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OSHTEMO CHARTER TOWNSHIP

PLANNING COMMISSION

November 9, 2000

Agenda

TEXT AMENDMENT: PARKING PROVISIONS UPDATE (DRAFT #3) - WORK ITEM

"R-4" RESIDENCE DISTRICT PERMITTED USES - TEXT AMENDMENT - WORK ITEM

9TH STREET FOCUS AREA OVERLAY ZONE - TEXT AMENDMENT - WORK ITEM

HEIGHT DEFINITION - TEXT AMENDMENT - WORK ITEM

A meeting was conducted by the Oshtemo Charter Township Planning Commission on Thursday, November 9, 2000, commencing at approximately 7:00 p.m. at the Oshtemo Charter Township.

MEMBERS PRESENT: Wilfred Dennie, Chairperson
Ted Corakis
Ken Heisig
Stanley Rakowski
Neil Sikora
Elizabeth Heiny-Cogswell
Marvin Block

MEMBERS ABSENT: None

Also present were Jodi Stefforia, Planning Director (after 7:30 p.m.); Mary Lynn Bugge, Township Planner; Patricia R. Mason, Township Attorney, and no other interested persons.

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 7:01 p.m.

AGENDA

The Chairperson suggested adding a discussion of the Agenda for the joint meeting scheduled for November 21, 2000. Mr. Block moved to approve the Agenda as amended, and Mr. Rakowski seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously.

MINUTES

The Planning Commission considered the minutes of the meeting of October 26, 2000. The Chairperson had questions concerning certain portions of the minutes. Mr. Corakis moved to approve the minutes as submitted, and Mr. Sikora seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously.

TEXT AMENDMENT: PARKING PROVISIONS UPDATE (DRAFT #3) - WORK ITEM

The Planning Commission reviewed Draft #3 of the proposed text amendment, updating parking provisions. The Report of the Planning and Zoning Department is incorporated herein by reference.

Ms. Bugge indicated that revisions to the proposed provisions had been made incorporating the suggestions of the Planning Commission. Moreover, additions to the draft included criteria for stacking space for drive-through windows, prohibition of backing into or from roads, and the encouragement of bike racks.

The Chairperson reviewed the proposed provisions, and it was noted that, as to Section 68.300.B Aisle Width had been changed from 25 feet to 24 feet. Ms. Bugge stated that this was consistent with many recent projects. Therefore, she felt it reflected current trends.

There was some minor revision to the proposed Sections F and G to refer to "abutting street". It was noted that sub-part H has been added to refer to the Access Management Guidelines, Section 67.600.

The Planning Commission discussed the proposed Ordinance provisions concerning restaurants. Ms. Bugge provided a comparison handout, showing the treatment of restaurant parking in several municipal ordinances.

Ms. Stefforia entered the meeting.

There was discussion of the proposed restaurant provision, which would require one parking space per 70 square feet, plus one space per employee on the largest shift or one space per three people allowed by maximum occupancy according to the Building Code, whichever was greater. There was discussion of the requirements for a commercial center. As to beauty salons, it was agreed that the Section should refer only to work stations.

Ms. Stefforia suggested research into the criteria to be used for movie theaters should be accomplished. She felt that the proposed provision would result in too few parking spaces. She suggested researching the number of spaces provided at the Kalamazoo 10 Theater.

As to golf courses and private golf courses, it was suggested that the reference to private golf courses, swim clubs, etc. be eliminated. It was felt that the proposed provision referring to membership would be too hard to judge.

There was discussion of the proposed deviation language for Section 68.600. It was agreed that the proposed language should be altered to refer to deviations, limiting them to prior existing uses and requiring that the applicant demonstrate that a sufficient number of parking spaces to service the use would be provided.

There was a review of the proposed addition to the Definition Section of the Ordinance.

"R-4" RESIDENCE DISTRICT PERMITTED USES - TEXT AMENDMENT - WORK ITEM

The Planning Commission reviewed proposed amendments to Section 24.206 of the "R-4" Residence District to make uses listed therein special exception uses, whereas they are currently permitted uses. The Report of the Planning and Zoning Department is incorporated herein by reference.

It was noted that comments made at the Hope Woods rezoning public hearing had indicated concern on the part of the public that private clubs, fraternities, sororities, etc. were allowed as permitted uses in the "R-4" District. The Township Planning Department staff suggested revision to the Ordinance to repeal Section 24.206, but add Section 24.401 to provide a special exception use in the "R-4" District to read as follows:

"Private clubs, fraternities, sororities, lodges, except those of which the chief activity is a service customarily carried on as a business."

Mr. Block moved to schedule a public hearing on the text amendment for December 14, 2000, and Ms. Heiny-Cogswell seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously.

9TH STREET FOCUS AREA OVERLAY ZONE - TEXT AMENDMENT - WORK ITEM

The Planning Commission reviewed a proposed amendment to Section 50.401 of the 9th Street Focus Area Overlay Zone. The Report of the Planning and Zoning Department is incorporated herein by reference.

As a result of the meeting of October 12, 2000, and the comments of the Planning Commission, it was suggested that the following language be added after sub-section (c) of Section 50.401:

"Note: The Planning Commission may grant a deviation allowing a single-story building not to exceed 15,000 square feet in gross floor area when it is determined that the building and site improvements are designed in harmony with the natural topography and vegetation of the property, limited grade changes will be made, and said deviation is found to be in keeping with the spirit and intent of this Section and the 9th Street Focus Area Development Plan."

Mr. Heisig moved to schedule a public hearing on the text amendment for December 14, 2000. Mr. Sikora seconded the motion, and the motion carried unanimously.

HEIGHT DEFINITION - TEXT AMENDMENT - WORK ITEM

The Planning Commission discussed the proposed change to the Zoning Ordinance definition of height. The Report of the Planning and Zoning Department is incorporated herein by reference.

It was noted that the current definition is inconsistent with that found in the Building and Fire Codes. It was suggested that Section 11.309 Definitions be amended to read as to height:

"The vertical distance of a building measured from the average elevation of the adjacent finished grade to the highest point of the coping of a flat roof, to the deck line of a mansard roof, or to the average height between eaves and ridge for a gable, hip or gambrel roof."

It was suggested that the drawing which accompanied the definition in the Planning and Zoning Department Report be included in the Ordinance. Ms. Heiny-Cogswell asked about the height of the office development on 10th Street at the corner of West Main. It was noted that a variance had been granted to this project to allow for a peaked roof. After some investigation, Ms. Stefforia reported that the height at the mid-point was 25 feet.

Mr. Block moved to schedule a public hearing on the height definition amendment for December 14, 2000. Ms. Heiny-Cogswell seconded the motion, and the motion carried unanimously.

OTHER BUSINESS

The Agenda for the joint meeting scheduled for November 21, 2000, was discussed. The Chairperson suggested a discussion of the proposed parking provision update. Further, he suggested discussing with the Township Board the work plan of the Planning Commission which would include a review of the Agricultural District. Further, the items scheduled for upcoming December 14, 2000 public hearing would be discussed.

COMMISSIONER COMMENTS

Ms. Heiny-Cogswell had an observation about a new island in the parking lot of the Harding's site which appeared to stick out into the aisle. Mr. Block reported on the new members proposed for each board, which would be considered at the next Township Board meeting. Mr. Rakowski recounted the concerns of a 9th Street resident regarding an upcoming Kalamazoo County Road Commission project.

ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business to come before the Planning Commission, the meeting was adjourned at 9:00 p.m.

OSHTEMO CHARTER TOWNSHIP

PLANNING COMMISSION

By:

Minutes prepared:
November 13, 2000

Minutes approved: