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Chelsea City Council unanimously approves comprehensive plan amendments for Federal Screw Works property

welcome-to-Chelsea-sign (2)The Chelsea City Council unanimously approved all three action items on its agenda on July 21 including an amended comprehensive plan for the city, which among other things, removes the residential component for the Federal Screw Works site.

This will allow the Planning Commission to consider a rezoning request for the property from Industrial (I-1) to a Planned Unit Development (PUD). The Planning Commission held a public hearing on July 15 for the amendments and unanimously agreed to forward these changes to the City Council for final approval.

The Council also unanimously approved Council Member Melissa Johnson’s request on behalf of a community center steering committee, for a letter of support for a feasibility study of a possible Chelsea Community Center to be located at the Washington Street Education Center. The steering committee is planning to request a grant for the study from the Chelsea Community Foundation, Johnson said.

In other business, the Council also unanimously approved a request by Lima Township to hold a joint work session to discuss the proposed Lima Springs Development on Aug. 4 at 6 p.m. prior to the council’s regular meeting.

This development is proposed for property east of Chelsea Ridge and Auston Lane and the township has expressed interest in a 425 agreement — a conditional land transfer and tax sharing agreement — in which if approved, the property would become part of Chelsea and receive city utilities as well as pay city taxes.

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2 thoughts on “Chelsea City Council unanimously approves comprehensive plan amendments for Federal Screw Works property”

  1. I had to look up what “planned unit development” means
    in regards to zoning, but if it means that the city will
    include residential in the mix of units planned, then I
    think that is a very good idea. People want to live closer
    to downtown areas these days.

    • Hi Susan:
      Just to be clear, residential components are normally a part of Planned Unit Development zoning. However, in the case of the Federal Screw property, and amendment to the comprehensive plan removed housing as a requirement because of the unique circumstances involved in developing that property.

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