OSHTEMO CHARTER TOWNSHIP

PLANNING COMMISSION

January 8, 2004

Agenda

SIDEWALK TEXT AMENDMENT AND MASTER LAND USE PLAN AMENDMENT NO. 2003-05 - PUBLIC HEARING

REVIEW OF CITY OF KALAMAZOO COMPREHENSIVE PLAN ADDITIONS

A meeting was conducted by the Oshtemo Charter Township Planning Commission on Thursday, January 8, 2004, 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
Terry Schley
Lee Larson
James Turcott

MEMBER ABSENT: Mike Ahrens

Also present were Jodi Stefforia, Planning Director; Mary Lynn Bugge, Township Planner; Patricia R. Mason, Township Attorney; and one other interested person.

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 7:02 p.m.

ELECTION OF OFFICERS

Ms. Everett moved to elect Neil Sikora as Chairperson, Terry Schley as Vice Chairperson, and Kathleen Garland-Rike as Secretary. Mr. Larson seconded the motion, and the motion carried unanimously.

AGENDA

Mr. Larson moved to approve the Agenda as submitted, and Mr. Turcott seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously.

MINUTES

The Planning Commission considered the minutes of the meeting of December 18, 2003. Mr. Turcott moved to approve the minutes as submitted. Mr. Schley seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously.

SIDEWALK TEXT AMENDMENT AND MASTER LAND USE PLAN AMENDMENT NO. 2003-05 - PUBLIC HEARING

The Chairperson introduced the public hearing regarding text amendments to the Zoning Ordinance concerning sidewalks, along with proposed Master Land Use Plan Amendment No. 2003-05. The Report of the Planning Department is incorporated herein by reference.

Ms. Bugge summarized the proposed changes including the addition of the Non-motorized facilities Map to the Master Plan. It was noted that favorable comments had been received from the Kalamazoo County Planning Commission, and from the Planning Commission of the Charter Township of Kalamazoo. A letter had been received from the Portage Planning Commission indicating that there were no specific comments that they had to make on the proposed amendments. However, the City of Portage appreciated the notice and opportunity for comment.

It was noted, in response to a question from Mr. Schley, by Ms. Bugge, that a builders group representative had obtained a packet of information concerning the proposed amendments. However, no one was present to comment at the hearing from this group.

The Chairperson asked for public comment, and none was offered. The public hearing was closed.

Mr. Schley moved to recommend approval of the proposed sidewalks text amendment and Master Land Use Plan changes to the Township Board. Mr. Larson seconded the motion, and the motion carried unanimously.

REVIEW OF CITY OF KALAMAZOO COMPREHENSIVE PLAN ADDITIONS

It was noted that the City of Kalamazoo had notified the Township that plan changes to their Comprehensive Plan were proposed concerning the Southside Neighborhood and the Kalamazoo Riverfront Redevelopment Plan. The Report of the Planning Department is incorporated herein by reference.

Ms. Bugge stated, as to the proposed Kalamazoo Riverfront Redevelopment Plan, she felt it was positive that the City was recognizing the river as an asset to the community. However, the Planning Department did not feel that there would be any direct impact on the Township by this proposed Plan. Similarly, the efforts of the City concerning its south side were positive but would have no direct impact on the Township.

After discussion, it was the Board's consensus that a letter be directed to the City's Planning Commission. Ms. Everett moved to request that Township Staff send a letter to the City Planning Commission indicating that the Township had no specific comments on their proposed Plans, but thanking the City for keeping the Township updated. Mr. Larson seconded the motion, and the motion carried unanimously.

OTHER BUSINESS

Ms. Stefforia submitted the proposed work plan for the months of February through June, 2004.

ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business to come before the Planning Commission, the meeting was adjourned at 7:27 p.m.

OSHTEMO CHARTER TOWNSHIP
PLANNING COMMISSION

By:
Kathleen Garland-Rike, Secretary
Minutes prepared:
January 12, 2004

Minutes approved:
, 2004