MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE MIDLAND CITY PLANNING COMMISSION
WHICH TOOK PLACE ON
TUESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2014, 7:00 P.M.,
COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY HALL, MIDLAND, MICHIGAN
1. Roll Call
PRESENT: Hanna, Heying, McLaughlin, Mead, Senesac, Stewart, Tanzini and Young
OTHERS PRESENT: Brad Kaye, Director of Planning and Community Development; and five (5) others.
2. Approval of Minutes
Moved by Hanna and seconded by Young to approve the minutes of the regular meeting of January 14, 2014. Motion passed unanimously.
Chairman McLaughlin inquired to whether any members of the audience were in attendance to comment on the proposed zoning ordinance amendments. After hearing none, he asked the Commission if there were any objections to starting with the Old Business items before moving onto the public hearing and proposed zoning ordinance amendments. The Commission did not object and agreed to start with the Old Business items.
4. Old Business
a. Site Plan No. 325 – the request of Jerome A. Schafer on behalf of the Rapanos Family LC for site plan review and approval for a 20,900 square foot self storage unit, located at 1547 Washington Street.
Kaye presented the application to the Commission. The proposal was in front of the Commission during the last meeting on January 14, where a public hear was held. Kaye explained the items of concern that were identified and how all have been addressed by the applicant. He specifically noted the proposed fence, greenbelt and fire hydrants.
Mead wondered about where the berm will be located relative to the fence and plantings. Kaye explained that the berm will be located on the outside of the fence and the plantings will be placed on the berm.
Chairman McLaughlin opened the floor for public comments.
Alex Rapanos, of Rapanos Family LC, explained to the Commission that he was there on behalf of the application and can answer any questions the Commission might have. The Commission did not have any questions for Rapanos.
There were no additional comments in support or opposition of the proposal.
Motion by Hanna and seconded by Young to recommend to City Council the approval of Site Plan No. 325 the request of Jerome A. Schafer on behalf of the Rapanos Family LC for a 20,900 square foot self storage units, located at 1547 Washington Street contingency on the following.
1. Detailed final engineering drawings to the satisfaction of the City Water and Fire Departments shall be provided to ensure that water lines and fire hydrants are installed in compliance with city standards.
2. A final soil and sedimentation control plan shall be submitted to the City Building Department.
3. A final stormwater plan shall be submitted to the City Engineering Department and a stormwater management permit shall be obtained prior to construction.
4. Lighting fixture detail meeting the requirements of the City Zoning Ordinance must be submitted to the City Building Department.
5. Routine maintenance of the 10’ wide greenbelt shall be provided.
YEAS: Hanna, Heying, McLaughlin, Mead, Senesac, Stewart, Tanzini and Young
b. Site Plan No. 327 – the request of Cash Waggner & Associates on behalf of Midland
Place Apartments, LLC for site plan review and approval of a development consisting of three apartment buildings. Each building will be four stories in height and contain 45 apartment units. The property is located at 2414 Swede Avenue. .
Kaye presented the application to remind the Commission of the proposal. He explained the items of concern that were expressed during the last meeting and how each item has been addressed by the applicant. Specifically, Kaye mentioned the alternate site plan to accommodate structures with the Consumers Energy easement, the revised landscaping plan, sidewalk connections and adjusted driveway location on Eastlawn Drive.
Hanna commented that she is pleased that the applicant included a play area for children with the latest revision. She is also pleased with the addition of bike racks.
Heying wondered about line sight at the corner of the Eastlawn Drive and Swede Avenue. Kaye explained that the landscaping meets the sight-triangle requirements of the ordinance.
Senesac wondered about the loss of parking to accommodate the new driveway location and in the case of the alternate site plan. Kaye explained that the site will meet parking space requirements even with the loss of spaces for the driveway and revised shed location.
Chairman McLaughlin opened the floor to public comment.
Nathan Waggner, of Cash-Waggner & Associates, represented the application. He welcomed any questions the Commission may have.
There were no comments in support of the petition.
Mark Pollock of 2512 Swede Avenue asked for clarification about the vegetation screening that will be used and whether or not those living in the upper floors of the apartments will be able to look into his yard from their windows. Additionally, he explained that an access path exists into the park on the subject property and questioned whether it will be retained.
Waggner explained that many trees will be planted to buffer the single-family residences from the development. Kaye explained that the plantings will not provide full immediate visual screening but over time the plants will more fully screen the apartments from the residences. Mead wondered about the setback distance of the two northernmost buildings relative to where the single-family homes start. Waggner estimated it to be about 120-125’.
The public hearing was closed.
Hanna and Mead expressed their appreciation of the applicant for addressing all of the Commission’s concerns adequately and in a prompt manner.
Motion by Mead and seconded by Hanna to recommend to City Council the approval of Site Plan No. 327 the request of Cash Waggner & Associates on behalf of Midland Place Apartments, LLC for a development consisting of three apartment buildings located at 2414 Swede Avenue contingent on the following.
1. A final storm water management plan shall be submitted for the review and approval of the City Engineering Department and a storm water management permit shall be obtained prior to construction.
2. A final soil and sedimentation control plan shall be submitted for the review and approval of the City Building Department.
3. Documentation supporting permission to construct structures within the Consumers Energy right-of-way shall be provided to the satisfaction of the City Planning Department. Absent such documentation, the dumpster and shed locations as shown on drawing C-101A may be utilized.
4. All required utility easements shall be submitted to the City Water Department.
YEAS: Hanna, Heying, McLaughlin, Mead, Senesac, Stewart, Tanzini and Young
3. Public Hearing
a. Zoning Ordinance Revisions Annual Update
Kaye presented the proposed revisions in an overview manner. He reminded the Commission that all of the proposed changes were presented one-by-one during the December meeting.
Hanna wondered about the inclusion of nursing homes within housing for the elderly. She is concerned that not all nursing care is for only the elderly. Kaye explained that all of the listed facilities in this section have an age component. He agrees that the ordinance should address facilities that provide nursing care for non-elderly.
Senesac questioned the commercial vehicle definition. Kaye suggested that staff review the proposed definition further before moving forward.
McLaughlin wondered about the letter from Michael Damman that was included in the agenda packet. Kaye explained that Damman is requesting a change be made to better accommodate the commercially-mixed use developments in the city that are limited by current signage standards. Kaye explained that staff has not had time to make a formal recommendation on this item but will likely do so in the future.
Bill Johnson, of 3545 E. Ashman Street, explained that when he was in the commercial business the commercial license plate was used to determine whether a vehicle was “commercial.”
The public hearing was closed. Staff was asked to bring the amendments back after reviewing the comments made by Commissioners.
5. Public Comments
6. New Business
Kaye explained a letter that was included in the packet from Michael J. Rapanos. He explained that while he does not fully agree with each point expressed, the items raised are certainly worthy of discussion by the Commission. Senesac suggested that Kaye work with Jim Branson, the City Attorney, to put together a training session for the Commission and include the items addressed by Rapanos.
8. Report of the Chairperson
9. Report of the Planning Director
Kaye updated the Commission that the four items recommended to City Council during the last meeting were all approved by Council during their meeting on Jan. 27.
10. Items for Next Agenda – February 11, 2014
a. Zoning Petition No. 589 – 6200 Eastman Avenue
Motion by Heying and seconded by Hanna to adjourn 8:15 at pm. Motion passed unanimously.
C. Bradley Kaye, AICP, CFM
Director of Planning and Community Development
MINUTES ARE NOT FINAL UNTIL APPROVED BY THE PLANNING COMMISSION