Village of Lawrence Public Hearings

All public hearings are held at Lawrence Village Hall, 147 N Paw Paw, Lawrence MI 49064, unless noted else wise. Notices for public hearings are posted at the following sites: Courier-Leader community calendar, Lawrence District Library,  Lawrence Post Office, CITGO gas station, Marathon gas station, and at the Village Hall window bulletin board. Those unable to attend a hearing are invited to submit written comments to the Village Clerk at the Lawrence Village Hall, 157 N Paw Paw, Lawrence MI 49064.  All written comments must be received by no later than 4:00 pm of the previous day of the hearing. If any resident has a physical disability which may limit his/her participation in this hearing, please notify the Hall 5 days before the hearing so accommodations can be made.

Thursday June 8th, 2017 at 6:30 pm

The Village of Lawrence Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) shall convene at the Lawrence Village Hall, 157 N. Paw Paw Street, Lawrence, Michigan for the purpose of considering a request from The Woda Group for a variance to those requirements of the Village of Lawrence Zoning Ordinance concerning the below requests of the parcels located at 595 South Paw Paw Street, Lawrence, Michigan.  Parcels affected by such request are identified as Van Buren County Tax Parcel Number 80-44-455-007-00 and 80-44-455-008-00.

The following will be requested:

Explanation of request for variance

  1. In accordance with MCL § 125.36 04(5), Applicant requests an interpretation of Sections 32-3 (Definitions of Yards) and 32-511 (Schedule of Regulations – Minimum Yard Setback – MFR Zoning District) of the Village of Lawrence Zoning Ordinance (the “Ordinance”) pertaining to the location of the minimum front, side and rear yard setbacks for the Property and its structures (the ” Project”).
  1. Applicant requests a variance to reduce the required number of off-street parking spaces from ninety-six (96) to sixty-five (65). Section 32-541(12) (Schedule of Minimum Number of Off-Street Parking Spaces) requires two (2) off-street parking spaces for each dwelling unit for residential, multiple The Project includes forty-eight (48) dwelling units and therefore, ninety-six (96) off-street parking spaces are required by the Ordinance. The Project, as it currently exists, has sixty-five (65) off-street parking spaces.

Under the current Ordinance, if the Project is destroyed or rendered unusable by any means (“Calamity”) by more than 60 percent of its replacement costs, exclusive of the foundation, the Project could not be reconstructed or restored to its current condition since the nonconforming structures provision of the Ordinance requires the Project to be reconstructed or restored in conformity with the current provisions of the Ordinance.

The strict application of the minimum off-street parking provision of the Ordinance would result in exceptional practical difficulties and create undue hardship by causing an addition of thirty-one (31) off-street parking spaces if the Project was to be reconstructed or restored in conformity with the minimum off-street parking provision of the Ordinance.

  1. Applicant requests a variance from the strict application of the maximum height provision in an MFR Zoning District. In an MFR Zoning District, the maximum height of structures according to Section 32-511 (Schedule of Regulations) is two (2) stories/twenty-five feet (25′). One of the existing building (#599) heights on the Project is 25.97 feet and for this reason, a variance is requested.

The strict application of the maximum height provision of the Ordinance, if the Project was destroyed by Calamity, would result in exceptional practical difficulties and create undue hardship by causing a reduction in building height of at least one of the buildings if the Project was reconstructed or restored in conformance with the maximum height provision of the Ordinance.

  1. Applicant requests a variance from the strict application of the minimum front yard setback provision if it is determined by the Zoning Board of Appeals that the minimum front yard setback for the Project, as shown on the attached survey, is correct. Section 32-511 (Schedule of Regulations) requires a minimum front yard setback of 50 feet in a MFR Zoning As shown on the survey, an existing building (#605) encroaches 19.4 feet into the front yard minimum setback.

The strict application of the minimum front yard setback provision of the Ordinance, if the Project was destroyed by Calamity, would result in exceptional practical difficulties and create undue hardship by moving the footprint of at least one of the buildings if the Project was reconstructed or restored in conformance with the current minimum front yard setback of the Ordinance.

  1. Applicant requests any other variances that are necessary for the development and rehabilitation of the Project and to comply with the current Ordinance.
  1. f) Applicant requests a variance from the nonconforming use and structures prov1s1on s of the Ordinance by allowing the reconstruction or restoration of the Project to its current condition, including but not limited to the Project’s current use, height, lot size , percentage of lot area covered by buildings, front yard setback, rear yard setback, side yard setback, and number of off-street parking spaces, in the event the Project is destroyed or rendered unusable by Calamity and regardless of possible future changes to the Project’s current zoning classification. The current Ordinance allows from reconstruction or restoration of structures only in conformity with the provisions of the current Ordinance, if destroyed by any means to an extent of more than 60 percent of its replacement costs, exclusive of the

If you are unable to attend this meeting, but would like to comment on this public hearing, comments should be submitted to the Village Hall by 5:00 pm on Monday June 5th, 2017. 

 

March 29th, 2017 at 6:30pm at the Lawrence Village Hall

Please take notice; the Village of Lawrence Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) shall convene for purposes of hearing a request from Krista Goens regarding a variance to current requirements of the Village of Lawrence Zoning Ordinance concerning the mixed use requirements at this address, 112 N. Paw Paw Street, Lawrence, Michigan, identified as Van Buren County Tax Parcel Number 80-44-107-008-10.

If granted, a variance would allow Residential Space in Commercial Space.

If you are unable to attend this meeting, but would like to comment on this public hearing, comments must be submitted to the Village Hall by 5:00 pm on March 29, 2017.

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at Lawrence Village Hall

The Village of Lawrence Village Council will be holding a Public Hearing to discuss and receive comment on proposed Golf Cart Ordinance.  A copy of the proposed ordinance is available for the public to review at the Village Hall located at 157 N. Paw Paw Street in the Village of Lawrence.

If you are unable to attend the above meeting, then written comments will be accepted until May 8th, 2017 by 5:00pm at Village Hall.  Individuals with disabilities should contact the Village by writing or calling the Village Hall at 269-674-8161.

June 2, 2016 6:30pm at Village Hall

The Village of Lawrence’s Public Service Committee will hold a Public Hearing at the Village Hall Council Chambers on Thursday, June 2nd, 2016 at 6:30pm at the Lawrence Village Hall, 157 N. Paw Paw Street, Lawrence Michigan 49064.

The purpose of the public hearing is to provide an opportunity for the public to comment on proposed water rate increases to village residents.  A copy of the proposed rate increases shall be available at the Village Hall for review before the hearing.

All written comments must be received by no later than 4:00pm, June 1st, 2016 in order to be considered.  If any resident has a physical disability which may limit his/her participation in this hearing, please notify the Village Hall at least five (5) days prior to the hearing so that reasonable accommodations may be made.

Sept 8, 2015 6:30pm at Village Hall
Hearing to take public comment on the Tax Abatement request from Quality Assured Plastics.  Immediately following the public hearing the Village Council will take action on the recommendations at their regularly scheduled meeting.

June 30, 2015 7:00pm at Village Hall
Hearing on a proposed increase of .0992 mills in the operating tax mileage rate to be levied on a property in 2015.  Council passed the resolution after the Hearing

April 20, 2015 7:00pm at Village Hall
Hearing on a petitioned zoning change for proposed property for Dollar General. Property on 400 block of S. Paw Paw presently zoning light industrial, with the requested change to General Business zoning.

March 12, 2015 7:00pm at Village Hall
Hearing on proposed WODA/PILOT Ordinance for Lawrence Downs Apartments.  The WODA Group is proposing to purchase the Apartment Complex, provide a major renovation of all units including the construction of a dedicated meeting hall for residents use. The ordinance would allow WODA Group to pay a fixed amount to Village per year in lieu of property taxes. (PILOT=Payment in lieu of Taxes).  The official notice can be read here

07/11/14
Four water services tested positive for coliform at the Lawrence-Crandall Business Centre.   Those water services were as follows: Quality Assured Plastics, North American Cooler, Waffle House, and one residence next to the industrial park.  Those businesses and resident are currently on a boil water alert. The Lawrence Dept of Public Works took all necessary steps and procedures to complete the process as required by The Michigan Dept of Environmental Quality (DEQ) water division. Please by advised that the Village of Lawrence water system was not affected by this situation. On 07/17/14 the Boil Water Notice was removed per DEQ approval.

June 18, 2013 6:30pm at Village Hall
Hearing on proposed Wastewater System Improvements for the purpose of receiving comments from any interested persons.  The purpose of the proposed project is to review the recommendations made for upgrading the Village Wastewater Collection, Pumping and Treatment Systems. Project will involve the replacement of three 30-year old sewage pump stations, upgrading a fourth pump station, and making improvements to the Lagoon Treatment Facility. The total estimated cost of the project is $2,840,000.  The Village will pursue all avenues of grants and low interest loans to finance the project. The official notice can be read here.

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