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Ordinance No. 12-2013

ORDINANCE NO. 12-2013 



WHEREAS, the Council of the Village of Granville, Ohio, has determined that it is necessary to update the zoning code of the Village. 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED by the Council of the Village of Granville, Licking County, Ohio that: 

            Section 1. That existing section 1162.01, 1162.02, 1162.03, 1162.04 and 1162.05 of the Codified Ordinances is hereby amended to read as follows: 

            1162.01   PURPOSE.

            The Village was first settled in 1805.  Buildings in the community reflect the architectural styles of every period from the early nineteenth century to the present and demonstrate the Village’s ties to the past.  The demolition of existing structures throughout the Village shall be reviewed for its impact on the property, the neighborhood, and the community in general.  In evaluating the impact on the street and neighborhood, it is important to consider preservation of buildings that contribute to the continuous fabric of the street edge, regardless of the historic merits of the individual structure.

            It is further understood, that removal of historic or contributing structures can be detrimental to the neighborhood and the community.  Therefore, demolition permits will be required for demolition of any existing structure with a foundation on any property in the Village. 


            An application for demolition of any structure with a foundation in the Village must be submitted to the Village Manager or his/her designee.  All properties that are located within the Architectural Review Overlay District (Chapter 1161) will be reviewed and given a recommendation by the Planning Commission and reviewed and approved by Village Council.  All properties located elsewhere within the Village require the review and recommendation from the Village Manager and/or the Village Planner and review and approval by the Village Council.

            (a)    All applications for demolition of structures shall be reviewed by the Planning Commission or Village Council within forty-five (45) days from the date of filing.

            (b)   (1)  Public Notice of Meeting.  Notice of the date set for the Planning Commission and/or Village Council meeting shall be published in one or more local newspapers of general circulation in the Village at least six (6) days before the meeting.  Such notice shall include the time, date and place of the meeting and the nature of the request.

                    (2)  Notice to Property Owners.  Notice to the applicant and all property owners within 200 feet of the property on which the demolition is to be considered shall be sent by ordinary mail as evidenced by a certificate of mailing or by personal service at least six days prior to the meeting date before the Planning Commission and/or the Village Council.  The failure of delivery or receipt of such notice shall not invalidate any recommendation by the Planning Commission or decision by Village Council on the requested demolition.  A sign shall be posted on the subject property indicating the proposed demolition and the date, time and location of the meeting at least six days prior to the meeting date for Planning Commission and/or the Village Council.

(c)        The Planning Commission or Village Council shall request an advisory opinion from the Granville Historical Society as to the historical significance, valuable            

architectural character or contribution to the continuous fabric of the street edge of any structure proposed for demolition.  The Village Planner shall send the request for an advisory opinion, on behalf of the Planning Commission or Village Council, to the Granville Historical Society at least 30 days prior to the scheduled meeting date.  The Planning Commission or Village Council shall   consider any recommendation provided to them by the Granville Historical Society when making a decision on the application.

(d)    Any application for demolition must also be accompanied by future construction plans and a schedule for implementation of the proposed improvements and/or restoration for the proposed area.  If future construction plans are not finalized, the applicant will submit a landscaping and maintenance plan for the area to ensure aesthetic quality.

(e)    Following the meeting, the Planning Commission shall make one of the following recommendations to Council within fifteen days:

        (1)   Recommend that the demolition be granted as requested.

        (2)   Recommend a modification of the demolition request.

        (3)   Recommend that the demolition not be granted.

(f)     Action by the Council.

        (1)   Following Council's review of the application, Council shall approve, approve with modifications, or disapprove the demolition request.

        (2)   Council shall make a decision not later than the next regularly scheduled Council meeting following the conclusion of its review, subject to subsection (e) hereof.                                     

            1162.03   CONTENTS OF THE APPLICATION.

            Application for demolition must be accompanied by the following submittals to constitute  a full application.

            (a)        Complete and signed application for demolition.

            (b)        Complete and signed zoning application indicating future plans of the demolished area.  If the area is not proposed to be developed at time of demolition then zoning application for a landscaping plan must be submitted.

            (c)        Any and all documents that pertain to the historical significance of the property and the structure that is proposed to be demolished.

            (d)        Site plan and current photographs of the property and the structure that is proposed to be demolished.

            (e)        Any additional documents that, in the opinion of the staff or Planning Commission, are of significant importance to the demolition request .   

            1162.04   CRITERIA FOR REVIEW.

            The following are the criteria that the Planning Commission, Village Manager or his/her designee or Village Council will take into consideration when reviewing an application for demolition.

            (a)        The removal of the structure shall not inappropriately interrupt the continuous built edge of any adjacent street or right of way.

            (b)        The proposed structure is of no or little historical significance.

            (c)        The demolition of the proposed structure will in no way adversely affect the health, safety or general welfare of the neighboring properties or community in general.   

            1162.05   BOND.

            The applicant shall guarantee the completion of any approved demolition by furnishing a surety bond to the Village equal to the estimated cost of the demolition.  The estimated cost of demolition shall be provided by the applicant and approved  by the Village Planner.  Any demolition actions and/or landscaping that have not been completed in a time period deemed sufficient by the Village Manager will result in forfeiture of the bond. 

Section 2.  This ordinance shall become effective upon the earliest date allowed by the laws of the State of Ohio and the Charter of the Village of Granville. 

Passed this 17th day of July, 2013.

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