GRANVILLE PLANNING COMMISSION
August 23, 2004
Members Present: Tom Mitchell, Jackie O'Keefe, Mark Parris (Chair), Tim Riffle, Carl Wilkenfeld (Vice Chair)
Members Absent: Jack Burriss
Visitors Present: Barb Hammond, Constance Barsky, Pat Moller, Mary Bibee, Lisa & Jim Green, Dena McKinley, Don Carr, Nick & Melanie Schott, Tod Darfus
Also Present: Chris Strayer, Village Planner
The Chair swore in all those who planned to speak.
Citizens Comments: None
Minutes of July 26, 2004: MR. WILKENFELD MOVED TO ACCEPT MINUTES AS PRESENTED; MR. MITCHELL SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED
Minutes of August 9: Page 2, Line 10, Change to Ms. O'Keefe asked if the old sign frame could be compared at all to the new frame.
MR. RIFFLE MOVED TO APPROVE AS AMENDED; MR. MITCHELL SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
James Green, 221 North Pearl Street - Door removal
Mr. Strayer said the applicant wishes to restore the multi-family house to single-family status and remove all the extra outside doors.
Mr. Green said the four doors to be removed would be replaced withh exterior wall siding which matches the existing. Door No. 4 on the drawing will be turned into a stained-glass window and placed in the opening created by door No. 2.
Mr. Parris asked whether he could match the dropped siding, and Mr. Green said if he cannot match it, he knows of a mill that can custom make it for him.
Mr. Wilkenfeld asked what is going to replace Window No. 2 and suggested the applicant have the Village Planner look at the final design to make sure it is visually carried along.
MR. WILKENFELD MOVED TO APPROVE 04-123 WITH THE STIPULATION THAT ON DOOR No. 2, PRIOR TO FINALIZING THE WINDOW GOING IN, THE APPLICANT SHOW IT TO THE VILLAGE PLANNER FOR HIS OK. MR. MITCHELL SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
Elizabeth Carr, 130 East Broadway - Change of Use
Mr. Strayer said the applicant wishes to turn the title company space into a retail store next to the coffeehouse. It meets all sections of the code.
Ms. Carr noted that it is going to be a French Boutique.
MR. MITCHELL MOVED TO APPROVE #04-125 AS SUBMITTED. MR. WILKENFELD SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
Elizabeth Carr, 130 East Broadway - Sign
Mr. Strayer said the applicant is requesting a gold-lettered window sign above the door, and the Mom & Me Vintage General sign will be where the title company name was. The Number 130 does not count in the measuring, so the sign will be 25"x34".
MR. WILKENFELD MOVED TO APPROVE 04-126 FOR WINDOW SIGN, APPROXIMATELY 25"X34" WITH GOLD LETTERING. MR. RIFFLE SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
Tod Darfus, 132 North Prospect Street - sign
Mr. Strayer said the application is for a 3'x4' gold sign in the front window for his tanning company. The maximum size allowed is 8 sq.ft.
Mr. Darfus said he is requesting no other signs.
MR. RIFFLE MOVED TO APPROVE 04-129 WITH THE STIPULATION THAT IT BE NO LARGER THAN 8 SQ.FT. MR. MITCHELL SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
Finding of Fact: MR. WILKENFELD MOVED TO APPPROVE THE FINDINGS OF FACT FOR ITEMS A THROUGH 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 AUGUST 20, 2004. MR. RIFFLE SECONDED, AND THE MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
Melanie and Nick Schott - Car Wash
The applicants wish to open a one- or two-bay car wash which would require rezoning for Village Services. Mr. Schott, 660 West Broadway, said the owner of the existing car wash was not interested in selling, so they looked around for a possible perfect location at an affordable price. They would like to install the completely automatic car wash at 303 South Main Street with the entrance on Munson Street. There are three lots, each about 50'x150'. They would buy the house and lots and rent out the house. Mrs. Schott noted that there are no other affordable village lots available with water and sewer.
Mr. Wilkenfeld noted that the GPC tends not to approve a business in a residential district, and that would be a good lot for a house. A car wash outside the village would be a better idea, but Mrs. Schott said that would be too expensive. Mr. Schott said they could buffer it with landscaping.
Mr. Wilkenfeld also asked whether they have talked to the owners of the IGA, but Mrs. Schott said there is no city water there, and Mr. Strayer said they need to be more on a main road for a car wash.
Ms. O'Keefe asked whether they have talked to the neighbors yet, and they said No, they wanted GPC feedback first.
Mr. Parris said the trouble with spot zoning is that nobody knows what business would go in there in the future. Many businesses are acceptable under the code. If the contiguous owners are in favor of this, he would be more inclined to approve it.
Mr. Wilkenfeld felt it would be difficult for GPC to approve this venture.
Mr. Parris summarized the discussion: (1) Rezoning, (2) Approval of the neighbors; (3) A car wash is a destination business and could be off the road; (4) increased traffic and disruption for cars turning left to a car wash; (5) Talk to the Chamber of Commerce for another possible location.
Downtown Directional Signs
Mr. Parris said that we have seen so many sandwich boards that the idea of posted business signs is an alternative. He feels that off-street businesses need to be promoted
Mr. Strayer said one problem with the signs already in place is that we could not use those because it might be in violation of ODOT street standards and we would have to put the business related signs elsewhere. These are good for cars but not pedestrians and are not specific to businesses.
Mr. Wilkenfeld thought it was a great idea but consistency is important.
Barbara Hammond from the Chamber of Commerce said people want to be directed to more specific shops. She thought removable signs with arrows would be easy to replace, and could be put at least on the corners of (1) Broadway and Prospect, (2) Broadway and Main, (3) Cherry Street, (4) Elm and Maple Streets. She suggested that if such signs get put up, businesses should remove their sidewalk signs. This is a do-or-die holiday season, and she would like to see billboards.
Other ideas presented were a kiosk in Alltel Park, bulletin boards, a glass display map like the one at Burke Hall, and paper maps to be handed out. A street clock is under consideration. Mr. Strayer said he would check for designs with Keith Meyers and with the Village.
Next steps are to (1) plan another work session with GPC; (2) finalize a design; (3) work with C of C and come back with application to get approval for location and number of signs; (4) remove sidewalk signs; (5) talk with Streets and Landscape Committee.
Constance.Barsky said her committee wanted to (1) pass their ideas along to the Granville Township Zoning Commission as the Township did and (2) look over the zoning portion. Mr. Strayer summarized information both from the Township and from GPC. The number of businesses could be expanded, but they have centered on office-type businesses, two- or three-story buildings in an office park. They looked at the Master Plan and looked at what would be the best for the Township and the Village. She said the Township Trustees have been looking at sites, and the Village has sat down with them.
Mr. Parris said we would want to know what land they are interested in, and Ms. Barsky listed the Dow and Owens properties. Light manufacturing has to be research-related and production has to be prototype related. JEDD are not offering anyone to have light manufacturing. Mr. Parris said they were looking at things good for the Village and staying away from retail, but if they get too fussy, fewer businesses will come in.
Mr. Strayer said they tried to mimic the Research Triangle in North Carolina. An industrial park would be attractive to potential businesses. For more than one company in a complex, this will be like a PUD. People will be looking for a location where it is already supported in the town. Mr. Wilkenfeld felt we need to concentrate on one thing. We have an educated population, so bringing in research triangle types and computer things would create white-collar jobs. JEDD is a big picture with synergy among all participants. He thought JEDD should include more than two areas.
Ms. Barsky said one thing to keep in mind is in discussions with the Township, there should be flexibility about certain jobs and certain areas. There should be water/sewer/zoning/charter set up. Village Council has promised water and sewer. It's apparent that the income from the JEDD is ten years out before the money starts coming in.
For the next meeting Ms. Barsky will bring in a more specific outline.
Next Meetings: September 13 and September 27
Adjournment: 9:20 p.m.
Betty Allen Hullinger