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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 comment.

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.

First 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 comments.

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.

Appreciation for 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 comments.


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