Planning Commission Minutes – August 8, 2014

Minutes of Helena Township Planning Commission

August 8, 2014


Meeting called to order by Gurr (7:02pm)

Opened with Pledge of Allegiance.

Roll Call:                      Present:            Jim Gurr                  Bob Johnson

Chris Dewald           Bonnie Robbins


Absent:             Jim Swan                Mike Robinson

Rodger Dewey



Township officials present:                    Guy Molby


Approval of Agenda:  as submitted       Motion: Robbins, 2nd Johnson.  Carried

Statement of Conflict of Interest:          None

Approval of Minutes:  Two corrections, Dewald not present.  Motion: Johnson, 2nd Robbins.  Carried

Public Comment:         (2 in attendance)

Candidate Scott Sentieri Centuri stated his reasons for running for County Commissioner.

Molby asked for clarification on short term rental.  Resident renting for 3 day                                                                  periods.  Definition of short term rental is 7 days minimum.

Molby requested PC discuss setbacks on private drives or easements and discuss what classifies                                     as a roadway.

Molby requested PC discuss permit for uses in the greenbelt buffer zone.

Molby also discussed township standing with vendors and street peddlers setting up during                                            an upcoming event.  Questioned if the township needs a permitting process or regulations.


Communications:         Kate Redman of Olson, Bzdok & Howard, P.C. sent material for site plan review however,                                                meeting was canceled and has not been rescheduled.  Applicant is working with his lawyer to get                                                 additional language into the condo documents and septic permits in place.  Anticipates next                                                 review   committee meeting to be final review.  Complete record of review will be compiled by                                                 Redman for public hearing by planning commission.


Old Business:   Master plan review was postponed.  Notices to be posted to draw input from the public.  Discussion of                         where master plan is on the website and question if it could be moved.  Discussion that website needs                            updated and refreshed.  Robbins to report need to board.


New Business:

ZA report

July 2014:  Land Use  8 , Field Checks 17 , Attorney Contacts 0 , Public Contacts 20 ,  Zoning Violations 0


Public Comment:

                        Resident asked about property owned by Alden State Bank next to the boat launch and if the township is considering accepting it and developing it as a park.  Discussion of the parks and lands already owned and maintained by the township and the likelihood that the township would not be in a position to accept a donation of the property.

Question from PC members about payment of township employees other than Mr. Molby for zoning administrative duties.  Robbins will ask the board for clarification.


Adjourn: Motion Johnson, 2nd Dewald. Carried


Respectfully Submitted,

Bonnie Robbins

Helena Township Planning Commission Recording Secretary