Permit Process

Regulations Optional?

Mt. Pleasant MI City Administration Planning Zoning 48858 Isabella County

Monday, March 31, 2014

Felony Highlights

Willful blindness excuses no one; however, it might buy reduced jail time.

Read more!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Someone is Lying

Is it the city's Director of Community Services, the city's Legal Counsel or the city's Independent Contractor?

Read more!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

News & Misinformation

Rife with logical fallacy Randi Shaffer's report in the The Morning Sun appears contrived, as if the author and the expert were teamed and hired as spin doctors.
Read more!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Administration's Propaganda

Contrary to statement in their public notice city officials have known for years that authority for their actions does not exist. Public input is merely an obligatory charade to obscure their felonious conduct.

Read more!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Shills Up to Bat

Five years [at least] following implementation, two years following disclosure, city officials bring on the professionals to sell their 'other plan'.

Read more!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Professional Discord

Alan Bean, Spicer Group, Inc.
Engineers - Surveyors - Planners
versus
Doug Piggott, Rowe Professional Services Company
Engineering - Surveying - Planning
Read more!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Freaky Fast Delivery

Mt. Pleasant city officials raise the bar for Jimmy Johns; delivery precedes phone hookup.

Read more!

Monday, April 29, 2013

Concocted Provisions Update

Four years in development, endorsed, implemented (albeit illegally) and updated, lastly the city hires consultants to recreate and advocate its redevelopment plan; the higher cost of lawless bureaucracy.

Read more!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Cash On Hand

City forecasts fund balances totaling $18.7 million dollars at the end of 2013. The city's budget reports twenty-six fund balances in six fund categories;
Read more!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Spending Trends by Division

General fund spending, illustrated below, increases $1.1 million dollars from pre-recession levels with the city's 2013 budget. Spending, budgeted at $534,210 dollars in excess of revenues, is forecast
Read more!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Structural Deficit Repair

City manager Kathie Grinzinger concludes only two solutions exist for 2014 and beyond: services must be re-ordered or eliminated, or revenue must be increased and/or diversified. She fails to consider re-ordering or eliminating administrative activities shown to be dysfunctional, duplicative and outmoded.2013 Proposed Budget Deficit $534,210
Read more!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Autonomous Bureaucracy Realized

City's website provides documentation of intentional breach of duty; officials acting without authority and their intention to continue same. Authored by 'jgray':

Read more!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Illegal Administration Failed Deterrents

Mt. Pleasant city officials qualify for membership in the Felons Pending Conviction club. Their disregard for membership deterrents:

Read more!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Attorneys Aiding and Abetting

... or was that perpetrating

Unethical counsel facilitating intentional breach of positive statutory duty.

Read more!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

City Confirms Intentional Misconduct

Planning Commission chair discloses the commission and Zoning Board of Appeals are not discharging their duties and responsibilities in accordance with state and local statute provisions. They have developed a 'document' of other standards, requirements, and procedures.

Read more!

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Zoning Board and Fictitious Variance Criteria

Planners, city staffers and the Zoning Board of Appeals have worked out variance criteria not found in the zoning ordinance; their 'Other Plan'. At planning commission request the ZBA clarified their 'rare occurrence' criteria which modifies the ordinance density standard, accommodating two additional occupants.

Read more!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Continued Misconduct

City planning director and commissioners provide glimpse of their density standard during consideration of 1003 Douglas proposal.

Read more!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Intentional Misconduct (Malfeasance)

... and proud of it

How to subvert State and Local Statutes Step 1

Target:
Existing:
Request:
1003 Douglas -
2 units -
2 units -
Conforming Use, Density
6 persons/6 vehicles
12 persons/12 vehicles
Read more!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Old Joke Realized - Do You Get It

January 23, 2012 City Commission

Moved by Vice Mayor Ling and supported by Commissioner Joslin to endorse the “Project Scope: Master Plan Update; City of Mt. Pleasant; January 16, 2012”. Motion carried.

Read more!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Another Third Attempt, Sixth Overall

Development proposed for 1003 Douglas is scheduled for planning commission consideration May 3, 2012; the sixth time city officials have scheduled its consideration. Agenda inconsistencies and a history of disregard for statute provisions renders planning commission action unpredictable.

Read more!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Doo-Doo City Officials Do - 01

The zoning board of appeals has responded with - we don't do statutorily authorized and properly adopted - scheduling 1003 Douglas for April 25, 2012.

  • Improper hearing - City Code §154.162, §154.168, §154.171
  • Improper variance application - City Code §154.164
Read more!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Reasonable Belief Proves Elusive

One week+ and city officials have twice confirmed receipt of the question/clarification request. Perhaps the effort of a second receipt confirmation, in lieu of citations, answers all the questions; Mt. Pleasant city officials take action mindless of statutory authority. Their history supports such a conclusion and the city attorney has opined that intentional disregard renders statute provisions inapplicable.

Read more!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Implementing the Other Plan Q&A

City officials choose illegal circumvention of properly adopted standards and procedures to carry out their undisclosed plan. Officials profess their method yields both what developers want and what the city wants.

Read more!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The Ordinance, the Master Plan, and the Other Plan

The chronicles of Mt. Pleasant, MI Planning and Zoning

The Ordinance, the Master Plan, ...

Read more!

Monday, February 27, 2012

March Madness Mount Pleasant

Scheduled back to back, March 28/29, 2012, the zoning board of appeals and planning commission will consider two overbuilding proposals: 221 Clayton@120% ordinance density, 1003 Douglas@150% ordinance density.

Read more!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Municipal Administrator - Aptitude Test

Do you have the talent to be a municipal administrator?

Read more!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The Criminal Alternative

In second meetings following advise their actions were inconsistent with training and law1, the zoning board of appeals and planning commission continue breach of statutory duty. Confounding their choice, a planning commissioner previously observed 'that makes no sense'2.

Read more!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Planning Commission Continues Illegal Actions

September 7, 2011 the Planning Commission approves site plan SPR-11-09. The approval was based on compliance with ZBA requirements. State and local statutes mandate site plan approval or rejection be based upon standards and requirements contained in the zoning ordinances.

Read more!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

ZBA Continues Illegal Hearings/Actions

August 24, 2011 the Zoning Board of Appeals conducts several non-appeal hearings in which they review and determine site plans do not conform to standards and requirements contained in the zoning ordinances.

Read more!

Monday, August 8, 2011

City Commission : Illegal Hearings/Actions

City officials recast administration from perpetual confusion to felony misconduct, intentional breach of positive statutory duty.

Read more!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Commissioners : Makes No Sense - Unfamiliar Process

Despite commissioners having stated the process is unfamiliar and makes no sense the Zoning Board of Appeals continues non-appeal hearings. ZBA Case 04-2011, 510 W. Pickard industrial zone new construction, the Board reviews site plan and authorizes variance.

Read more!

Friday, April 1, 2011

City Commission - Illegal Closed Sessions

Effective October 25, 2010 the city of Mt. Pleasant obtained an option to purchase all or part of the state-owned property commonly known as the Mt. Pleasant Center. The Mt. Pleasant City Commission convened closed sessions to discuss the purchase at both its March 14, and March 24, 2011 regularly scheduled sessions.

Read more!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

City Commission: Third of Two going on Four; and, Unsure?

In the third of four hearings imposed prior to permitting development, L-1 Bar & Grille received liquor license approval from the city commission. Discussion indicates city staff unilaterally determined doubling hearings required was a more efficient and business friendly process.

Read more!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

City Commission Bait and Switch

Timeline

The planning commission undertook conforming the zoning ordinance with provisions of the Michigan Zoning Enabling Act on December 7, 2006. Ten months and two public hearings later -

Read more!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Planning Commission vs. Zoning Board of Appeals

Considering the January 6, 2011 planning commission meeting with context of city code § 154.171(A) Criteria for special use permits and city code § 154.003, § 154.067 below and MCL 125.3504; it appears the planning commission is challenging the ZBA for the title of most inept administration.

Read more!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Bureaucracy for the sake of Bureaucracy

A testament to the ineptness and inefficiency possible when public officials condone violation of state and local statutes; the November 23, 2010 Zoning Board of Appeals meeting.

Read more!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Ignore and Compound

A request earlier this year, to convert a building located in an office service zoning district to residential duplex use (SUP-10-04), illustrates administrative inefficiencies introduced when city officials determine to violate ordinance provisions.

Read more!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Mt. Pleasant Sounds Off

The Morning Sun, a newspaper serving central Michigan, provides an online edition allowing reader interaction. Controversy over a Mt. Pleasant, MI City Commission decision

Read more!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Intro / Update - a simple request

Attempts to cause Mt. Pleasant city officials comply with city and state zoning regulations began with a simple request in May 2004, following illegal site plan approval by the Planning Commission.

Read more!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Typical or Atypical?

Correspondence from City Attorney contradicts plain statement in city code, see Office Humor. Full text opinion letter included in Denied Due Process pages 13-15.

Read more!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Mt. Pleasant, MI Zoning Administration

Caveat - City officials routinely disregard regulatory provisions

Read more!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Felony Highlights

Willful blindness excuses no one; however, it might buy reduced jail time.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Someone is Lying

Is it the city's Director of Community Services, the city's Legal Counsel or the city's Independent Contractor?

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

News & Misinformation

Rife with logical fallacy Randi Shaffer's report in the The Morning Sun appears contrived, as if the author and the expert were teamed and hired as spin doctors.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Administration's Propaganda

Contrary to statement in their public notice city officials have known for years that authority for their actions does not exist. Public input is merely an obligatory charade to obscure their felonious conduct.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Shills Up to Bat

Five years [at least] following implementation, two years following disclosure, city officials bring on the professionals to sell their 'other plan'.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Professional Discord

Alan Bean, Spicer Group, Inc.
Engineers - Surveyors - Planners
versus
Doug Piggott, Rowe Professional Services Company
Engineering - Surveying - Planning

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Freaky Fast Delivery

Mt. Pleasant city officials raise the bar for Jimmy Johns; delivery precedes phone hookup.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Concocted Provisions Update

Four years in development, endorsed, implemented (albeit illegally) and updated, lastly the city hires consultants to recreate and advocate its redevelopment plan; the higher cost of lawless bureaucracy.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Cash On Hand

City forecasts fund balances totaling $18.7 million dollars at the end of 2013. The city's budget reports twenty-six fund balances in six fund categories;

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Spending Trends by Division

General fund spending, illustrated below, increases $1.1 million dollars from pre-recession levels with the city's 2013 budget. Spending, budgeted at $534,210 dollars in excess of revenues, is forecast

Friday, January 25, 2013

Structural Deficit Repair

City manager Kathie Grinzinger concludes only two solutions exist for 2014 and beyond: services must be re-ordered or eliminated, or revenue must be increased and/or diversified. She fails to consider re-ordering or eliminating administrative activities shown to be dysfunctional, duplicative and outmoded.2013 Proposed Budget Deficit $534,210

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Autonomous Bureaucracy Realized

City's website provides documentation of intentional breach of duty; officials acting without authority and their intention to continue same. Authored by 'jgray':

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Illegal Administration Failed Deterrents

Mt. Pleasant city officials qualify for membership in the Felons Pending Conviction club. Their disregard for membership deterrents:

Monday, July 30, 2012

Attorneys Aiding and Abetting

... or was that perpetrating

Unethical counsel facilitating intentional breach of positive statutory duty.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

City Confirms Intentional Misconduct

Planning Commission chair discloses the commission and Zoning Board of Appeals are not discharging their duties and responsibilities in accordance with state and local statute provisions. They have developed a 'document' of other standards, requirements, and procedures.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Zoning Board and Fictitious Variance Criteria

Planners, city staffers and the Zoning Board of Appeals have worked out variance criteria not found in the zoning ordinance; their 'Other Plan'. At planning commission request the ZBA clarified their 'rare occurrence' criteria which modifies the ordinance density standard, accommodating two additional occupants.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Continued Misconduct

City planning director and commissioners provide glimpse of their density standard during consideration of 1003 Douglas proposal.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Intentional Misconduct (Malfeasance)

... and proud of it

How to subvert State and Local Statutes Step 1

Target:
Existing:
Request:
1003 Douglas -
2 units -
2 units -
Conforming Use, Density
6 persons/6 vehicles
12 persons/12 vehicles

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Old Joke Realized - Do You Get It

January 23, 2012 City Commission

Moved by Vice Mayor Ling and supported by Commissioner Joslin to endorse the “Project Scope: Master Plan Update; City of Mt. Pleasant; January 16, 2012”. Motion carried.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Another Third Attempt, Sixth Overall

Development proposed for 1003 Douglas is scheduled for planning commission consideration May 3, 2012; the sixth time city officials have scheduled its consideration. Agenda inconsistencies and a history of disregard for statute provisions renders planning commission action unpredictable.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Doo-Doo City Officials Do - 01

The zoning board of appeals has responded with - we don't do statutorily authorized and properly adopted - scheduling 1003 Douglas for April 25, 2012.

  • Improper hearing - City Code §154.162, §154.168, §154.171
  • Improper variance application - City Code §154.164

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Reasonable Belief Proves Elusive

One week+ and city officials have twice confirmed receipt of the question/clarification request. Perhaps the effort of a second receipt confirmation, in lieu of citations, answers all the questions; Mt. Pleasant city officials take action mindless of statutory authority. Their history supports such a conclusion and the city attorney has opined that intentional disregard renders statute provisions inapplicable.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Implementing the Other Plan Q&A

City officials choose illegal circumvention of properly adopted standards and procedures to carry out their undisclosed plan. Officials profess their method yields both what developers want and what the city wants.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The Ordinance, the Master Plan, and the Other Plan

The chronicles of Mt. Pleasant, MI Planning and Zoning

The Ordinance, the Master Plan, ...

Monday, February 27, 2012

March Madness Mount Pleasant

Scheduled back to back, March 28/29, 2012, the zoning board of appeals and planning commission will consider two overbuilding proposals: 221 Clayton@120% ordinance density, 1003 Douglas@150% ordinance density.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Municipal Administrator - Aptitude Test

Do you have the talent to be a municipal administrator?

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The Criminal Alternative

In second meetings following advise their actions were inconsistent with training and law1, the zoning board of appeals and planning commission continue breach of statutory duty. Confounding their choice, a planning commissioner previously observed 'that makes no sense'2.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Planning Commission Continues Illegal Actions

September 7, 2011 the Planning Commission approves site plan SPR-11-09. The approval was based on compliance with ZBA requirements. State and local statutes mandate site plan approval or rejection be based upon standards and requirements contained in the zoning ordinances.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

ZBA Continues Illegal Hearings/Actions

August 24, 2011 the Zoning Board of Appeals conducts several non-appeal hearings in which they review and determine site plans do not conform to standards and requirements contained in the zoning ordinances.

Monday, August 8, 2011

City Commission : Illegal Hearings/Actions

City officials recast administration from perpetual confusion to felony misconduct, intentional breach of positive statutory duty.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Commissioners : Makes No Sense - Unfamiliar Process

Despite commissioners having stated the process is unfamiliar and makes no sense the Zoning Board of Appeals continues non-appeal hearings. ZBA Case 04-2011, 510 W. Pickard industrial zone new construction, the Board reviews site plan and authorizes variance.

Friday, April 1, 2011

City Commission - Illegal Closed Sessions

Effective October 25, 2010 the city of Mt. Pleasant obtained an option to purchase all or part of the state-owned property commonly known as the Mt. Pleasant Center. The Mt. Pleasant City Commission convened closed sessions to discuss the purchase at both its March 14, and March 24, 2011 regularly scheduled sessions.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

City Commission: Third of Two going on Four; and, Unsure?

In the third of four hearings imposed prior to permitting development, L-1 Bar & Grille received liquor license approval from the city commission. Discussion indicates city staff unilaterally determined doubling hearings required was a more efficient and business friendly process.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

City Commission Bait and Switch

Timeline

The planning commission undertook conforming the zoning ordinance with provisions of the Michigan Zoning Enabling Act on December 7, 2006. Ten months and two public hearings later -

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Planning Commission vs. Zoning Board of Appeals

Considering the January 6, 2011 planning commission meeting with context of city code § 154.171(A) Criteria for special use permits and city code § 154.003, § 154.067 below and MCL 125.3504; it appears the planning commission is challenging the ZBA for the title of most inept administration.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Bureaucracy for the sake of Bureaucracy

A testament to the ineptness and inefficiency possible when public officials condone violation of state and local statutes; the November 23, 2010 Zoning Board of Appeals meeting.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Ignore and Compound

A request earlier this year, to convert a building located in an office service zoning district to residential duplex use (SUP-10-04), illustrates administrative inefficiencies introduced when city officials determine to violate ordinance provisions.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Mt. Pleasant Sounds Off

The Morning Sun, a newspaper serving central Michigan, provides an online edition allowing reader interaction. Controversy over a Mt. Pleasant, MI City Commission decision

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Intro / Update - a simple request

Attempts to cause Mt. Pleasant city officials comply with city and state zoning regulations began with a simple request in May 2004, following illegal site plan approval by the Planning Commission.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Typical or Atypical?

Correspondence from City Attorney contradicts plain statement in city code, see Office Humor. Full text opinion letter included in Denied Due Process pages 13-15.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Mt. Pleasant, MI Zoning Administration

Caveat - City officials routinely disregard regulatory provisions