Planning Commission Minutes February 6, 2020

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Minutes of Helena Township Planning Commission

February 6, 2020

Meeting called to order by Gurr at 3:03 P.M.

Opened with Pledge of Allegiance.

Roll Call:

Present:            Jim Gurr                        Laura Westerman (3:08)

Mike Robinson                         Joe Bassil

Bonnie Robbins                        Gordy Schafer


Township officials present: Bob Logee

Approval of Agenda:   Motion: Robbins, 2nd Schafer. Carried

Statement of Conflict of Interest:          None

Approval of Minutes: December 5, 2019. Motion: Schafer, 2nd Robbins. Carried.

Public Comment:         None (0)

Communications:         Gurr mentioned MI Association of Planning will meet at the Grand Traverse Resort this year and encourages members to talk with the office if they would like to attend this informative session. The meeting will be in April. He will share his information from the county planning committee.


New Business:             December 2019: LU 4; FC 5; AC 0; PC 6; ZV 0

January 2020: LU 1; FC 0; AC 0; PC 2; ZV 0


Old Business:              Robbins shared worksheets for points of discussion. The summary of action taken is attached to this report.


Public Comment:         None


Adjourn: Motion Robbins, 2nd Bassil. Carried 5:15 P.M.


Respectfully Submitted,

Bonnie Robbins



Helena Township Planning Commission Recording Secretary





Strike Housekeeping Cabin Park

5.01.05 – Temporary Dwellings

  1. During the course of new construction, or where the permanent dwelling of the resident applicant has become uninhabitable due to damage caused by fire, wind, or other natural calamity or emergency.

5.01.01—Accessory Buildings and Structures

  1. Add as last sentence:

Said structures are permitted in the AG District without a dwelling unit on the property.

C.2. Strike ‘shall’ at the end of sentence.

C.2.a. Add ‘shall’ at the beginning of bullet.

C.2.b. Strike current bullet and replace with:

May contain living quarters, provided that proper Health Department permits are secured.

5.01.07 – Damaged Buildings

  1. The Zoning Administrator or qualified assessor may require the owner of any damaged building to board all the doors and windows within 15 days of official notification to protect the public safety, health, and welfare.

Strike bullet B & C

5.12 – Manufactured Homes

  1. Each home shall have a minimum width of twenty (20) feet.


9.02 – Substandard Lots of Record

Change second sentence of opening paragraph:

All lots with a dwelling or building which are nonconforming at the effective date of this ordinance , where lot size, building set-backs, or dwelling dimensions do not meet minimum requirement for the zone in which they are located, are allowed and may be expanded, provided that the Zoning Administrator determines that: