CITY OF MUSKEGON
November 10, 2016
Chairman T. Michalski called the meeting to order at 4:00 p.m. and roll was taken.
MEMBERS PRESENT: T. Michalski, B. Mazade, J. Montgomery-Keast, F. Peterson, S. Gawron, B.
MEMBERS ABSENT: E. Hood, J. Doyle, excused
STAFF PRESENT: M. Franzak, D. Renkenberger
OTHERS PRESENT: L. Wood, 1384 Lakeshore Dr; G. Corona, 1272 S Getty St.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
A motion that the minutes of the regular meeting of October 13, 2016 be approved was made by B. Larson,
supported by F. Peterson and unanimously approved.
Hearing, Case 2016-16: Request for a Special Land Use Permit to expand a nonconforming use no more than
25% at 609 W Muskegon Ave, by adding a detached garage. M. Franzak presented the staff report. The property
is zoned R-1, Single Family Residential. The lot measures 33’ x 135’ and is considered an unbuildable lot. Since
there is already a house on the property, it is considered a non-conforming use. A non-conforming use may be
increased up to 25% with a special land use permit from the Planning Commission. Since the house on the
property is 2,540 square feet, the maximum addition they can request is 635 square feet; the proposed detached
garage is only 480 square feet. Notice letters were sent to properties within 300 feet of this property, with no
Board members reviewed photos of the site and a drawing of the proposed garage. L. Wood described the garage,
stating that it would be 20’ x 24’, which met the requirements for expanding a non-conforming use.
A motion to close the public hearing was made by B. Larson, supported by F. Peterson and unanimously
A motion that the Special Land Use Permit to expand the non-conforming use at 609 W. Muskegon Ave. no more
than 25% be approved as proposed was made by F. Peterson, supported by B. Larson and unanimously approved,
with T. Michalski, B. Mazade, J. Montgomery-Keast, F. Peterson, S. Gawron, and B. Larson voting aye.
Case 2016-17: Staff-initiated request to revoke the special land use permit for an auto dealership at 1272/1308 S
Getty Street. M. Franzak presented the staff report. The owner of this property was issued a Special Use Permit
(SUP) to operate an auto sales dealership in June of 2007. The SUP was revoked on August 5, 2008 after
repeated violations including outdoor vehicle repairs and storage of junk cars, old tires and car parts. After
cleaning up the property, the owner applied for another SUP for auto sales in February of 2013. The request was
approved on the condition that there be no outdoor storage of junk cars, car parts or tires. The site has now
become filled with storage of junk cars, parts and tires again. Staff sent an infraction notice letter on August 23,
stating that the City would be requesting to revoke the SUP if the property was not in compliance in time for the
November Planning Commission meeting. This was also the deadline to remove the outdoor storage items in
order to avoid a civil infraction. The owner contacted staff and stated that he now lived in Florida and was
renting the building to a mechanic. He does not wish to retain the SUP. He is working with his tenant to clean up
the property to avoid the issuance of a ticket.
M. Franzak stated that he had spoken with G. Corona, the person currently leasing this location, who stated that
he had not been aware of the City’s zoning regulations. T. Michalski asked if Mr. Corona had a business license.
M. Franzak stated that he would look into it. G. Corona stated that he ran a licensed tire shop and did mechanical
work on the side for friends and family members only, as he did not have a mechanics license. J. Montgomery-
Keast asked how many junk cars were on the lot, and how they had ended up there. G. Corona stated that some of
the vehicles had been abandoned there and he needed to contact the police department about having them
removed. He stated that they had cleaned up the property since receiving the letter from the City. M. Franzak
asked G. Corona if he was licensed as an auto dealer through the State of Michigan. G. Corona stated that he was
not at this time, but planned to in the future if his current business went well at this location. Board members and
Mr. Corona discussed disposal of the old tires, stressing that it must be done legally. The Corona’s stated that
they used a recycling facility for tire disposal. B. Mazade asked when they would have the site in order. G.
Corona stated that M. Franzak had given them one month from today’s date to get the necessary work done. M.
Franzak also asked Mr. Corona to supply a site plan showing a screening fence. T. Michalski stated that, if an
extension was granted, the Planning Commission would expect results, as this site had been a problem for years.
A motion to table the request to revoke the Special Land Use Permit for 1272/1308 S. Getty St. until the next
meeting was made by B. Larson, supported by J. Montgomery-Keast and unanimously approved, with T.
Michalski, B. Mazade, J. Montgomery-Keast, F. Peterson, S. Gawron, and B. Larson voting aye.
Smaller lots & Multi-family housing. M. Franzak asked board members to review the material mailed to them in
their meeting packet regarding these two issues. He had received approval from the City Commission to study
the issues and work on solutions.
B.C. Cobb Plant. M. Franzak and F. Peterson discussed this site and advised board members that there had been
some interest from a potential buyer.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 4:38 p.m.
December 15, 2016
Hearing, Case 2016-18: Request for a Special Use Permit to operate a restaurant at 1635 Beidler St in an R-
1, Single Family Residential District, by Tim Painter.
1. The property is zoned R-1, Single Family Residential. However, Section 401 of the zoning ordinance
allows previously existing or established commercial uses not already converted to a residential use
to be authorized for certain businesses, including restaurant, under a Special Use Permit.
2. The property is located at the corner of Beidler St and Forest Ave and the lot measures 110’ x 104.’
3. The building was formerly used as the Westside Inn bar. It has been vacant for over five years.
4. The new owner would like to open a restaurant in the building. They will serve a variety of goulash
served in a pizza crust/cone. They do not intend to serve alcohol at this time. Staff recommends
approving the restaurant with the condition that no alcohol be allowed. If they choose to expand
service to offer alcohol at a later date, they could request to amend the Special Use Permit at that
5. There is adequate parking on site to accommodate a restaurant. Parking exists around 3/4 of the
building. The parking lot may not meet today’s maneuvering standards, but they are grandfathered in
for smaller parking spaces on this site.
6. Notice letters were sent to properties within 300 feet of this property. At the time of this writing,
staff has not received any calls on this matter.
1635 Beidler St
Parking on south side of building
Parking on north and west side of building
6. Previously existing or established commercial uses not already converted to a residential use may
be authorized under Special Use Permit for the following [amended 12/99]:
a. Retail and/or service establishments meeting the intent of the neighborhood Limited
Business Zone (B-1) dealing directly with consumers including:
i. Any generally recognized retail business which supplies new commodities on the
premises for persons residing in adjacent residential areas such as: groceries, meats,
dairy products, baked goods or other foods, drugs, dry goods, and notions or hardware.
ii. Any personal service establishment which performs services on the premises for
persons residing in adjacent residential areas, such as: shoe repair, drop-off dry
cleaning shops, tailor shops, beauty parlors, barber shops, dressmaker, tailor,
pharmacist, or an establishment doing radio, television, or home appliance repair, and
similar establishments that require a retail character no more objectionable than the
aforementioned, subject to the provision that no more than five (5) persons shall be
employed at any time in the sale, repair, or other processing of goods.
iii. Professional offices of doctors, lawyers, dentists, chiropractors, osteopaths, architects,
engineers, accountants, and similar or allied professions.
iv. Restaurants, or other places serving food, except drive-in or drive-through restaurants.
b. Prohibited uses: Activities specifically prohibited include repair or service of motor vehicles
and other large equipment; manufacturing processes which would normally require industrial
zoning; any activity which may become a nuisance due to noise, unsightliness or odor; and
any activity which may adversely affect surrounding property.
c. Conditions: [amended 8/04]
i. Outdoor storage is prohibited.
ii. The area devoted to approved uses shall not exceed 2,500 square feet.
iii. All goods produced on the premises shall be sold at retail on the premises where
iv. All business, servicing, or processing shall be conducted within a completely enclosed
building, or in an area specifically approved by the Planning Commission.
v. Parking shall be accommodated on site or with limited street parking.
vi. Hours of operation may be limited by the Planning Commission.
vii. Signs must comply with those set forth for the residential zoning district.
viii. The Planning Commission may allow a use to sell alcohol, however the Commission
may limit the type of license applied for or obtained for the sale of alcohol to an SDM,
hours of operation, and any other restrictions intended to stabilize, protect, and
encourage the residential character of the area. The use must gain approval from the
Michigan Liquor Control Commission before alcohol can be or sold.
MOTION FOR CONSIDERATION
I move that the Special Land Use Permit to operate a restaurant at 1635 Beidler St in an R-1, Single Family
Residential District be (approved/denied) as proposed with the following conditions (if any):
1. No alcohol to be served on site.
Hearing, Case 2016-19: Staff-initiated request to amend the Waterfront Industrial Planned Unit
Development (WI-PUD) District to modify the preamble, uses permitted (Section 1504), prohibited uses
(Section 1505), and review standards (Section 1506).
1. Please see the enclosed copy of the WI-PUD zoning ordinance excerpt.
2. In this district, all new projects are required to go through the Planned Unit Development process.
3. Staff is recommending some modifications to the district in order to best utilize some of the property
on the east end of Muskegon Lake.
4. In the preamble, a statement was added to reiterate that every project in these districts should have a
key principal use defined to ensure that the property is utilized to its fullest potential.
5. Under Section 1504 – Principal Uses - Staff recommends moving number 1,3 and 6 to Accessory
Uses . This will emphasize that these properties must have a major commercial operation as a
principal use and are not solely utilized for minimally staffed operations.
6. Also under Section 1504- Principal Uses - Staff recommends removing number 5. The elimination of
aggregate storage would eliminate blight on the waterfront. Also, aggregate storage does not produce
many jobs and contributes to blight and water pollution. This use would be moved to prohibited uses.
7. Also under Section 1504- Principal Uses- Staff recommends adding “with proper screening” to
number 11. The new language would read “Commercial engine and hull repair with property
screening.” This will help reiterate that anything that could contribute to blight should be screened
8. Under Section 1506: Review Standards – Staff recommends eliminating number 10 and 11. These
relate to aggregate storage, which would no longer be allowed.
Deletions are crossed out and additions are in bold. Numbers will be reordered accordingly:
WI-PUD Waterfront Industrial Planned Unit Development
WI-PUD WATERFRONT INDUSTRIAL PLANNED UNIT DEVELOPMENT DISTRICTS [amended
The Waterfront Industrial PUD district is established primarily for water-dependent, commercial shipping of
bulk, general cargo, or container goods by freighter, bulk carrier, tanker, tug barge, or other similar
commercial vessels. The WI-PUD District is intended to promote the consolidation of commercial port
activities at the eastern terminus of Muskegon Lake because of its proximity to the interstate, established
industrial uses, and isolation from residential zones. The intent is to localize this district to promote
symbiotic relationships among industrial port activities and to discourage the expansion of such activities
elsewhere along Muskegon Lake frontage. It is further the intent of this district to require planned unit
developments for all projects to ensure a mix of port uses that enhances the industrial economic base of the
city. The planned unit development tool shall be applied to promote flexibility in development and to
enhance functional relationships among uses in the district. All projects in these districts should have a key
principal use defined to ensure that the property is utilized to its fullest potential.
The general categories of uses permitted in the WI-PUD district are associated with standard industrial
classifications, major group industry 44, "Water Transportation" as found in the 1987 Standard Industrial
Classification Manual prepared by the Executive Office of the President, Office of Management and Budget.
SECTION 1504: USES PERMITTED
The following uses, and their accessory buildings and accessory uses, shall be permitted as planned unit
developments. Planned unit developments shall be reviewed and approved by the Planning Commission and
City Commission subject to the conditions outlined below.
1. Water transportation of freight
2. Railroad and auto passenger ferries.
3. Marine cargo handing; loading, unloading and stevedore facilities.
4. Marine terminal uses including ancillary inter-modal transportation operations.
5. Any use with outside storage of aggregate, limestone, coal, slag, salt, sand or other bulk materials
shipped by commercial watercraft vessels and or barges.
6. Grain elevators.
7. Bulk and warehouse storage of goods shipped by commercial maritime vessels.
8. Towing and tugboat services for commercial freight water vessels.
9. Barge fleeting, mooring and servicing.
11. Commercial engine and hull repair.
12. Marine dock, breakwater, harbor construction and repair contracting.
13. Marine dredging contractors.
14. Palletizing, decanning, container stripping and packing operations associated with maritime shipping
15. Bulk liquid facilities of non-hazardous materials.
16. Material recovery facilities that are entirely contained in buildings.
17. Commercial fishing facilities.
18. Manufacturing that is dependent on port facilities.
19. Any other uses which meet the intent of this district as deemed by the Planning Commission and City
Commission; except that in no case shall a prohibited use be permitted.
1. Docks, wharves, piers or transit sheds or related facilities used in connection with the transfer,
handling, storage and transit and incidental processing of cargo from or to waterborne craft.
2. Truck or rail freight terminal supporting water freight transport.
3. Offices associated with port facilities and functions.
4. Parking decks.
5. Watchmen quarters employed on the premise.
6. Lift equipment to load and unload ships.
7. Weigh stations.
9. Fuel dock.
10. Seaplane base.
11. Water transportation of freight
12. Marine cargo handling; loading, unloading and stevedore facilities.
SECTION 1505: PROHIBITED USES
1. Asphalt batching.
2. Cement processing.
3. Storage of petroleum products stored in excess of 1,000 gallons.
4. Hazardous material or hazardous chemical storage or transport.
5. Ship cleaning.
6. Salvage yards, ship scrapping, dismantling and wrecking operations not wholly contained in
7. Livestock holding.
8. Marine Salvage.
9. Open storage of fertilizers, agricultural lime and other chemicals.
11. Any use with outside storage of aggregate, limestone, coal, slag, salt, sand or other bulk
materials shipped by commercial watercraft vessels and or barges.
SECTION 1506: REVIEW STANDARDS
The Planning Commission shall approve, deny or modify preliminary planned unit development plans, based
upon the site plan review and landscaping standards of this ordinance and the following standards below.
Likewise, the City Commission shall approve, deny, or modify final planned unit development plans (after
review and recommendation by the Planning Commission) based upon the following standards:
1. The uses proposed will have a beneficial effect, in terms of public health, safety, welfare, or
convenience of any combination thereof, on present and potential surrounding land uses. The uses
proposed will not adversely affect the public utility and circulation systems, surrounding properties,
or the environment.
2. The uses proposed should be consistent with the land use plans adopted by the City.
3. The amount of open space provided is compatible with and meets the requirements of this ordinance,
which the Planning Commission or City Commission may modify, even though such modifications
do not conform to that required in other sections of this ordinance.
4. The amount of off-street parking areas is adequate, which the Planning Commission or City
Commission may modify even though such modifications do not conform to that required in other
sections of this ordinance.
5. The amount of landscaping and buffering areas provided are compatible with and meet the
requirements of this ordinance, which the Planning Commission or City Commission may modify
even though such modifications do not conform to that required in other sections of this ordinance.
6. The design provides for the protection or enhancement of significant natural, historical, or
architectural features within the proposed development area.
7. The uses proposed will result in safe, convenient, uncongested and well defined vehicular and
pedestrian circulation systems.
8. The land uses presented shall provide a mix of uses to perpetuate an economically viable, mixed use
9. The project shall demonstrate adequate support services for all activities.
10. Stockpiles of salt and agricultural lime must be covered or sufficiently isolated from the surface water
to prevent leaching.
11. Aggregate, salt, lime, or soil stockpiling areas shall not occupy more than 30% of the site or district.
12. Truck freight terminals shall not occupy more than 30% of the site area or district. Trucks shall be
stored a minimum of two hundred (200) feet from the ordinary high water mark.
I move that the proposed amendments to the Waterfront Industrial Planned Unit Development (WI-PUD)
District Preamble, Uses Permitted (Section 1504), Prohibited Uses (Section 1505), and Review
Standards (Section 1506) of the City of Muskegon Zoning Ordinance be recommended to the City
Commission for (approval/denial).