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Planning Commission Minutes - October 13, 2009

THE CHARTER TOWNSHIP OF CHESTERFIELD

PLANNING COMMISSION

OCTOBER 13, 2009

A Regular meeting of the Charter Township of Chesterfield Planning Commission was held on Tuesday, October 13, 2009 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 7:00 p.m.

2. ROLL CALL:

Present: Jim Priest Excused: Jim Moran

Robert Kohler Ray Saelens

Paula Frame

Joe Stabile

George Deeby

Paul Miller

Cheryl Printz

Others: Patrick Meagher, Township Planner

3. APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA:

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

All Ayes Motion Carried

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

5. PUBLIC HEARING:

6. REVIEWS:

A. BAHAMA BRONZE PROPOSED NEW WALL SIGN – SGN #2009-36: Phillips Sign & Lighting 40920 Executive Drive, Harrison Twp., MI 48045. Proposed new wall sign located at 45441 Market Place Blvd. Located in Chesterfield Corners at the address above.

Motion by Ms. Frame, supported by Mr. Deeby to approve SGN #2009-36.

All Ayes Motion Carried

B. AGELESS SPA PROPOSED NEW WALL SIGN - SGN #2009-37: Sign Fabricators, Inc. 43984 Groesbeck, Clinton Twp., MI. 48036. Proposed new wall sign located at 33195 23 Mile Road in the Bayside Mall Plaza.

Motion by Ms. Frame, supported by Mr. Miller to approve SGN #2009-37.

All Ayes Motion Carried

7. APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PRIOR MEETINGS:

Motion by Mr. Priest, supported by Mr. Kohler to approve the minutes from the September 29, 2009 meeting as sent.

All Ayes Motion Carried

8. COMMUNICATIONS:

Mr. Priest noted a letter from the Michigan Air National Guard, which is having a meeting on Thursday, October 22, 2009 at 6:30 p.m., to be held at the Mt. Clemens Library at 150 Cass Ave. This meeting will explain the Air Insulation Compatible Use Zones Study, which was recently completed. They are inviting Planning Commission Members to attend this meeting.

Mr. Deeby asked for an explanation of the content of the meeting.

Mr. Meagher explained that they will go over the updates to the Accident Potential Zones and ask that Planning Commission Members plan appropriately within those zones in order to minimize potential danger for people living in the community. They update these zones every few years.

9. NEW BUSINESS:

10. OLD BUSINESS:

11. PLANNERS REPORT:

A. ADMINISTRATIVE REQUEST #43: Vitale, Crosby & Associates, P.C., 51145 Nicolette Office Building, Chesterfield, MI 48047. Requesting multiple changes to previously approved Site Plan #2004-06, at the above address, on the north side of 23 Mile, east of Sass Road.

Mr. Meagher stated that the engineer has recommended denial of this Administrative Request on the basis of 4 main items. During a discussion with Mr. Meagher, the engineer had indicated that at that time he was going to recommend that this go to full site plan. The applicant came up before tonight’s meeting and Mr. Meagher recommended to them that they all sit down and figure something out since the site is already constructed. Mr. Meagher saw no major issues that could not be addressed. Mr. Meagher suggested a motion to table or simply set this aside for the next meeting.

Mr. Priest indicated that in the past we just did not act on this type of situation.

The other members of the commission indicated that they were comfortable with taking no action this evening.

NO ACTION TAKEN ON ADMINISTRATIVE REQUEST #43.

Mr. Meagher stated that there have been some changes made to the ZBA Section of the Zoning Ordinance. He has submitted them to Ms. Giese for her review, and they will be placed in the next agenda package. These changes reflect updates to the section in order to meet the Michigan Zoning Enabling Act. It also eliminates the requirement for everyone to have a 1 to 20 scale drawing submitted. Ms. Giese will set a Public Hearing on this item.

12. COMMENTS FROM THE FLOOR:

Mr. Priest noted a communication with reference to the November 24, 2009 meeting.

Ms. Frame suggested that we cancel this meeting, which will give us one meeting in November and one in December.

Motion by Ms. Frame, supported by Mr. Kohler to cancel the November 24, 2009 Planning Commission meeting.

All Ayes Motion Carried

Angela McBride from Gold Rush Jewelry spoke with regard to their neon and strobe lighting. She expressed a desire to have their existing neon in their window approved when it is presented before the commission. She indicated that they wish to be a successful part of the community, but expressed that it is difficult when they receive violations. She indicated that the neon is currently turned off.

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

Mr. Kohler and Mr. Miller agreed to attend.

Mr. Deeby asked about the status of the Master Plan.

Mr. Meagher responded that it is moving along. He thinks that we will have to sit down as a committee to talk about what the draft says, and then bring a first final draft to the commission for discussion. He anticipates that it will be ready in January.

Ms. Printz asked about the community forums.

Mr. Meagher indicated that in the past there has been no public interest in the forums.

Ms. Frame commented that this is the wrong time of year for the forums; no one will show up during the winter.

13. PROPOSALS FOR NEXT AGENDA:

14. ADJOURMENT:

Motion by Mr. Priest, supported by Mr. Stabile to adjourn the meeting at 7:15 p.m.

All Ayes Motion Carried

Paula Frame, Secretary

Christine A. Hunyady, Recording Secretary

 

 

 

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