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Planning Commission Minutes - November 15, 2011

THE CHARTER TOWNSHIP OF CHESTERFIELD
PLANNING COMMISSION
November 15, 2011

A regular meeting of the Charter Township of Chesterfield Planning Commission was held on Tuesday, November 15, 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 7:01 p.m.

2. ROLL CALL:

Present: Paul Miller
Joe Stabile
Paula Frame
Carl Leonard
Rick LaBelle
Ray Saelens
John Sciarrino
Brian DeMuynck

Others: Pat Meagher, Community Planning & Management

3. APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA:

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

All Ayes Motion Carried

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

5. PUBLIC HEARING:

6. REVIEWS:

PROPOSED SALVATION ARMY STORE – SLU #2011-06: Bayside Mall L.L.C.., 3671 E. 12 Mile
Road, Warren, MI., 48092 – Proposed Salvation Army Store located at 33195 23 Mile Road. Set Public Hearing for 12-13-11

Motion by Ms. Frame, supported by Mr. Miller to set a Public Hearing for Proposed Salvation Army Store – SLU #2011-06. The Public Hearing would be set for December 13, 2011.

All Ayes Motion Carried

B. ¬¬ PROPOSED CHECK-N-GOLD STORE – SLU #2011-07: Carl’s L.L.C., 35515 23 Mile Road, Chesterfield, MI., 48047 – Proposed jewelry/gold buying/check cashing store located at 27795 23 Mile Road. Set Public Hearing for 12-13-11.

Motion by Ms. Frame, supported by Mr. Miller to set a Public Hearing for Proposed Check-N-Gold Store – SLU #2011-07. The Public Hearing would be set for December 13, 2011.
All Ayes Motion Carried

C. PROPOSED METRO INTERNATIONAL TRADE OUTDOOR STORAGE – SITE PLAN #2011-08: Metro International Trade, 6850 Middlebelt Road, Romulus, MI., 48174. Proposed outdoor storage located at existing building at 26090 23 Mile Road.

Motion by Ms. Frame, supported by Mr. LaBelle to approve Sign #2011-08 subject to all fire and engineering concerns and that storage be no higher than eight (8) feet.

All Ayes Motion Carried

Mr. LaBelle asked the applicant what will happen to the parking lot if they move out and whether it will be restored to the same condition it is now.

The applicant, Charles Pace, said that the material will be brought in on flat bed trucks and will be offloaded using a forklift. He explained that the material is placed on wooden skids and the placement of the material will be very close to the weight of a vehicle. Mr. Pace said that the material placed on the lot will remain on the wood skids for an indefinite period of time, but will typically remain for six (6) months. He does not expect daily activity on the site.

Mr. Pace said that they will not paint the lot or change any of the demarcation of the lot; it will remain as is. He said that Metro International Trade will not be doing any construction or anything else that would disrupt the current asphalt layer. Additionally, Mr. Pace indicated that the material stored will not interrupt drainage flow.

Mr. LaBelle said that the commission would like to make sure that the parking lot is at least returned to the landlord or to the community in the same condition it is now.

Mr. Pace stated that Metro International Trade is committed to maintaining the current level of property, if not slightly improving it. He said that since obtaining the property they have already improved it by replacing the roof to bring it into a new condition. He said it is their belief that their property should be kept as market valuable as when they received it, if not more so, because it cannot be guaranteed what the market value will be in the future should they try to dispose of the property.

Mr. Pace explained that steel billets represent an expansion of their business; storing steel billets is something that they do not currently do. He said that they are not absolutely certain that it will be a venture that meets with an enthusiastic market.

Mr. Pace clarified that Metro International Trade is the current owner of the property and that they bought it two years ago.

Mr. DeMuynck asked the applicant what would be done to control vegetation growth between the cracks in the parking lot.

Mr. David Ditto spoke on behalf of Metro International Trade and said that they will spray for weeds a couple of time a year.

Additionally, Mr. Pace said Metro International Trade must make sure the parking lot is clean and safe for drivers to access it. He stated that any asphalt damage will be patched, repaired or replaced in order to remain OSHA compliant.

When asked about the height of the stored steel billets, Mr. Pace said that the storage height will be under six (6) feet or that of the current fence. He indicated that the material itself will not stand out too much because due to its value, there is concern over the safety & security of the product.

D. CVS PHARMACY PROPOSED NEW WALL SIGN – SGN #2011-45: Metro Detroit Signs 23544 Hoover, Warren, MI 48089. Proposed new wall sign located at 47011 Gratiot Tabled 9-13-11.

Motion by Ms. Frame, supported by Mr. Miller to approve Sign #2011-45.

All Ayes Motion Carried

E. CVS PHARMACY PROPOSED NEW WALL SIGN – SGN #2011-46: Metro Detroit Signs 23544 Hoover, Warren, MI 48089. Proposed new wall sign located at 47011 Gratiot Tabled 9-13-11.

Motion by Ms. Frame, supported by Mr. Miller to approve Sign #2011-46.

All Ayes Motion Carried

F. CVS PHARMACY PROPOSED NEW GROUND SIGN - SGN #2011-47: Metro Detroit Signs 23544 Hoover, Warren, MI 48089. Proposed new ground sign located at 47011 Gratiot. Tabled 9-13-11.

Motion by Ms. Frame, supported by Mr. Miler to approve Sign #2011-47.

All Ayes Motion Carried

G. CVS PHARMACY PROPOSED NEW GROUND SIGN – SGN #2011-48: Metro Detroit Signs 23544 Hoover, Warren, MI 48089. Proposed new ground sign located at 47011 Gratiot. Tabled 9-13-11.

Motion by Ms. Frame, supported by Mr. Saelens to approve Sign #2011-48 subject to the removal of two (2) trees and then an additional two (2) trees being added back to the property.

All Ayes Motion Carried

H. CVS PHARMACY PROPOSED NEW DIRECTIONAL SIGNS – SGN #2011-49: Metro Detroit Signs, 23544 Hoover Road, Warren, MI 48089. Proposed new directional signs located at 47011 Gratiot. Tabled 9-13-11.

Motion by Ms. Frame, supported by Mr. Stabile to approve Sign #2011-49 with a variance of the nine (9) inch letters versus the six (6) inch letters being as these are more of a warning sign than a directional sign.

All Ayes Motion Carried

I. GRACE HAIR SALON PROPOSED NEW WALL SIGN – SGN #2011-26: Empire Signs, 51450 Schoenherr, Shelby Twp., MI., 48315 – Proposed new wall sign located at 47160 Jefferson. This is a two unit building and the existing Laundry wall sign will be moved over to their unit location. This sign was previously approved but petitioner did not understand he needed to show both signs.

Motion by Ms. Frame, supported by Mr. DeMuynck to table Sign #2011-26. The applicant was not present and the commission had some questions. This would be tabled for up to six meetings with the deadline being February 28, 2012.

All Ayes Motion Carried

J. STATE FARM INSURANCE PROPOSED NEW WALL SIGN – SGN#2011-80: Reliable Sign Service, 49660 Leona Dr., Chesterfield, MI., 48047 – Proposed new wall sign located at 46640 Gratiot.

Motion by Ms. Frame, supported by Mr. Leonard to approve Sign #2011-80.

All Ayes Motion Carried

K. HOME WORKS PROPOSED NEW WALL SIGN – SGN #2011-81: Home Works, 49570 Gratiot, Chesterfield, MI., 48051 – Proposed new wall sign located at above address.

Motion by Ms. Frame, supported by Mr. Leonard to approve Sign #2011-81.

All Ayes Motion Carried

L. HOME WORKS PROPOSED GROUND SIGN TENANT PANEL– SGN #2011-82 Home Works, 49570 Gratiot, Chesterfield, MI., 48051 – Proposed ground sign tenant panel located at above address.

Motion by Ms. Frame, supported by Mr. Leonard to approve Sign #2011-82.

All Ayes Motion Carried

M. DIMARTINO CHIROPRACTIC PROPOSED NEW WALL SIGN – SGN #2011-83: Reliable Sign, 49660 Leona Dr., Chesterfield, MI., 48051 – Proposed new wall sign located at 30120 23 Mile Road.

Motion by Ms. Frame, supported by Mr. Leonard to approve Sign #2011-83.

All Ayes Motion Carried

N. KUMON LEARNING CENTER PROPOSED NEW WALL SIGN – SGN #2011-84: Vital Signs, 37037 Schoolcraft, Livonia, MI., 48150 – Proposed new wall sign located at 50780 Gratiot.

Motion by Ms. Frame, supported by Mr. Leonard to approve Sign #2011-84.

All Ayes Motion Carried

O. WORLD WIDE FLOORING PROPOSED NEW WALL SIGN – SGN #2011-85: I Signs & Designs, 11177 E. 8 Mile Road, Warren, MI., 48089 – Proposed new wall sign located at 50555 Gratiot.

Motion by Ms. Frame, supported by Mr. Miller to approve Sign #2011-85. The applicant was missing the frontage on the building and clarification was received from the applicant. The sign now meets the requirements.

All Ayes Motion Carried

P. KROGER PROPOSED NEW WALL SIGN FOR PHARMACY WALK UP – SIGN #2011-86: Harmon Signs, 7844 W. Central, Toledo, OH., 43617 – Proposed new wall sign located at 35000 23 Mile Road.

Motion by Ms. Frame, supported by Mr. Stabile to approve Sign #2011-86 with a variance due to the extra large façade of the building.

All Ayes Motion Carried

Q. JON’S AUTO WASH PROPOSED GROUND SIGN RESURFACE – SIGN #2011-87: Philips Signs, 40920 Executive Dr., Harrison Twp., MI., 48045 – Proposed ground sign resurface located at 52700 Gratiot.

Motion by Ms. Frame, supported by Mr. Miller to approve Sign #2011-87.

All Ayes Motion Carried

7. APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PRIOR MEETINGS:

Motion by Mr. Miller, supported by Mr. Saelens to approve the minutes from October 25, 2011.

All Ayes Motion Carried

8. COMMUNICATIONS:

9. NEW BUSINESS:

Mr. DeMuynck stated that the Township Board, due to the financial status of the Township, is looking for ways to take cuts and save some money.

Motion by Mr. DeMuynck, supported by Ms. Frame that the per diem, per meeting paid only to the elected official/board liaison will no longer be received. The elected official/board liaison will not receive any compensation for sitting on this board.

All Ayes Motion Carried

Mr. DeMuynck stated that there has been discussion about outdoor vending and peddler’s permits. He is asking the planning commission to possibly look at an ordinance amendment or a change that would limit the amount of tent sales within the Township. Mr. DeMuynck suggested adding a stipulation that only the business owner can have a tent sale. It cannot be somebody who owns the complex and rents the space out.

Mr. Meagher said that the Township has an ordinance and perhaps it is not being adhered to. He said he would provide the commission with a copy of the current ordinance and also some options to consider in determining how to revise it.

10. OLD BUSINESS:

11. PLANNER’S REPORT:
ADMINISTRATIVE REQUEST #68: Andrew Buchwitz with LandPlan Eng., for Dunkin Donuts37740 Hills Tech Dr. Farmington Hills, MI 48331. Proposing minor changes to approved SLU #2011-04. Request is regarding the attached cooler and menu board island.

Motion by Ms. Frame, supported by Mr. Miller to approve Administrative Request #68 with minor changes.

All Ayes Motion Carried

Mr. Meagher stated that this was previously approved, but as it went through engineering there were some drainage issues with regard to the area behind the building and where the menu board is. Additionally, he said there was a change in the dimensions for the attached cooler. Mr. Meagher said it now sticks out four (4) feet instead of 13 feet but it is now longer instead of deeper.

12. COMMENTS FROM THE FLOOR:

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

Both Mr. Saelens & Mr. Sciarrino agreed to participate.

Mr. Meagher said that he respects the fact that trustees want to switch off and go to different boards but in doing so, the Township is violating the state enabling act. He said it calls for a board member who is put on a planning commission to sit through for their entire elected term. Mr. Meagher said that he would like to make it clear that it is a state requirement and that it could become an issue.

13. PROPOSALS FOR NEXT AGENDA:

14. ADJOURNMENT:

Motion by Mr. Miller, supported by Mr. Saelens to adjourn the meeting at 7:43 p.m.

All Ayes Motion Carried

Paula Frame, Secretary

Amanda Willard, Recording Secretary

 

 

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