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OSHTEMO CHARTER TOWNSHIP

PLANNING COMMISSION

July 26, 2001

Agenda

SKY KING INDUSTRIAL PARK - MINI STORAGE (SEELYE) - SPECIAL EXCEPTION USE AMENDMENT - 3776 SKY KING BOULEVARD (PARCEL NO. 3905-34-260-005)

OAK PARK (BUFORD) - PHASE 2 - SITE PLAN REVIEW - EAST SIDE OF NORTH 6TH STREET (PARCEL NO. 3905-15-105-020)

A meeting was conducted by the Oshtemo Charter Township Planning Commission on Thursday, July 26, 2001, commencing at approximately 7:00 p.m. at the Oshtemo Charter Township Hall.

MEMBERS PRESENT: Neil G. Sikora, Chairperson
Ted Corakis
Kathleen Garland-Rike
Stanley Rakowski
Deborah Everett
James Turcott

MEMBER ABSENT: Elizabeth Heiny-Cogswell

Also present were Mary Lynn Bugge, Township Planner; Patricia R. Mason, Township Attorney; and eight other interested persons.

CALL TO ORDER

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

AGENDA

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

MINUTES

The Planning Commission Members considered the minutes of the meeting of July 12, 2001. Mr. Corakis moved to approve the minutes, as submitted, and Ms. Garland-Rike seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously.

SKY KING INDUSTRIAL PARK - MINI STORAGE (SEELYE) - SPECIAL EXCEPTION USE AMENDMENT - 3776 SKY KING BOULEVARD (PARCEL NO. 3905-34-260-005)

The Planning Commission considered amendment to a previously-granted special exception use approval for a three-building, mini storage facility on site No. 5 of the Sky King Industrial Park. The subject property is located in the "I-1" Industrial District and is at 3776 Sky King Boulevard. The property is Parcel No. 3905-34-260-005. The Report of the Planning and Zoning Department is incorporated herein by reference.

Ms. Bugge reminded the Planning Commission that the Planning Commission's previous approval was specific as to the color of the roof. The approval required that the buildings would be beige with dark green roof and doors. Since the approval, the applicant had determined that a beige roof, in the same color as the walls, would be better for a number of reasons. The applicant indicated that a beige roof would be more harmonious with other buildings in the Park, would be better with regard to heat resistence and would be less susceptible to fading. The doors would be hunter green as previously approved.

Ms. Bugge provided color samples of the roof, building and door colors.

No public comment was offered, and the public hearing was closed.

Ms. Everett moved to approve the amendment to the special exception use permit. Mr. Rakowski seconded the motion, and the motion carried unanimously.

OAK PARK (BUFORD) - PHASE 2 - SITE PLAN REVIEW - EAST SIDE OF NORTH 6TH STREET (PARCEL NO. 3905-15-105-020)

The Planning Commission considered site plan review of Phase 2 of Oak Park Residential Site Condominium Development, which involves 34 home sites on approximately 29 acres. The subject property is located on the east side of North 6th Street in the "AG" Agricultural-Rural zoning classification, and is Parcel No. 3905-15-105-020.

The Report of the Planning and Zoning Department is incorporated herein by reference.

Ms. Bugge reminded the Planning Commission that Phase 2 of Oak Park had been approved on February 13, 1997, and consisted of 34 sites. On February 7, 2000, the Zoning Board of Appeals granted a variance from frontage and depth-to-width requirements to facilitate the sale of 16 vacant acres of property with frontage on 6th Street and the creation of a parcel with less than 200 feet of frontage northeast of Oak Park Phase 1. Oak Park Phase 2 is proposed for the second parcel. Access would be provided by the extension of interior roads from Phase 1. The interior road, which would provide access, would be an extension of La Lisa Lane and the construction of St. Nicholas Way. The roads would be public and subject to the approval of the Kalamazoo County Road Commission. La Lisa Lane would continue to the east boundary of the property and St. Nicholas would continue to the north. Therefore, ultimately, access would be provided to adjacent vacant property.

The applicant had suggested developing Phase 2 in sections. He would provide a temporary cul-de-sac as each section of the development was completed. The applicant indicated that he intended, in the first section, to complete eight lots and the adjacent La Lisa roadway.

The Township Attorney indicated that, in her opinion, Phase 2 should include only those lots and roadway which would be completed contemporaneously. If the applicant desired to complete the remaining lots subsequently, those should not be included in a Phase 2, but in Phase 3. The phase boundaries should reflect that portion of the property which would be completed at this time. There was a discussion of the need to leave 200 feet of road frontage for what would be the "Phase 3 parcel" on the cul-de-sac. It was agreed that the Phase 2 boundary would include only that portion to be developed at this time. Phase 2 would include lots 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 66, 67 and 68. The cul-de-sac would be placed north of Lots 39 and 66. Phase 2 would also include the stormwater retention basin to the east of Lots 67 and 68.

Mr. Rakowski questioned the applicant as to whether it would be prudent to extend Phase 2 to the corner of La Lisa and St. Nicholas. The applicant stated that this would not work with his budget.

The Chairperson asked for public comment, and Fred Johnson expressed concern that, on the outlot to La Lisa Lane in Phase 1, there was a pile of junk. He stated that this pile had been in place since the road was built. It included stumps and brush.

He was also concerned about the condition of the Phase 1 roadway. In addition, there was one lot in Phase 1 with only a basement and no home established.

The applicant was questioned with regard to these items, and it was indicated that Phase 1's road was already dedicated and accepted by the Kalamazoo County Road Commission. Therefore, maintenance was the responsibility of the Road Commission. The applicant indicated that he no longer owns the lot on which the basement was established. He indicated that he would take care of the brush and other junk on the outlot at the commencement of construction of Phase 2 of the project.

There was more discussion of the "basement", and it was noted that there was a hole in the ground with footings. No walls to the basement had been constructed.

Mr. Rakowski expressed concern that, at the Phase 1 portion of the site, as one departs onto 6th Street, there was a lot of brush in the roadway impairing visibility.

Greg Butch, a St. James resident, stated that he had been cutting the brush on Lot 1 but indicated that the Kalamazoo County Road Commission needs to clean up this right-of-way. He stated that the County was also very poor in removing snow from the roadway.

The public hearing was closed, and the Chairperson summarized the application.

Mr. Rakowski moved to approve the site plan for Phase 2 to include eight lots (Lots 35, 36, 37,38, 39, 66, 67 and 68), the cul-de-sac and the stormwater retention basin. The motion included the following conditions, limitations and notations:

(1) That access would be via an extension of La Lisa Lane as a public road. The road was subject to the approval of the Kalamazoo County Road Commission.

(2) That the temporary cul-de-sac would also be subject to the approval of the Kalamazoo County Road Commission and the Township Fire Department.

(3) That driveway permits must be obtained from the Kalamazoo County Road Commission.

(4) That all sites were required to meet the Township's dimensional requirements.

(5) That lot size and configuration was subject to the approval of the Kalamazoo County Human Services Department for use of individual well and septic systems.

(6) That building permits would not be issued for sites abutting the temporary cul-de-sac unless all dimensional requirements were met including the establishment of at least 200 feet of road frontage on the cul-de-sac for the remainder parcel.

(7) That approval is subject to the review and approval by the Township Attorney and Township Staff of the Master Deed and Bylaws and finding them acceptable.

(8) That approval is subject to the applicant complying with the requirements of the Township Fire Department.

(9) That approval is subject to the Township Engineer's review and a finding that stormwater management was sufficient.

(10) That approval is subject to the review and approval by the Kalamazoo County Human Services Department of well and septic systems.

(11) That approval is subject to the applicant obtaining an earth-change permit from the Kalamazoo County Drain Commissioner.

(12) That the applicant was required to submit a revised plan showing Phase 2 for Township Staff review and approval.

Mr. Corakis seconded the motion, and the motion carried unanimously.

PLANNING COMMISSIONER COMMENTS

The Chairperson reported that the non-motorized subcommittee had met and would provide a recommendation for the Planning Commission's consideration at the next meeting.

There was discussion of the status of the Lowe's site enforcement and McDonald's roof lighting issues.

ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business to come before the Commission, the meeting was adjourned at 8:10 p.m.

OSHTEMO CHARTER TOWNSHIP
PLANNING COMMISSION

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Minutes prepared:
July 31, 2001

Minutes approved:
, 2001