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OSHTEMO CHARTER TOWNSHIP

PLANNING COMMISSION

December 18, 2003

Agenda

ADOPT 2004 MEETING SCHEDULE

ZONING ORDINANCE AMENDMENTS RELATED TO SIDEWALKS

OTHER BUSINESS - DIAS SHUFFLE - ZBA LIAISON

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A meeting was conducted by the Oshtemo Charter Township Planning Commission on Thursday, December 18, 2003, commencing at approximately 7:00 p.m. at the Oshtemo Charter Township Hall.

MEMBERS PRESENT: Neil G. Sikora, Chairperson
Deborah L. Everett
Kathleen Garland-Rike
Mike Ahrens
Lee Larson
Terry Schley
James Turcott

MEMBERS ABSENT: None

Also present was Mary Lynn Bugge, Township Planner.

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 7:03 p.m.

AGENDA

Ms. Everett moved to approve the Agenda as submitted, and Mr. Ahrens seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously.

MINUTES

The Planning Commission considered the minutes of the meeting of October 23, 2003. Mr. Larson moved to approve the minutes as submitted, and Mr. Ahrens seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously.

ADOPT 2004 MEETING SCHEDULE

The Planning Commission considered the 2004 meeting schedule. Ms. Everett moved to approve the schedule as presented, and Mr. Turcott seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously.

ZONING ORDINANCE AMENDMENTS RELATED TO SIDEWALKS

The Planning Commission reviewed Draft 5 of proposed Zoning Ordinance amendments regarding sidewalks. The Report of the Planning Department is incorporated herein by reference.

Ms. Bugge stated that changes made to the proposed text of Section 76.650 were based upon the comments made by the Planning Commissioners at the meeting of October 23, 2003. The changes were discussed at the joint meeting of the Township Trustees, Planning Commission, and Zoning Board of Appeals on November 18, 2003. Ms. Bugge had modified the proposed language of Section 78.650 to state that deviation may be considered if the street is a cul-de-sac or if there are constraints as a result of severe topography or natural features. In addition, she struck the last two sentences of the proposed section and incorporated them in a new definition of "sidewalk" to be included in Section 11.559 of the Ordinance.

The amendments related to sidewalks and to changes in the Master Land Use Plan regarding non-motorized facilities are scheduled for a public hearing on January 8, 2004.

OTHER BUSINESS

The Planning Commission decided to remain in their existing seats rather than shuffle the seating at the dais.

During a discussion as to who would serve as liaison to the Zoning Board of Appeals, Mr. Turcott agreed to continue in that capacity. Mr. Schley moved and Mr. Larson seconded a motion that Mr. Turcott serve another term as Planning Commission representative on the Zoning Board of Appeals. The motion carried unanimously.

PLANNING COMMISSIONER COMMENTS ON 2003 PROJECTS AND ACTIVITIES

Mr. Ahrens commented as to the amount of work the Planning Commission had done over the past year.

Ms. Garland-Rike was pleased with the progress made on amendments to the Landscape Ordinance, Sidewalk Ordinance, and the Non-Motorized Facilities Map. She said she would like the Planning Commission to consider how to protect the Beech Street area as called for in the Master Land Use Plan. This comment led to a general discussion of other areas that need to be considered as well. Mr. Larson suggested that strategies to accomplish protection of certain areas be investigated in the coming year.

ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business to come before the Planning Commission, the meeting was adjourned at 7:25 p.m.

OSHTEMO CHARTER TOWNSHIP
PLANNING COMMISSION

By: ____________________________________
Kathleen Garland-Rike, Secretary