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PROPOSED ORDINANCE ADOPTION AMENDMENT TO ORD. 78, ZONING ORDINANCE ARTICLE XXXIV BROWN ROAD INNOVATION ZONE (BIZ)



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February 09, 2011 - NOTICE

CHARTER TOWNSHIP OF ORION

PROPOSED ORDINANCE ADOPTION AMENDMENT TO ORD. 78, ZONING ORDINANCE ARTICLE XXXIV BROWN ROAD INNOVATION ZONE (BIZ)

The Charter Township of Orion Board of Trustees, at the regular meeting of Monday, March 7, 2011, to be held at 7:00 p.m., at the Orion Township Hall, 2525 Joslyn Rd., Lake Orion, Michigan 48360, proposes to adopt an ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance No. 78, Article XXXIV, for the Charter Township of Orion, Michigan; repealing the existing Sections 34.00 through 34.09 and replacing the text with Sections 34.00 through 34.02; providing for repeal of conflicting ordinances and portions thereof; and providing an effective date.

THE CHARTER TOWNSHIP OF ORION ORDAINS:

SECTION 1 of Ordinance

Pursuant to the provisions of the Michigan Zoning Enabling Act, pursuant to all applicable provisions of law, Article XXXIV is amended by replacing the hereinafter language in the Article as follows:

Section 34.00 Preamble

The purpose of the Brown Road Innovation Zoning District shall be to encourage the development of property in accordance with the Charter Township of Orion Master Plan in a manner that: allows mixed industrial and commercial development; promotes economic development; promotes employment, and tax base; promotes redevelopment and new development; eliminates blighted properties; incorporates Low Impact Design (LID) practices as well as full or partial ratings for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED); ensures safe and complementary vehicular and pedestrian circulation patterns; improves environmental quality and remediates degraded properties; and provides an attractive transition between residential and non-residential properties.

The Brown Road Innovation Zoning District shall be specified for the areas as designated on the Charter Township of Orion Zoning Map.

Section 34.01 Uses Permitted

A. Applicable Area and Requirements. The Brown Road Innovation Zoning District encompasses the area as illustrated on the Zoning Map of the Charter Township of Orion. The requirements of this Section shall be applied in addition to the requirements of the applicable zoning districts and other applicable sections of the Charter Township of Orion Zoning Ordinance.

B. Schedule of Uses. Use and development of land and buildings shall only be for the following use groups. Land and/or buildings indicated in Table 34-1 may be used for the purposes denoted. Uses not permitted are listed in Table 34-2. Ancillary uses or support uses shall only be allowed in conjunction with larger-scale projects involving planned developments of over five (5) acres in size.

C. Ancillary commercial uses or stand-alone commercial uses are not allowed within use group types A and C of the Brown Road Innovation Zone. However, as an incentive for economic development, ancillary commercial uses may be allowed as a stand-alone use if developed in conjunction with larger-scale planned development projects having multiple tenants with a total land area of at least five (5) acres. The Township may require a development agreement to ensure performance, phasing, or other development conditions as part of the ancillary commercial planned development project. The Planning Commission may also consider a waiver of the multi-tenant and minimum five (5) acre requirement if a project promotes the economic development goals of the Township.

Table 34-1

USE GROUPS EXAMPLES OF USES

Type A Residential, Child Care, Health Care, and Public Uses (including or similar to the following):

Single-family residential

Multi-family residential

Child care centers

Senior assisted living

Public/Semi-public/parks

Essential public services

Essential public service buildings

Hospitals, medical office, clinics

Radio, TV, Telephone Trans. Towers

Colleges/Commercial Schools

Churches

Ancillary or Support Uses Allowed:

Restaurants

Drive-thru restaurants

Banks / Credit unions (with drive-thru)

Auto service / Body repair

Convenience store (with or without gas sales)

Auto wash

Upper floor residential

Type B Commercial

(including or similar to the following):

Restaurants

Drive-thru Restaurants

Banks / Credit Unions

Convenience Store (with or without gas sales)

Auto Wash

Upper Floor Residential

Office and Retail Uses

Multi-tenant Shopping Centers

Hotels/Motels

Type C Regional Commercial (including or similar to the following):

Auto dealerships

Large-scale retail establishments (over 55,000 sq. ft.)

Multi-tenant shopping centers (over 55,000 sq. ft.)

Building & lumber supply / Garden centers

Office buildings

Hospitals / Medical complexes

Hotels / Motels

Ancillary or Support Uses Allowed:

Restaurants

Drive-thru restaurants

Banks / Credit unions (with drive-thru)

Auto service / Body repair

Convenience store (with or without gas sales)

Auto wash

Upper floor residential

Type D Industrial / Outdoor Storage (including or similar to the following):

Contractor's Equipment Storage / Storage Yards

Experimental Research & Testing Labs

Manufacturing, Processing, Stamping, etc.

Printing

Tool & Die, Gauge & Machine Shops

Truck Rental / Truck Terminal / Distribution

Warehousing / Wholesale

Table 34-2

USES NOT PERMITTED DISTRICTS

Brown Road

BIZ

Adult regulated uses NP

Salvage/junk yards NP

Asphalt plants NP

Cement plants NP

Extractive uses NP

Commercial/industrial incinerators NP

Slaughterhouse/rendering NP

Waste processing facilities NP

Composting facilities NP

Bulk petroleum NP

Key: NP = NOT PERMITTED

D. Uses not otherwise listed within a use group. Land uses which are not contained by name or by association in the use group may be permitted upon a positive recommendation of the Building Department that such uses are clearly similar in nature and/or compatible with the listed or existing uses in that district. The Building Department may also refer a request for an interpretation to the Board of Zoning Appeals in accordance with Section 30.08.

The Building Department shall consider specific characteristics of the use in question. Such characteristics shall include, but not be limited to, daily traffic generation, types of merchandise or service provided, types of goods produced, expected hours of operation, and building characteristics.

Section 34.02 Required Conditions / Flex Zoning

All activities and uses in this District shall comply with the following required conditions, except where an existing building is legally in nonconformance, or where a variance from the conditions has been legally granted by the Zoning Board of Appeals.

A. Site Plan Approval. The proprietor shall submit a site plan for approval, pursuant to the requirements set forth in Section 30.01 of the Zoning Ordinance.

B. Schedule of Regulations. Each use within the Brown Road Innovation Zone shall comply with Table 34-3 for area, height, setback and lot coverage. The Planning Commission is authorized to consider a waiver of up to twenty percent (20%) from the Schedule of Regulations of Table 34-3 if the waiver does not adversely impact adjoining parcels, abut residentially zoned parcels, or create public safety concerns. Waiver of schedule of regulations may also considered for larger planned development projects in excess of five (5) acres and which have multiple tenants. The schedule of regulations is provided below:

Table 34-3

Schedule of Mixed Use Regulations



1 Where abutting existing zoned or used residential properties which are outside of the BIZ zoning district boundaries.

C. Height Limit. The Brown Road Innovation Zone does not contain a height limit. However, all applications for development shall be reviewed by the Building Department and/or Planning Commission for height compatibility with adjoining residential areas. Where parcels abut existing zoned residential areas, maximum height of a building shall not exceed two (2) times the setback dimension from the residentially zoned property line to the edge of the building. The Planning Commission may also require line of sight surveys, drawings, or elevations to evaluate the visual impact of buildings over five (5) stories in height. If the Planning Commission determines that line of sight is significantly impaired for adjoining residentially zoned parcels, the Planning Commission may impose a five (5) story or sixty (60) foot height limitation.

D. Off-Street Parking.

1. Parking requirements shall be based upon the following schedule:

a. One (1) parking space per two hundred (200) square feet of gross floor area for general retail uses, personal services, banks, offices, auto sales, etc.

b. One (1) parking space per one hundred (100) square feet of gross floor area for restaurants.

c. Parking requirements for industrial-related districts shall be based upon one (1) parking space per one thousand (1,000) square feet of gross floor area.

2. The Planning Commission may, at their discretion, modify the numerical requirements for off-street parking based on evidence provided by the applicant that indicates that another standard would be more reasonable, because of the level of current or future employment, and/or the level of current or future customer traffic.

3. No parking area or driveway shall be closer than thirty (30) feet to the adjacent property lines when the parcel abuts residentially zoned or used property. However, when the parcel abuts commercial/office or industrially zoned property, no parking area or driveway shall be closer than twenty (20) feet to the adjacent property lines.

4. Driveways and parking areas shall be curbed and consist of hard surfaced concrete, blacktop, or equivalent, as approved by the Planning Commission.

5. All off-street parking shall conform to the standards set forth in Section 27.04 of this Ordinance.

6. The required setback for parking may be reduced in width or waived by the Planning Commission, subject to landscaping or screening requirements.

E. General Design Standards. All proposed development and construction within the Brown Road Innovation Zoning District shall comply with the following standards:

1. Development Patterns. Proposed development shall reflect characteristics and design features that are consistent with the Charter Township of Orion Master Plan. The intent of the District is to create a coordinated development pattern which provides a smooth transition between uses and properties. Transition may be created through coordination of building styles and setbacks, landscape buffers, and cross-access between properties.

2. A mix of industrial, commercial, and other uses is allowed as long as appropriately buffered and sited.

3. Site Access, Parking, and Loading. Overall street and/or driveway design and layout shall be an integral component of site design providing for both internal access to service the development of properties and cross-access between individual properties. Site access, parking, and loading shall meet the standards set forth in Article 27. In addition, off-street parking shall be located predominantly within the side or rear yard areas, unless waived by the Planning Commission. The Planning Commission may allow parking in the front yard, subject to traffic safety, visibility, convenience, landscape buffering, or other site factors.

4. Pedestrian Pathways and Sidewalks. Emphasis shall be placed on providing a pedestrian circulation system which promotes safety and connects mixed use areas. Vehicular access and circulation shall be planned to ensure safe pedestrian movement by means of safety paths within the development.

5. General Site Design/Architectural Guidelines. It is the intent of the District to provide an environment of high quality and complementary building architecture and site design. Special emphasis shall be placed upon methods that tend to reduce the visual impact of large buildings, to encourage tasteful, imaginative design for individual buildings, and to create a complex of buildings compatible with the Brown Road corridor. Large-format retail centers shall comply with Section 27.16.

6. Landscaping/Greenbelts/Buffers/Screening Elements. All landscape features of the site shall conform to the requirements set forth in Section 27.05 as well as the regulations listed in Section 34.02 R.

7. Site plan applications shall comply with the submittal requirements of Section 30.01.

F. Sign Regulation. All signs shall comply with the standards set forth in Orion Township Sign Ordinance No. 138.

G. Lighting Regulations.

1. A lighting plan shall be submitted with all site plans as set forth in Section 27.11 of this Ordinance. All other Zoning Ordinance regulations shall apply unless otherwise noted in this Ordinance.

2. Exterior site lighting shall be fully shielded and directed downward to prevent off-site glare.

3. Site illumination on properties adjacent to residential properties shall not exceed 0.3 foot-candle along property lines, or 1.0 foot-candle along non-residential property lines. Parking lot lighting shall be governed by Section 27.11.

H. Public Road Access. Any use developed or proposed within this district shall have direct access to a dedicated public or private road. Access management requirements for driveways, curb cuts, and traffic shall comply with Section 27.14.

I. Utilities. All utilities servicing the buildings or structures shall be buried underground.

J. Covered Trash Areas.

1. Covered trash receptacles, surrounded on three (3) sides by masonry brick-type walls one (1) foot higher than the receptacle shall be provided in the rear yard of the building or principal use structure.

2. The fourth side of the trash receptacle enclosure shall be equipped with an opaque lockable gate that is the same height as the brick-type wall.

3. The Planning Commission may, at their discretion, waive the requirements for a covered trash receptacle as described herein, if, after considering the nature of the operation being proposed, the Commission determines that the amount of trash generated can be adequately disposed of without use of an outside trash receptacle.

K. Loading and Unloading.

1. Loading and unloading areas shall be located in the rear or side yard of a non-residential district.

2. Loading and unloading areas shall not be located where they will interfere with parking or obstruct ingress and egress.

3. All loading and unloading areas shall be in conformance with the requirements set forth in Section 27.04.

L. Performance Bond Requirement. The Planning Commission shall require a performance bond to be deposited with the Township Clerk in accordance with the provisions set forth in Section 30.09, to ensure that necessary and required improvements proposed on the site plan will be completed.

M. Building Type. All principal uses shall be contained within a free-standing building.

N. Safety Paths. Construction of safety paths for pedestrian use and use by non-motorized vehicles shall be required in conjunction with the development of all parcels in this zoning district. The safety paths shall conform to the specifications outlined in Section 27.06 and Ordinance No. 97.

O. Tree Preservation Regulations. The tree permit requirements apply to developments in this District, according to the terms of Section 27.12.

P. Wetland Setbacks. The wetland setback requirements apply to all developments in this District, according to the terms of Section 27.17.

Q. Noise. Regulations regarding the abatement and control of excessive noise are found within the Charter Township of Orion Noise Ordinance No. 135.

R. Landscaping. Landscaping and screening shall comply with the following:

1. Landscaping Adjacent to Roads.

a. Where a use type A, B, or C abuts a public road, a twenty (20) foot greenbelt shall be provided with one (1) shade tree per 30 lineal feet, and one (1) shrub per ten (10) lineal feet (Figure 34.1). For the purposes of computing length of road frontage, openings for driveways and sidewalks shall not be counted.

b. Where a use type D abuts a public road, a thirty (30) foot greenbelt shall be provided with one (1) evergreen tree per fifty (50) lineal feet, one (1) flowering tree per seventy-five (75) lineal feet and one (1) shrub per ten (10) lineal feet (Figure 34.2). Outdoor storage shall be screened from views from a public right-of-way. For the purposes of computing length of road frontage, openings for driveways and sidewalks shall not be counted.

Figure 34.1 Landscaping Adjacent to Roads Use Types A, B, and C

Figure 34.2 Landscaping Adjacent to Roads

Use Type D

2. Screening Between Uses.

a. Where a residential use abuts a non-residential use, a thirty (30) foot buffer shall be provided with one (1) shade tree per thirty (30) lineal feet, one (1) flowering tree per seventy-five (75) lineal feet, and a combination of shrubs at one (1) shrub per five (5) lineal feet, wall, fence, or berm at a height of six (6) feet as approved by the Planning Commission (Figure 34.3).

b. Where a use type D abuts any other use type including residential, a thirty (30) foot buffer shall be provided with one (1) shade tree per thirty (30) lineal feet, one (1) evergreen tree per fifty (50) lineal feet, one (1) flowering tree per seventy-five (75) lineal feet, and a combination of shrubs at one (1) shrub per five (5) lineal feet, wall, fence, or berm at a height of six (6) feet as approved by the Planning Commission (Figure 34.4).

c. For screening between any other uses, a twenty (20) foot buffer shall be provided with one (1) shade tree per thirty (30) lineal feet, and a combination of shrubs at one (1) shrub per ten (10) lineal feet, wall, fence, or berm at a height of six (6) feet as approved by the Planning Commission (Figure 34.5).

Figure 34.3 Buffering between

Residential and Non-residential Uses

Figure 34.4 Buffering Between

Use Type D and All Other Use Types

Figure 34.5 Buffering Between All Other Use Types

S. General Landscaping Requirements.

1. General Site Requirements. All undeveloped portions of the site shall conform to the following general landscaping standards, except where specific landscape elements, such as greenbelts, berms, parking lot landscaping, landscaping along roadways, or screening, are required:

a. All undeveloped portions of the site shall be planted with grass, ground cover, landscape mulch, shrubbery, landscape stone, or other suitable live plant material, which shall extend to any abutting street pavement edge. Grass areas in the front yard of all nonresidential uses shall be planted with sod or hydroseeded.

b. Unless otherwise specified, wherever an evergreen or landscaped screen is required, screening shall consist of closely spaced evergreen plantings (i.e., no farther than fifteen (15) feet apart), which can be reasonably expected to form an eighty percent (80%) visual barrier in summer and a sixty percent (60%) visual barrier in winter, and that will be at least six (6) feet above the ground level within three (3) years of planting. Deciduous plant materials may be used, provided that an eighty percent (80%) visual barrier in summer and a sixty percent (60%) visual barrier in winter is maintained. Wherever screening is required adjacent to residentially zoned property, the screening shall be installed as soon as practicable in relation to site grading and general construction activities.

c. The site plan shall indicate the proposed method of watering landscaped areas. Although not required, installation of an inground irrigation/sprinkler system is encouraged, particularly in front yards.

d. The landscape requirements as illustrated in Figures 34.1 through 34.5 are representative. The required number of trees and shrubs may be grouped or clustered within a flexible design arrangement, as long as the minimum quantity of plant materials is provided.

2. Landscape Material Standards. Unless otherwise specified, all landscape materials shall comply with the following standards: Plant materials used in compliance with the provisions of this Section shall be nursery grown, free of pests and diseases, hardy in southeastern portion of the state, in conformance with the American Standards for Nursery Stock of the American Landscape and Nursery Association (formerly the American Association of Nurserymen) and shall have passed inspections required under state regulations.

3. Modifications to Requirements. In consideration of the overall design and impact of a specific landscape plan and in consideration of the amount of existing plant material to be retained on the site, the Planning Commission may modify the specific requirements outlined in this Section, provided that any such adjustment is in keeping with the intent of this Section and this chapter in general. In determining whether a modification is appropriate, the Planning Commission shall consider whether the following conditions exist:

a. Topographic features or other unique features of the site create conditions such that strict application of the landscape regulations would result in a less effective screen than an alternative landscape design.

b. Parking, vehicular circulation, or land use are such that required landscaping would not enhance the site or result in the desired screening effect.

c. The public benefit intended by the landscape regulations could be better achieved with a plan that varies from the strict requirements of this Section.

T. U. Zoning Boundaries for the Brown Road Innovation Zone.

Figure 34.6 Zoning Map for the

Brown Road Innovation Zone Area

SECTION 2 of Ordinance

All other ordinances or parts of ordinances which are inconsistent or in conflict herewith are hereby repealed to the extent of such inconsistency or conflict.

SECTION 3 of Ordinance

The various parts, sections and clauses of this Ordinance are declared to be severable. If any part, sentence, paragraph, section or clause is adjudged unconstitutional or invalid by a court of competent jurisdiction, the remainder of the Ordinance shall not be affected.

SECTION 4 of Ordinance

This Ordinance shall be published in full in a newspaper of general circulation in the Charter Township of Orion, qualified under State law to publish legal notices, and shall become effective upon publication, as provided by law.

SECTION 5 of Ordinance

This Ordinance is hereby declared to have been adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Charter Township of Orion at a meeting thereof duly called and held on the 7th day of March, 2011, and ordered to be given publication in the manner prescribed by the Charter of the Township of Orion.

Copies of the proposed Ordinance are on file in the office of the Township Clerk, 2525 Joslyn Road, Lake Orion, Michigan, 48360, and may be examined during normal business hours, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Written comments may be submitted before the meeting to Penny S. Shults, Clerk, at the address listed above.

Penny S. Shults, Clerk

Charter Township of Orion

Publish: 02.09.11

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