Fruitport Township Planning Commission Meeting Minutes – 10/15/19



October 15, 2019
6:30 Work session

Work Session
Left off at Sec. 42-270-

01. Roll Call, Geoff Newmyer, Matthew Farrar, Jeff Jacobs, Jason Franklin, Brett Suchecki, Kyle Osterhart, & Mike Michelli

02. Approval of Planning Commission Minutes: September 17, 2019 Accepted as presented.

03. Approve / Amend Agenda: Accepted as presented.

04. Correspondence / Reports: Supervisor Tice notified the Village invited the PC to attend an October 24 meeting of its planning commission. Andy Mast has met with the Public Safety Director to address his concerns. John DeHaan has a private road and desires a land split and have a property that touches two private roads. Will need to enter into a maintenance agreement when they sell. Corporate Counsel is assisting.

05. Public Comments pertaining to agenda topics: None were heard.

New Business

Old Business
06. Private Road Review – 4764 Farr Rd – Keith Skrabis
Parcel:        15-030-200-0012-00
Purpose:    Private road land split

1. The motion is made by Osterhard to grant the site plan request for parcel number(s) 15-030-200-0012-00

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 impede the normal and orderly development or improvement of surrounding property for permitted uses. This finding is based upon the following fact(s): Property complies with R4 requirements
–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): Using existing drives and expanding on it.
–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): Road details have been provided.
–d. The site plan [will/will not] provide reasonable visual and sound privacy for all dwelling units located therein. Fences, walks, barriers, and landscaping [will/will not] provide appropriate protection and enhancement of property and privacy of its occupants. This finding is based upon the following fact(s): ______________ _________________________________________________________________.
–e. Buildings or groups of buildings [are/are not] arranged as to permit emergency vehicle access. This finding is based upon the following fact(s): _____________ _________________________________________________________________.
–f. Every structure or dwelling unit [does/does not] have access to a public street, walkway, or other area dedicated to common use. This finding is based upon the following fact(s): ___________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________.
–g. A pedestrian circulation system which is insulated as completely as reasonably possible from the vehicular circulation system [is/is not] provided. This finding is based upon the following fact(s): _______________________________________ _________________________________________________________________.
–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/are not] 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): ___________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________.
–i. Exterior lighting [is/is not] 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): ______________________________ _________________________________________________________________.
–j. Any other findings regarding any other factors established by the Zoning Chapter for the 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 10-4-19, 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: ______ _________________________________________________________________.
Motion was supported by Suchecki and carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

07. Public Comments: None.

08. Adjournment: Chair adjourned the meeting at 8:35