjournment at 7:35 p.m. was unanimously approved.

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

Jon Lynch

Assistant City Manager

 

MINUTES ARE NOT FINAL UNTIL APPROVED BY THE PLANNING COMMISSION