City Council Update
Highlights from City Council Meeting, November 6, 2017
CDBG Grant accepted – City Council agreed to accept a
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) from Oakland County in the
amount of $8,164 to be used for senior programs targeting low to
middle-income seniors in fiscal year 2018. The approval came after a
public hearing on the matter at the City Council meeting. There was no
Historic District Commission – After
the second reading, City Council approved an ordinance to amend chapter
42 of Historic Preservation Article II, which allows the mayor or an
alternate (appointed by the mayor and confirmed by City Council) to
serve on the Historic District Commission and become chairperson of the
HDC. In addition, new language details the actions to be taken when
asking a commission member to resign from the position.
Taxicabs – City Council heard the second reading and voted to
repeal the ordinance that regulates taxi cab fees and licenses, since
the fees and regulations are now managed by the state.
International Fire Code – City Council heard the second reading
and approved the adoption of the latest edition (2015) of the
International Fire Code, replacing the 2012 edition, in the Northville
Code of Ordinances.
Planned Unit Development (PUD)
process – City Council heard the first reading of a proposed
zoning ordinance amendment that eases the submission process for
developers who plan to construct a planned unit development (PUD). The
new language is proposed to eliminate City Council’s approval of the
Final Site Plan (and a second public hearing), and allow the Planning
Commission alone to make that decision. The new language also
specifically states that City Council’s approval constitutes an
amendment to the Zoning Map (Section 20.06(3)). Language has been added
that allows the Planning Commission to grant one six-month extension
between preliminary and final approval as well as one extension between
final approval and the start of construction.
Floor residential in new developments being considered – City
Council heard the first reading of a proposed master plan text amendment
that would allow first-floor residential space in the “Creative Mixed
Use Area” of the Cady St. Sub-Area Plan among other changes. Currently,
there must be a certain percentage of retail space on the first floor.
The Planning Commission recommended the change following a public
hearing on Oct. 3, 2017. The proposed change will be circulated to the
adjoining communities of Novi and Northville Township as well as Wayne
County and Oakland County, which will have 42 days to respond with their
HVAC control center at Northville Community
Center – City Council approved the low bidder, Fontanesi and
Kann Co., of Ferndale, to repair or replace the HVAC control center at
the Northville Community Center for a cost of $23,557. The building’s
heating and cooling system has been malfunctioning for several years due
to a damaged control.
New buses coming for senior
transportation – The Department of Parks and Recreation
received approval from City Council to swap two buses (14-passenger)
with SMART for leases of new 19- and 24-passenger buses, which will
allow more seniors to go on outings.
Jim Allen’s service – It was Jim Allen’s last council meeting.
His fellow council members and Mayor Ken Roth thanked him for his
service, which included serving on many boards.
Mayor Ken Roth
presented Sherry ecelis with a certificate for
her service to the Housing Commission and the residents of Allen Terrace
during her tenure as housing director.
There were no public
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