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WHITE LAKE TOWNSHIP PLANNING COMMISSION Study Meeting May 6, 2004 at 7:00 p.m. 7525 Highland Road White Lake, MI 48383 Chairman Oppmann called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. ROLL CALL: David Chabot – Secretary Bob Heverly David Lewsley - Absent Michael Long - Absent Gail Novak-Phelps – Vice Chairman - Absent Scott Oppmann, Chairman Sue Schweim Beverly Spoor - Absent Stan Woodhouse Also Present: Stephen Rumple, AICP, Planning Director Karen Fashoway, AICP, Township Consultant Lynn Lindon, Recording Secretary Visitors: 2 APPROVAL OF AGENDA Mr. Woodhouse moved to approve the agenda as revised. Mr. Heverly supported and the MOTION PASSED with a voice vote. (5 yes votes) APPROVAL OF MINUTES a. Regular study meeting of April 1, 2004 (tabled 4/19/04) b. Regular meeting of April 19, 2004 Ms. Schweim moved to approve the minutes of April 1, 2004 as corrected. Mr. Woodhouse supported and the motion carried with a voice vote. (5 yes votes) Mr. Woodhouse moved to approve the minutes of April 19, 2004 as presented. Ms. Schweim supported and the motion carried with a voice vote. (5 yes votes) CALL TO THE PUBLIC (for items not on the agenda) Mr. Oppmann opened the discussion for public comment on items not listed on the agenda. CHARTER TOWNSHIP OF WHITE LAKE PLANNING COMMISSION STUDY MEETING Page 2 of 3 Minutes of May 6, 2004 Faye Hansen invited the planning members to the 6th Annual Natural Beauty Road Clean-Up Day this Saturday. They will meet at the corner of Brendel and Pontiac Lake Road. NEW BUSINESS a. Ordinance Amendment Discussion Ms. Fashoway gave an overview of the proposed changes to Ordinance 58. She stated that most of the changes are procedural. The Condo Regulations added language that states any condo must meet design and layout standards within the subdivision regulations. She indicated that Attorney Need added language that would define “Condominium Documentation” as being the Master Deed, By-laws, on-site and off-site easements, and any other documentation required by the Township or required for the condo development and that building permits would not be issued until the condo is approved. There is additional language clarifying that site condos would be required to put in public streets unless it met the requirements of private roads. The Planned Development Review Process has been changed to reflect required content for PDR plans and documents, and the timing of document submissions. Applicants will be required submit supplemental information, i.e., any unique features as well as deviations from ordinance standards. Frontage has been revised to include a minimum frontage standard, which now has to be a setback, unless the home is on a cul-de-sac, at which it would have to meet minimum lot width. A definition has also been included. Mr. Woodhouse stated that he doesn’t know if a minimum is needed, but rather where it has to be measured, i.e., lot width and depth. Mr. Chabot stated that this has also been an issue with the ZBA. Mr. Rumple agreed that this has been problematic, but has been resolved through this amendment. A section has been added for provisional water and sewer service. Now, the township could require connection of that development if it abuts to water or a sewer line, or the township could require approval of an SAD. In Article 2, the height of the building has been changed to exclude walkout basements from being included in the height of the building. In the Local Business District, Group Adult and Child Care Centers and Nursery Schools have shifted to become a special land use and definitions of each are consistent. Cluster Housing Standards were changed to have a community impact statement. Ms. Fashoway noted that Attorney Need eliminated the fee information, which is more administrative. Mr. Rumple indicated that there are a lot of conflicts with buildings and getting them to look like site plans. Utilities and landscaping are main concerns and could get revised a little. He is having Mr. Anderson review this. Mr. Woodhouse questioned if there were anything in the amendments that would be objectionable from a planning standpoint. Mr. Rumple stated that there was not. Mr. Rumple added that we are in the 5th year of the Master Plan and it is up for review. Mr. Oppmann questioned the fees and stated that there has been trouble with repeated reviews. He asked if there is anything above and beyond what the township will charge for these situations. Mr. Woodhouse feels that the Planning Commission has done amazingly well considering the few amendments before it. Mr. Rumple indicated that we have come a long way with traffic planning, landscaping and development add-ons. The Belle Tire issue has been resolved and they will add a berm. CHARTER TOWNSHIP OF WHITE LAKE PLANNING COMMISSION STUDY MEETING Page 3 of 3 Minutes of May 6, 2004 Mr. Woodhouse moved to approve the amendments and have them come back for a public hearing. Mr. Chabot supported and the motion carried with a voice vote. (5 yes votes) Mr. Oppmann read into record two memos dated May 6, 2004 from Brent Bonnivier. The first is pertaining to adding a footnote to the Schedule of Regulations for a 25 ft. side yard setback for all side entrance garage locations. Mr. Rumple stated that he doesn’t want to limit the ability of having side garage entries. He will research this further. The second memo from Mr. Bonnivier is requesting that the ordinance be returned back to the prior requirements, which will allow a 6 ft. privacy fence up to the property line. The new ordinance allows a 4 ft. fence on the property line and it is difficult for people to continue the fence line. Mr. Rumple stated that he is not opposed to this request and he will review this on lake districts. Mr. Woodhouse moved to refer both these items to the Planner and Consultants for further review. Ms. Schweim supported and the motion carried with a voice vote. (5 yes votes) PLANNING CONSULTANT’S REPORT Ms. Fashoway had nothing further to add. PLANNING DIRECTOR’S REPORT Mr. Rumple indicated that Meijers came through with minor amendments that can be handled administratively. He added that they are breaking ground on the building within the next 5 weeks. Mr. Rumple has also been meeting with Edison, who will be putting in a temporary substation for 2-3 years that will go in the corridor just inside the development. His office is requiring a perimeter of landscaping. COMMUNICATIONS: a. Next Meeting Dates • Regular Meeting – May 17, 2004 – Schweim cannot attend • Study Meeting – June 3, 2004 – Starting review of Master Plan Mr. Rumple announced that there is an upcoming Planners Conference in Grand Rapids and money has been budgeted if any of the commissioners would like to attend. ADJOURNMENT: Ms. Schweim moved to adjourn at 7:32 p.m. Mr. Woodhouse supported and the motion carried with a voice vote. (5 yes votes)
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