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PLANNING COMMISSION
REGULAR MEETING
ACTION SUMMARY
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 26, 2005 7:30 P.M.
COUNCIL CHAMBERS - NOVI CIVIC CENTER
45175 W. TEN MILE, NOVI, MI 48375
(248) 347-0475

CALL TO ORDER

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

ROLL CALL

Present: Members John Avdoulos, Victor Cassis, Andrew Gutman, Lynn Kocan, David Lipski, Mark Pehrson, Lowell Sprague

Absent: Members Richard Gaul, Wayne Wrobel (excused)

Also Present: Barbara McBeth, Director of Planning; Tim Schmitt, Planner; Mark Spencer, Planner; David Gillam, City Attorney

PUBLIC HEARINGS

ZONING MAP AMENDMENT 18.637

Public Hearing on the request of Marcos Makohon for possible recommendation to City Council for rezoning on property in Section 29, at the southwest corner of Ten Mile and Beck Roads, from R-1, single Family Residential, to OS-1, Office Service. The subject property is approximately 4.0 acres.

Motion to recuse Member Gutman. Motion carried 6-0.

In the matter of Zoning Map Amendment 18.637 for K4 Architecture, motion to recommend denial to the City Council to rezone the subject property from R-1 (single family residential) to OS-1 (Office Service) for the reasons that: 1) The request is not in compliance with the Master Plan for Land Use; 2) OS-1 will not provide a good transitional location in this area; 3) Any development other than residential would be the lone exception along the Ten Mile corridor, except for the Briarpointe Plaza; 4) Residents have consistently spoken and indicated that they would not like to see this parcel zoned for anything other than residential; and 5) The Traffic Consultant has indicated that the proposed zoning change would increase the traffic in this area. Motion carried 5-0 (Yes: Avdoulos, Cassis, Kocan, Pehrson, Sprague; Abstain: Lipski)

Motion to recuse Member Lipski. Motion carried 5-0.

ZONING MAP AMENDMENT 18.646

Public Hearing on the request of Tony J. Gallo for possible recommendation to City Council for rezoning on property in Section 1, south of Fourteen Mile Road and west of Haggerty Road, behind the Speedway gas station, from OST, Office Service Technology, to B-3, General Business. The ell-shaped property is 1.33 acres.

Motion to seek advice from City Council as to whether the City will entertain Public Act 579s because it looks like it is a discretionary decision. Motion carried 6-0.

Motion to set the meeting for the next available date once the sign is up and the requirements of the Planning Commissionís policies and procedures can be met. Motion carried 6-0.

ZONING ORDINANCE TEXT AMENDMENT 18.191

Public Hearing for Planning Commissionís recommendation to City Council to amend Chapter 28, the City of Novi Sign Ordinance, for the purpose of providing new regulations for freestanding tenant identification ground signs in the B-1, B-2, B-3, RC, GE, TC, TC-1, I-1, I-2, OS-1, OS-2, OSC, and OST zoning districts..

In the matter of Text Amendment 18.191 regarding the Sign Ordinance, motion to send a negative recommendation to City Council for the reasons on record*, and to ask that the entire sign Ordinance as a whole be addressed, and to create a Committee facilitated by the Implementation Committee to address the Ordinance. The current Ordinance is vague and does not address current industry standards. Motion carried 6-0.

*Issues:

Maximum number of signs for developments, properties entered into from multiple directions and outlots.

Vague language.

Size Limitation: Research current standard of 32 feet

Letter size

Proportionate signage

Consideration of building setback

Consideration of speed limit

Addressing the addition of names to an entry sign

Definition of entry sign and ground sign

Visibility of ground signs and elevated signs

Two-story buildings

Updating Section 2815 regarding the ZBA

Temporary signage

Awning signage

Freeway Signage Ė both office and commercial

Drive-through signage

MATTERS FOR CONSIDERATION

DISCUSSION OF PLANNING COMMISSION BY-LAWS AND RULES OF PROCEDURE

Scheduling of Public Hearings for the Planning Commission meeting following the City holiday of February 21, 2005.

Motion to set aside the holiday rule and request that the Public Hearing notice be sent one day early, with inclusion of a note about City Offices being closed and the library being open. Motion carried 6-0.

ADJOURNMENT

The meeting adjourned at or about 10:45 p.m.

SCHEDULED AND ANTICIPATED MEETINGS

MON 01/31/05 IMPLEMENTATION COMMITTEE MEETING 6:00 PM

TUE 02/01/05 ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS 7:30 PM

MON 02/07/05 CITY COUNCIL MEETING 7:00 PM

WED 02/09/05 PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING 7:30 PM

MON 02/21/05 CITY OFFICES CLOSED