Planning Commission Minutes 2-2-17

VILLAGE OF KALKASKA

PLANNING COMMISSION REGULAR MEETING

FEBRUARY 2, 2017

COUNCIL CHAMBERS – 200 HYDE STREET

MINUTES OF THE MEETING

CALL TO ORDER/ROLL CALL

Chair Larsen called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

PRESENT: Chair Larsen, Jordan, Sieting, Burgin, Baxter and Yost.

ABSENT: White

PUBLIC PRESENT: None

Chair Larsen led with the Pledge of Allegiance.

APPROVAL OF REGULAR AGENDA

Motion by Sieting, second by Jordan, to approve the agenda as presented. Motion carried on a voice vote.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

January 5, 2017 Regular Meeting: Motion by Baxter, second by Burgin, to approve as presented.  Motion carried on a voice vote.

SITE PLAN REVIEWS: None 

PRESENTATIONS: None

COMMITTEE REPORTS

  • Historical District Study Committee: No update at this time. Burgin and Yost will be meeting with Amanda Reintjes of the Michigan Historical Preservation Network on Friday, February 3, 2017 for further discussion.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS: None

CURRENT BUSINESS

  • Expenditure Report: Motion by Burgin, second by Baxter, to accept as presented. Motion carried on a voice vote.

 

  • Authorized Funds for Interested Member(s) to Attend Form-Based Code Workshop (February 23, 2017): Motion by Sieting, second by Jordan, to authorize one member to attend. A roll call vote was then taken: Ayes – Chair Larsen and Baxter, Burgin, Jordan, Sieting and Yost; Nays – None; Absent – White. Motion carried.

 

  • Update on Proposed Amendments to Medical Marijuana Zoning Ordinance: Yost reported that the proposed amendments to the ordinance are not yet completed. Yost stated he anticipates the amended ordinance will be available for Planning Commission review at their March meeting.

Yost advised that the Village has received two signed purchase agreements for the last available lots in the Kalkaska Industrial Park at full asking price. Yost stated the potential buyers will operate medical marijuana grow and processing facilities, and the purchase agreements will be considered for approval at the February 13, 2017 Village Council meeting.  Yost pointed out that the issuance of these new licenses is contingent upon the existing ordinance being updated to follow new federal laws.

PUBLIC COMMENT

Chair Larsen stated the Master Planning public input forum held on February 1, 2017 was very well-attended. Discussion took place on next steps once the results from the forum have been processed.  This will be further considered at next month’s meeting.

Burgin stated he recently learned about the Blessings in a Backpack program, and suggested a fundraising effort to assist.

Jordan asked the status of the proposed Walmart in Kalkaska. Yost stated there has been no updated information from Walmart.

Jordan stated he did not believe a meeting was necessary tonight given the lack of new business. Jordan reminded members of a vote taken some time ago that the regular meeting could be cancelled if there was no business to consider.  Burgin stated he felt that, with the upcoming Master Plan update and zoning ordinance amendments, the Planning Commission will have some important decisions coming up.  It was reiterated that regular meetings may be cancelled a week beforehand if the Chair, Clerk, Village Manager and Village President deem there is no new business to consider.

ADJOURNMENT

Motion by Yost, second by Sieting, to adjourn. Motion carried on a voice vote.  The meeting was adjourned at 6:40 p.m.

 

Recorded by: Angie Koon, Village Clerk