Planning Commission Minutes – February 5, 2014

Minutes of Helena Township Planning Commission

February 5, 2014


Meeting called to order by Swan.

Opened with Pledge of Allegiance.

Roll Call:                      Present:            Jim Swan                Jim Gurr

Chris Dewald           Bonnie Robbins


Absent:             Mike Robinson        Bob Johnson

Rodger Dewey


Township officials present:                    Rick Teague            David Peterson       Bob Logee


Approval of Agenda:  Additions:  Old Business, Identify members to work with Molby on site plan review for Walker Shores Development.  Identify Parks and Rec member. Motion: Gurr, 2nd Dewald.  Carried


Statement of Conflict of Interest:          None


Approval of Minutes:  As submitted.  Motion: Dewald, 2nd Gurr.  Carried


Public Comment:         (6 in attendance) No comments.


Communications:         Robbins: Notice from Supervisor Teague will re-appoint Rodger Dewey and Bob Johnson to the Planning Commission.

                                    Information from the Michigan Township Association conference is available if interested.

Letter from Bzdok on boathouse application is available if interested.

New Business:

ZA report  Tabled.


Old Business:  Committee for Walker Shore Development site plan review:  Jim Swan, Rodger Dewey, Bob Johnson.

                        Discussion of engineering firm to recommend.  URS is a local firm and costs are slightly lower.  Gurr suggests considering Lapham because they do not have any connections with the developer or legal counsel.  Motion by Dewald to recommend contracting URS.  2nd by Robbins, vote tied.  Further discussion.  Motion by Swan to recommend contracting Lapham, 2nd by Gurr. Vote (3.1)

Discussion on when review committee can schedule a meeting.  Meeting can be scheduled after board has contracted the engineering firm.  Escrow account does not have to be in place for meetings to begin.

Conservation easement discussion tabled.


Public Comment:

                        Gina Bozer representing the developer asked that there be sufficient notice to allow the property owner to attend the meeting.


Adjourn: Motion Swan, 2nd Dewald. Carried 7:55 p.m.


Respectfully Submitted,

Bonnie Robbins

Helena Township Planning Commission Recording Secretary