Planning Commission Minutes – July 06, 2011

Minutes of Helena Township Planning Commission

July 06, 2011


Meeting called to order by Swan at 7:00 p.m.

Opened with Pledge of Allegiance.

Roll Call:                      Present:            Jim Swan                Jim Gurr

Bob Johnson           Rodger Dewey

Chris Dewald

Absent:             Bonnie Robbins       Mike Robinson

Township officials present:                      Guy Molby


Approval of Agenda:  Motion: Johnson, 2nd Gurr.  Carried (5,0)

Statement of Conflict of Interest:         None

Approval of Minutes:  Minutes not available, tabled to next meeting

Public Comment:         0 present

Old Business:               Zoning ordinance review:

Temporary Trailers & Recreational Vehicles   Allowed in all districts.  Seasonal use. Not longer than 30 days in residential districts.   Must be sanitary, movable, & legally registered.  Suggested language:  Travel trailers or Recreational Vehicles may be used in all zones on a temporary basis provided such Travel Trailer or Recreational Vehicle is maintained in a sanitary, movable, and legally registered condition.

Sexually Oriented Businesses:  No discussion.

Medical Marihuana:    Request Bzdok craft language addressing dispensaries as being desirable only outside the existing commercial districts.

Ag/Rural Residential District:

Consist of two zones.  Current Ag would become Rural Residential except for properties being used for generally accepted agricultural purposes which will remain zoned as Ag.

Discussion of allowing temporary structures in side yard setback.  Will review further when language change received from Bzdok.

New Business:             ZA report  ___ land use, ___ field checks, ___ attorney contact, ___ other public contacts, ___violations


Discussion of timeframe for ordinance changes.  Notice to be placed in newspaper by July 8.  Additional meeting to finalized work July 20.  Public Hearing August 3 at regular planning commission meeting.   Members will need new copies of proposed ordinance with all changes (prefer unhighlighted/markups noted)  for July 20 meetings.  Copies to be placed in township library, township office, and updated on web.



Adjourn: Motion Johnson, 2nd Gurr. Carried (4,0)  7:50 p.m.


Respectfully Submitted,

Bonnie Robbins

Helena Township Planning Commission Recording Secretary