GRANVILLE PLANNING COMMISSION
Members Present: Mark Parris, Richard Salvage,Carl Wilkenfeld
Members Absent: Jack Burriss,Barb Lucier, Keith Myers
Also Present: Seth Dorman, Village Planner
Visitors Present: Casey Cusack and Jim Reash Q( uandel)A,rt Chonko and Seth Patton D( U)B,ob Seith
Citizens' Comments: None
The Vice Chair, Richard Salvage,swore in all those who planned to speak.
Minutes of February 26,2001: MR. WILKENFELD MOVED TO APPROVE MINUTES AS
PRESENTED. MR. PARRIS SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
Granville School District.248 New Burg Street - Temporary Contractors'Informational Sign
Mr. Dorman stated that the application was tabled at the last meeting. Essentially this is now a
sign application for a project identification sign and a construction traffic sign at the high school and
middle school. The construction traffic sign would be 6'tall x 4' wide and the project identification
sign would be 8' long x 4'tall.
Mr. Wilkenfeld suggested making the green darker, and Mr. Reash said it would actually be
black. The letters will be blue on white,and the red line in the picture will be black. Mr. Wilkenfeld
appreciated Quandel's willingness to cooperate, and Mr. Reash appreciated working with the GPC as
MR. WILKENFELD MOVED TO TAKE APPLICATION 01-011 OFF THE TABLE. MR.
PARRIS SECONDED, AND IT WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
MR. WILKENFELD MOVED TO APPROVE APPLICATION 0 #10-11 WITH 2 SIGNS.
THE TALL ONE IS "EXHIBIT A"AND THE WIDER ON "EXHIBIT B".THE SIGN IN EXHIBIT
B WILL HAVE THE LETTERING AS SHOWN IN BLUE AND THE IDENTIFICATION OF THE
CONTRACTORS IN BLACK,AS WELL AS THE DIVIDING LINE IN RED. MR. PARRIS
SECONDED,AND IT WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED
Robert Seith.116 Locust Place -Fence
Mr. Dorman explained that proposed project is to replace the existing 42"picket fence with a
42"board fence. The board fence will be similar to the fence recently installed at 134 North Pearl
Street and will be done by the same contractor. The spacing between the boards will be exactly the
same as 134 North Pearl Street at 2 1/ 6".Mr. Seith added that he has been patching the existing fence
for 10 years and it is pretty shaky.
Mr. Wilkenfeld asked if he was going to paint it, and Mr. Seith said yes and that his house has
got to have a white fence around it.
MR. PARRIS MOVED TO APPROVE APPLICATION # 01-013 FOR THE REPLACEMENT
OF THE FENCE AT 116 LOCUST WITH THE STIPULATION THAT THE FENCE BE PAINTED
WHITE. MR. WILKENFELD SECONDED,AND IT WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
Welsh Hills School.2610 Granville Road -Temporary Sign
Mr. Parris said he had to recuse himself from this application because he is presenting it. Mr.
Wilkenfeld suggested Mr. Dorman present it so that Mr. Parris could vote, and that was deemed
Mr. Dorman said this is atemporary double-sided ground sign in the TCOD and will be 18'
from edge of pavement. A variance is requested because the sign is 12 square feet and the maximum is
10, and for allowable number of signs and allowable sign area.
Mr. Salvage applied the criteria for variance to the application:
A.That special circumstances or conditions exist which are peculiar to the land or structures(s)
involved and which are not applicable to other lands or structures in the same zoning districts.
The special condition is that this is an event sign that is certainly unique to that facility.
B. That a literal interpretation of the provisions of this Zoning Ordinance would deprive the
applicants of rights commonly enjoyed by other properties in the same zoning district under the
provisions of this Ordinance.As a general rule we grant variances for this kind of thing and a literal
interpretation would prevent the Planning Commission from acting in a way that is consistent with
actions in the past.
C. That the special conditions and circumstances does not result from the actions of the
applicant. We have consistently found that the sign code is a special condition that is not brought on
by the actions of the applicant and at times places an undue burden particularly on a facility of this size.
D. That the granting of the variance will not confer on the applicant any undue privilege that is
denied by this Ordinance to other lands or structures in the same zoning district. As a general rule
we grant variances for this kind of thing and a literal interpretation would prevent the Planning
Commission from acting in a way that is consistent with actions in the past.
E. That the granting of the variance will in no other manner adversely affect the health,safety
and general welfare of the persons residing or working within the vicinity of the proposed
Mr. Salvage said that to deny this sign would be treating the applicant differently from any
other applicant asking for a temporary sign for fund-raising events of a public nature. His personal
feeling is that we have to be consistent with past rulings, and the others agreed.
MR. WILKENFELD MOVED TO GRANT A VARIANCE FOR THE TEMPORARY SIGN
IN APPLICATION # 01-014 FOR THE WELSH HILLS SCHOOL BASED ON 1147.03. IT IS A
TEMPORARY EVENT SIGN SIMILAR TO OTHERS THAT WE HAVE GRANTED IN THE PAST.
THIS IS IN AN INSTITUTIONAL AREA AND THEREFORE NEEDS CERTAIN
CONSIDERATIONS, AND WILL HAVE NO ILL EFFECT ON THE HEALTH, WELL-BEING OR
WELFARE OF THE COMMUNITY. MR. SALVAGE SECONDED, AND IT WAS
MR. WILKENFELD MOVED TO APPROVE APPLICATION # 01-014 AS PRESENTED.
MR. SALVAGE SECONDED, AND IT WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
Work Session on Denison's Construction Projects:
Seth Patton and Art Chonko wanted us to be aware of projects that were being started in 2001.
t'. GPC,3/12/ 01,3
They want a campus commons where most of the activity would be behind Slayter. Burg Street will
have to be moved but not in the near future. Mr. Chonko said they have received funding to build the
Burton Morgan and Life Science buildings with an underground parking lot to be located under the
campus commons. They will redesign the road around Olin and provide a new entrance to Burg.
Slayter will be remodeled later, and the existing Life Science will be upgraded.
Mr. Wilkenfeld asked about trees being cut down, and Mr. Chonko said they will save all they
can but they need to dig far enough to get a proper slope, likely 40' down. All the digging will be done
at once. Trees are to be milled, and they will replant trees later.
Mr. Parris asked about what permits they needed to harvest the trees, and Mr. Chonko said
none,but they will come before GPC again to get approval for the buildings and commons project. The
first step after cutting down trees is to relocate utilities underground if possible. Construction will
begin in May, and they want to be up and running by Fall of 2003.
The representatives explained what departments would be housed in the new buildings,
particularly those now in Knapp. Offices in Colwell will be moved as well as current tenants on 4th
floor Slayter. Mr. Wilkenfeld noted that one of the reasons Granville is so nice is because of the
college and was glad the road will be reopened. He thinks it's a wonderful plan but wondered what
the hillside would look like, and hoped it would not look unnatural, and Mr. Chonko said it would not.
Mr. Parris hoped they would not cover up the existing attractive buildings.
Mr. Salvage recommended doing something about the narrow brick part of Burg, and Mr.
Patton said there was an idea ten years ago to shave some of the hill and that may still be possible.
Mr. Patton stated Mr. Hickman is most interested in knowing about parking, landscaping and
Mr. Salvage thinks it looks terrific and would be a dramatic use of space.
The timetable is to finish cutting trees now, move utilities in April, and reconnect steam lines
before students return this fall, then begin construction. They hope to be done by Fall 2003. The area
will be fenced off with a construction entrance and no parking will be allowed behind Slayter.
Finding of Fact:
MR. WILKENFELD MOVED TO APPROVE FINDINGS UNDER A OF OLD BUSINESS (Granville
School District) AND A AND B UNDER NEW BUSINESS (Seith and Welsh Hills School)AND
FIND THEM CONSISTENT WITH RELEVANT SECTIONS OF THE VILLAGE PLANNER'S
MEMO OF MARCH 8, 2001. MR. PARRIS SECONDED,AND THE MOTION WAS
Adjournment: 8:30 p.m.
Next Meetings: March 26 and April 9