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Planning Commission Minutes - April 14, 2009



APRIL 14, 2009

A Regular meeting of the Charter Township of Chesterfield Planning Commission was held on Tuesday, April 14, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. at the Township Hall Located at 47275 Sugarbush, Chesterfield, MI 48047.


Chairman Priest called the meeting to order at 7:02 p.m.


Present: Jim Priest Excused: Robert Kohler

Paula Frame Jim Moran

Joe Stabile

George Deeby

Ray Saelens

Paul Miller

Cheryl Printz

Others: Brian Wilson, Community Planning & Management


Motion by Mr. Priest, supported by Mr. Deeby to approve the agenda as presented.

All Ayes Motion Carried

4. SUBCOMMITTEE REPORT: (Committee will report items under Reviews)


A. PROPOSED WATERFRONT RESTAURANT - SLU #2009-01: Kem-Tec 29113 Lesnau Ct., Chesterfield, MI 48047. Proposed Restaurant located on the Southeast side of Jefferson, North of Riverpoint. Public Hearing held open from 3-24-09.

Mr. Priest stated that we discussed with the applicant at the last meeting several items that the planner and engineer raised. At that meeting he thought that he was clear in asking the applicant to please address those items in writing. He has seen nothing in writing. He asked the applicant if they have anything in writing to address the comments.

Tom LeFevre stated that they do. He indicated that Matt Keen from Kem-Tec was supposed to be here today. A family member took sick and Mr. Keen went out of state today. They have been trying to call Kem-Tec all day, however, they have not had contact with him. Mr. LeFevre indicated that he could answer each comment verbally. All of the comments were addressed. They gave Mr. Keen an open book to exactly what the planner and engineer wanted.

Ms. Frame commented that actually those comments should have been submitted by noon Thursday so that we could have the information and review it.

Mr. LeFevre stated that he remembers that now, but he thought that they could bring it to this evening’s meeting.

Mr. Priest advised Mr. LeFevre to call Community Planning & Management within the next day or so and speak with Mr. Meagher about the various items that were raised. Also, come to the Planning Department here and give them those comments in writing so that they can be processed and come back to us.

Jeffrey Graham stated that they have 20 copies of revised drawings with them. Mr. Keen is working on the site engineering, which is the larger bulk of the comments. That is why they were waiting to deliver them together. He asked for clarification as to if the commission wants the comments addressed in the drawings form or by letter form.

Mr. Priest and Ms. Frame instructed Mr. Graham that they should address them both ways.

Mr. LeFevre again asked if he could address the comments verbally.

Mr. Priest indicated that he sees no use in doing that as there are too many items that need to be addressed. We need something in writing.

Ms. Frame indicated that there are 28 items on top of the 7 Fire Department items.

Mr. Priest stated that we would like to see them put a restaurant there, but our hands are tied as to what we can and can’t do. The ordinance must be met. He instructed them to speak with Mr. Meagher to address all of the items and work out any problems.

Mr. LeFevre stated that he is sure that he will have all of the comments done tomorrow, because they were supposed to be done today.

During the Public Hearing the following individuals addressed the commission to express concerns, provide information or to support the Special Land Use: Fred Los, Larry Riskowski and John Waseleski.

Ms. Printz explained that usually a Special Assessment District is initiated by the property owners. She does not know if it is different in this case because it is commercial property. It is something that we can look into. If it is initiated by the property owners we can walk them through the process.

Mr. Deeby commented that if this business does not have the proper approach for incoming boats, it would behoove the owner to want that to be the case so that they will succeed. The question arises as to whose responsibility it would be to make the Salt River have a proper access for the business. If they are counting on the boat traffic, and there is not proper access, they will just not come. That will be a detriment to the business in his opinion.

Mr. Priest commented that he thinks that is more in the hands of the Township Trustees instead of the Planning Commission. Ms. Printz can follow up on that.

Ms. Printz responded that she definitely will.

Mr. Stabile suggested that we accept a copy of their prints for the file.

Mr. Stabile, Ms. Frame and Mr. Priest instructed the applicant that the remainder of the prints should be submitted to the Planning Department.

Motion by Ms. Frame, supported by Mr. Saelens to close the Public Hearing on SLU #2009-01 at 7:20 p.m.

All Ayes Motion Carried

Motion by Ms. Frame, supported by Ms. Printz to table SLU #2009-01 to our next meeting on April 28, 2009.

Mr. Priest instructed Mr. LeFevre that sometimes our scheduled meetings are cancelled; however, if we do have a meeting on April 28, 2009, the information has to be submitted to the Planning Department by Thursday of this week.

Mr. LeFevre responded it will be done. He advised Ms. Printz and the Board that he would like to maybe take out some of the items from the comments and maybe put dredging in on the table.

Vote On The Motion:

All Ayes Motion Carried


A. MEIJER GAS STATION PROPOSED NEW WALL SIGN - #2009-02 SGN: Valley City Sign, 5009 West River Drive Northeast, Comstock Park, MI 49321. Proposed new wall sign with changeable copy located at the above address. Tabled 1-13-09.

Motion by Ms. Frame, supported by Mr. Saelens to deny #2009-02 SGN as there has been no new information submitted.

All Ayes Motion Carried


Motion by Mr. Priest, supported by Ms. Frame to approve the minutes from the March 24, 2009 meeting as sent.

All Ayes Motion Carried


Mr. Priest noted information on windmills, which was sent to Selfridge Air Base. He read the response from Selfridge indicating their recommendations.



Ms. Frame commented that Mr. Meagher would like to discuss the zoning changes for outdoor storage sales and display lots at the next meeting.

Ms. Printz stated that she has spoken with Mr. Meagher with regard to forming a sub-committee to work on all of the ordinance changes.

Ms. Frame indicated that Mr. Meagher is still interested in that.

Ms. Printz indicated that she is volunteering to be on that committee.



Mr. Saelens commented on the need to clean up the marina district.

Ms. Printz agreed with Mr. Saelens, and indicated that we might want to look at some screening in that area.

Mr. Deeby commented on the aesthetics of the storage buildings for windmills.

Mr. Priest assured Mr. Deeby that we are just in the beginning stages of discussion with regard to the windmills and his comments definitely need to be brought up for discussion.

Ms. Frame asked for volunteers for the next pre-planning meeting.

Mr. Deeby and Mr. Saelens agreed to attend.



Motion by Mr. Priest, supported by Ms. Frame to adjourn the meeting at 7:29 p.m.

All Ayes Motion Carried


Paula Frame, Secretary Christine A. Hunyady, Recording Secretary



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