GRANVILLE PLANNING COMMISSION
April 9, 2007
Members Present: Chip Blanchard, Jack Burriss, Jackie O'Keefe, Tom Mitchell, Tim Riffle,
Members Absent: Carl Wilkenfeld
Visitors Present: Eleanor Cohen, John Thornborough, Audrey, Orville, and Melonie Orr, Bill Hugus, Dennis Cauchon
Also Present: Lauren Repas, Interim Village Planner
Minutes of March 26: MR. MITCHELL MOVED TO APPROVE MINUTES AS PRESENTED; MR. BURRISS SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
Citizens Comments: none
Orville and Audrey Orr, 124 and 128 S. Pearl -Rezoning
Mr. Orr explained that the request is to change the zoning from Residential to VBD-A to allow for four guest rooms in each house. The "A" is just for motels, hotels, or inns.
Mr. Blanchard asked how ingress and egress is to be handled, and Mr. Orr said they have parking behind the homes, and entrance is from Broadway. They want to keep it that way, but driveways could be added if they have to for fire trucks.
Mr. Mitchell noted that we take rezoning very seriously, and if there is another way to change a residential property to business, he would like to explore it. Ms. O'Keefe asked how the Porch House Bed and Breakfast on Maple Street is zoned, and Ms. Repas said it was established before the current code was adopted.
Mr. Riffle noted that they have the houses now and they are probably in better shape than they were before. As part of a complex, he would rather see it being used and would have no problem with overnight guests there.
Mr. Blanchard thinks the restoration is encouraging.
Mr. Burriss would like to see the houses not used for storage. Given the long history the Orrs have of property maintenance, as long as it is consistent with the other houses on the block, he is in favor of it.
Mr. Mitchell is concerned about the parking, and Mr. Orr said it is safer to have it in the rear. Mr. Riffle added that some leniency is necessary, for there is a real shortage of parking spaces in town.
Eleanor Cohen, neighbor, thought that previously the zoning for guest houses was VRD with Variance, but now that is no longer how it is done. She has no objection as long as it is just for overnight guests. She feels there is adequate parking, and people should not park on Pearl or Broadway overnight. Mr. Riffle thought we could tell the Orrs to ask guests not to park there.
Neighbor Dennis Cauchon is in favor of the rezoning. He talked to some of his neighbors and they were in favor of it. It will enhance the neighborhood.
MR.BURRISS MOVED TO APPROVE 07-017 AS A RECOMMENDATION FOR REZONING REQUESTED FROM VRD TO VBD-A. MR BLANCHARD SECONDED AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
William Hugus Architects, 132-142 N. Prospect St. - Remodel
MR. BURRISS MOVED TO TAKE THIS OFF THE TABLE; MR. BLANCHARD SECONDED AND IT WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
Mr. Hugus explained the changes presented this evening. (1) replace 3 awnings on the facade to cover up the crack. The two flanking awnings are shallower and only project 3' instead of 4' in order to give prominence to the main entrance. (2) He has submitted colors to Ms. Repas. (3) Instead of working with the aluminum storefronts, they will just lock the doors for now. (4) He explained how the louvres will look and how the ducts will work. They can be painted to match the brick. (5) AC units will be 15' from the edge of the building.
Ms. O'Keefe asked how the fumes will be kept under control, and Mr. Hugus said the fan on the roof is 15' from the edge, in the middle of the building, and it exhausts vertically. They have a charcoal filtering system in the hood itself to catch the grease. Ms. Repas noted that they are doing this the right way rather than doing it the cheaper way.
MR. MITCHELL MOVED TO APPROVE 07-014 AS PER THE PACKAGE PRESENTED TONIGHT. MR.BURRISS SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
Finding of Fact: MR. MITCHELL MOVED TO APPROVE FINDINGS FOR A UNDER NEW BUSINESS AND A UNDER OLD BUSINESS AND WE FIND THEM CONSISTENT WITH RELEVANT SECTIONS OF THE CODE AS OUTLINED IN MS. REPAS'S MEMO OF APRIL 9. MR. BLANCHARD SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
Questions for Lauren Repas:
1. Mt. Parnassus property. The Engineer will work with the owner. What about the disposal of dirt?
2. Neon sign at the Wine Shop
3. Dumpster enclosure at Brew's
4. CVS needs to repair the holes and take down the sign on the window
Adjournment: 7:55 p.m.
Next Meeting: April 23. We will be notified as to the change for Memorial Day.