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Planning Minutes 2/10/03

GRANVILLE PLANNING COMMISSION February 10, 2003 Minutes

Members Present: Jack Burriss, Barb Lucier, Richard Main, Mark Parris (Vice Chair), Richard Salvage (Chair) Members Absent: None Citizens Present: Bruce Westall, Laura Andujar Also Present: Seth Dorman, Village Planner Citizens’ Comments: None The Chair swore in all those who planned to speak. Election of Officers was postponed until the School Board member is selected.

Minutes of January 27, 2002: MR. BURRISS MOVED TO APPROVE THE MINUTES AS PRESENTED. MS. LUCIER SECONDED, AND THE MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.

New Business: 

Reader’s Garden, 143 East Broadway – Sidewalk Sign Mr. Dorman explained that the applicants would like approval for a sidewalk sign, 8.48 square feet, white background with black lettering and red and green design, with space for ads on the blackboard and space for hand- lettered ads on bottom half (blue on the displayed board). The sign was used in their previous location on Elm Street. Variances are needed for maximum number of colors and maximum size. The sign must be taken inside after business hours. Bruce Westall stated that they have to reapply, but he was told Reader’s Garden never got approval for the former location. Since the sign is too big, he thought that building a new sign would be easier than sawing off the side of this one. The present ground sign is only three colors. The Law Director wanted to give some thought as to whether white was a color, and Mr. Salvage suggested tabling the application. Mr. Burriss would be more comfortable with allowing this to be temporarily used and using the new sign with definite location determined. Mr. Westall placed this sign in a spot consistent with distances of other signs on the sidewalk. He doesn’t want to return here and will do what we request. Mr. Burriss noted that in the past the percentage of copy that was consistent and the percentage that was changeable were limited. Mr. Dorman does not think it appropriate for any sidewalk signs to have posters added to them. 

MR. PARRIS MOVED TO APPROVE APPLICATION #03-006 WITH THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS: (1) THAT THE SIGN WILL BE PER THE CODE IN SIZE AND THE NUMBER OF ALLOWED COLORS WITHIN (60) DAYS. THE APPLICANT CAN CHECK WITH THE VILLAGE PLANNER FOR FINAL APPROVAL ON THE COLORS SINCE THERE IS SOME QUESTION AS TO WHETHER WHITE AND BLACK ARE CONSIDERED COLORS FOR THE PURPOSES OF THE SIGN CODE. WE ALSO RECOMMEND TO THE VILLAGE PLANNER THAT THE READERS’ GARDEN BE ABLE TO USE THEIR EXISTING SIGN UNTIL THEIR NEW SIGN IS MADE OR UNTIL THEY HAVE THIS SIGN MODIFIED TO BE COMPLIANT WITH THE CODE; AND (2) THAT THE APPROPRIATE LOCATION FOR THE SIGN WOULD BE BACK TOWARD THE BRICK AREA NEAR THE STEPS OF THE READERS’ GARDEN WITH FINAL DETERMINATION TO BE MADE BY THE VILLAGE PLANNER. MR. BURRISS SECONDED, AND THE MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED. 

Village of Granville, 141 East Broadway – Exterior Renovations

 Mr. Dorman stated that for the next phase of improvements to the Village Hall, the applicants wish to: (1) install a railing around the top of the roof for screening mechanicals and to enhance the appearance of the building; (2) install new front entry door for the hall and the Reader’s Garden; (3) replace picture windows and add light fixtures; (4) replace wrought iron railings. Mr. Burriss, who helped with the design, said they wanted the building to have more of a municipal appearance. The proposed door is more of a commercial door than a residential door but is fiberglass to look like wood for less cost and maintenance. His thought earlier was to add flagpoles and the village seal above the awning in the center. He added that Mr. Dorman should be recognized for all the time he has spent on this project. Laura Andujar, Architect, added more descriptive detail for the plan. 

MS. LUCIER MOVED TO APPROVE APPLICATION #03-009 WITH THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS: (1) THAT THE FINAL DETAILS ARE TO BE APPROVED BY THE VILLAGE PLANNER UPON CONSULTATION WITH COMMISSIONER BURRISS; AND (2) THAT THE APPLICANT CAN REPLACE OR VISUALLY ALTER THE EXISTING WINDOWS ON EITHER SIDE OF THE FRONT ENTRANCE TO ACHIEVE THE SAME LOOK. MR. PARRIS SECONDED, AND THE MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.

Work Session: The scheduled work session on the Granville Comprehensive Plan will be postponed until the new Commission member is appointed. Mr. Main said Village Council will discuss this next Wednesday, and they hope to have GPC identify areas where they feel that input is necessary and those areas that the GPC does not deal with, i.e., Township issues. A special meeting may be held.

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 JANUARY 7, 2003. MS. LUCIER SECONDED, AND THE MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.

Adjournment: 8:40 p.m. Next Meetings: February 24 and March 10 Respectfully submitted, Betty Allen 

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