MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE MIDLAND CITY PLANNING COMMISSION

WHICH TOOK PLACE ON TUESDAY,

FEBRUARY 8, 2011, 7:00 P.M.,

COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY HALL, MIDLAND, MICHIGAN

 

1.   Roll Call

PRESENT:  Ballard, Brown, Hanna, Pnacek, Senesac, Stewart and Young

ABSENT:    Mead

VACANCY: One

OTHERS PRESENT: Cheri King, Community Development Specialist, Cindy Winland, Consultant Planner and one other.

 

2.   Approval of Minutes

Moved by Ballard, seconded by Senesac, to approve the minutes of the regular meeting of January 11, 2011 as written. Motion passed unanimously.

Moved by Senesac, seconded by Young, to approve the minutes of the special meeting of January 25, 2011 as written.  Motion passed unanimously. 

3.   Public Hearings

 

a.    2011 Zoning Text Amendments

 

Cindy Winland presented the 2011 proposed Zoning Ordinance text changes.  These changes are being brought forth by the Planning Commission and the City of Midland. 

 

The first change is to add places where places of worship would be permitted by right versus conditional use permit.  These are:  Community, Office Service, Neighborhood, Regional and Community Commercial, Circle, LCMR and Industrial A and B. 

 

The second proposed change is for Clubs and Fraternal Organizations.  This change would increase the districts where Clubs and Fraternal Organizations are permitted:

·         By right – Community and Regional Commercial and LCMR

·         With special standards – Circle, Downtown, Neighborhood Commercial

·         By conditional use permit – Residential B

This change would also eliminate the setback requirement.  It would also add that they must be located above the first floor in Neighborhood Commercial, Circle, and Downtown Districts.

 

Homeless Shelters would be defined and clarified.  They could be any of the following uses:

·         Residential Treatment Center

·         Transitional Housing

·         Day Shelter

·         Soup Kitchen

·         Social Service Agency

These would correct inconsistencies and omissions in the current ordinance.  Siting requirements would also be added, to include:

·         Location and number

·         Height

·         Screening

·         Outdoor Activity

·         Security

·         Transportation

·         Parking

 

Consistency changes include the following:

·         General Regulations 0 3.02 J.  Remove the suggestion that site plans require bicycle storage.  This is now required.

·         Residential D, Multiple Family – 15.02 D.  Permit Group Day Care homes operating between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. to be approved by administrative review.

·         Signs – 8.04 A. 5.  Add home occupation signs to the list of permitted exempt signs.

 

            Kiosks:

·         Definitions 2.02  Add a definition for Kiosk.

·         Site Development Standards 9.02 G. Drive-up establishments

Add placement, height and signage regulations for freestanding kiosks

 

Fences:

·         Enable the Planning Director to permit fences over 8 feet in height to serve recreational and institutional uses.

·         Prohibit temporary fences not associated with construction.

 

            Patios and Decks:

·         Delete setback regulations for at grade decks, patios, open porches and terraces.

·         Delete maximum height regulation for above grade decks, patios, open porches and terraces.

·         Add above ground pool decks must comply with setbacks for accessory structures.

 

Nonconformities:

·         Clarify that driveways and access to a lot is part of a use of land and therefore may be a nonconforming aspect of a use of land.

·         Impact:  Uses of land that lose their nonconforming status may be required to close or relocate nonconforming drives.

 

      Process:

·         The Planning Commission reviewed the text changes on January 11, 2011;

·         The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on February 8, 2011;

·         The Planning Commission will make a recommendation to City Council at their February 22, 2011 meeting;

·         City Council will schedule a public hearing on February 28, 2011; and

·         City Council will hold a public hearing on March 21, 2011 and act on the amendments.

 

      Mr. Senesac asked staff to add “airports” to uses that the Planning Director could allow 8 foot fences.  The remainder of the Commission was in agreement.  There were no public comments either in favor of or in opposition to any of the proposed text amendments.

     

4.   Old Business

 

      None

 

5.  Public Comments (unrelated to items on the agenda)

 

         None

 

6.   New Business

 

         None

 

7.   Communications

 

      Commissioners received a copy of the “Planning and Zoning News”.

 

8.   Report of the Chairperson

 

     None

          

9.  Report of the Planning Director

 

    None

          

10. Adjourn               

 

      Adjournment at 7:28 p.m. was unanimously approved.

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

Keith Baker, AICP, CFM

Director of Planning & Community Development

 

MINUTES ARE NOT FINAL UNTIL APPROVED BY THE PLANNING COMMISSION