GRANVILLE PLANNING COMMISSION
June 12, 2006
Members Present, Tom Mitchell (Vice Chair), Jackie O'Keefe, Tim Riffle (Chair), Tym Tyler
Members Absent: Jack Burriss, Carl Wilkenfeld
Visitors Present Betty Morrison, Sharon Sellitto, Doug Wagner, Chris Mays, Jon Wells, Ned Roberts, Art Chonko, Rich Cherry, Lisa McKivergin
Also Present: Chris Strayer, Village Planner
The Chair swore in all those who planned to speak
Citizens Comments: none
Minutes of May 22: Page 2, before the motion, change "Hearty Pine" to Hardy plank.
Page 3, No. 3 in the motion, "He can use the restaurant and the balcony…."
In the Paragraph starting Mr. Mitchell, change to, 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. MITCHELL MOVED TO APPROVE MINUTES AS SUBMITTED. MR. TYLER SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
Jonathan Wells, 339 West Maple Street - Addition
Mr. Strayer said the variance for the side yard setback was approved by the BZBA last week.
Ned Roberts described the plans for the addition coming on the east side, with the same foot pitch on the shed roof. It will have horizontal lap siding. It will have no windows on the east side but will have a front door and in the back a sliding glass door onto the deck. All materials and details will match.
MR. TYLER MOVED TO APPROVE 06-072 FOR AN ADDITION. MR. MITCHELL SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
Lisa McKivergin, 124 South Main Street - sign
Mr. Strayer said the red and blue sidewalk sign will be similar to other signs there, and will be located between the tree lawn and the sidewalk.
MR. TYLER MOVED TO APPROVE 06-078 FOR SIDEWALK SIGN. MR.MITCHELL SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
Christopher Mays, 404 West Broadway - Addition
The application is for new 1½ story, two-car garage with a connector to the existing one-car garage. Mr. Riffle asked whether the siding and details will match and was told Yes. The BZBA approved the variance last week for setback.
Mr. Tyler asked about the windows, and there would be no window on the north. The dormer above is for aesthetics, and a window will be added on the side.
In answer to a question by Ms. O'Keefe about massing, Mr. Strayer said the size has to be consistent with other buildings in the neighborhood.
Mr. Mays explained that the upper part of the garage is to be more of an entertainment area with bathroom.
Sharon Sellito expressed dissatisfaction that the neighbors were not notified about this application. Mr. Strayer said they were notified by the BABA before their hearing. In addition, it is in the newspaper and outside on the bulletin board. Ms. Sellito wants to change the code with regard to notification.
Mr. Tyler is leery of approving this because that house is one of the premier historic homes in the village. He wants to be very careful about approving these big additions. But Mr. Riffle added that the problem is you can't pass it based on personal opinion. Mr. Strayer said it fits within the AROD requirements, and 1161 would apply to this.
Mr. Mays said the original garage will stay for storage. The new one will have a wood door face on the steel door with a carriage door look. and he showed pictures of the roof, the colors of which he hopes will match colors of the house. The dormers will depend on the pitch of the roof.
Mr. Tyler asked whether there would be an addition between the garage and the house and was told Yes.
Mr. Mitchell thought this house is one of the architectural jewels and the proportion and the fact that the garage faces the street gives him pause. He wondered whether the garage could open north, but he does not have a solution. The size of it and the fact that it faces the street where we usually have porches concern him. But Mr. Riffle reminded the group that the house is on a corner with two front yards and two side yards.
Mr. Riffle is not thrilled about the design for the connection between this and the house. The garage itself is not a problem, but he does not like the way it is attached to the house.
Mr. Mitchell asked is there a way it could be done more in with the traditional Granville design?
Mr. Riffle said because of the lines of the house there is no easy way to do it, but he would prefer to keep it unattached.
Mr. Tyler asked about the timeframe and was told it should start within the next 3 months. Mr. Tyler said tonight we are missing the person who could be very helpful to us.
Mr. Riffle asked whether he has looked at ways to do this so it is not attached, and Mr. Mays said the only other option would be a solid flat roof with a slope from east elevation between the house and the old carriage house.
Mr. Riffle asked when you just keep adding and adding, you get to the point where the rooflines get jumbled and it does not flow into what is there. If you take out the other stuff and just look at the garage, then he likes it. But he does not like the piece in the middle.
Mr. Mays said the door is there. Unfortunately, that's the area for the stairway that leads to the second floor.
Mr. Riffle noted there has to be some way so that it does not look stuck on.
Mr. Mitchell asked is there a way to do it without the connector? If instead of trying to make the new building look like the original house, give up and make the garage a new design. Keep the same shape of the other and remove the dormer and add a conventional dormer. It should look like a 12-pitch house. Couldn't you double the width of the existing garage by replacing it with a bigger one? Mr. Mays said that did not come up in conversation with the home owner; he is the contractor. That would put the laundry back in the basement and probably allow no powder room.
Mr. Mitchell said we are having trouble and will want to postpone our decision. Mr. Tyler wanted to talk to the owner, and Mr. Strayer said we could go over there and talk with him.
MR. TYLER MOVED TO TABLE THE APPLICATION PENDING A PLANNING SESSION WITH THE OWNER AND MR. BURRISS. MR. MITCHELL SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
Denison University, - Freestanding sign
The application is for a double-face, black and white, non-illuminated sign identifying the Baseball and Softball Fields on the new entrance to parking lot off Pearl Street.
MR. TYLER MOVED TO APPROVE 06-083 AS SUBMITTED. MR. MITCHELL SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
Denison University - Sidewalk Sign
The Settlers ball team wishes to place a sidewalk sign downtown on game days at an undetermined location.
It was agreed it should be in front of Taylor's because it has an extra wide sidewalk and no café tables.
Ms. O'Keefe said didn't we object to off-site locations, and we rejected one at Mom and Me.
Mr. Riffle has no problem if it gets taken in at the end of the day. This is temporary approval, just for game days and just for the 1006 season.
MR. TYLER MOVED TO APPROVE 06-084 FOR ONE BASEBALL SEASON, LOCATION TO BE UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE VILLAGE PLANNER. MR. MITCHELL SECONDED, AND IT WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
Denison University, 204 West Broadway - Fence
Art Chonko explained the location of the wrought-iron fence desired for Monomoy, the President's home. The old gate will stay put.
MR. MITCHELL MOVED TO APPROVE 06-085 AS SUBMITTED. MR. TYLER SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
Rich Cherry, 22 South Main Street - Fence and Porch
The design is for a 42" fence around the front and side of a new screened-in porch, and there would be a privacy fence in the back. Part of the fence is already there. He said there was a hideous chain-link fence there. There would be 13' between the new porch and the existing garage, and they want a trellis and you won't see the fence in a couple of years with all the landscaping.
Mr. Riffle asked about the siding on the garage, and Mr. Cherry said it's Pattern 116 1 x 8 with repeated groove vertical. He does not want to match the house siding because it is ugly and not available anymore. There will be a door, probably in the second bay away from the driveway into the back yard.
MR. TYLER MOVED TO APPROVE THE PORCH ADDITION. MR. MITCHELL SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
Denison University - Press Box
Denison wants to build a two-story block press box at the baseball field and a small storage addition to the home dugout.
Art Chonko described the plans and said the roof will match the press building.
MR. TYLER MOVED TO APPROVE 06-090 AS SUBMITTED. MR. MITCHELL SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
Timothy Bartlett- Change of Use
Mr. Strayer called the applicant but has not heard back from him, and they have not formally withdrawn the application. We have 45 days to take action (from May 22). After discussion about parking, the Commission left the application on the table.
Dr. Wagner, South Main Street - Demolition and parking
Since Dr. Wagner will be unable to be present at the next meeting when his application will be considered, he wanted to give the group some input as to his plans. He wants to (1) demolish the building south of his clinic and (2) put in additional parking. He wanted an idea of the timetable so he can put in the parking as soon as possible. Mr. Strayer noted that In order to demolish a building, the owner must indicate what he wants to do with the space. Village Council has to make the final decision on demolishing buildings. Dr. Wagner explained exactly where the parking would go.
M<r. Riffle asked whether he has to go to the County for permission, because he thinks there might be a water run-off problem, but Dr. Wagner said it's on a natural grade. He also said he needs a change of use; the previous owner received one but never used it.
Mr. Strayer will have the village engineer look into the drainage.
Finding of Fact: MR. TYLER MOVED TO APPROVE THE FINDINGS FOR ITEMS A,B,D,E,F,G,AND H UNDER NEW BUSINESS AND WE FIND THEM CONSISTENT WITH RELEVANT SECTIONS OF THE CODE AS OUTLINED IN THE VILLAGE PLANNER'S MEMO OF JUNE 12, 2006. MR. MITCHELL SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
Adjournment: 8:30 p.m.
Next Meetings: June 26 (Mr. Tyler will be absent on the 26th) AND July 10