GRANVILLE PLANNING COMMISSION
September 11, 2006
Members Present, Tom Mitchell (Vice Chair), Jackie O'Keefe, Tim Riffle (Chair)
Members Absent: Jack Burriss, Carl Wilkenfeld
Visitors Present, Sharon Sellitto, David Bussan, Scott Klingensmith, Jeff MacInturf, Bill Heim, Doug Wagner, Nathan Jones, Gillian Jones, Jamey Jones, Jack Jones
Also Present: Chris Strayer, Village Planner
The Chair swore in all those who planned to speak
Citizens Comments: Sharon Sellitto was concerned about the parking on Prospect Street. Mr. Strayer said he talked to the project superintendent for the Library and he said it would be taken care of.
Minutes of August 28: Page 3, 7th line up: Change "menace" to problem. Same page, 2d line up, change to "…and we don't care….
MR.TYLER TO APPROVE MINUTES AS CORRECTED. MR. MITCHELL SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
Doug Wagner, 222 South Main Street - Site Lighting
The application is for 3 pole lights in the middle of the parking lot for safety. Dr. Wagner said he has done some research at Holophane and found one central fixture (175 watts) will be sufficient, so they want to amend the application to one central light. It will not shine upward.
Mr. Mitchell wondered whether any neighbors would be affected by the light and was told it is a metal halogen light, and Dr. Wagner showed how the light would not impact the neighbors.
Ms. O'Keefe asked about regulations and Mr. Strayer said it cannot shine over one foot candle going over another. Ms. O'Keefe asked what time the light would go off and Dr. Wagner said there is a photocell, so when it meets a certain amount of sunlight it will go off. Ms. O'Keefe is still concerned about light being on all night, and Dr. Wagner said the Elms Pizza has a light on all night.
Mr. Mitchell thought the glare from outside might be bright enough to affect people inside, and Dr. Wagner said the specifications were those given him by the experts. Mr. Mitchell would be more comfortable with less light, and Dr. Wagner would agree to this. Mr. Riffle would prefer 100 watts, which gives good floodlight out to the perimeter, and Dr. Wagner said they could put in flood lights.
MR.TYLER MOVED TO APPROVE 06-131 FOR (1) A 100-WATT POLE LIGHT USING GRANVILLE HOLOPHANE LIGHTS AND (2) A 70-WATT WALL LIGHT. MR.MITCHELL SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
Doug Wagner, 222 South Main Street -Change of Use
Mr. Strayer said the applicant wishes to change the use from a single family residence to a retail store. Since it has been out of use for so long, it would have to go back for a permit. Technically it has no use since it was a nonconforming use, zoned for business.
MR. MITCHELL MOVED TO APPROVE 06-132 FOR CHANGE OF USE AS PROPOSED. MR. TYLER SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
David Bussan, 420 East Broadway - Application was tabled at the request of the applicant.
New Building, South Galway and Newark-Granville Road
Jeff MacInturf presented a requested perspective and explained that the sidewalks were mistakenly put in there by the architects, but there will be one on the western side, which will end at the curb.
Next Steps: (1) Tree and Landscape Committee will look at it; (2) need lighting schematics; (3) need approval from BZBA for two variances; (4) final engineering plan; (5) signage; and (6) approval of the temporary driveway site that will be closed when the Donegal extension is constructed.
MR. MITCHELL MOVED TO APPROVE, SUBJECT TO THE CONDITIONS OUTLINED IN THE STAFF REPORT. MR. TYLER SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
Ken Myles presented to the group his real estate company's plan to develop a 5-acre tract next to Shurtz's office. Their company has done a variety of projects in central Ohio and has been looking for an opportunity for a new development for the community, something separate and distinct from the downtown area but not conflicting with it. Think of it as a Mill District, "Little House on the Prairie" consisting of a loose assortment of barn-like buildings where different activities randomly take place. They started thinking more of a historic context of what a mill district might look like. He showed many pictures with barn-like structures with simple architecture and materials. They are not interested in "cutesy" thinking
One design was for a central building with out-buildings and parking dispersed throughout, taking advantage of the topography. They want art studios, crafts people, work spaces, etc. They might redesign the Shurtz building to fit their plans and redesign the storage units. They talked about adding an access point on the road. The cut would be opposite from the cut across the street. A village green would be next to the Shurtz building. A road would be along the rear. They want to design a street that looks more rustic than a main street. Allowing no fast food, they would consider things like a restaurant, bike shop, and ice cream parlor.
Mr. Riffle asked how the storage units would fit in with a pedestrian environment with u-hauls coming in and out, and Mr. Myles said people would enter the storage from the rear. And Mr. Riffle noted that they will have to make the rear of the buildings attractive, including trash areas. Mr. Myles said they have handsome trash areas.
Mr. Mitchell noted that they will have to check with ODOT for ingress and egress, and Mr. Myles thought there would be a dedicated left turn.
Ms. O'Keefe asked about walkways and was told there would be sidewalks throughout. She added that that is a terrible intersection, and Mr. Myles said it might be turned into a right/ in/right/out someday. Mr. Strayer added that however the development turns out; we will need to know how the traffic pattern turns out. Whether another signal would be added is unknown now.
Mr. Strayer said we will have to work through the process of annexation. GPC could be working with them on site plans because they are not in the village yet.
Mr. Mitchell said, "It's not residential; it's not fast food-go for it!"
Mr. Tyler liked the idea of preserving green space.
Jack Lux reported there are some real issues, and on January 1 they will decide whether to buy the property. The big issue is the road around, and they want to make it all as attractive as possible.
Mr. Strayer said we should take staff time to work with them about how it will work best and we can then go to ODOT.
Regarding the zoning, Mr. Strayer has a plan for a separate River Road Planning District. GPC makes a recommendation and Village Council makes final decision. This is for everything between the creek and the highway.
Finding of Fact: MR. TYLER MOVED TO APPROVE THE FINDINGS FOR ITEMS A AND B UNDER NEW BUSINESS AND B UNDER OLD BUSINESS AND WE FIND THEM CONSISTENT WITH RELEVANT SECTIONS OF THE CODE AS OUTLINED IN THE VILLAGE PLANNER'S MEMO OF SEPTEMBER 11, 2006. MR. MITCHELL SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
Adjournment: 8:30 p.m.
Next Meetings: September 25 and October 9