MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE MIDLAND CITY PLANNING COMMISSION

WHICH TOOK PLACE ON

TUESDAY, MARCH 25, 2014, 7:00 P.M.,

COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY HALL, MIDLAND, MICHIGAN

 

1.   Roll Call

PRESENT:     Hanna, McLaughlin, Mead, Pnacek, Senesac, Stewart and Tanzini

ABSENT:       Heying and Young

OTHERS PRESENT:      Brad Kaye, Director of Planning and Community Development; Grant Murschel, Community Development Planner and one (1)other.

 

2.   Approval of Minutes

 

Moved by Hanna and seconded by Mead to approve the minutes of the regular meeting of February 25, 2014.  Motion passed unanimously.

 

3.   Public Hearing

 

      None

4.   Old Business

     

a.    Zoning Ordinance Revisions Annual Update

 

Kaye presented the findings from staff as requested by the Commission during the last meeting regarding the definitions for Housing for the Elderly and the Disabled and Vehicle, Commercial.  Staff is proposing standardizing the age level reference within the definition for senior apartments and elderly housing complex at sixty (60).  He further explained that the commercial vehicle definition was rearranged to make it clearer.  Staff is recommending the proposals be recommended to City Council this evening. 

 

Senesac voiced his concern over the proposed removal of the requirement for supplemental guest parking within the multiple-family category.  He is concerned that this could cause issues when parties and other gatherings are held at apartment complexes.  Kaye explained that it was removed in order to avoid creating an over-abundance of parking.  Senesac explained that he would like to see the supplemental guest parking requirement continue for multiple-family developments.  The Commission agreed to keep the standard of supplemental parking within the multiple-family parking standards.

 

A motion was made by Mead and seconded by Hanna to recommend to City Council the approval of the zoning ordinance revisions, as amended. 

 

      YEAS:                   Hanna, McLaughlin, Mead, Pnacek, Senesac, Stewart and Tanzini

      NAYS:                   None

      ABSENT:              Heying and Young

 


 

5.   Public Comments

 

      None

 

6.New Business

 

      Hanna questioned a recent news article about annexations in the Waldo Road area.  Kaye advised this would be presented under the report of the Planning Director.

 

7.Communications

 

      The most recent Planning and Zoning News publication was provided to the Commissioners. 

 

8.   Report of the Chairperson

     

None

 

9.   Report of the Planning Director

 

      Kaye reviewed the master plan designation of the residential lots that are on the western side of Woodpark Drive near the recent rezoning proposal by Tim Hortons.  Staff is recommending that the Future Land Use map designation of these properties be changed from Low Density Residential to Office Service.  The Commission agreed that staff should begin the process of amending the master plan for this purpose.  Kaye advised that property owners would be advised directly and provided an opportunity to express any concerns they may have with this action before a full public hearing process is initiated.  The owner of property located immediately south of Wal-Greens on Eastman Road will be provided with this same opportunity.

 

      He also spoke to the concerns raised by Hanna regarding the annexation petitions on Waldo Avenue, north of Wheeler Drive.  He explained that the annexations were initiated by the property owners.  Both the township and city have supported the annexations, which are now before the state for final approval.  It is intended that an agreement will be reached between the city and the property owners to share in the costs of extending city services and utilities. 

 

Kaye lastly presented an overview of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s Redevelopment Ready Communities program that the city has been approved to participate in.  He explained that the Commission will be involved in the process going forward.  More information will be provided as it becomes available.  

 

10. Items for Next Agenda – April 8, 2014

          

Kaye suggested that the next meeting be canceled as no new applications have been submitted.  The Commission agreed to this. 

 

Kaye further explained that at the second meeting in April items will include the proposal from CVS Pharmacy and the discussed changes to the master plan. Staff continue to work on the zoning ordinance standards applicable to signs.

 

 

 

11.Adjourn    

    

Motion by Mead and seconded by Hanna to adjourn at 7:45 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