MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE MIDLAND CITY PLANNING COMMISSION

WHICH TOOK PLACE ON TUESDAY,

APRIL 12, 2011, 7:00 P.M.,

COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY HALL, MIDLAND, MICHIGAN

 

1. Roll Call

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

ABSENT: None

OTHERS PRESENT: Cheri King, Community Development Specialist, Cindy Winland, Consultant Planner and four others.

 

2. Approval of Minutes

Moved by Ballard, seconded by Young, to approve the minutes of the regular meeting of March 8, 2011 as written. Motion passed unanimously.

3. Introduction of new Planning Commissioner Judd Tanzini

Diane Brown introduced Judd Tanzini as the new Planning Commissioner.

4. Public Hearings

 

Ms. Brown reviewed the process used by the Planning Commission for conducting public hearings.

 

a. Site Plan No. 299 from Dr. Cynthia Skiba, DDS for site plan review and approval for a 2,995 square foot dental office located at 111 Harold Street.

 

Ms. Winland showed an aerial photograph of the subject property. The proposed address is 111 Harold Street, comprised of three parcels. The subject parcel is zoned Office Service. It is surrounded by Office Service zoning. Dr. Skiba has acquired these parcels and intends to demolish the structures on these properties at the present time. She will then build a new structure.

 

Right now, there are two driveways on the parcel. There will be one driveway at the end of the construction. The site design characteristics would not impede any potential development for which it is zoned. The landscaping plan meets all the requirements of the Zoning Ordinance. Dr. Skiba will retain as many trees as possible. The landscape plan far exceeds the requirements of the Zoning Ordinance. The site design meets all the required setbacks. The Fire Department has reviewed the site plan and agrees that they have met all their requirements. Pedestrian circulation is such that there is new sidewalk and there will be new sidewalk between the driveway and the building. The property is a corner lot and will take entrance off Harold Street. There will be a bike rack provided. There are 18 stalls shown on the property, where 16 stalls are required. There is one handicap accessible parking space. The photometric plan has been submitted and is acceptable. Water, sewer and hydrant location are sufficient for this development. There have not been any health or safety issues identified. The entire plan will be built in a single phase. There is an outbuilding shown for a future phase. It is located in the northwest corner of the site. Signs will have to be constructed in conformance with the Zoning Ordinance. There will be no commercial dumpster.

 

Contingency items:

 

1. The storm water management methods are 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.

 

Comments have been received from one neighbor. The comments were very positive. They are completely in support of the development of this property as proposed.

Dennis Bray, R.S. Scott Associates in Alpena, represents the architectural firm from Alpena. One driveway exists now. They will use the original curb cut from the original driveway and widened it. The city is requiring them to install a six inch thick sidewalk across the driveway area. Mr. Bray brought drawings depicting where the bike rack will be located, subject to a final decision by the owners.

 

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

 

The public hearing was closed.

 

4. Old Business

 

None

 

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

 

None

 

6. New Business

 

None

 

7. Communications

 

None

 

8. Report of the Chairperson

 

None

 

 

 

9. Report of the Planning Director

 

Ms. Winland is here for Mr. Baker. She reported that the Planning Commission will be seeing more items on their agenda for their coming meetings.

10. Adjourn

 

Adjournment at 7:18 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