CITY OF MUSKEGON
DATE OF MEETING: Thursday, January 15, 2015
TIME OF MEETING: 4:00 p.m.
PLACE OF MEETING: Commission Chambers, First Floor, Muskegon City Hall
I. Roll Call
II. Approval of Minutes from the regular meeting of December 11, 2014.
III. Public Hearings
A. Hearing, Case 2015-01: Request to amend the zoning ordinance to allow crematories as a
special land use permitted in B-4, General Business districts, by Sytsema Properties, LLC.
IV. New Business
V. Old Business
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CITY OF MUSKEGON
December 11, 2014
Chairman T. Michalski called the meeting to order at 4:00 p.m. and roll was taken.
MEMBERS PRESENT: T. Michalski, B. Larson, B. Mazade, S. Wisneski, F. Peterson, J. Doyle
MEMBERS ABSENT: Excused: L. Spataro, B. Smith, S. Gawron
STAFF PRESENT: M. Franzak, D. Renkenberger
OTHERS PRESENT: C. Peterson, 896 W. Laketon Ave.; R. Brush, 930 W. Laketon Ave.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
A motion that the minutes of the regular meeting of October 16, 2014 be approved, was made by S.
Wisneski, supported by B. Larson and unanimously approved.
Hearing, Case 2014-13: Request to rezone the property at 916 West Laketon Avenue from R-1, Single
Family Residential to B-4, General Business by Lakeshore Animal Hospital. M. Franzak presented the staff
report. Lakeshore Animal Hospital is located at 896 W. Laketon Ave. They also own the property at 916 W.
Laketon Ave., which had a house on it that was recently demolished. The lot is now vacant. The property
measures 39 x 162 feet and is considered a non-buildable lot because it does not have the required minimum
road frontage of 50 feet. The applicant is seeking to rezone the property so that they may expand their
parking lot for the adjacent animal hospital, since commercial parking lots are not allowed on residentially
zoned properties. Notice was given to properties within 300 feet of the subject property. D. Belonga of 1781
Division St. and J. Nelson of 973 W. Larch Ave. called to say that they had no objection to the request. J.
Brush, 930 W. Laketon Ave. called to say that he is opposed to the rezoning because the property owners
have not been good neighbors in the past, their vehicles and snow removal equipment tear up the alley, and
there are drainage issues with their parking lot that make a mess of the alley. R. Keil of 936 W. Laketon also
called to say that he is opposed to the request, for similar reasons given by Mr. Brush. M. Franzak pointed
out that the applicant would be required to submit a site plan showing stormwater management and drainage
for the proposed new parking lot.
C. Peterson stated that they intended to put in a small parking lot with landscaping, and he had looked into
the drainage issues. S. Wisneski asked if there was driveway access from the parking lot to Laketon Avenue.
C. Peterson stated that there was. He also stated that with the additional parking area, they should not need
to use snow removal equipment like they did last year. R. Brush lived nearby and used the alley to access his
driveway. He was opposed to the rezoning request, stating that the applicant had caused problems for the
neighbors in the way they used the alley.
A motion to close the public hearing was made by B. Mazade, supported by S. Wisneski and unanimously
B. Larson asked who set the grades for lot paving. M. Franzak stated that, per City ordinance, all water must
be retained on site. C. Peterson stated that they did retain their water on-site. B. Mazade stated that while he
understood the concerns about the alley, it was a public right-of-way. He hoped that the new parking lot
would resolve much of the issues mentioned. He asked if a site plan review would be required. M. Franzak
stated that it would, and it would require that stormwater be addressed.
A motion that the request to rezone the property located at 916 West Laketon Avenue from R-1, Single
Family Residential to B-4, General Business, as described in the public notice, be recommended for approval
to the City Commission, was made by J. Doyle, supported by B. Mazade and unanimously approved.
B. Mazade informed Mr. Brush that the City Commission would also have to approve the request.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 4:22 p.m.
CITY OF MUSKEGON
January 15, 2015
Hearing, Case 2015-01: Request to amend the zoning ordinance to allow crematories as a special land use
permitted in B-4, General Business districts, by Sytsema Properties, LLC.
1. Crematories are currently only allowed in I-1, Light Industrial and I-2, General Industrial districts as
a use by right.
2. The Sytsema Funeral Home would like to utilize a crematory at their location at 737 E Apple, which
is zoned B-4, General Business District.
3. If the ordinance is amended to allow crematories as a special land use, then all crematory applicants
would need to apply for a special land use permit and have a public hearing.
4. Staff has researched crematories and found that it has been a somewhat controversial subject in many
areas around the county. Cremations are much more common than in the past and the growing
demand is causing the need for more crematories. Some cities have allowed them to be located in
residential areas and some have denied these types of requests. The main concerns most people have
are over the potential for pollutants and odors. Please see the enclosed information regarding
environmental concerns. The applicant has provided several aerial maps of crematories that are
located in various neighborhoods across the country and they have also included a manual for
Faculatieve Technologies, which is the brand of crematory that they are interested in using (please
note that this amendment wouldn’t require all crematories to use this type of model, but it can be used
as an example of environmental effects).
5. There are currently two crematories in the Muskegon area. One at Ever Rest at 1783 E Keating in
Muskegon and one at Phoenix Crematory Services at 525 W Hume Ave in Muskegon Heights.
6. All crematories in Michigan are required to get a license from the Michigan Department of Licensing
and Regulatory Affairs.
Deletions are crossed out and additions are in bold:
SECTION 1301: SPECIAL LAND USES PERMITTED
10. Taxi/Limousine Services [amended 5/04]
11. Craft Shops [amended 5/08]
13. Wind Turbine Facilities [amended 10/09].
14. Accessory uses and accessory buildings customarily incidental to the above Special Land
15. Uses similar to the above Special Land Uses Permitted.
I move that the proposed amendment to Section 1301 of the City of Muskegon Zoning Ordinance, to allow
crematories as a special land use permitted, be recommended to the City Commission for (approval/denial).