Design Review Board meeting changed to THURSDAY, JULY 26 @ 9 AM.
Is this to take the place of the cancelled Aug. 1 scheduled meeting? When the change in meeting date is moved forward of the cancelled date...who expects that? The change should come after the cancelled date. Egad.
Well, I suppose the notice of the CHANGE in the day and time for the Design Review Board was posted on the bulletin board at the Township Hall lobby to make this "legal", but how many of you check that bulletin board daily? I didn't look. There is a township website. It could be posted there on the "home" page informing the public of a change in meeting date. Why the change of day and time for this meeting? I just happened to find this meeting notice on the website this morning.
However, let's take a closer look at the DRB agenda....the Maple Theater and the Township Fire Station adjacent to the theater.
Both are adjacent to the vacant bank building that the shopping center owner at Maple and Telegraph wants to change the zoning from O-1 to B-2.....with NO "mentioned" tenant in mind. The O-1 property that has been PROTECTED since 1962 from commercial development. The zoning change is not only the bank building, but the entire parcel of property that is over one acre in size that would be rezoned.
That zoning change issue has been forwarded by the Planning Commission to the Board of Trustees for a vote. It will be a public hearing at a future Board of Trustees meeting. Where is the legal notice of the day and time for that hearing? There should be 15 day noticing. It should be on the township website under "legal notices". Who knows? You are just the taxpayer.
The Planning Commission mentioned that since no one bothered to come to their public hearing on Monday, July 16, it must mean that all the residents are OK with the issue to change the property to a commercial use. Of course, someone was there to speak to the issue. I was in the audience and I spoke for maintaining the zoning of O-1 to protect the adjacent residential property , but Mr. Mintz indirectly referred to me (and anyone else with similar opinions) as the "boogyman" ...scaring people.... because I correctly stated that the property could then have a fast food restaurant and/or be redeveloped with other uses such as a mini strip mall. There are many uses including another restaurant with a liquor license open until later in the evening in a B-2 zoning. The Maple Theater could acquire the vacant bank building. The adjacent Maple Theater has an "entertainment" permit as well as the liquor license permit. Perhaps the owners want to expand their business plan. The property is over an acre and could accommodate many B-2 uses.
It was obvious to me that the planning department of the township is working toward facilitating the change in zoning by the responses given to the Planning Board questions. You won't read that in the minutes or see a video of the meeting...township refuses, so far, to tape and archive video recordings of the Planning Commission or the Zoning Board of Appeals or the Design Review Board meetings. If you were there, you might come to that conclusion like I did.
The residents at Woodward and Square Lake have a Tim Horton restaurant adjacent to them. The property was B-2....and P-1. The Tim Horton restaurant was put in the area of what was the parking lot area of the former B-2 use. That single piece of property now has 2 businesses...Tim Horton AND the Rusty Bucket restaurant. The P-1 parking adjacent in this location could also change. Must be the "boogyman" talking again.
What issues do the recently permitted Maple Theater with a liquor license and the adjacent Township Fire Station need? Something that only the three elected leaders that make up the Design Review Board on a special day and time will most likely hear? At a public meeting that is not video archived for the record? At a public meeting where there will most likely be a final decision made?
For the Maple Theater it may be just the "revision" of the facade as to the type of brick, or the number of windows.....something that won't make a lot of difference to the neighborhood. Then again, perhaps the facade change is the configuration of the "outdoor" seating area. Don't know the answer.
The Township Fire Station issue is about a fence. Privacy fence. Will this decision be made at this meeting or will the issue go before the Zoning Board of Appeals....like most fence issues? Are they requesting a fence higher than 4 ft.? Are they getting their fence in place in anticipation of protecting them from the possible noise of a future B-2 commercial use? Don't know the answer. Must be the "boogyman" talking again.
If the Township public meetings all had "board packets" with the details of the issue to be discussed posted on the website along with the agenda, a lot of guessing could be eliminated.
Note: The August 1 meeting of the Design Review Board is cancelled.
Design Review Board Agenda
DESIGN REVIEW BOARD
Thursday, July 26, 2012 at 9:00 a.m.
Bloomfield Township Auditorium
II. Approval of Minutes:
A. Approval of the Design Review Board Minutes of July 18, 2012
III. New Items:
A. Façade Changes:
1. 4135 W. Maple Rd. – Maple Theater – Façade Revision
B. Site Improvements:
1. 4151 W. Maple Rd. – Fire Station No. 3 – Privacy Fencing
IV. General Business:
A. Recent Design Review Board Approvals
B. Next Meeting Date – Wednesday, August 15, 2012
(The August 1, 2012 Meeting has been cancelled)
C. Public Comment