City planners were busy Wednesday during a nearly hour meeting. Here’s a brief look at what took place.
The City of Saline Planning Commission unanimously voted to recommendation a PUD preliminary site plan to city council for the construction of Hunting Woods phase three. Applicant David Shipman proposes 25 single-family homes on 27.3 acres of property. The recommendation comes with several conditions.
Several residents of the first phase of Huntington Woods and the manager of Six Trails Apartments voiced concerns with the proposal. Among the concerns:
- Lack of sidewalks connecting the Huntington Woods subdivisions to the rest of the city.
- Hazardous conditions caused by construction trucks, crews and people who want to by homes. Residents asked for stop signs or speed bumps. The developer of Huntington Woods phase two, Pulte Homes, said they’ve got an open line of communications with residents, and that they’ve had just one safety concern and it was dealt with immediately.
- Traffic on Monroe Street. A resident voiced concerns that the two-lane road might become dangerous with the addition of two more phases at Huntington Woods and two other developments along Monroe Street.
- Construction hours. A resident asked for set hours for construction work so that Huntington Woods residents can enjoy their properties on summer evenings.
- The manager of Six Trails Apartments said residents there are concerned about soil erosion and the removal of woodlands. The developer said they are not removing woodlands.
The issue goes before City Council May 7.
Planning commission also approved Scott Guthre’s application for a combined preliminary site plan to complete the Clean Get-A-Way car wash behind Tractor Supply at 121 Sage Court. There are several conditions. Guthre is purchasing the property. The motion grants a one-year extension of the site plan. Guthre told the commission he hoped to have the car wash open in four or five months.
The commission granted a six-month extension on the site plan for RX Optical, which has plans for a 2,587 square-foot optical business in front of The Oaks Shopping Plaza at 930 E. Michigan Ave.
The commission approved Tami Elliot’s approval for a special land use to allow a child care business at 420 Russell St. Elliot is the owner of two Northstar Montesorri schools in Saline. She’s purchased the former medical office building beside the former hospital and plans to move both schools to the new location.
Council approved a special land use application from Maria Edwards and Megan Walker, who plan to move a hair salon into one of the suites at 401 N. Ann Arbor St., which also hosts Yoga Centric and a doctor’s office.