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Planners Recommend Zonings For 95 Acres On State

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11
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August
Year
1971
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Ann Arbor's Planning Department is recommending light industrial, office and multiple family zonings for some 95 acres of land along S. State Rd., which were annexed to the city two years aro. If the Planning Commission and City Council follow this advice, some existing uses on these pareéis would become non-conforming. There are 19 different pareéis involved, ranging in area from less than an acre to some 46 acres. The commission held public hearings on the staff-initiated zonings last night. All in all, the commission had a record 25 public hearings listed on last night's agenda but few persons appeared to comment on the proposed zonings. It is expected that those existing uses made non-conforming by the proposed zones will be the subjects of debate in the future. Two of the existing uses are service stations. Planners are asking that one of the service station sites by zoned for office use and another be zoned light industrial. The pareéis in question lie along S. State, north of the 1-94 freeway, and are generally within a half-mile of the proposed Briarwood shopping center. Commissioners have adopted a policy of not permitting commercial uses within this half-mile radius. Receiving the most attention during public hearings last night was the petition of W. Nelson Vander Hyden that a five-acre parcel at 2900 S. State be zoned C3 commercial to permit construction of a Famous Furniture Store. The planning staff recommended denial of the C3 zoning, favoring an R4D multiple family zoning for that parcel of land. Commission members gave backing to the staff and denied the C3 zoning but urged the staff to consider changes in the zoning law which would permit furniture stores in other than C3 zones. One possibility mentioned was allowing such stores in Ml light industrial zones. Planners had said the furniture store would best be located within the Briarwood shopping center. An attorney representing the petitioner said the C3 zone would be in keeping with existing zones along S. State and disagreed that the furniture store should be located in the shopping center. The attorney said studies indícate a shopping center is not a proper location for furniture stores. The planning staff had recommended to the commission that it adopt an amendment to the light industrial zone which would permit car dealerships and the sale of goods manufactured on the site. This amendment failed to receive the necessary six votes for approval and was therefore denied. Five commissioners favored it while two were opposed. Planning Director Michael R. Prochaska said the staffinitiated zonings marks the start of a series of such actions. He said some of the recommendations "are likely to stir controversy" but added "if we are to fully exercise our responsibility to direct rather than respond to private land use decisions, we must be prepared to field more of such pressures in the future." In public hearings not related to the staff-initiated zonings, opposition of residents was voiced against a petition to rezone 3.73 acres on Ellsworth near Shadowood from Cl to C3 commercial to permit construction of an auto wash facility and a cleaning establishment, and against a rezoning from R1C to R1D single family for 11 acres in the Fair-Burwood-Carolina area. In other business, the commission approved in a 6-to-l vote a site plan for the first stage of development of land at Newport and Byrd Rds., the initial development calling for 11 units on 2.7 acres of land. This land had long been a center of controversy when it was scheduled for an R3 terrace family zoning. The 2.7 acre parcel is part of the larger 60 acre site. Commissioners were presented a letter from four citizens claiming the NewportByrd development is violating the city's soil erosión ordinance. "If the Planning Commission approves Property Development's proposed site plan . . . you will be telling the architectural and developmental community that they may completely disregard Ann Arbor's soil erosión ordinance, the first in the state of Michigan," the letter stated. Af ter approving the site plan, commissioners asked that they be given a report on the city's efforts in enforcing the soil erosión ordinance. Also last night, commissioners deferred action on a site_plan which calis for two high rise apartment buildings on 17 acres of land on N. Main near Hurón View Blvd. The land is zoned R4A and to build the two 72-foot-high buildings the developer would need a variance. The zoning ordinance permits buildings in the R4A district to be no higher than 30 feet. The developer plans to construct 250 units on the site. Commissioners deferred action pending additional information from the developer and staff. It was also decided to hold a public hearing on the site plan prior to commission action. Also, the commission approved sending a letter to the Ann Arbor School District Board of Education protesting the change of meeting nights from Wednesdays to Tuesday. Commissioners said if b o t h the commission school board met on the same night there would be little chance for cooperation in planning efforts between two bodies.