Meeting Minutes - September 20, 2017

Charlevoix Township Planning Commission

Minutes of Regular Meeting & Public Hearing

September 20, 2017

Approved on:                         

 

Call to Order

 

  • Dan Ulrich called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. in the Charlevoix Township Hall; other members present:  Ron Fratrick, Abby Hart Josh Glass, and Nancy Rajewski.   Also present, representing Charlevoix Assisted Living and Memory Care LLC:  Steven J. Williamson, John Marusich, and Robert S. Storen.  The Pledge of Allegiance was given.
  • Minutes of August 16, 2017, were discussed.  Hart moved that the minutes be approved, Fratrick seconded.  A vote was taken and the motion carried unanimously.

 

 

PUBLIC HEARING

 

  • The required Public Notice was mailed out to the appropriate surrounding property owners regarding the Public Hearing, and the Public Hearing was opened at 7:05 p.m., with regard to Charlevoix Assisted Living and Memory Care LLC's request to rezone property on the Boyne City Road to Health Care Organization (HCO). One portion of the property fronts approximately 450 feet of Boyne City Road (Tax ID #15-004-651-006-10 and 15-004-651-001-20) and currently consists of nine lots zoned R-1 and which are part of the Plat of Pine Point.  The other property is immediately behind these lots and is currently zoned Commercial (Tax ID #15-004-024-002-20).
  • Ulrich informed the PC that the Township received 12 letters in response to the rezoning request.  One letter supported the change and 11 letters opposed the requested rezoning.
  • Mr. Storen, Mr. Marusich, and Mr. Williamson presented information regarding their proposed facility, which would be a licensed home for the aged, consisting of 30 units for assisted living residents and 30 units for memory care residents.  This license is different from assisted living and adult foster care, and there are no other licensed homes for the aged in Charlevoix County currently. The proposed building would be approximately 48,000 square feet, plus a 30-car parking lot, and between the parking area and Boyne City Road would be approximately 100 feet of existing trees and other vegetation. The facility would have 10 employees working each 8-hour shift.
  • Public comments and questions were heard from Sharon Bagby, Mark Sape, Paul Nowak, Shari Sanders, Maureen LaBlanc, Sally Shanahan, and John Hogan.  Much concern was raised about traffic issues and hazards which already exist for the residents of Pine Point attempting to enter Boyne City Road and the possible increase in traffic problems that they may encounter with the additional traffic that could be generated by the facility, its employees, vendors, and visitors.  Some residents also expressed their concern that their property values would decrease if a commercial facility was to be built on the Boyne City Road.  It was suggested that the need exists for such a facility but that it should not be built in a residential area.  It was also pointed out that there is a blind spot for traffic in the area, which could be compounded by one of the proposed entry drives to the facility, and that the County should be consulted to reduce the speed limit and increase caution signs along that portion of Boyne City Road.  The PC was informed that there are more residents who oppose the rezoning but who could not attend the meeting.  Representatives of the LLC responded to questions and offered possible changes to the plan to alleviate concerns.
  • Ulrich read into the record one of the 10 identical letters received in opposition to the rezoning request.  The letters will be attached to the meeting minutes kept in the Township Office.
  • The Public Hearing was closed at 8:30 p.m. and a 10-minute break was taken.

 

Regular Meeting Resumed at 8:40 p.m.

 

  • The PC agreed that existing traffic issues were the primary concerns voiced.  It was discussed that the current R-1 zoning already allows for adult foster care, daycare, home-based businesses, bed and breakfast inns, schools, and churches, all of which could potentially add to traffic flow on Boyne City Road, as well as many other types of businesses that would be allowed on the commercial parcel.  The consensus of the PC members was that the proposed facility would not impact traffic or increase the problems already in existence along Boyne City Road.
  • After further discussion, Hart moved, with second by Fratrick, that the PC shall recommend to the Charlevoix Township Board that parcels described as Tax ID#15-004-651-001-20 and #15-004-651-006-010 be rezoned from R-1 to HCO and that the parcel identified by Tax ID #15-004-024-002-20 be rezoned from Commercial to HCO. A vote was taken and the motion carried unanimously.
  • The PC will request that a traffic review be obtained as part of the site plan review.

 

 

 

Old Business

 

  • None

 

New Business

 

  • None

 

Public Comment

 

  • None.

 

Next Meeting

  • Next meeting tentatively scheduled for October 18, 2017, at 7:00 p.m.
  • Meeting adjourned at 9:18 p.m.

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

Teresa A. Sotuyo

Recording Secretary