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Planning Commission Minutes December 8, 2008

GRANVILLE PLANNING COMMISSION

December 8, 2008

7:00pm

Minutes

 

Members Present: Jack Burriss, Lyle McClow, Gina Reeves, Tom Mitchell, Councilmember Jackie O’Keefe (non-voting), and Tim Ryan (Chair).

Member’s Absent: None.

Staff Present: Village Planner, Alison Terry.

Visitors Present: Fred Abraham, Randy Tipton, Bill Hoekstra, Abram Kaplan, John Noblick, Jeff Hussey, Bob Needham, and Leta Ross.

 

Citizen’s Comments:

No one appeared to speak under Citizen’s Comments.

 

New Business:

133 East College Street – Granville Township - Application #08-160

VBD (Village Business District) – AROD (Architectural Review Overlay District)

The request was for architectural review and approval of a new handicap ramp, removal

of the southeast corner bay window and new ADA compliant rear entry door.

                                                             

Swearing in of Witnesses – Mr. Ryan swore in Village Planner, Alison Terry, and Jeff Hussey.

 

Discussion regarding Application #08-160:

Jeff Hussey, Chief of Granville Fire Department, stated he is representing Granville Township.  He stated that they would like to convert the structure as depicted in the plans submitted to the Licking County Building Department.  Mr. Hussey stated that the Licking County Building Department approved the building and they added a handicap ramp for ADA compliance, as well as a rear door.  Mr. Hussey explained that the bay window on the southeast corner of the structure was a concern of the Building Department’s because it is right on the property line.  He stated that they asked them to remove the window due to the glass.  Mr. Hussey stated that all of the work would be done in the rear of the property and there would be very minimal impact to the outside of the structure.  Ms. Terry stated that the proposal is for a wood handicap ramp with wood balusters.  She stated that she does not have a copy of what the actual door would look like.  Mr. Hussey stated that they would attempt to match the existing door minus the screen door.  Ms. Reeves asked if the ramp will be painted.  Mr. Hussey stated that they intend to use pressure treated lumber with a clear sealer and no paint.  Mr. Burriss stated that he would like to make sure that the front door does not feel like an exit door.  Mr. Hussey stated that they are going to reverse the door and there would not be any change in appearance.    

 

 

 

 

The Planning Commission reviewed the Standards and Criteria pertaining to Application #08-160:

 

a)      Is stylistically compatible with other new, renovated and old structures in the Village District.  The Planning Commission concluded yes.  Mr. Burriss stated that the removal of the bay window is a move towards restoration of the structure.      

b)      Contributes to the improvement and upgrading of the historical character of the Village District.  The Planning Commission concluded yes.  Mr. Burriss stated that removal of the bay window moves towards restoration of the structure. 

c)      Contributes to the continuing vitality of the District.  The Planning Commission concluded yes.  Mr. Ryan stated that the handicap ramp will allow all people to enter the home.  

d)      Protects and enhances examples of the physical surroundings in which past generations lived.  The Planning Commission concluded yes.  Mr. Mitchell and Mr. Ryan stated that the home is being restored to how it previously looked especially with removal of the bay window. 

e)      Materials and Textures:  The applicant is proposing the complete removal of the bay window on the southeast corner of the home and replacement of the window with siding materials to match the remainder of the home, removal of the rear door and replacement with a similar door to meet ADA standards, and installation of a wood handicap ramp with side rails for ADA compliance. 

f)       Use of Details:  The applicant is proposing the complete removal of the bay window on the southeast corner of the home and replacement of the window with siding materials to match the remainder of the home, removal of the rear door and replacement with a similar door to meet ADA standards, and installation of a wood handicap ramp with side rails for ADA compliance.

 

 

Mr. Mitchell made a motion to approve Application #08-160 with the condition that the wood ramp on the exterior of the building has a finish coat.  Seconded by Ms. Reeves.

 

Roll Call Vote: McClow, Burriss, Mitchell, Reeves, Ryan.  Motion carried 5-0.

 

Application #08-160 is approved with the above stated condition.

 

 

484 South Main Street – Granville Shopping Center - Application #08-162

SBD (Suburban Business District) – TCOD (Transportation Corridor Overlay District)

The request was for approval of a replacement for the existing freestanding tenant sign.

                                                             

Swearing in of Witnesses – Mr. Ryan swore in Village Planner, Alison Terry, and Leta Ross.

 

 

Discussion regarding Application #08-162:

Leta Ross, Granville Shopping Center, stated that they would like to repaint the existing sign and drop one line of tenants.  She added that they would need to add Knuckleheads as a tenant and this is not noted in submitted information.  Ms. Terry clarified that they will still have four tenants listed on the sign.  Ms. Ross agreed.  Mr. McClow asked if the sign is lit.  Ms. Ross stated that there is ground lighting shining on the sign.  Mr. Mitchell asked if the lighting will be the same.  Ms. Ross stated that the lighting will remain as is.  Ms. Reeves asked if the current sign was approved by the Planning Commission.  Ms. Terry stated yes.  Ms. Terry noted that the total square footage of the building is 30,186/100, 128 sq. ft. and she stated that the replacement sign is the same square footage as the existing sign.  Ms. Terry stated that three variances are needed regarding the maximum square footage for a free-standing sign, the height, and the maximum number of freestanding signs needs to be increased from one to two.  Mr. Mitchell stated all of the previous signs exist and are grandfathered and since there is a change to the sign - these variances are needed.  Ms. Terry stated yes.  Mr. Ryan clarified that our records indicate that a variance was never granted and this needs to be done.  Ms. Terry stated that once these variances are recorded you can indicate these three variances and they then stay with the property.  She stated that the applicant may have to get review and approval of graphics, but no subsequent variances. 

 

The Planning Commission reviewed the Standards and Criteria pertaining to Application #08-162:

 

a)      That special circumstances or conditions exist which are peculiar to the land or structure(s) involved and which are not applicable to other lands or structures in he same zoning districts.  Each member of the Planning Commission agreed that this statement was true.  Mr. Ryan stated that in this case the grocery store plus we have a shopping center and we don’t have a shopping center any place else.  We also have the kiosk for the bank.  Mr. Mitchell stated that another special circumstance is because the building is so far back and a reason to increase the square footage, height, and number of signs.  Mr. Ryan stated that all of these signs also already exist.   

b)       That a literal interpretation of the provisions of this Zoning Ordinance would deprive the applicants of rights commonly enjoyed by other properties in the same zoning district under the provisions of the Ordinance.  Each member of the Planning Commission agreed that this statement was true.  Ms. Reeves stated that the structure is set far back from the road.  Mr. Ryan stated that there are five businesses located with the property and this is not common to other businesses in the same zoning district.  Mr. Burriss stated that these are all reasons to increase the height, size of the sign, and number of signs.         

c)      That the special conditions and circumstances do not results from the actions of the applicant. Each member of the Planning Commission agreed that this statement was true.   Ms. Reeves stated that the signs are pre-existing.  Mr. Mitchell stated that the height, size and number of signs have been in existence for quite a long time.  Mr. Burriss stated that this sign is a huge improvement over its predecessor.

d)      That the granting of the variance will not confer on the applicant any undue privilege that is denied by this Ordinance to other lands or structures in the same zoning district.  Each member of the Planning Commission agreed that this statement was true.  Mr. Burriss stated that their site specific reasons to allow this sign and increase the size, height, and number of signs.

e)      That the granting of the variance will in no other manner adversely affect the health, safety and general welfare of the persons residing or working within the vicinity of the proposed variance.  Each member of the Planning Commission agreed that this statement was true. Ms. Reeves stated that the signs pre-exist.  Mr. Ryan stated that the height, size, and number of signs are increasing the safety.  Mr. Burriss stated that this graphically matches the changes the structure.

 

 

Mr. Mitchell made a motion to approve Application #08-162 with the three variances:

1)      To increase the maximum square footage from twelve (12) square feet to sixty-four (64) square feet.

2)      Maximum height from eight (8) feet to ten (10) feet.

3)      Maximum number of free-standing signs from one (1) to two (2). 

Seconded by Ms. Reeves.

 

Roll Call Vote: Burriss, Mitchell, Reeves, McClow, Ryan.  Motion carried 5-0.

 

Application #08-162 is approved with the above stated variances. 

 

 

484 South Main Street – Granville Shopping Center - Application #08-163

SBD (Suburban Business District)

The request was for architectural review and approval of a wall sign for Granville Video.

                                                             

Swearing in of Witnesses – Mr. Ryan swore in Village Planner, Alison Terry, and Leta Ross.

 

Discussion regarding Application #08-163:

Leta Ross, Granville Shopping Center, was present to address any concerns by the Planning Commission.  Ms. Reeves asked if the lighting on the sign will remain the same.  Ms. Terry stated that the lighting would go with this approval as well.  Mr. Ryan indicated that he likes the proposed lighting.  Councilmember O’Keefe asked if the sign will be lit all night.  Ms. Ross guessed that it would be. 

 

Ms. Reeves made a motion to approve Application #08-163 as submitted.  Seconded by Mr. McClow.

 

Roll Call Vote: Mitchell, McClow, Reeves, Burriss, Ryan.  Motion carried 5-0.

 

Application #08-163 is approved as submitted. 

 

843 Burg Street – Jerry McClain Construction - Application #08-164

SRD-A (Suburban Residential District-A) - AROD (Architectural Review Overlay District) standards apply for this application due to the proposed size.

The property owners are Abram Kaplan and Carol Goland.

The request was for architectural review and approval of a front porch and rear two-story

addition.

                                                             

Swearing in of Witnesses – Mr. Ryan swore in Village Planner, Alison Terry, John Noblick, and Robert Needham.

 

Discussion regarding Application #08-164:

John Noblick, Jerry McClain Company, stated that they are proposing an addition off the back of the home.  He stated that the garage roof will come off and be reformatted and the addition will go further back in the back yard and it will have a second story.  Mr. Noblick stated that this location allowed him to be able to keep the height down and the addition sets back further in the woods.  Mr. Noblick stated that the existing house will be dressed up with the existing stone and a Craftsman style front porch with a concrete foundation will be added.  Mr. Noblick indicated that the home will have a flying gable style of roof.  He went on to say that the rest of the windows in the home will be updated to be thermal efficient.  Mr. Burriss stated that the applicant should be complimented for the completeness of the submittal.  Mr. Burriss asked if the proposed brick will be used any place else.  Mr. Noblick stated no.  Mr. Burriss asked what the bumps on the east side elevation on the bridge roof between the house are.  Mr. Noblick stated that these are solar tubes.  He stated that these are already in place and they are not visible from the road.  Councilmember O’Keefe asked if there are any other unique environmental features that will be incorporated in the home.  Mr. Noblick stated that the owner is doing a high grade efficiency window and the solar tubes allow passive light to come in to the home using a parabolic lens which picks up the light and reflects it back in.  Mr. Burriss stated that he did not see any indication of a generator or air conditioning unit and wondered if this would be added.  Mr. Noblick stated that homeowner will use the existing air-conditioning unit on the east side of the home.  Mr. Mitchell asked if the walkway on the front is brick and will it remain the same.  Mr. Noblick stated that the sidewalk will remain brick.       

 

Bob Needham, 815 Burg Street, stated that he lives to the east of the property and they feel the proposed changes are positive.

 

The Planning Commission reviewed the Standards and Criteria pertaining to Application #08-164:

 

a)      Is stylistically compatible with other new, renovated and old structures in the Village District.  The Planning Commission concluded yes.  Mr. Burriss stated that there are other additions in the community that have enhanced an existing structure.    

b)      Contributes to the improvement and upgrading of the historical character of the Village District.  The Planning Commission concluded yes.  Mr. Burriss stated that the addition introduces a style that is more unique than what currently exists on the structure.  Ms. Reeves stated that there are other Craftsman type structures in the District. 

c)      Contributes to the continuing vitality of the District.  The Planning Commission concluded yes.  Ms. Reeves stated that the addition will improve the structure that is currently there.  

d)      Protects and enhances examples of the physical surroundings in which past generations lived.  The Planning Commission concluded yes.   Mr. Ryan stated that the late 50’s style home and the changes will enhance the livability of the home. 

e)      Height: The proposed addition is a total of 25 feet tall, which meets this requirement.

f)       Materials and Textures: The applicant is proposing the following materials:

                                                   a.       Simonton vinyl windows in addition & replacing the balance of the existing wood windows (the applicant notes that most of the existing windows are white vinyl);

                                                   b.       Wayne Dalton, overhead garage door, wood grained, painted metal;

                                                   c.       New shingle shake wood siding above existing stone line on front faces of house facing Burg Street;

                                                   d.       Hardie-plank siding on the balance of the addition - color to match the house;

                                                   e.       New front porch to have beaded fir wood ceiling, wood fascias, soffits, window, and beam trim on porch and on gables per elevations - all items will be painted;

                                                   f.       New 30-year asphaltic dimensional shingles on entire house;

                                                   g.       Replace existing wooden basement door with new painted steel exterior Bilco stairway access door unit.

g) Use of Details: The applicant is proposing additional detailing on the front of the structure to make it have a craftsman style appearance with the wood shake shingles, stonework, front porch and column

               detailing and flying gables with trim/beam detailing in the peaks of the flying gables.

 

Mr. Mitchell made a motion to approve Application #08-164 as submitted.  Seconded by Ms. Reeves.

 

Roll Call Vote: McClow, Burriss, Mitchell, Reeves, Ryan.  Motion carried 5-0.

 

Application #08-164 is approved as submitted. 

 

133 South Prospect Street – Bill and Mary Hoekstra - Application #08-165

VBD (Village Business District) – AROD (Architectural Review Overlay District)

The request was for architectural review and approval of removal of a three story arched

wood windows and replacement with arched vinyl windows.

                                                             

Swearing in of Witnesses – Mr. Ryan swore in Village Planner, Alison Terry, and Bill Hoekstra.

 

Discussion regarding Application #08-165:

Bill Hoekstra, 133 South Prospect Street, stated that he would like to replace the third floor windows to make the home more accommodating for his children.

Mr. Mitchell stated that in two of the windows Mr. Hoekstra would just be putting in new sashes.  Mr. Hoekstra agreed and he presented a sample of the window.  Mr. Burriss asked if the muntin bars on the new window would match the existing side windows or be very similar.  Mr. Hoekstra stated that they would match as close as possible.  Ms. Terry stated that all three third floor windows on north, east, south will remain the same style and they will be changed from wood to vinyl.  Mr. Hoekstra stated that he is unable to get wood windows, only vinyl.

 

The Planning Commission reviewed the Standards and Criteria pertaining to Application #08-165:

 

a)      Is stylistically compatible with other new, renovated and old structures in the Village District.  The Planning Commission concluded yes.      

b)      Contributes to the improvement and upgrading of the historical character of the Village District.  The Planning Commission concluded yes. 

c)      Contributes to the continuing vitality of the District.  The Planning Commission concluded yes.  Mr. Mitchell stated that the home will be properly maintained.  

d)      Protects and enhances examples of the physical surroundings in which past generations lived.  The Planning Commission concluded yes.  Ms. Reeves stated that nothing changes on the home stylistically.

e)      Materials and Textures:  The applicant is proposing replacement of the three (3) arched wood windows with custom built vinyl windows, and simulated glass to increase energy efficiency.

f)       Use of Details: Again, the applicant is proposing replacement of the three (3) arched wood windows with custom built vinyl windows, and simulated glass to increase energy efficiency.

 

Ms. Reeves made a motion to approve Application #08-165 as submitted.  Seconded by Mr. Burriss.

 

Roll Call Vote: Reeves, Burriss, McClow, Mitchell, Ryan.  Motion carried 5-0.

 

Application #08-165 is approved as submitted. 

 

464 South Main Street – Abe’s Automotive - Application #08-166

CSD (Community Service District)

The property is owned by Fred Abraham.  The request was for architectural

review and approval of a new tenant panel wall sign. 

                                                             

Swearing in of Witnesses – Mr. Ryan swore in Village Planner, Alison Terry, and Fred Abraham.

 

Discussion regarding Application #08-166:

Fred Abraham, 1901 James Road, Abe’s Automotive, stated that he would like to install a tenant sign.  He stated that he chose a sign that would match the style of his building which is a pre-manufactured metal building.  Mr. Abraham clarified that the tenant signs will be individual signs.  Mr. Mitchell stated “fair enough - two signs go down and one goes up.”  Mr. Ryan asked if Mr. Abraham would consider moving the sign more to the left of the corner.  Mr. Abraham stated he would move it and center it between the last two panels.  He explained that the sign may appear elevated and this is because of cars parked in this general area under where the sign will be located.  Mr. Burriss asked if a tenant were to leave the building what would you see on the sign.  Mr. Abraham stated that this is a good question and he hasn’t given it much thought.  Ms. Terry suggested moving the tenant panels up and leaving the bottom one blank.  She also suggested removing the text and leaving the background color in place.  Councilmember O’Keefe asked if all of these businesses are inside the building.  Mr. Abraham stated yes. 

 

Mr. Mitchell made a motion to approve Application #08-166 with the following conditions:

1)         To move the proposed sign one (1) to two (2) feet from the corner of the building

2)         If a tenant sign is removed in the future, the panel is to be the background color matching that of the remaining signs.

3)         That ‘Abe’s Body Shop’ on the south elevation of the building will be removed from the building.

 

Seconded by Ms. Reeves.

 

Roll Call Vote: McClow, Burriss, Mitchell, Reeves, Ryan.  Motion carried 5-0.

 

Application #08-166 is approved with the above stated conditions.

 

14 Westgate Drive – Bill Mickey/ReMax - Application #08-167

CSD (Community Service District)

The request is for architectural review and approval of a temporary sign. 

                                                             

Swearing in of Witnesses – Mr. Ryan swore in Village Planner, Alison Terry, and Randy Tipton.

 

Discussion regarding Application #08-167:

Randy Tipton, 14 Westgate Drive, stated that they will be moving to another location in April of 2009.  Ms. Terry stated that the current temporary sign expires at the end of December 2008.     

 

 

 

Mr. Mitchell made a motion to approve Application #08-167 with the condition that the approval is valid until April of 2009.  Seconded by Ms. Reeves.

 

Roll Call Vote: McClow, Burriss, Mitchell, Reeves, Ryan.  Motion carried 5-0.

 

Application #08-167 is approved as submitted.

 

Other Business:

 

Finding of Fact Approvals:

 

New Business:

Application #08-160:

Approve Findings of Fact and Associated Standards and Criteria.

The Planning Commission found the request to be consistent with The Granville Codified Ordinances Chapter 1159, Village District and Chapter 1161, Architectural Review Overlay District and hereby gives their approval of Application #08-160 with the condition that the applicant will use a clear coat sealant on the exterior of the wood for the ramp.

 

Mr. Mitchell moved to approve the Findings of Fact for Application #08-160.  Seconded by Ms. Reeves. 

Roll Call Vote: Mitchell, McClow, Reeves, Burriss, Ryan.  Motion carried 5-0.

 

Application #08-162:

Approve Findings of Fact and Associated Standards and Criteria.

The Planning Commission found the request to be consistent with The Granville Codified Ordinances Chapter 1147, Variances and Chapter 1189, Signs and hereby gives their approval of Application #08-162.

 

Mr. Mitchell moved to approve the Findings of Fact for Application #08-162.  Seconded by Ms. Reeves. 

Roll Call Vote: Mitchell, McClow, Reeves, Burriss, Ryan.  Motion carried 5-0.

 

Application #08-163:

Approve Findings of Fact and Associated Standards and Criteria.

The Planning Commission found the request to be consistent with The Granville Codified Ordinances Chapter 1147, Variances and Chapter 1189, Signs and hereby gives their approval of Application #08-163.

 

Mr. Mitchell moved to approve the Findings of Fact for Application #08-163.  Seconded by Ms. Reeves. 

Roll Call Vote: Mitchell, McClow, Reeves, Burriss, Ryan.  Motion carried 5-0.

 

 

 

Application #08-164:

Approve Findings of Fact and Associated Standards and Criteria.

The Planning Commission found the request to be consistent with The Granville Codified Ordinances Chapter 1161, Architectural Review Overlay District and Chapter 1163, Suburban Residential District and hereby gives their approval of Application #08-164.

 

Mr. Mitchell moved to approve the Findings of Fact for Application #08-164.  Seconded by Ms. Reeves. 

Roll Call Vote: Mitchell, McClow, Reeves, Burriss, Ryan.  Motion carried 5-0.

 

Application #08-165:

Approve Findings of Fact and Associated Standards and Criteria.

The Planning Commission found the request to be consistent with The Granville Codified Ordinances Chapter 1159, Village District and Chapter 1161, Architectural Review Overlay District and hereby gives their approval of Application #08-165.

 

Mr. Mitchell moved to approve the Findings of Fact for Application #08-165.  Seconded by Ms. Reeves. 

Roll Call Vote: Mitchell, McClow, Reeves, Burriss, Ryan.  Motion carried 5-0.

 

Application #08-166:

Approve Findings of Fact and Associated Standards and Criteria.

The Planning Commission found the request to be consistent with The Granville Codified Ordinances Chapter 1189, Signs and hereby gives their approval of Application #08-166.

 

Mr. Mitchell moved to approve the Findings of Fact for Application #08-166.  Seconded by Ms. Reeves. 

Roll Call Vote: Mitchell, McClow, Reeves, Burriss, Ryan.  Motion carried 5-0.

 

Application #08-167:

Approve Findings of Fact and Associated Standards and Criteria.

The Planning Commission found the request to be consistent with The Granville Codified Ordinances Chapter 1189, Signs and hereby gives their approval of Application #08-167.

 

Mr. Mitchell moved to approve the Findings of Fact for Application #08-167.  Seconded by Ms. Reeves. 

Roll Call Vote: Mitchell, McClow, Reeves, Burriss, Ryan.  Motion carried 5-0.

 

Review and Approval of Planning Commission meeting dates for 2009

Ms. Reeves made a motion to approve the meeting dates for 2009 as presented by the Village Planner and amended to cancel the second meeting scheduled in December of 2009.  Seconded by Mr. McClow.  Motion carried 5-0.

 

 

 

Approval of the Minutes:

November 24, 2008

Mr. Burriss moved to approve the November 24, 2008 minutes as presented.  Seconded by Ms. Reeves.  Motion carried 5-0. 

 

Adjournment:  8:30 PM

Mr. Mitchell moved to adjourn the Planning Commission meeting, seconded by Mr. McClow.  Motion carried 5-0.  

 

Next meetings:

December 8, 2008

**Note** The December 22, 2008 meeting has been canceled.

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