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OSHTEMO CHARTER TOWNSHIP

PLANNING COMMISSION

May 10, 2001

Agenda

AGRICULTURAL DISTRICT, RURAL RESIDENTIAL DISTRICT AND RELATED AMENDMENTS - WORK ITEM

MASTER LAND USE PLAN REVIEW - WORK ITEM

A meeting was conducted by the Oshtemo Charter Township Planning Commission on Thursday, May 10, 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

MEMBERS ABSENT: Elizabeth Heiny-Cogswell
Deborah Everett
James Turcott

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

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 7:05 p.m.

AGENDA

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

MINUTES

The Planning Commission considered the minutes of the meeting of April 26, 2001. The Chairperson and Ms. Garland-Rike suggested typographical error changes to pages 2, 3 and 6. Mr. Rakowski moved to approve the minutes as amended, and Mr. Corakis seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously.

AGRICULTURAL DISTRICT, RURAL RESIDENTIAL DISTRICT AND RELATED AMENDMENTS - WORK ITEM

The Planning Commission commenced with a review of Draft #2 of the Agricultural District. The Report of the Planning and Zoning Department is incorporated herein by reference.

The Chairperson read through the revised Statement of Purpose for Section 19.100. It was noted that Section 19.204 had been revised to allow for product sales for items produced by the owner. A slight revision to the Section was suggested so as to read, "Truck gardens, greenhouses and nurseries on unplatted parcels; 70% of any product offered for sale must be produced by the owner."

In response to questions from Mr. Rakowski, Ms. Stefforia stated that she envisioned that the large scale farming operations existing in the Township and possibly operations involving the raising of animals and large scale crop growing operations would be rezoned to the "AG" District, also, the property within the northwest corner where the soils were suited to agricultural use but not residential.

There was discussion of the essential services which had been identified as a special exception use in the District. Ms. Bugge suggested revising the District to allow for essential services, except for those involving buildings would be a permitted use consistent with other Districts under the Ordinance.

Next, the Planning Commission considered Draft #4 of the Rural Residential District. There was discussion of the Statement of Purpose of Section 20.100 and the Master Land Use Plan's discussion of the Rural Residential District on page 80. Ms. Garland-Rike expressed concern that the Statement of Purpose drafted for Section 20.100 did not seem in tune with the Master Land Use Plan. The Township Attorney suggested that this Section of the Master Land Use Plan should be considered at the time that the question of parcel, lot and building site size was discussed for the Rural Residential District classification.

The District would be revised to be consistent as to essential services with the Agricultural District.

As to Section 20.405, it was suggested that a definition for the word "kennel" be considered.

With regard to Section 20.406, Ms. Bugge suggested that the description be amended to read "riding stables, including boarding."

The Planning Commission considered the various other connected Ordinance amendments.

Specifically as to the references to agriculture, horticulture, animal husbandry, etc., in the various districts, it was agreed that these would be eliminated.

MASTER LAND USE PLAN REVIEW - WORK ITEM

The Planning Commission reviewed the current provisions of the Master Land Use Plan concerning the Rural Residential classification. The Report of the Planning and Zoning Department is incorporated herein by reference. It was agreed that the last paragraph would be amended to read:

"Although agricultural activities are not identified by a specific land use classification, agriculture is recognized as an important activity with the Township, and continuation of those activities historically present in the Township will be encouraged through use of an agricultural zoning district."

OTHER BUSINESS

Ms. Bugge noted that a zoning request had been received from Vision West, and the Report of the Planning and Zoning Department is incorporated herein by reference. Ms. Bugge noted that the applicant had requested rezoning of the southern portion of one of its parcels from the "R-4" District to the "I-1" District so as to be consistent with the remaining parcels owned by the applicant, which were adjacent. The applicant was seeking to combine all the parcels under its ownership.

It was noted that the Master Land Use Plan showed the area in question as industrial. The area surrounding the parcel at issue is zoned "I-1" with the exception of two adjacent parcels which are also located in the "R-4" District. It was agreed that the zoning request would be expanded to consider all the property in the area zoned in the "R-4" District, i.e., the other two parcels to the east of the subject site.

Mr. Corakis moved to schedule a public hearing on the request as expanded for the meeting of June 28, 2001. Mr. Rakowski seconded the motion, and the motion carried unanimously.

There was a discussion of the joint meeting to be conducted on Tuesday, May 15, 2001.

PLANNING COMMISSIONER COMMENTS

Mr. Rakowski inquired as to whether Wal-Mart would be locating in the Township. Ms. Stefforia indicated that she had received no contact confirming that Wal-Mart was seeking to locate on 9th Street.

Mr. Corakis suggested a discussion of the issue of parking as it relates to student use of housing in single-family neighborhoods.

ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business to come before the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 8:15 p.m.

OSHTEMO CHARTER TOWNSHIP
PLANNING COMMISSION

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Minutes prepared:
May 14, 2001
Minutes approved:
, 2001