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OSHTEMO CHARTER TOWNSHIP

PLANNING COMMISSION

April 13, 2000



Agenda

TEXT AMENDMENT: VILLAGE COMMERCIAL DISTRICT (DRAFT #1) - WORK ITEM 

TEXT AMENDMENT:  LANDSCAPING PROVISIONS - (DRAFT #4) - WORK ITEM

RESOLUTION REGARDING PROCEDURE FOR PUBLIC COMMENT

TEXT AMENDMENT: DRIVE-UP/DRIVE-THROUGH WINDOWS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
A meeting was conducted by the Oshtemo Charter Township Planning Commission on Thursday, April 13, 2000, commencing at 
approximately 7:00 p.m. at the Oshtemo Charter Township.

MEMBERS PRESENT:	
Wilfred Dennie, Chairman
Neil Sikora
Marvin Block
Ted Corakis

MEMBERS ABSENT:	
Elizabeth Heiny-Cogswell
Ken Heisig
Stanley Rakowski

Also present were Mary Lynn Bugge, Township Planner, and Patricia R. Mason, Township Attorney.  No other interested 
persons were in attendance.

CALL TO ORDER
The meeting was called to order at 7:06 p.m.

AGENDA
The Chairperson suggested adding the Planning and Zoning Departmentís Memorandum concerning drive-up and drive-through 
windows to the Agenda after Item 6.  Mr. Corakis moved to approve the Agenda as amended, and Mr. Block seconded the 
motion.  The motion carried unanimously.

MINUTES
The Commission considered the minutes of the meeting of March 23, 2000.
Mr. Sikora suggested a change on page 7 to clarify the meaning of "one square foot".  Mr. Sikora moved to approve the 
minutes as amended, and Mr. Corakis seconded the motion.  The motion carried unanimously.

TEXT AMENDMENT: VILLAGE COMMERCIAL DISTRICT (DRAFT #1) - WORK ITEM 
The Planning Commission reviewed Draft #1 of the proposed text amendment to the Zoning Ordinance creating a zoning 
district specific to the Village Focus Area to be called "Village Commercial".  The proposed text would become 
Section 33.000 of the Ordinance.  The Chairperson began with a review of Section 33.100, Statement of Purpose.  
The Chairperson suggested a revision to add reference to the intent of the District being directed to "small scale 
business".  There was suggestion that the reference to "type shops" be eliminated and instead refer to establishments.  
There were other minor wording changes to the section.  It was felt that there would be no need to include reference 
to home occupations since there was some indication in the permitted use Section of 33.200 that mixed uses allowing 
residential and non-residential uses in one building would be permitted.  Planning Commission members reviewed 
Section 33.200, and they made minor wording changes in 33.201, 33.202 and 33.203. 

In 33.204, it was suggested that attorney offices be added. 

As part of 33.205, reference to offices would be deleted, and it was felt that it was sufficient to reference medical 
doctors, dentists, etc. in this section.

Section 33.206 would be eliminated in that post offices and government office buildings would not be ordinarily governed 
by zoning provisions. Rather than referring to churches in Section 33.208, the reference would be to houses of worship.
The Attorney felt that Section 33.209 should be eliminated since this allows too much unfettered discretion.
In reviewing Section 33.300, the proposed special exception uses, the section would be re-worded to refer to outdoor 
retail sales, service and/or display.  In Section 33.302, it was felt that automotive repair should not be performed 
in the Village District.  However, gas station and mini-food mart convenience stores would be allowed.
There was discussion of the consideration of adding reference to veterinarians, pet grooming and pet boarding in the 
section referring to pet shops.  As to Section 33.304, it was recognized that some re-wording of the Section might 
be necessary since many such uses, i.e., child or adult daycare centers, are governed by state law.  In Section 33.305, 
there was discussion regarding whether drive-in service windows should include restaurants.

Section 33.306 would be amended to end the sentence after reference to Section 33.200.

After a discussion, it was felt that the existing Section 33.400 was unnecessary since the earlier sections referred 
to retail sales and service establishments.  There was a discussion of Section 33.500 regarding site development standards.  
It was recognized that it would be necessary to make reference to whether the minimum parcel widths replaced frontage 
requirements, and whether these provisions would replace the requirements of Section 66.201.  It was felt that maximum 
height should be 35 feet or two stories, whichever was greater.  As to Section 33.504, there was discussion of inserting 
language which would allow deviation under certain conditions. In Section 33.507, it was suggested that there be a 
reference to encouraging cross access.  There was concern regarding the maximum floor area allowed for a single 
building in Section 33.508.  Planning Commissioners wondered if this was too large.  There was some discussion of 
possibly relating the scale and orientation of the building to the scale and orientation of the parcel, lot or building 
site.  The Chairperson expressed some sentiment for eliminating freestanding signage in the District.  As to site 
design, setback, signage, etc., the Chairperson felt that it would be helpful to obtain some comparisons 
with other area ordinances.  In Section 33.513, it was felt that the provisions after the first sentence were 
unnecessary.  In addition, Sections 33.514 through 33.600 were unnecessary in that the ordinance provisions with regard to 
non-conforming uses and their expansion would be applicable to the Village District.

TEXT AMENDMENT: LANDSCAPING PROVISIONS (DRAFT #4) - WORK ITEM
The Planning Commission next discussed Draft #4 of the proposed text amendment to the Zoning Ordinance which would
 provide for landscaping requirements within developments in the Township.  The Report of the Planning and Zoning 
Department is incorporated herein by reference.  It was noted that there were minor changes from Draft #3.  Ms. Bugge 
reviewed the changes which were indicated by italicizing and underlining.  It was noted that Draft #5 would be 
considered at the meeting of May 25, 2000.  It was envisioned that at that time definitions would be added, and 
the Planning Commission could consider setting a public hearing.

RESOLUTION REGARDING PROCEDURE FOR PUBLIC COMMENT
The Planning Commission considered adoption of a resolution establishing the procedure for public comment at 
Planning Commission meetings.  It was moved by Mr. Corakis, and seconded by Mr. Block to adopt the resolution, 
and the motion carried unanimously upon a roll-call vote.

TEXT AMENDMENT: DRIVE-UP/DRIVE-THROUGH WINDOWS
Ms. Bugge reported that the Planning Department was suggesting an amendment to the "C" and "C-1" Local Business 
Districts to add drive-up windows and drive-through services as special exception uses within those Districts.  
Mr. Corakis moved to schedule a public hearing for May 11, 2000, and Mr. Sikora seconded the motion.  The motion 
carried unanimously.

WORK PLAN UPDATE
The Planning Commissioners reviewed the Work Plan Update.  

PLANNING COMMISSIONER COMMENTS
Mr. Block noted that a special Township Board meeting had been conducted the preceding evening regarding the 
community sewer system proposal of Savannah.  The Township Board approved of the concept of acceptance of the 
community sewer system, and it was referred to the Township Attorney and Township Engineer to deal with the 
details of the Savannah project in particular.

ADJOURNMENT
There was no other business to come before the Planning Commission, and the meeting was adjourned at approximately 8:47 p.m.


Minutes prepared:
April 17, 2000

Minutes approved:
April 27, 2000