Planning commission highlights


A multi-use development and surgical center were the two big business items on the Boyne City Planning Commission’s agenda last week.

Following are highlights of the Monday April 15 meeting.


Surgical Center
Boyne City Planning Director Scott McPherson reviewed a proposal for a 7,200-square-foot outpatient surgical center that would be located on lot 16 in the Boyne City Business Park on Moll Drive north of M-75 across from Classic Instruments.

McPherson said that, back in 2010, the Boyne City Planning Commission and city commission recognized that the Industrial Park is not a viable option just for industrial uses any longer, so they moved toward a Business Park concept with an ordinance amendment at that time which allowed a wider variety of non-industrial uses to the park.

Darren Graham, the project manager from Gosling Czubak Engineering gave an overview.

The current zoning in the proposed location is Planned Industrial District (PID) in Phase II of the park.

The plan for the surgical center is to provide minor, same-day surgical procedures with no overnight stays.

There could be 10 to 20 nurses, doctors, and general staff, according to officials. Parking requirements are 54 spaces based on the square footage of the building. During final site plan review, the developer will submit landscaping, lighting, stormwater, and utilities specs.

Boyne City Manager Michael Cain, who is also a member of the city’s EDC/LDFA, said one concern that board has is the parking along M-75.

He said that, as it is an entrance into the community, they would like to see the parking moved behind the building and green space located along the M-75 corridor.

The applicant is expected to return to the planning commission with a final site plan for the development plan review in May.

Lofts on Lake
McPherson gave planning commission members an overview of the revised site plan for the Lofts of Lake Street proposed development.

The new plan is a proposed mixed use in the CBD, which is a principal permitted use and the planning commission has no discretion in regard to the use, specifically issues that deal with that use—such as rent rates, tax implications, financial viability of plan, whether they think it is a good or bad use, and whether it is an appropriate spot for this use.

The planning commission’s duty is to review the development plan and physical attributes of the site and building and how they relate to the zoning ordinance standards.

Marilyn Crowley representing development owner Michigan Community Capital said her group listened to the community’s questions and concerns and made changes so the development would be an asset to the community.

Mike Corby of Integrated Architecture said they have met with the Boyne City Main Street Design Committee and have taken in all of the comments about the size and mass of the building, lack of parking, façade designs and they made changes based on those.

In the plan, they have removed one floor, extended the building to the east, decreased the number of units, and increased the available parking on site, changed the facades using varying roof lines, are proposing changes of various material and window patterns, along with different cornice work.

They are also exploring on-street parking on both Lake and State streets, which will allow them to get an additional 13 public spaces.

Public Comment
Skylar MacNaughton said he likes the new look but has concerns on whether this development is right for Boyne City and how storefronts will be filled.

Jack Henricks said he has concerns with the building’s footprint and “building site intensity.” He claimed the waste-handling will be excessive on the current system, and that there is zero setback on the south side with only one entrance into the parking area making snow-clearing tough.

Floyd Wright liked the new design but said he is concerned about parking, potential snow removal issues, and stormwater retention.

Ward Collins said the developer did a “great job” listening to the community’s concerns.

He said the use seems appropriate and it will be nice to get rid of an eyesore.

Lesley Pritchard said she is glad the facades have changed but she still has an issue with the proposed parking solutions.

Penny Hardy also still has concerns over whether parking will be adequate.

Several people asked whether a stoplight would be installed at the nearby intersection.

Scott MacKenzie said while this development would not solve all the city’s housing issues, it is a start.

The board indicated it would like to see the project move forward as proposed with the design and parking.

The development team is expected to return in May with complete site plans.

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