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Planning Minutes 3/13/06

GRANVILLE PLANNING COMMISSION
March 13, 2006
Minutes

Members Present: Jack Burriss, Tom Mitchell (Vice Chair), Jackie O'Keefe, Tim Riffle (Chair), Tym Tyler, Carl Wilkenfeld
 Members Absent:
 Visitors Present:  Shelley Morgan, Russel Lee Ringler, Carolyn Carter, George Barton, Tom Harvey
Also Present: Chris Strayer, Village Planner
The Chair swore in all those who planned to speak
Citizens Comments:  none
Election of Officers:  MR. WILKENFELD NOMINATED TIM RIFFLE AS CHAIRMAN, MR. BURRISS SECONDED AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
 MR. WILKENFELD NOMINATED MR. MITCHELL AS VICE CHAIRMAN, MR. BURRISS SECONDED AND IT WAS UNANIMOUSLY APROVED.
Minutes of February 27:  Page 1, line 6, change "Alice" to Amber.
Page 1, 5th line under Shelley Morgan, change to "Mr. Morgan said the extended addition will…."
Page 2, 2d paragraph under Wellert:  delete the word "not."
MR. MITCHELL MOVED TO APPROVE WITH CORRECTIONS. MR. MITCHELL SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.

New Business:

New Day Spa II, 1285 Cherry Valley Road - Change of Use 
 The applicant wishes to change use of the building from a residence to a beauty salon, a permitted use.  All requirements are met.  The handicap ramp will be handled administratively. 
 
 MR. TYLER MOVED TO APPROVE THE CHANGE OF USE FOR 06-025.  MR. WILKENFELD SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.

Cherry Westgate Family Clinic, Cherry Valley Road - Temporary Sign

 The applicant wishes approval for a temporary sign advertising a play at the Midland Theater this weekend.  Mr. Wilkenfeld noted that since changeable-copy signs are not allowed, if we approve this, it should be with the condition that they will not use this sign again.  Admittedly this is for a charitable intent rather than self-gain, but we are leery of setting a precedent. 
 Ms. O'Keefe said in theory a temporary sign could be in place for a year, and if we approve this one, someone else will come back and use this as precedent.

MR. WILKENFELD MOVED WE DENY THIS SIGN 06-026 BECAUSE (1) THEY DID NOT COME WITH AN APPLICATION BEFORE PUTTING IT UP; (2) THIS TYPE OF SIGN IS NOT ACCEPTABLE IN THE VILLAGE; AND (3) THE GARISH COLORS.  MR. MITCHELL SECONDED AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED TO DENY.
 
Judith Fisher, 844 Burg Street - Driveway

 Mr. Strayer said this is for an additional driveway. In the village we only allow one curb cut, and this would require a variance.  The applicant was not aware of this requirement when she put in the application.  The drive was for future uses and landscaping.
 Tom Harvey owns the house down the hill on the east side of the proposed application.  He commended his new neighbor for cleaning up her lot, but he opposes this application because of:  (1) safety issues: Her existing drive is on the crest of Burg where visibility is poor, and Burg is getting more traffic and more speeders.  It's tricky getting out of his own driveway, and the new drive would be between their houses to make it worse.  (2) For aesthetic reasons: he has a narrow lot and his patio has glass doors on that side.  Because of the elevation of those two lots, her house is 10' higher than his.  It's 25' from the property line, but now he has to look eye-level right up to her driveway.  His family wants GPC to deny this application.
 Ms. O'Keefe stated that the law is clear in saying 'only one curb cut.'  Also, that part of Burg is dangerous, especially for people coming up from Thornwood.
 Mr. Strayer said there was some desire to get to the back of the property for construction and landscaping.  Would it be OK as a temporary access point for landscaping, etc., knowing that they would return it to a natural state afterwards?
Mr. Mitchell said that if you are asking construction equipment to come through, they necessarily drive slowly and would need to drive up Burg Street.  It would be difficult for them.  The applicant's existing driveway allows her to access the rear now.  For safety reasons, he could not vote to approve a driveway 100' off the crest of the hill.  If it were difficult to turn around, that would be different.  It seems like we are being asked to do something that would be dangerous.
Mr. Wilkenfeld noted it would be cheaper just to circumvent trees.  For the extra curb cut, site-line distances, the width of Burg Street, objections from the neighbor, and lack of hardship, it should be denied.
  Mr. Mitchell stated that if we approve this, the applicant should be required to return the site to its natural state.  It should not be used as a turn-around.  Put the soil back and eliminate the curb cut.
 Mr. Strayer noted that when you start construction without approval, you are taking a risk, so the applicant is required to put it back in the state it was before construction began.

MR. WILKENFELD MOVED TO DENY THE APPLICATION.  MR. MITCHELL SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED TO DENY

Tod Darfus, 130 North Prospect Street - Sign

 The new restaurant is changing its name to 'Greek Eats,' but the owner is the same man.

MR. TYLER MOVED TO APPROVE THE WINDOW SIGN FOR 06-028.  MR. WILKENFELD SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.

INT, 117 North Prospect Street - Sidewalk Sign

 Mr. Strayer explained that in the last meeting we approved all the other signs on this property and now they want replace the former Town and Gown sidewalk sign with the new one.  It will have three colors and the reds of all signs will match.  A blackboard is on the open section for weekly notices to be posted. 
 George Barton said they had a sidewalk sign before, and his would be in the same place.
 Mr. Burriss asked whether we have to approve a variance for the blackboard, and Mr. Strayer said we did the one for the Village Baker and Readers Garden, but denied one for Whit's and the Coffee Shop.
 Mr. Barton noted that it does appear that a sidewalk sign does attract business.  He will match the other signs and add a border but will reverse the colors of the other sign.
 Mr. Wilkenfeld asked whether it is necessary to have two "dot.coms" on the sign and was told that the name was approved with the .com. 

MR. MITCHELL MOVED TO APPROVE 06-030 FOR SIDEWALK SIGN WITH THE CONDITION THAT THE BORDER BE CONTINUED UP AND AROUND THE SIGN.  MR. RIFFLE SECONDED AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.

 Old Business:

Wellert Corporation, South Cherry Valley Road (Arby's)
Northstar Realty, Galway Drive

Both agenda items were tabled.

Shelly Morgan, 416 North Granger Street - Addition

 Mr. Strayer stated that we approved the bump-out last time, and now the application has detailed drawings.
 Mr. Morgan said he tried to label everything in the drawings.  They tried to simulate other houses in the area.  They are adding a garage on the bottom level with 2 bedrooms over it.  Windows and trim are exactly the same, and the roof will be as close as possible to the original.
 Mr. Mitchell wanted assurance that all materials will match. 
 Mr. Burriss thought it would be appropriate to include the vent on the gable.  It should appear on both sections to make it more consistent.

MR. WILKENFELD MOVED TO APPROVE THE COMPLETE APPLICATION WITH THE ADDITION OF THE ROUND GABLE VENT ON THE NORTH AND SOUTH SIDE OF ADDITION; (2) MATERIAL DETAIL WILL MATCH THE FRONT OF THE HOUSE; (3) APPLICANT MAY ADD SHUTTERS WHICH, WILL MATCH.  MR. MITCHELL SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.

Finding of Fact:   MR. WILKENFELD MOVED TO APPROVE THE FINDINGS FOR ITEMS A,B,C,D,E  UNDER NEW BUSINES AND C UNDER OLD BUSINESS AND WE FIND THEM CONSISTENT WITH RELEVANT SECTIONS OF THE CODE AS OUTLINED IN THE VILLAGE PLANNER'S MEMO OF MARCH 13, 2006.  MR. TYLER SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.

Adjournment: 8:20 p.m.
Next Meetings:   March 27 (Betty will be absent) and April 10

Respectfully submitted,
Betty Hullinger

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