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Planning Minutes 7/10/06

GRANVILLE PLANNING COMMISSION
July 10, 2006
Minutes

Members Present, Jack Burriss, Tom Mitchell (Vice Chair), Jackie O'Keefe, Tim Riffle (Chair), Tym Tyler, Carl Wilkenfeld
Members Absent:  
 Visitors Present,  Chris Mays, Jim Siegel, Lynn Kishler, Don Pheneger, Jeff MacInturf, Scott Klingensmith , Keith Koeban, Jerry Martin, Lola Clark, John Clark, Jim Fowler, Ben Rader, Lyn Robertson, Lisa Whitman, Brad Schneider, Amber Mitchell, Sara and Jack Kirby
Also Present: Chris Strayer, Village Planner
The Chair swore in all those who planned to speak
Citizens Comments:  none

Minutes of June 26:  Page 2, middle of page, "Mr. Strayer said if Arby's is looking at 75% lot coverage, the maximum is 40%…."   MR. MITCHELL MOVED TO APPROVE MINUTES AS CORRECTED. MR. BURRISS SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.

New Business:

Baptist Church, 115 West Broadway - sign

 The request is for a sidewalk sign to be placed close to the entrance of the church.  It was out previously during spring and did not have approval, so Mr. Strayer made them take it down.  It is in the Village Square District where signs are not permitted.  No other churches have special signs, but we have approved temporary signs.
 Lyn Robertson said the sign says, "We mourn the death of …. with numbers, not names, of those killed or wounded in Iraq from Ohio.   Close to the church, it will not be very visible
 Mr. Strayer said in its location it could be freestanding, but it is not permanently affixed to the ground.  They want it to be a permanent sign, and we could give it a time limit if we want to.  We would have to make it contingent upon the sign picture being provided.  It will not be on a public sidewalk.
 Mr. Tyler asked if we can approve it as temporary with timeline of one year. 
 MR. TYLER MOVED TO APPROVE 06-100 FOR WITH THE PROVISIONS THAT (1) IT BE A TEMPORARY SIGN; (2) MR. STRAYER APPROVES THE FINAL DESIGN. AND (3) IT IS PERMITTED FOR ONE YEAR.  MR.WILKENFELD SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.

Chuck Whitman, 423 East College Street - Fence and Doors

 Mr. Strayer said in order to complete the fence, two more sections of the existing fence and one gate would be needed for entrance into the side yard.  New garage doors and front door are also needed.
 Mr. Whitman said there used to be hedges, and when they removed them, a large open area was left.  They removed the hedges because they could not get to the pump of the pond.   The new sections will match the old fence.  The garage door is rotting and needs to be replaced. 

MR. MITCHELL MOVED TO APPROVE 06-104 AS SUBMITTED.  MR. WILKENFELD SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.

Jim Fowler, 214 South Cherry Street - Retaining Wall

 The applicant wishes to install a retaining wall in the front yard along the alley, and he brought a sample of rock tonight.  They are taking the concrete retaining wall out and replacing it with the stone.   He also showed a landscaping plan.
 
MR. WILKENFELD MOVED TO APPROVE APPLICATION 06-105.  MR. MITCHELL SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.

Keith Keegan, 342 East Elm Street - Hot Tub

 The applicant wishes permission to allow the stone and stainless steel sunken hot tub already in place.  A fence would need to be part of the approval. 
 Mr. Fowler said in order to keep the public from wandering in, they want a stone wall.  There are three points of entrance to the yard, the driveway, the side of the hill, and the carriage house.  They will have a gate and repeat the stone of the house and add timber frame gates.  It will have a cover and has a stone staircase and stone terrace.
 Ms. O'Keefe asked where the fence will be, and he showed her the red line on the drawing and where the points of entry are.  He showed what the neighbors would see. The walls are 5' to 25', and they just need a gate.
 Mr. Strayer said in the front yard the fence could not be more than 24", so he would need to go to BZBA for a variance for the fence which would go from the top of the wall.  
 Mr. Mitchell asked if he would have a secure perimeter for the yard rather than having it around the spa, and Mr. Strayer said somehow the pool area has to be enclosed and not allow access from off the property.  New gates would help.  
 Mr. Riffle said we could approve the design conditional on BZBA approval for height variance.
 Mr. Burriss asked about the spacing of the vertical elements and was told 6", and Mr. Burriss said we could specify the distances.

MR. TYLER MOVED TO APPROVE 06-106 FOR HOT TUB WITH THE FOLLOWING PROVISIONS: (1) THAT BZBA APPROVES THE VARIANCE IF APPLICANT WANTS IT HIGHER THAN 42"; (2) VERTICALS ON THE MAIN GATE HAVE TO COMPLY WITH CODE, 4" ON CENTER; (3) ENSURE THAT KIDS CANNOT OPEN THE COVER; (4) APPLICANT TO SUPPLY VILLAGE PLANNER SOME CHILD-PROOF GATE FOR THE BACK OF THE PROPERTY.  MR. WILKENFELD SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.

Old Business:

Brews, 116 East Broadway - Minor Modification

{Mr. Burriss and Mr. Riffle recused themselves from this application.}
 There is new detail for the balcony railing.  It will have metal inserts and square posts painted white.  The difference is there are two metal frames where the wire mesh was. The two frames would stay and new frames inserted.  Wire mesh would be gone.  Mr. Strayer thought it would be safer and would be similar to what we approved originally.
 Mr. Tyler asked about the dumpster and was told it will be as approved originally.
 Ms. O'Keefe asked about the drive-up window and Mr. Strayer said it was part of the original application to be removed as well as the A.C. units.  You can receive approval for doing something, but if you want to leave it as is, you can do so unless GPC makes it mandatory.  After modifications were made to the original application, removal of the A.C. and drive-up window were unnecessary.  Mr. Strayer spoke to the Law Director and he says the applicant must either do it as approved or do nothing.   Mr. Mitchell said since it was part of the original approval, it should be removed. Perhaps the code needs to be changed.  He asked whether we have the authority to ask that it be removed now, and Mr. Strayer said OK but he would check with the Law Director.
 Jerry Martin said he does not need the A/C units since the roof units are cooling the whole place.    He also said that it sits on Village property and if they want to remove it, they can do so.    Mr. Mitchell would like to require that it be removed by the applicant.
Mr. Wilkenfeld wants to make this application specific about the balcony and split this issue out as another discussion.  They shouldn't be tied together. 
Mr. Strayer said the way Mr. Mitchell expressed it is correct.  We could force him to do something.  If he does do anything, it has to be as approved.  If the balcony is not done according to our approval, it will have to be taken back to the original plan.     
 
MR.TYLER MOVED TO APPROVE 06-065 FOR BALCONY MODIFICATION.  MR. WILKENFELD SECONDED, AND IT WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.

Work Session:

Jack Kirby, 1049 Burg Street - Access
 The Kirbys have an awkward driveway onto Burg Street and visitors have difficulty driving out, so they want to move the access to Joy Lane.   This means they would have two entrances.  Ms. O'Keefe asked why they couldn't close off the Burg Street driveway, and Sarah Kirby said you cannot enter the garage from Joy Lane.  The property drops off sharply 3' down and drivers find the retaining wall in the way.
 Mr. Wilkenfeld and Mr. Mitchell asked for photos.  Ms. O'Keefe said the code does not allow two access points, but she thinks this is a hardship issue. 
 Mr. Burriss asked whether the Village Engineer needs to look at it and was told No.
 Mr. Mitchell asked the applicant what his intent is, and Mr. Kirby said it for other people to drive in and turn around. 

Christopher Mays, 404 West Broadway - Garage
 The BZBA denied the application for setback variance, and they wanted another work session. 
 Mr. Mays showed the plan for breaking up the massing by a roofline and added dormers.
 Mr. Riffle asked if they would be adding windows for light and Mr. Mays thought it would be nice but it would be quite hard with the other roof back in there.  It will be dark.  Ms. O'Keefe asked whether he could use a skylight and the applicant has thought of that. 
 Mr. Burriss thinks he has done a good job of reducing the massing.
 Mr. Mitchell wondered what will happen to the roofline when you reduce the garage, and Mr. Mays said they are not going to change the pitch, so the back will come down a bit.  Mr. Mitchell felt any reduction would be going in the right direction.  He would like to see a computer-generated perspective. 
 
 Brad Schneider, next door neighbor, came to see what's going on.  Mr. Strayer explained that the request for an 8' setback was denied, so they would have to adhere to the existing garage-that is grandfathered in.  It would be about 10' from the property line.  It also needs to be in proportion with other buildings in the neighborhood. 
Mr. Tyler thought the garage overwhelms the small house
Mr. Burriss asked for detail of relationship of the corner of the garage and the corner of the building.  You need differentiation between the old and the new.
Mr. Schneider said his garage goes right up to the property line and the proposed garage will obstruct the view from his window.
Mr. Riffle thought it looked better, but it still needs to be made smaller.  The space above the garage does not bother him.
Mr. Burriss asked whether he would keep the existing garage and how would it fit in with the new?   

New Building, South Galway and Newark-Granville Road
 Jeff MacInturf presented a sketch of a building they propose for a new 16,000 sq.ft. Office/medical facility.  It's a two-story building on a 1.8 acre site.  They have a substantial 100' setback requirement, and they are asking for a variance to 70', 30' on Galway.  They will have sufficient parking. To adhere to the code would reduce their ability to do what they want.
 Mr. Burriss wants to see an aerial photograph of the area.
 Ms. O'Keefe asked what will go in the building, and Mr. MacInturf said Cherry Westgate Family Practice will move into the entire first floor. They want to expand their space and offer additional services.  They have 6,000 sq.ft, and this would be 8,000 sq.ft.  The second floor is set up for 3-4 doctor offices.  The Village would like the entrance to line up with Galway, but it depends on where a new owner wants his entrance. 
 Mr. MacInturf said the materials will be bricks, or cultured stone, and the rear will be attractive enough for the neighbors.  There will be a sidewalk and a dumpster.
 Mr. Wilkenfeld thinks this is a good project but he is concerned about setbacks.  Mr. Tyler told them to stick with the 100' setback and we will relent a bit on the parking requirements.  Mr. Strayer said we could reduce the 80 required spaces to 64, but Mr. MacInturf thinks they will need many spaces.
 Mr. Burriss would like to see more consistent hedges in the parking lot.
 Mr. Riffle had some ideas about pushing the building to adhere to code without variances even if they reduce a few parking spaces, and the group provided many helpful site designs.
 The men will work some more on staying within code.

Finding of Fact:   MR. BURRISS MOVED TO APPROVE THE FINDINGS FOR ITEMS A THROUGH D UNDER NEW BUSINESS AND ITEM A UNDER OLD BUSINESS AND WE FIND THEM CONSISTENT WITH RELEVANT SECTIONS OF THE CODE AS OUTLINED IN THE VILLAGE PLANNER'S MEMO OF JULY 10, 2006.  MR. TYLER SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.

Adjournment: 9:05 p.m.
Next Meetings:  July 24 (Mr. Riffle will be absent on the 24th) and August 14

Respectfully submitted,
Betty Hullinger

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