Freeman Township Planning Commission Meeting Minutes

September 2, 2014

FREEMAN TOWNSHIP PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES Minutes For September 2, 2014 Chairman Stevens called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM. Planning Commission Members Present: Stevens, Wells, Pohoda and Maas Absent: Phillips. A quorum was present. Others Present: Harold Logan. Public Comments: None. Chairman Stevens asked for a motion “To accept the August 4, 2014 minutes as written.” Motion: Pohoda, 2nd Wells: Motion Carried. Chairman Stevens asked for a motion “To accept the September 2, 2014 Planning Meeting Agenda.” Motion: Maas, 2nd Pohoda: Motion Carried. Meeting Business Activities: A. Chairman’s Comments: 1. Chairman Stevens stated that per MTA there is pending legislation concerning fireworks. That according to MTA the state is trying to go to pre-2003 fireworks laws and ban the aerial type fireworks. 2. Chairman Stevens stated that again per MTA there is pending legislation to allow “golf carts” on regular roads where the townships could define the restrictions; just like in the case of ATVs. B. Education – General: None. C. Zoning Administrator/Blight Officer Report: 1. Mr. Logan stated that he had one Zoning Permit issued and had sent out two letters on Blight. 2. Mr. Maas asked if there was anything new on the Rude residence fire; Mr. Logan stated that was no new information. D. Current Business: 1. Long Term Agenda: a. Upon review of the Long Term Agenda it was agreed by all Planning Commission members present to remove Item 6 – Outside Alternate Heating / Wood Burners, and Item 10 – Dangerous Buildings Ord. and put these on the regular agenda to be worked on. b. Upon further review of the Long Term Agenda it was agreed by all Planning Commission members present to remove Item 8 – Possible Amendment to the Noise Ord. For Barking Dogs as not necessary as the county has restrictions already in place; and remove Item 9 – Draft of Employee & Committee Member Job Descriptions as it was deemed not to be in the area of responsibility of the Planning Commission. 2. Review of “Landlord and Tenant Rental Ordinance”: a. Chairman Stevens stated that again per MTA there is state legislation in the works on this subject and that the Planning Commission should wait until further information surfaces. It was agreed by all Planning Commission members present to put this item into abeyance for now. Page 1 of 2 Page 2 of 2 FREEMAN TOWNSHIP PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES Minutes For September 2, 2014 (continued) 3. Master Plan Review: b. Mr. Maas restated that he and his wife Carol would try and build a fundamental Master Plan outline over the winter months for review; and any public meetings could be held in the spring. E. New Business: 1. Mr. Maas brought up the subject of the Private Roads Section of the Zoning Ordinance and that the Freeman Township Board was to send a letter of direction as to how they saw the Planning Commission proceeding after the denial of a private road revision request from Mr. Johnson. Mr. Maas Asked Chairman Stevens if any such letter had been received. 2. Chairman Stevens stated that he had not relieved a letter but would get with Al Housler concerning the letter. 3. Chairman Stevens stated that there was a reference in Section 4.03a, B.3. of the Zoning Ordinance concerning private roads being “A private road shall have an area at least 20 feet in width and shall meet or exceed Clare County Road standards.” Chairman Stevens asked Mr. Wells to bring this up with the Road Commission and find out if they have any such “Private Road” standards. Mr. Wells said he would do this. F. Adjournment: Motion: Pohoda, 2nd Wells “To adjourn”. Motion Carried. Time 7:40 PM. Gary Maas, Secretary