Planning Minutes

 

2014 Minutes

 
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
 
A regular meeting of the Saint Louis Planning Commission was called to order by Chairman Doepker at 5:30 P.M.
Present:               Doepker, J. Kelly, D. Kelley, McConkie, Palmer, Shrum, Smith, Whitford
 
Absent:                Reed
 

Also Present:     Manny Nannan

 

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Chairman Doepker.

 

Motion by D. Kelley, supported by Shrum, to approve the minutes of the last regular meeting November 14, 2013.  All ayes. Motion carried.

 

City Manager McConkie introduced request for lot split and combine application filed by Manny Nannan of Saint Louis Marathon, LLC.  The request is to split .5 acres from the Bear Truss 715 E

Washington Ave property parcel #53-010-333-01 and add it to and create a new expanded parcel for the Saint Louis Marathon former parcel #53-010-335-10, 705 E. Washington Ave, to allow expansion of services proposed to be provided by the Saint Louis Marathon business.

 

Owner of the Saint Louis Marathon, LLC, Manny Nannan, was present and spoke about the property split and combine and the reasons for the property split.

 

Motion by Shrum, supported by J. Kelly, to approve the lot split and combine  to split .5 acres form parcel #53-010-333-01 and add it to parcel #53-010-335-10 as proposed.  All ayes.  Motion carried.

 

The Planning Commission received a letter from Trileaf Environmental and Property Consultants concerning AT & T’s 3 antennae proposed to be located on the Saint Louis water tower on Crawford.  As explained in the letter, the proposed antennae are to be located within the viewshed of possible Historic structures or district.

 

Motion by D. Kelley, supported by Shrum, to receive and file the communication; additionally, notify Trileaf that the City of Saint Louis would like to be considered a “consulting party” to the project, if determined by DDA Director, Phil Hansen that it would be in the best interest of the City to become a “consulting party.”  All ayes.  Motion carried.

 

There was no other business to come before the Planning Commission.

 

Moved by J. Kelly, supported by Palmer, to adjourn at 5:55 P.M.

  

Robert McConkie, Acting Secretary
 
 
No meeting was held Feb., March, April, May, June.
 
 
Planning Commission Meeting
Wednesday July 9, 2014
 
A regular meeting of the St. Louis Planning Commission was called to order by acting Chairman Shrum at 5:30 P.M.
 
Present: Smith, McConkie, Reed, Whitford, Shrum, J.Kelly, D. Kelley
 
Absent: Doepker, Palmer
 
Also Present: Manny Nannan, Chuck Griffith, Kurt Giles
 
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by acting Chairman Shrum.
 
Motion by D. Kelley, supported by J. Kelly, to approve the minutes of the last regular meeting on January 8, 2014. All ayes. Motion Carried.
 
Chuck Griffith from Access Design presented to the Planning Commission a proposal for a diesel pump station and canopy at the St. Louis Marathon. The Marathon would also like to add a larger utility building for storing supplies, add more parking places and a new dumpster area. Planning Commission approved the site plan with two modifications- 8 lineal foot of fence to hide dumpster from M-46 and storage building to be a maximum of 16' by 24'.
 
Motion by Robert McConkie, supported by J. Kelly to approve the site plan for the diesel pump station at the St. Louis Marathon. All ayes. Motion carried.
 
There was no other business to come before the Planning Commission.
 
Moved by R. McConkie, supported by Smith, to adjourn at 6:01 P.M.
 
 
Planning Commission Meeting
Wednesday August 13, 2014
 
A regular meeting of the St. Louis Planning Commission was called to order by Chairman Doepker at 5:30 P.M.
 
Present: Doepker, McConkie, Whitford, J. Kelly, D. Kelley, Palmer
 
Absent: Smith, Reed, Shrum
 
Also Present: Tim Redman (Dubar), Kurt Giles (Utilities Director) Don Schurr (Greater Gratiot Dev.)
 
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 Wednesday July 9, 2014. All ayes. Motion carried.
 
Sue Whitford Real Estate Agent for 925 Michigan Avenue advised the Planning Commission of the lot split request for this property. The owners Tom and Patricia Allen were unable to attend. The property consists of a house, business, and Quonset hut. The owners would like to split the house from the rest of the property making it separate as they have an interested party for purchasing it. The lot will remain a smaller piece of property and is a Legal Non-conforming use in the Industrial Park Zone. Planning Commission advised Sue Whitford to make sure the interested party in the house knows that the house must remain having the same footprint. Sue advised that they are aware of this and are planning on cosmetic changes and maybe a larger door to the porch eventually.
 
Motion by Robert McConkie, supported by J. Kelly to approve the lot split for 925 Michigan Avenue. All ayes. Motion carried. Sue Whitford Abstained.
 
Tim Redman from Dubar presented the proposed site plan for the property located to the north of the Dubar property. Dubar would like to store skid mounted tanks on the property also making an easier entrance for the trucks onto the property. They would like to stay off from Jackson Road. Tim stated that on the site plan it shows earth berms along the property line and that they had discussed taking them out and planting pine trees instead. Bob McConkie asked if the site plan follows the Industrial Park requirements, Don Schurr stated everything seemed adequate.
 
Motion by K. Palmer, supported by S. Whitford to approve the site plan for a new entrance to Dubar and area for the skid mounted tanks to be stored. All ayes. Motion carried.
 
Kurt Giles advised the Planning Commission that the fire department had just had a pre-bid meeting in regards to the new Fire Hall. On the property there is a gate that was previously installed to stop the flow of traffic from South Mill Street and West Tyrell Street. The fire department would like to open this gate up and be able to use the access from these streets to get to the fire hall. Kurt stated there is also an easement with the property owner to the south of the fire hall that goes through the west side of the fire hall property, they would like to do away with this easement allowing both parties to access their properties from South Mill and West Tyrell. Kurt asked the Planning Commission if there would be any strong opposition to opening that area up to use it for access. The Planning Commission's consensus was that they are open to the concept.
 
Bob McConkie advised the Planning Commission that TRILEAF/AT&T is proposing to replace and add some new antenna's over at the water tower. Bob stated that the downtown is a Historic District and that the Planning Commission was offered the opportunity to voice any concerns over.
 
Dori Foster advised Planning Commission that there is a resident who has a house that was previously used as a multifamily rental that would like to utilize the house as a place for a smaller educational consulting business. It would not be a high profile place just a nice cozy calm place for her clients to come for their appointments. Per the zoning ordinance this is allowed as long as the property is being lived in too. The owner does not plan to live there only use it for the business. In speaking with Bob McConkie and Kurt Giles it was determined that if the two blocks off from Washington Ave were changed to a Transitional Zone she would be able to have the business in the home and it would be beneficial to that area to be in the Transitional Zone. The two block area of Main Street lies between Washington Street and the Crawford Street (Railroad Crossing) and includes the East ˝ of the block West of Main and the West ˝ of the block East of Main Street. It was asked if Planning Commission was ok with this proposition to change the area's zoning. It was stated that they were fine with continuing to pursue this opportunity.
 
There was no other business to come before the Planning Commission.
 
Moved by D. Doepker, supported by S. Whitford, to adjourn at 6:37 P.M.
 
Dori Foster, Recording Secretary
 
 
 
 
Planning Commission
Thursday September 18, 2014
Saint Louis, Michigan
 
A regular meeting of the St. Louis Planning Commission was called to order by Chairman Doepker at 5:30 P.M.
 
Present: Doepker, Smith, Reed, Whitford, J.Kelly, D.Kelley, Palmer, Giles
 
Absent: McConkie, Shrum
 
Also Present: Tammie Windischhofer (Just Be LLC), Lauren Carden (Just Be LLC)
 
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Chairman Doepker.
 
Motion made by J. Kelly, supported by D. Kelley, to approve the minutes of the last meeting on Wednesday August 13, 2014. All ayes. Motion carried.
 
Kurt Giles Utilities Director/Assistant City Manager advised the Planning Commission that the city had received an application for a special use permit for a smaller educational consulting business at a residential property located at 120 S. Main Street. The property is zoned R-2 1+2 Family Residential. Per the zoning requirements there were some concerns if the zoning allowed in home occupations of this caliber and if all the requirements could be met. City staff had spoken to Rob Eggers, Planner for Spicer Group in regards to the zoning requirements, Rob stated that all requirements are being fulfilled and advised that the city was ok to consider the permit for the business.
 
The city had to notify residents within a 300 foot radius of the property that the city was considering allowing this business to open.
 
Chairman Doepker opened the public comment in regards to the special use permit at 5:34 p.m.
 
Barbara Windischhofer stood up and stated that she lived next door to the property and stated that she feels this would be a wonderful opportunity for the town.
 
Chairman Doepker asked if there was any other comment from the public-no one came forward.
 
Chairman Doepker closed the public hearing at 5:35 p.m.
 
Tammie Windischhofer owner of Just Be LLC advised the Planning Commission of the scheduling and how they do their sessions. There are some group meetings that consist of up to 8 people.
 
Planning Commission asked about parking and if there would be enough spots to accommodate these meetings.
 
Tammie stated she has two driveways with spots available. She also has a verbal agreement with the church across the street to the East to be able to use their parking lot and her mother in law lives nearby and could use her drive way if necessary. Tammie also stated that a lot of the time for these bigger meetings they do commute together thus only needing a few spots to park in.
 
Chairman Doepker asked the Planning Commission if there were any other questions or concerns, no other questions at this time.
 
Motion made by D. Kelley, supported by Reed, to approve the special use permit request for an educational consulting business at 120 South Main Street. All ayes. Motion carried.
 
Kurt Giles advised the Planning Commission that during the last council meeting there was a presentation in regards to the non-motorized trail/bike path that would go along US-127. They are looking for local agencies to get involved with the trail and help fund the design of the path. They are trying to have the design done by March of 2015. This is a great opportunity to bring more visitors to the area and would be beneficial for the public to have the nice path to bike or walk.
 
There was no other business to come before the Planning Commission.
 
Moved by Reed, supported by Smith, to adjourn at 5:54 P.M.
 
Dori Foster, Recording Secretary
 
No meeting was held in October or November
 

Wednesday December 10, 2014

Saint Louis, Michigan

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

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

Absent: Shrum

Also Present: Tina & Ryan Graham, Sheila McElhaney, Jerry & Sally Church

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Chairman Doepker.

Motion made by D. Kelley, supported by Reed, to approve the minutes of the last meeting on September 18, 2014. All ayes. Motion carried.

Kurt Giles advised the Planning Commission that the city had received an application for a special use permit for a day care to open up at 415 E. Washington Street. The property is in the T-Transitional Zone which allows in home businesses of the caliber. Kurt advised the Planning Commission that the owners of the property were seated in the audience. Kurt advised that once the weather is warmer the owner's will have a fence installed in the back yard for the children. Kurt asked the Planning Commission if they had any questions in regards to the day care, no questions or concerns at this time. Chairman Doepker opened up the public comments in regards to the special use permit for the day care at 5:36 P.M. Jerry and Sally Church introduced themselves to the Graham's and stated that there is a natural tree barrier in the back yard that is on the property that they currently own to the North. Mrs. Church expressed that the trees are on their property and wondered how close the fenced in area would be to the property. The Graham's stated that they would keep the fenced in area away from the trees and that in the spring when the time comes for the fence to be installed that they would get a hold of the Church's to show them where they would like the fence to go. The Church's welcomed them to the neighborhood. Chairman Doepker asked if there was any other comment from the public-no one came forward. Chairman Doepker closed the public comment at 5:40 P.M.

Motion made by K. Palmer, supported by Whitford to approve the special use permit request for the day care at 415 E. Washington Street. All ayes. Motion carried.

Kurt Giles advised the Planning Commission of a lot combine application for 205 S. Lincoln Street and 510 E. Tyrell Street. Sheila McElhaney lives at 510 E. Tyrell Street and had recently purchased the property at 210 S. Lincoln Street. This property is directly south of her back yard and to the west. Sheila would like to combine the 210 S. Lincoln to the 510 E. Tyrell to have one parcel. The new combined parcel is proposed to include the East ˝ of Lot 1 and all of Lot 2 in Block 4 to form an L-shaped parcel with frontage on Tyrell and Lincoln Streets. At some point in time the intentions are to sell the property that is on the west half of the Lincoln Street lot to the neighbor on the west of her. She has not been able to get in touch with him so as of this time she would just like the lots to be combined and at a later date there would be a split and combine for the neighbor.

Motion made by Reed, supported by Smith, to approve the lot combine of 205 S. Lincoln Street to 510 E. Tyrell Street. All Ayes. Motion carried.

Kurt Giles advised the Planning Commission of several projects that are on-going with the school bond proposals. He advised of the bus garage plan for a useable wash bay and expansion and that the High School is wanting to have a programmable sign. He stated that staff has gone over the zoning ordinance with Rob Eggers, Planner for Spicer Group and that it is allowed in the zone. We are waiting for a proposal from the school in regards to the sign. Kurt also advised of the athletic field work with EPA for sampling the soils.

There was no other business to come before the Planning Commission.

Moved by D. Kelley, supported by J. Kelly, to adjourn at 5:48 P.M.

Recording Secretary

Dori Foster

 
 
 
 
 
   
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