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Planning Commission Minutes - April 13, 2010



APRIL 13, 2010

A Regular meeting of the Charter Township of Chesterfield Planning Commission was held on Tuesday, April 13, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at the Township Hall Located at 47275 Sugarbush, Chesterfield, MI 48047.


Chairman Priest called the meeting to order at 7:01 p.m.


Present: Jim Priest Excused:

Robert Kohler

Paula Frame

Joe Stabile

George Deeby

Ray Saelens

Paul Miller

Carl Leonard

Michele Ficht

Others: Patrick Meagher, Township Planner


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

All Ayes Motion Carried

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

5. SPECIAL PRESENTATION: Jim Graham with "The I–24 Marine Battalion Memorial Committee" would like to dedicate a memorial to the fallen Marine Warriors of the Iraq War and locate it in Chesterfield Township.

Jim Graham, Michael Dahm and Ron Hudas appeared before the commission to explain the proposed memorial to be located in the township.

Mr. Kohler asked if there is a reason why this memorial is only being dedicated to the marines.

Mr. Dahm explained that this battalion of marines is a local unit headquartered at Selfridge National Guard Base. It is not meant to be a joint memorial to all the services. It was specifically designed to commemorate the loss of those marines from this particular unit, which is located here in this locale. It is not meant to shun any other units. Selfridge National Guard Base is planning a joint memorial, which will attribute all of the services that are there.

Mr. Kohler commented that he is not against this memorial, however, he asked if some sort of plaque could be included to observe the other armed forces that protect our country.

Mr. Dahm responded yes he thinks so. They would not be against that, however, they want to keep the focus on those 22 marines that were lost from this local unit, but he does not think it would be a detractor from the overall theme of honoring those particular marines. They will take that back to the architects who designed this and figure out how to incorporate it without breaking up the continuity of the layout as it is right now.

There was brief discussion with regard to memorials for other branches of the services.

Ms. Ficht suggested that if any other branches of the armed forces were interested in providing memorials, we have several other parks in the community, which could accommodate them.

Motion by Mr. Priest, supported by Ms. Ficht that the Planning Commission go on record supporting the Township Board decision and leave it up to them to decide on the location as they see fit.

All Ayes Motion Carried



A. PROPOSED CLEAR WIRELESS L.L.C. CELL TOWER CO-LOCATION – SITE PLAN #2010-02: Clear Wireless L.L.C., 39555 Orchard Hill Place #170, Novi, MI., 48375 – Proposed co-location on existing cell tower located at 47265 Sugarbush Road.

Motion by Ms. Frame, supported by Mr. Saelens to approve Site Plan #2010-02 subject to the township attorney reviewing reimbursement issues according to the contract.

All Ayes Motion Carried

B. PROPOSED FAÇADE CHANGE TO EXISTING GROUND SIGN - #2010-13 SGN: Darryll DeRuiter 33503 23 Mile Road, Chesterfield, MI., 48047 – Proposed addition to existing ground sign located at above address. (Formally known as Riverside Commons Assisted Living)

Motion by Ms. Frame, supported by Ms. Ficht to approve #2010-13 SGN.

All Ayes Motion Carried

C. PROPOSED "THE LAUNDRY STOP" NEW WALL SIGN - #2010-14 SGN: Ralph Daley, 48762 Salt River, Chesterfield, MI., 48047 – Proposed new wall sign located at 31643 23 Mile.

Motion by Ms. Frame, supported by Mr. Deeby to approve #2010-14 SGN.

All Ayes Motion Carried

D. PROPOSED BELLE TIRE NEW GROUND SIGN - #2010-15 SGN: Harmon Sign, 7844 West Central Avenue, Toledo, OH, 43617 – Proposed new ground sign located at 51310 Gratiot.

Ms. Frame stated that Community Planning & Management, P.C. had some concerns with regard to the sign impeding vision from the sidewalk. She indicated that the applicant was present earlier and had brought in some pictures that show where they are putting the sign actually does not impede the vision. It actually meets the 25 square foot radius and it is good to go.

Motion by Ms. Frame, supported by Mr. Stabile to approve #2010-15 SGN subject to them adding the address.

Mr. Saelens asked if the site plan reflects the way this was discussed.

Ms. Frame responded that the site plan reflects exactly as the sign was applied for, except for adding the address. There is no change to the application.

Vote on the Motion:

All Ayes Motion Carried

E. PROPOSED TACO BELL NEW GROUND SIGN - #2010-16 SGN: Allied Sign, 33650 Giftos, Clinton Twp., MI., 48035 – Proposed new ground sign located at 33165 23 Mile Road.

Motion by Ms. Frame, supported by Mr. Leonard to approve #2010-16 SGN with a variance because of the hardship that we, as the Planning Commission, created for the applicant by having them move the driveway.

Mr. Deeby asked for an explanation.

Ms. Frame responded that when the applicant first came to us with the rebuilding of their site, they had 2 driveways, an exit and an entrance to their site. During discussion of the site plan we asked them to narrow it down to one larger driveway, which they did. Instead of having the two driveways, they have one, which is why they need a variance for where the sign can go.

Mr. Deeby asked for an amendment to the motion to include that the address be added to the sign and that permits for installation not be grated until the new site is under development.

Ms. Frame agreed to amend her motion to include that the address be added to the sign.

Mr. Leonard continued his support.

All Ayes Motion Carried

F. PROPOSED ANGLERS POINT NEW GROUND SIGN - #2010-17 SGN: Gerald Fergeson 28955 William Rosso Hwy., Chesterfield, MI 48047. Proposed new ground sign for Anglers Point Marina located at the above address

Motion by Ms. Frame, supported by Ms. Ficht to approve #2010-17 SGN subject to the change of the sign size and the dimensions added to the application. The applicant was here and has agreed to these changes. Also, the address is to be added to the sign.

Mr. Leonard asked what the new size would be.

Ms. Frame responded that the new size is 64 square feet, which is what they are allowed. Right now they are over 100 square feet.

There was brief discussion with regard to the location of the sign.

Ms. Frame explained the new location.

Vote on the motion:

All Ayes Motion Carried

G. PROPOSED BELLE TIRE CHANGE TO EXISTING (WEST) WALL SIGN – SGN #2010-18: Harmon Sign, 7844 W. Central Avenue, Toledo, OH 43617. Proposed alteration of existing wall sign on the west elevation on the building located at 51310 Gratiot.

Motion by Ms. Frame, supported by Mr. Leonard to approve #2010-18 SGN.

Mr. Meagher commented that this is to approve the relocation on the one sign and to approve the refacing of the front sign.

Mr. Priest stated that on the front sign they want to change the lighting. They presently have a sign on the rear of the building facing Target, which they want to now put on the north wall of the building.

Vote on the motion:

All Ayes Motion Carried


Motion by Mr. Priest, supported by Ms. Ficht to approve the minutes from the March 9, 2010 meeting as sent.

All Ayes Motion Carried


Mr. Priest commented that it was noted in the last minutes that there would be no meeting the last of April, however, there will now be a meeting the last of April because we had asked for some changes to the ordinances, which were posted for a Public Hearing to be held on April 27th.




A. Administrative Request #46 – Steven Rice, 50100 E. Russell Schmidt, Chesterfield, MI 48051. Proposed green house for personal use, to grow Figs, not for consumer retail. Location is stated above. Tabled 2-23-2010.

Mr. Meagher stated that they have now met the requirements of the engineer and Fire Department. He asked for a motion to approve.

Motion by Mr. Saelens, supported by Ms. Ficht to approve Administrative Request #46.

All Ayes Motion Carried

B. Administrative Request #48 – Emhart Teknologies, 49201 Gratiot Chesterfield, MI 48051. A proposed 20’ x 30’ covered storage located on the southwest corner of the existing building.

Mr. Meagher stated that the temporary structure is not going to be visible from anywhere. The only question he had is that he knows in the past the Fire Department has not been overly excited about these buildings, so he would recommend that any approval be subject to the Fire Department’s review. Also, the engineer has concern with what might be stored in there, so he would recommend approval be subject to both the Fire Department and engineering issues being addressed.

Motion by Ms. Ficht, supported by Mr. Leonard to approve Administrative Request #48 subject to the Fire Department and engineer’s issues being addressed.

Mr. Saelens asked for clarification as to not knowing what they are going to store there.

Mr. Meagher responded that in his discussions with them, they indicated pretty clearly that they were going to store containers so they would not rust.

Mr. Saelens asked if there will be a rat wall required underneath that slab.

Mr. Meagher responded that is between them and the Building Department. He indicated that the structure is already up. They put it up not thinking it was a big issue, during the winter to protect the pallets, etc. They used some type of metal pallet or something and got flagged for that. That is why they applied promptly after getting noticed. He thinks they placed this on existing pavement anyway, so he does not know if a rat wall is necessary.

Mr. Miller clarified that it is temporary, but are they going to leave it up year round.

Mr. Meagher responded that they indicated that they would like to have it up during the summer to protect materials from rain. He thinks their goal is to put something permanent up eventually.

Vote on the motion:

All Ayes Motion Carried

Mr. Meagher stated that he received a call from a gentleman who is working on wind turbines and alternate energy sources. The gentleman wanted to encourage the Planning Commission to get back to working on this. Mr. Meagher informed him that we are going to take our time and do it right, but we are looking into it.

Mr. Leonard commented that he did get an email from his source. He will forward the email to Mr. Meagher.


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

Ms. Ficht and Mr. Saelens agreed to attend.



Motion by Mr. Priest, supported by Mr. Kohler to adjourn the meeting at 7:35 p.m.

All Ayes Motion Carried

Paula Frame, Secretary

Christine A. Hunyady, Recording Secretary

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