MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE MIDLAND CITY PLANNING COMMISSION,

WHICH TOOK PLACE ON TUESDAY,

APRIL 24, 2007, 7:00 P.M.,

COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY HALL, MIDLAND, MICHIGAN

 

1.   Roll Call

PRESENT:  Brown, Eyre, Gaynor, Hanna, Jocks, Kozakiewicz, Mead, Senesac and Svenson

ABSENT:     None

OTHERS PRESENT:  Keith Baker, Director of Planning; Cheri Standfest, Community Development Specialist, and 6 others.

 

2.   Approval of Minutes

Regular Meeting of April 10, 2007.

It was moved by Hanna and supported by Svenson to approve the minutes of April 10, 2007.  The minutes were unanimously approved as presented. 

 

3.      Public Hearing

 

a.   Site Plan No. 259 – A request by A. J. Damman Company, on

      behalf of Eastlawn Center LC, for site plan review and approval for a 8,226 square foot proposed building located at 803 South Saginaw Road on 8.88 acres.

 

      The proposed development is a part of the Eastlawn Shopping Plaza with Saginaw Road to the south of the property, Washington Street to the east of the property and Cambridge Street to the north of the property.  Mr. Baker showed a location map, followed by a land use map showing the current land uses in this area.  Existing land uses include commercial for the entire Eastlawn Shopping Center, commercial to the west, commercial to the south and multi-family residential to the west, Midland High School to the east and Washington Woods, a senior housing facility operated by the City of Midland to the north.

 

      The subject property and adjoining properties to the north and east are zoned commercial, it is RB residential where Washington Woods is located, along with the property across the street to the west and the property where Midland High School is located.  The current land use plan identifies this property as commercial with office service to the northeast.  The project site is just to the north and west of the Eastlawn Shopping Center.  It includes the removal of some of the retail space and the construction of a free-standing building in the existing parking lot.  A portion of the existing Salvation Army Store will be removed and a new 8,226 sq. ft. building will be erected. 

 

      As a retail use proposed in an RC district, it is a permitted use.  The proposed building meets the setback and height requirements.  Improvements include an enclosed dumpster enclosure, the box-style striping for the new areas, an additional eight trees, for a total of eleven trees.  These have been identified in parking islands and along the southeast and northwest sides of the building.  This is a redevelopment of an existing parking lot.  Storm water detention is currently handled under the parking lot and this will continue to occur.  Fire access, pedestrian access and vehicle access will be from South Saginaw Road.  There will be no new drive approaches off Saginaw Road. 

 

      Relative to parking, since the entire site contains 76,260 sq. ft. of retail space, 339 parking stalls are required.  The entire facility has 509 parking stalls.  The inclusion of a photometric plan has not been completed.  The petitioner is still working on this plan and will be included in the list of contingencies required for the site plan.  There is an existing Eastlawn Shopping Center sign in the northwest corner of the property, as are additional signs on each of the occupants of the retail shopping center.

 

      Mike Damman spoke as the petitioner.  He owns the property containing Eastlawn Shopping Center as well as the property across the street.  The new store will mimic the free-standing Walgreen Store at the other end of the shopping plaza.  They will use the same brick and coatings that are on the Walgreen store as well as the same arches at the ends of the building.  The entire engineered storm sewer detention system was redesigned in the 1990’s.  Storm water is stored in the structures and pipes that are connected to those storm structures that make up the water detention system.  They will be adding some new pipe to make up for what will be removed.  Jerry Jones is the local engineer for the project. 

 

      They just received the old photometric plan from the 1990’s.  They do not intend to add any additional lighting to the site.  The Salvation Army will be remaining in their existing location.  Their space will be remodeled and some additional space provided for them.  There will be no truck bay or loading zone for the new building. 

 

      AJ Faught; 725 S. Saginaw, from Northwest Tire, asked about the signage that will be there.  He asked if the existing sign will continue to be the only free-standing sign or if there will be additional free-standing sign.  Mr. Damman stated that, since there are already two free-standing signs, that is all that is allowed by the ordinance.

      No one else spoke in favor of or in opposition to this request.  The public hearing was closed.

 

4.   Public Comments (not related to agenda items)

 

      None

 

5.      New Business

 

      None

 

6.   Old Business

 

      None

 

7.  Communications

 

     None

 

8.  Report of the Chairman  

    

The commissioners received a Planning and Zoning News and a couple other publications in their packets.

 

9.  Report of the Planning Director

 

CITY COUNCIL                                                                                              

 

April 23rd   

                        PUBLIC HEARINGS                None

                        ACTION ITEMS

                       

a.         SP #256 – 96 room Springhill Suites (Marriot) Hotel (Approved)

                        b.         SP #258 – Wikkiups Crossing 49 Unit Senior Housing

                                    Facility (Approved)

c.         Formally submit & distribute draft 2007 Master Plan update for public review and comment period. 

 

      May 7th   

                        PUBLIC HEARINGS                None

                        ACTION ITEMS                       None

                       

PLANNING COMMISSION

 

      May 8th 

            PUBLIC HEARING

 

SP# 260 – A request by Three Rivers Corporation, on behalf of Chemical Bank, for site plan review and approval for a 3,785 square foot proposed building located at 6711 Jefferson Avenue on 3.5 acres

 

            ACTION ITEM

 

SP #259 – A. J. Damman Company, on behalf of Eastlawn Center LC, a request for site plan review and approval for a 8,226 square foot proposed building located at 803 South Saginaw Road on 8.88 acres

 

            May 22nd 

            PUBLIC HEARING

 

            ACTION ITEM

 

SP# 260 – A request by Three Rivers Corporation, on behalf of Chemical Bank, for site plan review and approval for a 3,785 square foot proposed building located at 6711 Jefferson Avenue on 3.5 acres

                                     

ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS

 

            April 17th – Meeting Canceled

 

            Next meeting scheduled for May 15, 2007 (Cancelled)

 

PENDING ADMINISTRATIVE SITE PLAN REVIEWS

 

None.  

 

DIRECTOR’S NOTES

 

The annual Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals joint training retreat was very well received.  Please complete and return the evaluation form to the Planning Department office by May 1, 2007.    

 

Commissioners Senesac and Eyre were reappointed by the City Council at their meeting on April 9, 2007.  Applications are being accepted for one upcoming vacancy on the board.  Information is available through the City Clerk’s office. 

 

May 8, 2007 is next the regular Planning Commission meeting. 

 

The public can view the Master Plan Update by accessing the City’s website at www.midland-mi.org and going to the Master Plan Update link on the homepage.

 

10.  Adjourn

Adjournment at 7:44 p.m. was unanimously approved.

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

Keith Baker

Director of Planning and Community Development

 

MINUTES ARE NOT FINAL UNTIL APPROVED BY THE PLANNING COMMISSION