City Council Update
Highlights from City Council Meeting, April 16, 2018
Karen Zyczynski represented
the AAUW* of Northville/Novi Chapter. She provided an overview of the
organization that advances equity for women and girls through advocacy,
education, philanthropy and research. She thanked the City Council for
issuing a proclamation that recognized April 10, 2018 as Equal Pay Day.
That’s the date that women’s pay equals men’s for the same job. On
average, she noted, a white woman’s pay rate is 78¢ for every $1 a white
man earns. It’s even less for minority women. (*AAUW is the American
Association of University Women.)
Dr. Ghulam Qadir,
a psychiatrist and the CEO of a mental health practice in Dearborn,
introduced himself as a candidate for the state senate. He resides in
Northville Township and noted that building and maintaining good quality
roads is a top priority.
Report from Financial advisers
– Jaymes Vettraino, of Vettraino Consulting, and John Kaczor,
of Municipal Analytics, presented their final report on a review of the
City’s long-range financial plan, with a close look at infrastructure
costs, pension funding, and expenditures and liabilities. To fund road
improvements, the advisers recommended securing a $3.2 million bond (@
3.5%) with funds generated by a .97 millage. If City Council approves a
millage request, it will be placed on the November 2018 ballot.
Zoning section: Six ordinance amendments were presented
for either first reading or second reading and approval. They are:
- Special Land use in general commercial district
(Section 11.03) – First reading: Eliminate the phrase “no more
obnoxious or detrimental to the surrounding area” because it is
vague. The Planning Commission instead is advised to use the Special
Land Use standards to gauge whether an unlisted proposed use is
similar to other acceptable uses in the district in question.
- Special Land Use Standards (16.01) First
reading: The recipient of applications and materials for special
land use requests will be designated as the Building Department
rather than the City Clerk.
- Fences – (Section 18.09) First reading: If a
residential property backs on a heavily traveled road, e.g. Beck,
Novi Road, 8 Mile, etc., a fence no higher than 6 feet can be
erected in the back yard or a side yard that faces the busy street.
- Site condominium development standards (Section 18.14)
– First reading: An applicant must submit "draft" condominium
documents to the City Attorney for review after the Preliminary Site
Plan has been approved. Any draft documents not approved by the City
attorney must be brought back to the Planning Commission, which may
recommend changes prior to final acceptance. The previous language
required that the condominium documents be finalized at the review
stage by the City attorney.
- Senior Living Facilities – (section 16.18)
First reading: A senior living group residence can only be built in
the zoned multi-family district, R-3 or R-4, not on Cady Street or
in the downtown area. The language was revised to reflect the
current definitions of senior housing, ranging from independent
apartments to Continuing Care Retirement Communities. The amendment
also adds standards for site development and parking.
- Master plan changes involving Cady St. and Foundry Flask
- Second reading/approval by City Council: The amendment, in part,
permits some first floor residential and removes some density
requirements (number of units per acre). It now goes to adjourning
communities for a 42-day review, then will be discussed at a public
hearing. Any revisions based on those reviews will be made by the
Planning Commission before it is presented in final form to City
Parking decks – City Council approved a contract,
submitted as part of a bid process, to Carl Walker/WGI of Kalamazoo, in
the amount of $15,750 to prepare an evaluation, rehabilitation and
maintenance plan for the MainCentre and Cady Street parking decks.
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