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Planning Minutes 1/28/02

GRANVILLE PLANNING COMMISSION
January 28, 2002
Amended Minutes

Members Present:  Jack Burriss, Richard Main, Mark Parris,
Richard Salvage (Vice Chair), Carl Wilkenfeld
Members Absent: None
Also Present: Seth Dorman, Village Planner
Visitors Present:  Larry Parr, Robert Gerano, Doug
Gabriel, Mark Gearhart, Phyllis
Citizens’ Comments:  None
The Vice Chair swore in all those who planned to speak.

Minutes of January 14, 2002: MR. PARRIS MOVED TO APPROVE
THE MINUTES AS PRESENTED.  MR. WILKENFELD SECONDED, AND
THE MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.

New Business:

Bank First National, 222 East Broadway – Signage

    Mr. Dorman said the applicant proposes to change
signs to reflect the company’s new name: (1) over the
entrance and (2) on the ground sign in the rear.  There is
also a directional sign at the ATM entrance that will
change.  
    Doug Gabriel, the sign maker, said the bank has
merged with United Bank, therefore making the name change
necessary.  They are not seeking anything bigger or more
signage; they are just changing the name.  These were the
signs GPC approved in 1998 with the last name change.
    Mr. Salvage asked what variances are needed, and
Mr. Dorman said they are relative to the number of signs.  
The wall sign is one of three signs and the code allows
for one per property.  The previous nonconforming status
is nullified when any change is made in design or
typography.  The same is true for the free-standing sign,
so a variance is needed for this as well.  
    Mr. Wilkenfeld did not think the directional sign
is a sign in this case, and Mr. Dorman said if that is so,
then we are down to one free-standing sign.  Mr. Dorman
talked with the Law Director to confirm his interpretation
of the code, and the Law Director agreed.  The Planning
Commission has authority to approve variances.
    Mr. Salvage reminded the group that the signage we
approved for Taylor’s should be considered also.  To deny
the bank would be to deprive them of their rights.

MR. PARRIS MOVED TO APPROVE A VARIANCE FOR THE WALL SIGN
AS THE APPLICANT HAS PRESENTED IT TO US AND THE CRITERIA
FOR THAT VARIANCE IS IN SECTION 1147.03.  ONE
CONSIDERATION IS THAT WE’RE NOT INCREASING THE NUMBER OF
SIGNS WE’RE SIMPLY CHANGING ONE, AND THAT THE REASON THE
VARIANCE IS NECESSARY IS BECAUSE BY MAKING THE CHANGE IT
TAKES THE EXISTING SIGN OUT OF NONCONFORMING STATUS; IN
DOING SO WE DO NOT FEEL THAT WE ARE GIVING ANY UNDUE
ADVANTAGE TO THE BUSINESS THAT WE HAVE NOT DONE IN THE
PAST FOR OTHERS; THAT THE SPECIAL CONDITIONS AND
CIRCUMSTANCES DO NOT RESULT FROM THE ACTIONS OF THE
APPLICANT; AND THAT THE GRANTING OF THE VARIANCE IN NO WAY
AFFECTS THE HEALTH, SAFETY AND GENERAL WELFARE OF THE
PERSONS LIVING OR WORKING WITHIN THE VICINITY OF THE
VARIANCE.  MR. WILKENFELD SECONDED, AND THE MOTION WAS
UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
MR. PARRIS MOVED TO APPROVE APPLICATION #02-003 AS
PRESENTED.  MR. WILKENFELD SECONDED.

    Mr. Burriss asked if anymore discussion could be
had on the subject and was told yes.  Mr. Burriss noted
that the last time we approved the signs, it was
considered that black was more appealing for the wall sign
in front.  Also we have continually discouraged sand
blasted foam signs in this district.  The existing sign is
vinyl sandblasted and we have consistently asked for a
different type of signage material.
    Doug Gabriel introduced Mark Gearhart to answer to
this issue, and he said the logo and colors are a
marketing technique.  Doug Gabriel said the blue is a
richer blue than shown in the submitted concept drawings,
and he showed the color in the color chart.
    Mr. Salvage wondered whether we preferred to make
the sign one color over the doorway, and Mr. Burriss said
we strongly urged the bank to use one color last time and
that it should be black.
    Mr. Salvage asked Mr. Parris if he would like to
amend his original motion and he said he felt more
comfortable withdrawing his motion.

MR. WILKENFELD MOVED TO APPROVE APPLICATION #02-003,
SUBJECT TO THE FOLLOWING:  1) THAT THE WALL SIGN ON THE
FRONT OF THE BUILDING BE IN ALL BLACK LETTERS AND
GRAPHICS.  MR. BURRISS SECONDED, AND THE MOTION WAS
APPROVED WITH 3 YES VOTES AND 1 NO VOTE (MR. PARRIS).

    Mr. Salvage said if the bank has a problem with
the black sign, they can request a modification.

Old Business:

The Broadway Delicatessen, 126 East Broadway - Lighting

Bob Gerano showed a sample of the three red light fixtures
they have in mind for the area above the big window.  In
discussion he said it could be a soft frosted light bulb
which would not flood the area. There could be a dimmer
switch installed inside.  Mr. Gerano did not know the
hours when the lights would be on.  This would be a
modification of their previously approved application.
Mr. Burriss said we have a level of lighting already
established in that area and that should be the basis for
the fixtures the Deli is proposing.   
Mr. Gerano said there is a small door on the alley where
they would like to replace the existing fixture with one
of the proposed fixtures.

MR. WILKENFELD MOVED THAT WE FIND THE PROPOSED
MODIFICATION TO APPLICATION #01-123 TO BE A MINOR ONE.  
MR. PARRIS SECONDED, AND THE MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY
APPROVED.

MR. PARRIS MOVED TO APPROVE A MODIFICATION TO APPLICATION
#01-123, SUBJECT TO THE FOLLOWING:  1) THAT THE TOTAL
AMOUNT OF LIGHT BE KEPT SOFT (WE SUGGEST A FROSTED BULB,
SO IT’S A DIFFUSED SOFT LIGHT); 2) THAT A DIMMER SWITCH BE
INCORPORATED IN SO THE LIGHT CAN BE ADJUSTED; 3) THAT WE
ALSO APPROVE ONE ADDITIONAL FIXTURE TO REPLACE AN EXISTING
FIXTURE IN THE ALLEY; AND 4) THAT THE VILLAGE PLANNER IS
ASKED TO LOOK AT THE LIGHTING AFTER IT IS INSTALLED AND
REPORT BACK TO THE PLANNING COMMISSION IF HE FEELS ANY
ADDITIONAL CHANGES ARE NECESSARY.  MR. WILKENFELD
SECONDED, AND THE MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.

Southgate Corporation, The Colony – Entrance Lighting

Larry Parr explained the location for the pair of gas
lamps at the entrance.  This will be a modification of the
previously approved site plan. The home owners have
requested more lighting.
Mr. Burriss asked whether there were any safety issues
involved and none were discerned. Mr. Parris added that
this is similar to lights throughout Bryn Du, and if a
problem arises, the small amount of gas can be easily
turned off.

MR. WILKENFELD MOVED THAT WE FIND APPLICATION #02-005,
WHICH IS A MODIFICATION APPLICATION TO THE PREVIOUSLY
APPROVED COLONY AT BRYN DU TO BE A MINOR MODIFICATION.  
MR. PARRIS SECONDED, AND THE MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY
APPROVED.

MR. WILKENFELD MOVED TO APPROVE APPLICATION #02-005,
SUBJECT TO THE FOLLOWING:  1) THAT THE FIXTURES AND POLES
MATCH THAT WHICH IS ALREADY INSTALLED AT THE COLONY.  MR.
PARRIS SECONDED, AND THE MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
    
Finding of Fact:   MR. PARRIS MOVED TO APPROVE THE FINDING
OF FACT FOR A UNDER NEW BUSINESS (Bank First National) AND
A AND B UNDER OLD BUSINESS (The Broadway Deli and The
Colony) AND WE FIND THEM CONSISTENT WITH THE RELEVANT
SECTIONS OF THE CODE AS DESCRIBED IN THE VILLAGE PLANNER’S
MEMO OF JANUARY 25, 2002.  MR.WILKENFELD SECONDED, AND THE
MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.

Closing Comments:

    Mr. Salvage suggested that we write a Resolution
of Thanks for Keith Myers similar to the one thanking
Bernie Lukco.  Mr. Dorman will locate this and revise it
for Keith and hand it to the Village Council for action.

Adjournment: 8:20 p.m.
Next Meetings:   February 11 and 25
Respectfully submitted,  
Betty Allen

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