Planning Commission Minutes 12-12-2019

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                                    CITY OF MUSKEGON
                                  PLANNING COMMISSION
                                    REGULAR MEETING

                                       December 12, 2019

Chairperson T. Michalski called the meeting to order at 4:00 p.m. and roll was taken.

MEMBERS PRESENT:              T. Michalski, M. Hovey-Wright, J. Montgomery-Keast, J. Doyle,
                              B. Larson, S. Gawron

MEMBERS ABSENT:               B. Mazade. F. Peterson, E. Hood

STAFF PRESENT:                M. Franzak, D. Renkenberger

OTHERS PRESENT:               Scott from SYP Trucking; M. Oliver from Melching Inc.


A motion to approve the Minutes of the regular Planning Commission meeting of November 14,
2019 was deferred until the January meeting.


Hearing, Case 2019-27: Request to rezone a portion of the property at 190 Wood St from RM-1,
Low Density Multi-Family Residential to B-4, General Business District, by SYP Leasing, LLC.
M. Franzak presented the staff report. This parcel measures 12.5 acres and is accessible from
Bayou St, which is located off the Moses Jones Parkway. It is zoned RM-1, Low Density Multi-
Family Residential and has been mostly vacant in the recent past, only being used for indoor
storage with the existing buildings on site. However, one of the buildings is now on the dangerous
buildings list and the potential buyer would like to demolish it. He is proposing to keep the
remaining steel-frame building for use as indoor storage and would like to store a fleet of business
vehicles outside. The outdoor storage of fleet vehicles in conjunction with a business is considered
a change of use, so the rezoning is required. The applicant is only requesting to rezone a portion
of the property to B-4, which was noted on the map provided with the staff report. A portion of
the property was located in a flood zone, which was also shown on the map. Staff recommends
approval of the rezoning. The property is not very conducive to residential development. The
developable footprint is severely reduced by the flood zone to the north and the steep hill to the

Scott from SYP Trucking explained their plans for clean-up of the property and the storage of
vehicles. M. Hovey-Wright asked if they planned to utilize the flood zone area. Scott stated that
they did not, and they had not removed any trees from that area as could be seen in the overhead
views of the property. J. Montgomery-Keast asked if they would be performing maintenance on
the vehicles on the property. Scott stated that they may consider putting up a garage in the future
to do maintenance work. M. Franzak stated that they would be required to obtain a Special Use
Permit in that case so they would have to return to the Planning Commission for approval. M.
Oliver stated that he had looked at the site a year ago for a demolition estimate and it was very
blighted and unsafe. They would like to do the demolition as soon as possible and planned to
install a berm to help screen the area from view. J. Doyle asked if the perimeter of the property
would also be cleaned up. M. Oliver stated that it would. J. Montgomery-Keast asked if there was
a plan to fence the property. M. Oliver stated that there was not at this time; they would use tall
vegetation and the berm for screening.

A motion to close the public hearing was made by J. Montgomery-Keast, supported by J. Doyle
and unanimously approved.

A motion that the request to rezone a portion of the property at 190 Wood Street from RM-1, Low
Density Multi-Family Residential to B-4, General Business District be recommended to the City
Commission for approval, was made by J. Doyle, supported by J. Montgomery-Keast and
unanimously approved, with T. Michalski, M. Hovey-Wright, J. Montgomery-Keast, J. Doyle, B.
Larson, and S. Gawron voting aye.




There will be no chapter 5 outline from Suburban Nation this month.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 4:14 p.m.


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