OSHTEMO CHARTER TOWNSHIP
August 21, 2003
VISSER CONSTRUCTION CONCEPTUAL PLAN REVIEW - PUD DEVELOPMENT - 5401 WEST H AVENUE (PARCEL NOS. 3905-12-205-011 AND 3905-12-205-030)
VARIOUS AMENDMENTS TO ZONING ORDINANCE - DRAFT #3 - WORK ITEM
AMENDMENTS RELATED TO SIDEWALKS - DRAFT #4 - WORK ITEM
A meeting was conducted by the Oshtemo Charter Township Planning Commission on Thursday, August 21, 2003, commencing at approximately 7:00 p.m. at the Oshtemo Charter Township Hall.
MEMBERS PRESENT: Neil G. Sikora, Chairperson
Deborah L Everett
Also present was Jodi Stefforia, Planning Director; Mary Lynn Bugge, Township Planner; and five other interested persons.
CALL TO ORDER
The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m.
Mr. Ahrens moved to approve the agenda as submitted, and Ms. Garland-Rike seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously.
The Planning Commission considered the minutes of the meeting of August 7, 2003. The chairperson suggested changes to correct a few typographical errors. Ms. Heiny-Cogswell moved to approve the minutes as amended, and Ms. Everett seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously.
VISSER CONSTRUCTION CONCEPTUAL PLAN REVIEW - PUD DEVELOPMENT - 5401 WEST H AVENUE - (PARCEL NOS. 3905-12-205-011 AND 3905-12-205-030)
The Planning Commission considered the second application of Visser Construction for a proposed 135-unit, 38.5 acre Planned Unit Development (PUD). The subject development would be located on the south side of H Avenue east of Highway 131 and is located within the "R-2" Residence District zoning classification. The subject site is Parcel Numbers 3905-12-205-011 and 3905-12-205-030.
The report of the Planning and Zoning Department is incorporated herein by reference.
Ms. Bugge displayed the revised conceptual plan of the development and reviewed changes from the first plan such as, increased open space, reduced number of dwelling units and a new design of private streets, containing only one cul-de-sac.
John Post, Landscaper, asked for flexibility in the use of evergreens and wished to include a berm along the front of the properties.
Steve Visser described possible access communication options for the "gated community" such as having each owner equipped with transmitter devices for entry into the development and noted the entire property would not be fenced in.
He assured the Planning Commission that adequate means of access would be provided for police and fire vehicles. He also explained the existing building on the property would probably become an office for maintenance personnel hired by the association. An addition to the building for a community room may be considered in the future. Consideration of office use of the building should be included in the site plan review request.
Mr. Ahrens questioned the width of the private roads. Mr. Visser stated the asphalt roads would be 24 feet.
Ms. Garland-Rike advised the cul-de-sac would need to comply with the safety standards of the fire department and asked for clarification of existing trees along the east side of the property. Mr. Visser advised he would have the property surveyed to show which trees were actually inside the property line.
Mr. Visser stated Visser Construction would be the exclusive builders for this project and advised he could not proceed until public sewer was extended to this area.
Lara Meeuwse, 5442 West H Avenue, stated her property is directly north of the proposed development and although she hated to see this property develop, the proposed development would be more easily acceptable than an apartment complex.
VARIOUS AMENDMENTS TO THE ZONING ORDINANCE - DRAFT #3 - WORK ITEM
The Planning Commission reviewed Draft #3 of several proposed amendments to the Zoning Ordinance. The report of the Planning and Zoning Department is incorporated herein by reference.
Ms. Stefforia reviewed her report to the commission stating that the only change from the previous draft of significance was on page 4 regarding review of Mobile Home Parks. Mobile Home Parks are a Special Exception Use, therefore, the proposed amendment corrects language to make them subject to review by the Planning Commission, not Zoning Board of Appeals. No comments were made by the Planning Commission regarding the draft.
Ms. Everett moved to schedule a public hearing for October 9, 2003. Mr. Turcott seconded the motion, and the motion carried unanimously.
SIDEWALKS AND NON-MOTORIZED FACILITIES
The Planning Commission moved on to the next agenda item regarding sidewalks and non-motorized facilities. The report of the Planning and Zoning Department is incorporated herein by reference.
Ms. Bugge displayed a map of the proposed Non-Motorized Facilities 2003 Update which has been updated to include additional facilities based upon Planning Commission comments in July.
Ms. Everett stated the Park Committee had recently held a meeting and invited Texas Township Officials as an abutting municipality and discussed joining efforts in making paths available as another means of travel. A feasability study cost estimate is currently being prepared by Prein & Newhof. The Park Committee is scheduled to meet again on September 11, 2003 to review the proposal.
The Chairperson mentioned the need for prioritizing areas such as Stadium and 9th Street.
Ms. Bugge would prepare a revised map for an upcoming Planning Commission meeting.
PLANNING COMMISSIONER COMMENTS
The Chairperson shared a letter from a group of residents near last meeting's Stacey home occupation request.
There being no further business to come before the Commission, the meeting was adjourned at 8:20 p.m.
OSHTEMO CHARTER TOWNSHIP
Kathleen Garland-Rike, Secretary
August 22, 2003