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      DRAFT

 

                                         MARION TOWNSHIP

                     PLANNING COMMISSION

                   SPECIAL MEETING -  MAY 21, 2003

MEMBERS PRESENT:            Jim Anderson, Debra Wiedman-Clawson, Dave Hamann, John Lowe and Jean Root

MEMBERS ABSENT:            None

OTHERS PRESENT:             Kathleen Kline-Hudson, Livingston County Planning Dept.

                                                Bob Hanvey, Township Supervisor

                                                Annette McNamara, Zoning Administrator                                     

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CALL TO ORDER

John Lowe called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

Dave Hamann motioned to approve the agenda as presented.  Jean Root seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Jean Root made a motion to approve the minutes as submitted from the April 15, 2003 meeting. Debra Wiedman-Clawson

seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.

COMPREHENSIVE PLAN BUSINESS

Comprehensive Plan Goals & Objectives

Kathleen Kline-Hudson distributed handout, Goals & Objectives Chapter Nine, which summarized draft of chapter of goals and 

objectives and explained definition of goal and objectives.  Vision Statement will be completed at a later date.

Community Character:  Kathleen Kline-Hudson commented that items in bold italics were items from the minutes that had been changed

and all goals were in bold.  Objective 3 and 4 wording, “to retain their benefits to the Township,” were added. Commission members 

were in agreement.

Planning and Land Use:  Goal had been written on poster board (from previous meeting); following objective goes with that.

She had been asked to combine old objectives 1-3 but that did not follow content of that at all.  After combining 1-3, she split into goals 

and objectives, which are in bold.  After discussion, objectives 3 and 4 will be deleted.

Natural Environment:  Goal remains the same.  Objectives 1 and 2 remained the same.  Objective 3:  Jim Anderson’s recall from last 

meeting was that the terminology was going to be changed to clean or drinking water instead of “wellhead protection.”  Kathleen 

explained that “wellhead protection” is used in the Zoning Ordinance and she chose to keep the language “wellhead” so language would 

be consistent throughout to coordinate with Zoning Ordinance.  Howell City changed their language from wellhead to “drinking water.” 

Bob Hanvey pointed out that a Public Hearing would be required to change language.  Decision was made to keep wellhead language.

Jim Anderson suggested, and it was agreed upon, to switch Objective 3 and 4 since Objective 4 describes wellhead as drinking water.

Recreation & Open Space Preservation:  Goal comes from previous goal.  First objective was originally objective two and Kathleen 

rephrased goal and everyone was in agreement with first objective to read as stated.  Objectives 3 and 4 were the same as previous

objectives.  Last objective was taken from county goals. Infrastructure and Community Facilities:  Goals 1 and 2 were cut.  There was

discussion about separating this section; consensus was to keep together.  Kathleen stated she worked from most general to most 

specific.  First two objectives came from county goals and objectives.  Last objective was to be reworded and she took the wording 

from minutes.

Township Services and Facilities: Goal and last objective will remain; eliminate second objective. Add to “infrastructure and Community 

Facilities, rather than have another heading.  This will add another goal under this section and one objective.

Housing and Residential Development:   This section and goal came from previous comprehensive plan.  First objective was reworded 

using “Encourage” new residential development…”  Second objective was the same.  Objective 3 came from the old plan but was cut 

down.  Objective 4 took the wording “cluster” from the goal and was added to this objective.  Last objective came from county but was

reworded by combining last three bullets from page 38.

Economic Development: This section has been covered under Commercial and Industrial. There is zoning for industrial and commercial. 

Unanimous decision to remove this section.

Commercial and Industrial Development:  This section was left as written with same objectives 1-3.

  Solid Waste and Recycling:  Goal and six objectives were kept and two objectives were added.  There was discussion about second 

from last objective regarding using the word “establish”, which implies something is going to happen.  Jean Root pointed out the old plan

(1992) states “prohibiting of solid waste…” versus new plan stating “regulate”.  Regulate can be defined as the potential for something

and it was also pointed out that regulation of landfills goes to regional authority.  Debra Wiedman-Clawson will speak to Mike Kehoe on

how to address this issue in objectives 3 and 4.  Also, where the objectives start with “establish”, it was agreed to change to “endorse”.

Interjurisdictional Cooperation:  First word in goal was changed to “encourage”; deleted objective from old plan and made to number one

and deleted half of it out; deleted three and kept all of the remaining.

Agriculture:  In review, in the second objective, deleted the TDR reference.  Goal and objectives were approved.

Hazardous Mitigation: There was a lengthy discussion about this section.  It was suggested that objective 3 be the goal for the hazardous 

mitigation section and add keep township hazardous material ordinance updated and timely. This would eliminate everything in Kathleen’s 

handout except last objective and that will be the goal.

It was suggested that Mike Kehoe be contacted for input regarding how our hazard mitigation is covered under wellhead protection areas,

under those influences and if we’re not covered in the rest of township, is that okay or is it necessary to have some language in there that 

addresses rest of the township or is it fine without.  Debra Wiedman-Clawson will follow up with this.  

Kathleen Kline-Hudson will write a very generic goal that states, coordinating with county, state, federal as mitigation and then have the 

Cohoctah one objective as one and only objective; keep township Hazardous Materials Ordinance updated.  This was agreed on.

(Jean Root excused herself from the meeting.)

Transportation:  It was agreed that the county goals A, B, and C on page 31 from the old plan would be good to use.

Goal A – township is promoting interconnecting of roads of developments; use wording from bullets 3 and 6.

Goal B – Use wording from bullet 3 from Genoa and second objective. Also, incorporate wording to endorse Livingston Essential 

Transportation efforts.  

Goal C – incorporate wording from #4 from the survey and #2 from Cohoctah; change wording to include current road network

continuing a mix of paved and unpaved roads.  

The Vision Statement remains to be written. Kathleen distributed an example of the Vision Statement from Green Oak Township. 

Debra Wiedman-Clawson requested a handout before the next meeting to review and also the vision statement from Hamburg. 

Next meeting will be on Monday, June 16, 2003, at 7:30 p.m.

CALL TO THE PUBLIC

None.

ADJOURNMENT

Dave Hamann motioned to adjourn at 10:15 p.m.  Jim Anderson seconded. Motion carried 5-0.

 

 

              

  CALL TO ORDER:

    APPROVAL OF AGENDA: MAY 21, 2003

    APPROVAL OF MINUTES FROM: APRIL 15, 2003 

    COMPREHENSIVE PLAN BUSINESS:

          COMPLETE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

           COMPREHENSIVE PLAN VISION STATEMENT

           REVIEW OF THE FOLLOWING DRAFT CHAPTERS:

                    TRANSPORTATION

                    COMMUNITY FACILITIES

           DISTRIBUTION OF COMPREHENSIVE PLAN CHAPTERS

 (IN DRAFT FORM, FOR REVIEW AT A FUTURE MARION TOWNSHIP

 P.C. SPECIAL MEETING)

   CALL TO THE PUBLIC:

   ADJOURNMENT