Kentwood Committees & BoardsAPPROVED MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING
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Minutes for 03/27/2007
OF THE KENTWOOD PLANNING COMMISSION
MARCH 27, 2007, 7:30 P.M.
A. Chair McIntyre-Evenocheck called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m.
B. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Commissioner Poyner.
C. Roll Call:
Members Present: Betsy Artz, Ray Poyner, Laurie Sheldon, Dan Holtrop, Abed Itani, Nancy McIntyre-Evenocheck, Ed Swanson, Frank Vander Hoff, and Chris Winczewski.
Members Absent: None
Others Present: City Attorney Jeff Sluggett, Community Development Director Terry Schweitzer, Economic Development Planner Lisa Golder, Planner Joe Pung, Staff Secretary Monique Collier, and the press.
D. Approval of the Minutes and Findings of Fact
Chair McIntyre-Evenocheck noted the following corrections on page 4 of the minutes CIP will be ready for work session on April 10 and Public Hearing will be April 24.
Motion by Vice Chair Swanson, supported by Commissioner Poyner, to approve the Minutes of March 13, 2007 and the Findings of Fact for: Case # 3-07- Wedgwood Christian Services ? Preliminary Approval of a PUD Development Plan and Final Site Plan Approval of Phase 1 and Special Land Use for a Child Caring Institution ? located at 3227 ? 36th Street.
- Motion Carried (9-0) ?
E. Approval of the Agenda of March 27, 2007
Motion by Commissioner VanderHoff, supported by Commissioner Holtrop, to approve the agenda for the March 27, 2007 meeting with the inclusion of the Capital Improvements Plan as a public hearing.
- Motion Carried (9-0) ?
F. Acknowledge visitors wishing to speak to non-agenda items.
There was no public comment.
G. Old Business
There was no Old Business
H. Public Hearing
Capital Improvements Plan (CIP)
McIntyre-Evenocheck opened the public hearing.
There was no public comment.
Motion by Commissioner Holtrop, supported by Commissioner Itani to adjourn the Capital Improvements Plan (CIP) to April 24, 2007 meeting.
- Motion Carried (8-1) ?
- Swanson dissenting ?
There will be a work session on April 10, 2007.
I. Work Session
There were no work sessions
J. New Business
There was no new business.
K. Other Business
1. Division Avenue Revitalization Discussion
Economic Development Planner Golder stated that a three mile area on Division Charrette to be conducted April 12-14 in conjunction with the City of Wyoming and the ITP. She stated that the ITP is looking to establish bus rapid transit along Division Avenue. Golder stated that the commission has an opportunity to attend any part or all of the two and one-half day Charrette process.
2. Kalamazoo Avenue
Director Schweitzer gave an overview of the construction that will be taking place on Kalamazoo Ave. He stated that they are trying to come up with a four-lane boulevard design. Schweitzer went over the two-mile stretch on Kalamazoo, the individual segments, the designated cross over connections, breaks in the median for pedestrian crossings and traffic calming. The intent is to give better indication as to where the pedestrian crossings are located in terms of sign display and pavement markings and warning lights as well as provide better lighting for the crossover connections.
3. Commissioners? Comments
Chair McIntyre-Evenocheck stated the CBS Partners appeal of the recent site plan denial would be back in front of the Planning Commission for consideration and clarification on a few points. She encouraged the commissioners to go out and take a look at the site.
Attorney Sluggett stated to the commissioners that they will be getting a revised site plan from CBS partners addressing the dumpster issue and elevations of the west wall so they will have an opportunity to see what the applicant is proposing architecturally. Sluggett emphasized that this is neither a public hearing nor an opportunity to expand the record. This will be a clarification and a supplementation. He stated that the commission would just be looking at the modified site plan. McIntyre-Evenocheck wants the minutes from all the previous meetings that involved CBS Partners request.
Secretary Winczewski asked if staff was going to talk to the neighbors to the west. Pung indicated that he has talked to them when the project first came in. Winczewski stated that the reason he voted no on CBS Partners site plan is because of the neighborhood detriment that will be caused by the zero lot line. Winczewski stated that he would like to more input from the surrounding neighbors to determine their feelings toward a zero lot line site.
Attorney Sluggett stated that we have already had a public hearing and it has already been noticed, Sluggett stated that we have no legal obligation to renotice the site plan. He stated that the City Commission?s intent is not to reopen the review by sending the site plan back to the Planning Commission. He stated that the press may cover the story and if citizens attend, they will have to right to speak during non-agenda items.
Commissioner Swanson stated that his stepson will be receiving an award for his accomplishments as a cross-country runner. He still holds a number of records at East Kentwood. The ceremony will take place concurrent with the Charrette and therefore Commissioner Swanson will be unable to attend.
4. Staff?s Comments
Director Schweitzer stated that staff got together to talk about sidewalk planning. Pung has been working with Metro Council to get money for the 28th Street Corridor. Swanson stated that staff is putting together a sidewalk plan for each school as part of the federal safe routes to school program. Sidewalk committee is for the schools and on 28th street it is not a citywide sidewalk study.
Motion by Commissioner VanderHoff, supported by Commissioner Sheldon to adjourn the meeting.
- Motion Carried (8-0) ?
- Holtrop left early -
Meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.
Chris Winczewski, Secretary