Minutes: August 24th, 2022

AUGUST 24, 2022
Joan Windnagel Joan Lampe
Hanne Boger Quyen Wolfe
Karyn Martin

Members of the Commission in attendance were Chairperson Jordan Davenport, Paul Shaw, Lewis Mindlin, Dr. Gregory Hart, and Alternate Bill Barnes. Also in attendance were Todd Bickley, Zoning Inspector and Matt Montowski, Trustee.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Chairperson Davenport called the meeting of the Catawba Island Township Zoning Commission to order at 7:00 p.m. For the record, he identified the date as August 24, 2022. The Zoning Commission procedure was reviewed by Chairperson Davenport.
Chairperson Davenport reviewed the agenda.
Agenda Item 1 – Request for a Zoning Amendment
Case #157833 Hanne C. Boger “A” to “R-1”
Chairperson Davenport noted that the rezoning application is for a 1.408 acre parcel of land in Section 3, Lot 2 of Catawba Island Township at 1676 NE Catawba Road. The request is to change the zoning from the “A” Residential Low Density District to the “R-1” Residential District.
Chairperson Davenport questioned if case #157833 was correct. Mr. Bickley indicated the case number was correct. Chairman Davenport questioned if the legal description was attached. Mr. Bickley noted that the legal description was attached. Mr. Bickley commented that correspondence was not received.
Chairperson Davenport read the letter from Mark Messa, Director of the Ottawa Regional Planning Commission.
Chairperson Davenport recognized the applicant Hanna C. Boger. Ms. Boger commented that she would like to re-establish Lot 29 of Konker Heights Subdivision, which was previously vacated.
Mr. Bickley explained that the minimum lot size requirements of the “A” District would not allow the lot to be split off. The proposed lot will have 100 feet of lot width and the remaining parcel would be less than one (1) acre in size; however, the “A” District requires a minimum lot width of 150 feet and a minimum lot area of one (1) acre per lot. The “R-1” District requires a minimum lot width of 100 feet and a minimum lot area of 15,000 square feet. If split off, the two (2) new parcels would meet the minimum requirements of the “R-1” District. Mr. Bickley noted that when Konker Heights was platted, the minimum requirements of the “A” District were a lot width of 100 feet and a lot area of 20,000 square feet. Thus, the developer did not have to rezone the area to the “R-1” District. Since the subdivision was recorded, the minimum lot size requirements of the “A” District have been amended.
Chairperson Davenport recognized Joan Lampe. Ms. Lampe noted that she lives in Catawba Orchard Beach. Ms. Lampe indicated that she is opposed to the rezoning application because it would be considered spot zoning. She noted that the applicant have a lovely home; however, if removed, three (3) lots could be created.
Ms. Lampe questioned access. Mr. Bickley explained that Hanne Street in Peachton Estates subdivision is a public road while Hanne Street in Konker Heights Subdivision is a private road. Unless the developer transferred the road by deed, he would still own the road. If deceased, then the heirs would own the road. Most likely, Ms. Boger is the owner. The future lot owner could access the lot either off of Peachton or Konker. Ms. Boger could place a barrier to prevent Konker residents access to Peachton.
Ms. Lampe noted that an easement off of NE Catawba Road through Ms. Boger’s property could be used as ingress/egress to the proposed lot. Ms. Boger commented that the proposal is not feasible.
Ms. Lampe commented that lot should remain in the “A” District and she does not believe in spot zoning.
Chairperson Davenport recognized Joan Windnagel who resides at 4538 E. Peachton. Ms. Windnagle expressed concerned with the opening of Hanne Street and as a result, the increase traffic on Peachton. Ms. Boger commented that she does not want to see additional traffic from Peachton onto Konker and that she is considering a barrier. Ms. Boger also noted that an improved road will not happen.
Ms. Lampe commented that she is concerned that the home will be taken down. Ms. Boger stated that the home will not be taken down.
Chairperson Davenport reviewed the reasoning for the rezoning application.
Chairperson Davenport recognized Quyen Wolfe, who resides at 4556 E. Peachton. Ms. Wolfe commented her main concern was traffic and she questioned who would be responsible for the opening of Hanne Street. Ms. Boger indicated that she would be responsible for opening Hanna Street.
Karyn Martin expressed concern with the bike path location. Chairperson Davenport indicated that the definitive bike route has not been established at this time.
Chairperson Davenport closed discussion from the floor.
Dr. Gregory Hart made a motion to approve Case #157833 as submitted. The motion was seconded by Lewis Midlin. All members voted in the affirmative. Chairperson Davenport did not vote.
Chairperson Davenport indicated that the recommendation will be presented to the Trustees for review at their meeting on September 27, 2022.
Agenda Item 2 – Approval of Prior Meeting Minutes
With no corrections, the June 22, 2022 meeting minutes were approved as emailed.
Agenda Item 3 – Unfinished Business
No unfinished business to conduct.
Agenda Item 4 – New Business
No new business to conduct.
With no other business to conduct, Chairman Davenport adjourned the meeting at 7:36 p.m.
Respectfully submitted,

Todd Bickley