Planning Commission Minutes – April 16, 2015 (Special Meeting)

Minutes of Helena Township Planning Commission

April 16, 2015

Special Use Permit Meeting


Meeting called to order by Gurr 7;00 p.m.

Opened with Pledge of Allegiance.

Roll Call:                      Present:            Jim Gurr                  Bonnie Robbins

Chris Dewald           Ken Renaud

Mike Robinson        Bob Johnson

Absent:             Rodger Dewey


Township officials present:                    Guy Molby,


Approval of Agenda:    Add approval of minutes after Conflict of Interest.  Motion: Renaud, 2nd Robbins.  Carried

Statement of Conflict of Interest:          None

Approval of Minutes:    As submitted.  Motion:  Dewald, 2nd Renaud.  Carried (6,0)

Public Comment:         (10 in attendance)  None

Communications:         none


Regular meeting closed at 7:04 p.m.  Public Hearing for Sale of Fireworks permit request  presented by Molby.

23 mailings, 9 returned.  4 not in favor, 4 no preference, 1 in favor.

Discussion with applicant about permits required.  Applicant has sale site in Kalkaska and has applied for and met the required standards for operating a fireworks sale .  Discussion of what would be required to move the fireworks to a barge next year.  This is being researched and may be feasible.  Cost and time are prohibitive for this year.  Code prohibits setting off fireworks within 300’ of the sale site.

Discussion among planning commission members of permitted uses within the commercial district of Helena Township.  It was determined by the members the use would be a permitted use and the zoning administrator should issue the permit.

Use by right:  Section 4.06.02.LL

It was also determined the special use permit fee should be refunded.


Public Comment:  None



Adjourn: Motion Dewald, 2nd Renaud. Carried


Respectfully Submitted,

Bonnie Robbins

Helena Township Planning Commission Recording Secretary