MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE MIDLAND CITY PLANNING COMMISSION

WHICH TOOK PLACE ON TUESDAY,

AUGUST 9, 2011, 7:00 P.M.,

COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY HALL, MIDLAND, MICHIGAN

 

1.   Roll Call

PRESENT:  Brown, Hanna, McLaughlin, Mead, Pnacek, Stewart, Tanzini and Young

ABSENT:   Senesac

OTHERS PRESENT: Cheri King, Community Development Specialist, Cindy Winland, Contract Planner, and 5 others.

 

2.   Approval of Minutes

Moved by Hanna, seconded by Brown, to approve the minutes of the regular meeting of July 26, 2011 as written. Motion passed unanimously.

Moved by Hanna, seconded by Brown, to approve the minutes of the special meeting of July 26, 2011 as written.  Motion passed unanimously. 

3.   Public Hearings

     

      None

    

4.   Old Business

 

      a.      Site Plan No. 306 from Wilcox Professional Services on behalf of Schauman Development for site plan review and approval of Waldo Avenue Townhomes, a 24 unit residential townhome development, located at 3501 East Ashman Street.

 

               Ms. Winland showed an aerial photograph of the subject property.  It is located at the corner of Waldo Avenue and Ashman Street.  To the south is a religious institution and to the east is a greenhouse.  The zoning surrounding the subject property is office service to the south, agricultural to the east, single family residential to the north and RA-2 residential to the west.  At the public hearing, a number of people spoke about the access point on Waldo Avenue.  There has been a change made to the site plan.  Initially there was an entrance off of Waldo Avenue.  Now the entrance is off Ashman Street.  The location of the buildings has been shifted somewhat.  All the buffering will remain along with all the existing trees.  The driveway will be directly across the street from the religious institution.  There will be photocell lights mounted over the garage doors for lighting.  A four-foot pedestrian walkway has been added to the internal drive of the site plan for pedestrian circulation. 

 

               There is space on the street for on-street parking in between the units.  The contingency items remain the same as in the past.  Sidewalks are shown on the plan on Ashman Street.  There are already sidewalks on Waldo Avenue.

              

               Eric Spitler, Wilcox Professional Services, stated they did receive their stormwater management permit in the mail today.  Between the detention pond and the adjacent property, there is a Consumers easement.  Consumers does not like plantings in their easements.  The pond is a little bit lower there so that will help with blocking the view somewhat.  The easement for Consumers Energy is 15 feet.  Sanitary sewer and storm sewer run along there as well.  There is 62 feet from the property line to the building.  The rear yard setback will be 25 feet. 

 

               No one spoke in favor of the petition.  Bill Johnson, 3535 E. Ashman, stated all the people on the north side of the road object strongly to the sidewalk on the north side.  They don’t have any now.  The city has approved a site plan that allowed the nursing home not to have sidewalks in front of their place.  He cannot see any use of a sidewalk in that area.  He objects to the Planning Commission forcing a sidewalk in. 

 

               Ms. Winland stated the sidewalk will run from the corner of Waldo Avenue to the east property line.  Mr. Pnacek asked at what point Mr. Johnson would be required to put sidewalks in front of his building?  Ms. Winland stated if Mr. Johnson came in with a substantial change to his property, he would be required at that time to put in sidewalks on his property.  Mr. Pnacek stated there are no other sidewalks in that area.  He would be opposed to putting sidewalks in along Ashman Street. Mrs. Hanna agreed.

 

               Ron Schauman, Schauman Development, stated he thinks it would be advantageous to have sidewalks going to Waldo Avenue.  Sidewalks going to the east would serve no purpose. 

              

               Motion by Hanna, seconded by Brown, to recommend to City Council the approval of Site Plan No. 306 from Wilcox Professional Services on behalf of Schauman Development for site plan review and approval of Waldo Avenue Townhomes, a 24 unit residential townhome development, located at 3501 East Ashman Street contingent on the following: 

 

               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.

               5.   A soil and sedimentation control plan must be submitted.

               6.   Sidewalks will not be required between the driveway and the east property line.

 

               All Planning Commissioners stated they were in favor of this plan.  Mr. Mead thanked the petitioner for being willing to make recommended changes to the plan.

                                              

               Vote:

 

               YEAS:          Brown, Hanna, McLaughlin, Mead, Pnacek, Stewart, Tanzini and Young

               NAYS:          None

               ABSENT:     Senesac

 

      Motion was approved 8-0. 

 

         b.   Site Plan No. 307 from Wilcox Professional Services on behalf of Schauman Development for site plan review and approval for East Patrick Road Townhomes, an 18 unit residential townhome development, located at 4009 East Patrick Road. 

 

               Ms. Winland showed an aerial photograph of the subject property.  Single family residential is to the north and east and multi-family to the west and the highway to the south.  There is some RA-3 residential and some RA-4 on the south and east.  The area is primarily multi-family.

 

               There will be photocell wall-mounted lights over the garage.  A 4’ pedestrian walkway will be striped on the internal drive.  The designated street parking is shown on the plan in the event that there is overflow from parking in the driveways.  This design is the same design that was presented before.  The Planning Department has received no communications regarding this site plan since the last Planning Commission meeting.

 

               Eric Spitler, Wilcox Professional Services, stated they did receive their storm water permit today in the mail.  He had no further comments.

 

               There were no public comments either in favor of or in opposition to this petition.

 

               Motion by Pnacek, seconded by Brown, to recommend to City Council the approval of Site Plan no. 307 from Wilcox Professional Services on behalf of Schauman Development for site plan review and approval for East Patrick Road Townhomes, an 18 unit residential townhome development, located at 4009 East Patrick Road contingent on the following:

 

               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.

               5.   A soil and sedimentation control plan must be submitted.

 

               Ms. Brown stated it is a good plan and she supports it.  The remaining commissioners nodded in agreement.  

 

               Vote:

 

               YEAS:          Brown, Hanna, McLaughlin, Mead, Pnacek, Stewart, Tanzini and Young

               NAYS:          None

               ABSENT:     Senesac

 

      Motion was approved 8-0. 

 

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

 

         None

 

6.   New Business

     

  1. 2012 Regular meeting schedule of the City of Midland Planning Commission

 

Motion by Pnacek, seconded by McLaughlin, to accept the proposed 2012 calendar of meetings.  Motion passed 8-0.

 

      b.   Set special meeting for Tuesday, August 30, 2011 – Swede bike lane.

 

         It was decided at the last Planning Commission meeting to have a special meeting for a work session to discuss bike lanes on Swede Avenue.  Mr. Stewart asked if the meeting could be held at 7:00 instead of 5:00.  Mr. Mead asked if staff would have key players in the discussion either present or have the statistics available regarding accidents on Swede Avenue at various intersections.  Commissioners would like to discuss other intersections at the same time as these same issues might arise in future situations.  They would like to discuss all these areas at one time.  The Planning Commission would also like an agenda for the special meeting, prior to the meeting.  They would also like the meeting to be well publicized.  It would be helpful to hear facts from the city’s traffic engineer.  Commissioners would like to be able to compare data between Swede Avenue and Sugnet, as well as some of the other roads that will be proposed in the future.

     

7.   Communications

 

      None

 

8.   Report of the Chairperson

 

          Commission members received a copy of the current “Michigan Planner”.  He also thanked Diane Brown for her service on the Planning Commission as she will be moving on to the City Council.  She thanked the Commission and said it has been fun working with everyone.  What makes it fun is that everyone works together as a team.  She hopes they will continue to work as a team.

 

9.  Report of the Planning Director

 

     There are three public hearings coming up at the next meeting, according to Ms. Winlanad.

 

10. Adjourn               

 

     Adjournment at 7:43 p.m. was unanimously approved.

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

Keith Baker, AICP, CFM

Director of Planning & Community Development

 

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