JULY 8, 2008, 7:00 P.M.,



1.   Roll Call

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

ABSENT:    Svenson

OTHERS PRESENT: Keith Baker, Planning Director; Cheri King, Community Development Specialist and 4 others.


2.   Election of Officers



      Ms. Brown stated the nominating committee met and

recommends Carol Svenson to continue as Chairperson and Mr. Gaynor as Vice Chair.  Mr. Mead seconded the motion.  Motion passed unanimously.           


3.   Approval of Minutes

Moved by Senesac, seconded by Brown, to approve the minutes of the regular meeting of June 24, 2008. Motion passed unanimously.


4.   Public Hearing




5.  Public Comments




5.   New Business




6.    Old Business


  1. Site Plan No. 283 from Three Rivers Corporation on behalf of Midland Equities, LLC for site plan review and approval for a 44,100 square foot building located at 215 Fast Ice Drive.


Mr. Kozakiewicz asked to abstain from action on this petition as his employer is the contractor for this site plan.  Motion by Eyre, seconded by Hanna, to allow Mr. Kozakiewicz to abstain.  Motion passed unanimously.


Mr. Baker showed an aerial photograph showing the subject property of 11.64 acres on Fast Ice Drive, located directly south of the city’s ice arena.  This parcel was rezoned from Agricultural to LCMR a few months ago.  The petition tonight is a permitted use within that district.  This parcel is surrounded by Community to the east, Regional Commercial to the north, Heavy Industrial zoning to the south, and Light Industrial to the west.  The public hearing was held at the June 24, 2008 meeting.  The published materials state this will be a 43,975 square foot building.  This has been corrected to reflect a 44,100 square foot building.  Staff has received a revised set of site plan drawings showing the additional landscaping that has been requested.  The petitioner has communicated with the City’s Fire Department regarding fire hydrants.  The City’s Engineering Department and consulting traffic engineer stated the impact of the traffic generated by this use would be minimal on Fast Ice Drive where it intersects Bay City Road and Rockwell Drive.  Both intersections at Fast Ice Drive are designed to handle the additional traffic of the Apothocary Shoppe.  This is a fast-developing area of the community.  The recommendation from staff is for approval with the listed contingencies.


Rick Parker, Three Rivers Corporation, represented the petitioner.  Mr. Eyre asked Mr. Parker how high the canopy would be.  Mr. Parker stated it would be 14 feet.  There were no further comments either from the petitioner or from anyone in the audience.


            It was moved by Senesac, and seconded by Brown, to recommend to City Council approval of Site Plan No. 283 with the following contingencies:


1.         The stormwater detention system is designed and constructed in accordance with the City of Midland Engineering Department specifications.

2.         All landscaping shall comply with Article 6 of the Zoning Ordinance.

            3.         All exterior lighting shall comply with Section 3.12 of the Zoning Ordinance.

            4.         All exterior signage shall comply with Article 8 of the Zoning Ordinance.

            5.         All parking spaces shall comply with Section 5.01D of the Zoning Ordinance and be delineated by the “box” style striping.

            6.         The location, access and flow of the proposed fire hydrants and water service shall be in accordance with the City of Midland Fire Department and City of Midland Utility Department specifications. 


            Mr. Mead stated he thinks this is a good plan.  All the recommendations made by the Planning Commission have been accommodated.  Mr. Gaynor stated he thinks this is a great addition to the city.


      Vote on the motion:


      YEAS:       Brown, Eyre, Gaynor, Hanna, King, Mead, and Senesac

      NAYS:       None

      ABSENT:  Svenson

      ABSTAIN: Kozakiewicz


      The motion was approved 7-0.


7.   Communications




8.  Report of the Chairperson  




9.    Report of the Planning Director


CITY COUNCIL                                                                                                                

July 14th         




a.    Site Plan No. 282 from MidMichigan Medical Center for site plan review and approval for a 101,410 square foot Harlow Bed Tower Expansion located at 4005 Orchard Drive.


b.    Site Plan No. 283 from Three Rivers Corporation on behalf of Midland Equities, LLC for site plan review and approval for a 44,100 square foot building located at 215 Fast Ice Drive.


c.    Zoning Petition No. 552 initiated by Three Rivers Corporation on behalf of Dublin Enterprises for property located at 4916 N. Saginaw Road, 4920 N. Saginaw Road and 5000 N. Saginaw Road from Regional Commercial to Office Service zoning.


d.    Zoning Text Amendment No. 147A, initiated by Midland Circle Business Association, Inc., to consider the maximum wall and roof signs to change from 40 square foot to 100 square feet in the Circle zoning district in the City of Midland Zoning Ordinance.


July 21st          None.




July 22th     




a.    Site Plan No. 284 from Three Rivers Corporation on behalf of Senior Services – Midland County Council on Aging for site plan review and approval for an 11,132 square foot building located at 5000 North Saginaw Road.


b.   Zoning Petition No. 553 initiated by Nicolaos Rapanos for

property located at 102 Fast Ice Drive from Agricultural zoning

to Limited Commercial Manufacturing and Research (LCMR). 








July 15, 2008 Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting


a.    No. 08-07 – Midland Country Club for an area/dimension variance to allow the

proposed clubhouse and pool cabana to exceed the building height requirements at 1120 West St. Andrews Road.


b.    No. 08-08 – Andrew Lovell for an area/dimension variance to allow a fence to exceed the height requirements in the side street yard setback at 4205 Partridge Lane.


c.    No. 08-09 – Kari McPhillips for an area/dimension variance to allow a home addition to encroach within the side yard setback at 2804 Dartmouth Drive.








July 22, 2008 is the next regularly scheduled Planning Commission meeting. 


A non-motorized transportation planning advisory committee is being formed with participants from the Planning Commission, County Recreation Department, Parks & Recreation Commission and various trail and bicycling organizations.  Their first meeting is scheduled for Thursday July 17, 2008 at 9:00 a.m. in the Council Overflow conference room of City Hall. 


Planning Commission packets are available on-line at the City of Midland’s web site.  Meeting agenda items are highlighted and residents can “click” on the link to view all of the supporting documentation.  The city’s web site address is www.midland-mi.org.


10.  Adjourn

Adjournment at 7:23 p.m. was unanimously approved.

Respectfully submitted,




Keith Baker, AICP

Director of Planning & Community Development