GRANVILLE PLANNING COMMISSION
December 10, 2007
Members Present: Chip Blanchard, Tom Mitchell, Tim Ryan, and Jackie O’Keefe (non-voting). Tim Riffle (Chair) arrived at 7:37 PM.
Members Absent: Jack Burriss.
Staff Present: Village Planner, Alison Terry, Village Manager, Don Holycross.
Visitors Present: Kevin Reiner, John Noblick, Constance Barsky, Fred Ashbaugh, Jim and Donna Brooks, Marilyn Keeler, Roger Kessler, Ben Barton, Doug Wagner, Barbara Hammond, Georgia Denune, Bill Heim, J. Drew McFarland, Esq., John Klauder, Chris Bunge, Marcella Kuhn.
No one appeared to speak under Citizen’s Comments.
Minutes of November 26, 2007 – Mr. Blanchard moved to approve the minutes as presented. Seconded by Mr. Ryan. The motion passed 3-0. The minutes of November 26, 2007 are approved as submitted.
223 East Elm Street, John Noblick for Keith and Courtney McWalter, Application #07-096 (Previously Tabled)
The request is for approval of a two-story addition and new porches..
Swearing in of Witnesses – Mr.Mitchell swore in Village Planner, Alison Terry, Constance Barsky, Kevin Reiner, and John Noblick.
Mr. Blanchard made a motion to remove Application #07-096 from the Table. Seconded by Mr. Ryan. Roll Call Vote to remove Application #07-096 from the Table: Blanchard (yes), Ryan (yes), Mitchell (yes). Motion carried 3-0.
Ms. Terry explained that the applicant has addressed all of the concerns raised by the Planning Commission at the previous meeting. She stated that they are proposing a metal roof on the back, as well as a new metal roof for the front porch. Ms. Terry stated that she prefers the gable roof style and Mr. Blanchard also agreed. Mr. Reiner stated that they reduced the appearance of massing and they also reduced the second floor fire box. He went on to say that they did change a bathroom window to be a divided light window and this is a change from the previous plan that was presented. Mr. Blanchard stated that he sees no additional concerns and he stated that he appreciates the efforts on the applicant’s end.
Constance Barsky, 221 East Elm Street, stated that she is a neighbor on the west side. She stated that from her view the extended roof line is very pleasing and this also reduces the massing which she appreciates. She thanked the applicant for their efforts.
Mr. Blanchard moved to approve Application #07-096 as previously submitted, however, incorporating revised elevations reflected for the December 3, 2007 submittal; Any modifications to exterior elevations or colors to be reviewed and approved by the Village Planner; Blueprint full scale plans, Exhibit “A” reflecting gable roofs in lieu of hip roof. Seconded by Mr. Ryan. Roll Call Vote to Approve Application #07-096 as stated by Mr. Blanchard: Ryan (yes), Blanchard (yes), Mitchell (yes). Motion carried 3-0. Application No. 07-096 is approved.
238 East Broadway Street, Jim and Donna Brooks, Application #07-100
The request is for approval of additional parking to the rear of the principal structure and a change of use to “C” Business and Professional Offices, specifically for a real estate office that will occupy 30% of the principal structure. The owner of the property is Marilyn Keeler.
Swearing in of Witnesses – Mr.Mitchell swore in Village Planner, Alison Terry, Marilyn Keeler, Fred Ashbaugh, and Jim and Donna Brooks.
Ms. Terry stated that a change of use is required by the BZBA for the property to be utilized 30% as a real estate office and 70% as residential. She explained that currently the property does not conform to residential or business because the time elapsed for the previous non-conforming use. Jim Brooks, 645 Kensington Drive, Heath, stated that this will not be a corporate HER office, but rather a satellite office. Donna Brooks, 635 Kensington Drive, Heath, stated that she anticipates only people on her team coming and going from the property. She later stated that it is possible that her clients could occasionally meet with her there. Fred Ashbaugh, 121 North Pearl Street, stated that he is a neighbor and he has no problem with the conditional use and it appears that parking won’t be a problem. Mr. Ashbaugh stated that he would not like to see the driveway cut opened. Ms. Terry stated that this is granted by the Director of Public Services. Mr. Mitchell stated that the Planning Commission has no control over driveway cuts. Mr. Brooks stated that he does not anticipate a need for an additional driveway cut. Mr. Blanchard stated that it appears to him that the parking spaces marked 1 & 2 might not be usable if someone is in the driveway. He stated that he brings this up because they had a similar parking request from a resident on Prospect Street and the Planning Commission did not respond favorably to this request because there was no egress. Ms Terry stated that the applicant will be living at 238 East Broadway. Mr. Brooks stated that he owns two vehicles and he has one full time employee that will be parking there. Mr. Mitchell asked if a garage can be considered a parking space. Ms. Terry stated yes. Mr. Mitchell stated that Mr. Blanchard has some valid concerns. Mr. Blanchard suggested shifting the driveway to the south and extending the existing driveway by three feet in width to ensure that spaces 1 & 2 are actually usable. He stated that spaces 3 & 4 could then become side by side parking. Mr. Ashbaugh asked if the hedgerow would remain. He stated that he would like to see this remain as is. Mr. Brooks stated that he plans to keep the hedgerow, and get rid of overgrown vegetation near the home.
Mr. Blanchard moved to approve Application #07-100 with the condition that the use Category shall now be “C”, Business and Professional offices, specifically for a Real Estate Office that will occupy 800 square feet of the first floor of the principal structure; That there shall be two (2) additional parking spaces constructed on the property in accordance with the mortgage location survey drawing submitted with the application, shown as Exhibit “A”; With the condition that the BZBA grants a conditional use for the remainder of the principal structure to be used for single family residential; That the existing hedgerow along the side lot line adjacent to Pearl Street be required to remain. Seconded by Mr. Ryan. Roll Call Vote to Approve Application #07-100: Mitchell (yes), Ryan (yes), Blanchard (yes). Motion carried 3-0. Application No. 07-100 is approved.
Finding of Fact Approvals:
223 East Elm Street, Application #07-096: Review and approval of the Findings of Fact and associated Standards and Criteria: The Planning Commission finds the request to be consistent with the Granville Codified Ordinance Chapter 1159, Village Residential District Chapter 1161, and hereby gives their approval for the application. Mr. Mitchell moved to approve the Findings of Facts as being true for Application #07-096. Seconded by Mr. Blanchard. Roll Call: Mitchell (yes), Blanchard (yes), Ryan (yes). Motion carried 3-0. (Mr. Riffle abstained.)
238 East Broadway, Application #07-100: Review and approval of the Findings of Fact and associated Standards and Criteria. The Planning Commission finds the request to be consistent with the Granville Codified Ordinance Chapter 1159, Village Business District and Chapter 1161, Architectural Review Overlay District, and hereby gives their approval for the application. Mr. Mitchell moved to approve the Findings of Facts as being true for Application #07-093. Seconded by Mr. Ryan. Roll Call: Ryan (yes), Blanchard (yes), Mitchell (yes). Motion carried 3-0. (Mr. Riffle abstained.)
The Planning Commission reviewed the proposed Village Gateway District text. They discussed roof pitches, massing, and overall design of structures located on River Road. The Commission is still in the process of reviewing the document and will continue these efforts at their next scheduled meeting.
Mr. Blanchard announced that he will be resigning from the Planning Commission effective December 31, 2007 because he has relocated his primary residence outside of the Village. He stated that he has had discussions with Ms. Terry about possibly working during the interim of finding his replacement.
Adjournment: 9:10 PM.
Mr. Riffle moved to adjourn the Planning Commission meeting, seconded by Mr. Ryan. Motion carried 4-0.
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