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Planning Minutes 5/28/03

GRANVILLE PLANNING COMMISSION May 28, 2003 Minutes

Members Present: Jack Burriss, Barb Lucier, Mark Parris (Vice Chair), Tim Riffle, Members Absent: Richard Main, Richard Salvage (Chair) Citizens Present: Adam Ross, Leta and Greg Ross, Amanda Warner, Steve West, Ed & Donna Jenkins, Fred Wolf, Neica Raker, Melissa Hartfield, Art Chonko, Carol Whitt Also Present: Seth Dorman, Village Planner; Betty Allen, Secretary Citizens’ Comments: None

The Chair swore in all those who planned to speak.

Minutes of April 28, 2003: MS. LUCIER MOVED TO APPROVE THE MINUTES AS PRESENTED. MR. BURRISS SECONDED, AND THE MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED. Minutes of May 5, 2003: Page 2, center, add student housing to Ms. Lucier’s list of possibly enabled uses. MR. RIFFLE MOVED TO APPROVE THE MINUTES AS AMENDED. MS. LUCIER SECONDED, AND THE MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.

New Business: 

F.D. Wolf Associates, 134 East Broadway - Awning The application is to replace the old awning at Victoria’s with one of the same dimensions. The new color is striped heather beige classic. The building will be repainted as will the sign over the door, and no additional signage is requested. The designer Neica Raker explained the color plan and said there is to be no lettering on the new awning.

MS. LUCIER MOVED TO APPROVE APPLICATION #03-055. MR. BURRISS SECONDED, AND THE MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.

Carol Whitt, 139 West Maple Street – Fence and Deck

 Mr. Dorman explained the request for the deck with overhead grid structure on the second floor on an existing porch. Ms. Whitt also wants to have an 8’ section of white picket fence to screen the trash can. Ms. Whitt said the railing on the porch will stay. She had planned to use treated lumber which would weather for the porch, but Mr. Parris told her that treated lumber does not weather and it should be stained, and Ms. Whitt agreed to put something on it. In answer to a question by Mr. Burriss, she said the porch would have four upright posts. The structure will not touch the wall or roof. Mr. Burriss noted that none of the structure would be visible from the front façade.

MS. LUCIER MOVED TO APPROVE APPLICATION #03-045 WITH THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS: (1) THAT THE FINISH FOR THE ARBOR BE SUBMITTED TO THE VILLAGE PLANNER FOR FINAL APPROVAL; (2) THAT THE FENCE MATCH THE EXISTING FENCE AND BE PAINTED WHITE; AND (3) THAT THE ARBOR MATCH THE PLANS SUBMITTED. MR. BURRISS SECONDED, AND THE MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.

Granville Area Chamber of Commerce – Temporary Sidewalk Signs

 Mr. Dorman said the request is for 3 temporary sidewalk signs for the following 2003 GACC Events: (1) Farmer’s Market, (2) Street Scenes, and (3) the Antiques Fair. Melissa Hartfield said the (1) Farmer’s Market signs will be out each Friday and Saturday, June 7 through October 7 in front of PNB and Prudential Realtors. The wording on the sign will change to the correct location, on North Main Street. (2) The sign for Street Scenes will be out June 13-28 and advertise the Merchant Sidewalk Sale and Creative Artisan Show, which will be on June 27 and 28. (3) The display dates for the Antiques Fair will be September 19 to October 4 for the October 4 event. Mr. Burriss noted that they have always done a good job of taking in the signs at night.

MR. RIFFLE MOVED TO APPROVE APPLICATION #03-046. MS. LUCIER SECONDED, AND THE MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.

Donna and Edward Jenkins, 327 North Pearl Street – Addition

 Mr. Dorman said the application is for a 787 square foot bedroom and family room addition on the second floor over the garage. It will be finished to match the house. Mr. Jenkins said the addition will have siding coming all the way down, and they will repaint when they have the funds. The windows will have 6 over 6 mullions. The ridge line will be lower than the house. It will not be visible from the street. There are no corner posts, but when they can afford it, they will remove the vinyl siding and make it look more like it did before. Mr. Burriss would not be opposed to using corner boards; that would be a detail that the house originally had. If they want it in the main structure, that would be OK. We would be in favor of higher detail. If they want to get started on it now, that would make sense rather than doing it twice. The applicant said the roofing material would look like slate. Mr. Burriss said if they are using wood siding, they must be careful about dampness from the hill. Mr. Jenkins said they will have a system to take care of diverting all the water along the house. The applicant noted they will be removing the Anderson windows on the second floor rear. The free-style window will be returned to a traditional window. There will be two French doors because the front yard is inaccessible, but they don’t want a cathedral ceiling. They will go to a flat window. They are hoping to find an old gothic window and frame for the bridge. 

MR. BURRISS MOVED TO APPROVE APPLICATION #03-049, SUBJECT TO THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS: (1) THAT THE TRIM BOARD AND WINDOW SURROUND DETAILS AS WELL AS ANY OTHER DETAILS THE APPLICANT FEELS WOULD BE APPROPRIATE, TO TIE THE ADDITION IN WITH WHAT HE WOULD EVENTUALLY LIKE TO RESTRORE THE MAIN STRUCTURE TO, BE REVIEWED BY THE VILLAGE PLANNER. MR. RIFFLE SECONDED, AND THE MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.

Amanda Warner, 204 South Main Street – Freestanding Sign

 Mr. Dorman said the application is for a free- standing dark green and white sign at the applicant’s new business on the second floor. It would have two posts and be in the right-of-way, and a variance is needed for the number of free-standing signs in this multi-tenant building. The GPC has approved changes of uses for both floors. The sign for the other tenant, which existed when the change of use was approved, is also in the right-of- way. Ms. Lucier asked whether Ms. Warner has talked to the other tenant about sharing the signpost, but she would prefer having her own sign. This would clarify the location of the entry door. Ms. Warner prefers a bigger sign Mr. Burriss wants to be reassured that the two signs are consistent in design and location. It could be somewhat lower as long as the design is consistent. Mr. Parris applied the request to the criteria for variance for two free-standing signs:

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. The dual-entrance is a special circumstance, and we have granted variances for other multi-tenanted buildings 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. Other multi-tenanted buildings have their own signs, such as at The Elms next door. Some of that signage was approved with different facades in mind. C. That the special conditions and circumstances do not result from the actions of the applicant. No. 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. No. 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. No. 

MR. BURRISS MOVED THAT THE VARIANCE FOR APPLICATION #03- 050 BE APPROVED AS RECOMMENDED. MR. RIFFLE SECONDED, AND THE MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.

 Ms. Warner is willing to try to make her sign consistent with the other one, with the same setback, pole, and hardware, similar graphics and size. 

MR. BURRISS MOVED TO APPROVE APPLICATION #03-050 SUBJECT TO THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS: (1) THAT THE PROPOSAL BE AMENDED TO HAVE THE SAME SETBACK, SAME POLE WITH THE SAME BRACKET STYLE AND SIZE AS THE EXISTING FREESTANDING SIGN ON THAT LOT; (2) THE SIGN FACE SHOULD HAVE THE SAME WIDTH AS THE EXISTING SIGN, BUT COULD BE LONGER; AND (3) A FINAL DRAWING FOR THE SIGN SHOULD BE SUBMITTED TO THE VILLAGE PLANNER FOR FINAL APPROVAL. MR. RIFFLE SECONDED, AND THE MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED. 

Denison University, 201 North Mulberry Street – Porch Enclosure

{Mr. Riffle recused himself from this application.} Mr. Dorman said the application is for a west side porch enclosure at Cleveland Hall in order to add office space, a new exit from the classroom, and a concrete retaining wall connected to the existing wall. Siding and roofing will match existing materials. Windows would have the same light pattern. They will also work on the northwest corner of the building. Art Chonko provided additional details for the group. MR. BURRISS MOVED TO APPROVE APPLICATION #03-052. MS. LUCIER SECONDED, AND THE MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.

Old Business:

Granville Shopping Center, 484 South Main Street – Parking Lot Renovation

 Mr. Dorman reminded the group that this has been tabled. The application submitted almost two years ago was tabled at the September 10, 2001 meeting. They will repave the lot, re-stripe and add islands. They want to add sidewalks from Main Street. Four variances are needed from the BZBA: (1) Parking lot screening; it is not practical to put a row of trees across the entrance; (2) dimensions of spaces; 10’wide and 20‘ long is required, but spaces with a 9’ width and 18’ length are requested; (3) layout of lot—they need double striping lines 2’ apart and are proposing single striped lines; and (4) tree plantings; they are asking for four smaller trees rather than large trees.

MR. RIFFLE MOVED TO TAKE APPLICATION #01-125 OFF THE TABLE. MR. BURRISS SECONDED, AND THE MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.

 Leta Ross said they want to save space at the ATM for overflow parking. Mr. Burriss does not want to see a blank building wall at the end of a nice allay. For the pedestrian walks, he hopes to see a clear differentiation of where they are, maybe with cobblestone. He said the Rosses have gone a long way to breaking up the parking lot and it would be good to break it up with some bands of other material. He then asked about lighting and poles, which should be consistent but not necessarily identical to what the Village has installed in recent years. The spokesman described the lighting and the islands and landscaping. He said all sidewalks are 5’ wide. Islands are 6” above surface, curved all the way around except for sidewalks. Mr. Burriss wants a clear indication of where the pedestrian crossings are. This application will be approved contingent upon approval from the BZBA, the Village Engineer. Mr. Parris was concerned about the ability of trucks to make the curve. He also asked whether the project might be approved in two phases, and the group decided it would be beneficial to approve it all at once. Leta Ross said they have major drainage problems to address.

MR. BURRISS MOVED TO APPROVE APPLICATION #01-125, SUBJECT TO THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS: (1) THAT CROSSWALKS BETWEEN SECTIONS OF SIDEWALK BE ARTICULATED IN SOME MANNER; (2) THAT THE LANDSCAPE PLAN BE AMENDED TO REMOVE ONE TREE FROM THE BED BETWEEN THE ATM DRIVE AND THE PARKING LOT; (3) THAT DETAILS FOR LIGHT POLES AND FIXTURES BE SUBMITTED TO THE VILLAGE PLANNER FOR FINAL APPROVAL; (4) THAT THE BZBA APPROVE THE VARIANCES; (5) THAT THE TREE & LANDSCAPE COMMISSION REVIEW AND APPROVE THE LANDSCAPE PLAN; AND (6) THAT THE VILLAGE ENGINEER REVIEW AND APPROVE THE SITE PLAN FOR DRAINAGE. MS. LUCIER SECONDED, AND THE MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.

 It was also noted that the Planning Commission encourages the adoption of this plan by the other boards and officials that still need to review and approve it. Mr. Burriss noted the crabapple trees around the bank are approaching their life expectancy, and consistency is needed across the lot. Trees help lampposts from being so alone. He likes both trees and shrubs or hedges. Let the Tree and Landscape Commission determine the best plantings. 

Finding of Fact: 

MR. BURRISS MOVED TO APPROVE THE FINDING OF FACT FOR ITEM A UNDER OLD BUSINESS (IGA) AND ITEMS A, B, C, D, E, AND F 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 MAY 23, 2003. MR. RIFFLE SECONDED, AND THE MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.

Adjournment: 9:40 p.m. Next Meetings: June 9, and June 23, 2003. The August 25 meeting is cancelled unless something unforeseen appears. Respectfully submitted, Betty Allen 

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