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GPC Minutes 8/23/1999

GRANVILLE PLANNING COMMISSION

August 23,1999

Minutes

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Members Present: Jack Burriss, Keith Myers C( hair)R,ichard Salvage, Carl Wilkenfeld

Members Absent:Bernie Lukco,Bill Wernet

Also Present:Kathryn Wimberger,Village Planner,Rufus Hurst,Law Director

Visitors Present:Scott Rawden S( entinel)J,effrey Pound,Bill Stevenson,Dean Ramsey,Barbara Franks,

Mike Romei,Terry Van Offeren,Ned Roberts,Bob Seith,Mark Gearhart,Dick Ansley

Citizens'Comments: none

The Chairperson swore in all those who planned to speak.)

Minutes of August 9,1999: Under the M" inutes"section change M" r. Lukco seconded"to M" r.

Salvage seconded .

MR. WILKENFELD MOVED TO APPROVE MINUTES AS AMENDED. MR.BURRISS SECONDED,

AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.

Question and Answer Session with Rufus Hurst

Mr. Hurst was invited to clarify 1159.05(d)procedures with regard to the Rogers Garage

application. The question before the group is whether this is a modification or whether it constitutesa "

significant change"which necessitates a new application.

Mr. Hurst reviewed the history of the application:

Original application was filed and permit was issued

Project was started

Upon notification of neighbors,Village Planner visited the site and found it was not built according to

specifications

Staff issued a " cease and desist"order until such time as applicant either constructed project as

approved or came back to GPC

Mr. Hurst was asked what is the most reasonable way to deal with this situation

He thought the most direct and expeditious way was to seek an amendment to the original approval

Applicant returned to GPC with amended application

Approval was denied

Applicant decided not to appeal because he was working on additional refinements

Applicant returned to GPC with further refinements to what was originally approved

GPC was uncertain how to proceed and requested advice from Law Director

Mr. Myers stated that this was considered a modification for an application already deitied and is

substantially different, so this should be considered a new application. Could this go on indefinitely?No,

because that would be unreasonable. The applicant should be given an reasonable amount of time to

resolve the issue. He wondered about setting precedents,but Mr. Hurst said alleged nonconformities are

not a common instance, but in the spirit of working cooperatively with GPC, something may possibly be

worked out.

Mr. Myers wondered about the difference between a new and a modified application. This

particular application required a variance from BZBA,a public process which notifies neighbors and gives

them opportunity for input. In this case applicant has circumvented the BZBA,but Mr.Hurst disagreed

because the modified application does not violate setback approvals. Mr. Myers stated that BZBA also

looks at uses.

Mr. Hurst said that if no reconciliation is possible, the applicant must go to Village Council,and

Mr. Myers said that for reconciliation to occur,the applicant needs to return to BZBA. Mr. Hurst said

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that ifthe applicant asked for avariance for XfromBZBA and ifmodifications do not require X to be

changed,there is nothingfor them to say. Applicantdid not submit a new applicationbecausehe was told

to submit this as a modification. Mr.Wilkenfeld thought ifa new application comes in,it needs to go to

BZBA.

Mr.Myers said that the code places on GPC the burden ofdeterminingwhether modifications are

significant. Ifthey are significant in GPC's opinion,statedMr.Hurst,the applicant will appeal to Village

Council,who will examine the Finding ofFact;they have the right to remand the issue back to GPC.

Village Council has to deal with the issue ofthe partially completed building.

Mr.Hurst stated that he wanted to return to a GPC meeting and discuss Finding ofFacts,when

they should be prepared and how to make that smoother and more timely. Members agreed to meet at 7

p.m. at he next meeting.}

New Business:

Maple Grove Cemetery -Fence

Ms. Wimberger said the Township Board ofTrustees has received conditional use permission to

expand cemetery areas behind houses on East Maple. They are seeking permission for a 6ft chain-link

fence with barbed wire surrounding the perimeter ofthe cemetery. It will be painted green,but a darker

shade than the existing fencing,so as to better fit-in with the foliage.

Jim Havens described the project and the exact locationt o-[the west ofthe existing cemetery,

south of houses on East Maple Street,east ofthe bike path extension of South Pearl Street,north ofTJ

Evan's bike path].The Township traded property with the Village for an abandoned roadway,and the

fence is for security. They are taking neighbors'concerns into consideration. The fence will be setback

10ft from north property line. Plantings will be on the outside ofthe fence. The slope falls offsteeply

and the fence will not be too visible.

Dean Ramsey,landscape architect said the fence will be lined with mixed shrubs and trees.

MR.WILKENFELD MOVED TO APPROVE APPLICATION AS SUBMITTED. MR.

BURRISS SECONDED,AND IT WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED

Perry F.Watson,Granville Chiropractic,115 N.ProspectStreetS.-ign

Ms. Wimberger said the applicant would like a white-lettered sign on the door of his business.

GPC previously approved another sign,but this is an additional sign. Dr. Watson said that he is required

by law to have this information posted.

MR. SALVAGE MOVED TO APPROVE APPLICATION AS SUBMITIED. MR. BURRISS

SECONDED,AND IT WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.

June Bennettfor Larry Harer,Granville Goodyear,200 East Broadway -Signs

Larry Harer has leased the previous service station and is seeking signs for his business: 1 ()a

temporary black and white 8 sq.ft sandwich board located 20/E from the curb on East Broadway,listing

hours and specials; 2 ()temporary OPEN sign,12 sq.ft.,red with white lettering,to hang on the building;

3)a permanent 8.8 sq.ft. wall sign adding the word Granville to the existing Goodyear sign. Letters will

match existing black letters.

MR. SALVAGE MOVED TO APPROVE THE APPLICATION FOR ALL THREE SIGNS WITH

CONDITIONS THAT 1( )THE RED AND WHITE BANNER SIGN BE LIMITED TO 60 DAYS;2 ()

THE SANDWICH BOARD MUST BE BROUGHT INSIDE WHEN BUSINESS IS CLOSED;THIS

WILL BE IN PLACE FOR 6 MONTHS ONLY, A PERMANENT SIGN APPLICATION MAY BE

MADE. MR. WILKENFELD SECONDED,AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.

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Grace Haven Academy, 1820 NewarkG-ranville Road P- laygroundfacilities P- UD

Ms. Wimberger said the Grace Haven Academy of Spring Hills Baptist Church seek permission

to locate playground equipment at the rear of the church and school. The action by GPC is to make a

recommendation to Village Council of the revised sit development plan. Many neighbors were displeased

with the original location close to their properties,and this one is farther away and shielded by trees and

at a lower elevation.

Bill Stevenson explained the exact location and said the equipment would be installed with

footers, but could be moved if necessary. The material of the equipment is made out of a composite. This

area is partially wooded and mostly screened from neighbors and Rt. 16.

MR SALVAGE MOVED TO RECOMMEND SITE PLAN TO VILLAGE COUNCIL. MR.

WILKENFELD SECONDED,AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.

Old Business:

Dan Rogers, 2 JO East Maple -Modification

Mr. Salvage excused himselffrom consideration of this application. }

The applicant is presenting a modification to the previously approved 1997 applica,don. Because

the owner has constructed a building other than what was approved,the GPC must determine whether

changes are significant. Mr. Myers said this is a new modification of the original application,and

according to the Law Director,we are to evaluate it against the previous approved application.

Ned Roberts, Builder,said he helped with the drawings. Originally a two-story saltbox was

approved, but the applicant thought he had license to change design to one more practical for his

purposes. The former Zoning Inspector did not raise any objections,but now we are confronted with the

massing concerns. The awning will break up the massing.

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Mr.Myers thought there was ghprobability of approving thes t'ructurjps a new application. GPC has looked at the impact of the more massive building and have looked at what BZBA approved. If

this application successfully negotiates its way through BZBA,it has a better chance because the people

immediately impacted have opportunity to give input into the process.

Barbara Franks, also owner of 210 East Maple Street,said none of her neighbors have a problem

with the structure. The new structure is shorter,but GPC noted that the square footage is greater. Mr.

Myers said we have to consider precedent-setting. Members agreed that the changes were significant.

MR. WILKENFELD MOVED THAT THE MODIFICATION IS A MAJOR CHANGE FROM THE

ORIGINAL APPLICATION,97053. IT FALLS UNDER ZONING CODE 1159.05.d AND

THEREFORE APPROVAL IS DENIED. MR. BURRISS SECONDED,AND IT WAS

UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.

Mr. Myers said this is appealable to Village Council, or the applicant may submit a new proposal,which

he would encourage him to do, with BZBA review.

Terry and Sue Van Offeren,210 South Mulberry - Modification

The applicants wish to modify the approved garage by extending it 1ft, to 29ft. The lean- to

structure would be 7ft. rather than the approved 6ft.

MR. SALVAGE MOVED THAT THIS SHOULD BE CONSIDERED A MINOR CHANGE UNDER

SECTION 1159.05.d;MR. WILKENFELD SECONDED,AND IT WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.

MR. SALVAGE MOVED THAT THE MODIFICATION BE APPROVED AS PRESENTED;MR.

WILKENFELD SECONDED, AND IT WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.

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Robert Seith,116 Locust Place - Modification

In the middle of construction,Mr.Seith discovered that the previouslylapproved brackets are too

big and he is asking for a decorative bracket which will fit. He presented pictures for the group.

MR.SALVAGE MOVED TOCONSIDER THIS AMINOR CHANGE UNDER SECTION 1159.05.d;

MR.WILKENFELD SECONDED,AND IT WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.

MR.SALVAGE MOVED TO APPROVE MODIFICATION AS PRESENTED;MR.WILKENFELD

SECONDED,AND IT WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.

Work Session:

Bank First National,222 East Broadway

Mark Gearhart reviewed that at the last meeting questions arose about the possibility of moving

the ATM to the front,but they are unable to accommodate an ATM in the front ofthe building due to size

and access. Additionally,they consulted with three other banks and determined that a window would

have to be removed and the plan would be excessively expensive and ruin the aesthetics. It cannot go on

the alley side because it's narrow and isolated. They propose adding yellow speed bumps and w"atch for

pedestrians"sign to their original plan, There would be a sidewalk with 6-7 inch curb,and a pedestrian

would be looking straight ahead so there is good visibility.

Dick Ansley reviewed the planting they designed for the project and some suggestions were

made. The planting needs to be low enough to see over.

Bill Logan described the lighting plan. They would minimize off-property illumination with

shields on the rear sides ofhe lights. Mr. Myers thought cut-offfixtures are far better to shield the light.

Mr.Myers wanted to know what the light bleed looks like on neighboring properties,and Mr.Logan said

the existing liglits would be shielded in the back There would not be more light than there is now. The

existing lighting is the minimal amount the back is required to have by law.

Village omce Building,141 East Broadway

The Village wishes to remodel the exterior of the building and re-roof and add a structural peak.

GPC members gave suggestions for the design. The roof is leaking and they need to act quickly,and Mr.

Myers asked about the roof color. Samples were provided,and the group likes the darker color li(ke a

charcoal).

Finding of Fact:

MR. SAL.VAGE MOVED TO ADOPT THE FINDINGS FOR A,B,C,and D UNDER NEW BUSINESS

Cemetery,Watson,Harer,Grace Haven)AND A,B, AND C UNDER NEW BUSINESSR (ogers,

VanOfferen,Seith)AS FORMAL DECISION OF THE COMMISSION. MR. WILKENFELD

SECONDED,AND IT WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.

Next Meetings:

September 13 ( Keith Myers will be absent)

September 27 meeting to begin at 7 p.m. with discussion with Law Director

September 20 -Sign Ordinance

Adjournment: 9:45 p.m.

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