MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE MIDLAND CITY PLANNING COMMISSION,

WHICH TOOK PLACE ON TUESDAY,

JUNE 26, 2007, 7:00 P.M.,

COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY HALL, MIDLAND, MICHIGAN

 

1.   Roll Call

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

ABSENT:    Svenson

OTHERS PRESENT: Keith Baker, Director of Planning & Community Development, Daryl Poprave, Deputy Planning Director; Cheri King, Community Development Specialist, Jim Branson, City Attorney and 58 others.

 

2.   Approval of Minutes

Regular Meeting of June 12, 2007.

It was moved by Hanna and supported by Senesac to approve the minutes of June 12, 2007.  The minutes were unanimously approved as presented. 

 

3.    Public Hearing

 

      Chairman Kozakiewicz reviewed the rules of procedure for holding public hearings before the Planning Commission.  He stressed the importance of providing your name and address, and speaking from the podium.

 

      a.   Harcrest Woods PUD #2 – a request by Robert Nowak, on behalf of

            Harcrest Woods Condominium Association, for an amendment to Planned Unit Development No. 3, Harcrest Woods Condominiums, to install traffic control gates at the east entrance of the complex (Harcrest Drive just west of Thornberry Drive), in accord with the provisions of Article 24, Section 24.06D of the Zoning Ordinance of the City of Midland.

 

            Mr. Baker presented an aerial photograph showing the subject property.  Eastman Avenue runs north and south and Wackerly Street runs east and west surrounding this subdivision.  The property is zoned RA-4, adjoining office service districts on the north and east and RA-1 to the west and south of the subject property.  A drawing of the development of the condominium association was shown, and the locations of the proposed gates were identified.  This is the third time this request has come before the Planning Commission.  On November 14, 2000, the city reviewed a similar request to install gates at these locations.  The Planning Commission voted 5-3 to approve this request.  The City Council voted to deny this petition by a vote of 3-1.  In as much as this was a Planned Unit Development, it requires the condominium association to maintain the road from Thornberry Court to the development.  The petitioner has met with city staff, in particular, with emergency service personnel.  The Public Services department has no opposition to this request.  They come onto the property from the west entrance for refuse collection to the property.  The Building Department was primarily concerned with the application for building permits.  They will need an electrical permit for the installation of the gate.  They have met with the Police Department, Fire Department and EMS.  The Planning Department is recommending the gate be approved as the road is maintained by the condominium association. 

 

            This is the only condominium association that had the dual points of access.  The remainder of the condominium developments have only a single point of access.  Mr. Eyre asked for the number of police reports that have occurred in the past year in this area.  Mr. Mead asked for the number of ambulance runs to this area in the past year.

 

            Mike Cronenberger spoke on behalf of the Board of Directors of Harcrest Woods.  To the west of their development, there was no development when they built nearly 20 years ago.  The office buildings, the freeway exit and the automobile repair shops were not there at this time.  Over this 20 year period, there has been considerable commercial development in the mall area including Kohl’s, Lowe’s, and the other development out Eastman Avenue.  This property is unique as it is the only residential planned unit development with two access points.  People cut through this area when they want to by-pass the traffic light at the corner of Eastman and Wackerly.  They have seen large trucks and heavy equipment traveling through their residential development.  Speeds have been increasing as well as the amount of traffic.  These are narrow, curvy streets.  There are no sidewalks.  Their houses are close to these streets.  People in this area walk through here.  With the narrow streets, there is noise from the vehicles driving through there.  Also, they maintain the streets and plow them in the winter.  In the last six months, the speeds have increased and the amount of traffic has increased.  These will not be security gates, they will be traffic control gates.  They will prevent traffic from racing through there.  They will have arms that go up and down at both gates and the residents will have “clickers” that will raise and lower the gates.  There is already a turn-around on their property for use by the large public service trucks.  This area has become a public thoroughfare.  They want their private property back without these intrusions.  They have had signs stating that trucks are prohibited from this area, but they do not do any good. 

 

            Mr. Mead stated his biggest concern is for an ambulance to respond to someone.  Mr. Cronenberger stated the key pad will be right next to where the driver can reach it from the vehicle.  He also stated there will be an “over-ride” so EMS personnel can get onto the site. 

 

            Nina Cronenberger, corner of Pebblestone and Oakfield.  She has lived there for several years and the traffic has increased significantly, as well as the disrespect from the drivers. 

 

            Bob VanSickle, 2213 Mapleleaf Drive, stated he was a representative of the Board the last time this came before the Planning Commission.  There was no reason given to their Board as to why the City Council voted against their request.  The west entrance has the turn-around when the developer decided not to continue the condominiums all the way into Schade Drive.  At this time, the city did recognize that these are private streets and they are treated as private streets.  Therefore, they should be allowed to have a gate across the street if they should so desire.  Probably the best route from the hospital is from Drake Street, through Oakfield Drive, onto Wackerly Street.  They would be using the west entrance and this entrance will not have a gate.  Police and Fire would be the primary ones using the gated entrance.

 

            Don Hall stated he does not support or oppose this.  He stated the people who live at the west end of the condo complex are the people most concerned.

 

            Ruth Stephenson, 2016 Oakfield Drive, stated the occupants of the west part of the site live on a public street.  Their roads are plowed by the city and taken care of by the city.  The streets in the condominium association are maintained by their individual fees. 

 

            John Clary, 2407 Oakfield Drive, stated he and his wife are against the gate being put up at the east end of the condominiums.  This would make the west entrance the primary entrance for all public service vehicles, including mail vehicles.  There is more vacant land by the east end and he would prefer the gate be put at the west entrance to the association. 

 

            Mike Cronenberger represented the petitioner.  They have no land at the west end to build a cul-de-sac.  FedEx, UPS and the mail trucks all come in from the west.  However, if the entrance/exit to the east is closed off, the traffic will also have to go out to the west.  

 

            Camille VanSickle, 2213 Mapleleaf Drive, stated that speed bumps have been mentioned.  They have people with walkers and with canes.  Speed bumps would make it very difficult for these residents to get around to the mail boxes and to walk down the streets.  If you are turning onto Mapleleaf at a rapid speed, you cannot see anyone walking along the side of the street or approaching the mailbox.

 

            Gordon Rogers, 2225 Mapleleaf, stated if vehicles come in through the gate, they will also go out that way, which will double the amount of traffic using this entrance/exit.  However, he thinks the amount of traffic will lessen due to the gate. 

 

            Ms. Hanna asked about the signage that will be provided to let people know they cannot get through the gated area.  Mr. Cronenberger stated they will have signs.  Once people drive in and have to turn around and drive out, they will learn they cannot cut through this area.

 

            Jack Eadie, 2105 Oakbrook, stated they have made repeated efforts to point out to the public that these are private streets.  They have people at the entrances that point out to people that these are private streets and that people are violating city ordinances by driving through there.  These are private streets by ordinance.  To deny their petition is to deny that these are private streets.  They have a right to do what they want with their streets.

 

            No further comments.  The chairman closed the public hearing.

 

b.    Zoning Text Amendment No. 144A – initiated by Mid-Michigan Energy, LLC to consider the inclusion of “Electrical generating stations” as a Principal Permitted Use in the Industrial B district in the city of Midland Zoning Ordinance.

 

Mr. Poprave stated Mid-Michigan Energy LLC has petitioned the City of Midland to amend the Zoning Ordinance.  This amendment would permit “Electric Generating Stations” as a principal use in any Industrial B zoning district in the City of Midland.  Situations that must be reviewed include:  Is the proposed amendment consistent with the City’s Master Plan?  Have conditions changed since the Zoning Ordinance was adopted that justifies the amendment?  Was there a mistake in the Zoning Ordinance that justifies the amendment?  The current Zoning Ordinance No. 1585 omitted this use as it considered the MCV plant a public utility facility.  Will the amendment correct an inequity created by the Zoning Ordinance?  Will the amendment merely grant special privileges?  No, this amendment will not grant special privileges to the petitioner in any electrical generating station could utilize this text.  Staff would recommend that the Planning Commission recommend approval of this Zoning Text Amendment to City Council.

 

Mr. Senesac stated he did not recollect any discussion regarding the exclusion of electric generating stations.  He believes this was an oversight in the writing of the new zoning ordinance.  He also thinks we need to include MCV as a permitted use.

 

Janet Vanderpool is the project manager for this joint venture.  They are looking at a site here in Midland to develop a coal power plant.  Most if it is already zoned Industrial B.  This text amendment will allow their coal powered generating plant as well as MCV to operate in the Industrial B zoning classification.

 

Scott Walker, with Midland Tomorrow, 1422 Clover Court, spoke on behalf of this text amendment.  This amendment is important to this energy producing plant as well as other energy generating facilities in the State of Michigan.   The Midland Area Chamber of Commerce did pass a resolution in support of this project at their meeting today. 

 

Sharon Miller, 415 Jerome Street, spoke in support of this text amendment.  She is learning that the location is a perfect location, it is centered in the center of the economic growth of our region and we have to look at the economic impact this will have on our community.  She also thinks it will benefit the citizens as well as the local industry that is already in Midland.  It will also benefit our schools as a part of our tax base.  Safety does not seem to be an issue where these plants are up and running.

 

Don Hall spoke in support of this zoning text amendment.  We need to correct the error in the zoning ordinance to allow these types of uses in the City of Midland.

 

Olga Fagan, 3206 Applewood Road, desired to make three points.  She read the article in the Midland Daily News and she does not feel this will make a large impact on this area.  100 jobs is quite miniscule when you consider the numbers of jobs in the tri-city area.  She does not believe that coal burning plants are the way of the future.  Michigan is one of the 10 windiest states in the country and she would like to see wind energy developed.  The coal would add air pollution to the area.  It is very tempting to want to have a new employer in town and to look at energy production.  However, she does not think this is the way to go.  It is an old concept and it does not have any place in Midland.

 

Mr. Kozakiewicz reminded the audience that we are not here to discuss the merits of a coal-burning plant, but we need to amend the ordinance to allow all types of electrical generating stations including wind, coal or water. 

 

No one else spoke in favor of or in opposition to this request.

 

      c.   ZP #542 – initiated by Mid-Michigan Energy, LLC for property owned by the City of Midland to zone property on 4389 South Saginaw Road, west of Waldo Avenue from Residential A-1 to Industrial B.

 

            Mr. Baker showed an aerial photograph showing the proposed location of the rezoning petition.  Gordonville Road intersects this coming in from the south and the west.  Waldo Court is due east of the subject property.  The property is owned by “Midland Tomorrow” for the purpose of community development.  In the existing and proposed master plans for future land use, the property on South Saginaw Road and Waldo Court is identified as heavy industrial.  The subject five acre property is zoned RA-1, Residential.  There is Industrial zoning to the north and the east and some to the west, across Saginaw Road.  The land uses within the area include the boat launch owned by the City.  The majority of this land is either farmland or vacant.  There are various vacant properties to the east and south.  The landfill is located to the north of this property.  An aerial photograph shows Gerace Construction to the north on South Saginaw Road, there is some Dow-owned property to the south, the Salzburg landfill operated by Dow Chemical Company, and to the east is the electric substation.  There is a railroad line that runs through the property.  There are high voltage power lines which make the property desirable for this type of facility.  Mr. Baker reviewed the staff report. 

 

            Richard Fosgitt, 5004 Bristlecone Drive, represented the petitioner.  The proposed rezoning is consistent with the land use in the area, in as much as there is a power station to the east of the site, a Dow Chemical hazardous waste site to the north of this site, and there are a bunch of electrical wires and power lines in this area.  It is consistent with the old master plan and the new master plan which is in the process of adoption at the present time.  This would not be spot zoning as there is other industrial land already in this area.  This residential piece is approximately five acres but it is bisected by a high voltage power line running through the property.  These facilities limit the use of this property to virtually nothing.  Residential uses could not be developed in this area.  This property is not located in the flood plain.  The flood plain is located on the south side of South Saginaw Road.

 

            Scott Walker, 1422 Clover Ct, is the Executive Director of Midland Tomorrow.  They market property they own for economic development.  They market it to clients who would be interested in relocating to Midland.  Their stock of Industrial property is somewhat limited in Midland, as wetlands prohibit the development of much of the undeveloped land in Midland.  This is a prime piece of property for industrial development.

 

            Don Hall is a Board member of Midland Tomorrow.  He stated that due to the high tension wires, this property is wrongly zoned residential.  There is no way it can be developed as residential property.

 

            Suzette Zelenak, 4309 Brambleridge, Midland.  This is a steep staircase to go from RA-1 zoning to heavy industrial zoning in this area.  She feels the Planning Commission needs to consider what might locate here in the future that would not be in the best interest of the Midland community.

 

            Lori Franson, 224 Helen Street, stated it would remove the buffer zone if heavy industrial property is located right next to residential property.

 

            Nancy Janoch, 1806 Wyllys Street, stated she feels it is very unusual to zone land to heavy industrial right next to low-density residential homes.  There are residents who live there.  She asked the Planning Commission to consider this industry.  This will be a big change to the area south of this land.  There will be noise and other emissions from this plant that will affect the quality of life of those people who already live in this area.  A substation is not a coal-fired production plant.  Ms. Janoch asked the Planning Commission to consider what else could be built on this property if it were rezoned to Industrial B.  Once we rezone this, it’s done. 

 

            Olga Fagan, 3206 Applewood Road, stated the green buffer and the existing homes are already a part of the master plan and they already exist in this area.  She has lived in too many communities where zoning changes were seen as progress for the communities and they ended up being a mistake.

 

            Daryl Zelenak, 4309 Brambleridge, requested the Planning Commission not push this through too quickly.  There have been two articles in the Midland Daily News and the citizens of Midland are just getting through with graduation and returning from vacations and this is being pushed through too quickly for the citizens to be able to react.  He requested the process be slowed down so people can react to what the future ramifications of this will be for the City of Midland. 

 

            Kyle Bagnall, 2809 Dawn Drive, Midland, stated he is concerned that this will be changed from RA-1 to high density industrial.  He is also concerned that this is directly across the street from a city boat launch.  There is the potential for pollutants to enter the river in this area.  We need to pay attention to the citizens who live downstream from this area and the impact this will have on them.

 

            Greg Janoch, 1806 Wyllys, stated he went to the open house LS Power had a few weeks ago and he did go on-line and research this subject.  He stated there are several of these plants being proposed in Texas but he is concerned what this will do to our air quality in this area. 

 

            Suzette Zelenak stated this will cause a 30-mile radius of air pollutants that will carry arsenic and mercury into our air.  This is not whether you are next door.  There is a coal burning plant in Bay City and we are just outside the effects of that.  This will affect Clare and the surrounding areas. 

 

            Richard Fosgitt, Wilcox Professional Services, stated he wishes to address the buffer again.  In this area where they have various zoning districts next to each other, they will address this when they get to the site plan issues.  They will have to provide for a buffer when considering the relation to the zoning ordinance.

 

            Janet Vanderpool, project manager, stated they have a local telephone number people can call about the project where they can call and ask questions regarding this project.  This number is (989) 631-2162.  This will not be a fast process.  They expect it to take approximately two years to include all the public dialog and to address the concerns of the community.

 

            The chairman closed the public hearing.

 

c.    ZP #543 – initiated by Mid-Michigan Energy, LLC for property by The Dow Chemical Company to zone property on 4249 South Saginaw Road, west of Waldo Avenue from Industrial A to Industrial B.

 

Mr. Baker presented an overview of the site.  This site is approximately 26.25 acres, currently owned by the Dow Chemical Company.  It is currently zoned Industrial A and is proposed to be zoned Industrial B.  This property fronts on Waldo Avenue and South Saginaw Road.  The adjoining parcels to the north and west are zoned Industrial and there is residential to the south and east of this property.  Current land uses are farmland, wooded land, residential properties and vacant properties.  The city-owned boat launch is across the street and there is some commercial at the intersection of Bailey Bridge Road and South Saginaw Road.  There is a distinction between light industrial and heavy industrial uses.  The proposed future land use shows industrial for the entire area north and west of Waldo Avenue and residential to the south and east of Waldo Avenue.  Mr. Baker reviewed the criteria in the staff report.  The Industrial A property proposed for rezoning does abut Industrial B.  The proposed zoning is consistent with the future land use map. Staff recommends approval of this zoning petition as it meets the recommendations of the current and future land use maps and it is adjacent to industrial property to the north.

 

Richard Fosgitt, Wilcox Professional Services, stated this is consistent with land use patterns in the area.  This would not constitute spot zoning.  What they are asking for is a portion of property owned by Dow Chemical Company to be all zoned consistent with the contiguous parcel of property.

 

Scott Walker, Midland Tomorrow, 1422 Clover Court, spoke in support of this request for the zoning change.  He stated there will be many public hearings in the coming months regarding this project and citizens will have plenty of opportunities to express their concerns

 

Daryl Zelenak, 4309 Brambleridge, stated he feels this rezoning will meet the special needs of one specific use of this property, not the entire community.  This is a nice green, wooded area, that people see as they enter the City of Midland.  We would not want people entering the city to immediately see a coal burning plant upon their entrance to the city.

 

Nancy Janoch, 1806 Wyllys Street, stated she realizes what Scott Walker stated about there being many more public forums.  However, if this property is rezoned, it can accommodate anything that is allowed in the Industrial B zoning district.  She urges the Planning Commission to delay this process to allow additional public input.

 

Deeva Massey, 1500 Whitehall Street, stated she has a concern that if this is rezoned Industrial B there will be nothing there for people to be mindful of.

 

Suzette Zelenak, 4309 Brambleridge, stated there needs to be some special consideration of the humans that live near this area and humans that drive by this area every day.  This is old technology and cannot become new technology due to what it is.  If this is rezoned, it will open the door for something else.  We need to be very mindful of any zoning changes because it impacts everyone.

 

No one spoke further either in favor of or in opposition to this request.

 

      Motion by Senesac, supported by Eyre, to continue the meeting beyond the 9:30 limit.  Motion passed unanimously.

 

4.   Public Comments (not related to agenda items)

 

      None

 

5.    New Business

 

      None

 

6.  Old Business

                 

a.    Conditional Use Permit No. 23 – the request of J.S.W. Holding LLC for a parking lot for hospital administration at 4815 Christie Court.  This property is located in a Residential A-1 zoning district.

 

            Mr. Baker reviewed the request for Conditional Use Permit #23.  He reviewed the discretionary and non-discretionary standards to this parking lot request.  The zoning map for the area shows the property is zoned RA-1 residential.  It is just north of property zoned regional commercial.  Current land uses show residential along Christie Court and commercial to the south of this parcel.  There is also commercial to the east of this property.  An aerial photograph shows the existing parking with the property in question.  The petitioner has submitted a revised drawing showing the meshing of the existing parking and the proposed parking.  It is proposed to be one-way off Christie Court and then flow outwards toward Saginaw Road.  There will be one-way circulation through the property.  Mr. Baker reviewed the staff report to the Planning Commission.  Staff has determined 34 spaces are required and a 20% increase would allow seven additional spaces so staff recommends the number of parking spaces be reduced from 43 to 41.  Staff recommends approval of this request.

 

            Jeff Weckesser, 3920 Haskin Drive, stated they are trying to optimize the parking and the land area.  The hospital has a great need for parking and they have a long-term lease for this building.  They are all trying to do what they can do to fill their needs.  They are trying to make the project work.

 

            Ron Browne – 5116 Christie Court, stated he would not be in opposition to this if the curb cut onto Christie Court were eliminated.  He lives on the corner and has two teen-agers who try to get out onto Saginaw Road in the morning.  The changes in uses of this building will cause increased traffic at this intersection early in the morning when people are trying to get to work or school.  He would ask that the egress from Christie Court be eliminated and the access be onto Saginaw Road.

 

            Jeff Weckesser, 3920 Haskin Drive, stated that making the parking lot a one-way flow would help.  There is already an exit from this parking lot onto Christie Court.  Mr. Weckesser believes the proposed change will make this intersection much safer than it is currently. 

 

            Mr. Senesac stated they had significant parking issues under the old zoning ordinance.  This conditional use was added specifically to address the need for additional parking.  This was a perfect example of where this is needed.  These lots are currently under the same ownership and the parking lot across the street has all the spaces this building needs. 

 

            Mr. Gaynor stated he has been in the situation where the rear of his car is protruding out of Christie Ct.  He likes the fact that the one-way traffic flow will limit the direction of the traffic.  He would like to see the curb-cut onto Saginaw Road eliminated.  He does not like to place parking for a higher use building onto residential property.

 

            Mr. Eyre stated he has a problem using the parking across the street.  They may expand the size of the building across the street and need the additional parking at some point in time.  The ownership of this property may also change over time.  There is a need at this site, at this location for additional parking.  He will support this request.

 

            Ms. Hanna stated she is in support of this parking lot, but she would like to see the contingency that they meet with the Engineering Department of the city.  There should not be a curb cut within 30 feet of the intersection of Christie Court and Saginaw Road. 

 

            Ms. Brown stated she likes what is presented here.  Her concern is that this plan shows 43 parking spaces and the hospital wants 50 spaces.  Where are the additional spaces coming from?

 

            Mr. Mead stated we are dealing with the conditional use of this piece of property.  What if it fills up?  What if it doesn’t?  Is this a sound plan or not.  It is not about the number of parking spaces across the street. 

 

            Mr. Jocks stated the one-way makes a lot of sense.  He thinks the curb-cut off Christie Court could be looked at.  When you look at the overall parking requirements, this plan makes a lot of sense.  He is in favor of the plan.

 

            Mr. Kozakiewicz stated he thinks this is a good plan and he is in favor of it.

 

It was moved by Hanna and seconded by Eyre to recommend City Council approval of the Conditional Use Permit No. 23 contingent upon:

 

      1.   All off-street parking and storage spaces shall meet the requirements of Section 5.01(D) 3 of the Midland Zoning Ordinance.  All parking spaces shall be delineated by double striping. 

      2.   The required handicapped accessible parking stall shall be located closest to the entrance of the building.

      3.   The landscaping shall adhere to Article 6 of the Zoning Ordinance including the provision for three (3) additional trees to what has been proposed on the plan.

      4.   The access lane between the new and existing parking lots shall be 20 feet.

      5.   The adjacent building and existing parking lot need to be shown on a revised site plan.

      6.   The following permits will be required upon conditional use approval by the Planning Commission:

            a.   Street excavation permit (Engineering Dept.)

            b.   Catch basin connection permit (Engineering Dept.)

            c.   Traffic control permit (Engineering Dept.)

 

 

YEA:          Brown, Eyre, Gaynor, Hanna, Jocks, Kozakiewicz, and Mead

NAY:         Senesac

ABSENT:  Svenson

 

The motion was approved 7-1.

 

b.    Review of proposed Zoning Ordinance amendments.

 

The Chairman postponed this discussion to a future meeting.

 

7.  Communications

 

     None

 

8.  Report of the Chairman  

    

     Mr. Kozakiewicz thanked Jim Jocks for his efforts and the time he has devoted over his tenure as a Planning Commissioner.

 

     An informational memo was provided by the City Attorney regarding election signs.

 

     An informational memo was also received from Ron Beacom regarding the recording devices and televised meetings protocol. 

 

     The nominating committee recommended Carol Svenson for Chairperson and Scott Gaynor for Vice Chair.  This will be voted upon at the next meeting.


 

9.  Report of the Planning Director

 

CITY COUNCIL                                                                                              

 

June 25th

                        PUBLIC HEARINGS              None

                        ACTION ITEMS                     None

 

            July 9thth

                        PUBLIC HEARINGS              None

                        ACTION ITEMS                     None

 

PLANNING COMMISSION

 

            July 10th     

           

            PUBIC HEARING

 

1.    Conditional Use Permit No. 24, the request of Michael Bensinger for an existing office building to be used as a child care center and office at 2515 Ashman Street.  This property is located in an Office Service and Residential A-1 zoning district.

 

2.    Zoning Text Amendment No. 145A, initiated by Michael Bensinger of Otto, Bensinger and Dice Architects, to consider the inclusion of “Child Care Centers” as a Principal Permitted Use in the Office Service district in the City of Midland Zoning Ordinance.

 

ACTION ITEM           

 

1.    Zoning Text Amendment No. 144A, initiated by Mid-Michigan Energy, LLC, to consider the inclusion of “Electrical generating stations” as a Principal Permitted Use in the Industrial B district in the City of Midland Zoning Ordinance.

 

2.    Zoning Petition No. 542, initiated by Mid-Michigan Energy, LLC for property owned by the City of Midland to zone property on 4389 South Saginaw Road, west of Waldo Avenue from Residential A-1 to Industrial B.

 

3.    Zoning Petition No. 543, initiated by Mid-Michigan Energy, LLC for property owned by The Dow Chemical Company to zone property on 4249 South Saginaw Road, west of Waldo Avenue from Industrial A to Industrial B.

 

4.    Planned Unit Development No. 2, a request by Harcrest Woods Condominiums, to install traffic control gates at the east entrance to the complex (Harcrest Drive just west of Thornberry Drive), in accord with the provisions of Article 24, Section 24.06D of the Zoning Ordinance of the City of Midland.

           

5.    Zoning Code Amendments – Continue discussion and review of proposed amendments to the City of Midland Zoning Code. 

 

July 24th    

            PUBLIC HEARING

            ACTION ITEMS        

 

1.    Conditional Use Permit No. 24, the request of Michael Bensinger for an existing office building to be used as a child care center and office at 2515 Ashman Street.  This property is located in an Office Service and Residential A-1 zoning district.

 

2.    Zoning Text Amendment No. 145A, initiated by Michael Bensinger of Otto, Bensinger and Dice Architects, to consider the inclusion of “Child Care Centers” as a Principal Permitted Use in the Office Service district in the City of Midland Zoning Ordinance.

             

ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS

June 19, 2007 Meeting Agenda

 

1. No. 07-07 – Georgina Winslow and Scott Leach for an area/dimension variance to allow an attached garage to encroach within the side yard setback at 3901 Woodlawn Street. (denied)

 

2. No. 07-08 – Todd Beebe for multiple area/dimension variances to allow a new home addition, detached shed and 6 ft. privacy fence to encroach within the side and rear yard setbacks at 4205 Chelsea Court. (Garage & addition - approved) (Fence – denied) (Shed – approved)

 

PENDING ADMINISTRATIVE SITE PLAN REVIEWS

 

   None. 

 

DIRECTOR’S NOTES

 

July 10, 2007 is next the regular Planning Commission meeting. 

 

The Engineering Department is preparing to give a presentation about storm water management and the city’s requirements at the Planning Commission meeting scheduled for July 24, 2007.  

 

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 home

 

10.  Adjourn

Adjournment at 10:25 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