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PLANNING COMMISSION
REGULAR MEETING
ACTION SUMMARY
WEDNESDAY, JULY 11, 2007 7:00 PM
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 7:00 PM.

ROLL CALL

Present:  Members John Avdoulos, Brian Burke, Victor Cassis, Andrew Gutman, Michael Lynch (7:56 PM), Mark Pehrson, Wayne Wrobel

Absent:  Member David Lipski (excused) Michael Meyer (excused)

Also Present:  Barbara McBeth, Deputy Director of Community Development; Mark Spencer, Planner; Kristen Kapelanski, Planner; David Beschke, Landscape Architect; Ben Croy, Civil Engineer; Doug Necci, Fašade Consultant; Kristin Kolb, City Attorney

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

Motion to approve the Agenda as amended.*  Motion carried 6-0.

*"Election of Officers" was added to Matters for Consideration.

PUBLIC HEARINGS

1. DAMAS GRAND R7IVER, SP07-21

Public Hearing on the request of Damas Grand River, LLC, for Preliminary Site Plan, Wetland Permit, and Stormwater Management Plan approval.  The subject property is located in Section 15, south of Grand River Avenue, east of Taft Road, in the I-1, Light Industrial District.  The subject property is 2.023 acres and the Applicant is proposing to build a 20,724 square foot speculative two-story general office building.

In the matter of Damas Grand River, SP07-21, motion to approve the Preliminary Site Plan subject to: 1) A Planning Commission Waiver of the residential adjacent to non-residential berm requirement,  finding that the existing grades, existing and proposed vegetation, and the large distance to the residential areas will provide adequate screening and noise attenuation, and is supported by Staff; 2) A Planning Commission Waiver of the parking adjacent to the right-of-way berm requirement on the west side of the entrance drive due to the small area available for a berm and the sight triangle clear zones required for traffic safety, and is supported by Staff; 3) A Planning Commission Waiver of the right-of-way tree requirement due to the road belonging to RCOC and they prohibit street trees, and is supported by Staff; 4) A Planning Commission Waiver of Same Side Driveway Spacing requirements (from 275 feet to 90 feet) due to existing site conditions, and is supported by Staff; 5) A Planning Commission Waiver of Opposite Side Driveway Spacing requirements (from 150 feet to 129 feet) due to existing site conditions, and is supported by Staff; and 6) The conditions and items listed in the Staff and Consultant review letters being addressed on the Final Site Plan; for the reason that the plan meets the intent of the Zoning Ordinance.  Motion carried 6-0.

In the matter of Damas Grand River, SP07-21, motion to approve the Wetland Permit subject to the conditions and items listed in the Staff and Consultant review letters being addressed on the Final Site Plan; for the reason that the plan meets the intent of the Ordinance.  Motion carried 6-0.

In the matter of Damas Grand River, SP07-21, motion to approve the Stormwater Management Plan, subject to the conditions and items listed in the Staff and Consultant review letters being addressed on the Final Site Plan; for the reason that the plan meets the intent of the Ordinance.  Motion carried 6-0.

MATTERS FOR CONSIDERATION

1. OLDE TOWN OFFICE CENTER, SP06-30B

Consideration of the request of Group 3, Inc., for Final Site Plan and Section Nine Fašade Waiver approval.  The subject property is located in Section 16, south of Grand River Avenue, east of Beck Road, in the I-1, Light Industrial District.  The subject property is 10.73 acres and the Applicant is proposing to build four multi-story medical/general office buildings.

In the matter of the request of Tim Adams of Group 3, Inc., SP06-30B, motion to grant approval of the Final Site Plan subject to: 1) Planning Commission acceptance of new building fašade design, consistent with their motion from January 10, 2007; 2) The fašade being constructed as pictured in the elevations provided, Option B; 3) The footprint of the buildings matching the elevations proposed; 4) The Applicant working with the City to come to a resolution regarding the rooftop screening and extension of gables; and 5) Compliance with all conditions and requirements listed in the Staff and Consultant review letters; for the reason that the plan meets the intent of the Ordinance and addresses the issues raised at the January 10, 2007 Planning Commission meeting.  Motion carried 7-0.

2. LORD & TAYLOR, ZCM07-0032                       

Consideration of the request of LT PROPCO, LLC, for a Section 9 Fašade Waiver approval.  The subject property is located in Section 14, east of Novi Road, north of I-96, in the RC, Regional Center District.  The subject property is 8.9 acres.  The Applicant is proposing to paint the existing brick on the Lord & Taylor store.

In the matter of the Lord and Taylor Department Store, ZCM07-32, motion to approve the Section Nine Fašade Waiver subject to: 1) The City working with the Applicant to put together an acceptable maintenance agreement and appropriate performance bond to be identified by City Staff and Attorney; and 2) A Planning Commission finding that the proposal meets the three standards of a Section Nine Waiver as listed in the Fašade Ordinance; for the reasons that the plan is a tremendous improvement over the existing fašade, and the Applicant volunteered to provide the maintenance agreement and bond for the work.  Motion carried 7-0.

3. APPROVAL OF THE JUNE 27, 2007 PLANNING COMMISSION MINUTES

Motion to approve the June 27, 2007 Planning Commission minutes.  Motion carried 7-0.

4. Election of Officers

Motion to hold the election of officers at the next meeting, so that all members who wish to participate can be present.  Motion carried 7-0.

MATTERS FOR DISCUSSION

1. DISCUSSION OF BUDGET ITEMS

Deputy Director of Community Development Barbara McBeth gave a brief a summary of the FY2007-08 Planning Commission budget.

ADJOURNMENT

The meeting adjourned at or about 9:00 PM.

SCHEDULED AND ANTICIPATED MEETINGS

MON 07/23/07 CITY COUNCIL MEETING 7:00 PM

TUE 07/24/07 MASTER PLAN AND ZONING COMMITTEE MEETING 7:00 PM

WED 07/25/07 PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING 7:00 PM

TUE 08/07/07 MASTER PLAN AND ZONING COMMITTEE MEETING 7:00 PM

TUE 08/07/07 ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS 7:30 PM

WED 08/08/07 PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING 7:00 PM

MON 08/13/07 CITY COUNCIL MEETING 7:00 PM

TUE 08/21/07 MASTER PLAN AND ZONING COMMITTEE MEETING 7:00 PM

WED 08/22/07 PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING 7:00 PM

MON 08/27/07 CITY COUNCIL MEETING 7:00 PM

MON 09/03/07 CITY OFFICES CLOSED

TUE 09/04/07 MASTER PLAN AND ZONING COMMITTEE MEETING 7:00 PM

WED 09/05/07 PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING 7:00 PM

MON 09/10/07 CITY COUNCIL MEETING 7:00 PM

TUE 09/11/07 ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS 7:30 PM

*Actual language of motions subject to review.