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MARION TOWNSHIP

PLANNING COMMISSION

AGENDA AND DRAFT MINUTES

REGULAR MEETING

March 24, 2009

7:30 p.m.

CALL TO ORDER:

APPROVAL OF AGENDA FOR:        March 24, 2009 Regular Meeting

INTRODUCTION OF MEMBERS:

CALL TO THE PUBLIC:                Agenda Items only – 3 minute limit

APPROVAL OF MINUTES FROM:   February 24, 2009 Public Hearing

                                                        February 24, 2009 Regular Meeting

OLD BUSINESS:

1)     Proposed General Ordinance – Litter Ordinance

2)     Proposed Text Amendment – Section 6.07 size requirements for Accessory Structures

3)     Proposed Amendment – Section 00.00 Wind Energy Conversion Systems

NEW BUSINESS:

CALL TO THE PUBLIC:

ADJOURNMENT:  

                                               DRAFT MINUTES

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:                 JOHN LOWE, CHAIRPERSON

                                                JEAN ROOT, SECRETARY

BOB HANVEY

JIM MURRAY

JERRY SIDLAR

MEMBERS ABSENT:                   NONE                  

OTHERS PRESENT:                    ANNETTE MCNAMARA, ZONING ADMINISTRATOR

                                                SALLY ELMIGER, CARLISLE/WORTMAN

LES ANDERSEN, TRUSTEE

SCOTT LLOYD, TRUSTEE

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CALL TO ORDER

John Lowe called the meeting to order at 7:35 p.m.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

Jim Murray motioned to approve the March 24, 2009 regular meeting agenda.  Jean Root seconded.  Motion Carried 5-0.

INTRODUCTION OF MEMBERS

The members of the Planning Commission introduced themselves.  All were present.

CALL TO THE PUBLIC

John Lowe opened the call to the public.

No response.

John Lowe closed the call to the public.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

February 24, 2009 Public Hearing minutes

Page 2 of 3 under Old Business, in the heading for RZN# 08-08; strike ‘north’ and insert ‘east’, in the heading for RZN# 10-08, add the word ‘cemetery’ after Infirmary.  Jean Root motioned to approve the February 24, 2009 public hearing minutes as amended.  Jim Murray seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.

February 24, 2009 Regular meeting minutes

Page 2 of 3 under Old Business, in the heading for RZN# 08-08; strike ‘north’ and insert ‘east’, in the heading for RZN# 10-08, add the word ‘cemetery’ after Infirmary.  Jean Root motioned to approve the February 24, 2009 regular minutes as amended.  Jim Murray seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.

OLD BUSINESS

Proposed Text Amendment – Section 11.01 B Municipal Cemeteries/Mausoleums

The Planning Commission is satisfied with the proposed text.

Jean Root motioned to send Section 6.17 Municipal Cemeteries/Mausoleums to the Livingston County Department of Planning for review and comment; if no significant comments are made, send on to the Board of Trustees for approval and/or denial.  Jim Murray seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.  

Proposed Text Amendment – Section 7.10 Schedule of Regulations footnote e (Corner Lot Frontage requirements)

The Planning Commission is satisfied with the proposed text.

Jean Root motioned to send Section 7.10 Schedule of Regulations footnote e (Corner Lot Frontage requirements) to the Livingston County Department of Planning for review and comment; if no significant comments are made, send on to the Board of Trustees for approval and/or denial.  Jim Murray seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.

Proposed Text Amendment – Section 3.02 Definition of Yard, Front yard (Corner Lot Frontage requirements)

The Planning Commission is satisfied with the proposed text.

Jean Root motioned to send Section 3.02 Definition of Yard, Front yard (Corner Lot Frontage requirements) to the Livingston County Department of Planning for review and comment; if no significant comments are made, send on to the Board of Trustees for approval and/or denial.  Jim Murray seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.

Proposed Rezoning RZN# 08-08 Tax ID # 4710-02-101-021 – .35 acre vacant parcel on east side of Foxfire - The proposal is to rezone from Existing Residential Subdivision 1 to Public Land

Jean Root motioned to send RZN# 08-08 to the Livingston County Department of Planning for review and comment; if no significant comments are made, send to the Board of Trustees for approval and/or denial.  Jim Murray seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.

Proposed Rezoning RZN# 09-08 Tax ID # 4710-09-401-018 – 1.37 acre vacant parcel on west side of Jewell Road; Tax ID # 4710-09-401-019 – 1.38 acre vacant parcel on west side of Jewell Road - The proposal is to rezone the above property from Existing Residential Subdivision 2 to Public Land

Jean Root motioned to send RZN# 09-08 to the Livingston County Department of Planning for review and comment; if no significant comments are made, send to the Board of Trustees for approval and/or denial.  Jim Murray seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.

Proposed Rezoning RZN# 10-08, 11-08, 12-08 & 13-08 Tax ID # 4710-15-300-006 - .38 acre County Farm Infirmary Cemetery within Blossom Farms; Tax ID # 4710-19-300-027 – 2.08 acre Green Cemetery on corner of Pingree & Vines; Tax ID # 4710-23-400-023 – 1.37 acres Harger Cemetery on west side of D-19; Tax ID # 4710-27-200-031 – 9.3 acres Marion Township Park #1 on east side of Triangle Lake Road - The proposal is to rezone the above properties from Rural Residential to Public Land

Jean Root motioned to send RZN# 10-08, 11-08, 12-08 & 13-08 to the Livingston County Department of Planning for review and comment; if no significant comments are made, send to the Board of Trustees for approval and/or denial.  Jim Murray seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.

Proposed Rezoning RZN# 14-08 Tax ID # 4710-13-100-002 – 118.61 acres – Howell Public Schools – on south side of Wright Road; Tax ID # 4710-13-100-003 – 1 acre – Howell Public Schools on south side of Wright Road; Tax ID # 4710-13-100-022 – 3 acres – Howell Public Schools on east side of D-19; The proposal is to rezone the above properties from Rural Residential to Public Land

Jean Root motioned to send RZN# 14-08 to the Livingston County Department of Planning for review and comment; if no significant comments are made, send to the Board of Trustees for approval and/or denial.  Jim Murray seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.

Proposed General Ordinance – Litter Ordinance

The Planning Commission members discussed the City of Howell Litter Ordinance and agreed they were not satisfied with the text and did not want to put time and effort into something that may resolve it’s self.  The Ann Arbor News is going out of business, which will take care of the Community News being dropped at the ends of driveways.  All agreed to wait to see what will happen with the Green Sheet publication.

Jean Root motioned to table the potential language for the Litter General Ordinance until such time as the Board of Trustees deems necessary to review again.  Jerry Sidler seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.

Proposed Text Amendment – Section 6.07 size requirements for Accessory Structures

Sally Elmiger told the Planning Commission members John Enos suggested option #2 as it is easier to understand and administer.

Planning Commission members are satisfied with the size determination table.  There was discussion as to how this relates to farming operations. 

Jean Root would like to make sure all bases are covered, such as definitions and any other text that relates to Accessory Structures.  This agenda item will be placed on the April 28, 2009 agenda, giving the Zoning Administrator time to do the research.

Jean Root motioned to table Section 6.07 Accessory Uses and Structures to the April 28, 2009 meeting giving the Zoning Administrator time to research items discussed tonight.  Bob Hanvey seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.

Proposed Text Amendment – Section 00.00 Wind Energy Conversion Systems

Bob Hanvey noted that the systems are not allowed in residential areas and Marion Township should not worry, there is no Agricultural zoning.

Sally Elmiger told the Planning Commission members that a community can regulate setbacks and noise.  Most of the wind energy farms will be utility scale operations.  She doesn’t see that large of an area for a wind energy farm.

Jean Root motioned to table Wind Energy Conversion Systems text to the September 23, 2009 meeting unless the State of Michigan has additional information to review.  Jerry Sidlar seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.  

NEW BUSINESS:

Howell Area Parks and Recreation Master Plan

John Lowe wants to know if Marion Township can readopt the Howell Area Parks and Recreation (HAPRA) Master Plan and use it to apply for grants.  He told the Planning Commission members that a representative from HAPRA will attend the April 28, 2009 meeting to answer questions.  John Lowe gave Paula Wyckoff, Treasurer and Parks and Recreation Representative a list of questions so the representative is prepared.

Jean Root motioned to table the Howell Area Parks and Recreation Master Plan and a question and answer session until the April 28, 2009 Planning Commission meeting.  Jim Murray seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.

CALL TO THE PUBLIC

John Lowe opened the call to the public.

Les Andersen, Trustee; suggested that in five years if the park is finished maybe HAPRA could lease the park from Marion Township for one dollar a year.

Sally Elmiger said that HAPRA is trying to reduce the cost of maintenance and may not be interested.

Bob Hanvey gave the Planning Commission an update on the ten acre parcel to the west of the Marion Township Hall.  He has spoken with the owners, they intend on moving back to Marion Township and do not want to let go of it unless they have another option.  Bob is also working on purchasing a bank owned parcel on Cedar Lake to make a swap.

John Lowe told everyone about the local Boy Scouts volunteering to work on the Buck Pole.  There was discussion about using the Buck Pole to hang signs the remainder of the year.

Charles Musson, 333 Triangle Lake Road – he thinks that Marion Township Park Advisory Committee should work on getting the Buck Pole up and work on the sign issue later.

Scott Lloyd, Trustee; suggested placing the Buck Pole to the north of the parking lot and using it as a swing set during the summer.

John Lowe gave the Planning Commissioners an update on the last meeting of the Joint Advisory Committee.

John Lowe closed the call to the public.

ADJOURNMENT

Jean Root motioned to adjourn the meeting at 8:47p.m.  Jerry Sidlar seconded.  Motion Carried 5-0.