CHARTER TOWNSHIP OF OSHTEMO
ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS
May 19, 1998
The quarterly meeting of the Township Board, Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals was held at the Township Hall. The meeting was called to order by Supervisor Fleckenstein at 7:00 p.m.
W. Dennie, Chr
ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS:
Also present was Robert Snell, Township Engineer, William Miller, Township EDC Board and one interested citizens.
PURCHASE OF DEVELOPMENT RIGHTS (PDR)
Robin Pearson, Analyst with the Farmland & Open Space Preservation Unit of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, spoke about the Purchase of Development Rights program that she co-ordinates.
State Act 451 of 1994 authorizes the State to protect valuable farmland from future development by purchasing development rights from the owners. The land owner, if selected, will be paid the difference between the fair market value and the agricultural value of the property.
Property that is eligible will be scored based on an established criteria. Two of the highest priorities are; 1. Productive farmland that is considered to be prime or unique farmland, and, 2. Farmland which is faced with development pressure that will permanently alter the productive capacity of the land.
The applicant must submit an application to the Township and the Soil Conservation District. The Township Planning Department reviews the site based on the Master Land Use Plan and zoning. The application must receive approval from the township in order to be considered by the State.
If a property is selected for the PDR program, the owner would continue to own and farm the property, but can not sell it for any activity, other than ag related.
Ms. Pearson explained that there is never enough funding available for all the applications. In 1997, they received 768 applications and could only purchase the development rights for 37 properties.
SETBACK STANDARDS REVIEW STATUS
Wilfred Dennie, Chair of the Planning Commission, reviewed the status on the update to the Setback Standards, Section 64.000. They are looking at a change in the definition, addition to Designated highways section and clarification of other areas of the ordinance.
One area of review, would be the gasoline pumps, Section 64.400. They felt they should be treated with the same standard as other commerical uses.
This amendment will be ready for public hearing on May 28, 1998.
There were questions, by Trustee Bushouse and general discussion about the Village Focus Area, temporary signage and private roads.
There was no further business. The meeting adjourned at 8:35 p.m.
ELAINE J. BRANCH, CMC
Date approved: May 26, 1998