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Planning Minutes 4/26/04

GRANVILLE PLANNING COMMISSION
April 26, 2004
Minutes

Members Present:  Jack Burriss, Jackie O'Keefe, Mark Parris (Chair), Tim Riffle
Richard Salvage (Vice Chair), Carl Wilkenfeld 
Members Absent: none
Citizens Present:  Phil Watts, David & Susan Schmidt, Greg Moore
Also Present:  Joe Hickman, Village Manager
The Chair swore in all those who planned to speak.
Citizens Comments:  None

Minutes of April 12, 2004:  Page 2, second motion, change to "…to recommend to Village Manager to approve demolition…."

MR. WILKENFELD MOVED TO APPROVE MINUTES AS CORRECTED; MR. BURRISS SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.

       New Business:

Granville Mill, 400 South Main Street  - Addition

 The application is to expand the building 40' toward Main Street.  It will be 38' from ROW.  BZBA approved a variance for front yard setback, but GPC members were confused as to exactly what they had specified for the size of the new entrance. 
 Phil Watts provided sample photographs and said there would be landscaping in front of the building, and parking would be on the side only.  It will be up about 2 concrete blocks to get it above flood level.  He showed the group color samples of overhang and siding and where the new addition will go. 
 Mr. Salvage suggested that a decision should be subject to deciding exactly what BZBA specified.
 Mr. Wilkenfeld would like to see a site plan of the entire area, showing how this addition will look from the road, but Mr. Salvage felt this was beyond our scope of responsibility and that we should act only on what is before us tonight.
 Mr. Burriss also wanted to see the side elevation.  Mr. Watts said the building has a fairly steep pitched roof.  The overhang will extend across the existing building and be the new façade.  He said they could change the depth of the overhang.   Mr. Burriss asked whether merchandise would be stored outside, and Mr. Watts said even if they do not, there will still be the overhang.
 Mr. Burriss asked for screening as part of the landscape planning.  When they put in the Thrift Shop they installed a wall as buffer for parking, and he thinks we need to be consistent.
 Mr. Riffle asked what is between the front porch and the sidewalk and the answer was grass or green space.
 Mr. Burriss asked whether there would be glass doors and the answer was Yes, one set of doors maybe with a panel. Windows are double hung casement, two on each side. It will look like it does now.
 Ms. O'Keefe asked whether they were taking out the asphalt and the answer was Yes.
 Mr. Burriss said it seems like one of the primary entrances would be on the north, and Mr. Watts might want to think of coordinating parking and entrance way.  Mr. Watts will add concrete blocks to the parking slots.
  Mr. Riffle thought sidewalks would be a good idea and was told that would not be a problem.
 Mr. Parris said we could act on what's before us and ask the applicant to return for final details on the door, parking, signage, pedestrian access, sidewalks, outdoor merchandise storage and BZBA specifications.  Mr. Watts thought they would want a sign similar to the one at Granville Lumber and some lighting under the canopy.

MR. SALVAGE MOVED TO APPROVE APPLICATION 04-045 SUBJECT TO THE FOLLOWING:  (1) ANY CONFLICTS WITH THE SITE PLAN PRESENTED AND THE BZBA APPROVAL HAVE TO BE WORKED OUT  BETWEEN THE APPLICANT AND THE VILLAGE PLANNER; (2) THERE WILL NEED TO BE LANDSCAPING, SCREENING, PARKING PLANS; (3) FINAL DESIGN OF THE SINGLE DOOR WILL BE APPROVED BY THE VILLAGE PLANNER AND MR. BURRIS; (4) SIDE ELEVATIONS WILL MATCH CURRENT ELEVATIONS; (5) FINAL DETAILS FOR LANDSCAPING, OUTDOOR SALES, LIGHTING, SIDEWALKS, AND ACCESS WILL HAVE TO BE APPROVED AT A LATER DATE.    MR. WILKENFELD SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.

Susan and Daniel Schmidt, 225 South Prospect Street - additional curb cut
 The applicants wish to create another driveway to the north to add more parking in addition to that provided by the shared driveway.
 Mr. Schmidt said there is a lot of street parking and they want more space for their own cars, and he showed where it would go.  They already have space for two cars, but the second is jammed right against the first and against a wall.  The shared garage is old and too small for two cars. 
 Mr. Wilkenfeld asked whether they could have a parking permit, and Mr. Hickman said permits are only for handicapped parking. Mr. Wilkenfeld would rather see the extra parking in the rear rather than add another curb cut.
 Mr. Parris said two curb cuts are is not normally allowed and would like to have seen a picture of the parking areas and Mr. Schmidt sketched a picture.  Although the code does not specifically  preclude two curb cuts, Mr. Paris had looked for examples of this kind of application and found one with a circular drive in front. The Heisey House has a pair of concrete lanes, which are less intrusive than a concrete drive.   
 Mr. Wilkenfeld said this is in the historical district so that's why he would recommend a 'reserved' space with towing in front.
 Once we open Pandora's Box, said Mr. Parris, it's going to be hard to close it again.
 Mrs. Schmidt said there is a magnolia tree in poor shape that would have to come down.
 Ms. O'Keefe noted that they already have two driveways.  Technically it's a double sized drive, added Mr. Parris.  The property line goes down the center of the driveway.
 Mr. Parris noted we are willing to help the applicants out but he would like to look around some more.  We need to talk to Mr. Strayer and review the code.  Parking is at a premium to begin with, and if we grant you this second access, we would have to grant it to anybody.
 Mr. Burriss added that a curb cut would eliminate one on-street parking place.
 Mr. Wilkenfeld would like to look more closely about how the design would look.
 
    MR. SALVAGE MOVED TO TABLE, WITH APPLICANTS' APPROVAL, APPLICATION 04-046 PENDING FURTHER REVIEW.   MR. WILKENFELD SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.

    Spring Hills Baptist Church, 1830 Newark-Granville Road - sign

 Greg Moore, representative from the church, said the 18 sq.ft. sign is a temporary promotional/construction-type sign but with no contractors' names.  As you enter the main driveway, it will probably be on the west side at the proper setback off the ROW.  It will be up from now until December during the construction period.  It's a little too big to fit within the code, and Mr. Salvage asked whether they could reduce it to 15 sq.ft, and Mr. Moore said Yes, but they want to make the 6 photos as large as possible.  Mr. Salvage suggested removing the word "new" since they are all new. 
 The "Shine On" words would have yellow color, and the photos are black and white with black printing.

     MR. RIFFLE MOVED TO APPROVE O4-047 WITH THE FOLLOWING QUALIFICATION:  DOWNSIZE TO 16 SQ.FT.  MR. WILKENFELD SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
 
Sharon & Wayne Young (Stephen Fowler, purchaser), 117 South Pearl Street - Demolition

 Mr. Fowler wishes to purchase the home and wants approval for removing the one-story wood frame structure attached to the south side. The exposed wall has a door and two double-hung windows, which are still in the house. This is not original and of limited historical value.  There are two curb cuts and he would waive the second one and plant with grass and landscaping and a picket fence.  The boundaries have changed, and when they moved the lot line, they moved the garage.  The house is pretty much on the lot line, and Mr. Fowler wants to reestablish the original lot line.   
 Mr. Burriss would like to see detail on the steps, and Mr. Fowler said they would be replaced several months after the demolition. 

     MR. WILKENFELD MOVED TO RECOMMEND TO VILLAGE MANAGER THAT THIS BE APPROVED.  MR. SALVAGE SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.

Finding of Fact:  MR. SALVAGE MOVED TO APPROVE THE FINDINGS OF FACT FOR ITEMS A, C, AND D 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 APRIL 23, 2004.  MR. WILKENFELD SECONDED, AND THE MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.

  
 Adjournment:   8:30 p.m.
Next Meetings:  May 10 and 24

Respectfully submitted,
Betty Allen

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