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ACTION SUMMARY
PLANNING COMMISSION
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11, 2003, 7:30 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at or about 7:30 p.m.

ROLL CALL

Present: Avdoulos, Kocan, Markham, Nagy, Papp, Paul, Ruyle, Shroyer, Sprague

Also Present: David Evancoe, Director of Planning; Tim Schmitt, Planner; Lance Shipman, Landscape Architect; Brian Coburn, Engineer; Tom Schultz, Attorney; Larry DeBrincat, Vilican-Leman; John Freedland, Tilton & Associates

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

Motion to approve the Agenda. Motion carried 9-0.

PRESENTATIONS

Introduction by Planning Director David Evancoe of New City Landscape Architect, Lance Shipman

PUBLIC HEARINGS

1. BECK NORTH PHASE II, SITE PLAN NUMBER 00-13

Public Hearing on the request of Northern Equities for approval of a Preliminary Site Plan, Site Condominium Approval, Wetland, and Woodland Permits. The subject property is located in Section 4, east of Beck Road and north of West Road in the (I-1) Light Industrial District. The applicant is proposing a site condominium light industrial park with 24 units including associated roads and utilities. The subject property is 63.22acres.

In the matter of Beck North Corporate Park, Site Plan 00-131, motion to table the Preliminary Site Plan, Stormwater Management Plan, Woodland Permit and Wetland Permit for the following reasons: 1) The proposed Woodland Replacement Plan does not contain a tree inventory that specifies which trees are to be removed, which trees are to remain and replacement values for both; 2) It contains no Tree Replacement Plan to satisfy Section 37.8(a) of the Woodlands Ordinance; 3) The Site Plan, pursuant to the review process for all districts under Section 2516.3, is not compatible with the natural features and characteristics of the land, including existing woodlands, wetlands, water courses and wildlife habitat; 4) The Site Plan must protect the natural environment and conserve natural resources and energy to ensure compatibility with adjacent uses of land and to promote the use of the land in a socially and economically desirable manner. The Site Plan does not meet the standards under Section 2516.d(1), due to the fact the natural resources, the health, safety and welfare, as well as the social and economic well-being of those who will use the land, residents and landowners immediately adjacent to the proposed land use or activity and the community as a whole are affected; 5) The traffic patterns for the Condominium Site Plan have unit boundaries on a given side of each street and should align with the unit boundaries which the Applicant has addressed. We need to look at the street configuration and the lot configuration to have standards meet with Design and Construction Standards, figure 1X.112; and 6) Any additional discussion items at the table are included as reasons for tabling. Motion carried 9-0.

2. ERICKSON (FOX RUN RETIREMENT), SITE PLAN NUMBER 00-66

Public Hearing on the request of Erickson Retirement Campus approval of a revised Woodland Permit and a recommendation to City Council for a revised Preliminary Site Plan with a PD-1 (Planned Development) option and a revised Wetland Permit. The subject property is located in Section 1, north of Thirteen Mile Road and northeast of Meadowbrook Road in the (RM-1) Multiple Family District. The applicant is proposing changes to the previously approved site plan by adding a wetland crossing, a parking deck, and modifications to the buildings in Phase II. The subject property is 102.817 acres.

In the matter of Fox Run Village, Phase II, Site Plan 00-66D, motion to approve the Stormwater Management Plan and Woodland Permit and recommend approval of the Preliminary Site Plan and Wetland Permit subject to: 1) ZBA variance for having a driveway within 25 feet of a wall with an opening; 2) Section 9 Waiver for use of pre-cast concrete on pedestrian walkways and parking decks; and 3) Subject to the comments of the attached review letters being addressed at the time of Final Site Plan, for the reason that it is a good plan. Motion carried 9-0.

3. ZONING ORDINANCE TEXT AMENDMENT 99-18.181

Public Hearing to amend an ordinance to add Article 9a to Ordinance No. 97-18, the City of Novi Zoning Ordinance, to add the designation for the GE Gateway East District to the Schedule of Regulations contained within section 2400 of said Ordinance, to amend footnotes (k) and (o) to the Schedule of Regulations contained within section 2400 of said Ordinance, to amend subsection 2507.2 of said Ordinance, to amend subpart 2509.6a and 2509.8b of said Ordinance, and to add the designation for the GE Gateway East District to region 1 of the schedule regulating fašade materials contained within section 2520 of said Ordinance, to create the Gateway East Zoning District which is intended to encourage mixed-use development, including multiple-family residential, office, and limited commercial land uses, and to provide an optional tool with greater flexibility toward the achievement of the objectives of the Gateway East District by authorizing use of Planned Unit Development (special development option) regulations.

In the matter of Gateway East Ordinance, motion to recommend approval to City Council with minutes of this meeting being included in the Council packet for their review and consideration, specifically noting the following comments made by the Commissioners: (Paul): Include the existing Streetscape Plan; Removal of Wetlands from Open Space; Include decorative lamp posts with down lighting; Eliminate the shared rear access drives on page 12 unless all parties are approving this prior to any roads being built; Place all trash receptacles as far away from handicapped parking as possible; Bicycles paths should abut Grand River; Internal sidewalks should be done within the development; Increase verbiage to address architecturally appealing signage; Landscaping provided should be top-grade or class A plantings; (Sprague): There would be a development of the design guidelines by October 31, 2003; (Shroyer): Incorporation of a theme for the entire City; Tie-in to Novi Road corridor to the west; Stay within compliance of the current Bike Path Ordinance, even considering a meandering bike path along the back; District does not permit any kind of strip mall along the corridor; (Shroyer and Papp): Consideration of all the concerns brought to the Planning Commission meeting by the small business owners and other residents; (Markham): Signage standards will enhance visibility of businesses; Reconsideration of permitted uses in the District; (Kocan): One joint meeting between Master Plan and Zoning Committee and/or Implementation Committee and Ordinance Review Committee to review the recommendations prior to the finalization of the Ordinance; Grammar and spelling corrections and verbiage consistency included in final version; (Papp): Include residential; (Ruyle): Consider building the corridor as tall as possible (four stories); Consider reserving top floors for residences and street level for business; Consider placing parking in the rear to remove it from Grand River; (Avdoulos): Consider reducing speed limit on Grand River around this pedestrian-oriented district; Consider a boulevard, landscaped islands, or monument for Grand River; Remove any bike paths from Grand River; Extrude area to include up to Novi Road; (Nagy): Increase the height of the buildings; reduce the speed limits; Remove bike paths. Motion carried 7-2.

4. ZONING ORDINANCE TEXT AMENDMENT 99-18.181

Public Hearing to amend the City of Novi Code of Ordinances by amending the Zoning Ordinance for the purpose of creating a new Article 27, authorizing review and approval by the City Council of requests for special accommodation uses in order to provide and regulate equal housing opportunities particularly suited to the needs of persons entitled to reasonable accommodation under law, and to encourage innovation in land use and variety in design and layout.

Motion to recommend to City Council the amending of the City of Novi Code of Ordinances by amending the Zoning Ordinance for the purpose of creating a new Article 27, as proposed in the latest version presented at the Planning Commission table this evening. Motion carried 9-0.

MATTERS FOR CONSIDERATION

1. APPROVAL OF MAY 28, 2003 PLANNING COMMISSION MINUTES

Motion to approve the May 28, 2003 Minutes as amended. Motion carried 9-0.

MATTERS FOR DISCUSSION

1. PLANNING COMMISSION BUDGET DISCUSSION

ADJOURNMENT

Motion to adjourn. Motion carried 9-0. The meeting adjourned at 1:08 a.m.

SCHEDULED AND ANTICIPATED MEETINGS

MON 6/16/03 CITY COUNCIL 7:30 PM

TUE 6/17/03 MASTER PLAN & ZONING COMMITTEE 7:00 PM

WED 6/25/03 IMPLEMENTATION COMMITTEE 6:45 PM

WED 6/25/03 PLANNING COMMISSION 7:30 PM

FRI 7/04/03 CITY OFFICES CLOSED

MON 7/07/03 CITY COUNCIL 7:30 PM

TUE 7/08/03 ZBA MEETING 7:30 PM

WED 7/16/03 PLANNING COMMISSION 7:30 PM

MON 7/21/03 CITY COUNCIL 7:30 PM

WED 7/30/03 PLANNING COMMISSION 7:30 PM

MON 8/01/03 ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITTEE 7:30 AM