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Meeting Minutes

OCTOBER 22, 1998






A meeting was conducted by the Oshtemo Charter Township Planning Commission on Thursday, October 22, 1998, commencing at approximately 7:00 p.m. at the Oshtemo Charter Township Hall, pursuant to notice.

Members present:

Wilfred Dennie, Chairperson
Ted Corakis
Marvin Block
Lara Meeuwse
Ken Heisig
Elizabeth Heiny-Cogswell

Member Absent: Millard Loy

Also present were Jodi Stefforia, Planning and Zoning Department, and Patricia R. Mason, Township Attorney.



The Chairperson called the meeting to order at 7:02 p.m.



The Chairperson noted that the historic resources inventory would be discussed at the next meeting. It was suggested that a discussion of the "adult uses" text, as well as the work plan, be discussed under "Other Business."

Mr. Block moved to approve the agenda as amended, and Mr. Corakis seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously.



The next item was consideration of possible text amendment to the Zoning Ordinance regarding the site plan review process and the performance guarantees.

The report of the Planning and Zoning Department is incorporated herein by reference. Ms. Stefforia noted that the proposed text amendment would allow the Planning and Zoning Department the authority to permit developers to post a performance bond or performance

guarantee for completion of items at a particular site subsequent to occupancy. This authority would replace the current practice of requiring developers to obtain a variance from the Ordinance section which requires strict compliance with site plan approval prior to occupancy. Mr. Block stated that he felt this was a good idea as long as there was some indication of a time limit on completion of site items. Ms. Meeuwse noted that the Zoning Board of Appeals was also recommending the text amendment. The Township Attorney noted approval, stating it was significant that the Township was not creating a new precedent, merely allowing a change to the procedure in that the Zoning Board of Appeals regularly grants such variances conditioned upon posting of performance guarantee, time limit, and approval of the Fire Department.

The proposed text changes were reviewed. As to the language for Section 82.900, Mr. Heisig suggested retaining the reference to "strict compliance." He felt that the modification which allowed minor changes to site plans to be approved by the Planning and Zoning Department would allow the Ordinance to function as intended. As to Section 82.925, the Ordinance would be changed to read to provide that the Planning Director may administratively review and approve minor changes to the site plan so long as they comply with the criteria of site plan approval and with the Zoning Ordinance. The modifications to Section 82.950 would allow the Zoning Board of Appeals and Planning Commission to require a performance guarantee at the time of site plan approval. Additionally, the Planning Director and/or Building Official could require performance guarantees for completion of site items as a condition of granting occupancy.

There was discussion of revisions to this language as proposed to state "Additionally, when the full development of the site in accordance with the approved site plan cannot be completed prior to the application for occupancy, the Planning Director and/or Building Official of the Township may approve occupancy conditioned upon the provision of performance guarantee securing the completion of the site within a reasonable time."

After further discussion, Mr. Corakis moved to set public hearing on the item to December 10, 1998. Mr. Heisig seconded the motion, and the motion carried unanimously.



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

The Chairperson suggested a review of the excerpt from the Master Land Use Plan. Commission members indicated that they felt most comfortable with creating a new district to apply to the Village Focus Area. Ms. Heiny-Cogswell stated that she would like to see Ordinance provisions tied to design standards so that one could "envision the look of the Village."

There was discussion of the types of uses which might be allowed in the Village Focus Area District. There was consensus that the Planning Commission would like to see a mix of residential and small-scale commercial use. Ms. Stefforia suggested a limitation on the maximum size of commercial uses, possibly to 10,000 sq. ft. In general, Commission members were satisfied that the uses allowed in the "R-1," "R-2" and Commercial Districts be allowed so long as there was a limitation on size.

Sidewalks and streetscapes changes, as well as street parking and the lowering of speed limit along Stadium Drive, were discussed. Planning Commission members recognize the need to discuss these issues with a representative from the Michigan Department of Transportation.

Ms. Stefforia reported that she had heard some interest in the community in forming a Village Association. She specifically mentioned Frank Eichelberger.

It was the Planning Commission’s consensus that they would like to discuss this item at a work meeting prior to or shortly after the first of the year.



The work plan of the Planning Commission was discussed. The items currently on the agenda for the meetings of November 12 and November 19, 1998, were referenced. There was a discussion of the need to add the "adult uses" ordinance to the work plan. After some discussion, it was agreed that the ordinance would be discussed at a work session in January of 1999. It was suggested that Ms. Stefforia and the Township Attorney discuss possible proposed text for consideration at that meeting.

The letter received from Richard Schramm concerning a slow-moving bulldozer being driven down the middle of Stadium Drive was discussed. It was agreed that this letter would be referred to the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Department for investigation.



There being no further business to come before the Commission, the meeting was adjourned at 9:15 p.m.

Minutes prepared:

October 23, 1998

Minutes approved: