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MARION TOWNSHIP

PLANNING COMMISSION

AGENDA and DRAFT MINUTES

REGULAR MEETING

April 27, 2010

7:30 p.m.

 

CALL TO ORDER:

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE:

APPROVAL OF AGENDA FOR:   April 27, 2010 Regular Meeting

INTRODUCTION OF MEMBERS:

CALL TO THE PUBLIC:        Agenda Items only 3 minute limit

APPROVAL OF MINUTES FROM:    March 23, 2010 Public Hearing

                                                         March 23, 2010 Regular Meeting

 

OLD BUSINESS:

  1. Master Plan recommendation to distribute for comments
  1. Proposed Zoning Ordinance requirements for Wind Energy Conversion Systems
  1. Proposed Amendment Wellhead Protection Area Section 6.27
  1. Proposed Zoning Ordinance requirements for Outdoor Furnaces
  1. Planning Commission Rules & Procedure final review/adoption

NEW BUSINESS:

  1. Proposed Amendment Manufactured Home Park District Section 7.01, 7.10 & 8.05

CALL TO THE PUBLIC:

ADJOURNMENT:


                                DRAFT MINUTES

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:                 JOHN LOWE, CHAIRPERSON

JERRY SIDLAR, VICE-CHAIR

JEAN ROOT, SECRETARY

JIM MURRAY

BOB HANVEY

 

MEMBERS ABSENT:                   NONE

 

OTHERS PRESENT:                    ANNETTE MCNAMARA, ZONING ADMINISTRATOR

                                                SALLY ELIMGER, CARLISLE/WORTMAN & ASSOCIATES

SCOTT LLOYD, TRUSTEE

LES ANDERSEN, TRUSTEE

 

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CALL TO ORDER

John Lowe called the meeting to order at 7:32 p.m. 

PLEDGE TO FLAG

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

Bob Hanvey asked to add Planning Commission review of buildings at Marion Township cemeteries.  Jean Root motioned to approve the April 27, 2010 regular meeting agenda as amended.  Jim Murray 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

March 23, 2010 Public Hearing minutes

Jean Root motioned to approve the March 23, 2010 public hearing minutes as submitted.  Jim Murray seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.

March 23, 2010 Regular Meeting minutes

Jean Root motioned to approve the March 23, 2010 regular meeting minutes as submitted.  Jim Murray seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.

OLD BUSINESS

Master Plan Review of Chapters Three & Six

The Planning Commission members were OK with reviewing the Master Plan online for the second, third review.  If it is the first review they would like to see a hard copy. 

The Commissioners reviewed Chapters Three and Six and are satisfied with the amendments.  They would like the aerials of developments in Chapter Six if there are vacant parcels remaining.  Keep the photos as they are for the developments that are built out.

Jean Root wants to ask the Board of Trustees to be sure to consider the deletion of Manufactured Home Communities from the Master Plan.  She also wants them to be aware that the Planning Commissioners are waiting for the 2010 census results before they update the demographics.

Sally Elmiger noted the next step is to send the Master Plan to the Board of Trustees for approval to distribute.  After the 63 day review period the Planning Commission members consider any comments made then hold a public hearing on the finalized draft.

Jean Root motioned to send the entire Master Plan with revisions up to April 27, 2010 to the Board of Trustees for approval to distribute.  Jim Murray seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.  

Proposed Zoning Ordinance requirements for Wind Energy Conversion Systems

The Planning Commission members reviewed the Board of Trustees minutes and text and requested the following amendments.

Page 1 of 1 sub section F amend the second sentence to read; Provided, further, that the distance from the base of the tower to any lot line shall be 1 time the height of the tower.

The Planning Commission members agreed that the changes were extensive enough to warrant a second review by the Board of Trustees.

Jean Root motioned to send the amended text back to the Board of Trustees for review and comment.  Jerry Sidlar seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.

Proposed Amendment Wellhead Protection Area Section 6.27

John Lowe gave an update of the last Joint Advisory Committee meeting with the City of Howell .  The City of Howell is satisfied with the text and would like to be notified when it is adopted.

The Planning Commission members requested the following change.

Page 4 of 8 first sentence on the page delete and approved.

Jean Root motioned to send the amended text to the Board of Trustees for review and comment.  Jerry Sidlar seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.  

Outdoor Furnaces

The Planning Commission members reviewed the amendments requested at the March meeting and requested the following amendments.

Page 1 of 1 opening paragraph change Township of Handy to Township of Marion

Page 1 of 1 item B change to read vegetative matter or noxious plants

Page 1 of 1 item C consider changing acreage requirements from 1 acres to 5 acres

Page 1 of 1 item D consider only allowing wood burners in rear yards

Page 1 of 1 item F do not delete this text and change 200 to 100

The Planning Commission members would like another month to research wood burners.

Jean Root motioned to table this agenda item to the May 25, 2010 meeting.  Jerry Sidlar seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.

Planning Commission Rules & Procedure final review/adoption

The Planning Commission members reviewed the rules and procedures and requested the following changes.

Page 2 of 6 delete the second sentence in its entirety

Page 2 of 6 under Special Meetings delete the word petitions and replace with application

Page 2 of 6 under Procedure for Special Meetings end of first sentence to read time permitting, local newspaper

Page 3 of 6 under Quorum delete but the Chair-person shall vote last

Page 5 of 6 under Powers and Duties of the Planning Commission item 2 to read; The Commission shall, after a public hearing, make a recommendation for the denial or approval with conditions, requests for certain special land uses specified in the zoning ordinance

Jean Root motioned to table the Rules and Procedures to the May 25, 2010 meeting at that time the Planning Commission members would like a clean copy.  Jerry Sidlar seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.

NEW BUSINESS

Proposed Amendment Manufactured Home Park District Section 7.01, 7.10 & 8.05

The Planning Commission members discussed deleting Manufactured Home Park Districts from Article VII & VIII.

Jean Root motioned to table this agenda item to the May 25, 2010 regular meeting for clarification and a consensus from John Enos and Mike Kehoe.

Planning Commission role in building within Marion Township Cemeteries

Bob Hanvey told the Planning Commission members that someone would like to donate monies to upgrade Lakeside Cemetery .  One upgrade would be an accessory structure to house the backhoe.

Sally Elmiger noted that this is an accessory use permitted by right and no review is required by the Planning Commission.

CALL TO THE PUBLIC

John Lowe opened the call to the public.

Jim Murray told the Planning Commission members he will not be at the May 25, 2010 meeting.

John Lowe closed the call to the public.

ADJOURNMENT

Jean Root motioned to adjourn the meeting at 9:15 p.m.  Jerry Sidlar seconded.  Motion Carried 5-0.