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PLANNING COMMISSION ACTION SUMMARY
CITY OF NOVI
Regular Meeting
Wednesday, April 28, 2010  |  7 PM
Council Chambers | Novi Civic Center | 45175 W. Ten Mile
(248) 347-0475

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at or about 7:00 PM.

ROLL CALL

Present: Member Greco, Member Gutman, Member Larson, Member Lynch, Chair Pehrson, Member Prince

Absent: Member Baratta (excused), Member Cassis (excused), Member Meyer (excused)

Also Present: Barbara McBeth, Deputy Director of Community Development; Kristen Kapelanski, Planner; Mark Spencer, Planner; Kristin Kolb, City Attorney

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion to approve the April 28, 2010 Agenda. Motion carried 6-0.

CONSENT AGENDA - REMOVALS AND APPROVAL

  1. MACKENZIE NORTH TECHNOLOGY CENTRE, SP08-25 Consideration of the request of Northern Equities Group for a one-year Preliminary Site Plan extension. The subject property is located in Section 1, at the northwest corner of Haggerty Road and Mackenzie Drive, north of Thirteen Mile Road, in the OST, Planned Office Service Technology District. The subject property is approximately 6.09 acres and the applicant is proposing to construct a speculative 55,187 square foot one-story general office building.
  2. MACKENZIE SOUTH TECHNOLOGY CENTRE, SP07-70 Consideration of the request of Northern Equities Group for a one-year Final Site Plan extension. The subject property is located in Section 1, at the southwest corner of Haggerty Road and MacKenzie Drive, north of Thirteen Mile Road, in the OST, Planned Office Service Technology District. The subject property is approximately 5.42 acres and the applicant is proposing to construct a speculative 48,866 square foot one-story general office building.

A motion to approve the Consent Agenda. Motion carried 6-0.

PUBLIC HEARINGS

  1. HOME DEPOT SEASONAL OUTDOOR SALES, ZCM10-11

Public Hearing of the request of Home Depot for Preliminary Site Plan and Special Land Use Permit approval. The subject property is located in Section 17, west of Beck Road and north of Grand River Avenue in the B-2, Community Business District. The subject property is approximately 3.3 acres and the applicant is proposing to occupy a space in front of the existing Home Depot at the West Market Square Shopping Center located at 47950 Grand River Avenue, for outdoor sales of plant materials.

In the matter of the request of Home Depot Seasonal Outdoor Sales ZCM 10-11, a motion to approve the Special Land Use permit, subject to the following:

  1. Planning Commission finding under Section 2516.2.c for the Special Land Use permit,

That, relative to other feasible uses of the site:

  • The proposed use will not cause any detrimental impact on existing thoroughfares, due to the relatively minor expansion of an existing business to allow outside sales or plants and produce, which are already available for sale at Home Depot.
  • The proposed use is compatible with adjacent uses of land in terms of location, size, character, and impact on adjacent property or the surrounding neighborhood, due to the location of the outdoor sales which are proposed to be on the existing sidewalk directly adjacent to the retail store, and are shown to meet the standards of the ordinance for access and hours of operation.
  • The proposed use is consistent with the goals, objectives and recommendations of the Cityís Master Plan for Land Use.
  • The proposed use will promote the use of land in a socially and economically desirable manner as it is an enhancement to an existing business.
  • The proposed use is in harmony with the purposes and conforms to the applicable site design regulations of the zoning district in which it is located as noted in the staff review letter; and
  1. Compliance with all conditions and requirements listed in the staff and consultant review letters.

The motion is made because the request is otherwise in compliance with Article 14, Article 24 and Article 25 and all other applicable provisions of the Zoning Ordinance. Motion carried 6-0.

In the matter of Home Depot Seasonal Outdoor Sales, ZCM 10-11, a motion to approve the Preliminary Site Plan, subject to the following:

  1. Applicant shall limit outdoor sales to produce and plant material only;
  2. Applicant shall maintain a minimum pathway width of six feet along the sidewalk;
  3. The hours of operation shall be consistent with the hours of operation of the Home Depot;
  4. Applicant shall indicate dates for expected outdoor sales and all facilities and materials shall be brought inside at the end of the season;
  5. The conditions and items listed in the staff and consultant review letters being addressed on the Stamping Set.

The motion is made because the request is otherwise in compliance with Article 14, Article 24 and Article 25 and all other applicable provisions of the Zoning Ordinance. Motion carried 6-0.

  1. MASTER PLAN FOR LAND USE REVIEW

Public Hearing of the request of the Planning Commissionís Master Plan and Zoning Committee to approve the Master Plan Amendments.

A motion to approve the proposed Master Plan for Land Use Amendments and forward them to the City Council for distribution approval, for the following reasons:

    1. The Master Plan & Zoning Committee and the Planning Commission, with the assistance of the Community Development Department Planning Staff and the Cityís Traffic Consultants, reviewed the current Master Plan for Land Useís goals, objectives and implementation strategies, the Future Land Use Map use designations for the entire City and evaluated each of the three Master Plan Study Areas in detail;
    2. Public comments regarding the future land uses in the study areas and City at large were solicited and people provided input through questionnaires, written comments and in person at City Hall, public meetings and public open houses;
    3. The proposed Master Plan for Land Use amendments reflect the desires of the Cityís citizens, promote natural feature protection, foster quality development, encourage investment in the City and provide design guidance for future transportation improvements; and
    4. The proposed amendments foster sound land use planning by including the following new land use goals:
        • Provide for planned development areas that provide a transition between high intensity office, industrial and commercial uses and one-family residential uses.
        • Develop the Grand River Avenue and Beck Road Study Area in a manner that supports and complements neighboring areas.
        • Create, preserve and enhance quality residential areas in the City.
        • Continue to promote active living and healthy lifestyles in the City of Novi and continue to achieve a high level of recognition under the State of Michiganís "Promoting Active Communities Program."

Motion carried 6-0.

  1. ZONING ORDINANCE TEXT AMENDMENT 18.241

Public Hearing for Planning Commissionís recommendation to City Council for an ordinance to amend Ordinance No. 97-18, as amended, the City of Novi Zoning Ordinance at Article 3, Residential Acreage District and Article 25, General Provisions, Section 2503, Accessory Uses; In order to provide standards for the use and installation and operation of outdoor furnaces.

In the matter of Zoning Ordinance Text Amendment 18.241, a motion to recommend approval to the City Council of the ordinance to provide standards for the use, installation and operation of outdoor furnaces, incorporating the comments from the Planning Commission. Motion carried 6-0.

MATTERS FOR CONSIDERATION

  1. APPROVAL OF THE SEPTEMBER 16, 2009 PLANNING COMMISSION MINUTES

    A motion to approve the September 16, 2009 Planning Commission minutes. Motion carried 6-0.

  2. APPROVAL OF THE JANUARY 27, 2010 PLANNING COMMISSION MINUTES

    A motion to approve the January 27, 2010 Planning Commission minutes. Motion carried 6-0

  3. APPROVAL OF THE FEBRUARY 10, 2010 PLANNING COMMISSION MINUTES

A motion to approve the February 10, 2010 Planning Commission minutes. Motion carried 6-0.

ADJOURNMENT

The meeting adjourned at 8:22 PM.

* Actual Language of motions subject to review.