MARION TOWNSHIP

PLANNING COMMISSION

AGENDA and MINUTES

October 23, 2012 @ 7:30 p.m.

 

CALL TO ORDER:

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE:

APPROVAL OF AGENDA FOR: October 23, 2012 Regular Meeting

INTRODUCTION OF MEMBERS:

CALL TO THE PUBLIC: Agenda Items only 3 minute limit

APPROVAL OF MINUTES FROM: July 24, 2012 Regular Meeting

OLD BUSINESS:

1)  Discussion on State of Michigan Prisoner Re-Entry Initiative in relationship to Zoning Ordinance

NEW BUSINESS:  

1)        Discussion on Redevelopment Ready Communities Best Practices  

2)        Discussion on Home Town Village of Marion PUD approved floor plans

CALL TO THE PUBLIC:

ADJOURNMENT:

MINUTES

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:                 JOHN LOWE, CHAIRPERSON

                                                JERRY SIDLAR, VICE-CHAIR

JEAN ROOT, SECRETARY

BOB HANVEY

CHARLIE MUSSON

MEMBERS ABSENT:                   NONE

OTHERS PRESENT:                    ANNETTE MCNAMARA, ZONING ADMINISTRATOR

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CALL TO ORDER

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

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

Jean Root motioned to approve the October 23, 2012 regular meeting agenda.  Jerry Sidlar 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

July 24, 2012 Regular meeting minutes

Bob Hanvey noted on page 2; under discussion on State of Michigan Prisoner Re-Entry Initiative; Bob Hanvey stated that Marion Township does have the right to not allow this us and suggested adding a line to the existing definition that no half-way houses are allowed; should read; Bob Hanvey asked if Marion Township has the right to not allow this use and suggested adding a line to the existing definition that no half-way houses are allowed. Jean Root motioned to approve the July 24, 2012 regular meeting minutes as amended.  Jerry Sidler seconded.  Motion Carried 5-0. 

OLD BUSINESS

Discussion on State of Michigan Prisoner Re-Entry Initiative in relationship to Zoning Ordinance

John Lowe asked Mike Kehoe for a definition that the attorney felt he could defend in court.  John Lowe is satisfied with the definition Mike Kehoe submitted, he asked if the rest of the Commissioners agreed. 

The following amendments were made.

1)         Make the word relationship in third sentence plural

2)         Make the word individuals in fourth sentence singular

Jean Root motioned to send the proposed amendment to the Board of Trustees for preliminary approval and schedule a public hearing for 7:30 at the November 27, 2012 meeting.

NEW BUSINESS

Discussion on Redevelopment Ready Communities Best Practices

Bob Hanvey went thru the handout and noted the parts that could apply to Marion Township .

The Planning Commission members agreed that some of the suggestions are already in place yet putting together a flow chart, working on limits for administrative review and continuing education are worth working on.

No action taken.  

Discussion on HomeTown Village of Marion PUD approved floor plans

John Lowe remembers working on the Planned Unit Development Agreement, a certain number of homes were allowed with a reduced square footage.  The facades are not that important.

The Planning Commission members all agreed they want to make certain the residents of HomeTown Village of Marion are satisfied with what is built.

The Planning Commission members would like to see restrictions on the following criteria.

1)         Size of houses

2)         Setbacks

3)         Plan distribution percentage of square footage

No action taken.  If Bob Hanvey has new information the Commissioners would like to review at the November 27, 2012 meeting.

CALL TO THE PUBLIC

John Lowe opened the call to the public.

The Planning Commission members would like to hold the fourth meeting in November.

The annual organizational meeting should be placed on the agenda.

John Lowe closed the call to the public.

ADJOURNMENT

Jean Root motioned to adjourn the meeting at 8:30 p.m.  Charles Musson seconded.  Motion Carried 5-0.