City Council Update
Highlights from City Council Meeting, May 21, 2018
FY 2019 budget approved – City Council adopted the
fiscal year 2019 budget after holding a public hearing at the May 21
meeting on the matter. There were no public comments on the budget
presented by Finance Director/Treasurer Sandi Wiktorowski. Adjustments
to the water and sewer rates were included in the budget.
Brownfield Redevelopment Authority – City Council
adopted a resolution of intent to create and provide for a Brownfield
Redevelopment Authority for the City. The authority enables communities
to take the lead on cleanup of brownfield properties and fund brownfield
redevelopment projects through Tax Increment Financing (TIF). Funds
collected are then used to reimburse developers for environmental
cleanup and other eligible costs. All plans are subject to negotiation.
A public hearing will be held on creating an authority at the regular
City Council meeting on July 16.
Millage request for
road funding – Council voted to put a ballot proposal before
voters in the November election, asking voters if they would support the
issuance of $3,050,000 bonds to finance proposed street improvements
over a 10-year period. If voters approve the funding request, the
estimated millage to be levied beginning in 2019 would be 0.98 mills
(98¢ per $1,000 of taxable value).
– Council waived the second reading and adopted five new
- Residential fences – (Section 18.09) to allow
privacy fences along the back or side of a house that abuts certain
- Special Land Use Standards (Section 16.01) The
recipient of applications and materials for special land use
requests will be designated as the Building Department rather than
the City Clerk.
- Special Land Use in general commercial district (Section
11.03) – Eliminate the phrase “no more obnoxious or
detrimental to the surrounding area.” 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.
- Site condominium development standards (Section 18.14)
– 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)
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.
Zoning change – Council approved conditional rezoning
of an historic residence at 129 N. Wing from general commercial district
(GCD) to residential (R-1B), which includes foster care and day care.
Council also approved the owners’ plans to add a detached garage and
reorient the house entrance to face Dunlap. A second reading open for
public comments will take place at the June 4 City Council meeting.
Auditors stay on board – City Council voted to
continue using the audit services of Plante & Moran during the fiscal
Information Technology (IT) services
related to CLEMIS – City Council approved the agreement for
information technology services between Oakland County and the City of
Northville, which allow for the continued use of the County Court and
Law Enforcement Management Information System (CLEMIS) system and assist
Ritter GIS, the City’s GIS contractor, in enhancing the City’s GIS
Patrick Giesa was
approved by City Council to serve as the election commissioner for the
August 7, 2018 primary and Nov. 6, 2018 general election.
Jay Wendt received a proclamation from City Council
recognizing his significant contributions to the City for his
decades-long tenure on the Planning Commission, including 18 years as
chair. He also served on the Board of Zoning Appeals. He began his
public service to the City by serving on the Northville District Library
Mayor Ken Roth recognized the Northville High
Baseball for hosting the Armed Forces Day, saying it was a
fitting tribute to fallen service members.
The mayor also
congratulated the Chamber of Commerce for bringing
veteran’s memorial banners to the downtown area (in May and November).
There were no public comments.
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