Permit Process

Mt. Pleasant MI City Administration Planning Zoning 48858 Isabella County

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.

City officials understand the request requires a special use permit and include SUP-10-04 among public hearings scheduled for May 6, 2010 planning commission meeting.

May 6, 2010 - the planning commission proclaims a residential duplex in an office service district does not require a special use permit and suggests applicant withdraw the request. Confusion had caused city officials to understand 'All uses as permitted and regulated in' to mean 'All uses as permitted and regulated in'.

September 27, 2010 - five months, multiple meetings, discussions, drafts and memos later, the Mt. Pleasant, MI city commission completes legitimizing ordinance violation by adopting text changes highlighted in the After column.

City officials determined to subvert the ordinance for what purpose -

  • Bloat ordinance text, more is better
  • Justify increasing city staff to include redundancy reduction specialist
  • Facilitate similar subsequent
  • ?

Before - Residential duplex in an office service zoning district requires special use permit

After - Residential duplex in an office service zoning district requires special use permit

§ 154.081 OS-1 OFFICE SERVICE DISTRICTS.

(B) Principal uses permitted. In an office service district buildings and land shall be used for one or more of the following specified uses unless otherwise provided for in this chapter:

(1) All uses as permitted and regulated in the M-1 and adjacent R Residential District, as well as the next less restricted R district.

§ 154.081 OS-1 OFFICE SERVICE DISTRICTS.

(B) Principal uses permitted. In an office service district buildings and land shall be used for one or more of the following specified uses unless otherwise provided for in this chapter:

(1) All principal uses permitted and as regulated in the R Residential Districts.

(C) Principal uses permitted subject to special use permits.  The following special uses shall be permitted, subject to the conditions imposed for each use and subject further to the review and approval of the Planning Commission:

(C) Principal uses permitted subject to special use permits. The following special uses shall be permitted, subject to the conditions imposed for each use and subject further to the review and approval of the Planning Commission:

(1) All principal uses permitted subject to special use permits in the R Residential Districts and all uses permitted in the M-1 Multiple Family Residential Districts, subject to the regulations of the respective districts.

§ 154.082 OS-2 OFFICE SERVICE DISTRICTS.

(B) Principal uses permitted. In an office service district buildings and land shall be used for one or more of the following specified uses unless otherwise provided for in this chapter:

(1) All uses as permitted and regulated in the adjacent R Residential district, as well as the next less restricted R district.

§ 154.082 OS-2 OFFICE SERVICE DISTRICTS.

(B) Principal uses permitted. In an office service district buildings and land shall be used for one or more of the following specified uses unless otherwise provided for in this chapter:

(1) All principal uses permitted and as regulated in the R Residential Districts.

(C) Principal uses permitted subject to special use permits. The following special uses shall be permitted, subject to the conditions imposed for each use, and subject further to the review and approval of the Planning Commission:

(1) All uses as permitted and regulated in the M-1 District.

(C) Principal uses permitted subject to special use permits. The following special uses shall be permitted, subject to the conditions imposed for each use, and subject further to the review and approval of the Planning Commission:

(1) All principal uses permitted subject to special use permits in the R Residential Districts and all uses permitted in the M-1 Multiple Family Residential Districts, subject to the regulations of the respective districts.

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.

City officials understand the request requires a special use permit and include SUP-10-04 among public hearings scheduled for May 6, 2010 planning commission meeting.

May 6, 2010 - the planning commission proclaims a residential duplex in an office service district does not require a special use permit and suggests applicant withdraw the request. Confusion had caused city officials to understand 'All uses as permitted and regulated in' to mean 'All uses as permitted and regulated in'.

September 27, 2010 - five months, multiple meetings, discussions, drafts and memos later, the Mt. Pleasant, MI city commission completes legitimizing ordinance violation by adopting text changes highlighted in the After column.

City officials determined to subvert the ordinance for what purpose -

  • Bloat ordinance text, more is better
  • Justify increasing city staff to include redundancy reduction specialist
  • Facilitate similar subsequent
  • ?

Before - Residential duplex in an office service zoning district requires special use permit

After - Residential duplex in an office service zoning district requires special use permit

§ 154.081 OS-1 OFFICE SERVICE DISTRICTS.

(B) Principal uses permitted. In an office service district buildings and land shall be used for one or more of the following specified uses unless otherwise provided for in this chapter:

(1) All uses as permitted and regulated in the M-1 and adjacent R Residential District, as well as the next less restricted R district.

§ 154.081 OS-1 OFFICE SERVICE DISTRICTS.

(B) Principal uses permitted. In an office service district buildings and land shall be used for one or more of the following specified uses unless otherwise provided for in this chapter:

(1) All principal uses permitted and as regulated in the R Residential Districts.

(C) Principal uses permitted subject to special use permits.  The following special uses shall be permitted, subject to the conditions imposed for each use and subject further to the review and approval of the Planning Commission:

(C) Principal uses permitted subject to special use permits. The following special uses shall be permitted, subject to the conditions imposed for each use and subject further to the review and approval of the Planning Commission:

(1) All principal uses permitted subject to special use permits in the R Residential Districts and all uses permitted in the M-1 Multiple Family Residential Districts, subject to the regulations of the respective districts.

§ 154.082 OS-2 OFFICE SERVICE DISTRICTS.

(B) Principal uses permitted. In an office service district buildings and land shall be used for one or more of the following specified uses unless otherwise provided for in this chapter:

(1) All uses as permitted and regulated in the adjacent R Residential district, as well as the next less restricted R district.

§ 154.082 OS-2 OFFICE SERVICE DISTRICTS.

(B) Principal uses permitted. In an office service district buildings and land shall be used for one or more of the following specified uses unless otherwise provided for in this chapter:

(1) All principal uses permitted and as regulated in the R Residential Districts.

(C) Principal uses permitted subject to special use permits. The following special uses shall be permitted, subject to the conditions imposed for each use, and subject further to the review and approval of the Planning Commission:

(1) All uses as permitted and regulated in the M-1 District.

(C) Principal uses permitted subject to special use permits. The following special uses shall be permitted, subject to the conditions imposed for each use, and subject further to the review and approval of the Planning Commission:

(1) All principal uses permitted subject to special use permits in the R Residential Districts and all uses permitted in the M-1 Multiple Family Residential Districts, subject to the regulations of the respective districts.