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Planning Commission Minutes May 26, 2009

GRANVILLE PLANNING COMMISSION

May 26, 2009

7:00pm

Minutes

 

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

Members Absent: Tom Mitchell and one vacancy.

Staff Present: Village Planner, Alison Terry.

Visitors Present: James Brooks, Einar Gruething, Britney Wood, Bob Warner, Mark Bryan, Joshua Bow, Richard Liebson, Ken Rittenhouse, Doug and Maria Hoyt, and Tim and Cathy Klingler.

Citizen’s Comments:

No one appeared to speak under Citizen’s Comments.

 

Old Business:

219 Summit Street – Tim Klingler – Application #09-33 AMENDED

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

The request is for architectural review and approval to modify the south side bay window

area, removing the existing wood double hung windows and replacing with aluminum

clad windows and a single french door.                                    

Swearing in of Witnesses – Mr. Ryan swore in Village Planner, Alison Terry, and Tim Klingler.

 

Discussion regarding Application #09-33:

Tim Klingler, 219 Summit Street, indicated that everything in his submitted plans will remain the same except for the installation of two doors, rather than one.  Mr. Klingler stated that the door would have the same stain.  Mr. Burriss questioned if the trim would go to the ground.  Mr. Klingler stated yes and it will be trimmed out to match the existing stain on the home. 

 

The Planning Commission reviewed the Standards and Criteria pertaining to Application #09-33:

 

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. Burriss stated that the applicant’s changes complement some of the aspects of the new garden design. 

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 by enhancing this structure of historical significance, the entire area is protected and enhanced.

 

Ms. Reeves made a motion to approve Application #09-33 as amended by the applicant.  Seconded by Mr. Burriss.

 

Roll Call Vote: Burriss, Reeves, Ryan.  Motion carried 3-0.

 

Application #09-33 is approved with the above stated condition.

 

 

New Business:

134 South Mulberry Street – Richard and Leah Liebson – Application #09-44

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

The request is for architectural review and approval of the following:

1)      Installation of low stone walls in the rear yard; and

2)      Installation of a stepping stone patio on the north side of home, with steps connecting around to the rear garage.

                                                             

Swearing in of Witnesses – Mr. Ryan swore in Village Planner, Alison Terry, Richard Liebson, and Ken Rittenhouse.

 

Discussion regarding Application #09-44:

Richard Liebson, 134 South Mulberry Street, stated that he is seeking approval for the landscaping to his home.  He went on to say that Ken Rittenhouse, with John Klauder Associates, drew up the plans.  Mr. Liebson stated that on the west and south side of the property dead shrubbery will be removed and replaced with new plantings along with mulch.  He stated that a retaining wall is proposed for the slope along the driveway.  And the area between the house and the garage will have stepping stones.  Mr. Liebson believed these were already approved as part of the garage plan submitted a couple of months ago.  Mr. Liebson proposed a low retaining wall or planting boxes (with ferns) near the back foundation of the home because the contractor has recommended not removing dirt because of the condition of the foundation.  Mr. Liebson stated that the rear east of the new garage has the remains of a low stone wall and their proposal is to re-pile the stone along the driveway and also add a planter box.  He went on to say that they would like to put the two stone steps at the front corner of the garage back in.  Mr. Liebson stated that they would like to try to reestablish steps in the rear of the property using natural stone to create a safe walkway.  Mr. Liebson stated that they are proposing to remove the broken portions of the fence that were not taken out previously by a fallen tree.  He indicated that he needed a variance for the north side portion of the patio & walkway and this was granted by BZBA on May 14, 2009.  Mr. Liebson stated that the rationale for this project is that they would enhance the landscaping to compliment the home and he believes all of the criteria in the Code have been met.  Mr. Liebson stated that he has spoken with the neighbors and there have been no issues.  He stated that the neighbor most affected (Daniel Finkleman) by these changes has sent a letter of support to the Village.  Mr. Burriss stated that the applicant had a very nice proposal.  He noted that the second air conditioning unit doesn’t have screening, but the larger air-conditioning unit does.  Mr. Burriss stated that the Planning Commission generally likes to see some landscaping around these types of units.  Ms. Terry stated that the air-conditioning unit Mr. Burriss is referring to is an existing unit and she questioned if the Planning Commission could require that the unit be screened.  Mr. Liebson stated that he thought this was a good point by Mr. Burris, and he has no problem screening the unit with plant material.   

 

The Planning Commission reviewed the Standards and Criteria pertaining to Application #09-44:

 

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.  Ms. Reeves stated that when the landscaping is improved - you improve the historical character. 

c)      Contributes to the continuing vitality of the District.  The Planning Commission concluded yes.   Mr. Burriss stated that the project would contribute to the vitality of the District.

d)      Protects and enhances examples of the physical surroundings in which past generations lived.  The Planning Commission concluded yes.  Mr. Burriss stated that the applicant is approving the appearance and this emphasizes the primary structure on the property.

 

Ms. Reeves made a motion to approve Application #09-44 with the addition that a boxwood is planted to screen the second existing air-conditioning unit located on the landscape plan.  Seconded by Mr. Burriss.

 

Roll Call Vote: Reeves, Burriss, Ryan.  Motion carried 3-0.

 

Application #09-44 is approved with the above stated condition.

 

309 West Broadway – Pilgrim Lutheran Church – Application #09-49

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

The request is for architectural review and approval of the removal of 3-tab asphalt shingles and replacement with Owens Corning, dimensional asphaltic shingles in Onyx Black.

                                                             

Swearing in of Witnesses – Mr. Ryan swore in Village Planner, Alison Terry, and Bob Warner.

 

Discussion regarding Application #09-49:

Bob Warner, 309 West Broadway, stated that the roof on the church was originally done wrong because there is a seam down the middle of the structure.  Mr. Warner stated that he has noted that there are dimensional shingles already in the same zoning district.  Ms. Reeves asked if the new shingles will match the color of the old shingles.  Mr. Warner stated that the color is black onyx and they will attempt to match the shingles as best they can.

 

The Planning Commission reviewed the Standards and Criteria pertaining to Application #09-49:

 

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. Burriss stated that by upgrading the structure, the vitality of the district is preserved. 

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

e)      Materials and Textures:  The applicant is proposing Owens-Corning dimensional asphalt shingles in black onyx. 

 

Ms. Reeves made a motion to approve Application #09-49 as submitted.  Seconded by Mr. Burriss.

 

Roll Call Vote: Burriss, Reeves, Ryan.  Motion carried 3-0.

 

Application #09-49 is approved as submitted.

 

238 East Broadway – Jim Brooks - Application #09-50

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

The request is for approval of a sidewalk sign.

                                                             

Swearing in of Witnesses – Mr. Ryan swore in Village Planner,  Alison Terry, and James Brooks.

 

Discussion regarding Application #09-50:

James Brooks, 238 East Broadway, indicated that he is available to address any questions or concerns.  Mr. Ryan asked if the sign would be located four foot (4’) from the sidewalk and twenty-two feet (22’) from Pearl Street to the East.  Mr. Brooks stated yes.    Mr. Ryan asked if the new sign would conflict with the existing sign.  Mr. Brooks stated no.  Mr. Ryan asked if the applicant has met all of the signage guidelines.  Ms. Terry stated yes.  Mr. Ryan asked if the applicant is aware that the sign can only be placed outside during business hours.  Mr. Brooks stated yes.  Mr. Burriss stated that he is generally not a fan of sandwich boards, but he would compliment the applicant on the design of this sign.  Councilmember O’Keefe asked the opening date for the candy store.  Mr. Brooks stated June 5th - after they receive their occupancy permit from the Village. 

 

The Planning Commission reviewed the Standards and Criteria pertaining to Application #09-50:

 

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. Burriss indicated that the vitality of the district will be enhanced by the look of the sign.

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

 

Ms. Reeves made a motion to approve Application #09-50 with the condition that the applicant locate the sign as per ‘Exhibit A’ and that the sign be removed from the sidewalk during non-business hours.  Seconded by Mr. Burriss.

 

Roll Call Vote: Burriss, Reeves, Ryan.  Motion carried 3-0.

 

Application #09-50 is approved as submitted.

 

 

238 East Broadway – Jim Brooks - Application #09-51

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

The request is for approval of a projecting sign, to replace the existing projecting sign on

the North Pearl Street elevation.

                                                             

Swearing in of Witnesses – Mr. Ryan swore in Village Planner, Alison Terry, and James Brooks.

 

Discussion regarding Application #09-51:

James Brooks, 238 East Broadway, stated that the proposed sign will replace the HER sign and it will have the same brackets, but re-painted.  Mr. Burriss asked if the access to the shop is still on Broadway and will there be any confusion for entry into the shop space with the proposed location of this sign.  Mr. Brooks stated that they did discuss this, but did not feel it would be a problem.  Mr. Ryan asked if all of the requirements have been met.  Ms. Terry stated yes.  Mr. Burriss complimented the applicant on the consistency in his submittals and he stated that this is something that the Planning Commission promotes in the district.  Mr. Ryan asked if there would be a future request for a sign at the front of the building.  Mr. Brooks stated no.   

 

The Planning Commission reviewed the Standards and Criteria pertaining to Application #09-51:

 

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.  

d)      Protects and enhances examples of the physical surroundings in which past generations lived.  The Planning Commission concluded yes.  Mr. Burriss stated yes due to the historical character.    

 

Ms. Reeves made a motion to approve Application #09-51 as submitted.  Seconded by Mr. Burriss.

 

Roll Call Vote: Burriss, Reeves, Ryan.  Motion carried 3-0.

 

Application #09-51 is approved as submitted.

 

 

337 North Pearl Street – Douglas and Maria Hoyt – Application #09-52

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

The request is for architectural review and approval of two (2) retaining walls within the front yard, adjacent to the front landing of the home. 

 

Swearing in of Witnesses – Mr. Ryan swore in Village Planner, Alison Terry, and Doug and Maria Hoyt.

 

Discussion regarding Application #09-52:

Doug Hoyt, 337 North Pearl Street, stated that the wall will be three tiers with flowers and shrubs.  He stated that the wall would be eight feet long at the longest point, and five feet long at the smallest point.   

 

The Planning Commission reviewed the Standards and Criteria pertaining to Application #09-52:

 

a)      Is stylistically compatible with other new, renovated and old structures in the Village District.  The Planning Commission concluded yes. Mr. Burriss stated that within this area of North Pearl Street retaining walls are used.

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.  

d)      Protects and enhances examples of the physical surroundings in which past generations lived.  The Planning Commission concluded yes.  Mr. Burriss stated that the landscaping will be preserved and protected. 

Ms. Reeves made a motion to approve Application #09-52 as submitted.  Seconded by Mr. Burriss.

 

Roll Call Vote: Reeves, Burriss, Ryan.  Motion carried 3-0.

Application #09-52 is approved as submitted.

 

545 West Broadway – Joshua Bow– Application #09-53

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

The request is for architectural review and approval of a six (6’) foot wood fence, dog-ear

style, in the side and rear yards.                                      

Swearing in of Witnesses – Mr. Ryan swore in Village Planner, Alison Terry, and Joshua Bow.

 

Discussion regarding Application #09-53:

Joshua Bow, 545 West Broadway, indicated that he would like to put a clear stain on the fence within one year of installing it.  He indicated that he would stain both sides of the fence. 

 

Ms. Reeves made a motion to approve Application #09-53 with the condition that the fence shall be stained within one year of installation to provide weatherproofing.  Seconded by Mr. Burriss.

 

Roll Call Vote: Reeves, Burriss, Ryan.  Motion carried 3-0.

 

Application #09-53 is approved as submitted.

 

238 East Broadway – Jim Brooks - Application #09-55

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

The request is for architectural review and approval of the following:

1)      Removal of the existing wood louvered shutters and replacement with polycarbonate louvered shutters on the front on the front, back and eastern side of the home;

2)      Removal of two (2) blank windows on the rear of the home and residing of the structure over the entire area with cedar to match the rest of the elevation; and

3)      Installation of a full view glass metal black storm door on the front entrance door.

                                                             

Swearing in of Witnesses – Mr. Ryan swore in Village Planner, Alison Terry, and James Brooks.

 

Discussion regarding Application #09-55:

James Brooks, 238 East Broadway, stated that the existing shutters could not be salvaged.  Mr. Brooks stated that he would like to propose that the blank windows on the upper north side of the home be replaced with windows to match the rest of the new windows & with obscure glass – rather than being removed & siding installed over the window openings.  Mr. Burriss asked if the glass would be put in place for both of the blank windows.  Mr. Brooks stated yes.  He went on to say that the windows are currently located behind a wall in a bathroom.  Mr. Burriss stated that the smaller window Mr. Brooks would be replacing is not original to the structure and could even be removed.  Mr. Burriss asked if shutters would be placed on both blank windows.  Mr. Brooks stated yes.  Mr. Burriss asked if the front storm door needs to have special glass because it is being used for business purposes.  Ms. Terry stated that this is regulated by the Licking County Building Department.  Mr. Burriss stated that approximately four years ago a business he had down the street was required to have specialty glass for safety reasons.  Mr. Burriss asked which way the louvers will be installed.  Mr. Burriss stated that if the louvers on the shutters are turned down water runs away from the siding and this is better for the structure.  Mr. Brooks stated that he sees louvers turned both ways and he wasn’t sure which way was most appropriate.  

 

The Planning Commission reviewed the Standards and Criteria pertaining to Application #09-55:

 

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. Burriss stated that by simulating historically accurate details the shutters contribute to the historical character.  

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 that the applicant’s actions further move towards restoring the entire structure. 

 

Ms. Reeves made a motion to approve Application #09-55 with the following conditions:

1)                  To remove the two blank windows on the rear of the home and to install two new 6-lite, obscure glass windows; and

2)                  To install a full viewed glass metal door on the front entrance and that the applicant checks with the Licking County Building Department for the type of glass that must be used.

 

Seconded by Mr. Burriss.

 

Roll Call Vote: Burriss, Reeves, Ryan.  Motion carried 3-0.

 

Application #09-55 is approved as submitted.

 

Finding of Fact Approvals:

 

Old Business:

Application #09-33 AMENDED:

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 approves Application #09-33 as amended by the applicant.

 

Mr. Burriss moved to approve the Findings of Fact for Application #09-33.  Seconded by Ms. Reeves.   

 

Roll Call Vote: Reeves, Burriss, Ryan.  Motion carried 3-0.

 

New Business:

Application #09-44:

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, Chapter 1187, Height, Area, and yard Modifications, and hereby approves Application #09-29 with the following conditions:

1)         To approve the application with the condition that there is one additional boxwood installed adjacent to the second air-conditioning unit.

 

Mr. Burriss moved to approve the Findings of Fact for Application #09-44.  Seconded by Ms. Reeves.   

 

Roll Call Vote: Reeves, Burriss, Ryan.  Motion carried 3-0.

 

Application #09-49:

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 approves Application #09-39 as presented.

 

Mr. Burriss moved to approve the Findings of Fact for Application #09-49.  Seconded by Ms. Reeves.   

 

Roll Call Vote: Reeves, Burriss, Ryan.  Motion carried 3-0.

 

Application #09-50:

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 1189, Signs and hereby approves Application #09-50 with the following condition:

            1) That the location of the sandwich board sign is as in ‘Exhibit A’ and that the sign shall be removed and secured during non-business hours.

 

Mr. Burriss moved to approve the Findings of Fact for Application #09-50.  Seconded by Ms. Reeves.   

 

Roll Call Vote: Reeves, Burriss, Ryan.  Motion carried 3-0.

 

 

 

Application #09-51:

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 1189, Signs and hereby approves Application #09-51 as submitted.

 

Mr. Burriss moved to approve the Findings of Fact for Application #09-51.  Seconded by Ms. Reeves.   

 

Roll Call Vote: Reeves, Burriss, Ryan.  Motion carried 3-0.

 

Application #09-52:

Approve Findings of Fact and Associated Standards and Criteria.

The Planning Commission found the request to be consistent with The Granville Codified Ordinances Chapter 1163, Suburban Residential District, and Chapter 1161, Architectural Review Overlay District and hereby approves Application #09-52 as presented.

 

Mr. Burriss moved to approve the Findings of Fact for Application #09-52.  Seconded by Ms. Reeves.   

 

Roll Call Vote: Reeves, Burriss, Ryan.  Motion carried 3-0.

 

 

Application #09-53:

Approve Findings of Fact and Associated Standards and Criteria.

The Planning Commission found the request to be consistent with The Granville Codified Ordinances Chapter 1176 Transportation Corridor Overlay District and Chapter 1187, Height, Area & Yard Modifications and hereby approves Application #09-53 with the following condition:

            1) That the fence shall be stained within one year of the installation to provide weatherproofing.

 

Mr. Burriss moved to approve the Findings of Fact for Application #09-53.  Seconded by Ms. Reeves.   

 

Roll Call Vote: Reeves, Burriss, Ryan.  Motion carried 3-0.

 

Application #09-55:

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 approves Application #09-55 with the following conditions:

1)                  To remove the two blank windows on the rear of the home and to install two new 6-lite, obscure glass windows; and

2)                  To install a full viewed glass metal door on the front entrance and that the applicant checks with the Licking County Building Department for the type of glass that must be used.

 

 

Mr. Burriss moved to approve the Findings of Fact for Application #09-55.  Seconded by Ms. Reeves.   

 

Roll Call Vote: Reeves, Burriss, Ryan.  Motion carried 3-0.

 

 

Approval to excuse absent Planning Commission members:

Mr. Burriss made a motion to excuse Tom Mitchell from the Planning Commission meeting on May 11, 2009.  Seconded by Ms. Reeves.  Motion carried 3-0. 

 

Other Business:

Ms. Terry read aloud a Resolution of appreciation from Village Council to Gina Reeves for her time served on the Granville Planning Commission.  Ms. Terry stated Jeremy Johnson has been chosen by Village Council to serve in Ms. Reeves place.

 

Ms. Terry noted that Lyle McClow will no longer serve on the Planning Commission and the Granville Board of Education will be making a recommendation to the Village Council regarding a new appointment for his position.

 

Approval of the Minutes:

Ms. Reeves made a motion to approve the minutes for the April 27, 2009 Planning Commission meeting.  Seconded by Mr. Burriss.  Motion carried 3-0.

 

 

Adjournment:  8:15 PM

Mr. Burriss moved to adjourn the Planning Commission meeting, seconded by Ms. Reeves.  Motion carried 3-0.  

 

Next meetings:

June 8, 2009 (Mr. Burriss stated that he will not be at this meeting.)

June 22, 2009

 

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