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OSHTEMO CHARTER TOWNSHIP

PLANNING COMMISSION

September 12, 2002

Agenda

DEFINITION OF FAMILY - TEXT AMENDMENT - DRAFT #3

OPEN SPACE COMMUNITY - TEXT AMENDMENT - PUBLIC HEARING

TIME/TEMPERATURE ELEMENTS WITHIN SIGNS - TEXT AMENDMENT - DRAFT #1

ACCESSORY BUILDINGS - TEXT AMENDMENT - DRAFT #1

MASTER LAND USE PLAN AMENDMENT PROCESS

CHIANG - REZONING REQUEST - PORTION OF 8403 WEST MAIN STREET - (PARCEL NO. 3905-16-405-040)

A meeting was conducted by the Oshtemo Charter Township Planning Commission on Thursday, September 12, 2002, commencing at approximately 7:00 p.m. at the Oshtemo Charter Township Hall.

MEMBERS PRESENT: Neil G. Sikora, Chairperson
Stanley Rakowski
Deborah L. Everett
Kathleen Garland-Rike
Elizabeth Heiny-Cogswell
Mike Ahrens

MEMBER ABSENT: James Turcott

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

CALL TO ORDER

The Chairperson called the meeting to order at 7:04 p.m.

AGENDA

Ms. Stefforia suggested adding a new Item #8, i.e, a discussion of the Master Land Use Plan amendment process. Mr. Rakowski moved to approve the Agenda as amended, and Ms. Heiny-Cogswell seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously.

MINUTES

The Planning Commission considered the minutes of August 22, 2002. Ms. Garland-Rike moved to approve the minutes as submitted, and Mr. Ahrens seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously.

DEFINITION OF FAMILY - TEXT AMENDMENT - DRAFT #3

The Planning Commission considered Draft #3 of the proposed text amendment to define "family" and related amendments to the Zoning Ordinance. The Report of the Planning and Zoning Department is incorporated herein by reference.

Ms. Bugge noted that the major change to the text had been with regard to adding a reference to "traditional" family. Moreover, three and four-family dwellings were defined since they would no longer be considered multiple family. Multiple family dwellings would include those with five dwelling units or more.

In response to a question from Ms. Garland-Rike, it was the consensus of the Planning Commission that the definition of three and four-family dwelling units should be consistent with the other definitions and include the word "detached". It was also the consensus that the definition of a "roomer" could be eliminated since it was not utilized elsewhere in the text.

Ms. Garland-Rike moved to schedule a public hearing for October 10, 2002, on the proposed text. The motion was seconded by Ms. Heiny-Cogswell. The motion carried unanimously.

OPEN SPACE COMMUNITY - TEXT AMENDMENT - PUBLIC HEARING

The Planning Commission conducted a public hearing on proposed amendments to the Open Space Community provisions of the Zoning Ordinance to provide for open space preservation developments in accord with the requirements of Public Act No. 177 of 2001.

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

Ms. Stefforia reminded the Planning Commission that the Ordinance must be amended to reflect the new law by December 15, 2002.

There was no public comment, and the Chairperson closed the public hearing.

Mr. Rakowski moved to recommend approval of the text as proposed to the Township Board. Ms. Garland-Rike seconded the motion, and the motion carried unanimously.

TIME/TEMPERATURE ELEMENTS WITHIN SIGNS - TEXT AMENDMENT - DRAFT #1

The Planning Commission reviewed Draft #1 of a proposed text amendment to allow time/temperature displays within permitted sign area.

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

Ms. Stefforia stated that additional research into time and temperature features within signs had been conducted. From this research, she had determined that time/temperature display would not be too small to read if only 25% of the sign face was allowed to be changeable. She, however, suggested that the text require that brightness of the display be appropriate for surroundings. Planning Commissioners agreed.

Mr. Rakowski expressed concern that if this type of changeable copy signage were allowed, other types would be requested. Mr. Ahrens, Ms. Everett and the Chairperson had no problem with the proposed text. Ms. Garland-Rike felt that such signage would be unsightly.

It was agreed, as to the 25% limitation, that this apply only to signs utilizing LED display as the changeable copy.

After further discussion, Mr. Ahrens moved to schedule a public hearing on the text, with the change regarding the 25% limitation, for public hearing on October 10, 2002. Ms. Everett seconded the motion, and the motion carried unanimously.

ACCESSORY BUILDINGS - TEXT AMENDMENT - DRAFT #1

The Planning Commission considered Draft #1 of a proposed text amendment establishing provisions for accessory buildings.

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

There were questions about the current home occupation provisions which limited use of accessory buildings. It was the consensus of Planning Commissioners that there was a need to re-visit the home occupation provisions. However, Planning Commissioners were satisfied with the proposed text concerning accessory buildings.

Mr. Rakowski moved to schedule a public hearing for October 10, 2002. Ms. Everett seconded the motion, and the motion carried unanimously.

MASTER LAND USE PLAN AMENDMENT PROCESS

Ms. Stefforia suggested amending the previous policy decision of the Planning Commission to subject any rezoning applications which involve Master Land Use Plan amendment received after July 31, 2002, to the new state-required process. The legislation requires compliance after December 31, 2002.

Ms. Heiny-Cogswell moved to require compliance with the new noticing procedures for Master Land Use Plan amendments after December 31, 2002. Mr. Ahrens seconded the motion, and the motion carried unanimously.

CHIANG - REZONING REQUEST - PORTION OF 8403 WEST MAIN STREET - (PARCEL NO. 3905-16-405-040)

Ms. Stefforia reported that an application had been received for rezoning at 8403 West Main Street. The applicant was requesting that the eastern half of the subject property be rezoned from the "Agricultural-Rural" to the "C" Local Business District. The western half and the abutting western parcel also owned by the applicant are already zoned "C".

There was discussion of the fact that the Master Land Use Plan shows the Neighborhood Commercial designation in the general vicinity of the property. Due to the small size of the subject site, it was the Planning Commission's opinion that no Master Land Use Plan amendment would be necessary. The Planning Commissioners' consensus was also that there be no expansion beyond the applicant's parcel.

Mr. Rakowski moved to schedule public hearing on the rezoning of the eastern half of the subject property for November 7, 2002. Ms. Everett seconded the motion, and the motion carried unanimously.

WORK PLAN

The Planning Commission decided to add a discussion of home occupation and Neighborhood Commercial to the Work Plan.

Mr. Rakowski commented that he hoped the Township Board would also take up the issue of sidewalks.

Ms. Heiny-Cogswell suggested adding a review of the existing Landscaping Ordinance provisions to provide for use of native plantings

Ms. Stefforia suggested a text amendment to allow PUD as a special use in the "VC" Village Commercial District. Mr. Ahrens moved to schedule a public hearing on the amendment of the PUD provisions for October 10, 2002. Mr. Rakowski seconded the motion, and the motion carried unanimously.

ADJOURNMENT

After Planning Commissioner comments, there being no further business to come before the Planning Commission, the meeting was adjourned at 8:35 p.m.

OSHTEMO CHARTER TOWNSHIP
PLANNING COMMISSION


By:
Stanley Rakowski, Secretary

Minutes prepared:
September 13, 2002

Minutes approved:
, 2002