Planning Commission Work Session April 28, 2022

April 28, 2022

Call to Order:  5:20 p.m.

Roll Call:  Nancy Strohschein, Chairperson; Linnea Barron, Secretary; Joe Bollech, Trustee; Bob Janda, Trustee; Robert Lindert, Trustee; Jay Loman, Trustee.  Dorothy Nankervis has resigned.

Pledge of Allegiance:  The Pledge was recited.

Approval of Agenda:  Bob made a motion to accept the agenda, seconded by Joe.  All approved.

Approval of Minutes:  Corrections were made to the minutes from the April 13, 2022 work session consisting of:  On goal #4; Housing – remove the wording “and property maintenance codes” from the first objective.  The sentence should read:  Ensure enforcement of the Arvon Township building codes and Arvon Township Zoning Ordinance.  Nancy made a motion to accept the minutes with the correction, seconded by Bob.  Motion carried.

Old and New Business:  We are working on our last goal, Goal 6, which reads:  Protect our environment by requiring full disclosure of commercial or industrial development that will greatly impact our area.  It was decided to drop the word ‘greatly’ from the goal.  The objectives will be the same from our old plan. 

  1.  The Township will require full disclosure of information including type of business, type of mining, size of the area, length of land use, plan for transportation and roads, plans for cleaning up after use.
  2. The environmental impact study will be done by a company chosen by the Township.
  3. The company will hold a public forum so the community can receive information and ask questions.
  4. Economic development is encouraged if the plan is suitable for the area while protecting the environment.

At 6 p.m. Jason McCarthy reviewed the process for finalizing the Master Plan which includes a 62-day review period, a public hearing, notices to municipalities, and approval by the Township Board.  He also went over the Future Land Use Plan part of the Master Plan.  We talked about maps for township districts and where government property is located.  The possibility of changes in zoning with future development where the present ordinance allows.  We had a discussion on blight, tax rolls, approximate minimum size lot and map changes

Next Meeting Date:  May 19, 2022, 6 p.m. and the firehall.

Adjournment:  The meeting adjourned at 7:45 p.m., with motion made by Joe and seconded by Jay, all approved.

Submitted by Linnea Barron, Secretary