GRANVILLE PLANNING COMMISSION
May 8, 2006
Members Present, Tim Riffle (Chair), Tym Tyler, Carl Wilkenfeld
Members Absent: Jack Burriss, Tom Mitchell (Vice Chair), Jackie O'Keefe
Visitors Present: Kay and Ed Vance, Julio Valenzuela, John Noblick, Flo Hoffman, Rob Drake, Jerry Martin, Brian Mills, Jon Lloyd
Also Present: Chris Strayer, Village Planner
The Chair swore in all those who planned to speak
Citizens Comments: none
Minutes of April 24: MR. TYLER MOVED TO APPROVE MINUTES AS SUBMITTED. MR. WILKENFELD SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
Leslee O'Neill, 865 Newark-Granville Road - Fence addition
The applicant wishes to add spear-shaped finials to pickets and add pine-cone shapes to posts in cast iron to add to the authenticity and aesthetics of the fence.
Jon Lloyd brought in samples of finials and caps. This is a high fence so spiked finials would create no danger. He showed triangle and circle examples and wanted to receive approval for either one.
MR. TYLER MOVED TO APPROVE 06-058, AND APPLICANT MAY SELECT WHICHEVER OPTION HE LIKES. MR. WILKENFELD SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
Granville Historical Society Cemetery
The Historical Society wants to place a historical marker at the cemetery. Mr. Strayer said there are no regulations for signs in the Open Space District, but we will have to grant a variance for design and location of the historical marker. They have asked to place it in the tree lawn between the sidewalk and the curb because of the topography in the wall. Having the sign back into the cemetery would look strange.
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. That is the case here.
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. There are other historical markers nearby.
C. That the special conditions and circumstances do not result from the actions of the applicant. True.
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. True.
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 is true also.
MR. WILKENFELD MOVED TO APPROVE THE VARIANCES FOR THE APPLICATION. MR. TYLER SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
MR. WILKENFELD MOVED TO APPROVE 06-062 AS SUBMITTED. MR. TYLER SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
PNB, 119 East Broadway - Sidewalk Sign
Mr. Strayer said this sidewalk sign would have a changeable area for advertising special events. It would be white with light blue, medium blue, and dark blue coloring with black highlights. The ad would be covered with Plexiglas. It would be similar to other two-sided sidewalk signs
Brian Mills said the bank does not want to do anything unusual but wants to be able to advertise special events, perhaps manager's specials, once a month or so.
MR. WILKENFELD MOVED TO APPROVE 06-064 WITH THE STIPULATION THAT THE BANK WILL REMOVE THE SIGN AT NIGHT AND THAT THE VILLAGE MANAGER WILL BE ABLE TO SEE THE ADVERTISEMENT BEFORE IT IS INSTALLED.
Brews, 116 East Broadway - fencing
Jerry Martin wants to modify the existing approval to change from wood railings with spindles to a wire mesh façade.
Mr. Martin said they gave consideration to Village Council's and citizens' concerns about safety with 4" gap between slats and this one gives a 2" square to prevent things from falling off the deck. It's more durable, made of steel.
Mr. Wilkenfeld noted that for aesthetic reasons he would rather see the original design and asked whether the original design could be made of more durable material, like plastic.
Mr. Riffle asked why he couldn't have the railing down to 4" off the deck. He asked whether there are other buildings in the village with this type of railing, and Mr. Martin did not know.
Mr. Wilkenfeld said GPC is charged to maintain a certain historic look in the Village and to him this does not look historic, although he thinks highly of the whole project.
Mr. Riffle said when he looks at the building, there are aesthetic details, and this wire mesh does not look like the details. The applicant is introducing something that would not have been around earlier.
Mr. Martin said that people say the balcony looks good, and Mr. Riffle said the deck is OK, but it is just the railing. The original plan fit together as a whole. He suggested going back to the original plan and putting something behind it that would fade in. Mr. Martin said he could probably do something. Mr. Riffle thought that was the only way to make it fit into the historical character of the building.
Mr. Tyler said he could either take the new design down and replace it with what we approved, or he could get approval for this design.
Mr. Wilkenfeld suggested getting something white in the front, maybe do a mock-up on one end and show us how it looks. We can try to compromise to break up those tiny little squares and make it look like a normal railing.
Mr. Martin asked to table this application until the next meeting.
MR. WILKENFELD MOVED TO TABLE AT APPLICANT'S REQUEST. MR. TYLER SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
Ed and Kay Vance, 233 East Broadway - fencing
The applicant wishes to install a 6' privacy fence to continue the one already in place. There was one there before, but the neighbor took it down. Kay Vance said they will enclose the yard using the same materials, color, and design as the rest of the fence. Mr. Vance added that they will put in a gate.
Mr. Wilkenfeld asked whether they are putting it pretty much where it was before, and the answer was yes, it will go right up to the property line.
MR. WILKENFLD MOVED TO APPROVE 06-066 AND ALLOW THE APPLICANT TO REPLACE THE OLD FENCE RIGHT AT THE PROPERTY LINE. MR. TYLER SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
Julio Valenzuela, 410 North Granger Street - Fence
The applicant wishes a 6' standard dog-ear privacy fence along the north lot line between the house and the garage.
Mr. Wilkenfeld added that it will have to be painted or stained, and he would like to see an overhead photo or drawing of where the fence will be. Mr. Strayer will provide an aerial photo.
Mr. Riffle would prefer to see samples of fence provided
MR. TYLER MOVED TO APPROVE 06-067 WITH THE PROVISION THAT THE APPLICANT WILL SUBMIT A SAMPLE OF FENCE. HE IS TO SUBMIT A COLOR SAMPLE AND SAY WHETHER IT WILL BE PAINTED OR STAINED. MR. WILKENFELD SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
Scott Hickey, 211 South Main Street - Porch replacement
John Noblick explained that the porch is wearing out and slanted and Mr. Hickey wants to level it and add some fiberglass style columns, and widen the porch to 3' wider. He will add a composite deck, panel-ize under the porch, and close it off. Mr. Hickey submitted a plan several years ago. The South Main Street ROW jogs into the yards, and on the tax map the street is wide until you get to the next street, so it's 12' into the yard. In a photograph the ROW is only 6 1/2' in front of the porch, where the property line really is. Thus, how close the ROW is to the property line is an issue.
The other issue is the front porch is 18' from the sidewalk, and the Academy building is 23-25' from the sidewalk. Other properties vary in depth from the sidewalk, but the Hickey house is closer than all of them, and all of them are over the property line. The line spreads as you go down the street. The Hickey house is on a knoll and stands alone. They want 3' to widen the porch.
Mr. Strayer said we do not need to give him a variance because the line is set by established building lines of the existing houses, so it's the front point in that stretch that is in the setback.
Mr. Wilkenfeld said one of the things that may help is if we could see a drawing. Mr. Noblick said it will look a lot like the house next door.
Mr. Strayer said the porch is considered part of the structure, and the house is in the setback. He can take a picture and look down the block; even 2' can shove this out of line.
Mr. Wilkenfeld is not opposed to the material but would like to see a visual of "down the street." He will keep an open mind but would like to see more.
Mr. Riffle said this house has a delicate feel to it, and he would not want heavier fencing and posts.
Mr. Noblick will come back with 2 1/2' extension for an 8' porch and he will keep the posts delicate. He said the roof may gain some thickness, and he might be able to mock-up something on the photo or he will draw something up.
Finding of Fact: MR. WILKENFELD MOVED TO APPROVE THE FINDINGS FOR ITEMS A,B,C,E AND F UNDER NEW BUSINESS, AND WE FIND THEM CONSISTENT WITH RELEVANT SECTIONS OF THE CODE AS OUTLINED IN THE VILLAGE PLANNER'S MEMO OF MAY 8, 2006. MR. TYLER SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
Adjournment: 8:00 p.m.
Next Meetings: May 27 (may be rescheduled) and June 12