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OCTOBER 25, 2016, 7:30 P.M.
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  1. Chair Young called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m.
  2. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Commissioner Pemberton.
  3. Roll Call:
    Members Present: Bill Benoit, Emily Bridson, Dan Holtrop, Ed Kape, Mike Pemberton, Frank Vander Hoff,  and Johngerlyn Young
    Members Absent: Garrett Fox and Sandra Jones
    Others Present: Community Development Director Terry Schweitzer, Economic Development Planner Lisa Golder, Staff Secretary Monique Collier
    Motion by VanderHoff, supported by Pemberton, to excuse Fox and Jones from the meeting.
  4. Motion Carried (7-0) –
  5. Fox and Jones absent -
  6. Approval of the Minutes and Findings of Fact
    Holtrop noted that in the Findings of Fact for Case #15-16 Wildflower Creek condition 10 was added in the motion but not in the actual condition in the Findings of Fact.
    Motion by Commissioner Pemberton, supported by Commissioner Holtrop, to approve the Minutes of October 11, 2016 and the Findings of Fact for: Case #14-16 Cobblestone at the Ravines- Village East Condominiums – Final Site Plan Approval of a PUD Phase Located at 4333 Shaffer; Case#15-16 - Wildflower Creek Phase III - Final Site Plan Review of a PUD Phase; Pre-Preliminary Plat Review; and Consideration of a Change to a PUD Condition Located at 3633 52nd Street with change noted.
  7. Motion Carried (6-0) –
  8. VanderHoff abstaining -
  9. Fox and Jones absent -
  10. Approval of the Agenda
    Motion by Commissioner VanderHoff, supported by Commissioner Benoit,                               to approve the agenda for the October 25, 2016 meeting.
  11. Motion Carried (7-0) –
  12. Fox and Jones absent -
  13. Acknowledge visitors wishing to speak to non-agenda items.
    There was no public comment.
  14. Old Business
    There was no Old Business
  15. Public Hearing
    There were no Public Hearings.
  16. Work Session
    Case#16-16 – City of Kentwood 44th Street Rezoning – Rezoning of .25 acres of land from C-4 Office to R1-D Single Family Residential Located on the south side of 44th Street between Madison and Julivan
Schweitzer stated approximately 13 years ago 44th Street, between Division and Eastern Avenue was reconstructed from a narrow four lane roadway to a four lane. He stated the Kent County Road Commission was the lead agency on this multi-jurisdictional project and Federal road funding was involved. Schweitzer stated the City of Kentwood now has ownership of the residential properties and we have sold one and the other one will be sold by the end of the week. Schweitzer in order for the properties to formally be combined they should be the same zoning and that is why the City is looking at a rezoning of the property now.
Schweitzer stated after closer inspection, it was concluded that due to the small size and limited depth of the individual properties that the parcels on their own or in combination were unbuildable under the current C-4 zoning and even the adjacent R1-D Single Family Residential.  He stated planning, finance, public works and assessing staff collaborated to propose and secure authorization from the City Commission to sell the properties on the basis that the adjacent property owners would benefit by having larger parcels; the land would be returned to the tax roll; and the City would no longer have to maintain it.  Schweitzer stated we came up to a nominal value of $500 dollars was determined to be appropriate for each of the two properties. Both adjacent property owners are happy to add the property because it will give them additional yard area for their use and they can actually expand upon their existing homes. Schweitzer stated we do make allowance on corner lots for some limited use of stockade fencing. He stated there are some setback requirements that have been gone over in detail with the property owners.
Schweitzer stated the property is Master Planned for residential even though it was zoned office the City is not looking for 44th Street in the future to be redeveloped for commercial use. Schweitzer stated it makes sense from a staff prospective for this to be rezoned so we can proceed with the eventual combination of the properties.
Pemberton questioned if the buyers were adjacent property owners. Schweitzer stated that is correct Pemberton stated that makes sense. Schweitzer stated both property owners see this as an added value to their property.
Holtrop questioned if they would be able to put accessory buildings on their property. Schweitzer stated the accessory buildings are allowed in the rear yard they can’t go any closer to 44th Street than the north side of the respective principle houses.
Discussion ensued regarding adding on to the existing house and the buildings that had formerly occupied both the sites. The contractor who was hired to do the demolition of the property was required to take out the building including the foundation. 
Schweitzer stated this is a quick claim deed and they are taking the property as is.
  1. New Business
    Motion by Holtrop, supported by VanderHoff, to set a public hearing date of November 22, for Case #17-16 - Christian Rec Center Rezoning – Rezoning of 120.99 acres of land from R1-A Estate Residential to OS Open Space Located at 3450 36th Street SE; Case #18-16 – Verizon Wireless Project #14359 – Special Land Use and Site Plan Review for wireless communication tower Located at 3450 36th Street SE; Case#19-16 – Zoning Ordinance Text Amendments
  2. Motion Carried (7-0) –
  3. Fox and Jones absent -
  4. Other Business
  5. Commissioners’ Comments
    Holtrop stated we approved an indoor car sales for Mr. Baker on 40th Street. He questioned the type of cars he is selling. The applicant stated he will be selling high end cars, but there are approximately 20 pickup trucks and there were 1 or 2 parked outside.  
    Holtrop stated there was a LUZ meeting regarding the prospect of establishing a slaughter house as an allowable use in Kentwood. He stated we don’t not have anything in our zoning to allow for slaughter houses, therefore we need to start at that step before we can entertain their request.
  6. Staff’s Comments
    Schweitzer reminded commissioners their next meeting will be on Monday November 7.
    Schweitzer stated he would like the Zoning Ordinance subcommittee to meet at 7pm on Monday November 7 prior to the planning commission meeting and also have the work session the same evening.
    Schweitzer stated we previously mentioned the prospect of a joint city commission meeting November 29. He stated he mentioned it to the city commission and if it looks good with the planning commission we will try to solidify that date with both planning commission city and commissioners as well as the consultant.
  7. Adjournment
    Motion by Commissioner VanderHoff, supported by Commissioner Benoit,                            to adjourn the meeting.
  8. Motion Carried (7-0) –
  9. Fox and Jones absent -
    Meeting adjourned at 8:00p.m.
                                                                Respectfully submitted,
                                                                Ed Kape, Secretary