Planning Commission Work Session April 13, 2023

Arvon Township Planning Commission Minutes

Thursday, April 13, 2023

Call to Order:  6 p.m.

Roll Call:  Nancy Strohschein, Chairperson; Linnea Barron, Secretary; Joe Bollech, Board of Review; Bob Janda, Township Board Representative; Robert Lindert, Vice Chairperson; Jay Loman, Board of Review Chair.  Absent:  Donna Preston, with notice.

Pledge of Allegiance:  Recited

Guests:  Jason McCarthy

Approval of Agenda:  Joe made a motion to accept the agenda, seconded by Jay.  Motion carried.

Approval of minutes of March 23, 2023, work session:  Robert made a motion to accept the minutes, seconded by Jay.  Motion carried.

Notice:  Due to the frequent meetings the Planning Commission (PC) has undergone concerning the recreation plan and zoning ordinance, the April Quarterly meeting was cancelled.


I.  Recreation Plan:  We discussed what next takes place in the recreation plan process.  The time and date for the community input session is set for Wednesday, May 3, 2023, at the Town Hall at 6 p.m.  Jason provided the notice for the newspaper and for various businesses in Skanee and L’Anse advertising this event.  The survey ends April 30, 2023, for paper and on-line.    The results of the survey and the input session will help address the top (5) five projects for our recreation plan with a meeting set up for Thursday, May 18, 2023, at 6 p.m.

II.  Zoning Ordinance:   Jason addressed some zoning ordinance areas that need attention.  These include:

a.  Seasonal Vs. Year-round Dwellings.  Issues to address are homestead or primary residence; electric/septic/well; permits and inspections; change in use; and health and safety.

b.  Shipping containers.

c.  Wood boilers. 

d.  Solar energy.  Residential Vs. Utility Grade Systems

e.  Short-term rentals (Vacation Rentals)– parking, quiet hours.

f.  Definitions Review.  Topics need to be defined.

g.  Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)

h.  Single-Family, Two-Family & Single-Family Attached Dwelling Units

i.  Minimum Lots Sizes

j.  Tiny Homes, Geodesic Domes, other innovative dwelling types.

k.  Zoning Map Adjustments

l.  Land Divisions

m.  Dark Sky Lighting

n.  Mining review

o.  Signage

We will start discussing these ordinance issues on Thursday, June 8, 2023, at the Town Hall at 6 p.m.

III.  Next meeting:  May 18, 2023, at the Town Hall, at 6 p.m.

Adjourn:  Robert made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Joe.  Motion approved.  Time of adjournment:  7:27 p.m.

Submitted by Linnea Barron, Secretary