GRANVILLE PLANNING COMMISSION
September 25, 2006
Members Present, Jack Burriss, Jackie O'Keefe, Tim Riffle (Chair), Carl Wilkenfeld
Members Absent: Tom Mitchell (Vice Chair), Tym Tyler
Visitors Present, Sharon Sellitto, David Bussan, Bill Heim, Doug Wagner, Gail McConnon, Michael E. Carey, Richard Downs, Steve (with Michael Novak), Michael and Kim Novak, Ann Watson, Shirley (329 Shannon)
Also Present: Chris Strayer, Village Planner
The Chair swore in all those who planned to speak
Citizens Comments: Sharon Sellitto asked whether Mr. Strayer spoke to the workmen at the Library and was told he did speak to them and they are supposed to be parking at an off-site area. He will remind them again. Ms. O'Keefe asked whether they could be ticketed at leaf-pick-up time, and Mr. Strayer said probably not because it is a public road, and we are not sure which vehicles they are. We have to handle it through the project manager.
Minutes of September 11: Postponed until the absentees can be present.
Betty Borishansky, 403 West Broadway - roof
Since the flat roof installed over the addition to the house is leaking, the applicant wishes to improve the structure with a pitched roof. Richard Downs described the project as being visually pleasing with a gable roof with skylights because it is dark inside. They will match all materials and it will have a shake appearance. Nothing is changed except the roof.
MR.WILKENFELD MOVED TO APPROVE 06-133 FOR ROOF MODIFICATION. MR. BURRISS SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
Angela Amos Barker, 204 South Main Street - sign
Mr. Strayer said the applicant wishes to replace the sign tag with new design and language to be hung on the same sign. Ms. Barker could not be here tonight, and there is no picture of the sign, but it is exactly what is there already, with different colors and fonts. It will be burgundy, white, and black. Mr. Burriss would like to see the sign before it is approved, and Mr. Wilkenfeld asked whether the colors would match the old sign. He was told Yes, but with a green color instead. Ms. Barker had told Mr. Strayer that tabling this would be fine with her.
MR. WILKENFELD MOVED TO TABLE 06-134 PENDING RECEIPT OF SIGN DESIGN. MR. BURRISS SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
Gail McConnon, 222 South Prospect Street - Fence
There are a lot of fences around the property and the applicant would like to fill in the gaps and make them consistent. This is for the dog. He wants to remove 2 post and rail fences and add a 42" vinyl fence to connect with all adjacent fences and neighboring garages. It will go down the property next to the alleyway, across the front and to the far end of the yard. It will connect his garage to the house.
MR. WILKENFELD MOVED TO APPROVE 06-137 AS PROPOSED. MR. BURRISS SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
Michael Novak, 204 Munson Street - Change of use
The applicant wants to change the use from a retail store to a medical office. Retail has not been used for over 2 years, and this is a less intense use. It is a permitted use in the Community Service District, and it would meet the parking requirements.
Mr. Novak said his plan is to improve the property. He has been in practice on River Road for 5 years and had been looking for a place to own, but he wants to make sure he will be able to get approval first.
Ann Watson would like to see the zoning turned back to residential because the building now houses the Granville Arts Center. The entire street of West Maple is residential on that side. On the other side of Munson it is commercial. She feels the change of use back to residential would benefit the street. Mr. Strayer said Residential is a conditional use, and if it were to be rezoned back to residential, the property owner or V.C. would have to initiate a change.
GPC members were hesitant to change the use. Mr. Riffle stated that we understand the applicant's concerns, but we have to go by what is allowed to be there in that zoning district. Mr. Novak does not want to buy the building only to have V.C. say he cannot use it.
Mr. Strayer said if we were to approve a change of use and V.C. then changed the zoning, Mr. Novak would still have a grandfathered legal nonconforming use. V.C. cannot overturn it except on appeal.
Kim Novak, a designer, said that the property is not in very good condition, and chances of a person buying it for personal use are not very good. It would need a lot of work, since there is water damage.
MR. BURRISS MOVED TO APPROVE 06-138 FOR CHANGE OF USE. MR. WILKENFELD SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
Doug Wagner, 222 South Main Street - Exterior modifications
The project includes a handicap ramp, and Dr. Wagner explained the plans, stating that with the recent change from residential to commercial, they can use it. It will have a standard railing at standard height.
Mr. Wilkenfeld thought we could give approval contingent upon Village Planner's approval.
MR. WILKENFELD MOVED TO APPROVE WITH THE CONDITION THAT FINAL APPROVAL BE GIVEN BY THE VILLAGE PLANNER FOR THE RAILING DETAIL. MR. BURRISS SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
David Bussan, 420 East Broadway - fence
MR. BURRISS MOVED TO TAKE THIS FROM THE TABLE. MR. WILKENFELD SECONDED AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
The applicant wishes a 6' treated pine privacy fence with gate along the property line in the rear yard.
Mr. Burriss noted that the plan brought in tonight is much better than what was proposed before. The only question is, which side is out, and Mr. Bussan showed them. He will try to match downspouts color with dark red stain.
MR. WILKENFELD MOVED TO APPROVE WITH THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS: (1) THE APPROVAL IS FOR THE PICTURE BROUGHT IN TONIGHT; (2) FINISHED SIDE IS OUTSIDE; AND (3) THE COLOR WILL BE DARK GREY. MR. BURRISS SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
Finding of Fact: MR.WILKENFELD MOVED TO APPROVE THE FINDINGS FOR ITEMS A,C,D, AND E UNDER NEW BUSINESS AND A UNDER OLD BUSINESS AND WE FIND THEM CONSISTENT WITH RELEVANT SECTIONS OF THE CODE AS OUTLINED IN THE VILLAGE PLANNER'S MEMO OF SEPTEMBER 25, 2006. MR. BURRISS SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
Michael Carey, 332 Granger Street -Carriage House
Mr. Carey would like to buy this property but needs to know whether he is likely to gain approval for a carriage house from GPC first. He would like to remove the existing two-story garage and put in a two-story carriage house with a little bigger footprint, but lot coverage would be less. He wants to blend in with the architectural effect. He is a woodworker and this would give him the ability to do that in the village.
Mr. Burriss asked whether he would remove the vinyl siding, but Mr. Carey does not know what's under there. Mr. Burriss noted that with the detailing on the side, it would have had a solid band around. He appreciates the applicant's trying to match the house, but it would not have been done that way at the time the house was built. There are multiple examples in the village to look at. For a carriage house, the architectural elements are different materials. It would have been less massive. Mr. Carey thought if a gable roof were preferred, it would not be competing with the house. Mr. Burriss noted that we approved one at Monomoy Place consistent with the house. He suggested smaller windows on the second floor, and he showed him a possible design, lower than the house. The big concern is massing.
Mr. Riffle thought he could do something with gables and dormers. He is OK with Italianate, but a lot of carriage houses are different from the house because they were built on later. Books on the subject are available. He wants Mr. Carey to come in for another work session.
Mr. Strayer said the height has to be consistent with structures on the block.
Adjournment: 8:12 p.m.
Next Meetings: October 9 and 23