Freeman Township Planning Commission Meeting Minutes

July 1, 2014

FREEMAN TOWNSHIP PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES Minutes For July 1, 2014 Chairman Stevens called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM. Planning Commission Members Present: Stevens, Phillips, Pohoda and Maas Absent: Wells A quorum was present. Others Present: Harold Logan and Mike Green Public Comments: None. Chairman Stevens asked for a motion “To accept the June 3, 2014 minutes as written.” Motion: Pahoda, 2nd Phillips: Motion Carried. Chairman Stevens asked for a motion “To accept the July 1, 2014 Planning Meeting Agenda.” Motion: Pohoda, 2nd Phillips: Motion Carried. Meeting Business Activities: A. Chairman’s Comments: 1. Chairman Stevens stated that Mr. Green was at the meeting to resubmit the site plan for the Ron Johnson road width change. 2. Chairman Stevens asked Mr. Logan if there was any update on Mr. Rigato’s Pole Barn. Mr. Logan stated that there was no up date. B. Education – General: 1. Mr. Maas stated that he had received a notice in the mail for “Hot Topics in Planning and Zoning” that stressed farm zoning issues. It was deemed by all Planning Commission members present that this class was not something necessary at this time. C. Zoning Administrator/Blight Officer Report: 1. Mr. Logan stated that he had two Zoning Permits last month with one Zoning Permit currently in the works. 2. Mr. Phillips asked Mr. Logan if he would look into a Blight issue at a mobile home at the corner of Ashard and Twin Lakes. Mr. Logan stated that the issue was already being worked on. D. Current Business: 1. Long Term Agenda: a. Chairman Stevens stressed that the Planning Commission should start working on some of the Long Term Agenda items and that Item 9, Landlord and Tenant Rental Ordinance, should be on the regular agenda for next month. All Planning Commission members present agreed. 2. Review making a Zoning Ordinance violation a civil infraction: a. Mr. Maas distributed copies of DRAFT 2 of the amended Section XVII. “Violation and Penalties” of the Freeman Township Zoning Ordinance. b. After a thorough review a motion was made by Mr. Phillips, “To accept DRAFT 2 of the amended Section XVII. “Violation and Penalties” of the Freeman Township Zoning Ordinance as written and a letter of recommendation for approval be sent to the Freeman Township Board.” The motion was carried by all Planning Commission members present. c. Mr. Maas stated that he would send a letter of recommendation to the Freeman Township Board. Page 1 of 2 Page 2 of 2 FREEMAN TOWNSHIP PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES Minutes For July 1, 2014 (continued) 3. Ron Johnson road width change: a. Mr. Green distributed revised copies of the Ron Johnson site plan dated June 14, 2014 that included the road width change from sixty six (66) feet to thirty three (33) feet with a circular cul-de-sac at the end of the road that was sixty six (66) feet in diameter. b. A motion was made by Mr. Maas, “To accept the site plan change as described on the submitted plans and send a letter to the Freeman Township Board to recommend approval of the new site plan as revised dated June 14, 2014.” The motion was carried by all Planning Commission members present. 4. Master Plan Review: a. Mr. Maas read the response to an e-mail he wrote to Mark Eidelson of “Land Planning” in which Mr.Eidelson remarked that he could not even begin to do even a bare bones Master Plan for Freeman Township. He stated that the most rudimentary Master Plan would still cost in the area of $10,500.00 with a dedicated Freeman Township person doing most of the leg work. b. It was decided that Mr. Maas might try discussing this with Pat Humphrey and possibly using the MTA web site for help. Mr. Maas stated that he will try and get with Mrs. Humphrey on this issue. E. New Business: None. F. Adjournment: Motion: Phillips, 2nd Pohoda “To adjourn”. Motion Carried. Time 7:45 PM. Gary Maas, Secretary