LOWELL CHARTER TOWNSHIP PLANNING COMMISSION

REGULAR MEETING

FEBRUARY 10, 2003

 

 

PRESENT:  Batchelor, Blough, Cornish, Sanford, Simmonds

ABSENT: None

STUDENT REP:  Britney Batchelor

 

The regular meeting of the Lowell Charter Township Planning Commission was called to order by Chairman Cornish at 7:00 p.m.

 

APPROVAL OF PRIOR MEETING MINUTES:

 

The minutes of the January 13, 2003 Regular Planning Commission Meeting were considered.  Batchelor moved to approve.  Seconded by Blough.  All in favor and the minutes were approved as presented.

 

The minutes of the January 27, 2003 Planning Commission Workshop Meeting were considered.  Batchelor moved to approve.  Seconded by Blough.  All in favor and the minutes were approved as presented.

 

SCOTT RISSI – 11270 CASCADE – REZONING:

 

Mr. Rissi owns eight acres containing a house and barn on Cascade Road.  This area is zoned AG-2.

 

Mr. Rissi would like to build and offer for use, two “self storage” buildings on his property.

 

Each self storage building would be 160x30 feet in size with individual storage units in each building available for rent by the public.

 

Mr. Rissi advised of other details:

  -  Has a paved driveway from Cascade Road that would provide access to the storage

      buildings

  -  The self storage buildings would be located on the southwestern corner of his property

  -  He plans to provide security lighting for the buildings

  -  He plans to fence in the buildings

  -  He plans to build one self storage unit initially, then if that is successful, he will build   

      the second unit.

  -  He estimates the building will be approximately 30 feet from the lot line with a 15

      foot access road between the building and lot line

 

 

 

Planning Commission Meeting Minutes

February 10, 2003

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The Planning Commission advised Mr. Rissi that self storage units do not appear to be allowed in Ag-2 zoning.  Mr. Rissi advised that he discussed this situation with Supervisor Timpson with the following points:

  -  His and adjoining property is zoned AG-2

  -  This area is Master Planned for Light Industrial and much of it has been rezoned to

      Light Industrial

  -  Self storage units might be allowed in Light Industrial

 

The Planning Commission explained the rezoning and special use permit process to

Mr. Rissi.  He will consider and decide if he wishes to proceed.

 

COMMERCIAL PUD ORDINANCE:

 

The Planning Commission discussed the outstanding items related to the Commercial PUD Ordinance.  They reviewed the Draft 2 submitted by Tim Johnson.  After a great deal of discussion, the Planning Commission made the following decision:

  3.7.3.B  Leave it as written (residential uses)

  3.7.4      Leave it as written (minimum lot size is 5 acres)

  3.7.5.I    Leave it as written (maximum of .25 ratio for just the building floor area to site  

                 area)

 

Everything else was acceptable and the Planning Commission will move to a Public Hearing on Monday March 24, 2003.

 

RV ORDINANCE:

 

The Planning Commission discussed revisions to the existing RV Ordinance (4.2.7.B) at great length.  They reviewed a draft of a proposed revision to the Ordinance dated

2-10-03.

 

After further discussion, it was decided to revise the existing ordinance which currently defines recreational equipment and storage rules, to also address the issue of using recreational equipment for living purposes.  This will be done via time limits for such use.

 

The Planning Commission will submit a proposed draft of this ordinance amendment to the Township Attorney and move forward toward a Public Hearing on Monday,

March 24, 2003.

 

 

 

 

Planning Commission Meeting Minutes

February 10, 2003

Page 3

 

WHISPERING HILLS DEVELOPMENT:

 

Citizen M. Rosenberger was present to advise the Planning Commission that he will not do anything further related to land swaps with Dykema Excavators.

 

WIFNET – DAVID YOMTOOB:

 

Mr. Yomtoob was present to inquire about communications issues, tower/antennae rules, etc.  He is exploring the idea of providing internet access between Veen Observatory and the Lowell School District.  The Planning Commission needed a better idea of what

Mr. Yomtoob was intending.  They requested that he submit a written proposal so that they could study this matter.  The Planning Commission will wait to hear further from him.

 

OTHER:

 

There will not be a Planning Commission Workshop on February 24, 2003.

 

CONCLUSION:

 

Simmonds moved to adjourn.  Seconded by Batchelor.  All in favor and the regular meeting of the Lowell Charter Township Planning Commission was adjourned at

8:45 p.m.

 

Submitted by D. Simmonds - Secretary