GRANVILLE PLANNING COMMISSION May 1, 2002 Special Meeting on Zoning Ordinances Minutes
Members Present: Jack Burriss, Barb Lucier, Mark Parris (Vice Chair), Richard Salvage (Chair), Carl Wilkenfeld, Richard Main Members Absent: None Also Present: Seth Dorman, Village Planner Visitors Present: Jim Gorry, Mike Crites Citizens’ Comments: None The Chair swore in all those who planned to speak.
Village of Granville – Proposed Zoning Code Changes
Mr. Dorman said that last year we had some talks with the Law Director, and recognizing the fact that the zoning code is a dynamic document, several problems need to be addressed. The following comments refer to the possible changes to the zoning code. Law Director Mike Crites said people have mentioned things in the code they wanted him to look at, and he enlisted the help of Attorney Jim Gorry, who has a wealth of experience in zoning ordinances. He has done a comprehensive view and will go through it item by item. Mr. Crites thinks we have gone too long without an update, and he suggests that every time Village Council looks at the Master Plan we ought to look at the zoning code also. He suggested doing a review of the Master Plan every three years. Mr. Gorry said the major deficiency was in enforcement policies, which needed to be simplified and modernized. No changes were suggested to development regulations, but he looked at accessory structures on a lot, etc. Other changes were to add definitions or for simplification.
1133.03: Purpose. The Planning Commission members asked that “within ten days” be added to this paragraph. In the past, the Manager could request an appeal; Mr. Gorry is suggesting he can demand an appeal.
1135.01: Definitions. The sale of alcohol is an accessory use in a convenience store, for example. He removed the word “permanent” from definition of structure. A shed on blocks will be called a structure and subject to the zoning restrictions. A driveway is not a structure. A concrete pad upon which a recreational vehicle rests would be a structure. A patio could be treated as an accessory structure.
1137.01: He has tightened up PUD regulations; the old process was unusual. Now a PUD can be subject to a referendum.
1137.02: Enforcement. (c) Is a new hearing procedure. (h) We need a way to fine violators.
1137.03: Tightens “permit” language.
1137.06: Simplifies Occupancy Permits. We will change Zoning & Architectural Permits to Zoning Permits. 1137.09: Penalties. Add “per day” after $500.00. This must be enforced by Mayor’s Court. The Village Planner can send a letter telling a person he is in violation of the zoning code. The violator has (x) number of days to comply, and if he/she doesn’t, another letter goes out giving a few more days. The Law Director then sends a letter, and if that doesn’t work the violator would be cited to Mayor’s Court. We can issue stop construction order or revoke the permit. The Village Planner can issue a citation. Village Council can suggest an in-house policy in enforcement. Mr. Dorman likes to have flexibility here.
1137.10: This is to tighten up the zoning code. Due process applications. We need to clean up our application form to be sure the address therein is the legal one to whom we can write if necessary. (c) Add “business” after (2). 3 days is even better.
1141.04: We never had a Village Heritage Overlay District. It’s called the Transportation Corridor Overlay District.
1145.3: Add “and” after the comma.
1145.04: Come back to this section for further review.
1147.03: Impose conditions on a variance. There are Use Variances and Area Variances. Use Variances allow BZBA to change the use (spot zoning). Area Variances are variances from development regulations—yard setbacks, lot coverage, etc. Use Variances are granted for substantial hardship. Eliminate the word “hardship” and add “practical difficulties.” This section is less strict and allows more flexibility.
1157.15: PUDs should require site development plan in the village for undeveloped land gained by annexation.
1157.16: A hodgepodge, but useful.
Adjournment: 9:30 a.m. Next Meeting: May 8, 8 a.m. (Zoning Changes) and May 13 (regular meeting)
Respectfully submitted, Betty Allen