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Planning Commission recommends to approve Ebenezer church project

*** UPDATED POST ***

At its meeting Wednesday, the Planning Commission unanimously recommended to approve the two concurrent variance requests related to the Ebenezer church project.

The proposal was recommended "as is" with one small exception -- that deliveries to the facility be limited to between 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., ending slightly earlier than initially proposed.

You can watch the meeting in its entirety by clicking HERE.

 

 

The Milton Planning Commission's next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, July 22, at 6 p.m. in City Hall.

*** ORIGINAL POST ***

The City of Milton’s Planning Commission will meet Wednesday evening with a limited agenda and new way of doing things due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Like other Milton committees and boards (except for City Council), the Planning Commission did not convene during March, April or May as part of measures to curb the spread of this novel coronavirus. Such meetings resumed this month, albeit with special measures to continue keeping our community safe.

Planning Commission members will meet in City Hall’s Council Chambers starting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday. Citizens who attend the meeting there will find spaced-out seating, enhanced cleaning and other COVID-19 mitigation measures. Still – especially considering that some at-risk groups remain under a “shelter in place” order – people can also watch and “participate” (by offering public comment) via Zoom. The plan is to broadcast the meeting live on the City’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/thecityofmiltonga/, as well.

The link to this particular Zoom meeting is https://zoom.us/j/93311067945. Details on how to use Zoom to participate can be found below.

In addition to “public comment” and approving minutes from the Commission’s last meeting (on February 26), one item on the agenda relates to the Ebenezer United Methodist Church’s request for a use permit to build an activity center on its 6.1-acre property at 12900 Arnold Mill Road.

The church hopes to build a 23,000 square foot activity center near its existing 5,088-square foot property. The request is for a two-part concurrent variance related to parking, specifically to reduce the required parking and allow it in front of a building.

            

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HOW TO PARTICIPATE VIA ZOOM

If you are not attending Wednesday’s Planning Commission meeting in person but would like to participate via Zoom, here’s how to do so:

BEFORE THE MEETING ...

If you haven't already, you can download Zoom right now and don't have to wait until the day of the meeting.

On a computer
1. In a Web browser, go to https://zoom.us/download, click on "Zoom Client for Meetings," and follow the prompts.
2. In a Web browser, you can click on this webinar link -- https://zoom.us/j/93311067945-- and again, follow the prompts. This should launch the app.

On a smartphone
1. Go to your "App Store" (or wherever you get applications), enter Zoom, and download/get the "ZOOM Cloud Meetings" app.

 

THE EVENING OF THE MEETING...

Give yourself at least 10 minutes before the meeting starts to log on and make sure the technology is working for you.

 

'JOIN' the Council meeting

On a computer using Zoom:
1. Click on the meeting link: https://zoom.us/j/93311067945
(Or enter this Webinar ID in your Zoom app: 933 1106 7945)
2. If you've already downloaded the Zoom app, it should launch automatically.
3. If you haven't downloaded the Zoom app yet, a small application file will open. It may take a little time to process.

On a smartphone using Zoom:
1. Click on the meeting link: https://zoom.us/j/93311067945
2. If you've already downloaded the Zoom app, it should launch automatically.
3. If you haven't downloaded the Zoom app yet, you'll be prompted to download it when you click on the link. Download the app.

On a phone not using Zoom:
Dial this number: 1-929-205-6099. The Webinar ID is 933 1106 7945.

You should be able to hear the meeting (once it starts) as well as participate, even if you won't have all the same options as someone who downloaded Zoom.

 

FOLLOW and PARTICIPATE in the meeting

On a computer or smartphone using the Zoom app:
When the meeting starts, you should be able to see and hear Planning Commission members.

There will be several opportunities for citizens to speak. City staff and/or Planning Commission members will reference these opportunities during the meeting. Here is how to do so:

1. Click on "Raise Hand" in the Zoom app.
2. The moderator will call on commenters based on the order in which they "raised their hand."
3. Each commenter should unmute themselves and then speak. Please state your name and address before giving your comment.
4. As in a regular Council meeting, people will have a maximum of 5 minutes per person to speak.

On a phone not using the Zoom app:
When the meeting starts, you should be able to hear City staff.

You will be able to "comment" the same times as those using the Zoom app. Here's how to do it:
1. To make a "comment," dial *9. (This is equivalent to the "Raise Hand" feature.)
2. Wait to be called upon. The moderator may reference the last 3 digits of your phone number.
3. In order to speak, you'll need to unmute yourself by pressing *6.

On whatever device
• Once the "public comment" portion concludes for a particular item, no one (outside Planning Commission members and City staff) will be able to make remarks about it.
• If you wish to comment on a different item, you will need to "Raise Hand" or dial *9 when that item comes up.
If you have technical or procedural questions before or during the meeting, you can ask them using the Q&A component in the Zoom app.