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Planning Commission Minutes - November 10, 2009

THE CHARTER TOWNSHIP OF CHESTERFIELD

PLANNING COMMISSION

NOVEMBER 10, 2009

A Regular meeting of the Charter Township of Chesterfield Planning Commission was held on Tuesday, November 10, 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 7:02 p.m.

2. ROLL CALL:

Present: Jim Priest Excused: Ray Saelens

Robert Kohler

Paula Frame

Joe Stabile

George Deeby

Paul Miller

Carl Leonard

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. PROPOSED WATERFRONT RESTAURANT – SLU #2009-01: Kem-Tec 29113 Lesnau Ct. Chesterfield, MI 48047. Proposed restaurant located on the Southeast side of Jefferson, North of Riverpointe. Tabled 7-28-09.

Mr. Meagher indicated that no new information has been received from the applicant.

Mr. Priest stated that it appears that we have several outstanding issues with planning and the engineer. There might be a lack of interest on the applicant’s part.

Mr. Meagher recommended denial of this Special Land Use on the basis of the facts that it does not meet the Zoning Ordinance requirements, nor does it meet the Special Land Use requirements based on the safety issues associated with the circulation and ingress and egress to the site.

Motion by Ms. Frame, supported by Mr. Stabile to deny SLU #2009-01.

Mr. Meagher suggested that we incorporate into the motion the reasons that were cited in the two reviews, as well as it not meeting the Special Land Use Standards due to the safety issues for ingress and egress in case this might end up in court for some reason.

Ms. Frame agreed to amend her motion to include all of the comments from the planner’s department and the engineer for Special Land Use.

Mr. Stabile continued his support.

All Ayes Motion Carried

B. PCN BANK PROPOSED NEW WALL SIGN - SGN#2009-38: Gardner Signs, Inc.,1095 Naughton Rd., Troy, MI 48083. Proposed new wall sign located at 28090 23 Mile Road.

Motion by Ms. Frame, supported by Mr. Miller to approve SGN #2009-38.

All Ayes Motion Carried

C. RPF OIL COMPANY PROPOSED NEW WALL SIGN – SGN #2009-39: Proposed new wall sign located at 33925 23 Mile Road. For RPF Gasoline Station.

Motion by Ms. Frame, supported by Mr. Kohler to approve SGN #2009-39 subject to the applicant removing the window signs to meet the 15% ordinance requirement.

All Ayes Motion Carried

D. NATIONAL ACCOUNTING & TAX PROPOSED NEW WALL SIGN – SGN #2009-40: Sharon Blewette, 25700 Division , Suite B, Richmond, MI 48062. Proposed new wall sign located at 53381 Gratiot.

Ms. Frame stated that this sign does not meet the ordinance. The applicant is going to meet with the planner to revise their application so that they can meet the ordinance.

Motion by Ms. Frame, supported by Mr. Miller to table SGN #2009-40 for up to 6 meetings, with the deadline being February 23, 2010.

All Ayes Motion Carried

E. PRESTON AUTOMOTIVE – QUALITY LUBE NEW WALL SIGN – SGN #2009-41: Phillips Sign & Lighting, 40920 Executive Drive, Harrison Twp., MI. Proposed new wall sign located at 50900 Donner Road.

Ms. Frame stated that this application does not meet our current ordinance. The applicant has been advised to meet with the planner to revise the application.

Motion by Ms. Frame, supported by Mr. Deeby to table SGN #2009-41 for up to 6 meetings, with the deadline being February 23, 2010.

All Ayes Motion Carried

7. APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PRIOR MEETINGS:

Motion by Mr. Priest, supported by Mr. Miller to approve the minutes from the October 13, 2009 meeting as sent.

All Ayes Motion Carried

8. COMMUNICATIONS:

Mr. Priest noted that at the last meeting there was a motion made to cancel the November 24, 2009 meeting. The Planning Department now has items that need to be placed on that agenda so they have asked if it would be all right to have that meeting.

Motion by Mr. Priest, supported by Ms. Frame to rescind the motion from the October 13, 2009 meeting to cancel the November 24, 2009 meeting.

All Ayes Motion Carried

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. NO ACTION TAKEN on 10-13-09.

Mr. Meagher stated that he, along with the engineer, met with the applicant and discussed the important issues that they felt needed to be addressed. In spirit all of those items have been addressed; there are still a few items that need to be taken care of on the plan. He stated that he had no objections at this point in time for an approval if the commission is comfortable with the revised plan. The two big items that were left are insuring that the landscaping be put in on the plan, and that the lighting be taken care of in such a way where we are not allowing the floodlighting, but rather must be shielded lighting.

Mr. Stabile asked if Mr. Meagher is recommending that they have a bond requirement for the landscaping.

Mr. Meagher responded that would be his recommendation at this point. He thinks that they already have a bond with the Building Department; he just does not know what the amount is, or what it is qualified to cover.

Ms. Printz asked if they will be putting the sidewalk around the building, and if they will be closing the curb cut.

Mr. Meagher responded that the curb cut is being closed as the plan shows now. It seemed like more of a benefit for them to have it open, but they don’t see a benefit from it, and he does not see any exchange of commerce between the two uses. If neither one wants the connection, he sees no reason to force the issue at this time.

Ms. Printz asked about the sidewalks.

Mr. Meagher responded that the engineer felt that it should be put in. He was a little bit less concerned about it because of the amount of traffic that comes in and out of the site. They agreed to let the commission determine if they are concerned with it.

Mr. Stabile commented that it was originally set up for multiple tenants. He asked if there is any chance that it might revert back to multiple tenants.

Mr. Meagher responded that it should not go back to multiple tenants without coming back to the Planning Commission. At this point in time it will be approved for single tenancy. That does not mean that they could not have multiple tenants utilizing the same central access, but if there is any changes external into the building with the addition of doors or breaking up the units, it has to come back to the Planning Commission. That would be a function of the Building Department to bring it back to us.

Mr. Priest commented that he thinks that the cross access started with the Fire Department. He asked if we would want the Fire Department to address that.

Mr. Meagher responded that the Fire Department would have gotten a copy of the plans, and he has not seen any objections. He could check with them to see if it would be a safety issue. However, he does not see them bring in a big rig on that site as it is a tight site. If they were going to respond to something, his guess would be that it would be on Nicolette or Oak Tree.

Ms. Printz commented that was her concern also because of the turn radius.

Ms. Frame suggested that we make the approval subject to the Fire Department approval.

Motion by Ms. Frame, supported by Ms. Printz to approve Administrative Request #43, 51145 Nicolette Office Building, subject to the applicant fixing the landscaping, changing the lighting to make it fit the ordinance, with 110% bond for the landscaping subject to the planner’s satisfaction and also subject to Fire Department approval on the site for turn radius.

All Ayes Motion Carried

12. COMMENTS FROM THE FLOOR:

All commission members thanked Ms. Printz for her service on this board and welcomed Mr. Leonard and Ms. Ficht to the commission.

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

Mr. Leonard and Mr. Kohler agreed to attend.

Ms. Printz thanked everyone for the opportunity of serving on this commission.

13. PROPOSALS FOR NEXT AGENDA:

14. ADJOURMENT:

Motion by Mr. Priest, supported by Mr. Kohler to adjourn the meeting at 7:23 p.m.

All Ayes Motion Carried

Paula Frame, Secretary

Christine A. Hunyady, Recording Secretary

 

 

 

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