Planners OK land division for new home

by Emmitt B. Feldner of The Review staff

PLYMOUTH – The Plan Commission approved a land division Thursday that clears the way for construction of a new home on Krumrey Street.

The certified survey map for John Sauermilch will require the annexation of a 20- by 20-foot parcel at the northeast corner of the lot from the town of Plymouth.

City Building Inspector Pete Scheuerman explained that Sauermilch owns the former airplane hangar on the east side of Krumrey north of Suhrke Road.

Sauermilch uses the building for various projects, Scheuerman told the commission, but he wishes to build a residence on the 1.15 acre parcel as well.

However, according to Scheuerman, city code does not allow for an auxiliary building the size of the existing building on the same parcel as a residence.

“The solution would be to sever the parcel and he has enough land to do that,” Scheuerman said.

The land division would create a new .41-acre lot 1 to the north of the existing building, with the former hangar on the remaining .74-acre parcel.

Scheuerman noted that research found that the 20- by 20- foot notch in the northeast corner of the parcel is actually in the township and is not part of the city. That would have to be annexed before the CSM is finally approved, but he said it is unlikely that the township would object to the annexation.

The other issue Scheuerman raised was the zoning for the annexed area. City code calls for any newly-annexed land to be automatically zoned agriculture, unless the City Council makes a different rezoning part of the annexation.

Scheuerman pointed out that the property currently is designated as general business on the land use map in the city’s master plan – as are churches to the north and south of the parcel – while property on the other side of Krumrey is zoned R-2 residential.

“I’m a little disappointed that this and the church property are designated general business,” Scheuerman said.

The general business zone would be appropriate for the former hangar building, Scheuerman said, but not for the residence Sauermilch plans to build on the new lot.

“Churches can go in any zone,” Scheuerman said, but a home would not be compatible with business zoning.

The commission recommended approval of the proposed certified survey map, along with rezoning of the newly-created lot to residential and a similar change to the master plan land use map.

The issue will go to the council for a public hearing and final vote at the Aug. 12 meeting.

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