Present: Don Miles, Tom Cooper, Wm Austin, Joni Wieland
Absent: Steve Parafin, Irene Shooks
Also present: Claire Karner, Andy Veenstra, 6:05- Marvin Rubingh
Approval of Minutes: April 10, 2018 Meeting – MMS by Cooper, Austin to approve April Minutes- MC
Public Hearing– None
Public comments: Marvin Rubingh told us that he is withdrawing his application for the gravel pit. He would like the commission to consider changes to the ordinance that would be less costly for a small scale operation.
Response and comments from commissioners– Discussed some thoughts of possible increase in amount an owner could extract without a permit. This will be discussed more in future.
Zoning Board of Appeals: Don reported on hearing held on 5/7 with Bryan and Anita Hoeksema with variance out on US 31. It was granted.
Zoning Administrator: Andy V has 3 applications out, and 1 was the variance that was granted above.
Township Board representative: Tom Cooper went over township board minutes.
Planning Consultant: Claire Karner went over her letter to commission regarding her email to commission about upcoming Master Plan. Additional names added to her list of mailings.
Update on Sand & Gravel Extraction Application- Marvin Rubingh had told in public comments that he is withdrawing his application. Claire will look into information on amounts that other townships have dealt with regards to extractions.
Report on Short Term Rental Guidelines-Steve- delayed
Review of Greenbelt educational brochures- Steve- delayed
New Business: Announcements and Correspondence-
Discussed meeting that Bill/Steve went to on the No Serious Consequences- Interesting – lawyers in attendance
The month of May should be election of officers for this commission- Motion by Austin/seconded by Wieland to hold the election at July commission meeting- MC
Discussed the need for footnotes to section 6.09 to account for section 4.19 on zoning. Will need to look at this in detail and make changes in accordance with other ordinance updates/changes.
Discussion with Claire on upcoming Master Plan work. Our June 12th meeting will be joint with the township board. We will meet in the big room at 6 pm. Went over the survey that Claire presented. Added questions about industrial development and commercial development which has been in our Master Plan objectives.
We went over the timeline of working on new plan. She gave us maps to bring back to July meeting colored for future land use. The Master Plan will be only agenda item on the June meeting. Both Don and Tom Mann will open parts of the meeting. Claire will go over the objectives/plan for updating, timeline, public input survey, and deliverables for the process..
Public comments– none
Next meeting– June 12th Joint Session with Township
Board to discuss Master Plan process
Adjournment– MMS Cooper/Austin to adjourn at 7:47pm. MC