MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE PLANNING COMMISSION,

WHICH TOOK PLACE ON TUESDAY, JUNE 13, 2006,

7:00 P.M., COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY HALL, MIDLAND, MICHIGAN

 

1.   Roll Call

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

ABSENT:   Rapanos and Jocks

OTHERS PRESENT:  Jon Lynch, Assistant City Manager; Cheri Standfest, Community Development Specialist and 4 others.

 

2.   Approval of Minutes

Regular Meeting of May 23, 2006.

It was moved by Eyre and supported by Gaynor to approve the minutes of May 23rd.  The minutes were unanimously approved. 

 

3.      Public Hearing

 

None

4.   Public Comments (not related to agenda items)

 

      None

 

5.      Old Business

 

Zoning Text Amendment No. 143A – Consideration of a petition initiated by City staff to a zoning text amendment to allow for conditional rezoning of property.

A public hearing was conducted at the May 23rd meeting.  The point of modifying the language is to allow conditional rezoning.  This allows a petitioner in a rezoning request to apply conditions that would apply if the parcel were rezoned. 

Mr. Kozakiewicz asked about the write-up that had several questions that did not seem to be addressed in the law.  Mr. Lynch stated that is why it has to be specified in the local zoning ordinance as to how these cases will be addressed.  This wording has been reviewed by the City Attorney’s Office and must be approved by City Council.

Mr. Mead stated he thinks it will be a win-win situation as this will answer some questions they have had when being asked to rezone properties.  He also thinks it will be good for individuals wanting to rezone a piece of property.  It will provide something specific rather than leaving it open to any use in that new zoning district.  Mr. Mead is in favor of this type of rezoning.  Ms. Svenson is also in favor of this.  Mr. Eyre stated he is also in favor of conditional rezoning.  They can look at a specific purpose for a parcel of property.  He thinks it will be a good tool.  Mr. Kozakiewicz, Mr. Gaynor and Mr. Senesac also agreed.

It was moved by Mead and supported by Gaynor to recommend approving a zoning text amendment to allow for conditional rezoning of property.

 

The vote proceeded as follows:

 

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

NAY:          None

ABSENT:   Rapanos and Jocks

 

The motion was approved 6-0.

 

6.                  New Business

      Mr. Mead brought up the subject of the Planning Commission being asked to act on a petition the same evening as the public hearing.  Mr. Lynch stated he will provide a staff report regarding the process and how it could be amended.  This will probably occur in one of the August meetings.

 

7.  Communications

 

       None

    

8.  Report of the Chairman  

    

     Mr. Senesac stated he needs volunteers for a nominating committee as new officers need to be elected at the July meeting.  This committee will consist of Mr. Eyre and Ms. Svenson.

 

     The Planning Commission was provided a letter from Howard Garrett regarding the presentation at the last Planning Commission meeting.

 

9.  Report of the Planning Director

 

            CITY COUNCIL                                                                                                                

 

June 12th

                                PUBLIC HEARINGS

§         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. (denied)

§         Conditional Use Permit No. 22 – Consideration of a petition initiated by Tom McCann to approve a conditional use permit to allow placement of a single family home on property zoned Office Service located at 416 George Street. (approved)

 

                                ACTION ITEMS

§         Site Plan No. 252 – Consideration of a petition initiated by Helger Construction Company, on behalf of Feeny Chrysler, for approval of a site plan including a 13,000 square foot body and paint shop on 7.13 acres located at 7400 Eastman Avenue. (approved)

§         Site Plan No. 253 – Consideration of a petition initiated by Three Rivers Construction, on behalf of Members First Credit Union, for approval of a site plan including building and parking additions on 2.2 acres located at 600 West Wackerly Street. (approved)

§         Conditional Use Permit No. 21 – Set public hearing to consider a petition initiated by Robert LaBelle on behalf of Verizon Wireless to approve a conditional use permit to allow construction of a 140’ tall monopole tower located east of Elisenal Drive, north of Wal-Mart. (public hearing June 23rd)

 

June 26th

                                PUBLIC HEARINGS

Conditional Use Permit No. 21 – Set public hearing to consider a petition initiated by Robert LaBelle on behalf of Verizon Wireless to approve a conditional use permit to allow construction of a 140’ tall monopole tower located east of Elisenal Drive, north of Wal-Mart.

 

                                ACTION ITEMS

Zoning Text Amendment 142A – Set a public hearing for consideration of a petition initiated by staff to include conditional rezoning in the City of Midland Zoning Ordinance. (public hearing July 24th)

 

PLANNING COMMISSION

               

June 27th

                                PUBLIC HEARINGS

                                None

 

                                ACTION ITEMS

None

 

July 11th

                                PUBLIC HEARINGS

                                None

 

                                ACTION ITEMS

                None

                               

ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS

 

June 20th

 

                No. 06-06 – James Zablocki of Zablocki Construction on behalf of Stanley Smith   for an area/dimension variance to allow a three-season porch to be constructed                                                  within the 30 foot rear yard setback at 1812 Lawrence Drive.

 

                No. 06-07 – Kevin McParlan, on behalf of Sabourin’s Pharmacy, for an    area/dimension variance to permit a 27 square foot wall sign on the Midland                                                                       Foodland located at 1315 Washington Street.

 

                No. 06-08 – Tom Pomerville, on behalf of Lucy’s Lunches & Catering of 413           Burgess Street, for a use variance to permit a 6 square foot, off-premises, ground                                               sign at 1808 Bay City Road (Lloyd’s Door Systems).

 

                No. 06-09 – Bill Waterman for several area/dimension variance to permit a               nonconforming single family home to be converted into a triplex structure at 614                                      George Street.

 

PENDING ADMINISTRATIVE SITE PLAN REVIEWS

 

None

 

DIRECTOR’S NOTES

 

Commissioner Steve Rapanos has submitted a letter of resignation effective July 1, 2006.

 

The City Council has appointed Diane Brown and Gayle Hanna to open seats on the Planning Commission.  These new Commissioners begin their terms of service in July.

 

The next special meeting on the Master Plan is scheduled for August 3rd.

 

10.  Adjourn

Adjournment at 7:19 p.m. was unanimously approved.

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

Jon Lynch

Assistant City Manager

 

MINUTES ARE NOT FINAL UNTIL APPROVED BY THE PLANNING COMMISSION