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Planning Commission Minutes November 24, 2008

GRANVILLE PLANNING COMMISSION

November 24, 2008

7:00pm

Minutes

 

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

Members Absent: None.

Staff Present: Village Planner, Alison Terry, and Assistant Law Director, Allison Crites.

Visitors Present: Tom and Linda Clark, JoAnn Geiger, John Noblick, Christine Oliver, Charlie Bachmann, Richard Liebson, Ed Vance, Gail Zear, Crawford Lipsey, Eugene Agan, and Don DeSapri.  

 

Citizen’s Comments:

No one appeared to speak under Citizen’s Comments.

 

New Business:

404 West Broadway – Tom and Linda Clark, Application #08-148

SRD-B (Suburban Residential District-B) – AROD (Architectural Review Overlay District)

The request was for approval of a generator.

                                                             

Swearing in of Witnesses – Mr. Ryan swore in Village Planner, Alison Terry, and Tom and Linda Clark.

 

Discussion regarding Application #08-148:

Tom Clark, 404 West Broadway, stated that the generator unit would be screened with a fence and oak leaf hydrangea.  Mr. McClow asked if the unit is natural gas.  Mr. Clark stated yes.  Councilmember O’Keefe asked how far the unit is from the closest neighbor.  Ms. Terry estimated twenty to twenty-five feet away at least.  Mr. McClow questioned the level of noise that comes from the generator.  Mr. Clark stated that the installer has told them that the unit has a lower sound rating than a lawn mower.  Ms. Clark stated that she has been told it will be a little louder than an air-conditioning unit.  Mr. Clark stated that he has had a conversation with his neighbor to the west regarding the installation of the generator and his neighbor had no issues.   

 

The Planning Commission reviewed the Standards and Criteria pertaining to Application #08-148:

 

a)      Is stylistically compatible with other new, renovated and old structures in the Village District.  The Planning Commission concluded yes.  Mr. Mitchell stated that the unit will be hidden.  Mr. Burriss stated that the unit will be fully screened.    

 

 

b)      Contributes to the improvement and upgrading of the historical character of the Village District.  The Planning Commission concluded yes.  Mr. Burriss stated that it enhances the livability of the historic structure if the electric were to go out.    

c)      Contributes to the continuing vitality of the District.  The Planning Commission concluded yes.  Mr. Mitchell stated that it enhances the livability of the historic structure if the electric were to go out.     

d)      Protects and enhances examples of the physical surroundings in which past generations lived.  The Planning Commission concluded yes.  Mr. Mitchell stated that this generator will protect the home from becoming un-livable during a power outage.    

e)      Materials and Textures:  The applicant is proposing installation of a generator.  Mr. Burriss stated that the unit will be screened by natural material – landscape/wood fence.

f)  Landscape Material – The generator will be screened with oak leaf hydrangea.

 

Mr. Mitchell made a motion to approve Application #08-148 as submitted.  Seconded by Mr. Burriss.

 

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

 

Application #08-148 is approved as submitted. 

 

527 Newark-Granville Road – Acuity Brand Technology Services, Application #08-154

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

The request was for architectural review and approval of a free-standing sign.

                                                             

Swearing in of Witnesses – Mr. Ryan swore in Village Planner, Alison Terry, Crawford Lipsey, and Eugene Agan, 2 Parnassus Village Drive .

 

Discussion regarding Application #08-154:

Crawford Lipsey stated that they are changing the color of the current blue to be dark blue and this will match their corporate logo.  Mr. Lipsey clarified that the sign was previously put up within the last month without a permit.  Ms. Terry stated that the sign does meet the size requirements.  Mr. Mitchell asked if the only change to the sign will be in color.  Ms. Terry stated yes and she explained that the bottom of the sign is sandblasted, while the top is flat panel vinyl.  She went on to say that the same sign was once fully sand-blasted and routed with an McDonald Investments logo and this had previously been approved by the Planning Commission.    

 

Eugene Agan, 2 Parnassus Village Drive, stated that he is amazed to learn that this sign was put up without the knowledge of the Planning Commission.  Mr. Agan stated that the residents see the sign everyday – twice - going and coming.  Councilmember O’Keefe stated that Council is aware that there have been a lot of signs that have gone up without prior approval.  She stated that they have worked with the staff to address this and an article was recently put in the newspaper regarding procedure and permit requirements (Sentinel).  Councilmember O’Keefe stated that Council has also suggested putting something on the water bill that lets people know that they need to check and see if their exterior modifications require Planning Commission approval.  Ms. Terry stated that the staff is also working on sending out new information packets to new residents and there is information on the Village website regarding what modifications require Planning Commission approval.  Mr. Mitchell stated that with regards to Mr. Agan’s comments –many signs have been installed without receiving Planning Commission permission in the past - but this has improved recently.  Mr. Mitchell stated that the enforcement just hasn’t been done for years and the new staff is doing a terrific job to remedy this situation.  Mr. Mitchell stated that “we are improving at a rate that doesn’t need any further attention.”  He went on to say that the Village could look at fining people who do not seek the proper approvals prior to installing a sign, if need be.  Mr. Mitchell stated that Village Planner, Alison Terry, is doing a terrific job.  Mr. McClow added that word of mouth is helping people understand that they need to get proper approvals before they begin work.  Mr. Lipsey stated that Ms. Terry did a good job notifying his business about the signage approval.  He stated that he believes information regarding signage changes should have been included in his lease.  Mr. Agan wanted to know if the sign will be internally illuminated.  Mr. Lipsey stated no.

 

The Planning Commission reviewed the Standards and Criteria pertaining to Application #08-154:

 

a)      Materials and Textures:  The applicant is proposing a vinyl sign with vinyl lettering.

 

Ms. Reeves made a motion to approve Application #08-154 as submitted.  Seconded by Mr. McClow.

 

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

 

Application #08-154 is approved as submitted. 

 

221 East Broadway – Counting House - Application #08-155

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

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

                                                             

Swearing in of Witnesses – Mr. Ryan swore in Village Planner, Alison Terry, and Chuck Bachmann.

 

Discussion regarding Application #08-155:

Chuck Bachman, 6254 Lexington Avenue, Thornville, stated that he had a historical reference that depicts how the sign was decided upon.  He presented a book to the Planning Commission.  Mr. Ryan asked if the sizing requirements were met.  Ms. Terry stated yes.  Mr. Bachman stated that they have some flood lights to light pathway, but the sign will not be lit.  Councilmember O’Keefe asked if the store will continue to be open after the Christmas season.  Mr. Bachman stated that they hope to remain open if it is economically feasible.   

 

The Planning Commission reviewed the Standards and Criteria pertaining to Application #08-155:

 

a)      Materials and Textures:  The applicant is proposing a two color wood sign that will not be externally illuminated.

 

Ms. Reeves made a motion to approve Application #08-155 as submitted.  Seconded by Mr. McClow.

 

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

 

Application #08-155 is approved as submitted. 

 

 

221 East Broadway – Counting House - Application #08-156

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

The request was for architectural review and approval of a sidewalk sign.

                                                             

Swearing in of Witnesses – Mr. Ryan swore in Village Planner, Alison Terry, and Chuck Bachmann.

 

Discussion regarding Application #08-156:

Chuck Bachman, 6254 Lexington Avenue, was present to address any concerns by the Planning Commission.  Ms. Terry stated that the biggest concern with this sign is the placement.  Mr. Bachmann stated that they place the sign out on the sidewalk just during the hours that they are open.  He clarified that the sign is being placed closer to Broadway – instead of closer to the business.   Ms. Terry stated that it is an A-frame type sign.  Mr. Bachmann stated that the sign is placed on museum property next to a flower bed that the museum owns.  The Planning Commission reviewed where they felt the sign should be placed on the sidewalk.  They depicted this on what they labeled “Exhibit A.”    

 

The Planning Commission reviewed the Standards and Criteria pertaining to Application #08-148:

 

a)      Materials and Textures:  The applicant is proposing a black wooden sign with gold lettering.

 

Mr. Mitchell made a motion to approve Application #08-156 on the condition that the sandwich board sign be located per Exhibit “A.”    Seconded by Mr. McClow.

 

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

 

Application #08-156 is approved as submitted with the above stated condition. 

134 South Mulberry Street – Jerry McClain Company, Application #08-157

VRD (Village Residential District) – AROD (Architectural Review Overlay District)

The property is owned by Richard and Leah Liebson.  The request was for architectural

review and approval of a new two car garage, new driveway area, removal of rear entry

enclosure, and a new sidewalk between the rear of the home and the new garage. 

                                                             

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

 

Discussion regarding Application #08-157:

John Noblick, Jerry McClain Company, stated that there are a couple changes per the materials that he previously submitted.  He stated that the sidewalk will be stepping stones for the time being, rather than brick pavers.  Mr. Noblick stated that there is a shed entry that would be removed because it is not architecturally styled with the house.  Councilmember O’Keefe asked if the garage will meet the maximum lot coverage requirements.  Ms. Terry stated yes, it will not exceed the 50% lot coverage requirement.  Councilmember O’Keefe stated that it is surprising that the property has that much land.  Mr. McClow asked if the separation between the garage and the house is ten feet.  Mr. Noblick stated yes.  The owner of the home, Mr. Liebson, stated that he spoke with the Finkleman’s, Schnaidt’s, and Brennan’s and they had no complaints regarding the proposed changes.  Mr. Mitchell asked what will be used as brackets.  Ms. Terry showed them a picture of what the applicant intends to use.   Mr. Noblick stated that they will have to get a curb cut.  Ms. Terry stated that they will need to apply for a right of way permit.  Mr. Noblick stated that Mr. Hopkins indicated that there will be several inspections regarding the curb cut.  Mr. McClow asked if the right-of-way permit will handle the tapering, grade, visibility, etc. involved with a curb cut.  Ms. Terry stated yes.  Mr. Mitchell asked if the trim around the windows will match the rest of the home.  Mr. Noblick stated yes.  Mr. Noblick stated that the house color may change in the spring, but that has not yet been determined.  Mr. McClow asked what material the Wayne Dalton doors will be.  Mr. Noblick stated a wood grain texture, metal insulated, door which is the same material used on Sinsabaugh’s home on Broadway.  Councilmember O’Keefe asked if the height of the garage is an issue.  Ms. Terry stated that it meets the Code requirements.  Ms. Terry read aloud the materials list.  Mr. Noblick stated that they will be coming back to the Planning Commission for approval of some landscaping design that is considered to be a permanent structure.  Mr. Burriss asked if the railing detailing will match what is on the front of the home.  Mr. Noblick stated that it is so far away from this area that he didn’t feel an exact match was necessary.  Mr. Burriss stated that typically this type of detailing – especially up that high - would be black iron.  Mr. Burriss stated that the applicant has done a very nice job of picking up the architectural details of the home.  Mr. Burriss stated that one of the most comparable projects previously approved by the Planning Commission would be the garage for Monomoy House.  Mr. Burriss stated that he is not sure of the railing on that roof.  Mr. Burriss stated some of the additions on the applicant’s home are a result of the home being a fraternity house long ago – possibly in the 1930’s.  Mr. Burriss questioned the detailing on the widow’s walk.  Mr. Mitchell stated it seems a little big to him.  Mr. Noblick stated that if they can find something properly scaled with a Victorian mode they will look at possible changes.  Mr. Noblick stated that he wanted to point out that the driveway entrance is off of West Elm and not West Maple Street.  Ms. Terry noted the correction.  Mr. Burriss asked what would be done with collected rain water.  Mr. Noblick stated that they are using downspouts with splash blocks.  He stated that the excavator would like to move water to the curb, but right now they are unsure if this is possible and it would be possible to drain onto the lower portion of the property.  Mr. Burriss asked if the main house roof seams have a metal flashing detail at the corners.  Mr. Leibson and Mr. Noblick stated that they were unsure.  Mr. Burriss wondered if it might make sense to articulate the corners on the roof’s peak – as it is on the main house.  Mr. Burriss stated that this seam is visible and the detailing could add to the look of the garage.  Mr. Noblick stated that another firm did the drawings and perhaps this is a drawing detail that could be remedied.  Mr. Noblick stated that he is not sure if this is a prefinished metal and he would have to get up there and take a look.  He stated it may be metal or a shingled cap.  Mr. Noblick asked what if they use a different color of shingle in this area that may also work.  The Planning Commission agreed.  Ms. Terry clarified that the applicant can ask for an amendment to the original application without being charged again if this becomes necessary.         

 

The Planning Commission reviewed the Standards and Criteria pertaining to Application #08-157:

 

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 architectural details are consistent, complimentary, and enhancing with other architectural details in the area.      

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 removing the existing entry enclosure is preferred and the changes are consistent with other homes in the area.    

c)      Contributes to the continuing vitality of the District.  The Planning Commission concluded yes.  

d)      Protects and enhances examples of the physical surroundings in which past generations lived.  The Planning Commission concluded yes.  Mr. Burriss stated that the garage is architecturally consistent and complimentary to the main structure.   

e)      Materials: The applicant is requesting the following items in this application:

a)         Removal of rear entry enclosure and replacement with new 9-lite rear entry door facing east - Thermatru, fiberglass swing door with grilles between panes;

b)         New Detached Garage:

1.         Wayne Dalton overhead single divided garage doors that are wood grained, metal with muntins and divided pane glass panels per provided elevations, see submitted cut sheet;

2.         Thermatru, fiberglass swing door with grilles between panes on the western elevation;

3.         200 Series Anderson wood windows prefinished white with grilles between glass panes on west, east and northern elevations;

4.         Asphalt Duration, dimensional asphaltic shingles to match the existing shingles on the house, rubber roof on the flat portion;

5.         Hardie-plank 4 5/8" siding with color and exposure to match the house as closely as possible;

6.         Rooftop railing to be treated or manmade materials consistent with submitted elevation;

7.         Brackets to be 3 3/4" w x 14 1/2"h x 9 11/16" d, detailed corbel of urethane or similar material, see submitted cut sheet;

8.         Coach lighting to be wall torch with clear beveled glass panels, antique brass finish, see submitted cut sheet;

c)         Sidewalk to be stepping stones and driveway to be concrete.

 

Mr. Mitchell made a motion to approve Application #08-157 with the following conditions:

1)         That the driveway will be poured concrete and the walkway between the garage and the main structure will be stepping stones; and

2)         The ridge cap on the garage will match in appearance the ridge cap on the main structure of the existing home.

 

Seconded by Mr. Burriss.

 

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

 

Application #08-157 is approved with the above stated conditions.

 

143 East Broadway – Readers’ Garden -  Application #08-158

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

The property is leased by the Readers’ Garden, JoAnn Geiger.  The request was for

architectural review and approval of a new freestanding sign. 

                                                             

Swearing in of Witnesses – Mr. Ryan swore in Village Planner, Alison Terry, and JoAnn Geiger.

 

Discussion regarding Application #08-158:

JoAnn Geiger, Readers’ Garden, stated that the sign is the same as what was always there, but the logo has been changed.  Mr. Ryan asked if it meets the Code.  Ms. Terry stated yes.  Mr. Ryan clarified that the sign is vinyl lettering on wood and it has a light shining on it.  Mr. Geiger stated yes and this light was previously there.  Ms. Reeves asked if the shape of the sign is the same.  Ms. Geiger stated yes and it is just a new logo.  Councilmember O’Keefe asked if Alison Terry had reminded the applicant that approval was needed.  Ms. Geiger stated yes.    

 

The Planning Commission reviewed the Standards and Criteria pertaining to Application #08-158:

 

a)      Materials and Textures:  The applicant is proposing a wood sign with vinyl lettering. 

 

Mr. Mitchell made a motion to approve Application #08-158 as submitted.  Seconded by Ms. Reeves.

 

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

 

Application #08-158 is approved as submitted.

 

 

143 East Broadway – Reader’s Garden - Application #08-159

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

The property is leased by the Readers’ Garden, JoAnn Geiger.   The request was for

architectural review and approval of a window sign. 

                                                             

Swearing in of Witnesses – Mr. Ryan swore in Village Planner, Alison Terry, and JoAnn Geiger.

 

Discussion regarding Application #08-159:

See above discussion.

Ms. Terry indicated that all of the requirements have been met for the window sign.

 

The Planning Commission reviewed the Standards and Criteria pertaining to Application #08-159:

 

a)      Materials and Textures:  The applicant is proposing vinyl lettering on a window.

 

Mr. Mitchell made a motion to approve Application #08-159 as submitted.  Seconded by Ms. Reeves.

 

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

 

Application #08-159 is approved as submitted.

 

Mr. Burriss made a motion to continue and hear Application #08-160 at the December 8, 2008, Planning Commission meeting.  Seconded by Mr. Mitchell.

 

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

 

 

Other Business:

 

Finding of Fact Approvals:

 

New Business:

Application #08-148:

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 #08-148 as submitted.

 

Ms. Reeves moved to approve the Findings of Fact for Application #08-148.  Seconded by Mr. McClow. 

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

 

Application #08-154:

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 Chapter 1189, Signs and hereby gives their approval of Application #08-154 as submitted.

 

Ms. Reeves moved to approve the Findings of Fact for Application #08-154.  Seconded by Mr. McClow. 

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

 

Application #08-155:

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 Chapter 1189, Signs and hereby gives their approval of Application #08-155 as submitted.

 

Ms. Reeves moved to approve the Findings of Fact for Application #08-155.  Seconded by Mr. McClow. 

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

 

Application #08-156:

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 Chapter 1189, Signs and hereby gives their approval of Application #08-156 contingent upon the location of a sidewalk sign being placed per Exhibit “A.”

 

Ms. Reeves moved to approve the Findings of Fact for Application #08-156.  Seconded by Mr. McClow. 

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

 

Application #08-157:

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 #08-157 with the following conditions:

1)         That the driveway will be poured concrete and the walkway between the garage and the main structure will be stepping stones; and

2)         The ridge cap on the garage will match in appearance the ridge cap on the main structure of the existing home.

 

Ms. Reeves moved to approve the Findings of Fact for Application #08-157.  Seconded by Mr. McClow. 

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

 

Application #08-158:

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 Chapter 1189, Signs and hereby gives their approval of Application #08-158 as submitted.

 

Ms. Reeves moved to approve the Findings of Fact for Application #08-158.  Seconded by Mr. McClow. 

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

 

Application #08-159:

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 Chapter 1189, Signs and hereby gives their approval of Application #08-159 as submitted.

 

Ms. Reeves moved to approve the Findings of Fact for Application #08-159.  Seconded by Mr. McClow. 

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

 

Approval of the Minutes:

November 10, 2008

Mr. Mitchell moved to approve the November 10, 2008 minutes as presented.  Seconded by Ms. Reeves.  Motion carried 5-0. 

 

Adjournment:  8:20 PM

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

 

Next meetings:

December 8, 2008

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

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