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Planning Minutes 6/10/02

GRANVILLE PLANNING COMMISSION June 10, 2002 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: Nancy Graham, Jerry Martin, Carlos Brezina, Mark Evans, Jim Hartzler, Douglas Mill, Curt Shonk Citizens’ Comments: None The Chair swore in all those who planned to speak.

The minutes of May 30th were postponed until the next meeting.

Old Business:

Village Brewing Company, 128 East Broadway – Two-Story Addition

 Mr. Dorman explained that the application is for a new two-story addition and for demolishing the existing rear addition in order to meet building code. There will be an enclosure for the stairwell and the dumpster, and the fire escape will be relocated to 33’ north of its present location in the little alleyway. The re-striping of the parking lot will allow more space for a fire lane. The lot coverage is under the maximum. Mr. Brezina presented the new drawings with the proposed changes. They will put the air conditioning units on the roof, and only a little bit of it will be visible. He showed where the dumpster would be and discussed the proposed building materials. Mr. Parris asked whether he has consulted with the neighbors regarding the location of the stairs, and Mr. Martin said that the Deli would not have a problem with storage below the stairs, and moving the woodshed would be ok too. Nancy Graham said Jerry Martin has done an excellent job of addressing all their concerns and she now approves of the plans. Ben Rader had called Mr. Salvage with his approval earlier in the day. They are still thinking about the colors and Mr. Brezina showed color samples. There will be smooth-face block for the window infills. The lintels are to be a different color. Colors to be chosen from are Oberfields #204, 208, 212, and 206. 

MR. PARRIS MOVED TO APPROVE APPLICATION #02-062, FOR THE VILLAGE BREWING COMPANY, WITH THE FOLLOWING STIPULATIONS: 1) THAT THE APPLICANT HAS CHOSEN OBERFIELDS #204 SPLIT BLOCK FOR THE WALLS AND THE SMOOTH SIDE OF THE SAME #204 FOR THE WINDOW INFILLS; 2) THE APPLICANT WILL BE USING EITHER OBERFIELDS #208, 212, OR 206 COLORS FOR THE LINTELS AND THOSE WILL BE USING THE SMOOTH SIDE OF THE PRODUCT; AND 3) THAT THE PLANNING COMMISSION IS APPROVING THE DRAWING AS REVISED JUNE 6, 2002. MR. BURRISS SECONDED, AND THE MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.

New Business:

Woeste Real Estate, 142 East Broadway – Existing Signage Redesign

 Mr. Dorman said Woeste Real Estate has merged with Prudential Residential One Realtors, and they need to change their signage to reflect that. They want to maintain the dark green as on the existing signs, and the lettering and graphics will be white. The sign over the awning is 8’x1’4” and the other, on the Prospect side of the building, would be 16”x24”. Both signs would use the existing wood trim and would match the old ones as closely as possible. A variance is needed because of the change in typography and text as well as the graphics. The variance is for the number of wall signs per building. This would be a total of three, given the wall sign we approved earlier for ZoomwerX. This was similar to the situation for Unizan Bank. Mr. Salvage wondered whether the sign code included instructions for corner businesses. Mr. Wilkenfeld applied the criteria for variances to the application:

A. That special circumstances or conditions exist which are peculiar to the land or structure(s) involved and which are not applicable to other lands or structures in the same zoning district. Special circumstances are the nature of the building on the corner. It has two faces and multiple tenants. 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. Any number of buildings downtown has similar circumstances and we have granted similar variances, such as Unizan Bank and the Woeste building itself. C. That the special conditions and circumstances do not result from the actions of the applicant. They result from the nature of the building. D. That the granting 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. He can no longer use the old signs. If we deny this variance, we would be denying the applicant equal treatment. We are not changing the total number of signs or sizes or color or appearance of existing signs. 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 variance. It would not.

MR. WILKENFELD MOVED TO APPROVE THE VARIANCE FOR APPLICATION #02-075 TO ALLOW FOR TWO WALL SIGNS. MS. LUCIER SECONDED, AND THE MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.

MR. PARRIS MOVED TO APPROVE APPLICATION #02-075 WITH THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS: 1) THAT THE APPLICANT HAS INDICATED THAT HE WILL BE ATTEMPTING TO USE THE CURRENT SIGN FRAME AND TRIM TREATMENTS AROUND THOSE; AND 2) THAT THE APPLICANT HAS STATED THAT THE COLORS WILL BE THE SAME AS THE EXISTING SIGNS AND THAT THE LETTERING AND GRAPHICS WILL BE EITHER WHITE OR IVORY. MR. WILKENFELD SECONDED, AND THE MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED. Jim Hartzler, 203 North Pearl Street – Retaining Wall

 Mr. Dorman explained there is a drainage problem, and the applicant wants to construct a retaining wall of historic foundation stone with a drainage line at the rear of the wall to be directed toward North Plum Street. Jim Hartzler said they are very anxious to take ownership. The major problem (which they knew about when they bought the property) is the drainage problems. The Stoneburners put in a sump pump, but what the applicants’ desire is to construct a retaining wall on the property line with a drainage line directed toward the storm sewer on North Plum Street. For materials, they studied, (1) Split-face block, but that would not look good on an old house; (2) Briar Hill, but they were not happy with that either, or (3) the contractor said he has a source from old sandstone foundation stones that will match the uphill house. They had a legal survey and boundary survey, and the drainage line will be on their property. Some of the drain water comes from the Murr house next door, and they will address that also. Mr. Wilkenfeld asked whether Ms. Murr has been consulted, and the answer was yes. Mr. Hartzler did not ask her specifically whether she wanted to tie into this, but it would be his intent to try to offer her the solution at no cost. She does not mind the wall. He wants her downspouts to enter the drainage. Ms. Lucier asked whether the retaining wall stops before the sidewalk, and the answer was yes. It will go behind the tree and taper to the sidewalk. You can see that there was probably a retaining wall there at one time; you can see stones at the rear of the property.

MR. PARRIS MOVED TO APPROVE APPLICATION #02-076 AS PRESENTED. MR. WILKENFELD SECONDED, AND THE MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.

Work Session:

Bryn Du Woods - Phase V

 The representatives from Bryn Du explained their intention for the layout with the same number of lots (25); they have been widened to 55’. Mr. Parris asked about the easement to Fanchion Lewis Park and was shown where there would be pathway connections. Mr. Salvage asked whether final plans have been drawn, and the representatives wanted input from the Planning Commission before final plans would be drawn. These homes will not be visible from Newark-Granville Road. In answer to a question, Bob Kent said they are in no hurry to get started and probably they will wait until next year.

Finding of Fact: MR. PARRIS MOVED TO APPROVE THE FINDINGS OF FACT FOR A UNDER OLD BUSINESS (Brew’s) AND A AND B (Woeste and Hartzler) UNDER NEW BUSINESS, AND WE FIND THEM CONSISTENT WITH THE RELEVANT SECTIONS OF THE ZONING CODE AS OUTLINED IN THE VILLAGE PLANNER’S MEMO OF JUNE 7TH. MR. BURRISS SECONDED, AND THE MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.

Closing Comments: 

A. Mr. Salvage had asked Mr. Dorman to locate minutes where we set up procedures for handling applications {see Minutes of February 22, 1999}. We may be looking at some complicated applications in the future and we should have a procedure in mind. Mr. Salvage provided a similar statement. Mr. Parris is not averse to having a procedure, and it’s within our right to set conditions at a meeting. He is not objecting to doing this but wants to look at it closer. Mr. Salvage said we want to agree with procedures to follow. He is not sure we need to summarize this. Mr. Wilkenfeld thinks this is OK. Mr. Parris said at a meeting where we foresee that this is the case, we should let people know of our intentions. These should be guidelines rather than procedures. Mr. Main said we want to avoid having a person with an opinion talking directly to the applicant rather than to the Planning Commission. Everyone needs time to talk but must not steal other people’s time. Mr. Burriss recalls one time when someone was addressing something longer than 3 minutes, with photographs. When a person has a valid point to make and a prepared presentation, he should have more time. Mr. Salvage said we can informally extend time limits. Ms. Lucier suggested putting the guidelines next to the Agendas on the sign-in table. We are allowed to make our own guidelines, under the Charter. The consensus of the group was to follow these guidelines, and Mr. Salvage summarized: (1) We call them guidelines; (2) We will act within 45 days; (3) We can table or remove at applicant’s request; and (4) The Chair can extend the 3-minute limit.

 B. Mr. Burriss asked about the Recognition or Award for Excellent Applications, and Mr. Dorman said he is still looking for a model from German Village, Hudson, and other places.

Adjournment: 8:40 p.m. Next Meetings: June 24 and July 8

Respectfully submitted, Betty Allen 

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