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MARION TOWNSHIP

PLANNING COMMISSION

AGENDA and DRAFT MINUTES

December 16, 2008

 

CALL TO ORDER:

APPROVAL OF AGENDA FOR:           December 16, 2008 Regular Meeting

INTRODUCTION OF MEMBERS:

CALL TO THE PUBLIC:                    Agenda Items only 3 minute limit

APPROVAL OF MINUTES FROM:      November 25, 2008 Public Hearing  

November 25, 2008 Regular Meeting

                                                                    

OLD BUSINESS:

1)     Proposed Text Amendment Section 00.00 Wind Energy Conversion System

2)     Discussion on Corner Lot Frontage requirements

3)     Proposed Text Amendment TXT# 06-08 Section 6.07 Accessory Structures  

NEW BUSINESS:

1)     Discussion on proposed Public Land rezoning

2)     Appoint member to work on Article V - Signs

CALL TO THE PUBLIC:

ADJOURNMENT:

                                             

                                              DRAFT MINUTES

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:                 JOHN LOWE, CHAIRPERSON

BOB HANVEY

JIM MURRAY

JERRY SIDLAR

 

MEMBERS ABSENT:                   JEAN ROOT, SECRETARY

                       

OTHERS PRESENT:                    ANNETTE MCNAMARA, ZONING ADMINISTRATOR

                                                JOHN L. ENOS, CARLISLE/WORTMAN

LES ANDERSEN, TRUSTEE

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CALL TO ORDER

John Lowe called the meeting to order at 7:33 p.m.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

Jim Murray motioned to approve the December 16, 2008 regular meeting agenda.  Bob Hanvey seconded.  Motion Carried 4-0.

INTRODUCTION OF MEMBERS

The members of the Planning Commission introduced themselves.  Jean Root was absent.

CALL TO THE PUBLIC

John Lowe opened the call to the public.

Les Andersen would like one or two Planning Commission members to attend a meeting with Mike Craine, Managing Director of the Livingston County Road Commission and discuss the Premier Farms off-site road improvements.

John Enos said this can be insured with bonding or a letter of credit and Mike Craine should know the best way to go about this.

John Lowe closed the call to the public.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

November 28, 2008 Public Hearing minutes

Bob Hanvey motioned to approve the November 28, 2008 public hearing minutes.  Jim Murray seconded.  Motion carried 4-0.

November 28, 2008 Regular meeting minutes

Bob Hanvey noted a mistake on page one, the Planning Commission agreed to table for corrections.  Bob Hanvey motioned to table the November 28, 2008 regular meeting minutes to the January 20, 2009 meeting.  Jim Murray seconded.  Motion carried 4-0.

OLD BUSINESS

Proposed Text Amendment Section 00.00 Wind Energy Conversion System

Bob Hanvey summarized the information from a meeting he attended last week.  He noted that any language to regulate Wind Energy Conversion Systems could be pre-empted by the State of Michigan when it is all said and done.  The committee will present their findings to the State in June of 2009.

The Planning Commission agreed to table this agenda item until March 2009.

Jim Murray motioned to table this agenda item until the regular March meeting.  Bob Hanvey seconded.  Motion carried 4-0.

Discussion on Corner Lot Frontage requirements

John Lowe told the Planning Commission members that this issue came up through unintended consequences.

After discussion the Planning Commission members agreed to the following language.

If the parcel does not have access to the private road it will be treated as a side or rear yard prospectively.

The Planning Commission would like to see the revised text at the January 20, 2009 meeting.

Bob Hanvey motioned to request Annette McNamara write up text regarding roads on adjacent to parcels.  Jim Murray seconded.  Motion carried 4-0.

Proposed Text Amendment TXT# 06-08 Section 6.07 Accessory Structures

The Planning Commission reviewed the text used by Huron Township . They agreed to use a percentage as opposed to the square footage of the house.  John Enos and Annette McNamara will work together on this and submit for the January 20, 2009 meeting.

Bob Hanvey motioned for John Enos and Annette McNamara to research this proposed text.  Jim Murray seconded.  Motion carried 4-0.

NEW BUSINESS:

Discussion on proposed Public Land rezoning

Bob Hanvey motioned to hold a public hearing for the proposed rezoning on February 24, 2009 @ 7:15 p.m.  Jim Murray seconded.  Motion carried 4-0.

Appoint member to work on Article IV Signs

Jim Murray volunteered to work on Article IV Signs.

Nomination of Planning Commission Co-Chair

John Lowe said he spoke with Jean Root today and she is willing to accept the nomination along with her Secretary responsibilities.

Jim Murray nominated Jean Root for Co-Chair.  Bob Hanvey seconded.  Roll Call, Jim Murray-yes, John Lowe-yes, Bob Hanvey-yes, Jerry Sidlar-yes.  Motion Carried 4-0.

CALL TO THE PUBLIC

John Lowe opened the call to the public.

Les Andersen gave the two new Planning Commission members the history of the Premier Farms property.

John Lowe closed the call to the public.

ADJOURNMENT

Jim Murray motioned to adjourn the meeting at 9:20 p.m.  Jerry Sidlar seconded.  Motion Carried 5-0.