GRANVILLE PLANNING COMMISSION
May 14, 2007
Members Present: Chip Blanchard, Jack Burriss, Tom Mitchell, Jackie O’Keefe, Tim Riffle, Tim Ryan
Visitors Present: George Fackler, Butch Mills, Chris Lucas-Miller, Gill Miller, Todd Prasher, Barbara Hammond, Max Torabi, Sarah Torabi, Gwen Williams, Art Chonko, Kristin Darfus and Todd Darfus.
Also Present: Lauren Repas, Planning Intern, Don Holycross, Manager, Molly Prasher, Clerk of Council
Minutes of April 23: MR. BLANCHARD MOVED TO APPROVE MINUTES AS SUBMITTED; MR. BURRISS SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED. Ms. Repas reported on the three items at the end of the minutes: (1) Mt. Parnassus—The engineers are working it out. (2) Brew’s Dumpster--We are trying to arrange a compromise; they want a second dumpster. (3) Neon sign--Our Legal Director says the sign will be allowed to stay. We do not have an abandonment clause. (4) CVS signs are taken care of.
Citizens Comments: George Fackler requested a work session following this meeting.
Barbara Hammond, 123 W. Broadway – Sidewalk Seating
.Ms. Hammond said she wants sitting space on the east side of the double door at the front of her store because: (2) this is the shady side of the street, and (2) they are at a disadvantage on the south side of the street because there are no restaurants. Chairs and tables will encourage people to come across the street to sit and relax. There will be no umbrellas. Two tables would be near the storefront and the other nearer the road. She hopes to offer coffee tasting—not for sale, but it would be available in the Gift Basket department.
Since there are no designs provided, Mr. Burriss noted that for the other side of the street, plans were submitted for furniture; he also asked about trash cans. Ms Hammond said she will have a trash can against the building and will take care of dumping it every day. The sidewalk has 30’ depth, and there would be 12-15’ of clear sidewalk. Mr. Blanchard said on special event occasions, the tables might be an issue, but Ms. Hammond said it is right where her awning drops. She will leave the furniture up and place her sidewalk sign where coffee cannot drip on it.
Mr. Burriss said typically approval is good only for one year, and Mr. Holycross replied that Village Council gives approval through October and the manager can extend it if it is appropriate.
MR. MITCHELL MOVED TO RECOMMEND TO VILLAGE COUNCIL APPROVAL FOR THE SEATING ON CONDITION THAT SHE MAINTAINS 12-15’ OF CLEAR PASSSAGE FOR WALKWAY BETWEEN THE TABLES AND ANY OTHER OBSTRUCTIONS IN FRONT OF THE STORE, AND (2) SUBMISSION OF A SITE PLAN. MR. BLANCHARD SECONDED. MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
Huntington National Bank, 222 E. Broadway – Parking signs
Butch Mills explained that they would like to paint “Huntington Bank parking only” on each of their 22 parking spaces.
Ms. Repas noted that this request has been approved at this building in the past, but not acted upon. Mr. Burriss wants signs saying parking allowed during non-banking hours.
MR. BLANCHARD MOVED TO APPROVE 8” WHITE PAINTED LETTERS SPECIFICALLY STATING “HUNTINGTON PARKING ONLY.” MR. MITCHELL SECONDED. IT WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
Gill Wright Miller, 411 Welsh Hills Road - Replacement
Ms. Repas explained that this request is similar to Facklers’ demolition. The only reason Ms. Miller must complete an application is because she is in the TCOD. She wishes to change the windows and add a door on the original structure, and build a new addition, which will be smaller than the original, one-story addition.
Mr. Blanchard is encouraged by the proposed improvement. He asked about the slate roof. Ms. Miller said the slate is gone and the roof will be shingled to match the new roof. The new siding will also match the original siding. They want to bring the structure back to its original design.
MR. MITCHELL MOVED TO APPROVE 07-025 AND 07-026 AS SUBMITTED. MR.BLANCHARD SECONDED. MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
All State Insurance, 120 N. Prospect – Signs
Max Torabi, from Allstate, wishes to keep signs already installed on two windows and add a sidewalk sign. The window signs exceed our maximum size code, but the freestanding sign adheres to the code. Prior to this meeting, Kristin Darfus, who owns the building, announced that she does not want signs on the doors (doors entering the building), but she would allow a sign on the second floor. She would allow the freestanding sign.
Mr. Torabi has never met this lady and has dealt only with her husband. He wants to adhere to the code.
Mr. Riffle suggested that it would be wise to table this application until the two parties come to an agreement. He said our Law Director finds Ms. Darfus within her rights to deny signage on the entrance/exit doors.
Mr. Torabi formally requested a tabling of the application.
MR. MITCHELL MOVED TO TABLE 07-027 AND 07-028 AT APPLICANT’S REQUEST. MR. BLANCHARD SECONDED. MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
Denison University – Signs
Denison applied to put up (1) a permanent sign in front of their service building and (2) erect a temporary sign for the Cleveland Hall construction. Sign 1 will be 30’ from center of the road and Sign 2 will be on west side of the College Street entrance. Art Chonko does not yet know what the construction sign will say, but it will not be a huge sign, mostly set there for safety. Ms. Repas said the latter application will not be effective until the pending appeal regarding the Cleveland Hall addition is resolved.
MR. BLANCHARD MOVED TO APPROVE 07-024 FOR (1) PERMANENT SIGN AT SERVICE BUILDING AND (2) TEMPORARY CONSTRUCTION SIGN PENDING (1) FINAL APPROVAL BY VILLAGE COUNCIL AND (2) OPPORTUNITY FOR THE VILLAGE PLANNER IN CONJUNCTION WITH ART CHONKO FOR APPROPRIATE LOCATION. MR. MITCHELL SECONDED. MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
Denison University – Parking
In redesigning the Service Building, Denison wishes to also redesign the parking lot and curb cuts to allow easier access.
Mr. Burriss would like to see more screening of the parking area and recommended hedges, eventually 30’ high, along the driveway without cutting the visibility. He suggested approving the application conditional upon a plan for screening the lot. Mr. Riffle suggested putting screening in small clusters.
Ms. O’Keefe noted that usually the Tree and Landscape Committee is consulted before final approval of a plan.
MR. BLANCHARD MOVED TO APPROVE 07-023 FOR REWORKING ADDITIONAL PARKING IN FRONT OF THE PHYSICAL PLANT ON NORTH PEARL STREET UPON CONDITION THAT MS. REPAS HAS AN OPPORTUNITY TO CONSULT WITH ART CHONKO ON FINAL SCREENING STRATEGY FOR THE WEST SIDE OF THE PROPOSED LOT. MR. BURRISS SECONDED. MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
Finding of Fact: MR. MITCHELL MOVED TO APPROVE FINDINGS FOR A THROUGH D AND G THROUGH H UNDER NEW BUSINESS. WE FIND THEM CONSISTENT WITH RELEVANT SECTIONS OF THE CODE AS OUTLINED IN MS. REPAS’S MEMO OF MAY 14, 2007. SECONDED bY MR. BLANCHARD. MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
Adjournment: 8:30 p.m.
Next Meetings: June 11 and 25