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BZBA Minutes 11/6/1997

BOARD, OF ZONING AND BUILDING APPEALS

November 6, 1997 -Special Meeting

Minutes

Present: Ashlin Caravana, Lon Herman, Greg Sharkey, Eric Stewart

Members Absent: Bob Essman, Betty Allen

Also Present: Reza Reyazi, Village Planner

The purpose of tonight' s meeting is to consider information

that BZBA gained at an on-site review of the Presbyterian Church

and add it to information gathered previously. It is not a public

hearing, but there is some new information to consider. Mr. Reyazi

said the main point was to determine how far the building encroaches

into the ROW. It will actually be 2' back inside the

property line, but the portico will extend 4' beyond property line

into the ROW of North Main. Mr. Reyazi met with the fire department,

who said they cannot make the turn at the CE building from

Broadway on Locust toward North Main. They would prefer an 18' line

along the CE building. When there are cars parked there, a lot of

the maneuverbility is lost. Perhaps compact-car only parking could

be posted there. There needs to be a modification, and the church

will handle this. That may be more of a GPC issue.

Parking. Mr. Sharkey asked Mr. Acklin Jhat percentage of the

congregation are Granville residents? Mr. Acklin thought 90 per cent. He asked how long is the east portico? Mr. Miller thought

it was 36'.

Mr. Acklin said the chimney already encroaches into ROW. All

the other churches encroach already, by inches.

Mr. Sharkey said parking could become a problem in the future.

While the problem exists on paper, in actuality it is not a big

problem. With parking available in close proximity, there is sufficient

parking, and on weekdays there is no problem. A lot of the

parking will take place during non-peak hours. If we wanted to put

on a condition, we might say a rent or lease in the new addition

sometime in the future is not to be granted on a long-term basis.

Mr. Herman said the purpose of village square space is to be

limited to church use. But other things might be appropriate.

Mr. Stewart said conditions could be added for fire trucks.

Mr. Acklin could work that out.

Lot Coverage. Mr. Herman believes the percentage restriction

was to not create massive structures. In this case it is deceptive;

3 per cent is not very much. GPC sees this as an acceptable soluti6n. Looking at massing of other churches, they are closer to sidewalk.

Ms. Caravana asked what type of trees would be planted if the

evergreen must be cut down and asked to mitigate extending into the

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inappropriate to discuss greenspace and shrubbery. As a condition

to the variance, at a minimum any tree or shrub that must be removed

must be replaced with similar sized trees or shrubs. Also if

the church is eventually able to build, to soften the effect of the

large addition, the church should turn the width from curb line to

building into greenspace.

Setback. Ms. Caravana said setback is closer than the other

churches, 4' closer. This is also mitigated because the portico is

open rather than a closed structure. But she wished they could

push it back farther. The Methodist curb is 21' 5" and the Presbyterian

is 27' so a notation should be made that the portico is ang4<

open structure and we would be less willing to have aR-ope#structure

encroaching. Mr. Sharkey feels the church personnel have done

their homework and he is not uncomfortable. This should be a condition.

Portico no closer than 21 '5" and should remain open .

Ms. Caravana looked at rationale for approving variances. For

Criteria E, Health, Safety, General Welfare, most variances probably

don' t affect it. Parking is questionable, but the actual

problem is less in actuality than on paper. Parking could be

created by knocking down buildings, which nobody wants. Regarding

coverage, it could be reduced only with difficulty. The applicants

have done what they could to mitigate the problems expressed by Mr.

Seith, whose house is in the village square, which is unusual.

Even though it blocks light, this would still happen with an

addition that wouldn' t require a variance. Any building should

include upgrading of stormwater runoff. Some utilities need to be

relocated. There should be no increased demand on public demand on

drainage. The burden is on the church to take care of utilities.

We should vote variance by variance and add conditions.

Parking. MR. SHARKEY MOVED THAT WE APPROVE THE VARIANCE FOR

PARKING CONTINGENT ON THESE TWO CONDITIONS: 1) NO PORTION OF THE

NEW FACILITY WILL BE LEASED OR RENTED TO ANY INDIVIDUAL OR ORGANIZATION

ON A CONTINUING OR LONG-TERM BASIS FOR ANY USE OTHER THAN

NONPROPFIT CHURCH-RELATED ACTIVITIES. (2) FOR APPROVAL, THE SPACES

IN THE FIRE LANE TO NORTH AND WEST OF THE CE BUILDING ARE NOT FOR

PARKING OF VEHICLES EXCEPT COMPACT CARS. MS. CARAVANA SECONDED,

AND IT WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.

Lot Coverage. MR. HERMAN MOVED FOR APPROVAL OF INCREASING LOT

COVERAGE TO 78 PERCENT WITH THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS BEING MET: (1)

ATTEMPT TO RETAIN ALL SHRUBS AND TREES TO SCREEN THE BUILDING, AND

ANY REMOVED MUST BE REPLACED BY TREES AND SHRUBS OF SIMILAR DIAMETER.

(2) TO SOFTEN THE EFFECT, THE CHURCH MUST TURN THE WIDTH OF THE CURRENT ALLEYWAY FROM MAIN TO EXTERIOR WALL OF NEW ADDITION FOR

PORTICO INTO GREEN SPACE, APPROXIMATELY 19' 8" LENGTHWISE NORTH TO SOUTH ALONG MAIN AND 21' 2" UP TO PORTICO. SIDEWALK IS OK TO ACCESS BUILDING. MR. STEWART SECONDED, AND IT WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.

Setback. MS. CARAVANA MOVED THAT THE SETBACK ON EAST SIDE OF

BUILDING BE APPROVED WITH THESE CONDITIONS: 1) PORTICO CAN EXTEND

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OPEN STRUCTURE. MR. SHARKEY ADDS EXTERIOR WALL MUST BE NO CLOSER

THAN 27' TO CURB LINE AS SUBMITTED IN THE MILLER ARCHITECTURAL

PLANS AND THE, DRAWING SUBMITTED . ( 3) PORTICO BE NO CLOSER THAN

21' 2" TO CURB LINE AS IT CURRENTLY EXISTS ON MAIN. 4) PORTICO IS

TO REMAIN OPEN. MEASUREMENT IS FROM OUTER SIDE OF CURB AS IT

CURRENTLY EXISTS ON MAIN STREET. MR. STEWART SECONDED. IT WAS

UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.

The criteria have been discussed verbally, and we used them as

a guide. Criteria A is not really applicable. Mr. Sharkey is to

write up Finding of Fact. Members agreed that it would be sufficient

to write up findings rather than running through the criteria

one by one for each variance.

Our decisions on these three variances are not to be construed

as opposition or support to VC to let the church use the church in

any other manner. Our decisions are only on these three variances

and are not to be construed as support of anything else.

CITIZENS COMMENTS: Dorothy Garrett had some comments about building

codes and historic structures, but was unintelligible on tape.

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