Planning Commission Minutes 12-13-2018

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                                     CITY OF MUSKEGON
                                   PLANNING COMMISSION
                                     REGULAR MEETING
                                          MINUTES

                                         December 13, 2018

Vice Chairperson B. Mazade called the meeting to order at 4:00 p.m. and roll was taken.

MEMBERS PRESENT:               J. Montgomery-Keast, B. Mazade, B. Larson, M. Hovey-Wright, J.
                               Doyle, E. Hood

MEMBERS ABSENT:                T. Michalski; F. Peterson, excused; S. Gawron, excused

STAFF PRESENT:                 M. Franzak, D. Renkenberger

OTHERS PRESENT:                D. Gregersen, 241 W Muskegon Ave

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

A motion to approve the Minutes of the regular Planning Commission meeting of October 11, 2018
was made by B. Larson, supported by J. Montgomery-Keast and unanimously approved.

PUBLIC HEARINGS
Hearing, Case 2018-29: Staff-initiated request to vacate the alley between Nelson St and Harbour
Towne Circle north of Rodgers Ave. M. Franzak presented the staff report. This alley was vacated on
September 27, 1994. However, it was never recorded with the Register of Deeds. Alley vacations
must be recoded within 30 days of the resolution passing. The owner of the new house being
constructed at 1360 Nelson St is having trouble getting homeowners insurance due to this error. There
is no alley in the area anymore and the lots on Nelson St now abut Harbour Towne. Staff recommends
approval of the alley vacation and record the resolution with the Register of Deeds.
A motion to close the public hearing was made by B. Larson, supported by J. Montgomery-Keast and
unanimously approved.
A motion that the request to vacate the alley between Nelson St and Harbour Towne Circle north of
Rodgers Ave be recommended to City Commission for approval was made by M. Hovey-Wright,
supported by J. Doyle and unanimously approved, with J. Montgomery-Keast, B. Mazade, B. Larson,
M. Hovey-Wright, J. Doyle, and E. Hood voting aye.
Hearing, Case 2018-30: Staff-initiated request to rezone the property at 1021 Jefferson St from Form
Based Code, Urban Residential to Form Based Code, Neighborhood Core (FBC-NC). M. Franzak
presented the staff report. The property is owned by the City and is currently being used as the
employee parking lot. The property is zoned Form Based Code, Neighborhood Residential, which
allows single-family homes, duplexes, rowhomes and small multiplexes (3-6 units). The City is in
negotiations with a developer that would like to construct 73 units of affordable apartments along with
5,000 square feet of commercial space on the first floor. It would also include 59 spaces of
underground parking. This would require a rezoning to FBC-NC. The adjacent office building is
already zoned FBC-NC

M. Franzak distributed updated renderings of the proposed development and stated that it would be a
good fit for Apple Avenue. He stated that General Capital was the developer; they had also built the
Berkshire Hathaway complex downtown. Hooker DeJong was the architect. Staff answered board
members’ questions about the type of development and the planned amenities. B. Larson was
concerned about the effect on the current low-income housing developments already located near
downtown. M. Franzak stated that the Amazon was no longer a low-income housing development and
there was a need for that type of housing. D. Gundersen lived in the area and was concerned about the
effect on the neighborhood. He stated that other low-income developments in the area had struggled
with their tenants. He did not want to see this turned into an eyesore and send the neighborhood in the
wrong direction.

A motion to close the public hearing was made by M. Hovey-Wright, supported by B. Larson and
unanimously approved.
A motion that the request to rezone the property at 1021 Jefferson St from FBC, Urban Residential to
FBC, Neighborhood Core, be recommended to City Commission for approval was made by J. Doyle,
supported by J. Montgomery-Keast and unanimously approved, with J. Montgomery-Keast, B.
Mazade, B. Larson, M. Hovey-Wright, J. Doyle, and E. Hood voting aye.

Marcia Hovey-Wright asked how the Planning Commissioners could address the concerns that were
voiced. B. Mazade stated that it would be up to the developer to have a capable manager in place to
operate the facility. M. Franzak stated that the facility would have to conform to the city’s blight
ordinances. J. Doyle asked if the developer would have to come back before the Planning Commission
with the final project plans. M. Franzak stated that, if the plans conformed to the FBC zoning, he could
approve the project himself; otherwise they would have to come back to the Planning Commission.

NEW BUSINESS

Case 2018-31: Staff-initiated request to amend the Master Plan. M. Franzak presented the staff report.
Staff is requesting to amend the Master Plan by adopting the Imagine Muskegon Lake Plan as part of
the Master Plan and also to amend the 2008 Downtown and Lakeshore Redevelopment Plan’s Future
Land Use Map to include more properties, which could lead to funding opportunities for several
projects. A Future Land Use Map was provided to board members, showing the proposed additions.
To start the process, the Planning Commission must recommend to amend the plan, then the City
Commission must do the same. Then there will be a 63-day review period for surrounding
municipalities, then a public hearing to adopt the plan will be held.

M. Franzak expanded on the types of funding that could be made available, including MSHDA grants
and historic district tax credits.
A motion that the request to amend the Master Plan as presented be recommended to City Commission
for approval was made by M. Hovey-Wright, supported by B. Larson and unanimously approved, with
J. Montgomery-Keast, B. Mazade, B. Larson, M. Hovey-Wright, J. Doyle, and E. Hood voting aye.

OLD BUSINESS

None

OTHER

None

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 4:40 p.m.

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