Planning Commission Minutes 9-7-17

VILLAGE OF KALKASKA

PLANNING COMMISSION REGULAR MEETING

SEPTEMBER 7, 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, Burgin, Baxter, Sieting, White and Yost.

ABSENT: None

PUBLIC PRESENT: Mickey Miller, Dean Templeton, Ronald Ascione, Kellie Sergent, Tom Beller, Ann Kirtley, David Rudoi, Rich Patt, Derek Durantini, Mike Bonadeo, Andrew Hurka, James Khloman, Alec Riffle, Denny Corrado, Kim Johnson, Dale Penny and Crystal Spencer.

Chair Larsen led with the Pledge of Allegiance.

APPROVAL OF REGULAR AGENDA

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

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

August 3, 2017 Regular Meeting:       Motion by Baxter, second by White, to approve as presented. Motion carried on a voice vote.

 PUBLIC HEARING

  • To hear public comments on a Petition to Amend the Zoning Ordinance submitted by the Estate of Angelo Ascione Jr.: Motion by Sieting, second by White, to open the Public Hearing. Motion carried on a voice vote. The Public Hearing was opened at 6:01 p.m.

 

Chair Larsen explained that the applicant is requesting the property in question be re-zoned from Commercial to Industrial. Larsen read a letter from Haggard’s Plumbing and Heating in support of the request.

Dale Penny stated he moved from up north from the Detroit area, and does not feel that the Village needs to have this type of industry. Penny stated that the Township rejected such a business, and feels the Village should as well.

Kim Johnson asked what type of industry will be located on property, and how many jobs it would create. Johnson also asked about the potential danger or contamination that would arise.  Ron Ascione replied that there are no job numbers projected, and no environmental impact known.  Ascione stated the sellers are uncertain what will be built on the property.

Motion by Baxter, second by White, to close the Public Hearing. Motion carried on a voice vote.  The Public hearing was closed at 6:06 p.m.

 SITE PLAN REVIEWS

  • GOG Kalkaska Inc. (1689 Enterprise Drive, Lot #9 of the Kalkaska Industrial Park): The proposed site plan was presented by Project Manager Rich Patt, and property owner Derek Durantini. Durantini explained that the proposed project consists of construction of a building approximately 2,000 square feet in size; with a second building to be constructed sometime in the near future. Patt stated that the building will be used as an Industrial Grow Facility for Medical Marijuana, as permitted under new State law, which will require licensing by both the Village and the State of Michigan.

 

Burgin asked for the number of products to be produced at the facility. Burgin also inquired about the customers who will be served by the facility.  David Rudoi, attorney for GOG Kalkaska Inc., stated the only product being produced at the facility will be the flower form of Medical Marijuana.  Rudoi stated the facility will distribute to state-licensed transporters only, with no sales directly to consumers.  Rudoi reviewed the five types of facilities which will be licensed under State law, and stated that the proposed operation will be a Cultivation Facility.  Rudoi advised that there will be no traffic at the proposed site except for employees.

Manager Yost stated that that an administrative of the site plan had taken place, following the site plan checklist. Yost reviewed items identified by the Manager’s office that should be regarded as conditions of any anticipated site plan approval.  The applicant provided necessary documentation addressing these items.

Motion by White, second by Burgin, to approve the site plan from GOG Kalkaska Inc. A roll call vote was then taken:  Ayes – Baxter, Burgin, Sieting, White, Yost and Larsen; Nays – None; Absent – None.  Motion carried.

  • RL Solutions (1707 Enterprise Drive, Lot #10 of the Kalkaska Industrial Park): Tom Beller, owner of RL Solutions, stated the intended use of the property is a Medical Marijuana Cultivation and Processing facility. Beller explained that the proposed site plan consists of the construction of two buildings for this purpose. Beller stated he will be applying for a larger license for the maximum number of plants.

 

Yost reviewed the Manager’s office statement pertaining to the administrative review of the site plan, and identified conditions of any anticipated site plan approval. The applicant provided the required documentation.

Burgin asked whether Beller had any personal or business relations with the neighboring property owner, whose similar site plan was just approved. Beller stated he does not.

Motion by Sieting, second by White, to approve the site plan from RL Solutions. A roll call vote was then taken:  Ayes – Baxter, Burgin, Sieting, White, Yost and Larsen; Nays – None; Absent – None.  Motion carried.

  • ASR Consulting (606 S. Park Drive): Business owner Alec Riffle explained that he is applying for a license to operate a Medical Marijuana Cultivation and Processing facility out of the existing building at 606 S. Park Drive. The proposed site plan consists of an industrial renovation of the 20,000 square foot existing building, along with the removal of exterior doors and remodeling of the driveway. Building dimensions were reviewed, and utilities already exist on-site. The project manager advised that the system will be 100% contained, and the building is already fire-suppressed. He further stated he believes the operation will exceed local regulations.

 

Yost reviewed the Manager’s office statement pertaining to the administrative review of the site plan, and identified conditions of any anticipated site plan review approval.

Burgin inquired about the fertilizers being used at this operation. Riffle stated that they are not hazardous.  Burgin asked about the business’s relationship with the property owner.  Riffle advised that theirs is a tenant/landlord relationship only.  Discussion also took place on existing sidewalks.

Motion by Baxter, second by White, to approve the site plan from ASR Consulting contingent upon compliance with the identified conditions. A roll call vote was then taken:  Ayes – Baxter, Burgin, Sieting, White, Yost and Larsen; Nays – None; Absent – None.  Motion carried.

  • Trout Town Tavern and Eatery (306 Elm Street): Dan Bloomquist, owner of Trout Town, stated that the proposed site plan is for an approximately 1,000 square-foot addition to the restaurant.       Bloomquist explained that the proposed addition will consist of new restrooms, additional dining space, and office/storage.

 

Baxter asked how much seating would be added. Bloomquist stated that there will be approximately 40 more seats.

Yost reviewed the Manager’s office statement pertaining to the administrative review of the site plan, and identified conditions of any anticipated site plan approval. The applicant provided the necessary documentation addressing these items.

Motion by White, second by Sieting, to approve the site plan from Trout Town Tavern and Eatery. A roll call vote was then taken:  Ayes – Baxter, Burgin, Sieting, White, Yost and Larsen; Nays – None; Absent – None.  Motion carried.

UNFINISNED BUSINESS: None

CURRENT BUSINESS

 

  • Consider Action on the Petition to Amend the Zoning Ordinance submitted by the Estate of Angelo Ascione Jr.: Motion by White, second by Burgin, to approve the Petition to Amend the Zoning Ordinance. A roll call vote was then taken: Ayes – Burgin, Sieting, White, Yost and Larsen; Nays – Baxter; Absent – None. Motion carried.

 

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

 

  • Discuss Need or Interest for Planning Commissioner Attendance at NLEA Training in October 2017: Yost explained that this would be a joint training conference with Networks Northwest, being held in Boyne City, on the Basics of Planning and Zoning. Motion by Baxter, second by Sieting, to authorize funds for any member wishing to attend. A roll call vote was then taken: Ayes – Baxter, Burgin, Sieting, White, Yost and Larsen; Nays – None; Absent – None. Motion carried.

 

PUBLIC COMMENT:  None

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

Motion by White, second by Burgin, to adjourn. Motion carried on a voice vote.  The meeting was adjourned at 6:49 p.m.

Recorded by: Angie Koon, Village Clerk