GRANVILLE PLANNING COMMISSION
January 9, 2006
Members Present: Jack Burriss (Vice Chair), Tom Mitchell, Jackie O'Keefe, Tim Riffle (Chair), Carl Wilkenfeld, Tym Tyler
Visitors Present: Carl Strauss, Mia Law, Gil Krone, Omar Whisman, Gordon & Ellen Wilken, Jim Ogden, Jim Silone, Kent Plaugher, Carl Strauss, Dale Gabriel, Rob Davenport, Mark Gearhart, Don Dean, Ken & Cary Kemper, Branden Lackey, Julie & Brad Spaner, Ken Rodney, Steve Mershon, Jeff Gill, Innocent Wodzisz, Patti Whisman, Sandy Warren, John Griffin, Jerry Marlin, Brian Miller, Art Chonko, Tom Brakeman, Gary Smith
Also Present: Chris Strayer, Village Planner
The Chair swore in all those who planned to speak
Citizens Comments: none
Minutes of December 12: MR. TYLER MOVED TO APPROVE MINUTES AS PRESENTED. MR. BURRISS SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
Village Baker, 212 S. Main Street - Sidewalk Sign
Mr. Strayer said the applicant asked that this be tabled again tonight.
Granville Golf Course, Trinity Court - Lot Split
Mr. Strayer said the Law Director reviewed the application and determined this should be handled at the county level. Mr. Strayer has not received anything formally withdrawing the application.
Tom Cumminsky from PNB said the county will not approve since anything less than 5 acres is not a subdivision. Mr. Strayer said we have nothing to base approval or denial on. It is exempt from our regulations. It will not come back to us and may have to go to the county prosecutor. Our definition of subdivision is over 5 acres, and under 5 acres we don't deal with.
Mr. Riffle said we will keep this on the table. Mr. Strayer told the audience that any approvals for lot split will be done at the county level and any disagreements will be taken up with the county prosecutor. The preliminary plat is still on the table.
Mia Law wanted to know what the owner intends to do with the 94 acres, and Mr. Cumminsky said no plans have been made. The Granville Golf Course was the agent for PNB, not an interested party. GGC has an option. Mr. Burris added that preliminary plat will be brought in here for review and people can ask questions then.
Denison University - freestanding signs
Mr. Chonko explained the signage for (1) at the physical plant, "shipping and receiving" and (2) at the fine arts building in the tree lawn close to the entrance at Broadway and Cherry. This is typical of other signs we have approved.
MR. WILKENFELD MOVED TO APPROVE 05-201 FOR TWO SIGNS AT THE PHYSICAL PLANT AND AT BROADWAY AND CHERRY FACING SOUTH. MR. BURRISS SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
Denison University - parking and lighting
Mr. Chonko said there will be a new road off Pearl Street and they hope eventually to put up two pillars. Ms. O'Keefe asked whether they will require a traffic study and was told No. They held a meeting for the neighbors and only one showed up. The off lighting will be no more than a full moon. It probably will be on until 11 p.m. Mr. Strayer said the lighting falls within our lighting requirements.
MR. WILKENFELD MOVED TO APPROVE 05-202 AS PRESENTED. MR. BURRISS SECONDED AND IT WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
Julie Smith, 332 West Elm - Shed
Mr. Strayer said this was approved by BZBA for variance from 10' to 7' from lot line.
Ms. Smith said it will have shutters and be attractive. They have no other place to store lawn equipment, and they placed it there because it is the flattest spot and least disruptive to the gardens. You won't see it beyond the trees. It will be on a skid, moveable.
MR. MITCHELL MOVED TO APPROVE 05-181 AS PRESENTED. MR. TYLER SECONDED AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
William York, 119 N. Granger Street - freestanding sign
Mr. Strayer said this is across from the school district office and will go where the "apartment for rent" sign is now. Ms. O'Keefe asked whether they would be able to add "Apartment for rent" to the sign, and the answer was No, not as this is presented. Mr. Tyler requested adding approval for hanging sign saying "apartment for rent" as appropriate.
MR. TYLER MOVED TO APPROVE WITH THE PROVISION THAT MR. STRAYER WILL GET WITH THE APPLICANT TO SET UP SO HE MAY HAVE PERMISSION TO ADD A "FOR RENT" SIGN ATTACHED TO THE BOTTOM. THE FONTS WILL MATCH, AND IT WILL HAVE APPROPRIATE LANDSCAPING. MR. WILKENFELD SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
Chase Bank, 484 South Main - Signs
Mr. Strayer explained this is for the ATM at the Ross Market because Chase and Bank One have merged and are replacing all signs. The only condition is on the freestanding sign for the entrance sign; they applied for two sign tags but we have always tried to stick with the existing color design. Signs cannot be internally lit.
MR. WILKENFELD MOVED TO APPROVE THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS: (1) CHASE USES THE SAME COLOR SCHEME, WHITE LETTERS ON DARK BLUE BACKGROUND, AS THE ROSS SIGN AND (2) NO INTERNALLY ILLUMINATED SIGNS. MR. TYLER SECONDED AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
Brandon Lackey, 204 S. Pearl Street - Fence
Mr. Lackey showed where the fence will go, on the west and north sides. It will have no gates, and the corner posts are similar to those pictured. It will have the same detail as that at the Darfus house.
Mr. Strayer encouraged him to keep the fence one foot from the sidewalk.
MR. TYLER MOVED TO APPROVE FOR FENCE WITH PROVISION THAT IT WILL BE SET BACK BETWEEN 6" AND 1' FROM SIDEWALK. MR. WILKENFELD SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
Innocent Wodzisz, 136 East Broadway - Sign
The applicant wishes a neon "open" sign in the window. Mr. Wilkenfeld stated that if a neon sign is used, it has to be considered artful and identify the business. Mr. Wodzisz said he could make it artful for a couple of hundred dollars and keep the neon.
MR. WILKENFELD MOVED TO TABLE PER APPLICANT'S REQUEST PENDING SUBMISSION OF AN ARTFUL SIGN. MR. MITCHELL SECONDED AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
Kessler Sign Co., 222 East Broadway - sign
Unizan Bank is changing to Huntington and they need new signage. They are asking for bronze posts but that would need a variance for four colors. They also have a design for white posts, but they prefer bronze.
Ms. O'Keefe asked if the shades of green were very visible. Doug Gabriel from Kessler brought color samples.
Mr. Burriss thought with all the white trim on the building, we should continue that color. We have tried for consistency in the village and white would be more consistent than bronze. Mr. Wilkenfeld and others were concerned with the green and would prefer white posts with dark green and white.
MR. TYLER MOVED TO APPROVE 05-195 FORTHE FREESTANDING SIGN WITH PROVISION THAT THEY USE PMS 3435 AND PMS 576 AND THAT THE SUPPORT POSTS BE WHITE AND LETTERING WHITE. MR WILKENFELD SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
Kessler Sign Co., 222 East Broadway - Wall sign
The bank also needs a new wall sign.
MR. WILKENFELD MOVED TO APPROVE 05-196. MR. TYLER SECONDED AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
Brews, 116 East Broadway Modification
Based upon a redesign, Brew's needs modifications for doors. Some construction has begun and the applicant knows he is at risk if we do not approve. They want to remove the drive-up, remove cellar door, and add two doors. They will close one door and window toward the rear and move the AC.
Jerry Martin stated they will not remove the drive-through window and cellar door. Mr. Strayer said part of the original application was for removal of elements, and Mr. Wilkenfeld noted that Mr. Martin does not have to do all these things if he chooses not to do them within two years.
Mr. Riffle would prefer the AC in a different location than right on the side. Mr. Martin replied that they put it there so as to not block the driveway. Mr. Burriss suggested putting it on the roof. If they put it farther back on the driveway, what would they use for screening? Mr. Martin said the first preference is in the rear, and screening should match the dumpster. Second choice would be behind the existing drive-through, with screening consistent with that used at the dumpster. Problem with the rear is the proximity to grease and the possibility of fire and not enough room for the truck. Mr. Riffle said if there is a problem with the rear location with the engineer, he should bring back a different proposal to the Village Planner.
MR. MITCHELL MOVED TO APPROVE 05-197, SPECIFICALLY: (1) MOVE EXIT DOOR ON THE WEST SIDE 10' NORTH TO CORNER; (2) MOVE PROPOSED EXIT DOOR 14' EAST; (3) REMOVE AC TO THE REAR AND ADD ONE AC UNIT, SPECIFICALLY PER DRAWING A-31 DATED JULY 13, 2005; (4) ADD SCREENING COORDINATE WITH SCREENING BEHIND DUMPSTER; (5) BALCONY DEPTH WILL BE AT 8', NOT DIMENSIONS PER REVIEW DRAWING. MR. WILKENFELD SECONDED AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
Prudential Integrity One, 120 East Broadway - Change of Use
The applicant wishes to change the use from specialty shop to professional office. Patty Urbatis said she will stay upstairs for an office.
MR. TYLER MOVED TO APPROVE 05-198 AS SUBMITTED. MR. WILKENFELD SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
Prudential Integrity One, 120 East Broadway - Awning
The applicant has two storefronts and wishes an awning up at the top, but it would cover the architectural windows, so it will substitute the Home Pleasures awning. The problem in bringing the awning down it gets to be fairly low. She might be able to change the angle of the awning, coming down more straight. She asked whether she has to have an awning and the answer was No.
MR. WILKENFELD MOVED TO APPROVE 05-199 FOR (1) ONE CONTINUOUS AWNING; (2) THE APPLICANT AGREES THAT IT WILL BE BROUGHT BELOW THE HISTORICAL ARCHITECTURE; AND (3) SHE WILL WORK WITH THE VILLAGE PLANNER ON THE ANGLE SO THAT NOBODY GETS INJURED GOING THROUGH THE DOOR.
Prudential Integrity One, 120 East Broadway - Wall Sign
The applicant said this sign would be the same as the existing wall sign but longer. She also wants to add "Prudential" to the awning drop with final design to be approved by Village Planner. Mr. Burriss wanted it centered on the awning drop. Mr. Strayer said the wall sign and awning might be OK, but a window sign would be over the maximum.
MR. WILKENFELD MOVED TO APPROVE 05-200 FOR WALL SIGN. THEY WILL TAKE THE WALL SIGN AND CENTER IT ON THE FRONT OF THE BUILDING IN FRONT OF THE SPACE; (2) APPLICANT CAN ALSO INCLUDE AS PRESENTED IN THE APPLICATION AN AWNING SKIRT IN BLUE AND WHITE. MR. MITCHELL SECONDED AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
South Galway Drive
Gary Smith and Tom Brakeman described the proposed development for 17 acres at Galway and Cherry Valley. It is zoned for retail, but they want a mixed use for office, residential, and retail in three buildings. They foresee quasi-retail, condos, a bank, and a two-acre park with heavy landscaping. Small local businesses will serve the city.
They went through the code and tried to create a mixed use plan in a village concept with mix of architecture to block up the massing. It will have low intensity uses and pedestrian appeal with retail at the street and condos behind. They expect 54 residential units. The plan is for starter-outers and empty nesters, and probably few or no children would be involved.
Mr. Wilkenfeld would rather have the whole piece presented to us at once rather than piecemeal.
Mr. Burriss said they have done a great job, especially with pedestrian momentum. But they should move toward the shops, for people don't want to walk across parking lots. He would like to see even bigger islands. Look at a change in paving materials. Lighting will be an issue.
Ms. O'Keefe asked about civic uses and was told maybe they could use an empty office. Signage will match Granville's. They will do a traffic study.
Finding of Fact: MR. WILKENFELD MOVED TO APPROVE THE FINDINGS FOR ITEMS A,B,C,D,E,F,H,I,J,K,L, AND M UNDER NEW BUSINESS AND WE FIND THEM CONSISTENT WITH RELEVANT SECTIONS OF THE CODE AS OUTLINED IN THE VILLAGE PLANNER'S MEMO OF JANUARY 9, 2006. MR. BURRISS SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
Next Meetings: January 25 and February 13