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Planning Commission Minutes - January 12, 2010

THE CHARTER TOWNSHIP OF CHESTERFIELD
PLANNING COMMISSION
JANUARY 12, 2010

A Regular meeting of the Charter Township of Chesterfield Planning Commission was held on Tuesday, January 12, 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 7:00 p.m.
  2.  ROLL CALL:
    Present: Jim Priest Excused: Robert Kohler
    Paula Frame Ray Saelens
    Joe Stabile
    George Deeby
    Paul Miller
    Carl Leonard
    Michele Ficht

    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:
    1.  BAYSIDE MALL PROPOSED NEW PYLON SIGN – SGN #2009-29: Sign Fabricators, 43984 Groesbeck Clinton Twp., MI 48036. Proposed new pylon sign located at 33195 23 Mile Road. TABLED 9-15-09.

      Ms. Frame stated that nothing new has been submitted for this application.

      Motion by Ms. Frame, supported by Mr. Miller to table SGN #2009-29 for up to two meetings, with the deadline being February 9, 2010.

      All Ayes Motion Carried
    2.  PRESTON AUTOMOTIVE – QUALITY LUBE PROPOSED NEW WALL SIGN – SGN #2009-41: Phillips Sign & Lighting, 40920 Executive Dr., Harrison Twp. MI 48045. Proposed new wall sign located at 50900 Donner Road. Tabled 11-10-09, Request to withdraw sign application.

      Motion by Ms. Frame, supported by Mr. Stabile to accept the withdrawal of SGN #2009-41 as the applicant has requested to withdraw.

      All Ayes Motion Carried
    3.  AMERICAN GYMNASTICS PROPOSED NEW AWNING – SGN #2009-45: Signature Awning 12283 Merriman Road, Livonia, MI 48150. Proposed new awning located at 52057 Sierra Dr.

      Motion by Ms. Frame, supported by Mr. Deeby to approve SGN #2009-45.

      All Ayes Motion Carried
    4.  BLACK, BLACK & BLACK LAW OFFICES PROPOSED NEW GROUND SIGN – SGN #2009-46: David Black 34021 23 Mile Road, Chesterfield, MI 48047. Proposed new ground sign located at the above address.

      Ms. Frame stated that there is some confusion over the legality of the usage of this site. There are some questions that need to be answered.

      Motion by Ms. Frame, supported by Mr. Miller to table SGN #2009-46 for up to two meetings, with the deadline being February 9, 2010.

      All Ayes Motion Carried
    5.  O’RIELLY AUTO PARTS PROPOSED NEW WALL SIGN – SGN #2009-47: Great Lakes Electrical 13526 Helen Street, Detroit, MI 48212. Proposed new wall sign located at 50581 Gratiot. Formerly “Murrary’s”.

      Motion by Ms. Frame, supported by Mr. Deeby to approve SGN #2009-47.

      All Ayes Motion Carried
  7.  APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PRIOR MEETINGS:

    Motion by Mr. Priest, supported by Mr. Deeby to approve the minutes from the November 24, 2009 meeting as sent.

    All Ayes Motion Carried
  8.  COMMUNICATIONS:

    Mr. Priest referenced the phone information list that was distributed to the commission members. He indicated changes, which need to be made with reference to the vice-chairperson and alternate secretary; also, he will request that the term dates be added to the list for each commission member.
  9.  NEW BUSINESS:
  10.  OLD BUSINESS:
    1.  SLU #2008-03 – Atwell-Hicks on behalf of Wal Mart Corp, located on the south side of 23 Mile Road, east of I-94. Request is for an extension on their project. They are currently re-evaluating several aspects of this project, including the construction timeline, therefore requiring an extension of the Special Land Use Approval.

      Motion by Ms. Frame, supported by Mr. Miller to approve a six month extension on SLU #2008-03.

      Mr. Deeby asked if we know what the timeline would be that the applicant is referring to.

      Mike McPherson, from Atwell-Hicks, stated that Walmart has evaluated all of their new stores, and they have pushed out a lot of their construction plans about two years due to the current market conditions. This project is still scheduled; it has just been pushed back.

      Mr. Priest commented that chances are that they will be coming back to us for another extension.

      Mr. McPherson responded it is hard to say, maybe, it’s possible. He cannot commit to a hard date at this time.

      Mr. Stabile asked if there is a limit as to how many extensions we can do.

      Mr. Meagher responded that he does not believe that there is a limit. Mr. Meagher verified the information in the ordinance and confirmed that there is no set limit to the amount of extensions. He advised the commission that they ought to give some valid reason if we decide not to extend a project based on our past practice.

      Mr. Deeby asked if we have seen any major ordinance changes since this original approval, which would impact this project.

      Mr. Meagher responded that there have been no new zoning amendments that would have a significant impact on this particular project.

      Mr. Deeby asked if Walmart now owns this parcel of property.

      Mr. McPherson responded that they do not own it; they have an interest in the property, but they have not closed on it.

      Vote On The Motion:
      All Ayes Motion Carried
  11.  PLANNERS REPORT:
  12.  COMMENTS FROM THE FLOOR:

    Mr. Leonard asked that the area codes be provided on the phone information list.

    Mr. Stabile commented on the cell phone reception in the area of Jefferson. He has been in contact with AT&T, who advised him to submit a letter.

    There was brief discussion with regard to dead zones in the area and the lack of cell phone towers.

    Mr. Meagher suggested that a motion be made requesting that a letter be sent to AT&T. He would be happy to write one, however, he would want it to be under the directive of the Planning Commission.

    Mr. Stabile commented that the representative at AT&T did indicate that it would have more clout if the letter came from an official, rather than an individual.

    Motion by Mr. Stabile, supported by Ms. Frame to ask Mr. Meagher, with Community Planning & Management, P.C., to send a letter to AT&T and any other service providers of phone service to try to get better service.

    All Ayes Motion Carried

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

    Mr. Miller and Ms. Ficht agreed to attend.
  13.  PROPOSALS FOR NEXT AGENDA:
  14.  ADJOURMENT:

    Motion by Mr. Priest, supported by Ms. Ficht to adjourn the meeting at 7:18 p.m.


    All Ayes Motion Carried

Paula Frame, Secretary

Christine A. Hunyady, Recording Secretary
 

 

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