Barton Hills Village, Michigan

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April 21, 2011



April 21, 2011

The meeting of the BHV Planning Commission was called to order by Chair Laura Weingartner at 7:34 PM at the Village Hall.

ROLL CALL Present: Commissioners Hescheles, MacKrell, Wallace and Weingartner. Absent: Commissioners Boddie, Richards and Zoldan.

Others present: ZPA Perry and BHMC President Bultman.


MINUTES The minutes of the January 20, 2011 meeting were approved as printed. (MacKrell/Wallace/P unanimously)


New Commissioner Chuck Hescheles was welcomed.



Zoning Ordinance Discussion included:

--Concern was expressed that the draft ordinance provided by the consultant was not in a single Word document that could be marked for comment; also that some things the Commissioners requested weren’t included in the draft while other items that don’t apply were still there. Some details are still incorrect, i.e. village council/board of trustees.

--While the size and layout may seem large/awkward, content is more important. The ordinance is a reference rather than a read-from-start-to-finish document.

--Some sections are included because they are covered under existing state legislation which supersedes local ordinances. These items cannot be excluded but they can be regulated in the zoning ordinance, i.e. adult foster care and houses of worship.

--Some items are included in anticipation of what might be proposed. If a situation isn’t addressed in the ordinance, it is too late to do so when a project is presented. It is better to include these possibilities and regulate them appropriately, i.e. site condominiums. The Master Plan provides a significant basis for not having many things in the village, but some things cannot be arbitrarily excluded.

--It was expected that there would be two residential zoning districts. However, when Mr. Carlisle examined the BHV map that identified lots under one acre, it was his opinion that there were not enough lots and they were not close enough together to warrant a separate district. This item and others are addressed in his cover letter, which will be emailed to the Commissioners.

--In discussing the definitions (Article 2) it became apparent that this process would be too time consuming (several issues were raised before the “B” section was completed).

It was agreed that the following actions would be taken:

--Mr. Perry and Mrs. Esch will provide a new draft that fixes the obvious details and takes out some of the parts that aren’t needed. Commissioners will read this draft and look for large concepts that need to be discussed.

--Mr. Perry will consult with Mr. Carlisle about some sections, i.e. waterfront overlay, non-conforming structures, average grade.

--Ms. Weingartner will email Mr. Carlisle’s cover letter to the Commissioners.

--Mrs. Esch will email the map indicating lots less than one acre to the Commissioners.

--A special Planning Commission meeting will be scheduled for Wednesday, May 25, 2011 beginning at 7:00 PM to continue discussion of the zoning ordinance revision as described above.


The meeting was adjourned at 9:23 PM. (Wallace/MacKrell/P unanimously)

Janice K. Esch, Assistant Secretary     Approved 8/18/11