PLANNING COMMISSION MINUTES - DRAFT
SPECIAL MEETING - JUNE 16, 2003
Jim Anderson, Debra Wiedman-Clawson, Dave Hamann, John Lowe
Kathleen Kline-Hudson, Livingston County Planning Dept.
Brian Shorkey, Livingston County Planning Dept.
Bob Hanvey, Township Supervisor
Annette McNamara, Zoning Administrator
Lowe called the meeting to order at 7:40 p.m.
Hamann motioned to approve the agenda as presented.
Jim Anderson seconded. Motion
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Dave Hamann made a motion to approve the minutes as submitted from the May 21, 2003 meeting. Debra
Wiedman-Clawson seconded. Motion carried 4-0.
COMPREHENSIVE PLAN BUSINESS
Shorkey from the Livingston County Planning Department reviewed the
Natural Features: Under Wellhead Protection, the sentence was added, “In Marion Township, the wellhead protection area has been
marked with roadside signs.
Older signs read ‘Wellhead Protection Area’ while newer signs
read, ‘Drinking Water Protection Area’.”
Phase II, a new paragraph was added, “The new Phase II regulations give municipalities the option of regulating on a watershed basis
rather than on a site by site basis. Marion Township is acting in partnership with neighboring communities to take part in Phase II
regulation of the Shiawassee River watershed. This watershed approach to regulation means that any construction projects of one acre
or more that takes place in the Shiawassee River watershed within Marion Township will have to attain a Phase II permit.” The last two
under Livingston Natural Feature Inventory were added.
John Lowe pointed out that we are in three watersheds and questioned what happens with other two in relation to Marion Township.
Bob Hanvey stated that Red Cedar has completed their plans and Huron is just getting started and Shiawassee is at the same point we
are. So Phase II needs to be listed as Shiawassee only and no need to list others. His concern is will all watersheds be covered. Bob
Hanvey stated that a public education program will be disseminated to all of the township, not just part of it. Brian suggested adding a
disclaimer type paragraph at the end of the section with wording to the effect as, “this is an ongoing process that Marion Township is
beginning to get involved in. For
specific details on Phase II, Watershed Program, please contact Marion
Brian stated that this is its own separate volume and is a different project of the Planning Department but will be included in the
Comprehensive Plan. The consensus was to leave the map in but amend it. It was discussed to delete the last two paragraphs of
Natural Feature Inventory.”
Transportation: Brian reviewed the handout and stated the Huron River Watershed Council have been conducting studies looking at the
impact of development on gravel roads and Putnam Township has been involved in this pilot program. They are looking at Livingston
County gravel roads and conducted a traffic count from intersection to intersection. In a database, through a mathematical formula,
roads have been given a classification that fall under a certain count that is based on certain conditions. This can show which roads are
over capacity and which ones have capacity and how much capacity is left. As a result of this study, it can be an aid in zoning and what
should be less dense residential zoning.
Also, more specific wording was added to the “Other Modes of
Community Facilities: Last sentence in “Township Offices” section, wooded 15 acres of land, “wooded” should be deleted.
Fire Service: Pinckney Fire Service Area sentence should be deleted. Typo in last sentence of “Fire Service,” should read 11 paid on
call volunteers. As far as the schools, Debra Wiedman-Clawson pointed out that northwest of Putnam, across the street from the
southwest portion, is actually Howell Public Schools
The second bolded paragraph regarding 18-acre parcel on County Farm Road in Section 3 that was considered as a buildable site for the
found to be too narrow and not a viable option for building a school.
This paragraph will be deleted.
Brian will reword the second sentence in the third paragraph to read, “All of the buildings that serve the Howell system fall outside of
Township, all but three of these facilities…”
Sewer and Water Service:
The third paragraph as stated is all municipal and paragraph should
Recreation: Typo in
second paragraph, first sentence: It
should read, “Marion Township currently contracts…..”
Comprehensive Plan Goals & Objectives
Kathleen Kline-Hudson distributed handout, Goals & Objectives Chapter Nine (revised draft dated 6/16/03), Natural Features,
Transportation, Community Facilities
and pointed out key revisions. The
following are items that were revised:
Kline-Hudson commented the second goal was as a result of deleting two
objectives from previous draft.
Natural Environment: Last bolded three objectives were discussed. First two objectives were switched from first draft in bold italics.
Second to last objective, wording “carefully consider” replaced a harsher phrase. Inland lakes were removed from third objective.
Committee members agreed with this
and Community Facilities: Third goal was added with one objective that came from
This section was deleted from first draft.
Solid Waste and Recycling: The word “endorse” in objectives replaced the word “establish.” This section may change after
conferring with Attorney Kehoe regarding landfill issue and using the wording ‘prohibit’ the importing of solid waste from other counties
into the township, which in the parameters is statutory in common law. The committee would like Mike Kehoe’s advice on whether this
can be deleted completely or
does it have to be mentioned.
Hazardous Mitigation: Handout was distributed. This section was to have a broad goal about cooperating with different levels of
government on hazard mitigation
initiatives. One objective was
to keep township hazardous materials ordinance updated and timely.
Transportation: Consists of three goals and each had two objectives. These goals came from the county goals and the objectives were
written. The last objective was discussed regarding “preserving the tree canopy” and John Lowe pointed out that when the Livingston
County Road Commission (LCRC) needs to make improvements, etc, they will clear 66 feet before doing anything and this would
remove the tree canopy. It was suggested that this wording
Kathleen stated she reviewed all 20 Vision Statements from the Master Plan for Livingston County. In most of the Master Plans there
was no Vision Statement. There were only about seven communities who had a Vision Statement. Green Oaks is the only one that
has a short and concise Vision Statement. After discussion, Kathleen will write a Vision Statement using Green Oak as a model and
also reword the present Marion
Township Vision Statement.
Kathleen gave a brief update of where
we’re at and topics that are still outstanding:
Existing land use chapter
Need featured land use
She questioned and commented that a draft of the Featured Land Use section be drawn up to propose to the public at a public hearing
for their comments to use for chapter
to explain rationale of how designations were assigned to different parts of
Brian will put together a base map to
Existing defined residential
Lakes and streams
Poor septic suitability
Overlay of completed developments; so
there’s one map with available land.
Existing and in process residential
development, showing all private roads
Next meeting will be on Thursday, July
24, 2003, at 7:30 p.m.
CALL TO THE PUBLIC
Hamann motioned to adjourn at 9:15 p.m.
Debra Wiedman-Clawson seconded.