Planning Minutes

 

2011 Minutes

 

St Louis Planning Commission Meeting

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The regular meeting of the St. Louis Planning Commission was called to order by Chairman Doepker at 5:30 PM

Present: Doepker, Nixon, McConkie, Whitford, Scholtz, Kelley, Palmer, Shrum

Absent: Ward

Also Present: Katherine Roslund Planning Secretary

Pat Herblet St. Louis Police Chief

Rob Eggers Spicer Group

Doug Merchant Arcada & Pine River Twp.

Cassie Thelen Middle of the Mitten Learning Center

Joane Spry St. Louis Schools

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Doepker.

Moved by Kelley, supported by Shrum to approve the minutes of the regular meeting November 10, 2010. All ayes.

NEW BUSINESS Medical Marihuana

Members reviewed the Medical Marihuana ordinance. Moved by Kelley, supported by Shrum to hold a public meeting at the next regular Planning Commission meeting February 9, 2011.

Master Plan

Motion by Planning Commission Member Shrum and supported by Planning Commission Member Nixon to forward the final draft of the Gratiot Regional Excellence & Transformation Plan (GREAT) to the City Council for review, comment and approval to distribute the plan through electronic means where possible to the surrounding municipal governments. The surrounding municipalities will have a total of 63 days to make comment to the planning commission secretary.

Yes: Doepker, Nixon, McConkie, Whitford, Shrum, Scholtz, Kelley, Palmer

No:

FORMER WESTGATE SCHOOL BUILDING

Members discussed the current uses at the former Westgate School property. Palmer is in favor of educational activities, however; he feels any other use should require a special use permit. Shrum stated he has no problem with the daycare, however; he does have an issue with the buses being there. Kelley stated the current use is not allowed under our City Zoning Ordinance. Ms. Spry commented on parking. She stated the parking area was enlarged for the buses. Nixon stated cars are parked in grass area and on ball field. He stated it looks dangerous to him having cars and busses driving around the kids. Kelley inquired about taxing. McConkie stated that the building is taxable due to the private use. Eggers stated the school is exempt when being used as a school. It now falls under local zoning. Members feel each new use at the site should require a special use permit. Palmer would like to see something work out. Spry said the school is getting direct support from Dean Transportation. Spry said the school would explore additional parking. Spry would like to keep it for the children. Baker College may be interested in a room, and vocational services may be an option. Spry stated that the school explored many options for that building. School does maintain building. Kelley asked Spry if they could store buses elsewhere? Spry stated they have looked into additional space behind school. Shrum again stated he has no problem with other uses there. He does have a problem with the buses. Members are in favor of special uses on a case by case basis. Parking lot doesn't meet standards. Eggers will provide appropriate language for the ordinance. Spry stated she thinks it sounds reasonable.

Zoning Ordinance Updates

Eggers explained the changes to the parking ordinance. McConkie will provide adoptable copy at the next regular meeting.

Moved by Kelley, supported by Shrum to adjourn at 7:41 p.m. All ayes.

Katherine Roslund, Planning Secretary
 

St Louis Planning Commission Meeting

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

The regular meeting of the St. Louis Planning Commission was called to order by Chairman Doepker at 5:30 PM

Present: Doepker, McConkie, Whitford, Kelley, Palmer, Shrum

Absent: Ward, Nixon, Scholtz

Also Present: Katherine Roslund Planning Secretary

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Doepker.

Motion by Kelley, supported by Shrum to approve the minutes of the regular meeting January 12, 2011. All ayes.

PUBLIC MEETING

Doepker opened public meeting for Article 3, section 3.1 of the City Of St. Louis Zoning ordinance at 5:34pm.

No public comments.

Doepker closed the public meeting for Article 3, section 3.1 of the City Of St. Louis zoning ordinance at 5:55pm.

Motion by Kelley, supported by Shrum to recommend the City Council adopt Article 3, section 3.1 amendment to the City of St. Louis Zoning Ordinance. All ayes carried the motion.

GREAT PLAN

Motion by Planning Commission member Kelley, supported by Planning Commission member Shrum to set a public hearing for adoption of the GREAT Plan for Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 5:30pm. All ayes carried the motion.

Zoning Ordinance Updates

The members were presented with a draft of the zoning ordinance updates. McConkie would like to have a few changes and corrections made to the ordinance, therefore; will present at next Planning Commission meeting.

Motion by Palmer, supported by Whitford to adjourn at 5:57pm. All ayes.

Katherine Roslund, Planning Secretary
 

St. Louis Planning commission Meeting

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The regular meeting of the St. Louis Planning Commission was called to order by Chairman Doepker at 5:30 p.m.

Members Present: Doepker, Nixon, McConkie, Ward, Whitford, Scholtz, Palmer

Members Absent: Shrum, Kelley

Also Present: Steve Frost, Bob Rushton

Motion by McConkie, supported by Nixon, to approve the minutes of the February 9, 2011, minutes subject to the following correction: Change “Public Meeting” to read “Public Hearing” All ayes.

Site Plan Review:

Moved by Palmer, supported by Whitford to approve the site Plan from Bedford Farm Supply at 220 S. Main subject to satisfactory arrangements for paving of drive/lot from the existing Quality Clutch & Gear site plan approval.

Moved by Whitford, supported by Scholtz to adjourn the meeting at 5:55 p.m. All ayes.

Robert McConkie, Acting Secretary
 
No meeting was held in April
 

St Louis Planning Commission Meeting

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The regular meeting of the St. Louis Planning Commission was called to order by Chairman Doepker at 5:30 PM

Present: Doepker, McConkie, Whitford, Kelley, Palmer, Shrum, Ward, Nixon, Scholtz

Absent: None

Also Present: Katherine Roslund Planning Secretary

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Doepker.

Motion by Shrum, supported by Whitford to approve the minutes of the regular meeting March 2, 2011. All ayes.

PUBLIC HEARING

Doepker opened public meeting at 5:32pm. McConkie commented on the Gratiot Regional Excellence & Transformation Plan. No public comments were heard. Doepker closed the public meeting at 5:35pm. Moved by Kelley, supported by Shrum to adopt the Gratiot Regional Excellence & Transformation Plan. All ayes.

Zoning Ordinance Updates

Moved by Kelley, supported by Shrum to recommend to the City Council the Zoning Ordinance updates and to include the amendments to R1 and R2 sections to include Adaptive School Reuse. All ayes.

Discussion on Velsicol Site Reuse.

Motion by Nixon, supported by Ward to adjourn at 6:14pm. All ayes.

Katherine Roslund, Planning Secretary
 
No meeting was held in June
 
No meeting was held in July
 

St Louis Planning Commission Meeting

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The regular meeting of the St. Louis Planning Commission was called to order by Chairman Doepker at 5:30 PM

Present: Doepker, McConkie, Whitford, Kelley, Palmer, Nixon, Scholtz

Absent: Ward, Shrum

Also Present: Katherine Roslund Planning Secretary

Dan Hubler 102 Michigan Ave

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Doepker.

Motion by Kelley, supported by Whitford to approve the minutes of the regular meeting May 11, 2011. All ayes.

SITE PLAN REVIEW – 102 MICHIGAN AVE

Dan Hubler, Discount Tire, presented a site plan for the paving of his parking lot, located behind his building at 102 Michigan Ave. Hubler is in need of storage for tires and employee parking. Screening will be required for the new paved parking area that consists of evergreen hedges or other natural landscaping or a fence between four (4) feet and six (6) feet tall. If the fence is used as screening, written permission from adjacent owners will be required. Hubler requested an eight (8) foot fence, however; the ordinance only allows four (4) to six (6) foot. Hubler stated that he would like to place a semi trailer with the axles removed onto the property and utilize it as storage or he would like to build a utility building and place it on blocks. He stated that he doesn't have room to add onto his current building. Hubler stated that the paving should be complete within sixty (60) days. Hubler was informed to work with the zoning/building department to complete his request for storage and fencing.

Moved by McConkie, supported by Scholtz to approve the site plan for paving, dumpster enclosure and parking lot screening. All ayes.

OTHER BUSINESS

The next Planning Commission meeting will be held on August 24th at 5:30pm. The regularly scheduled meeting for September 14th will be cancelled.

Motion by Kelley, supported by Nixon to adjourn at 5:56pm. All ayes.

Katherine Roslund, Planning Secretary
 
No meeting was held in September
 
No meeting was held in October.

No meeting was held in November.

St Louis Planning Commission Meeting

Thursday, December 1, 2011

The special meeting of the St. Louis Planning Commission was called to order by Chairman Doepker at 5:30 PM.

Present: Doepker, Nixon, McConkie, Reed, Whitford, Shrum, Kelly, Kelley, Palmer

Absent: None

Also Present: Katherine Roslund Planning Secretary

Matt Feichtenbiner 813 Michigan Ave

Mary Lou Brady 813 Michigan Ave

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Doepker.

Motion by Shrum, supported by Kelley to approve the minutes of the August 24, 2011 meeting with the corrections, “Pledge of Allegiance was led by Doepker.” Minutes should read, “Pledge of Allegiance was led by Shrum.” “Doepker opened the public hearing at 5:33pm.” Minutes should read, “Shrum opened the public meeting at 5:33pm.” All ayes.

Motion by Kelley, supported by Whitford to approve the minutes of the August 31, 2011 meeting. All ayes.

PUBLIC HEARING – REZONING OF 834 MICHIGAN AVE.

Doepker opened the public hearing at 5:34pm.

Matt Feichtenbiner purchased 834 Michigan Ave. The property is currently zoned C-2, General Business. Feichtenbiner would like to demolish the current dilapidated house and replace it with a modular home. The current zone doesn't allow for residential. There is a mix of commercial and residential along Michigan Ave and The Gratiot Regional Excellence & Transformation (GREAT) Plan does indicate a Mixed Use for that area.

Doepker closed the public hearing at 5:41pm.

Motion by Shrum, supported by Kelly to make a recommendation to City Council to rezone 834 Michigan Ave from C-2, General Business to R-2, One and Two Family residential. All ayes.

Motion by Kelley, supported by Shrum to adjourn at 5:46

Katherine Roslund, Planning Secretary
 

St. Louis Planning Commission Meeting

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The regular meeting of the St. Louis Planning Commission was called to order by Chairman Doepker at 5:30 PM.

Present: Doepker, McConkie, Whitford, Shrum, Kelley, Palmer

Absent: Reed, Kelly

Also Present: Katherine Roslund Planning Secretary

Kurt Giles Utilities Director

Paul Erskine Building Inspector

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Doepker.

Motion by Kelley, supported by Shrum to approve the minutes of the December 1, 2011 special meeting. All ayes.

Site Plan Preliminary Review – 201 Woodside Drive

Property owner, Chuck Doty, was not present at meeting to explain the site plan submitted by him on December 6, 2011.

Other Business

McConkie informed members of some upcoming projects in the City for 2013 & 2014.

Moved by Shrum, supported by Kelley to adjourn at 5:49 PM. All ayes.

Katherine Roslund, Secretary

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
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