OSHTEMO CHARTER TOWNSHIP

PLANNING COMMISSION

April 8, 2004

Agenda

VARIOUS AMENDMENTS TO THE ZONING ORDINANCE - WORK ITEM

"C-R" LOCAL BUSINESS DISTRICT, RESTRICTED AND THE CENTURY-HIGHFIELD FOCUS AREA PLAN - WORK ITEM

GENESSEE PRAIRIE FOCUS AREA PLAN - DISCUSSION ITEM

A meeting was conducted by the Oshtemo Charter Township Planning Commission on Thursday, April 8, 2004, commencing at approximately 7:00 p.m. at the Oshtemo Charter Township Hall.

MEMBERS PRESENT: Neil G. Sikora, Chairperson
Mike Ahrens
Lee Larson
Kathleen Garland-Rike

MEMBERS ABSENT: Deborah L. Everett
Terry Schley
James Turcott

Also present were Jodi Stefforia, Planning Director; Mary Lynn Bugge, Township Planner; Patricia R. Mason, Township Attorney; and no other interested persons.

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m.

AGENDA

Mr. Larson moved to approve the Agenda as submitted. Mr. Ahrens seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously.

MINUTES

The Chairperson called for consideration of the minutes of the meeting of March 25, 2004. Ms. Garland-Rike suggested a change to the spelling of a name on page 10 to Kirkbride. The Chairperson also suggested a name clarification on page 4, and a deletion of a typographical error on page 1. Mr. Ahrens moved to approve the minutes as amended, and Ms. Garland-Rike seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously.

VARIOUS AMENDMENTS TO THE ZONING ORDINANCE - WORK ITEM

The Planning Commission considered Draft #2 concerning various amendments to the Zoning Ordinance. The Report of the Planning Department is incorporated herein by reference.

Ms. Bugge reviewed the proposed changes to the Definition Section 11.000, which would add a definition of "family day care home" and "group day care home" reflecting how those terms are defined by State law. Additionally, the term "hotel" would be defined. It was suggested that there be a slight change to the proposed definition to state: "a building or group of buildings in which temporary lodging is offered to the public for compensation and which may or may not contain accessory uses such as, but not limited to, restaurants and/or meeting rooms". Ms. Bugge noted that, since there is no distinction elsewhere in the Zoning Ordinance, hotel and motel are considered synonymous.

Other proposed changes were reviewed with no suggested revisions. However, the Township Attorney suggested that Section 84.200 be retained and possibly renumbered. Further, there could be some changes to the Section to refer to "zoning compliance permit" rather than certificate of occupancy. However, it was agreed that it would be useful to require the Planning Department to "sign off" on occupancy prior to occupancy of a site. This would make it more likely that there would be compliance with Zoning Ordinance provisions prior to use of a building.

Ms. Bugge suggested an additional Report concerning various other additional text amendments, and this additional Report of the Planning Department is also incorporated herein by reference. It was suggested that there be a change to Section 30.218 to correct a typographical error. Further, Section 50.500(g) would be modified to reference Section 75. There would be various changes to the Zoning Ordinance in Sections 82.900 and 78.670 concerning connection to sanitary sewer.

Ms. Stefforia stated that the Sewer Capital Improvement Plan for the Township was being finalized, and it was expected that the Township Board would adopt this Plan. The proposed language suggested for inclusion in the Zoning Ordinance, in addition to language proposed for General Ordinance adoption, would facilitate implementation of the Capital Improvement Plan.

After further discussion, Ms. Bugge stated that she would present the next draft at a future meeting.

"C-R" LOCAL BUSINESS DISTRICT, RESTRICTED AND THE CENTURY-HIGHFIELD FOCUS AREA PLAN - WORK ITEM

The Planning Commission considered Draft #1 of the proposed amendments to the "C-R" District. Ms. Stefforia stated that the Planning Commission had previously considered the proposed changes in outline format. In Draft #1, every use in the zone was proposed to be a special exception use with no permitted uses identified. Ms. Stefforia felt this was important to allow the Planning Commission to review each proposed development in the District. Further, there were some clarifications, etc., regarding the uses in the District such as retail and scientific/medical laboratories. She reminded the Planning Commission that it had previously agreed that the existing language in the Century-Highfield Focus Area Plan was appropriate, and that no amendments were necessary to accommodate the proposed changes to the text of the "C-R" District within the Zoning Ordinance. The Planning Department's Report is incorporated herein by reference.

The proposed text changes were reviewed. As to setting a public hearing, Ms. Stefforia suggested that the public hearing be set with the "various text amendments".

GENESSEE PRAIRIE FOCUS AREA PLAN - DISCUSSION ITEM

The Planning Commission reviewed and discussed the existing Genessee Prairie Focus Area Plan to determine if possible amendments should be studied. The Report of the Planning Department is incorporated herein by reference.

It was noted that, with changes occurring across the Township's eastern border and in response to suggestions from a couple of Planning Commissioners, the Staff had proposed that the existing Plan and future land use designations in the 11th Street/Parkview area be reviewed. Planning Commissioners reviewed the existing land uses in the area which included single-family residential, office, churches and senior housing. It was noted that the large parcels owned by churches are unlikely to "turnover" in ownership. Further, small residential parcels would have to be combined to accommodate a multi-family development of any significant size. Additionally, Planning Commissioners were concerned that the multi-family designation in the area of a protected residential neighborhood might be inappropriate.

Ms. Garland-Rike stated that, given the mixture of uses in the area and the protected nature of the neighborhood, she felt multi-family designation was not appropriate. She felt that the area should be classified "transitional". The Chairperson agreed. Most Planning Commissioners concurred that, from Holiday Lanes south on both sides of the road, a transitional designation would be preferable.

As to the Genessee Prairie Focus Area in general, most Planning Commissioners agreed that the area is appropriate for low density residential given its rural nature and location near churches and schools in the immediate area. However, Mr. Ahrens was concerned that low density residential was unlikely to develop in this area given the presence of the highway. The Chairperson suggested that the matter be discussed when more members of the Planning Commission could be present.

OTHER BUSINESS

Ms. Stefforia noted that applications for rezoning had been received concerning property at the southwest corner of Stadium Drive and Drake Road. The applicant was requesting rezoning from the "R-5" zone to the "C-R" zone. This rezoning would be consistent with the Master Land Use Plan. Mr. Ahrens moved to schedule a public hearing on the rezoning for May 13, 2004. Ms. Garland-Rike seconded the motion, and the motion carried unanimously.

Ms. Stefforia noted that no applications had been received for the April 22, 2004 meeting. Ms. Garland-Rike moved to cancel the meeting, and Mr. Ahrens seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously.

ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business to come before the Planning Commission, the meeting was adjourned at 8:40 p.m.

OSHTEMO CHARTER TOWNSHIP
PLANNING COMMISSION

By:
Secretary
Minutes prepared:

April 12, 2004

Minutes approved:
, 2004