Planning Commission Work Session November 9, 2022

November 9, 2022

Call to order:  6 PM

Roll Call:  Nancy Strohschein, Chairperson; Linnea Barron, Secretary; Joe Bollech, Trustee; Bob Janda, Township Board Representative; Robert Lindert, Trustee; Joe Loman, Trustee.  Absent:  Donna Preston, out of town.

Pledge of Allegiance:  Recited.

Guests:  Bette Gabe

Purpose of Meeting:  Updating of Recreation Plan and begin work on the Zoning Ordinance.

Approval of Agenda:  Robert made a motion to approve the agenda, seconded by Bob.  Motion carried.


1. Meetings:  Michigan law does not allow remote member attendance.

2.  Recreation Plan:  The previous Recreation Plan (2012-2016) was reviewed page by page.  Noted was the public participation for this plan, our existing recreation opportunities (snowmobiling, ATV access, fishing).  Goals and objectives included the improvements to the Waterfront Park with grant monies including boat launch and piers.  The need for ADA accessible projects was discussed.  Bette brought up the trail fees (sticker/trail permit), DNR stickers, etc., required for use of trails.  Future action programs include what Covid monies are available.  The assignment for members is to review other township recreation plans for our next meeting, yet to be announced in December.  We tentatively set a date for a public participation meeting on Thursday, January 12, 2023, maybe at the Finns with pizza, 6 PM.  The purpose is to move the recreation plan along to possibly be completed by April 1, 2023, for grant application deadlines. 

3.  Zoning Ordinance:  One area of importance in the Ordinance is definitions.  We received from Jason McCarthy examples of definitions we may need to adopt.  These will be reviewed by members for the next meeting.

Adjournment:  Jay made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Joe.  Motion carried.

Next Meeting:  Nancy will contact us on the best date in December.

Submitted by Linnea Barron, Secretary