Planning Commission Minutes – April 04, 2012

Minutes of Helena Township Planning Commission

April 04, 2012


Meeting called to order by Swan at 7:01 p.m.

Opened with Pledge of Allegiance.

Roll Call:                      Present:            Jim Swan                Jim Gurr

Bob Johnson          Bonnie Robbins

Chris Dewald           Mike Robinson

Absent:             Roger Dewey

Township officials present:                    Guy Molby


Approval of Agenda: Add additional concerns from county planning commission for zoning ordinance discussion under old business. Motion: Swan, 2nd Robbins. Carried (6,0)

Statement of Conflict of Interest:          None

Approval of Minutes: . Strike the word final in two places, last paragraph of old business. Motion: Robbins, 2nd Swan. Carried (6,0)

Public Comment:         1 present

                                    Molby discussed slow progress of trailer cleanup on East Torch Lake Drive. Members of planning commission discussed ways they might help with the process.   Members would like to see this cleaned up before the summer starts.


Communication:          Notice of intent from Milton Township about starting their master plan.

                                    Placemaking Summit notification. Contact Northwest Michigan Council of Governments for more info or to register. Held May 21, 2012

New Business:             ZA report 1 land use, 5 field checks, 0 attorney contact, 15 other public contacts, 0 violations (tickets written)

                                    Discussion of farming ordinance language was tabled.


Old Business:              Discussion of further reference to Class A language in Section 9.02 (page 104).

Change as follows:

1st sentence end at that district, stike and be considered Class A,and. Capitalize word All in next sentence, strike shall be considered Class A , insert are allowed in place of strikeout language.

Discussion of minimum width language in Section 4.02.02 (page 31). Change to 16′ minimum width.



Public Comment:         None

Adjourn: Motion Gurr, 2nd Robbins. Carried (6,0)


Respectfully Submitted,

Bonnie Robbins

Helena Township Planning Commission Recording Secretary