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Planning Commission Minutes April 13, 2009

GRANVILLE PLANNING COMMISSION

April 13, 2009

7:00pm

Minutes

 

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

Members Absent: Lyle McClow.

Staff Present: Village Planner, Alison Terry; Law Director, Michael Crites

Visitors Present: Chuck Dilbone, Barbara Rogers, Brice Corder, Holly Simons, Dan Rogers, Bill Wernet, Ann Lowder, Brian Miller, Sabato Sagaria, Chris Avery, Bill Hoekstra, Dennis Cauchon, Craig McDonald, Richard Cherry, Don Andrews, Gail McConnon, Michael Andrew, Thomas Swonger, Ned Roberts, Charles Troy, Lisa Bomprezzi, Mel Bomprezzi, John Reef, Dan Hill, Greg Moore, Emily George, Amy Price, Cynthia Feidley, Jodi Schmidt, Ethan Schmidt, Jim Schmidt, Charles Bachmann, Earl Schurtz, Philip Dickson, Pui Han, Megan Takebo, Kate Maanen, Steve Contini, Jed Levere, Bill Hoekstra, Hugh Lucas, Cathi Lucas, Sally Messick, Bill Wernet, Karen Kramer, and Larry Nadwodney.    

 

Citizen’s Comments:

No one appeared to speak under Citizen’s Comments.

 

Old Business:

 

123 South Prospect Street, Barbara Franks, Application #09-03:

The request is for a change of use from Retail Outlets (E) to Food, Drug and Beverage Businesses (D).  The property is zoned Village Business District (VBD) and is located in the Architectural Review Overlay District (AROD).

 

Swearing in of Witnesses – Mr. Ryan swore in Village Planner, Alison Terry, and Barbara Franks.

 

Discussion regarding Application #09-03:

The hearing regarding Application #09-03 was transcribed by a court reporter.  Please reference Transcript for 123 South Prospect Street, April 13, 2009.

The following individuals spoke during the hearing:

Barbara Franks, 121 South Prospect Street - applicant

Holly Simons, 210 East Maple – Law Director Crites indicated that he believed  this individual did not have standing to testify in regards to #09-03.  The Planning Commission agreed and Ms. Simons was not permitted to testify.

Brice Corder, 215 South Mulberry Street - small business owner in Granville

Dr. Christopher Avery, 343 Cedar Street – adjacent property owner at 127 South Prospect Street

Dan Rogers, 210 East Maple  - co-applicant

Bill Hoekstra, 133 South Prospect – nearby property owner

Rich Cherry, 223 South Main Street – small business owner in Granville

Sam Sagaria, 117 South Prospect Street – adjacent property owner at 117 S. Prospect St.

Dennis Cauchon, 327 East Broadway, representing Friends of Granville Downtown who support the historical character of Granville

Don Andrews, 197 Louise Court, attorney for Dan Rogers and Barbara Franks

 

Mr. Mitchell made a motion to deny Application #09-03 as proposed.

Seconded by Ms. Reeves.

 

Roll Call Vote: Reeves (yes), Burriss (yes), Mitchell (yes), Ryan (no). 

Motion carried 3-1.

 

Application #09-03 is denied.

 

 

New Business:

 

326 Spellman Street, Mike and Laura Hills, Application #09-22:

The request is for architectural review and approval to modify the front gable roof elevation, adding hardie-plank siding and a new corner detail. The property is zoned Suburban Residential District-B (SRD-B) and is located in the Architectural Review Overlay District (AROD).

 

Swearing in of Witnesses – Mr. Ryan swore in Village Planner, Alison Terry, and Ned Roberts. 

 

Discussion regarding Application #09-22:

Ned Roberts, indicated that the house has a shed room addition.  He stated that he is suggesting the use of cement board because it will take the paint better than hardi-plank.  Mr. Roberts stated that he would like to redefine the front gable to give the front of the house balance and symmetry and the porch detail will remain the same.  Mr. Burriss asked if the one dimensional corner piece will remain.  Mr. Roberts stated yes. 

 

The Planning Commission reviewed the Standards and Criteria pertaining to Application #09-22:

                        a)         Is stylistically compatible with other new, renovated and old structures in the Village District.  The Planning Commission concluded yes.  Mr. Burriss stated that it is consistent with other renovated structures in the same district and it indicates the original frontal appearance to the home.

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 restores the home.   

c)         Contributes to the continuing vitality of the District.  The Planning Commission concluded yes.  Ms. Reeves stated that the building is being maintained by the improvements.

d)         Protects and enhances examples of the physical surroundings in which past generations lived.  The Planning Commission concluded yes.

e)         Materials and Texture:  The applicant is proposing removal of the front siding and replacement with siding, a new gable detail and corner board.

 

Mr. Mitchell made a motion to approve Application #09-22 as submitted with the  Seconded by Mr. Burriss.

 

Roll Call Vote: Reeves, Burriss, Mitchell, Ryan.  Motion carried 4-0.

 

Application #09-22 is approved as submitted.

 

 

1820 Newark-Granville Road, Greg Moore/Spring Hills Baptist Church, Application #09-25:

The request is for architectural review and approval to make a minor modification to the front, northwest corner of the building, replacing three parking spaces with a concrete outdoor patio space and six (6’) foot vinyl fencing surround.  The property is zoned Planned Unit Development District (PUD).

                                                 

Swearing in of Witnesses – Mr. Ryan swore in Village Planner, Alison Terry, and Greg Moore.

 

Discussion regarding Application #09-25:

Greg Moore indicated that he is representing Spring Hills Baptist Church.  Mr. Ryan stated that the Planning Commission is charged with determining if this application is considered to be a minor modification to the originally approved development plan.  He asked if the removal of three parking spaces is minor or major.  Mr. Burris stated that when you consider the overall scope and the impact to the site, he easily considers this to be a minor modification to the development plan.  Ms. Reeves agreed.  Councilmember O’Keefe asked if taking away the three parking spaces would impact the total number of spaces required by Code.  Mr. Moore stated that the parking spaces will be removed and replaced in the rear of the building.  Ms. Terry stated that original development plan called for a gravel area and this was later changed to the rear of the building and the applicant would like to reclaim this area for the patio. Mr. Burriss asked if any of the landscaping is in existence in the proposed area.  Mr. Moore stated that they anticipate the growth of additional vines.  Mr. Burriss questioned if the fence should be set back a bit with the rest of the building - rather than protruding out even with the front elevation.  Mr. Moore stated that the only area that this area will be viewable is from Galway Drive.  Mr. Mitchell asked if the fence will end up covering a window.  Mr. Burriss stated that the fence would be located between the window and the door.  Mr. Burriss indicated that there is one gate on the fence and questioned if there will there be any others.  Mr. Moore stated no.     

 

Mr. Mitchell made a motion to approve Application #09-25 as a minor modification to the original Planned Unit Development Plan (PUD).  Seconded by Ms. Reeves.

 

Roll Call Vote: Reeves, Burriss, Mitchell, Ryan.  Motion carried 4-0.

 

Application #09-25 is approved as submitted.

 

 

232 Granger Street, GEVSD, Application #09-26:

The request is for architectural review and approval to establish an organic community –school garden and install deer fencing during the growing season.  The property is zoned Suburban Residential District-B (SRD-B) and is located in the Architectural Review Overlay District (AROD).

                                                 

Swearing in of Witnesses – Mr. Ryan swore in Village Planner, Alison Terry, Craig McDonald, Larry Nadwodney, Steve Contini, and Chuck Dilbone.

                                                                       

Discussion regarding Application #09-26:

Chuck Dilbone, Newark, stated that he supports the community garden idea as it fits well with the school’s newly developed wellness program. 

 

Craig McDonald, 211 Sunrise Street, stated that his proposed idea is a school/community partnership.  The growing’s from the garden would be used for the school and they would also like to use this opportunity for mentoring with the high school, middle school, and elementary school. Mr. McDonald continued by saying he would also like to use this as an opportunity to partnership with the school district and the community.  Mr. McDonald envisioned eight (8) gardening plots total.  He went on to say that he would like to reserve three (3) of the plots for schools and five (5) for the community.  Mr. McDonald stated that they would setback the plots fifty (50’) feet from Sunrise Street and there would not be any permanent structures placed on the property.  He stated that the proposed deer fencing would be seasonal.  Mr. McDonald stated that the type of fencing he chose was something that would work against the deer, but also not stand out.  He stated that the fence would be comprised of six foot green metal posts with black deer netting.  Mr. McDonald later clarified that the Gardner’s would have to install their own fencing with their plot.  He stated that he anticipates a mixture of vegetables and aesthetically pleasing flowers.  Mr. McDonald stated that he did speak with neighbors on Sunrise Street and College Street and the only matter brought up pertained to traffic.  He stated that he doesn’t believe this will be an issue.  He also stated that there is one home on the corner of Sunrise that does not have driveway parking and he will make it known to not park on the street in front of this particular home.  Mr. McDonald indicated that the water for the garden would have to be carried to the garden.  Mr. McDonald stated that he will be mindful of how the plots look and to try and make sure they are aesthetically pleasing for the neighborhood and he will be issuing a garden agreement that speaks of weeding and meeting particular standards.  Mr. Ryan asked if Mr. McDonald will be the person overseeing that the agreement is adhered to.  Mr. McDonald stated yes.

 

Mr. Mitchell questioned when the garden area would be cleaned up for the winter.

Mr. McDonald stated that the National Weather Service issues freeze warnings for this area beginning October 15th so he would anticipate the cleaning up occurring within two weeks after that.  Mr. Mitchell asked if it might be helpful to Mr. McDonald to indicate in their motion for approval that the cleanup must occur by a particular date.  Mr. McDonald stated that he may still have some gardeners planting things that grow until late fall and he would prefer to not have a specific date set in place. 

 

Mr. Burriss questioned the dimensions and design of the compost pile.  He indicated that he would not want this to be an unattractive site for the neighbors.  He also stated that scarecrows and items used to repel birds might also want to be addressed.  Mr. McDonald agreed and stated that these issues could be handled in the plot agreement. 

 

Mr. Burriss stated that they really do need to have a site plan for the file.

Ms. Terry agreed. 

 

Larry Nadwodney, 217 Sunrise Street, stated that he is known as the ‘Village Carver,’ and he spoke regarding the growing season.  He indicated that he is in support of the community garden proposed by Mr. McDonald.

 

Steve Contini, 210 Sunise Street, stated that he fully supports Mr. McDonald’s idea regarding a community garden.  He also stated that the garden would be a great asset to the neighborhood. 

 

The Planning Commission reviewed the Standards and Criteria pertaining to Application #09-26:

 

Architectural Review Overlay District Criteria

            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.  Mr. Mitchell stated gardens are part of history.

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. 

e)         Materials and Texture:  The applicant is proposing a six foot high metal fence and posts

 

Mr. Burriss made a motion to approve Application #09-26 as submitted.  Seconded by Mr. Mitchell.

 

Roll Call Vote: Burriss, Mitchell, Reeves, Ryan.  Motion carried 4-0.

 

Application #09-26 is approved as submitted.

                                                                                                           

 

 

221 East Broadway, Robbins Hunter Museum, Application #09-27:

The application is submitted by Ann Lowder on behalf of the Robbins Hunter Museum.  The request is for a change of use to Category “B”, Specialty Shops, specifically for an antique shop & gift shop. The property is zoned Village Business District (VBD) and is located in the Architectural Review Overlay District (AROD).

                                                 

Swearing in of Witnesses – Mr. Ryan swore in Village Planner, Alison Terry, and Ann Lowder, and Don DeSapri.

                                                                       

Discussion regarding Application #09-27:

Ann Lowder, 505 South Park Avenue, Bexley, stated that the Robbins Hunter home had a room that was referred to as the ‘wood shed’ and this was used as an antique shop and operated until 1979.  Ms. Lowder stated that when the building was opened as a museum, the director used it as a visitor center and antique shop.  She stated that this building was also used as a quilt shop by Ann Ormond.  Ms. Lowder stated that when she came on board, she had a small cupboard and offered small items such as note cards and replicas of the house.  Ms. Lowder stated that they are before the Planning Commission because they want to increase their inventory and sell antiques out of the space.   

 

Don DeSapri stated that he is the president of the board of directors for the Robbins Hunter Museum.  He stated that they hope the antique shop will increase visitors and increase revenues, as this is a critical financial time for the museum.  He added that the museum is a tremendous asset to the Village and the antique shop will add financially and culturally to the Village.

 

Larry Nadwodney stated that in this economic situation we should give all the support we can to the museum. 

 

Mr. Burriss asked if the applicant is proposing any signage for the building.  Ms. Lowder stated yes and they have a plan on having signage that says ‘Antiques.’  Ms. Terry indicated that there was an application made today for a sandwich board sign and the building sign is also going to be submitted.

 

Charles Bachmann, 624 Lexington Avenue, Thornville, stated that he is working with the Avery house to sell antiques and he is also the curator at the Robbins Hunter Museum. He stated that regarding signage, they would like to place a vertical sign on the side of the building and they first need to trim some bushes so it is visible.  Mr. Burriss stated that this could be clarified in a separate application.

 

Mr. Mitchell made a motion to approve Application #09-27 as submitted.

Seconded by Ms. Reeves.

 

Roll Call Vote: Reeves, Burriss, Mitchell, Ryan.  Motion carried 4-0.

 

Application #09-27 is approved as submitted.

 

 

Finding of Fact Approvals:

 

Old Business:

 

Application #09-03, Barbara Franks, 123 South Prospect Street:

Approve Findings of Fact and Associated Standards and Criteria.

The Planning Commission found the request to be inconsistent with The Granville Codified Ordinances Chapter 1159, Village District and Chapter 1183, Off-street Parking and Loading and hereby gives their disapproval of Application #09-03 as submitted.

 

Mr. Mitchell moved to approve the Findings of Fact for Application #09-03.  Seconded by Ms. Reeves.  

 

Roll Call Vote: Reeves (yes), Burriss (yes), Mitchell (yes), Ryan (no). 

Motion carried 3-1.

 

Findings of Fact for Application #09-03 are approved.

 

New Business:

 

Application #09-22, Mike and Laura Hills, 326 Spellman Street:

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 approves Application #09-22 as submitted.

 

Mr. Mitchell moved to approve the Findings of Fact for Application #09-22.  Seconded by Ms. Reeves.  

 

Roll Call Vote: Reeves, Burriss, Mitchell, Ryan.  Motion carried 4-0.    

 

Findings of Fact for Application #09-22 are approved.

                                                                       

Application #09-25, Spring Hills Baptist Church, 1820 Newark-Granville Road:

Approve Findings of Fact and Associated Standards and Criteria.

The Planning Commission found the request to be consistent with The Granville Codified Ordinances Chapter 1172, Planned Development Districts and hereby approves Application #09-25 as a minor modification to the original Planned Unit Development Plan (PUD).

 

Mr. Mitchell moved to approve the Findings of Fact for Application #09-25.  Seconded by Ms. Reeves.  

 

Roll Call Vote: Reeves, Burriss, Mitchell, Ryan.  Motion carried 4-0.

 

Findings of Fact for Application #09-25 are approved.                 

 

Application #09-26, GEVSD, 133 South Prospect Street:

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 #09-26 as submitted.

 

Mr. Mitchell moved to approve the Findings of Fact for Application #09-26.  Seconded by Ms. Reeves.  

 

Roll Call Vote: Reeves, Burriss, Mitchell, Ryan.  Motion carried 4-0.

 

Findings of Fact for Application #09-26 are approved.

 

Application #09-27, Robbins Hunter Museum, 221 East Broadway:

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 1183, Off-Street Parking and Loading and hereby gives their approval of Application #09-15 as submitted.

 

Mr. Mitchell moved to approve the Findings of Fact for Application #09-27.  Seconded by Ms. Reeves.  

 

Roll Call Vote: Reeves, Burriss, Mitchell, Ryan.  Motion carried 4-0.

 

Findings of Fact for Application #09-27 are approved.

 

 

Approval of Absent Commission Member

Ms. Reeves made a motion to excuse Lyle McClow from the Planning Commission meeting on April 13, 2009.  Seconded by Mr. Mitchell.  Motion carried 4-0.

 

Approval of Meeting Minutes from March 30, 2009:

Mr. Mitchell made a motion to approve the minutes from the Planning Commission meeting held on March 30, 2009 as amended.  Seconded by Mr. Burriss.  Motion carried 4-0. 

 

Adjournment:  9:42 PM

Mr. Mitchell moved to adjourn the Planning Commission meeting, seconded by Ms. Reeves.  Motion carried 4-0.  

 

Next meetings:

April 27, 2009

May 11, 2009

 

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