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Minutes for 05/23/2006
OF THE KENTWOOD PLANNING COMMISSION
MAY 23, 2006, 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 Artz.
C. Roll Call:
Members Present: Betsy Artz, Laurie Sheldon, Ray Poyner, Dan Holtrop, Abed Itani, Nancy McIntyre-Evenocheck, Ed Swanson, Frank Vander Hoff, and Chris Winczewski.
Members Absent: None
Others Present: City Attorney Cliff Bloom, Community Development Director Terry Schweitzer, Planner Joe Pung, Planner Debargha Sengupta, Staff Secretary Monique Collier, and the applicant.
D. Approval of the Minutes of May 9, 2006 and Findings of Fact, there were no Findings of Fact.
Motion by Itani, supported by Artz, to approve the Minutes of May 9, 2006 and the Findings of Fact for: there were no Findings of Fact.
- Motion Carried (9-0) ?
E. Approval of the Agenda
Motion by Artz, supported by Itani, to approve the agenda for the May 23, 2006 meeting.
- 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
There were no public hearings.
I. Work Session
Case #16-06 - 2940 East Paris Avenue rezoning of 0.85 acres of land (36, 960 square ft.) from R2 two family residential to C-4 Office
Sengupta introduced the request. He stated that the Master Plan recommends Office use for 2940 East Paris Avenue. Sengupta outlined his Staff Report regarding the Zoning History, the Site Characteristics, Street and traffic and Staff Comments.
Ms. Sherry McNee was representing the request. She stated that she is a Financial Planner and her daughter is the office manager. She stated she would not have to make any major changes. She stated that the entry door has to be made handicap accessible and the ramps have to go up and the bathrooms have to be made handicap accessible. She plans to improve the siding on the house. She stated that she only sees about three people per day and there will not be a lot of traffic in and out. She stated that she has an occasional event a couple of times a year and at that time there will be more than one client. She stated that she sees people during regular business hours, although she does have people there after work sometimes until about 9pm at night. She stated that there isn?t a lot of walk ins or drive in business.
Poyner wanted to know what the sideyard requirements are from 2940 East Paris to the residents to the south. He stated that there are various requirements and he thinks that it should protect the residents to the south if there is a special land use in the future. Sengupta stated that this is a rezoning application and they will not be looking at the site plan at this time, but, whatever office use that goes in there would have to abide by the landscaping guidelines. Poyner stated that he would be in favor of this and it is consistent with the Master Plan and it fits in well where it is located.
Swanson asked if she plans to improve the siding some how and what are the plans for the building. Ms. McNee stated that she is planning on residing and putting in a handicap accessible front door and ramp. Swanson asked if there was adequate parking for this use. Sengupta stated we have not yet looked at the parking. Swanson stated that he has no problem with the rezoning it is consistent with the Master Plan.
Chair McIntyre-Evenocheck advised the applicant to just make sure she has the ADA requirements all set up. She stated that there does not appear to be too many issues.
J. New Business
Set public hearing date of June 27, 2006 for: Case #17-06 - Rosis Mini Market located at 4720 S. Division Special Land Use Convenience Store and Site Plan Review
Motion, by Swanson, supported by Poyner, to set the public hearing date of June 27, 2006 for Rosis Mini Market.
- Motion Carried (9-0)-
K. Other Business
There was discussion concerning the review of the building elevations for the Jehovah Witnesses? Kingdom Hall approved Special Land Use in 2005. The site plan approval was conditioned, in part, on Planning Commission approval of the building elevations. McIntyre-Evenocheck excused herself from the discussion.
Motion by Itani, supported by Poyner, to approve the building elevations for the Jehovah Witnesses? Kingdom Hall, Case #25-05
- Motion Carried (8-0)-
- McIntyre-Evenocheck abstaining -
1. Commissioners? Comments
Winczewski wanted to know if staff could update the requirements for spillways in terms of landscaping. He stated that the spillways do not add to the beauty of a project and wondered if landscaping requirements can be added to shield the spillways from view. Schweitzer stated that staff could take this to the Engineering department for their consideration.
McIntyre-Evenocheck stated that she has a list of sub committees and she would like to see some meetings set up. She requested any commissioners who will be attending the Growing Communities Conference to contact Terry. She also stated that Todd and Jenifer Gray had a baby girl born May 6, 2006. She weighed 5lbs 15 ounces and 18 ? inches long.
2. Staff?s Comments
Schweitzer stated that he would like the Zoning Ordinance Committee to get together either before or after the next meeting. The committee expressed a desire to meet at 7:00pm on June 13.
Motion by VanderHoff, supported by Itani, to adjourn the meeting.
- Motion Carried (9-0) ?
Meeting adjourned at 7:53 pm
Chris Winczewski, Secretary