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Planners Receive Erosion Control Ordinance

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City Planning Commission members were presented a proposed soil erosión and sedimentaron control ordinance at last night's meeting. No nction was taken on the document, but the commission decited to hold a special noon meeting in the near future to discuss the ordinance in depth. Planning Director Michael R. Prochaska said a set of standards and regulations concerning soil erosión and control are being prepared and he advised that the ordinance not be adopted until these standards have been drafted. The standards and regulations will not be a part of the ordinance but will need City Council approval to become part of city land development regulations. Prochaska said these standards are being drawn from a number of sources, including the county and various city departments. The ordinance states as its purpose "to prevent soil ero[sion and the resulting sediment Iwithm the city of Ann Arbor by proper provisions for I water disposal and the protecItion of soil surfaces during and af ter construction, in order to promote the safety, public health, convenience and gneral welfare of the community." It would specify that no site plan or plat would be approved unless the plans include soil erosión and sediment control measures, and would prohibit the issuance of occupancy permits unless these measures are taken. Also, it would prohibit grading, stripping, excavating or filling without a permit issued by the city's building official, and would require detailed plans on how soil erosión and sedimentation is to be avoided in the development. Violations of the ordlnance would be a misdemeaoor subject to a penalty of $500 per of f en se. In other action last night, the commission rescinded its earlier recommendation to amend the Ml light industrial zoning district to include indoor tennis courts. The city attorney's office advised that this action was improper and that if the Ml district was to be changed to permit indoor tennis it would have to include all other indoor recreation such as bowling, swimming, dancing and other activities. Commissioners then directed the department staff to study the feasibility of creating a new zoning district to handle indoor recreation facilities. Currently. indoor recreation is permitted in the C3 commercial districts b'it it was generally acknowlodged last nig'ht that the com-riemal districts are too costly for this type activity. Prochas■Fiid il might take six months to a year to come up ■rjndards for a new zoning district. Another major item discussed by the commission last night was the department's proposed budget for the coming fiscal year. The commission endorsed Prochaska's proposal to increase the department budget from the c u r r e n t $171,351 to $220,679. This would permit the hiring of four new staff members. Prochaska said he hopes to créate a fourth section in his 'lepart.ment - community research and development - to go along with the existing three sections - administrative planning, general' development planning and special project planning. The director said he wants to make planning a more integral oart of the city, involved in ore phases of community Ufe. The new section would maintain close contact with community organizations and work on special projects, Prochaska said. The commission will study requests for raises in the department, these wage increases not being a part of Prochaska's recom mendcd budget. Prochaska said he wants to narrow the disparity between the assistant planning director's salary (now a t $12,700)and the director's salary (now at $16,000). He asked that the commission endorse his recommendation to increase the assistant director's salary to $14,600 and the director's salary to $19,068. (This would actually place the two salaries $1,000 further apart than they are now.) Prochaska also recommended I $1,000 salary increases for 1 cipal planners and $500 for sen-l ior planners. I