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GPC Minutes September 12, 2011

GRANVILLE PLANNING COMMISSION

September 12, 2011

7:00pm

Minutes

 

Members Present: Councilmember O’Keefe (non-voting), Jack Burriss, Tim Ryan, Steven Hawk, Jeremy Johnson, and Tom Mitchell.

Members Absent:  None. 

Staff Present: Alison Terry, Village Planner; Michael King; Asst. Law Director King

Also Present:  Michael Duffey and David Bussan. 

 

Citizens’ Comments:

No one appeared to speak under Citizen’s Comments.

 

New Business:

335 West Elm Street – Michael and Wendy Duffey- Application #2011-111

Suburban Residential District-B (SRD-B) – Architectural Review Overlay District (AROD).  The request is for architectural review and approval the conversion of a gravel driveway to concrete.

 

Swearing in of Witnesses – Mr. Ryan swore in Alison Terry, Village Planning Director and Michael Duffey. 

 

Discussion:

Michael Duffey, 335 West Elm Street, indicated he is also representing his neighbor Mary Thurlow-Collen.  Mr. Duffey stated the driveway is a shared driveway with Ms. Thurlow-Collen.  He explained that there is already a concrete apron in front of the garage.  Ms. Terry stated the total proposed lot coverage is 44%, and the applicant is they allowed up to 50% lot coverage.  Ms. Terry stated the applicant is not required to meet rear yard setbacks for the driveway, as it is below a three (3) foot height and therefore does not have to meet the yard requirements.  

 

The Planning Commission reviewed the Standards and Criteria pertaining to Application #2011-111:

 

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 application is consistent with other driveway requests approved in the district.

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. Hawk made a motion to approve Application #2011-111 as presented.  Seconded by Mr. Mitchell. 

 

Roll Call Vote to Approve Application #2011-111:  Mitchell (yes), Burriss (yes), Hawk (yes), Johnson (yes), Ryan (yes).  Motion carried 5-0. 

 

329 West Elm Street – Mary Thurlow-Collen/Michael and Wendy Duffey - Application #2011-112

Village Residential District (VRD) – Architectural Review Overlay District (AROD).  The request is for architectural review and approval for the conversion of a shared gravel

driveway to concrete.

 

Swearing in of Witnesses – Mr. Ryan swore in Alison Terry, Village Planning Director and Michael Duffey. 

 

Discussion:

Michael Duffey, 335 West Elm Street, stated that he has been asked to represent Mary Thurlow-Collen in this application.  He stated that there has been no objection to the request.  Ms. Terry stated that the lot coverage requirements have been met for this application as well.   

 

The Planning Commission reviewed the Standards and Criteria pertaining to Application #2011-112:

 

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. Hawk made a motion to approve Application #2011-102 as presented.  Seconded by Mr. Mitchell. 

 

Roll Call Vote to Approve Application #2011-112:  Mitchell (yes), Hawk (yes), Johnson (yes), Burriss (yes), Ryan (yes).  Motion carried 5-0.

 

420 East Broadway – David Bussan- Application #2011-113

Village Business District (VBD) – Architectural Review Overlay District (AROD).  The request is for architectural review and approval of a relocation of an existing wood fence on the former west property line to a new west property line.    

 

Swearing in of Witnesses – Mr. Ryan swore in Alison Terry and David Bussan.

 

Discussion:

David Bussan, 420 East Broadway, indicated he would like to move a fence because he purchased a triangular piece of land from the school district.  He explained the fence is currently on the west boundary.  Mr. Mitchell asked if the new and relocated fencing would match the existing fence.  Mr. Bussan stated yes. 

 

The Planning Commission reviewed the Standards and Criteria pertaining to Application #2011-113:

 

a)                  Is stylistically compatible with other new, renovated and old structures in the Village District?  The Planning Commission concluded yes.  Mr. Burriss stated that this is consistent with other projects approved in the same zoning district. 

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 contributing to the vitality of the structure, the vitality of the entire district is enhanced.   

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

 

Mr. Mitchell made a motion to approve Application #2011-113 as submitted.  Seconded by Mr. Hawk. 

 

Roll Call Vote to Approve Application #2011-113:  Burriss (yes), Mitchell (yes), Hawk (yes), Johnson (yes), Ryan (yes).  Motion carried 5-0. 

 

Work Session:

Zoning Code Changes: TCOD Requirements pertaining to Signage:

Ms. Terry explained the current TCOD requirements allow for a six square foot sign in almost all Village Districts.  She stated Village Council wants to minimize the variances being requested due to the TCOD code requirements and eliminate conflicts.  Ms. Terry indicated the entire sign code will be looked at, and they will begin with small changes to particular areas, by first streamlining the TCOD.  Ms. Terry stated that often several variances are needed for approval of signage within the TCOD.  She went on to say that most jurisdictions wouldn’t approve an application that required up to six variances.  Ms. Terry gave a brief history of how she believed the TCOD was created.  She stated it appeared in the code in 1992 and allowed up to 24 square foot per side for a freestanding sign, and then this changed to six square feet total in 1995.  Ms. Terry believed the TCOD code language had something to do with recommendations by the Licking County Planning Department for collector streets, preserving scenic corridors, and natural areas and these standards were applied to various municipalities throughout Licking County.  Ms. Terry suggested eliminating the TCOD language in the code.  She discussed how this would impact various districts, such as the Village Square District, Community Service District, and Village Residential District.  The Planning Commission noted some of the concerns could be addressed through the AROD standards.  They agreed that eliminating TCOD requirements would alleviate the need for multiple variance requests.  Ms. Terry indicated there would be a public hearing for the proposed TCOD changes.       

 

Finding of Fact Approvals:

 

New Business:

 

1)         Application #2011-111: Michael and Wendy Duffey; 335 West Elm Street;         Driveway

            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, Chapter 1161, Architectural      Review Overlay District, and hereby gives their approval of Application #2011- 111 as submitted by the applicant.

 

            Mr. Mitchell moved to approve the Findings of Fact for Application #2011-111.           Seconded by Mr. Hawk.

 

            Roll Call Vote: Burriss (yes), Mitchell (yes), Johnson (yes), Hawk (yes), Ryan   (yes).  Motion carried 5-0.

 

2)         Application #2011-112: Mary Thurlow-Collen/Michael and Wendy Duffey;         329 West Elm Street; Driveway

            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, Chapter 1161, Architectural      Review Overlay District, and hereby gives their approval of Application #2011- 112 as submitted by the applicant.

 

            Mr. Mitchell moved to approve the Findings of Fact for Application #2011-112.           Seconded by Mr. Hawk.

 

            Roll Call Vote: Mitchell (yes), Johnson (yes), Burriss (yes), Hawk (yes), Ryan   (yes).  Motion carried 5-0.

 

3)         Application #2011-113: David Bussan; 420 East Broadway; Fence

            Approve Findings of Fact and Associated Standards and Criteria.

            The Planning Commission found the request to be consistent with The Granville Codified Ordinances Chapter 1187, Height, Area, and Yard Modifications, Chapter 1161, Architectural Review Overlay District, and hereby gives their             approval of Application #2011-113 as submitted by the applicant.

 

            Mr. Mitchell moved to approve the Findings of Fact for Application #2011-113.           Seconded by Mr. Hawk.

 

            Roll Call Vote: Mitchell (yes), Burriss (yes), Johnson (yes), Hawk (yes), Ryan   (yes).  Motion carried 5-0.

 

Motion to approve meeting minutes for August 22, 2011:

Mr. Hawk moved to approve the minutes from August 22, 2011 as presented.  Seconded by Mr. Johnson.  Motion carried 4-0.  (Mr. Burriss recused himself from voting because he did not attend the meeting.) 

 

Adjournment:  9:00 PM

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

 

Next meetings:

Monday, September 26, 2011 (Mr. Hawk indicated that he cannot attend this meeting.)

Monday, October 24, 2011

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