GRANVILLE PLANNING COMMISSION
January 24, 2005
Members Present: Jack Burriss, Tom Mitchell, Jackie O'Keefe, Tim Riffle, Mark Parris (Chair), Carl Wilkenfeld (Vice Chair)
Visitors Present: McNally, Mildred Moss, Fred Ashbaugh, Tim Ryan, Jon Fields, Phil Watts, Msgr. Enke, Tim Bascom, Mike Hayen, Jon and Leslie O'Neill
Also Present: Chris Strayer, Village Planner
The Chair swore in all those who planned to speak.
Citizens Comments: none
Minutes of December 13, 2004. Mr. Burriss was absent. At bottom of page 1, 3d line up, it is supposed to be "lintels." MR. WILKENFELD MOVED TO APPROVE MINUTES AS CORRECTED. MR. BURRISS SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
Elizabeth Carr, 130 East Broadway- Sidewalk Sign
MR. WILKENFELD MOVED TO TAKE THE APPLICATION OFF THE TABLE; MR. BURRISS SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
The application was tabled after confusion as to whether two places of business of the same owner could be placed on one sign, since off-premises signs are not allowed. Mr. Strayer received no response from the Law Director, but there is nothing in the code prohibiting this.
Mr. Parris trusts the Village Planner's judgment, but Mr. Mitchell feels this is inappropriate and sets a precedent, and Ms. O'Keefe wants to hear the opinion of the Law Director. Mr. Wilkenfeld respects both opinions. Mr. Riffle thinks we cannot interpret things into the code which are not there. Mr. Wilkenfeld feels the code should be clarified in a timely manner and wants Village Council to consider this question. Ms. O'Keefe will take the question to Village Council.
MR. RIFFLE MOVED TO APPROVE 04-188 AS SUBMITTED. MR. BURRISS SECONDED, AND IT WAS APPROVED BY MAJORITY (Mr. Mitchell voted No.)
Mary Lee Van Meter, 122 North Pearl Street - Rezoning
The request is to rezone the property from VRD to VBD, for office use. The two properties on either side are zoned VBD (One is Broadway Blooms). At the time of the last rezoning, GPC members were concerned about what might open in the premises in the future.
Tim Ryan wants to purchase the building for a TLR real estate office, with hours of operation 9 to 7. Most of his business is out of state; therefore, there will be almost no visitors to the office. There is room for two cars now, whereas the code requires three.
Mr. Strayer said a couple of neighbors have objections to the rezoning.
Mr. Wilkenfeld would be willing to propose to Village Council to change the code to make a section strictly for office use. One of the things that makes the village great is that a lot of people live in the village. He is afraid of the domino effect in rezoning, for soon you do not have the community vibrancy. Mr. Parris thought this was spot zoning, but we are in need of office space.
Fred Ashbaugh, neighbor, has done a crash course on rezoning and reviewed the application. He listed several items which the application lacks, and members discussed each of them. He is concerned about the parking for the two employees, and he would not like to see more commercial sites in the residential area. Mr. Strayer said the code needs to be updated to reflect the fact that ODOT does not want to be notified about rezoning on their highways.
MR. RIFFLE MOVED TO RECOMMEND APPROVAL TO VILLAGE COUNCIL. MR. BURRISS SECONDED, AND IT WAS APPROVED BY MAJORITY (MR. WILKENFELD AND MR. PARRIS VOTED NO).
Mr. Strayer will write the Finding of Fact.
Leslee O'Neill, 865 Newark-Granville Road - Fence
The applicants wish to place an iron fence atop a retaining wall or right behind it. Every 7' it will have a thicker post and gate in the driveway with 6" steel posts. Mr. O'Neill added that the drainage problems have been taken care of. Mr. Riffle thought the fence would look better on top of the fence. GPC members gave the applicants suggestions for a sturdy attractive fence, but Mr. Burriss wants to see a detailed drawing and proportions of the fence with corners, but Mr. Parris thought the application should be brought to a vote now.
Mr. Wilkenfeld wants Mr. Burriss' concerns expressed to the Village Planner, for all these details should be voted upon. Mr. Parris prefers that the Village Planner approve the details.
MR. MITCHELL MOVED TO APPROVE APPLICATION 04-196 WITH THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS: (1) IT'S TO BE A 48" FENCE WITH ¾" PICKETS; (2) POSTS IN THE WALK ARE 6" SQUARE STEEL WITH PYRAMID CAP; (3) POSTS FOR THE FENCE ARE 6' ON CENTER. (4) PICKETS ARE STEEL; (5) STONE AT THE CORNER POSTS IN THE DRIVEWAY ARE 12" OR SO BY 6'; (5) THERE WILL BE A GAS OR ELECTRIC FIXTURE; (6) MATERIALS AND DETAILS ARE TO BE REVIEWED BY THE VILLAGE PLANNER AND JACK BURRIS. MR. WILKENFELS SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
Julia McNally, 147 Westgate - Signs
For a dog training and day care service, the applicant wishes a 52 sq.ft. wall sign with red and black lettering and red border; the free-standing sign is 28 sq.ft. which is 4' over maximum, with same colors. The applicant is willing to cut it down by 4'. The wall sign is on the building and the ground sign is at the entrance to the driveway as close to the road as permitted and it will be of maximum height.
MR. WILKENFELD MOVED TO APPROVE 05-001 WITH THE FOLLOWING CLARIFICATIONS; (1) WALL SIGN IS FRONT CENTER OF THE BUILDING; (2) GROUND SIGN IS A 20 SQ.FT TWO-SIDED SIGN; (3) TOP OF THE SIGN IS NO HIGHER THAN 8' OFF THE GROUND; (4) MR. STRAYER TO GO OUT TO BE SURE IT IS PLACED OUT OF THE ROW. MR. BURRISS SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
Granville Mill, 400 South Main Street - Sign
The Mill is ready to put up signs on the new addition. The wall sign is 84 sq.ft. whereas maximum is 60 sq.ft. It will have 4 colors, vs. 3 colors max. The free-standing sign meets all requirements. There are 3 lights above the wall sign. Mr. Watts said the lighting is already there, but he is willing to cut 4' off the wall sign.
This is another issue to be brought to the attention of Village Council-that white should not be considered a color. Mr. Wilkenfeld applied the criteria to the application:
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. N/A
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. Some adjacent buildings have variances for colors.
C. That the special conditions and circumstances do not result from the actions of the applicant. This applies.
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. This one works.
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. This one works too.
MR. WILKENFELD MOVED TO APPROVE VARIANCES FOR WALL SIGN BASED ON NOS. B, C, D, E, OF SECTION 1147.03. MR. BURRISS SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
MR. WILKENFELD MOVED TO APPROVE 05-004 WITH THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS: (1) WALL SIGN NOT TO EXCEED TOTAL 60 SQ.FT; (2) LIGHT FIXTURES WILL BE DARK GREEN SIMILAR TO COLOR OF THE BACKGROUND WALL. MR. BURRISS SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
Ben Rader, 120 ½ East Broadway (Patty Urbatis)- Sign
The applicant put up the door sign without permission, so Staff asked the applicant to remove it and gain approval. Earlier we did approve a wall sign over the awning. Mr. Strayer wants to see final details and dimensions for the file. It has white letters and covers 15 per cent of the window area.
MR. RIFFLE MOVED TO APPROVE WITH THE STIPULATION THAT PATTY URBATIS GIVE MR. STRAYER FINAL DIMENSIONS. MR. WILKENFELD SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
St. Edwards Catholic Church, 785 Newark-Granville Road - Signs
The Church is requesting two temporary 6 sq.ft. signs for upcoming events once a week. This falls under the section entitled "Other," and was determined acceptable by GPC.
Father Emke explained that the Fish Fry signs would be up from February 14 to March 18 and the other, for Catholics Returning Home, Feb. 25 through April 3 and December 2 through January 8, 2006.
MR. BURRISS MOVED TO APPROVE 05-010 AS SUBMITTED. MR. WILKENFELD SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
Tim Bascom and Mike Heyen were present to discuss a development North Star wishes to build at Cherry Valley and Rt. 16 behind Bob Evans. They are seeking 1200 sq.ft. for an upscale shopping center with 5 or 6 tenants. There will be a sidewalk around all sides, buffered parking, height and density spelled out, mechanicals on roof. They will bury the grease pick up if they are required to. The dumpster will be enclosed and have a hose connection, and every day there would be a dumpster pick-up. The store signs will be the same and located front and back. There will be stone veneer and span do (?) glass on the back or infill with standard brick panels. A sidewalk will connect to Bob Evans, and pedestrian access within site will be comfortable. It's not a destination mall but rather a neighborhood service area. There are several other areas like this, at Morse and Hamilton, Wilson Bridge, and 161 and Sawmill.
A ground sign will say 'Granville Retail Center" and they are looking at lighting. A landscape plan was provided, and elevations will show window and door details and door hardware, etc.
Finding of Fact: MR. WILKENFELD MOVED TO APPPROVE THE FINDINGS OF FACT FOR ITEMS A UNDER OLD BUSINESS AND A,B,C,D,E,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 JANUARY 19, 2005. MR. RIFFLE SECONDED, AND THE MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
Next Meetings: February 14 and February 28
Adjournment: 10:15 p.m.
Betty Allen Hullinger