MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE MIDLAND CITY PLANNING COMMISSION

WHICH TOOK PLACE ON TUESDAY,

FEBRUARY 14, 2012, 7:00 P.M.,

COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY HALL, MIDLAND, MICHIGAN

 

1.   Roll Call

PRESENT:  Hanna, Heying, McLaughlin, Mead, Pnacek, Senesac, Stewart, and Young

ABSENT:    Tanzini         

OTHERS PRESENT: Cindy Winland, Consulting Planner, Cheri King, Community Development Specialist, and 15 others.

 

2.   Approval of Minutes

Moved by Young, seconded by Heying, to approve the minutes of the regular meeting of January 24, 2012. Motion passed unanimously.

3.   Public Hearings

     

      a.   Site Plan No. 309 – Initiated by Kloha Properties for site plan review and approval for Autumn Brooke Townhomes, a 68 unit residential townhome development, located at 405 Joseph Drive on 9.82 acres. It is zoned RB, Multiple Family Residential. 

 

            Shawn Pnacek asked to be allowed to abstain from deliberations on this petition as his family is the owner of this property. 

 

            The property is located on Joseph Drive, east of Jefferson, south of Oakbrook Drive.  The proposed plan contains four different proposed floor plans.  The footprint shown will accommodate a combination of those units indicated.  It meets all the site plan criteria, which includes landscaping, preservation of natural features, and privacy issues.  Since the last meeting, the developer has added two berms at the end of each of the stub streets which will increase the privacy for the adjacent neighbors.  Emergency vehicle access has been approved.  There is adequate ingress and egress from this development.  There is adequate pedestrian circulation and there are bike racks shown on the plan.  You can walk through the development without walking in the street.  The parking meets the requirements of the ordinance.  The lighting meets the photometric plan.  Public services are adequate for this development.  No health and safety concerns have been identified.  The developer has indicated that this will be built in two phases. 

 

            Standard contingencies apply to this development.  There were no formal public comments received.  There is no parking allowed on the streets.  There are 20 supplemental parking spaces shown on the site plan.  Mr. Senesac thinks 23 supplemental parking spaces are required by the ordinance.  Upon some research it was discovered that the original plan showed 23 additional spaces and the revised plan now shows only 20.

 

            Mr. Senesac thinks there are parking spaces that will be quite some distance of some of the units.  Ms. Hanna asked the petitioner how much of the pavement is pervious.

 

            Chad Kloha spoke on behalf of the developer.  With respect to phased development, if the road is not put all the way through, they would put in a “temporary turnaround” as required by the city.  There are 20 proposed additional parking spaces in the proposed development.  Most of the units have two car garages and then there are two parking spaces in the driveways.  Typically, renters have one or two cars so they can park their cars in the garage and visitors can use the driveway spaces.  They will require that the tenants use their garages for parking and not for storage. 

 

            John Billette stated there is no pervious paving proposed for this project.  Other places that he has put in pervious paving have had significant problems.  There will be no parking allowed on either side of the street.  The ordinance states that if there is no parking permitted on the streets, they can be 20 feet wide.  They made the street wider so that if there is a car parked in the street, the fire department stated they could get around it with a fire truck.  That is why the streets are 23’ wide. 

 

            On the north side of the development, there is a county drain.  They have added storm water drainage from this site so there will be no storm water going into the county drain.  Right now, there is no plan to place a fence on the north property line. 

 

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

 

The developer initially had three additional parking spots on the original drawing.  They were removed as they did not think they were required for the site plan. They will be added back in to the site plan. The handicapped parking space can be moved to the other end of the overflow parking area. 

 

            The public hearing was closed.

 

      b.   Site Plan No. 311 – initiated by Gerace Construction Company for site plan review and approval for ECO Bio Plastics Midland, Inc., a 39,968 square foot office, industrial and manufacturing facility, located at 4037 South Saginaw Road.

 

            Ms. Winland stated this is a use by right, subject to Site Plan Review.  The petitioner has requested that a decision be made at the meeting tonight following the public hearing.  This property is zoned Industrial B.  This is a newly split lot of 6.54 acres.  The subject property is adjacent to the existing Gerace Construction property.  All the property surrounding it is zoned Industrial.  There is no sewer so there will be a drain field installed, according to health department regulations.  The maximum height of the building will be 28 feet, although there is no height requirement in Industrial districts. 

 

            The site plan criteria have been met.  Fire Department access has been reviewed and approved.  The storm water management methods are designed and constructed according to Engineering Department standards.  This site plan contains the usual special contingencies. 

 

            No public comments have been received either in favor of or in opposition to this site plan.  This property has an approved land division.  Mrs. Hanna asked about the open ditch at the top of the drawing.

 

            Jess Fitzgibbon, with Gerace Construction.  The ditch is a private ditch.  They did not survey the profile.  The ditch could be five or six feet wide and perhaps three feet deep.  ECO Bio plastics is going to process recycled paper and produce a plastic pellet.  This pellet will be sold to other companies who will use them to make plastic cups, plastic plates, etc.  This business will provide approximately 34 jobs.  There will be some silos on the outside and some warehousing space in the building.  About half of the 39,000 sq. ft. will be used for manufacturing. 

 

            No one spoke either in favor of or in opposition to this site plan.  The public hearing was closed.

 

      c.   Zoning Petition No. 578 – initiated by Midland Downtown Partners, LLC to rezone property at 215 State Street, 614 and 709 East Larkin Street and 608 East Ellsworth Street from Regional Commercial zoning to Downtown zoning. The site is 5.04 acres. 

 

            The proposed amendment is consistent with the City’s Master Plan.  The entire area is proposed for Downtown uses.  The amendment will be in accordance with the intent and purpose of the zoning ordinance.  The amendment will not result in unlawful exclusionary zoning.  It will not set an inappropriate precedent.  Conditions have changed since the zoning ordinance was adopted that justifies the amendment.  McKay Press is no longer located at this location.  The proposed zoning is consistent with the Future Land Use plan.  All the requirements in the proposed zoning classification can be complied with on the subject parcel.  The proposed zoning is consistent with the trends in land development in the general vicinity of the property in question. 

 

            No public comments have been received either in favor of or in opposition to this zoning petition.

 

            Pat Gillespie, with Downtown Partners, stated they are excited to be in Midland.  They have done a project like this in Lansing, just outside their baseball stadium.  They are looking for a 240,000 sq. ft. building.  The first floor would be retail and the upper three floors would be offices. 

 

            There were no public comments either in favor of or in opposition to this zoning petition.  The public hearing was closed. 

 

4.   Old Business

 

Motion by Pnacek, seconded by Senesac to act on Site Plan No. 311 tonight.  Motion passed unanimously.

 

      a.   Site Plan No. 309 – initiated by Kloha Properties for site plan review and approval for Autumn Brooke Townhomes, a 68 unit residential townhome development, located at 405 Joseph Drive on 9.82 acres. 

           

            Motion by Senesac, seconded by Hanna, to recommend to City Council the approval of Site Plan No. 309 initiated by Kloha Properties for site plan review and approval for Autumn Brooke Townhomes, a 68 unit residential townhome development, located at 405 Joseph Drive on 9.82 acres with the following contingencies. 

 

            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.         Add three additional parking spaces.

7.         Move the handicapped space on the west side of the property to the east end of the excess parking area on the west side.

 

            Mr. Senesac stated he thinks they meet all the criteria but he does think they will have

            parking problems in the future.  Mrs. Hanna agrees.  Mr. Mead stated there are other

            concerns about this site plan also, but the petitioners have lived up to everything the

            City requires of them. 

                       

            Vote:

            YEAS:             Hanna, Heying, McLaughlin, Mead, Senesac, Stewart, and Young

            NAYS:             None

            ABSENT:        Tanzini

            ABSTAIN:       Pnacek

 

      b.  Site Plan No. 311 – initiated by Gerace Construction Company for site plan review and approval for ECO Bio Plastics Midland, Inc., a 39,968 square foot office, industrial and manufacturing facility, located at 4037 South Saginaw Road.

 

            Motion by Hanna, seconded by Senesac, to recommend to City Council the approval of Site Plan No. 311 initiated by Gerace Construction Company for site plan review and approval for ECO Bio Plastics Midland, Inc., a 39,968 square foot office, industrial and manufacturing facility, located at 4037 South Saginaw Road with the following contingencies.

 

            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.

 

            Mr. Heying stated he is in favor of the plan.  There was general consensus from the rest of the Planning Commission.


 

            Vote:

            YEAS:             Hanna, Heying, McLaughlin, Mead, Pnacek, Senesac, Stewart, and Young

            NAYS:             None

            ABSENT:        Tanzini

 

      c.  Master Plan Update

 

            Ms. Winland reviewed the existing Land Use Plan.  Chapter 2:  City Profile, has been updated.  Changes are shown in bold and deletions are shown as strikeout. There was consensus to eliminate population projections in this update.  The Existing Land use map is completed and was distributed.  We expect to have additional chapter revisions available at the next meeting.       

 

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

 

      None

 

6.   New Business

 

      There was discussion about the need to schedule a work session to discuss the Sign Ordinance language, access management and extra parking in multifamily developments.  Winland will try to schedule this in lieu of a regular meeting when the caseload is lighter.

 

7.   Communications

 

      None

     

8.   Report of the Chairperson

 

      None

 

9.  Report of the Planning Director

 

     None

          

10. Adjourn               

 

     Adjourned at 8:23 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

Cynthia E. Winland, AICP, PCP

Consulting Planner

 

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