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Dundee Township Planning Commission

Regular Meeting/Zoning Ordinance Amendments Public Hearing  -  Minutes

September 16, 2020


The regular meeting/public hearing of the Planning Commission was brought to order by Chairman Art Bronson at 7:00 p.m. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited and the roll call was taken, these members were present: Jeanette Brockman, Ed Proctor, Bill Plumb, David Sedlar, CJ Horkey. George Salenbien and Building Inspector Dennis Kolar were excused absences.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 


Mr. Proctor made a motion to accept the minutes of the February meeting as written, Ms. Brockman supported this motion. They were unanimously accepted. Mr. Horkey abstained due to the fact that he was not present for the meeting.


Chairman Bronson wanted at this time to officially welcome Mr. Horkey to the Planning Commission. He is taking over as the Liaison from the Township Board due to the resignation of Gary Lazette as the Liaison.    


All members present reviewed the agenda for the regular meeting/public hearing of September 16, 2020.  Mr. Sedlar then made a motion to accept it as printed, Mr. Plumb seconded this motion and all members were in favor.


There was no public present therefore no public comment and no communications.


Scheduled Business


  1. Zoning Ordinance Amendments Public Hearing – Chairman Bronson opened the public hearing to consider several corrections and amendments to the ordinance to eliminate errors or discrepancies that have been found over time. A letter from the Township Supervisor Joanna Uhl mentioned contacting Carlisle Wortman about these items. A list was put together by the secretary and chairman which was sent to John Enos of CW who responded rather quickly with suggestions. This public hearing reviewed the response to make a recommendation to the township board who actually makes the changes.  It was noted that Monroe County Planning no longer reviews any ordinance changes.

                     Item 1 – Schedule of Uses – Wind Energy Conversion Systems. After a

            short discussion it was determined that it should be a permitted use after

 special approval in the Ag districts.  The board also wanted to get a

            recommendation from CW for wording on a reclamation bond and for

            abandoning a WECS site.

         Item 2 – Solar Panel height - The board agreed with the 16’ recommended

  maximum height and liked the idea of a reclamation bond in place for this

  particular ordinance also.

                   Item 3 – Alternative Energy Farms – Should be added to the Schedule of

             Uses in Ag Districts after special approval and have a description in Definitions.   

                     Item 4 – Ponds – The board agreed with the recommendations.

                   Item 5 – Accessory Building -Chairman Bronson noted that CW didn’t seem

 to understand our intent.  It was merely to make sure accessory buildings were not allowed in the front yard.

                  Item 6 – Home Occupations – The board intended to allow the use in

            accessory buildings after special approval.  CW agreed.

                  Item 7 – Nursery Schools, Day Nurseries, Child Care Centers and Group

            Day Care Homes – Their recommendation was to strike “700 hundred square

            feet per child” and insert “as required under that State of Michigan Licensing


                   Item 8 – Do we need to make provisions for Marijuana – CW noted that this

            is a Township Board issue. Mr. Horkey, newly appointed Liaison, stated that

            the township has opted out of Medical and Recreational uses.This meant that

            the Planning Commission did not have to address it. Chairman Bronson noted

            he would contact Carlisle Wortman and have have them prepare everything as

            discussed, for the township board.

                      He then referred back to the letter received from Supervisor Uhl and read a

             portion of the letter pertaining to lot sizes in Ag Districts. He noted that we had

             addressed this issue in the past. So he put together a letter stating the Planning

             Commission’s position on this particular issue and will submit it to the township


                     Mr. Proctor made a motion to recommend the township board accept

              these amendments as discussed. Mr. Sedlar supported the motion and all were

              in favor. With the business of the public hearing concluded, Mr. Sedlar moved

              with support from Mr. Plumb to adjourn the hearing, the motion was

              unanimously accepted. Public hearing adjourned at 7:43 p.m.


  B.   Building Permits – Due to the absence of the building inspector there were no building permits submitted at this time


Old Business – There was no old business to discuss at this time.   


New Business – There was no old business to discuss at this time                                                                                                                                      


With nothing further Ms. Brockman made a motion to adjourn the meeting, Mr. Proctor  seconded this motion, it was unanimously accepted.  Meeting adjourned 7:48 p.m.



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Art Bronson       -     Chairman                             David Sedlar    -       Secretary



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