GRANVILLE PLANNING COMMISSION
August 28, 2006
Members Present: Jack Burriss, Tom Mitchell (Vice Chair), Jackie O'Keefe, Tim Riffle (Chair)
Tym Tyler, Carl Wilkenfeld
Visitors Present, Scott Klingensmith, Jeff MacInturf, Doug Plunkett, Brad Essick, Don Moxley, Betty Morrison, Sharon Sellitto, Carol Flomm, David Bussan, Kimberly Salvage, Richard Salvage, Rochelle Steinberg, Steve Mershon, Candy Moore, Steve Herb
Also Present: Chris Strayer, Village Planner
The Chair swore in all those who planned to speak
A. With regard to an item on the agenda, Sharon Sellitto was concerned about lack of parking on South Prospect. She said the library construction workers are parking there, and it is already overcrowded. Residents should be offered parking permits.
At the request of the Streets and Sidewalks Committee, Mr. Strayer was asked to consult with the Library contractor about parking. They agreed to shuttle the workers from an out lot, and Ms. Sellitto thought that would be an improvement.
B. Rochelle Steinberg requested that when a property owner makes a request to GPC that will make a significant change, the neighbors should be notified. We used to get notification. The house behind hers now has a vaulted garage bigger than the house, and she feels the neighbors should have been given an opportunity to speak their minds. Mr. Strayer said Village Council is working on this issue. Now notification only occurs when a variance or zoning item is on the agenda at BZBA.
She also was concerned with trucks speeding through East College Street.
Minutes of August 14: Page 2, Line 16, Ms. O'Keefe was concerned about the massing. MR.MITCHELL MOVED TO APPROVE MINUTES AS AMENDED. MR. TYLER SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
David Bussan, 420 East Broadway - Fence
The applicant wishes to build a 6' shadow box fence along the property line. Mr. Bussan said it is to keep the deer out and is on the side of the school building. He is going to let it gray naturally. His house is gray and he doesn't want the fence to fight with the color. It is a treated pine, which will weather better than cedar.
Ms. O'Keefe said she has that fence and hers gets pretty grungy and she has to wash it and reseal it. We need to ensure architectural styles of the village. Mr. Burris said we have not allowed untreated fences to be built, and this design needs detailing. The applicant needs to articulate the beauty used on the house for the fence. It needs a finish of a semi-transparent stain, with color. He is also concerned about the length of the fence and the style of gates.
Mr. Wilkenfeld thought deer would jump right over a 6' fence. He asked whether the neighbors have been notified and Mr. Strayer said No, only in the newspaper.
Neighbor Steve Mershon's concern is that this is a fence in the middle of a field and what he would like is to see some screening and landscaping. His own landscaping will not run the entire length of the new fence. The fence will be visible from College and Granger as well as the parking lot.
Mr. Mitchell thought it would be very visible and very high.
Mr. Tyler was concerned about the overall historical style, and we want the applicant to come up with a solid fence more palatable than this one. Mr. Bussan asked what style would be more appropriate, and Mr. Tyler suggested he look at the Whitman house.
To Ms. O'Keefe's question about adding landscaping, Mr. Riffle responded the applicant would have trouble maintaining the landscaping behind the fence. She stressed the need of plantings to buffer the fence from the neighbors, and she thought the fence could be moved in somewhat for maintenance. Mr. Mitchell thought a lower fence would be better.
MR. WILKENFELD MOVED TO TABLE 06-120 AT APPLICANT'S REQUEST PENDING A MORE SUITABLE DESIGN. MR. TYLER SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
Needling Yarn, 113 No. Prospect - Awning
Kim Salvage stated that the front of the building needs a rain shield, and a nice awning would also improve the look of the building. It will have no signage.
MR. TYLER MOVED TO APPROVE 06-121 AS SUBMITTED. MR. WILKENFELD SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
Prudential Integrity One, 120 South Prospect -Sign
The request is for a sign for the lower level, above the front door, saying "An Independently Owned and Operated Member of the Prudential Real Estate Affiliates, Inc." Patty Urbatis said that Prudential requested them to have this sign installed.
MR. TYLER MOVED TO APPROVE APPLICATION 06-123 AS SUBMITTED. MR. WILKENFELD SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
Tym Tyler, 205 S. Prospect St. - Change of Use
[Mr. Tyler recused himself from this application.]
The request is to change the use from residential to recreational business, a permitted use. The parking requirements are up to GPC's discretion. Don Moxley explained that they will never have more than 3 people there at a time, since the entire business is designed for people to come by appointment. Three rooms on the first floor will be used for training help with individual exercise programs. Mr. Tyler will live on the second floor.
It is similar to an office, but with a recreational component. If it is an office, it would require two parking spaces. They will make no changes to the exterior but will add a sign.
Considerable discussion ensued regarding parking spaces, and it was determined that 5 are available, with stacking.
MR. MITCHELL MOVED TO APPROVE 06-125 FOR CHANGE OF USE. MR. BURRISS SECONDED AND MOTION WAS APPROVED BY MAJORITY WITH ONE NAE VOTE (Mr. Wilkenfeld).
Tym Tyler, 205 S. Prospect St. - Sign
[Mr. Tyler recused himself from this application.]
For the above application, a 4-color wood and vinyl hanging sign is requested. Mr. Moxley said the lavender background can be changed to white to avoid 4 colors. It will not be lit. It will say "LEMONADE NEIGHBORHOOD FITNESS."
MR. MITCHELL MOVED TO APPROVE 06-126 FOR HANGING SIGN ON THE CONDITION THAT THE BACKGROUND IS WHITE. MR. BURRISS SECONDED AND MOTION WAS APPROVED UNANIMOUSLY.
Cherry Valley Professional Partners, Galway Drive - New Building
Mr. Strayer has received the preliminary engineering and traffic reports the traffic Engineer said there should be 8 cars per acre and this is for 16 cars per acre because of the two-story building. He gave his approval because this is a permitted use and is not a "peak hour" business. The 8 units are for the entire development. Landscaping needs to be added. The density is required for 5,000 sq.ft. per acre and this doubles that because of the two floors. They will need a variance from BZBA.
Mr. Wilkenfeld asked whether there was a problem of approving this density before they receive variances, and Mr. Riffle feels the variances should come first. The problem arose when the August meeting was cancelled because of a lack of quorum.
Mr. McInturf said the architect was ill so could not provide the requested perspective.
Mr. Burriss said the windows were a concern, and the south elevation could be improved-to something that looks like an entry. But Mr. Riffle does not want to confuse people with an entry in the back. Mr. Burriss noted that all buildings on Newark-Granville have doors facing the road, and we are charged with keeping comfortable and consistent with the village. People walk by there. Reorientation of the building is not sought; he likes the entrance on the parking lot, but the south elevation is very unfriendly.
Mr. Tyler asked whether they could make a window look like a door, and Mr. McInturf asked if he would like a door in an examination room. There will be lots of landscaping. Mr. Riffle thought you would not see the door with a lot of landscaping. Ms. O'Keefe asked about adding an architectural detail over the window.
Scott Klingensmith stated that we are talking about a two-story building-a traditional colonial style building. You are not going to notice it until you are on top of it.
Mr. Mitchell said we have talked to these people three times, and we have not made a big deal about this issue. We have given up the notion of doing anything on the south elevation. But Mr. Wilkenfeld still wants to see the drawing.
Ms. O'Keefe thought the applicants would need to convince some of the neighbors that this is not going to be a problem.
MR. WILKENFELD MOVED TO TABLE APPLICATION PENDING RECEIPT OF PERSPECTIVE. MR. BURRISS SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
Village of Granville, 484 S. Main Street - Fence
The fence at the ATM is rotten near the lift station and we don't care what kind of fence goes up, but a 6' plastic or vinyl privacy fence was suggested.
Mr. Wilkenfeld stated that it should be stained, and Ms. O'Keefe asked what will it cost? We need something that will last longer than 5 years.
MR. TYLER MOVED TO APPROVE 06-128 WITH THE CONDITION THAT IT GETS STAINED.
MR. MITCHELL SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
Finding of Fact: MR. WILKENFELD MOVED TO APPROVE THE FINDINGS FOR ITEMS B, C,D,E,AND G UNDER NEW BUSINESS AND WE FIND THEM CONSISTENT WITH RELEVANT SECTIONS OF THE CODE AS OUTLINED IN THE VILLAGE PLANNER'S MEMO OF AUGUST 28, 2006. MR. TYLER SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
Next Meetings: September 11 and September 25