Dexter Town Planning Commission Public Hearings

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…and thank you for your interest in the City of Dexter and his municipal Council. Since my election in November 2020, I have distributed annotated agendas (see below) before each Board meeting. These bulletins are my personal effort to make it as quick and easy as possible for interested parties to know what the Board will be discussing and considering at each meeting. For the most part, the descriptions of the items on the agenda come directly from the meeting file. After each meeting (and when video links are available), I share links to video recordings of the discussion of each agenda item. Past meeting agendas, packages, minutes and video links (if available) can be found here: https://dextermi.gov/government/cc.php.

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Jamie

Dexter Town Planning Commission
Public hearings

Monday, May 2, 2022 at 7 p.m.

3515 Broad Street, Dexter, MI 48130 and via Zoom

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Meeting program: https://files.dextermi.gov/Boards_Commissions/Planning_Commission/2022/Agendas/2021-05-02.pc.agenda.pdf

Reunion package: https://files.dextermi.gov/Boards_Commissions/Planning_Commission/2022/Packets/2022-05-02.pc.packet.pdf

The Planning Commission is seeking public input on: (1) the 2022-2027 Capital Improvement Plan and (2) the 8040 Huron Street Vacation Rental Housing Special Land Use Application. See the details (excerpts from the meeting file) below.

Public Hearing #1: Capital Improvement Plan 2022-2027

According to the package: The Planning Commission is to hold a public hearing on Monday, May 2, 2022 to seek comments on the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) 2022-2027.

The CIP is a program that projects and coordinates public spending to improve the City’s transportation and utility systems, facilities and other capital assets over a six-year period. The preparation of the CIP is carried out under the authority of the Planning Enabling Act (PA 33 of 2008), as amended. The Planning Commission’s goal is for the CIP to be used as a tool to implement the City’s master plan and help prepare the budget for the coming year.

The CIP was evaluated by City staff and the Parks and Recreation Commission between December 2020 and March 2022. The Planning Commission reviewed a draft of CIP updates at the Commission’s regular meeting on March 7 2022.

The draft CIP 2022-2027 document and an adopting resolution accompany this memorandum for consideration by the Commission.

Draft updates

As discussed at the March meeting, cost estimates were pending for several PIC projects. These estimates have been incorporated into the plan, resulting in a total funding requirement of $19,408,000 and a first year funding requirement of $1,959,500. The costs of several short-term projects have been updated, such as City Hall improvements and Third and Major Reconstruction projects, as well as new projects tentatively scheduled towards the end of the CIP period. These projects include Broad Street reconstruction, Huron Farms asphalt replacement, and Cushing Court and Inverness waterline replacement projects. The timelines for these projects are subject to change, but preliminary cost estimates are included for planning and budgeting purposes. A new project, 3.12, Second Street Sidewalk Facility (East), has been added since the Commission’s review in March. The expected costs and schedule for this project are not known and will need to be added in future CIPs.

Public Hearing #2: 8040 Huron Street Vacation Rental Housing Request Special Land Use

The Planning Commission is scheduled to hold a public hearing on Monday, May 2, 2022, for the purpose of considering a special land use application. The applicants, Douglas Neal and Lisa Belanger Neal (owner), are offering vacation rental accommodation, for a property located at 8040 Huron Street ((08-03-32-360-005).

According to the applicant: the property is rented out on a simple rental basis (i.e. we do not rent individual rooms separately) to groups of up to 6 people. We impose the following house rules (see below) on all guests who rent the property. Since we live next door these are easily enforced (ie we would see if guests were ignoring the rules against large gatherings or parties). We do not rent the property if we are out of town during the rental period.

House rules:

  1. NO SMOKING
  2. Events, large gatherings are not allowed
  3. A maximum of six (6) overnight guests
  4. Pets are not allowed
  5. On-site parking for a maximum of two (2) vehicles

By staff review of the application:

The proposed vacation rental home at 8040 Huron Street:

  1. is compatible with the Dexter City Master Plan;
  2. Conforms to the intent of the RV, Village Residential District;
  3. Is compatible with the existing character of the general neighborhood;
  4. Will not change the function of the public gateway;
  5. Will not have a significant impact on the natural environment;
  6. Is well served by public services;
  7. is no more dangerous for vehicular and pedestrian traffic than normal for the neighbourhood; and
  8. Meets applicable additional standards set out in Section 8.11.B.29.

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