MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE MIDLAND CITY PLANNING COMMISSION

WHICH TOOK PLACE ON

TUESDAY, JULY 23, 2013, 7:00 P.M.,

COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY HALL, MIDLAND, MICHIGAN

 

1.   Roll Call

PRESENT:   Heying, McLaughlin, Mead, Senesac, Stewart, Tanzini and Young

ABSENT:      Hanna and Pnacek

OTHERS PRESENT:   Brad Kaye, Director of Planning and Community Development; Grant Murschel, Community Development Planner and two (2) others.

 

2.   Approval of Minutes

Moved by Stewart and seconded by Heying to approve the minutes of the regular meeting of July 9, 2013.  Motion passed unanimously.

3.   Public Hearings

     

a.    Conditional Use Permit No. 47 – the request of Midland County Habitat for Humanity, to permit a one-family dwelling on a property located at 1013 East Pine Street.  The property is zoned Residential B multiple-family regulated by the City of Midland Zoning Ordinance.  A one-family dwelling is permitted only by way of conditional use permit review and approval. 

 

Mr. McLaughlin explained the public hearing process then opened the public hearing.

 

Mr. Kaye presented the Conditional Use Permit proposed by Midland County Habitat for Humanity.  All surrounding parcels to the site are single-family residences.  The site is currently vacant.  All setbacks would be adhered to.  Staff does not see any issues with the proposed use and recommends its approval.  No written or verbal comments, in favor or against this project, have been submitted to the department.

 

Mr. Heying brought up the idea of the compatibility with the City Master Plan.  Mr. Kaye explained that this portion of the city is planned for a mix of residential densities, including low density residential development. 

 

Mr. Senesac asked for a map which shows the surrounding zoning, specifically RB.  Mr. Kaye brought up the City’s online GIS Interactive Map. 

 

Jennifer Chapel, Executive Director for Midland County Habitat for Humanity, explained the background on the purchase of the property and the plans going forward. 

 

Mr. Mead asked about who will be building the home.  Ms. Chapel explained that volunteers will be building the home, including Dow retirees.  The crew will have experienced members leading the build. 

 

There were no additional comments from the public.  The public hearing was closed.     

 

Mr. Senesac voiced how he believes the home will fit perfectly into the surrounding environment. 

 

            A motion was made by Mead to waive the procedural requirements for a second meeting.  The motion was seconded by Young and approved unanimously.

 

            Motion by Mead and seconded by Young to recommend to City Council the approval of Conditional Use Permit No. 47 the request of Midland County Habitat for Humanity, to permit a one-family dwelling on a property located at 1013 East Pine Street with the contingencies outlined in the staff report as follows:

 

1.    One (1) single family dwelling shall be permitted on the property.

2.    One (1) driveway shall be permitted to Fournie Street.

3.    Approval is granted to the proposed single family dwelling only.  Any additional uses of the property shall be reviewed and approved in accordance with the standards of the City of Midland Zoning Ordinance, including the requirements for site plan approval under Article 27.                 

 

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

            NAYS:            None

            ABSENT:       Hanna and Pnacek

 

5.   Old Business

 

      None

 

6.   Public Comments

     

      None

 

7.   New Business

      

        None

 

 

 

8.   Communications

 

      The monthly Planning and Zoning News publications was distributed to the Commission members this evening from staff.

 

9.   Report of the Chairperson

     

None

 

10. Report of the Planning Director

     

      None

 

11. Items for Next Agenda – August 13, 2013

 

a.  Zoning Petition No. #587 – CK & CS, LLC to zone property at 6923 Perrine Road from Larkin Township zoning to Residential A-1.

 

     Mr. Mead inquired about the number of new housing starts in the City.  Mr. Kaye explained he is continuing to work on getting the official numbers but new single family dwelling starts have remained generally constant at approximately 20-20 per year.  Kaye reported that a slowdown has not happened in the Building Department.

 

12. Adjourn 

    

Motion by Senesac and seconded by Stewart to adjourn at 7:20 pm.  Motion passed unanimously.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

 

C. Bradley Kaye, AICP, CFM

Director of Planning and Community Development

 

MINUTES ARE NOT FINAL UNTIL APPROVED BY THE PLANNING COMMISSION