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Planning Commission Minutes - July 26, 2011

THE CHARTER TOWNSHIP OF CHESTERFIELD

PLANNING COMMISSION

JULY 26, 2011

A regular meeting of the Charter Township of Chesterfield Planning Commission was held on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. at the Township Hall located at 47275 Sugarbush, Chesterfield MI 48047

1. CALL TO ORDER:

Chairman Miller called the meeting to order at 7:03 p.m.

2. ROLL CALL:

Present: Paul Miller Excused: Joe Stabile

Ray Saelens Paula Frame

Carl Leonard George Deeby

Rick LaBelle

Brian DeMuynck

Others: Patrick Meagher, Township Planner

APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA:

Motion by Mr. Saelens, supported by Mr. Miller to approve the agenda with the addition of Item G: Biggs Bar & Grill – Proposed new changeable copy add & new panel insert to existing Ground Sign – SGN #2011-27. Proposed new additions to their existing ground sign located at 48265 Gratiot. Tabled 6-14-11 & 7-12-11.

All Ayes Motion Carried

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

5. PUBLIC HEARING:

A. PROPOSED RETAIL SALES OF ARCHERY & FIREARMS – SLU #2011-02: James C.

Ballard Jr., 14882 Ivanho in Shelby Twp., MI 48315. Proposed retail sales of Archery

And Firearms located on the 2nd floor in the existing Selfridge Plating & Technologies

Building located at 56850 Gratiot. Public Hearing Set June 28, 2011.

Motion by Mr. Miller, supported by Mr. Saelens to open the Public Hearing on Proposed Retail Sales of Archery & Firearms – Special Land Use #2011-02 at 7:10 p.m.

All Ayes Motion Carried

The applicant, James Ballard, gave an overview of his proposed relocation from Port Huron. He informed the commission that he has been granted first-floor office space in the existing Selfridge Plating & Technologies Building. In his opinion, there is more than adequate parking, with a total of 45 spaces including some marked handicapped. Mr. Ballard explained that his business operates by appointment only, with 95% of his clientele coming from the Internet and the other 5% obtained via the Michigan Gun Show Circuit; there will be no walk-in traffic. He said that he will not have a showroom or range on the property. Mr. Ballard also clarified his relationship with Selfridge indicating that there is no affiliation.

There were no comments from the public.

Motion by Mr. Miller, supported by Mr. DeMuynck to close the Public Hearing on Proposed Retail Sales of Archery & Firearms – Special Land Use #2011-02 at 7:16 p.m.

All Ayes Motion Carried

Motion by Mr. DeMuynck, supported by Mr. Saelens to approve Special Land Use #2011-02 for the Archery & Firearms located on the 1st floor in the existing Selfridge Plating & Technologies Building located at 56851 Gratiot, and for a waiver of the 30-day requirement.

All Ayes Motion Carried

6. REVIEWS:

A. PROPOSED DUNKIN DONUTS W/ DRIVE THRU – SLU #2011-04: LandPlan Engineering,

37740 Hills Tech Dr., Farmington Hills, MI 48331. Proposed Dunkin Donuts with drive thru window located inside the existing BP Station at 28230 23 Mile Road. Set Public Hearing for August 23, 2011.

Motion by Mr. Saelens, supported by Mr. Leonard to schedule a Public Hearing on August 23, 2011 for Special Land Use #2011-04, a proposed Dunkin Donuts w/Drive Thru.

All Ayes Motion Carried

F.A. BEAUTY SUPPLY PROPOSED NEW WALL SIGN – SGN #2011-33: Mid-Michigan Neon 23404 Sherwood, Warren, MI 48091. Proposed new wall sign located at 51355 Gratiot.

Motion by Mr. Saelens, supported by Mr. DeMuynck to table Sign #2011-33 because the sign does not meet the 8-to-1 requirement.

All Ayes Motion Carried

VERIZON WIRELESS PROPOSED SECOND WALL SIGN – SGN #2011-34: Sign Trek L.L.C., 46362 Woodall, Shelby Twp., MI 48317. Proposed 2nd wall sign located at 34834 23 Mile Road.

Motion by Mr. Saelens, supported by Mr. Miller to approve Sign #2011-34 subject to a 50% reduction or 20 sq. ft. Sign must also be placed on the back of the building.

Mr. Meagher said that it will be verified that the 8-to-1 requirement has been met.

All Ayes Motion Carried

HUNTINGTON BANK PROPOSED NEW GROUND SIGN – SGN #2011-35: Gardner Signs, Inc., 1095 Naughton Road, Troy, MI 48083. Proposed new ground sign located at 50650 Gratiot.

Motion by Mr. Saelens, supported by Mr. DeMuynck to approve Sign #2011-35, subject to adding an address.

All Ayes Motion Carried

HUNTINGTON BANK PROPOSED WALL SIGN RESURFACE – SGN #2011-36: Gardner Signs, Inc., 1095 Naughton Road, Troy, MI 48083. Proposed wall sign resurface for (front) elevation. Located at 50650 Gratiot.

Motion by Mr. Saelens, supported by Mr. LaBelle to approve Sign #2011-36.

All Ayes Motion Carried

HUNTINGTON BANK PROPOSED WALL SIGN RESURFACE – SGN #2011-37: Gardner Signs, Inc., 1095 Naughton Road, Troy, MI 48083. Proposed wall sign resurface (rear)

elevation located at 50650 Gratiot.

Motion by Mr. Saelens, supported by Mr. LaBelle to approve Sign #2011-37.

All Ayes Motion Carried

BIGGS BAR & GRILL – PROPOSED NEW CHANGEABLE COPY ADD & NEW PANEL

INSERT TO EXISTING GROUND SIGN – SGN #2011-27: Proposed new additions to their existing ground sign located at 48265 Gratiot. Tabled 6-14-11 & 7-12-11.

Motion by Mr. Saelens, supported by Mr. LaBelle to approve Sign #2011-27, subject to adding

an address.

All Ayes Motion Carried

7. APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PRIOR MEETINGS:

Motion by Mr. Miller, supported by Mr. Saelens to approve the minutes from July 12, 2011.

All Ayes Motion Carried

8. COMMUNICATIONS:

Mr. Leonard stated that the Historical Society has begun a brick paver fundraiser program and would appreciate everyone’s support. Forms were distributed to all commissioners.

9. NEW BUSINESS:

10. OLD BUSINESS:

Mr. Saelens asked for an update on a previous request to consider creating a Marina District and/or a green belt ordinance along Jefferson.

Mr. Meagher suggested that current ordinance might already address commissioners’ concerns.

Mr. Miller suggested the possible development of a DDA capable of imposing a 2% tax.

Mr. DeMuynck said that he intends to set up a meeting with the Township Supervisor and Code Enforcement to address this issue.

Mr. Meagher said that work is currently being done on the Township’s Master Plan and that some long-term planning might be an option.

Mr. Leonard suggested setting up a meeting with the marina owners to address the commission’s concerns, as well as possible enforcement procedures.

Mr. Saelens asked about pre-planning volunteers for the next meeting. Both Mr. Saelens & Mr. Leonard agreed to participate.

11. PLANNERS REPORT:

12. COMMENTS FROM THE FLOOR:

13. PROPOSALS FOR NEXT AGENDA:

14. ADJOURNMENT:

Motion by Mr. Miller, supported by Mr. Saelens to adjourn the meeting at 7:32 p.m.

All Ayes Motion Carried

Ray Saelens, Secretary

Amanda Willard, Recording Secretary

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