Minutes of Helena Township Planning Commission
June 9, 2014
Regular Meeting (Rescheduled)
Meeting called to order by Swan (7:05pm)
Opened with Pledge of Allegiance.
Roll Call: Present: Jim Swan Jim Gurr
Chris Dewald Bonnie Robbins
Bob Johnson Mike Robinson
Township officials present: Guy Molby David Peterson
Approval of Agenda: As submitted. Motion: Swan, 2nd Dewald. Carried
Statement of Conflict of Interest: None
Approval of Minutes: As submitted. Motion: Swan, 2nd Robbins. Carried
Public Comment: (7 in attendance) None
Old Business: Walker Shores Development: Swan reported site plan committee reviewed attorneys concerns. Applicant can begin seeking state approval. Still several things to be corrected.
Dewey commented that the applicant attorney and engineer indicated they were not informed of some of the requests. Dewey felt the meeting should have been postponed and communication with the applicant needs improvement.
Next meeting is scheduled for July 14th at 5:30 p.m.
Regular meeting closed at 7:16 for Public Hearing
Application for Firework Sales presented by Molby. Applicant not in attendance. Dewey asked if the application fee had been paid. Molby stated applicants have paid the day of the hearing in the past and he expected the applicant to attend tonights meeting. Fees have not been paid.
Molby called applicant and applicant withdrew his request. He will apply earlier next year.
Regular meeting reopened at 7:27 p.m.
Consensus that without payment it is not a complete application and should not be scheduled for Public Hearing until payment has been received by the zoning administrator.
May 2014: Land Use 3 , Field Checks 7 , Attorney Contacts 0 , Public Contacts 10 , Zoning Violations 0
Robbins reported that Kate Redman had been asked to review language and suggest how to handle zoning violations. Dewey suggests we file lien with the register of deeds and refuse any further permits until the violation is corrected.
Violation concerns will be added to the list of topics to be discussed during review of the zoning ordinance.
Peterson clarified that the developer and legal counsel for Walker Shores had been notified of all documents and material needed for the site plan meeting almost two months ago. Discussion that the Walker representatives had rescheduled several times prior to todays meeting due to not having paperwork and permits available. The township followed the timeframe and guidelines as established for site plan review.
Peterson commented on a DEQ permit to install a seawall. Work done does not follow the permitted plan. Peterson will follow up with DEQ.
Adjourn: Motion Johnson, 2nd Dewald. Carried
Helena Township Planning Commission Recording Secretary