Township Planners Hear About Andelina Farms Permit, Road Millage and Gravel Pit Inspections

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 10/02/2019 - 17:36

The Saline Township Planning Commission had a light agenda at their twenty-five (25) minute meeting Tuesday evening at the Township Hall.

WASHTENAW COUNTY ROAD COMMISSION

Tom Hammond, the representative to the Planning Commission from the Township Board, reported on his meeting with the Washtenaw County Road Commission where the road commission reviewed their proposed roads millage for interested Washtenaw County residents.  He said the road commission planned to put their millage request before voters in August 2020.

“Twenty percent of the millage will be used to support non-motorized paths in the county," Hammond said. “The commission said that the non-motorized paths and routes are very popular in other parts of the county.” 

Hammond indicated that the inclusion of money to support non-motorized public routes is very popular in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti, as well as Pittsfield Township.

REVIEW OF TOWNSHIP ZONING ORDINANCES:

Christopher Atkin, Community Planning Consultant from Carlisle/Wortman, proposed a structure to support the Planning Commission in a review of the township’s zoning ordinances.  The proposal included a total of seven meetings to complete the review.

Under discussion from the Planning Commission, it was suggested to meet monthly to ensure the review is completed within 2020.  The final review schedule will be determined at the December planning commission meeting.  It was suggested that the planning commission meet monthly, with the regular meetings (February, April, June, August, October and December) be used for public hearings if they are needed.

Atkin explained that public hearings would be required if the commission made any changes in the text to any of the ordinances.  The commission will review Article 1 Administration and Enforcement and Article 2 Zoning Districts at the December meeting.

ANDELINA FARMS UPDATE:

Dan Cabege, PE, Senior Project Manager with Fleis & Vandenbrink, engineering consultants for Saline Township, reported that Andelina Farms had received their water permit from the Michigan Environment, Great Lakes and Energy Department (EGLE). Cabege reported that Andelina Farms was still waiting for the approval of their plant permit. 

“Approval of the water permit comes from Public Act 399 of 1976,” Cabege said.  “It concerns the water systems to ensure the quality and quantity of the water source for a development.”

The commission members noted that most of the bulldozers have been removed from the Andelina Farms property. It was speculated that the removal might have been due to the time of year and the close proximity of winter weather.

ANNUAL INSPECTION OF TOWNSHIP GRAVEL PITS:

Cabege also reported that he will be conducting an inspection of the two township gravel pits with Township Supervisor Jim Marion.  It was hoped the inspections could be completed prior to the Thanksgiving holiday.  Robert Marion, township zoning inspector, said that “all costs for the inspection of gravel pits are paid for by the gravel pits.”

The next Saline Township Planning Commission meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, 12-3-19 at 7 p.m.

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