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Planning Minutes 11/10/03

 GRANVILLE PLANNING COMMISSION November 10, 2003 Minutes

Members Present: Jack Burriss, Barb Lucier, Melissa Hartfield, Mark Parris (Vice Chair), Tim Riffle, Richard Salvage (Chair) Members Absent: none Citizens Present: Chuck Whitman Also Present: Chris Strayer, Village Planner Citizens¡¦ Comments: None The Vice Chair swore in all those who planned to speak.

Minutes of October 27, 2003: On page 2, change end of 3d paragraph to ¡§¡Kthe HER sign to make it free-standing, it could be on the same bracket and eliminate the need for variance for two projecting signs¡K.¡¨ MR. RIFFLE MOVED TO APPROVE MINUTES AS CORRECTED; MS. LUCIER SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.

New Business:

Chuck Whitman, 138 East Broadway - Awning Mr. Strayer stated that the applicants wish to renovate the awning over Whit¡¦s storefront and propose to replace the green with gray and red. The material will be similar to the one for Hare Hollow. The applicant said the color is similar to the color of the building (taffy). They are raising the awning up about one foot. MR. PARRIS MOVED TO APPROVE 03-153 AS SUBMITTED. MR. BURRISS SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.

Chuck Whitman, 138 East Broadway - Signs Mr. Strayer said the applicant is seeking approval for three signs: (1) an etched vinyl window sign on the door, which will be frosted on the glass; consensus agreed that an ice cream cone is not a commercial message; (2) a neon ¡§Open¡¨ sign with a ice cream cone on the window. The sign is to be turned on only when the business is open. Neon signs are permitted as long as no commercial logo or message is displayed. (3) A wall sign over the awning in a polished brass frame. With the four colors requested, this sign would require a variance. The background color is supposed to match the color of the building. The applicant agreed to paint the little ice cream cone blue to avoid the variance. Ms. Lucier finds the wall sign to be very busy with all those words, but Mr. Whit said that is his official logo. Consensus agreed this was OK.

MR. PARRIS MOVED TO APPROVE 03-154 WITH THE CONDITION THAT THE BLACK COLOR ON THE WALL SIGN ON THE FACE OF THE BUILDING BE CHANGED TO BLUE ALREADY PROPOSED FOR THE SIGN. MR. RIFFLE SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.

Finding of Fact: MR. PARRIS MOVED TO APPROVE THE FINDINGS OF FACT FOR ITEMS A AND B 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 OCTOBER 24, 2003. MR. RIFFLE SECONDED, AND THE MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.

Work Session: Comprehensive Plan

 Village Council has voted to table their portion of the Plan until after the first of the year so the new Council can get a chance to review it, so we have more time to work on it.

 Mr. Parris is confused as to what our role is and what we are to be looking for in the document. Is it for language? For content? For our opinions? To change policy? It would be hard to achieve a consensus in our group. The group putting the Plan together worked hard and collected data from citizens, and he does not feel we can change the language. Mr. Salvage noted there are things in this section that he does not think fit here. The problem is it¡¦s already two years old, and there are things no longer current.

 Ms. Hartman thought GPC should look for anything that does not seem to be working¡Xmore of a refinement than a change. Look at things you have addressed in the past or things missing here.

 Mr. Burris said we are only sending our recommendations. He thought we should start tonight, since we will need all the time available. 

 Mr. Salvage preferred to wait until the new Council is installed. 

 Mr. Strayer said a comprehensive plan is only as good updated as it is. The best course of action is for GPC to look at goals, policies, and plans of the new revision and see if they are still applicable. It is broken up into three sections and how they apply to the Village. Lastly comes the implementation and how to get goals and policies into the zoning code. He thought Keith Myers could come in and give us answers to our questions. A comprehensive plan is long term and an ordinance is short term. 

Some issues brought up were: „« Open space requirements and requirements per acre „« Where did this information come from: „« What¡¦s the rationale behind the numbers? „« Updated figures are needed „« Clarify ¡§built-out¡¨ sections

Consensus agreed to postpone this discussion.

Mr. Salvage requested the Village Planner to postpone any applications for November 22, if possible.

Adjournment: 8:23 p.m. Next Meetings: November 24 (only if something comes up) and December 8

Respectfully submitted, Betty Allen 

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