GRANVILLE PLANNING COMMISSION
May 22, 2006
Members Present, Tom Mitchell (Vice Chair), Jackie O'Keefe, Tim Riffle (Chair), Tym Tyler, Carl Wilkenfeld
Members Absent: Jack Burriss
Visitors Present Jerry Martin, Betty Morrison, Sharon Sellitto, Nancy and Rich Gallagher, Larry Grindle
Also Present: Mollie Roberts, Assistant Manager
The Chair swore in all those who planned to speak
Citizens Comments: none
Minutes of May 8: MR. TYLER MOVED TO APPROVE MINUTES AS SUBMITTED. MR. MITCHELL SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
Timothy Bartlett, 205 S. Prospect - Change of Use
The applicant is not present tonight so questions could not be answered.
Ms. O'Keefe thought it was such a beautiful home it's a shame to put it to commercial uses. It would change the character of the neighborhood. More and more, houses are becoming professional and we already have commercial houses on the north side of Elm.
Mr. Tyler thought that someone made an offer to purchase and then rescinded, so this request might be moot.
Mr. Wilkenfeld said we have denied such applications in the past, and he wishes to have more information on the change of use.
Next-door neighbor Betty Morrison expressed concern about traffic and parking, especially when Debbie McPeek has a funeral.
Mr. Riffle acknowledged that parking would be a concern, but we cannot act until we know what kind of a business he is looking at.
The Optometrist next door is also concerned about the parking. The subject property is no place for a business, and he wants to protect parking for residents and those who work nearby.
MR. WILKENFELD MOVED TO TABLE 06-068, PENDING FURTHER INFORMATION. MR. TYLER SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
Sharon Sellitto thought changes of uses are important enough that all the immediate neighbors should be notified.
Larry Grindle, 221 A. Mulberry - Addition
Mr. Grindle said his goal is to retain the character of the house but update some features. They will re-side the house with white dutch-lap double 5 vinyl siding, replace windows, add trim and grids (but not on large porch windows). The exit door and awning on alley side will be removed and double doors added to the back exiting onto the new covered porch. A deck will wrap around the back of the house. A French door will open out to the deck from the back bedroom. A 22'x28' 1½ story carriage house type garage is planned with shingled roof. Windows and siding will match the house. The deck over the garage is not an addition; it will be open with a roof over it. It is on the alley and not visible from the street. There is a pad for a garage and they will shift it for easier access. There is no bathroom planned for the garage.
Mr. Riffle did not think grids were necessary on all windows, much to the relief of the applicant. Rear windows do not needs grids.
Mr. Wilkenfeld hoped for a correlation between the house and addition.
Mr. Mitchell suggested substituting a cement-type siding, which is cheaper although you have to paint it. Hardy Plank or other materials could be investigated.
MR. TYLER MOVED TO APPROVE 06-075 FOR GARAGE WITH THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS: (1) APPLICANT TO BRING IN ADDITIONAL DRAWINGS FOR THE DECK AREA TO THE VILLAGE PLANNER AND (2) ALLOW HIM TO CHANGE TO CEMENT BOARD OR WOOD IF HE SO DESIRES. MR. WILKENFELD SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
Brews, 116 East Broadway - Modification
Tonight the application is for a modification of the balcony railing and relocation of the dumpster. Mr. Strayer and Mr. Burriss had said temporary permission could be granted for a year or two but then the wooden spindles must be installed. Also it was recommended that the applicant place flower boxes with ivy on the mesh and allow the plant to grow down and hide the mesh. Tonight GPC members thought a year or two was much too long a term.
The application also includes a modification to the dumpster enclosure to relocate the position of the fencing.
Mr. Mitchell asked whether there was some way to put on the originally approved railing and Jerry Martin said No. Mr. Mitchell asked whether there was a hardship to the design we approved, and the applicant said no, it was changed because he wanted to.
Mr. Wilkenfeld noted the applicant is under pressure to get this done, for the restaurant will open soon.
Mr. Riffle would approve putting off final approval but give temporary approval now and return to what was originally approved. The approval was to achieve a certain look. If the applicant had come in with a plan using mesh, he would not have approved it. There are a lot of good durable materials that would give the same look, whether metal, wood or plastic, and the contractor can find something suitable. He should not have changed the design we approved. He thought Mr. Martin could put something behind the spindles that would blend in.
Mr. Tyler wants to allow him to get through the summer with the current situation and not shut down operations.
Mr. Mitchell suggested giving him until the end of October to redesign it back to the approved plan.
Jerry Martin said the changes were for (1) safety and (2) durability. The 4" squares were not as safe as the 2" squares, and this matches the grating on the side door and the inside as well. He said the Buxton and several other places have similar materials.
Mr. Martin asked whether we could table the portion of the application dealing with the railing and proceed with the dumpster, and Mr. Riffle noted both are on the same application.
Mr. Mitchell thought we could grant him a temporary approval.
The applicant explained plans for the two dumpsters as 12'x14' opening to a 19' long gate, which would not hang well, so they want to use two 10' gates and screen the dumpster and make it more accessible to trucks. The units have to stick out 2' from the building. More discussion ensued and the design was still uncertain.
Maybe we could allow him to open the restaurant but not to use the balcony until he returns and presents an acceptable design
MR. WILKENFELD MOVED TO APPROVE THE APPLICATION UNDER THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS: (1) IN 30 DAYS HE WILL BRING US DESIGNS FOR THE DUMPSTERS IN THE BACK AND FOR ANOTHER SOLUTION TO THE RAILING ON THE BALCONY; (2) BY THE END OF OCTOBER THE RAILING IS TO BE REPLACED; (3) HE CAN USE THE RESTAURANT AND THE BALCONY FOR 30 DAYS AND WILL BE GRANTED A TEMPORARY CERTIFICATE OF OCCUPANCY; (4) HE NEEDS TO INSTALL SCREENING ON THE EAST SIDE OF THE BALCONY; (5) IN 60 DAYS THE DUMPSTERS MUST BE COMPLETED SATISFACTORILY. MR. TYLER SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
But the question arose, "How can we approve this without knowing what he will come up with?" and Mr. Riffle said that we can modify the original plan once it's approved, but when you do further modifications, you need approval. We can give temporary approval and then if we do not have a solution within 30 days, occupancy will be revoked by the Village Planner.
Finding of Fact: MR. WILKENFELD MOVED TO APPROVE THE FINDINGS FOR ITEMS B UNDER NEW BUSINESS AND A UNDER OLD BUSINESS AND WE FIND THEM CONSISTENT WITH RELEVANT SECTIONS OF THE CODE AS OUTLINED IN THE VILLAGE PLANNER'S MEMO OF MAY 22, 2006. MR. TYLER SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
The new Village Manager, Don Holycross, was welcomed, and he said he wanted to see how the GPC operated.
Adjournment: 8:00 p.m.
Next Meetings: June 12 and June 26 (Mr. Tyler will be absent on the 26th)