MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE MIDLAND CITY PLANNING COMMISSION

WHICH TOOK PLACE ON

TUESDAY, MAY 27, 2014, 7:00 P.M.,

COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY HALL, MIDLAND, MICHIGAN

 

1.   Roll Call

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

ABSENT:       Young

OTHERS PRESENT:      Grant Murschel, Community Development Planner and eight (8) others.

 

2.   Approval of Minutes

 

Moved by Senesac and seconded by Hanna to approve the minutes of the regular meeting of May 13, 2014.  Motion passed unanimously.

 

3.   Public Hearing

 

a.    Site Plan No. 331 – the request of Pumford Construction on behalf of Midland Ford for site plan review and approval for a 46,780 square foot car dealership, located at 520 Joe Mann Boulevard. 

 

Murschel presented the site plan to the Commission. He explained that the plan is zoned RC Regional Commercial and that a car dealership is a use permitted by right.  All landscaping requirements and district regulations have been met.  Staff is recommending that the plan be approved with the four contingencies as indicated in the staff report.  

 

McLaughlin wondered about the number of parking spaces; he commented that he feels the number of spaces required is very large.  Murschel indicated that the applicant has provided the required number of spaces per ordinance and additional display parking. 

 

Hanna wondered about the stormwater drainage on site.  Murschel explained that the applicant has proposed a stormwater management plan which meets the city’s ordinance.  

 

Heying wondered about the existing utility boxes located on the north portion of the site.  Murschel explained that the applicant will be able to explain how development will accommodate these utilities. 

 

Chad Wilson, representing Midland Ford, explained that the dealership was very concerned about access to the new site.  Early on in the development planning phase, it was very important that the site had easy access in order to accommodate customers and deliveries.  This is what led to having five different access drives.

 

Greg Turner of Pumford Construction spoke on behalf of the application.  He explained that the proposed site plan has elements to accommodate the natural features of the site, including the existing soil and topography.  He confirmed that the silt fence will only be temporary.  The utility boxes, as inquired about by Heying, are protected by easements.   

 

Hanna wondered about the existing nature trail.  Turner explained that employees and customers will have a wonderful walking path as the trail will be relocated and sidewalks will be added. 

 

Mead wondered about the stormwater ponds and whether or not they will have water in them on a regular basis.  Turner explained that the ponds are only for temporary storage.  They will have water in them only during large rain events, otherwise they will be dry.

 

McLaughlin wondered about the lighting of the site.  Turner explained that the lighting was adjusted per comments by staff to be in full compliance with the zoning ordinance. 

 

Hanna wondered about reaction from the hotel next store.  Wilson explained that the interaction has been very pleasant with the neighboring hotel and that conversations have taken place regarding a possible rental car program. 

 

Mead wondered about signage at the site.  Turner explained that signage isn’t proposed with the site plan as it will be handled through the sign application and permitting process.

 

There were no comments in support or opposition of the proposal. 

 

The public hearing was closed.

 

A motion was made by Senesac to waive the procedural requirements for a second meeting.  The motion was seconded by Heying.  The motion passed unanimously. 

 

Murschel commented for clarification the exact parking requirements that are needed for an automobile dealership per the zoning ordinance. 

 

Senesac and Heying commented that the application was very complete and that there are no outstanding issues needing to be addressed.

 

Motion by Senesac and seconded by Hanna to recommend to City Council the approval of Site Plan No. 331 the request of Pumford Construction on behalf of Midland Ford for a 46,780 square foot car dealership, located at 520 Joe Mann Boulevard contingent on the following.

 

1.    A final stormwater 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.    The required utility easement shall be submitted to the City Water Department.

4.    All existing trees as indicated on L1.2 must remain or be replaced by the applicable number of trees in order to meet zoning ordinance landscaping requirements.

 

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

            NAYS:             None

            ABSENT:        Young

 


 

4.   Old Business

     

None

 

5.   Public Comments

 

      None

 

6    New Business

 

a.    Midland NMT Design Guidelines for bike lanes, bike routes and shared lanes.

 

Murschel presented the design guidelines to the Commission.  He explained that this is in front of the Planning Commission as a recommendation from the Midland City Non-Motorized Transportation Committee.

 

Hanna wondered what Murschel’s comment was regarding the guidelines.  Murschel explained that it is his understanding that is simply a formal adoption of the signage and markings that current exist throughout the city and that they have been drafted in conjunction with the Michigan Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices.  

 

Stewart wondered about the traffic intersection bicycle detection guideline.  Murschel explained that this is a type of detection device that is specific for bicyclists and that one currently exists in the city by trial by the Michigan Department of Transportation. 

 

The Commissioners commented that the acronyms in the guidelines should be spelled out. 

 

It was moved by Senesac and supported by Tanzini to recommend to City Council the approval of the Midland NMT Design Guidelines for bike lanes, bike routes, shared lanes and traffic intersection bicycle detection, as amended so that all acronyms be spelled out.

 

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

            NAYS:             None

            ABSENT:        Young

 

7.   Communications

 

      None

 

8.   Report of the Chairperson

     

None

 

9.   Report of the Planning Director

 

      Murschel informed the Commission that Brad Kaye, the Planning Director, was unable to attend this evening’s meeting due to a health issue.  Kaye will be back for the meeting on June 10.

 

 

10. Items for Next Agenda – June 10, 2014

 

      a.  Site Plan No. 333 – the request of NSA Architects Engineers and Planners on behalf of Brittany Real Estate Company, LLC to amend the previously approved site plan for a 22,467 square foot expansion at Brittany Manor, located at 3615 East Ashman Street.

 

      b.  Zoning Ordinance Revisions

 

11. Adjourn   

    

Motion by Heying and seconded by Hanna to adjourn at 7:41 pm.  Motion passed unanimously.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

 

C. Bradley Kaye, AICP, CFM

Director of Planning and Community Development

 

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