Sunday, August 17, 2014

Muslim Unity Center on 8/18/14 MONDAY AGENDA

Hi All,
Here is the agenda for Monday night.  I will comment only on the Muslim Unity Center parking lot expansion issue.

Bloomfield Township Planning Commission
Monday, August 18, 2014 at 7:00 P.M.

III. Site Plan / Special Land Use
A. 1830 W. Square Lake Road – Muslim Unity Center – Parking Lot Expansion

IV. Site Plan
A. 2100 Telegraph Road – Shops at Bloomfield Place – New Retail Development

(Immediately following Planning Commission Meeting)II. Local Wetlands Hearing
A. 2100 Telegraph Road – Shops at Bloomfield Place – New Retail Development

The Muslim Unity Center (MUC) agenda item appears to be just a parking lot expansion....
....however, is it much more?

Quickly looking at the question:
  • Does the Muslim Unity Center need more parking spaces and would the parking lot expansion proposal solve the parking problem?   How should that be answered?
  • FIRST.... is that the REAL ISSUE?   Reading the information below shows that a previously submitted site plan was TABLED.  That site plan included proposed building additions and a parking lot expansion
  • Is the Township and the Muslim Unity Center putting ONLY the parking lot on the agenda now, and will they submit the BUILDING ADDITION as a future agenda item again?   It appears...yes.

  •  From the April 2, 2014 Design Review Board:

  • Look at the last sentence above:  "..... and expanding an existing NON-CONFORMING site."
What is the INTENT of the zoning law that permits a place to worship to exist on a residential lot?
May the building expand with additions on that RESIDENTIAL LOT ? 
Should the township permit a 302 car parking lot on a residential lot? ... Before any additions are approved or denied?

  • Yet... a report being used for this agenda item says: "Traffic Impact Study for the proposed Muslim Unity Center Addition"  (emphasis added by me)

  • Here is how the Township is presenting the REVISED  (ie: parking lot only)  issue to the Planning Commission Board:
From the Planning Commission Planning Packet  8/18/14

  • On May 5, 2014 at a Planning Commission meeting  TABLED  the additions and parking lot expansion.
  • On June 18, 2014 The Muslim Unity Center requested SPECIAL EVENTS  @ Design Review Board meeting.