Fruitport Township Planning Commission Meeting Minutes – 04/17/18



APRIL 17, 2018


Continue review of ordinances: Table of uses:

Stop at 42-152: Changes made to the zoning charts recorded .


Chair called meeting to order at 7 p.m.

01. Roll Call: Kyle Osterhart, Brett Suchecki, Geoff Newmyer, Matthew Farrar, Jeff Jacobs, & Jason Franklin. Staff present, Jacob Mason, Lela Miller, & Supervisor Tice.

02. Approval of Planning Commission Minutes: March 20, 2018. Motion to approve the minutes by Osterhart with the addition of the correspondence reported by Supervisor Tice. Support by Jacobs and carried unanimously.

03. Approve / Amend Agenda: Motion by Newmyer to accept the minutes with one change. Supported by Osterhart and carried unanimously.

04. Correspondence / Reports: None

05. Public Comments pertaining to agenda topics: None

New Business
06. Site Plan Review-3041 Heights Ravenna Road
Parcel:           61-15-111-200-0009-10
Purpose:       New Storage Building

Wade Vandenbosh 2534 Black Creek Road, Westshore Engineering, spoke on the proposed site plan. Want to make the former oil change facility to add a 3,200 square foot facility for storage and make the existing building offices. 1,500 square foot of paving for five additional parking spots.

Discussion ensued on the outdoor storage. Being a PUD, it may be possible.

1. The motion is made by Newmyer, supported by Suchecki, to grant the site plan request for parcel number(s) 61-15-111-200-0009-10

2. The motion is based upon specific findings by the Township relative to the factors specified in Section 42-224 of the Zoning Chapter.

–a. All elements of the site plan are harmoniously and efficiently organized in relation to topography, the size and type of lot, the character of adjoining property and the type and size of buildings. The site will not impede the normal and orderly development or improvement of surrounding property for permitted uses. This finding is based upon the following fact(s): Site Plan

–b. The landscape will be preserved in its natural state, insofar as practicable, by minimizing tree and soil removal, and by topographic modifications which result in maximum harmony with adjacent areas. This finding is based upon the following fact(s): Site Plan

–c. Special attention has been given to proper site surface drainage. Removal of stormwaters will not adversely affect neighboring properties. This finding is based upon the following fact(s): Storm water management plan on the site plan.

–e. Buildings or groups of buildings are arranged as to permit emergency vehicle access. This finding is based upon the following fact(s): Site Plan.

–f. Every structure or dwelling unit does have access to a public street, walkway, or other area dedicated to common use. This finding is based upon the following fact(s): Site plan.

–g. A pedestrian circulation system which is insulated as completely as reasonably possible from the vehicular circulation system is provided. This finding is based upon the following fact(s): Site Plan.

–h. All loading and unloading areas and outside storage areas, including areas for the storage of trash, which face or are visible from residential districts or public thoroughfares are screened by a vertical screen consisting of structural or plant materials no less than six feet in height. This finding is based upon the following fact(s): Conditions of approval below and site plan.

–i. Exterior lighting is arranged so that it is deflected away from adjacent properties and will not impede the vision of traffic along adjacent streets. This finding is based upon the following fact(s): Site Plan

3. If the motion is to grant approval, the following conditions are established.

–a. The development must comply with the site plan, dated March 15, 2018, submitted to the Township, as well as any written material submitted by the applicant to the Township.

–b. The development must comply with all federal, state, and Muskegon County laws, rules, regulations, and requirements.

–c. The development must be acquired, developed, and completed in conformance with the Zoning Chapter, as amended, and the rest of the Fruitport Charter Township Code of Ordinances.

–d. The development must be completed within 2 years. This deadline may be extended by the Township, without going through the entire application process, upon request by the applicant and evidence showing that the applicant is proceeding in good faith toward completion.

–e. If the site plan approval is contingent upon public water service or public sanitary sewer service or both being provided, then no construction of the development may begin until all required easements are in place, all required forms have been completed, and all approvals for service have been obtained.

–f. A digital copy of the site plan as approved shall be provided to the Fire Inspector at, or such other e-mail address as the Fire Inspector may designate.

–g. Any other conditions placed by the Township upon the site plan approval: 1. If a dumpster is used in the future, the dumpster pad and enclosure to be approved by the Planning Commission, 2, screen fencing for the outdoor storage area will be of neutral color that matches the buildings, solid non-see through, made of vinyl, including the gates.

Ayes: Jacobs, Newmyer, Farrar, Suchecki, & Franklin
Nays: None
Abstain: Osterhart

Old Business
07. Site Plan Review & Special Use – 2963 Hts. Ravenna Rd.
Parcel:           61-15-293-000-0001-00
Purpose:       Smokehouse/General Store and Seasonal Outdoor Market

No discussion or action taken.

09. Public Comments

10. Adjournment. Chair adjourned the meeting at 7:55.

The township will provide necessary reasonable aids and services for this meeting to individuals with disabilities by writing or telephoning the Township Clerk: Andrea Anderson, Fruitport Charter Township, 5865 Airline Rd, Fruitport, MI 49415

(231) 865-3151.