Freeman Township Planning Commission Meeting Minutes

October 7, 2014

FREEMAN TOWNSHIP PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES Minutes For October 7, 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. Public Comments: None. Chairman Stevens asked for a motion “To accept the September 2, 2014 minutes as written.” Motion: Pohoda, 2nd Phillips: Motion Carried. Chairman Stevens asked for a motion “To accept the October 7, 2014 Planning Meeting Agenda.” Motion: Phillips, 2nd Pohoda: Motion Carried. Meeting Business Activities: A. Chairman’s Comments: 1. Chairman Stevens stated that he and Mr. Maas had been requested to meet with Ron Johnson at Mr. Johnson’s property to view a survey of a sixty-six (66) foot wide easement that would encompass a twenty (20) foot wide road that would be a county maintained road. More details would be discussed later in the Planning Commission meeting. B. Education – General: None. C. Zoning Administrator/Blight Officer Report: 1. Mr. Logan stated that he had five Zoning Permits issued last month and that the two blight cases he had been working on were cleaned up. 2. Mr. Logan stated that Shirley Rude had gotten in contact with him to find out if the State Police had found out anything about her house fire. Mr. Logan stated that he told Ms. Rude that he did not have any new information. D. Current Business: 1. Long Term Agenda: None. 2. Review of “Landlord and Tenant Rental Ordinance”: a. Chairman Stevens stated that he had not heard anything new from MTA concerning 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. 3. Outside Alternate Heating / Wood Burners: a. Mr. Maas distributed copies of an example ordinance from Green Township, Michigan, concerning outside alternate heating burners. b. After a quick review of the ordinance it was decided by all Planning Commission members present that the ordinance should be read and discussed further at the next meeting. 4. Dangerous Buildings Ordinance: a. Mr. Maas distributed copies of an example ordinance from the city of Harrison, Michigan, concerning dangerous buildings that he had received from Jaynie Hoerauf. Page 1 of 2 Page 2 of 2 FREEMAN TOWNSHIP PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES Minutes For October 7, 2014 (continued) b. After a quick review the question came up as to what a “Hearing Officer” was exactly. Mr. Maas said he would contact Ms. Hoerauf about clarification. c. It was decided by all Planning Commission members present that the ordinance should be read and discussed further at the next meeting. 5. Private Roads Section of the Zoning Ordinance: a. Chairman Stevens asked Mr. Logan whether the setback requirement starts from the road edge or the road easement edge. Mr. Logan stated that the set back requirement starts from the road easement edge which is, in this case, the property line. b. Chairman Stevens stated that when he was reviewing the sixty-six (66) foot wide easement survey at Mr. Johnson’s property, Mr. Johnson emphasized the need to have enough room from the set back requirement to be able to build in Lot Three and that he may be looking to go to the ZBA for relief from the required set back. c. Mr. Maas asked Chairman Stevens if he had received any communication from the Board for direction concerning the “Private Road” portion of the Zoning Ordinance as they are apparently not allowing private roads anymore. Chairman Stevens stated that he had not received any communication. E. New Business: 1. 2015 Planning Commission Budget: a. Mr. Maas distributed copies of the proposed 2015 Planning Commission Budget. b. After reviewing the proposed budget; a motion was made by Mr.Phillips, 2nd Mr. Pohoda, “To submit the proposed 2015 Planning Commission Budget as written to the Freeman Township Board.” Motion carried. F. Adjournment: Motion: Phillips, 2nd Pohoda “To adjourn”. Motion Carried. Time 7:40 PM. Gary Maas, Secretary