Planning Minutes

 

2013 Minutes

 
No meeting was held in January.
 

February 13, 2013

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

Present:           Doepker, D. Kelley, McConkie, Palmer, Smith, Shrum

Absent:            J. Kelly, Reed, Whitford

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Chairman Doepker.

Motion made by Kelley, supported by Shrum, to approve the minutes of the last meeting August 8, 2012.  All ayes.  Motion carried.

Member McConkie discussed the necessity and process of preparation of a Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) document.  He reviewed the various ongoing and upcoming City projects and referenced several plan documents that could be used as reference for the process of preparation of a CIP.  The timing of finalizing a plan document would be such the planning Commission could recommend a CIP to City Council that could coincide with adoption of the 2013-14 annual operating budget.

Member McConkie advised the Planning Commission that the City Council had referred question for opportunity to acquire property currently zoned Industrial Park but is currently property upon which there is a residence.  Ms. Sheila McElvaney, owner of property located at 508 W. Jackson Road is interested in selling her property.  She had been advised by previous City administration that; if she ever had interest in selling, to kindly first contact the City.  She is following up as requested.  City Council is asking the Planning Commission for their opinion as to whether it is in the best long term interest of the City to further investigate the possible acquisition.

After discussion the following motion was made to advise City Council of recommendation of the Planning Commission.

Motion was made by Shrum, supported by Smith to recommend that the City further investigate possible City acquisition of the property.  All ayes.  Motion carried.

Motion was made by Smith and supported by Shrum to adjourn at 6:30 p.m.

Robert McConkie, Recording Secretary     
 
No meeting was held in March.
 
No meeting was held in April.
 

May 08, 2013

St. Louis, Michigan

 

 

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

 

Present:   Doepker, D. Kelley, McConkie, Shrum, J. Kelly

 

Absent:    Smith, Reed, Whitford, Palmer

 

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Chairman Doepker.

 

Motion made by D. Kelley, supported by Shrum, to approve the minutes of the last meeting on February 13, 2013. All ayes.  Motion carried.

 

Dave Bacon from Plasti-Paint  joined the meeting with a presentation of the site-plan for the new office addition to be added to Plasti-Paint property on 801 Woodside Dr.  The site-plan was reviewed by Bob McConkie, Kurt Giles and Dori Foster prior to the meeting. The site-plan met all requirements to the site-plan checklist.  Dave Bacon discussed some of the up-grades that have been done to the plant. He also talked about the other plants that they have out of state.

 

Motion to approve site-plan made by Shrum and supported by D. Kelley. All ayes. Motion carried.

 

Motion made by J. Kelly and supported by Shrum to adjourn at 6:04 p.m.

 

Dori Foster, Recording Secretary
 
No meeting was held in June.
 

July 10, 2013

St. Louis, Michigan

 

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

Present:  Doepker, Smith, McConkie, Reed, Whitford, J. Kelly, D. Kelley, Palmer

Absent: Shrum

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Chairman Doepker.

Motion made by D. Kelley, supported by Whitford, to approve the minutes of last meeting on May 08, 2013. All ayes.  Motion Carried.

Robert McConkie talked about parcels in regards to combining all parcels around the old IGA/City Hall Building. JAP deeded a small piece of property to the city. The JAP parcel will be combined with the pool area parking lot and old gas station area to be one parcel for City Hall.

Motion to approve the combining of surrounding parcels made by D. Kelley, and supported by Smith. All Ayes.  Motion Carried.

Tom Reed questioned Apex and the boats that are parked along Woodside Drive in the street right of way.

Walt Smith asked about an area of property on Jackson Road that is owned by Sheila McElhaney Trust, Sheila was wanting to sell some property to the city, City Council didnít feel it was necessary at this time to purchase the property.

Motion made by Doepker and supported by J. Kelly to adjourn at 5:45 p.m.
 

August 14, 2013

St. Louis, Michigan

  

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

 

Present:   Doepker, Smith, McConkie, Reed, Whitford,  J. Kelly, D. Kelley, Palmer

 

Absent:    Shrum

 

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Chairman Doepker.

 

Motion made by D. Kelley, supported by J. Kelly, to approve the minutes of the last meeting on July 10,  2013. All ayes.  Motion carried.

 

Robert McConkie spoke in regards to the application request from Plasti-Paint to split a parcel into Parcel A and Parcel B with Dubar. The lots will then be combined, one to Plasti-Paint and one to Dubar so they arenít improper zoning lots.  Robert McConkie advised the Planning Commission that the staff recommends approving the split for Plasti-Paint and Dubar. 

 

Motion to approve application for lot-split and combine made by D. Kelley and supported by Reed.  All ayes. Motion carried.

 

Robert McConkie spoke of the site plan for the new St. Louis City Hall. Advised Planning Commission that there were four (4) sheets consisting of landscaping, grading, utility and the site plan for the new city hall building on the desk in front of them to review.  Tom Reed asked about landscaping and if it would be kept within the community, Robert McConkie stated that it would be up to the general contractor as to what services they use. Robert McConkie advised that in regards to parking spaces for the new building the zoning of the property does not require parking spaces but Robert did advise that there were more than enough parking spaces along with extra parking on side streets.

 

Motion made by D. Kelley to approve the site plan for the new city hall and supported by Reed. All ayes. Motion carried.

 

Motion made by R. McConkie and supported by W. Smith to adjourn at 5:49 p.m.

  

Dori Foster, Recording Secretary
 
No meeting was held in September.
 

October 9, 2013

St. Louis, Michigan

 

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

Present:  Doepker, Smith, McConkie, J.Kelly, D. Kelley, Palmer

Absent: Reed, Whitford, Shrum

Others in attendance:  Kurt Giles, Phil Hansen, Donna Kolar, Jeff Stahl, Chuck Griffith, Don Schurr

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Chairman Doepker.

Motion made by D. Kelley, supported by Smith, to approve the minutes of the last meeting on August 14, 2013. All ayes.  Motion carried.

DDA Director Phil Hansen introduced a new business owned by Donna Kolar that she would like to open at 324 W. Washington in the T transitional business zone.  Robert McConkie advised planning commission members that he and Phil had been talking about the new possible business venture and he recommended approval of the project. Donna stated that she would like to open up a similar business to the Purple Pear in Alma at 324 W. Washington. Donna stated that it would consist of normally one employee during business hours but would need extra help during some holidays and days when the order is a large amount.  Employees would park in the driveway close to the back of the house and stated there was more than enough room for at least 2 cars if needed in that area.   Donna would like to open in spring, taking the winter to remodel and get both levels in the house ready for a spring opening.

Motion to approve proposed development for a gift shop at 324 W. Washington Street made by R. McConkie and supported by D. Kelley. All ayes. Motion carried.

Robert McConkie introduced Jer-Den Plastics along with Chuck Griffith.  Chuck introduced the owner of Jer-Den Plastics Jeff Stahl.  Jer-Den is looking to build a new 9,880 square foot addition to their industrial floor to relocate machinery add a new warehouse and create more jobs.  Included in their site plan is a new access drive from the cul-de-sac on Enterprise Drive to what would be the back loading dock to the new addition. Chuck stated that per the site plan all the zoning requirements they believe have been met for the new addition and the new service drive. Robert McConkie stated that staff has looked over the site-plan and recommends approval of the site plan also noted that they are willing to address adding tress if needed.  R. McConkie stated he preferred not to plant trees in that area due to having clear view of the railroad area.  

Motion to approve the Jer-Den site plan made by D. Doepker and supported by D. Kelley. All ayes. Motion carried.

Motion to approve not planting any trees in the clear view site of the railroad area by Jer-Den Plastics made by D. Kelley and supported by J. Kelly. All ayes. Motion carried.

R. McConkie spoke about Apex and parking. He stated that the city owns a lot that is behind Apex that is long and narrow and may be beneficial to Apex for parking their boats there. R. McConkie thought that the idea/request may soon be introduced to council for consideration.

Motion made by R. McConkie and supported by J. Kelly to adjourn at 6:20 p.m.

Dori Foster, Recording Secretary

November 14, 2013

St. Louis, Michigan

 

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

 

Present: Doepker, Smith, McConkie, Reed, Whitford, J. Kelly, D. Kelley, Palmer

 

Absent: Shrum

 

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Chairman Doepker.

 

Motion made by D. Kelley, supported by J. Kelly, to approve the minutes of the last meeting on October 9, 2013. All ayes. Motion carried.

 

Robert McConkie advised the commission of the lot split and combine request at 130 Devon Drive.  The property was previously foreclosed on and is now bank owned. In order for the bank to sell the property the lot split is necessary. There are 2 parcels, one is bank owned and the other is owned by two parties.

Robert McConkie and staff have looked over the application and recommend approval by the planning commission for the lot split and combine at 130 Devon Drive.  See survey attached.

 

Motion to approve lot split and combine at 130 Devon Drive made by T. Reed and supported by R. McConkie. All ayes. Motion carried.

 

Dori Foster advised the planning commission of a lot split and combine request at 517 Maple Street. Mr. Grim owner of 517 Maple Street had a survey done on the property. The lot to the north of his property has a smaller garage that is close to the property line of Mr. Grimís property. They found that the garage is 4 feet on to Mr.Grimís property. The south side of Mr. Grimís property was found to go over almost to the front porch of the property at 519 Maple Street. In speaking with both parties to the north and south they have all come to an agreement in the aspect of the south parcel they would like to swap 15 feet of property in the east and west to make the property more of a square parcel verses the way it is now at an odd angle and the property at the north they would add 4 feet to the front and back of the property to give them the required space for the lot lines. See survey attached.

 

Motion to approve lot split and combine at 517 Maple Street made by D. Kelley and supported by T. Reed. All ayes. Motion carried.

 

Motion made by J. Kelly and supported by S. Whitford to adjourn at 5:44 p.m.

 

Dori Foster, Recording Secretary
 
No meeting was held in December.
   
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