Minutes: August 21st, 2019

AUGUST 21, 2019
Craig S. Koerpel Pauline M. Coleman
Lana Schlosser Cherry Peirce
Suzanne Richard Joanne Hawk
Terry Zeman Diane Belden
Chris Singerling Quinton Smith
Nikolai Blumensaadt Donna Smith
David Belden Craig Trick
Dan Halley

Chairman Jordan 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 21, 2019.
He introduced himself, as well as the other Commission members, that included, Paul Shaw, Vice Chairman, Ron Wiseman and Jeff Green. Also introduced were Todd Bickley, Catawba Island Township Zoning Inspector and Board Secretary and Matt Montowski, Catawba Island Township Trustee. Chairman Davenport explained that the commission holds public meetings regularly, as needed, to amend, supplement or change the regulations established by the Catawba Island Township Zoning Resolution.
Chairman Davenport noted that this is a public hearing and that he asked the audience to silence cell phones and remove yourself if it is necessary to take a call, sign the attendance sheet, wait to be recognized by the chair before speaking and to identify yourself by name and address, and do not debate or talk amongst yourselves as it interrupts the others that have been recognized by the chair.
The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
Chairman Davenport suggested the following agenda for the meeting.
1) Consider all applications to amend the Zoning Resolution.
2) Approval of prior meeting minutes.
3) Unfinished business from the prior meeting.
4) Any new business.
Chairman Davenport asked if there were any additions or changes to the proposed agenda. There were none. Ron Wiseman made a motion to approve the proposed agenda for the meeting. Paul Shaw seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Agenda Item 1 – Applications to amend the Zoning Resolution
Case #331908 Quinterprise, LLC and Quinstock Farms
Proposal to rezone lots 1, 2 and 11 of L.C. Heights Allotment and a 0.35 acre parcel (0131483519936000) in Fractional Section 25 of Catawba Island Township from the “R-E” Residential Estate District to the “C-2” General Commercial District. The addresses of the parcels to be rezoned, as shown on the Ottawa County Auditor’s tax list, are 0 Betty Lane, 478 N.E. Catawba Road and 0 N.E. Catawba Road.
Chairman Davenport requested the legal description. Mr. Bickley indicated that the parcel data record identifies the legal description. Chairman Davenport also requested any correspondence. Mr. Bickley noted that he did not receive any correspondence or phone calls concerning the proposed rezoning request.
Chairman Davenport read a letter from the Ottawa Regional Planning Commission that recommended the approval of the rezoning request.
Chairman Davenport questioned if any member had a personal conflict with the application. No member had a conflict.
Applicant Quinton Smith explained that once he heard that Mon Ami was for sale, he contacted realtor Lenny Partin. He was introduced to the owner, John Kronberg, and he had a discussion about Mon Ami with Mr. Kronberg. Eventually an agreement was made and the sale was completed. Quinton noted that he was enamored with the history; however, the history stopped being told. Ultimately, Quinton would like to bring back the history, restart the wine making business and retain the green space. Quinton noted that less development is actually more.
Quinton reviewed an old photo of Mon Ami and Catawba Island in general and he reviewed a current aerial map showing the development on Catawba Island.
Quinton believed that condominium development was a wrong use for this area of Catawba Island. An artist rendition of the Mon Ami condominium project was shown and compared with an artist rendition of Quinton’s proposal. Quinton indicated that he is proposing to make Mon Ami a campus with newly planted vineyards and marsh/duck ponds. The historic lime kiln will be featured along with a brook. To the back of Mon Ami would be a Farmer’s Market. Quinton noted weddings are held on the grounds; however, proper lodging is not offered. Consequently, Quinton is proposing a fifty (50) unit hotel that would be situated in the commercially zoned area.
Quinton reviewed the area to be rezoned.
Quinton reviewed the uses listed in the “C-2” District and commented that the “C-2” uses would be a better option than the Planned Unit Development.
Suzanne Richard questioned the zoning of the remaining property. Chairman Davenport commented that the remaining property would retain the “R-E” zoning classification. Chairman Davenport noted that the area was rezoned several years ago to the “R-E” District for a PUD development. Quinton Smith indicated that he would be willing to rezone the remaining “R-E” zoned properties.
Craig Trick supported the project and noted the heritage and greenspace would be preserved.
Craig Koeprel, President of the Historical Society, believes that a historical campus has a lot of value and that Quinton has a good track record.
Diane Belden questioned the number of floors. Quinton commented that he would like to go to four (4) floors and have a smaller building area, but he noted that the maximum building height is thirty-five feet (35’).
Paul Shaw questioned the time line. Quinton indicated two (2) to three (3) years, but probably five (5) years. Quinton showed two (2) other areas where he intends to plant grapevines.
Ron Wiseman questioned the entrance off of State Route 53. Quinton indicated that the entrance would be Wine Cellar Road and then turn onto Betty Lane. No new entrances off of SR 53 would be required.
Jeff Green questioned Quinton’s vision of the hotel. Quinton commented that he would like to have a roof top swimming pool and the rooms would overlook the vineyards and green space. A fitness center was possible.
Jeff Green made a motion to approve Case #331908. The motion was seconded by Paul Shaw. All members voted in favor of the motion. Chairman Davenport did not vote.
Chairman Davenport indicated that the proposal to rezone lots 1, 2 and 11 of L.C. Heights Allotment and a 0.35 acre parcel (0131483519936000) in Fractional Section 25 of Catawba Island Township from the “R-E” Residential Estate District to the “C-2” General Commercial District will be recommended for approval to the Catawba Island Township Trustees. The next scheduled Trustee meeting is September 10, 2019.
Agenda Item 2 – Approval of Minutes
No corrections or additions were made to the June 26, 2019 Meeting Minutes and they stand approved as emailed.
Agenda Item 3 – Unfinished Business
No unfinished business to discuss.
New Business
No new business.
Other Business
Chairman Davenport requested that the suggested Agenda be approved for future meetings. Jeff Green made a motion to accept the suggested Agenda for future zoning commission meetings. The motion was seconded by Paul Shaw. Motion passed.
The next scheduled meeting is September 25, 2019 starting at 7:00 p.m.
With no other business to conduct, Chairman Davenport adjourned the meeting at 7:42 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Todd Bickley