MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE MIDLAND CITY PLANNING COMMISSION

WHICH TOOK PLACE ON TUESDAY,

SEPTEMBER 9, 2008, 7:00 P.M.,

COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY HALL, MIDLAND, MICHIGAN

 

1.   Roll Call

PRESENT:  Eyre, Hanna, King, Kozakiewicz, Mead, Senesac and Svenson

ABSENT:    Brown and Gaynor

OTHERS PRESENT: Keith Baker, Planning Director, Daryl Poprave, Deputy Planning Director, Cheri King, Community Development Specialist and seven others.

 

2.   Approval of Minutes

Moved by Mead, seconded by Hanna, to approve the minutes of the regular meeting of August 26, 2008. Motion passed unanimously.

 

3.   Public Hearing

 

      a.   Zoning Petition No. 554 initiated by Weckesser Joint Trust for property located at 806

            Rodd Street from Industrial a zoning to Regional Commercial. 

           

            Mr. Baker showed the property is located at 806 Rodd Street, just south and west of Hines Street, between Hines and Pine Streets.  It is approximately mid-block on Townsend Street.   It is adjacent to Grove Park just west of the property, Dan Dan the Mattress Man to the north, and Cohoons Elevator to the south.  The property is currently zoned Light Industrial.  It is proposed to be rezoned Regional Commercial.  There is Regional Commercial across Rodd Street and Regional Commercial and Industrial across Townsend Street.  The site is currently vacant, but was previously a lumber yard.  It is in the area of a former railroad depot.  The future land use map shows this parcel being identified for future commercial activity. 

 

            There are ten questions we seek to answer with a zoning petition.  The proposed amendment is consistent with the city’s Master Plan according to staff’s opinion.  The proposed amendment will be in accordance with the intent and purpose of the Zoning Ordinance.  Conditions have changed since the Zoning Ordinance was adopted.  The business next door has closed and the master plan was adopted since this property was zoned.  The amendment will not grant special privileges to this specific property.  The amendment will not result in unlawful exclusionary zoning.  Regional Commercial is provided on both sides adjacent to this property.  The amendment will not set an inappropriate precedent.  It would meet the proposed intent of the Master Plan through the rezoning to commercial.  The proposed zoning is consistent with the existing zoning classification of the surrounding land.  All requirements in the proposed zoning classification can be complied with on the subject parcel.  It is of sufficient size and can accommodate the permitted uses in the Regional Commercial zoning district.  The proposed zoning is consistent with the trends in land development in the general vicinity of the land in question.  There are commercial entities to the northwest and the south and west, and residential to the south and east.  Staff recommendation is for a positive vote on this rezoning petition.

 

            Bryan Plummer, 1616 W. Olson Road, Sanford, is the potential purchaser of this property.  He is representing the petitioner at this time.  Ms. Hanna asked Mr. Plummer whether or not he anticipates that any hazardous materials will be found on the site.  Mr. Plummer stated that they are researching this at this time.  There were no further questions for the petitioner.

 

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

 

            The public hearing was closed. 

 

4.  Public Comments

     

      None

 

5.   New Business

 

      None

 

6.    Old Business

 

  1. Site Plan No. 285 from JBS Contracting on behalf of Columbia Pipe for site plan

review and approval for a 49,752 square foot building located at 102 Fast Ice Drive. 

 

Mr. Baker showed an aerial photograph of the parcel at the northwest corner of the intersection of Rockwell Drive and Fast Ice Drive.  The proposed jail site is located across the street to the south of this site.  The approved proposed Apothecary Shoppe will be to the west of this site.  The site is to the south of Bay City Road and just west of a manufactured home park.  There is a rezoning petition before City Council at this time to rezone this parcel from Agricultural and Regional Commercial to LCMR.  The approval of this site plan will be contingent upon the rezoning of this property by City Council. 

 

The site plan meets all the requirements for lighting, storm water detention and landscaping.  They have made an adjustment to include an ADA ramp at the corner of Rockwell Drive and Fast Ice Drive.  At the last Planning Commission meeting, there was a discussion of whether or not sidewalks should be required in this area.  There is a letter from the Engineering Department in the Commission’s packet stating why they were not requiring sidewalks in this area, as they are not requiring curb and gutter streets.  Should conditions change and the city area install curb and gutter streets, sidewalks could be required at that time. 

 

Ms. Hanna asked if a contingency should be added at this time to require sidewalks if curb and gutters were added to the streets in this area.  Mr. Baker stated that it was not needed at this time as a contingency.

 

Pete Lorenz, 3229 W. Beale City Road, Wademan, Michigan, is the civil engineer on this project.  They have made revisions to the curb and gutter on the east side and widened the entrance on the east side of the site plan. 

 

Mr. Kozakiewicz stated it looks like a straight forward plan and he is in favor of the plan.  He does not feel sidewalks should be required for the nature of the development that is there.  He does not see who would be there to use them.  Mr. Eyre agreed with Mr. Kozakiewicz.  He also cannot imagine who will be there to use the sidewalks.  Mr. Senesac stated it would be difficult to require sidewalks there now, based upon the comments from the Engineering Department.  There may be businesses who locate here in the future, but he does not see the necessity for sidewalks at this time.  Mr. Mead is in agreement with Mr. Senesac.  Ms. Hanna is also in agreement with what has been said.  Mr. King stated that 20 years from now this part of town will be much more developed than it is now.  He thinks that sidewalks will be desirable at that point in time and he would not question the Engineering’s recommendations at this time.

               

It was moved by Eyre, and seconded by Hanna, to recommend to City Council approval of Site Plan No. 285 without sidewalks at this time on the Rockwell Drive side of the parcel, 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.  There are three hydrants shown on the site.

7.   ADA sidewalk ramp on Fast Ice Drive.

8.   Widen Rockwell Drive to 16.5 ft. at entrance drive.

9.   That the requirement for public sidewalk be waived until deemed necessary in the

      future or upon the installation of curb and gutter along the Rockwell Drive frontage.

10. Adoption of Zoning Petition No. 553 by the City Council.

 

            Vote on the motion:

 

            YEAS:             Eyre, Hanna, King, Kozakiewicz, Mead, Senesac and Svenson

            NAYS:             None

            ABSENT:        Brown and Gaynor

 

            The motion was approved 7-0.

 


b.   Site Plan No. 286 from R I Hospitality LLC on behalf of Midland Residence Inn

            for site plan review and approval for a 74,889 square foot building located at 6295

            T Moore Drive.

 

Mr. Poprave showed an aerial photograph of the subject property.  It is located west of T Moore Drive and north of Joe Mann Boulevard.  The Springhill Suites is located across the street and southeast of the property, Wal-Mart is to the west and Midland Evangelical Free Church is to the north.  The future land use map shows this property is intended for commercial purposes. 

 

This will be a 3-story Residence Inn extended stay hotel.  Sidewalk has been added to the west side of T Moore Drive.  Fire hydrants have been added to the site plan.  Landscaping to the north side of the property has been added, as landscaping is required when the property is adjacent to residentially zoned property.  The plan met all of the other contingencies as listed.  There is no storm water detention required on site because the storm water detention was already provided for by the current owner of the property.  The landscaping shall comply with Article 6 of the Zoning Ordinance.  The dumpster shall be screened in accordance with Section 3.15.  Lighting shall comply with Section 3.12.  The sidewalk has been added along the east side of the property.  Easements for sanitary sewer and water have been added to the plan.

 

Michael Smith, 5225 E. Pickard, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, is representing the petitioner, Residence Inn by Marriott.  They own the property in front of the proposed hotel and their intent is to bring in a couple of restaurants and make it more of a campus setting. 

 

Mr. Senesac stated he is pleased to see the shared detention ponds.  The site plan has the intent to connect to other property.  Mr. Mead agreed with Mr. Senesac.  He stated the planning principles are met very well.  He likes the idea of the restaurants and the needs of the different hotels in the area.  Ms. Hanna stated she thinks this is very well planned.

 

It was moved by Hanna, and seconded by Eyre, to recommend to City Council approval

of Site Plan No. 286 with the following contingencies:

 

      1.   The stormwater detention and conveyance systems are designed and

            constructed in accordance with Engineering Department specifications and standards.

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

            a.   Additional screening shall be provided on the north side of the property per

                  Section 6.02(E).

            b.   All mechanical equipment shall be screened in accordance with Section 6.02(E)2.

      3.   The dumpster shall be screen in accordance with Section 3.15 of the Zoning

            Ordinance.  Dumpster screening details shall be provided.

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

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

      6.   All parking spaces shall comply with Section 5.01(D) of the Zoning Ordinance and

            shall be delineated by the “box” style striping.

      7.   “No Parking” signs shall be installed along the north side fire lane.


      8.   Five foot wide, concrete public sidewalks shall be installed along the entire east

            side of the parcel within the road right of way.

      9.   Public easement shall be created to maintain the public water and sanitary sewer

            mains.

      10. Total building square footage needs to be labeled on future site plan drawings.

 

            Vote on the motion:

 

            YEAS:             Eyre, Hanna, King, Kozakiewicz, Mead, Senesac and Svenson

            NAYS:             None

            ABSENT:        Brown and Gaynor

 

            The motion was approved 7-0.

 

7.   Communications

 

     None

 

8.  Report of the Chairperson  

 

     None

 

9.    Report of the Planning Director

 

Staff is seeking areas where the Planning Commission might like to address issues in the Zoning Ordinance or other areas of their authority.  Mr. Mead spoke about the issues Saginaw is addressing right now about the notification of people further than the 300 feet required by state law.

 

CITY COUNCIL                                                                                                                 

 

August 11th

 

a.    Conditional Use Permit No. 30, the request of Joan Dukarski for a group child day care home located at 809 E. Sugnet Road.  (Approved)

 

b.    Conditional Use Permit No. 31, the request of Midland Country Club for a new clubhouse and a new pool/cabana building to be located at 1120 W. St. Andrews. (Approved)

 

August 25th

 

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. (Approved)

 

September 8th                        None

 

September 15th

 

a.  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). 

 

b.  Site Plan No. 285 from JBS Contracting on behalf of Columbia Pipe for site plan review and approval for a 49,752 square foot building located at 102 Fast Ice Drive.

 

c.  Site Plan No. 286 from R I Hospitality LLC on behalf of Midland Residence Inn for site plan review and approval for a 74,889 square foot building located at 6295 T Moore Drive.

           

PLANNING COMMISSION

 

September 23rd      

 

ACTION ITEMS

 

Zoning Petition No. 554 initiated by Weckesser Joint Trust for property located at 806 Rodd Street from Industrial “A” zoning to Regional Commercial.

 

ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS

 

August 19th meeting

 

No. 08-10 – Cris Weckesser for an area/dimension variance to allow reconstruction of a fire destroyed building at Tek Circle located at 2903 Ronan Street. (Denied)

 

September 16th Meeting – Cancelled

 

PENDING ADMINISTRATIVE SITE PLAN REVIEWS

 

No. 43 Bierlein Properties – 4,619 office addition to existing facility  

 

DIRECTOR’S NOTES

 

September 23, 2008 is the next regularly scheduled Planning Commission meeting. 

 

Michigan Association of Planning fall conference October 1-4, Kalamazoo, Michigan.

 

Please have proposed changes for the city’s Zoning Ordinance to Planning Department staff by the October 14th Planning Commission meeting for the annual code review and revision process.  Planning staff would like to initiate the review process at the November 11th meeting. 

 

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 7:59 p.m. was unanimously approved.

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

Keith Baker, AICP

Director of Planning & Community Development

 

MINUTES ARE NOT FINAL UNTIL APPROVED BY THE PLANNING COMMISSION