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Planning Minutes 7/12/04

GRANVILLE PLANNING COMMISSION
July 12, 2004
Minutes

Members Present:   Jack Burriss, Tom Mitchell, Mark Parris (Chair),  Carl Wilkenfeld.  
Members Absent: Tim Riffle, Village Council Rep.
Visitors Present:  Gerald Martin, Connie Westbrook, Bev Danen, Dana and Brian King
Also Present:  Chris Strayer, Village Planner
The Chair swore in all those who planned to speak.
Citizens Comments:  none
Minutes of June 28, 2004:  Mr. Parris noted on Page 1, Line 7 from bottom, that such signs are permitted, but Ms. Barsky's preference would be other than sand-blasted.
 MR. WILKENFELD MOVED TO APPROVE MINUTES AS AMENDED; MR. BURRISS SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.

New Business:

Gerald Martin, 116 East Broadway - Renovations
  Mr. Strayer said the applicant wants to enclose a stairwell, remodel the porch, and make balcony improvements to the First Federal Building. Absent member Ms. Barsky had listed her concerns to Mr. Strayer as follows:  (1) Posts in front of porch and balcony should match; (2) on western elevation, the railing around doors and balcony should match railings out front; (3) she did not feel the front door and window would fit the style in the rest of the building; (4) if stairwell is on the lot line in the alley, clarification is needed from the Village Manager, since the alley is Village-owned.  Mr. Martin said the existing stairwell protrudes 5' into the alley, and he would use that space and not set a precedent. 
 Mr. Mitchell asked whether there is a written document that gives the applicant the right to build into the alley, and Mr. Parris thought it would be on a deed.  Mr. Burriss noted that the space requested is no bigger than that there now.  The Chair thought we could examine the rest of the application and deal with this issue later.
 Mr. Burriss compared this project to the Buxton Inn with its balcony, but he thought the two-story porch and the flatness of the building seem not to be married very happily.  He also questioned the flat roofs from a maintenance viewpoint.  The question of downspouts arose, and Mr. Martin said the one downspout comes down the corner of the building.  The sidewalk would be built up higher for a handicapped entrance.
 Mr. Martin described further the architectural elements and doors and windows.  He said the trim would be a light gray  on the white building. 
 Mr. Parris thought it would be better to keep what's on this building rather than trying to incorporate something similar to the Methodist Church next door.   The architectural elements are in character with the existing building. 
 Members said they would need more detail on materials, color, signage, pitched roof, detail on trim, window alignment.  Also is needed is approval for intruding into the alley by the Village Manager. 
 Ben Rader had a question about the dumpster in the back and wants assurance the back alley will be kept clean.  Mr. Martin thought it was still too early to talk about that.
 Connie Westbrook, from the church, wanted to be a good neighbor and assumes the church will be kept aware of plans underway.
 Mr. Parris said we will have to table this because of the question on the alley side.  We will look at any legal documents, deeds, or easements that exist.  Mr. Martin agreed to table the application.

 MR. WILKENFELD MOVED TO TABLE THE APPLICATION AT THE REQUEST OF THE APPLICANT.  MR. BURRISS SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.

DBM Enterprises, Pinehurst Drive/Welsh Hills Road - Lot Split
 Mr. Strayer said the applicant wishes a lot split at the top of Hilengreen, and he explained the exact acreage of the 4 parcels involved with their different easements.  The two land-locked parcels will have permanent easements from other lots, so no variance would be required.  If agreements between property owners are signed, that is all that is required. 
 Bill Wright, Manager, said they have an agreement between the Homeowners Association and Donald Ross Drive owners.  Mr. Wilkenfeld is not sure we need the legal document to support the easement since that is something between parties. 
 Mr. Strayer noted there would be no traffic concerns but he wondered about access through the Gregory property.  Mr. Wright said this is a PUD, and there was a feeling that there was an easement, but there is nothing in writing.  Mr. Strayer said it was previously platted as condos, but they were never built.  GPC can approve a lot split, but for a PUD we would make a recommendation. 
     MR. WILKENFELD  MOVED TO APPROVE 04-091 AS PRESENTED.  MR. BURRISS SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.

Work Session:

Brian and Dana Krieg, 226 East Maple Street - Renovations
 The Craigs wish to add a second story 16' beyond the house in the rear.  The original 1920 two rooms were added to later by a one-story addition in the rear.  The design would locate the property 7' off the east property line.  They need a bigger kitchen area and larger windows with a bay.  They want to continue the porch along the side the full length and turn the corner. 
 Mr. Strayer said they would not need a variance even though they are within minimum setback because they would be building straight back and not intruding any further into the setback.  Mrs. Krieg said they want to run the porch full width and add a window above the door, which will be symmetrical, two and two, above the door. The porch floor would be wood, and they will replace the screen door with an open design screen.
 Mr. Burriss wanted to look at pictures of other houses in the neighborhood for perspective.  He wondered whether the fence would come off the bay window, and Mrs. Krieg said it would be easier to install and would match up with the neighbor's fence line.  Mr. Burriss would prefer locating the fence somewhere else, and Mr. Parris thought it should go in the back.   
 Mr. Parris wants to see details on the spindles, windows, mullions, trim, downspouts, AC units, screening, and materials with the final plan.  Mr. Burriss specifically asked about the break between old and new sections, differences in width, and lowering the ridge on the roof.  He recommended making the north side less like the window salesman came through and more like something unique. 
 Mr. Parris suggested a trim board all the way across under the eaves and serve as top trim.  He thought a blind window could be added to the east to break up the width.

Finding of Fact:  MR. WILKENFELD MOVED TO APPPROVE THE FINDINGS OF FACT FOR ITEM 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 JULY 12, 2004.  MR. BURRISS SECONDED, AND THE MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.

Next Meetings:   July 26 (Mr. Wilkenfeld will be absent) and August 9
Adjournment:   9:06 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Betty Allen

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