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Zoning Board of Appeals

May 1, 2000


A meeting was conducted by the Oshtemo Charter Township Zoning Board of Appeals on Monday, May 1, 2000, commencing at approximately 3:00 p.m. at the Oshtemo Charter Township.

Thomas Brodasky, Chairperson
David Bushouse
Ted Corakis

Millard Loy
Sharon Kuntzman

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

The Chairperson called the meeting to order at 3:02 p.m.

The Board considered the minutes of the meeting of April 17, 2000. Mr. Corakis moved to approve the minutes as submitted, and Mr. Bushouse seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously.

The Board considered the application of Joseph R. Reno on behalf of Investment Plus for a site plan review of a proposed 3,500 square foot office building to be constructed at 2415 South 11th Street in the "C" Local Business District zoning classification. The property is Parcel No. 3905-25-404-011. The Report of the Planning and Zoning Department is incorporated herein by reference. On January 14, 1999, the Planning Commission approved a condominium project for the subject property. Currently, one building/unit exists in which The Kitchen Shop is located. The applicant is proposing to construct the second unit, i.e., a 3,500 square foot single-story office building. The Zoning Board of Appeals reviewed and approved a similar project on January 18, 1999. However, the approval expired when no progress toward construction was made in one year’s time, pursuant to Section 82.900. It was clarified that the land area around the two buildings was either a common or limited common element of the condominium. There was discussion of whether the condominium project was entitled to one sign for the entire project or one sign per building. The Township Attorney expressed her opinion that the site as a whole was entitled to one free -standing sign. However, it was noted that the applicant could request an interpretation and/or a variance to establish a second free-standing sign. The Chairperson reminded the applicant that, since only three members were present, any decision would have to be unanimous. In response to questions from Mr. Corakis, it was noted that the site would be served by the existing access point on 11th Street. Mr. Corakis also had questions with regard to the utility easement and its use. The architect for the project, Mr. Schramm stated that the easement is existing and that the applicant would not be doing anything in this area. He was unaware of what sorts of utilities, if any, were within the easement.

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

It was noted that the applicant would need to comply with all of the Township Engineer’s requirements, and Mr. Schramm indicated that he had spoken with the Engineer about a slight change to the berming proposed for the site.

Mr. Corakis moved to approve the site plan with the following conditions, limitations and notations:
(1) That the site be served by an existing single access point on 11th Street.
(2) That parking as proposed was satisfactory and was required to comply with dimensional requirements of the Ordinance.
(3) That no outdoor storage has been proposed or approved.
(4) That one dumpster on a concrete pad was proposed. It was required that enclosure details be provided to the Township Staff for review and approval.
(5) That all site lighting must comply with Section 78.700 and that details of proposed lighting be provided to Township Staff for review and approval.
(6) That no signage was being approved with the plan approval. Any proposed signage would be required to conform to Section 76 and obtain all necessary permits. As to a second free-standing sign, the applicant would be required to obtain a favorable interpretation or a variance.
(7) That no additional screening was required given the adjacent zoning.
(8) That the site plan approval was subject to the review and approval, and compliance with the requirements of, the Township Fire Department.
(9) That the approval was subject to the review and approval of the Township Engineer and the Engineer finding storm water management provisions adequate.
(10) That the site would be served by public utilities.
(11) That approval was subject to the completion and submission of the Environmental Checklist and the Hazardous Substance Reporting Form
Mr. Bushouse seconded the motion, and the motion carried unanimously.

There being no further business to come before the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 3:20 p.m.

Minutes Prepared:
May 5, 2000

Minutes Approved:
May 15, 2000