MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS,
TUESDAY, APRIL 15, 2014
6:30 P.M., IN COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY HALL,
1. ROLL CALL
PRESENT: Board Members –Green, Lichtenwald, Pnacek, Siemer and Steele
ABSENT: Board Member –Higgins
OTHERS PRESENT: Brad Kaye, Director of Planning and Community Development and Grant Murschel, Community Development Planner.
2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
It was moved by Siemer and supported by Green to approve the meeting minutes of March 18, 2014. The motion was approved unanimously.
Chairman Steele explained that the applicant had yet to arrive and that the Board will move to the other items on the agenda and wait on the public hearing.
3. OLD BUSINESS
4. PUBLIC COMMENTS (not related to items on the agenda)
5. NEW BUSINESS
Chairman Steele announced that this meeting will be his last as he and his wife will be retiring to Traverse City. Kaye explained that there is an opening of the Board for the remainder of Steele’s term. If anyone is interested, they should contact the City Planning Department at (989) 837-3374.
6. DECISION SHEET SIGNATURES
a. 14-02 Recorded
b. 14-01 Review Findings of Fact
7. PUBLIC HEARINGS
a. No. 14-03 – Meijer, Inc. for a dimensional variance to permit the construction of new wall signs for the existing Meijer store located at 7300 Eastman Avenue. The application is requesting permission to place 6 wall signs totaling 325 square feet on the store. This request is a variance of 176 square feet from the maximum permitted standard of 150 square feet and would permit 45 square feet more signage than exists on the site currently.
Chairman Steele asked for the Boards opinion as to whether or not to proceed with the public hearing as the applicant was not present. Siemer and Lichtenwald explained that they believe the item should be considered this evening. Green, Pnacek and Steele explained that they would like to wait until the applicant was present. The Board agreed to table the item until next month’s meeting.
C. Bradley Kaye, AICP, CFM
Director of Planning and Community Development