Greenville Planning Commission OK work program


By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 5:15 pm on Friday, January 27, 2012

GREENVILLE — The Greenville Planning Commission made a jump start to its master plan Thursday night by approving a work program.

Most of the items on the plan come from a master plan that Planning Commission members have been working on to help make Greenville a better place.

Two items were carried over from last year’s work program and were put at the top of the list:
• Prepare Flat River Protection Overlay Zone regulations to preserve the vegetation along the Flat River and protect water quality.

• Partner with Eureka Township and other local governments willing to participate to create a Regional Growth and Land Use Committee with the focus being on creating an Urban Growth Boundary (UGB).
“(The partnership) will offer more joint discussions,” said Greenville Assistant City Manager Cameron Van Wyngarden.

Van Wyngarden related the issue to Frankenmuth and said they have had a good relationship with the townships and have worked together over the years.

Tim Johnson of MainStreet Planning Co. suggested Planning Commission members pencil in a meeting time once a year with other local governments.

“It keeps an open line of communication with each other,” Johnson said.

Other items in this year’s work program include rezoning portions of the city appropriately as presented in the master plan and amending zoning ordinances and other action items in the master plan.

The Planning Commission also approved sending the master plan to the Greenville City Council for approval. Once approved, the plan would then go to Eureka Township and Montcalm County for approval.

The Greenville Planning Commission 2012 work program
(Top 3 items in each category)

Carry-over items from last year:
• Prepare Flat River Protection Overlay Zone regulations to preserve the vegetation along the Flat River and protect water quality.
• Partner with Eureka Township and other local governments willing to participate to create a “Regional Growth and Land Use Committee” with the focus being on creating an Urban Growth Boundary.
Rezone portions of the city appropriately as presented in the Master Plan:
• Rezone certain single family dwellings that are zoned Commercial-1 on Franklin Street between Grove Street and the Flat River Museum and those fronting on Grove and Montcalm Streets to Residential-2.
• Rezone the non-conforming industrial zoned parcels on the north side of Market Street at Court Street and along Smith, Grove and Montcalm streets to Residential-2.
• Rezone the Commercial-2 zoned parcels located from just south of Gibson Street to Congress Street to the Residential-2 category so Commercial-2 zone boundary more closely aligns with the rear lot line of those parcels fronting on North Lafayette Street.
Amend the zoning ordinance:
• Create new Mixed Use Zoning District and rezone parcels as recommended.
• Amend setback requirements in Commercial-3 Zone (downtown) to require new buildings to have a zero setback or minimum and maximum setback.
• Consider amending the Residential-2 Zone regulations to require a special use permit to convert a single-family house to a duplex, or revise the Residential-2 requirements so it is clear that a conversion of a single-family dwelling to a duplex must have a minimum lot size of 10,000 square feet with at least 720 square feet of floor area per dwelling unit.
Other action items:
• Develop an action plan to improve the North Lafayette corridor focusing on improving street appearance, building facade improvements, re-development of vacant buildings and access management.
• Using the concept plan developed for the 2012 plan as a starting point to seek additional community involvement to identify and re-develop areas that will provide for a mix of uses in a contemporary setting that will act as a catalyst for further re-development in adjacent areas.
• Increase the percentage of owner-occupied dwellings to renter-occupied dwellings.

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