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Planning Commission Minutes - September 28, 2010

THE CHARTER TOWNSHIP OF CHESTERFIELD

PLANNING COMMISSION

SEPTEMBER 28, 2010

A Regular meeting of the Charter Township of Chesterfield Planning Commission was held on Tuesday, September 28, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at the Township Hall Located at 47275 Sugarbush, Chesterfield, MI 48047.

1. CALL TO ORDER:

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

2. ROLL CALL:

Present: Jim Priest Excused: George Deeby

Joe Stabile

Paula Frame Absent: Robert Kohler

Ray Saelens

Paul Miller

Carl Leonard

Michele Ficht

Others: Patrick Meagher, Township Planner

3. APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA:

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

All Ayes Motion Carried

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

5. PUBLIC HEARING:

A. PROPOSED MICHIGAN SCHOOLS & GOVERNMENT CREDIT UNION – SLU #2010-06: Steve Brewer, CFO of MS&GCU 40400 Garfield, Clinton Twp., MI 48038. Proposed new Michigan Schools & Government Credit Union to be located in an Out Lot in the Chesterfield Commons Shopping Center, immediately west of our current branch location of 34826 23 Mile Road. Public Hearing set 8-24-10.

Motion by Mr. Priest, supported by Ms. Frame to open the Public Hearing on SLU #2010-06 at 7:08 p.m.

All Ayes Motion Carried

Adam Nelson stated that the revised SLU plan that they have submitted is very similar to their other plan. There were a few issues that came up in comments from the first submittal that they had. They have addressed those comments in the revised submittal. They have spoken with Mr. Meagher and the engineer. The issue of stacking came up, which they have addressed so that they do not have issues going forward. They have the best plan put together that they have been able to work through with Mr. Meagher, the engineer and the Planning Commission. They have placed the building on the northwest corner of the Kroger out lot. They currently have a branch in that out lot, which they will be moving to this new project. The operation hours will remain the same. They are looking forward to expand their business opportunities and being able to provide services to the community there. There was some concern with the vehicular traffic in the aisle way. They did not want to have stacking backing up in the main aisle. They brought the building more west so that they could have the drive-thru coming to the east and include the stacking. He does not know if the ordinance has any stacking requirements, however, he does know that we use four cars as a typical requirement. They have four plus for that. They have also left open a fire lane and a bypass lane so they can go all around the building without impeding that traffic. This branch does not need a loading and unloading zone. Those types of functions occur off hours. There should not be an issue with conflicting parking times. They do have a dumpster, but it is accessed by the waste company after hours when parking or traffic should be non-existent or minimal. They don’t think there should be any issue there as well. Their waste is mainly just papers; it is not secure trash. They are screening the rooftop units on the building so they are not visible. This branch is somewhat modeled after the prototype building that was installed in Madison Heights, but they have updated it for this project so that it is more attuned to this particular site. If anyone would like to see what it looks like in terms of materials, colors and finishes the location is on 12 Mile Road, east of I-75, in front of Lowes. Anyone can access their website for that as well. They know they will need a review of the signage at a later time. That is perfectly fine with them. They are looking at a pylon sign along 23 Mile Road, along with a couple of building signs, which they show on the elevations. They will work through those issues with us at a later time.

Mr. Saelens questioned what insures the pedestrian safety in getting from their parking spots to the building.

Mr. Nelson responded that the majority of their business is through the drive-thru, which they man with a couple of tellers in order to keep the process moving rather quickly. Most of the traffic from pedestrians will be from parking in front of the building. They have found at their other sites that they have minimal use of parking.

Mr. Saelens commented that they only have two spaces other than the two handicapped.

Mr. Nelson responded that they also have twelve spaces to the east. The main drive for the shopping center, from their experience, would come into the site off of 23 Mile and proceed around the property to the east.

No one from the public commented on this agenda item.

Motion by Mr. Priest, supported by Ms. Ficht to close the Public Hearing on SLU #2010-06 at 7:17 p.m.

All Ayes Motion Carried

Motion by Ms. Frame, supported by Mr. Saelens to table SLU #2010-06 to our next meeting.

All Ayes Motion Carried

B. PUBLIC HEARING FOR AN ORDINANCE AMENDMENT FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA . Public Hearing set 8-24-10.

Mr. Meagher gave a brief synopsis of the medical marijuana ordinance amendment.

Motion by Mr. Priest, supported by Ms. Frame to open the Public Hearing on the Ordinance Amendment for Medical Marijuana at 7:21 p.m.

All Ayes Motion Carried

During the Public Hearing the following individuals addressed the commission to express concerns, provide information or to support or oppose the Medical Marijuana Ordinance Amendment: Jim Rasar, Pat Acciavatti, Chief Bruce Smith, William Kopetzki, Nancy Orewyler and Gary Wilkins.

Mr. Stabile asked if the law that was voted in gives communities discretion as to if they want or do not want this.

Mr. Meagher responded that there is no discretion; it is just a state law. Various attorneys have reviewed the state law and have interpreted it in many ways. Various business entities have reviewed it and taken it in different ways. It is the intent of this ordinance to clarify what we view as to what the state law says, along with how we want to treat it as a land use as well.

Motion by Mr. Priest, supported by Ms. Frame to close the Public Hearing on the Ordinance Amendment for Medical Marijuana at 7:53 p.m.

All Ayes Motion Carried

Motion by Ms. Frame, supported by Ms. Ficht to table the Ordinance Amendment for Medical Marijuana to our next meeting on October 12, 2010 provided we have a meeting on that date.

All Ayes Motion Carried

6. REVIEWS:

A. PROPOSED ADDITION TO EXISTING GASOLINE STATION-CONVENIENCE STORE – SITE PLAN #2010-05: Brian Lance of L&R Construction Services, P.O. Box #7, Davisburg, MI 48305. Proposed addition to existing Speedway Gas Station at 26115 21 Mile Road on the Northwest Corner of Brandenburg Road & 21 Mile Road. Tabled 8-24-2010.

Ms. Frame stated that the applicant has resubmitted a revised application.

Motion by Ms. Frame, supported by Mr. Saelens to approve Site Plan #2010-05 subject to the planner's, engineer's and Fire Department's comments.

All Ayes Motion Carried

B. BAYSIDE MALL PROPOSED NEW PYLON SIGN (REVISED) - #2010-29 SGN: Sign Fabricators, 43984 Groesbeck, Clinton Twp., MI., 48036 – Proposed new pylon sign located at 33195 23 Mile Road. Tabled 6-15-10.

Motion by Ms. Frame, supported by Ms. Ficht to approve #2010-29 SGN and #2010-38 SGN as presented with a three foot height variance in lieu of the discussions that we have had regarding these types of signs and the new ordinance that is in the works at this time.

All Ayes Motion Carried

C. BAYSIDE MALL PROPOSED NEW PYLON SIGN - #2010-38 SGN: Sign Fabricators, 43984 Groesbeck, Clinton Twp., MI., 48036 – Proposed new pylon sign located at 33195 23 Mile Road.

See Agenda Item B Above.

7. APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PRIOR MEETINGS:

8. COMMUNICATIONS:

A. Request from Vitale Crosby to table his request for signage located on the north side of 23 Mile Road, west of Nicolette until spring. SGN #2010-24.

Mr. Meagher stated that they are asking for this time so that they have enough time to not only install the concrete this fall, but also put the landscaping in the spring. They are also asking that they be allowed to install their wall sign at this point in time. He thinks that the commission has already approved the wall sign, so there should be no objections to that. He has no objections to their request.

Motion by Ms. Frame, supported by Mr. Miller to table the request from Vitale Crosby SGN #2010-24 to the last meeting in May, 2011.

All Ayes Motion Carried

9. NEW BUSINESS:

10. OLD BUSINESS:

11. PLANNERS REPORT:

Mr. Meagher provided a hand out to the commission members with regard to a Sign Ordinance Amendment and giving more signage for some of the larger multi-tenant shopping centers.

12. COMMENTS FROM THE FLOOR:

Nancy Orewyler spoke regarding four car garages.

There was brief discussion regarding four car garages.

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

Mr. Miller and Mr. Saelens agreed to attend.

13. PROPOSALS FOR NEXT AGENDA:

14. ADJOURMENT:

Motion by Mr. Priest, supported by Ms. Frame to adjourn the meeting at 8:02 p.m.

All Ayes Motion Carried

Paula Frame, Secretary
Christine A. Hunyady, Recording Secretary

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