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Planning Commission Minutes March 11, 2013

GRANVILLE PLANNING COMMISSION

March 11, 2013

     7:00pm

Minutes

 

Call to Order:  Mr. Ryan called the meeting to order at 7:00 P.M.

 

Members Present: Doug Eklof (non-voting), Jack Burriss, Tim Ryan (Chair), and Jean Hoyt.

 

Members Absent:  Councilmember Johnson (non-voting), Steven Hawk and Tom Mitchell. 

 

Staff Present: Debi Walker; Asst. to Planning Dept.

 

Also Present:  Sam Dodge

 

Citizens’ Comments:  No one appeared to speak under Citizen’s Comments.

 

New Business:

 

221 East Broadway – Alfie’s Wholesome Food - Application #2013-15

Village Business District (VBD) – Architectural Review Overlay District (AROD).  The request is for architectural review and approval of the installation of a wall sign.

 

Swearing in of Witnesses – Mr. Ryan swore in Deb Walker and Sam Dodge. 

 

Discussion:

Sam Dodge stated that he would like to install a wall sign on the ‘Counting House’ building for his new business Alfie’s Wholesome Food.  Mr. Dodge stated the sign would be dark gray with white lettering.  Mr. Burriss inquired as to how far the sign would project from the building given the proposed location and the relationship to an existing architectural detail. Mr. Dodge stated the wall sign would project approximately six inches (6”), would not interfere with the existing architectural detail, and would not violate the overhang of the building.  Mr. Burriss agreed the signage would look better if it were not flat against the building.  Mr. Burriss asked if the previously approved storm door would be the same color as the sign.  Mr. Dodge stated the door would be painted black.  Ms. Walker stated staff had reviewed the application and the request met with all Village Signage requirements.  

 

The Planning Commission reviewed the Standards and Criteria pertaining to Application #2013-15:

 

a)                  Is stylistically compatible with other new, renovated and old structures in the Village District?  Mr. Burriss stated true, the signage is consistent with similar requests approved in the District. All other Planning Commission members concurred with Mr. Burriss.

 

 

b)                  Contributes to the improvement and upgrading of the historical character of the Village District.  Mr. Burriss stated true, the signage is consistent with historical signage documented and used in the district. All other Planning Commission members concurred with Mr. Burriss.

c)                  Contributes to the continuing vitality of the District. Mr. Burriss stated true, by hopefully contributing to the vitality of a business within the district, we contribute to the vitality of the District overall. All other Planning Commission members concurred with Mr. Burriss.

d)                  Protects and enhances examples of the physical surroundings in which past generations lived. Mr. Burriss stated true, the signage is historically accurate in terms of size, color, and style, and contributes to the physical surroundings in which past generations have lived. All other Planning Commission members concurred with Mr. Burriss.

 

Ms. Hoyt made a motion to approve Application #2013-15 as presented.  Seconded by Mr. Burriss. 

 

Roll Call Vote to Approve Application #2013-15:  Burriss (yes), Hoyt (yes), Ryan (yes).  Motion carried 3-0. 

 

221 East Broadway – Alfie’s Wholesome Food - Application #2013-16

Village Business District (VBD) – Architectural Review Overlay District (AROD).  The request is for architectural review and approval of the installation of a projecting sign.

 

Swearing in of Witnesses – Mr. Ryan swore in Deb Walker and Sam Dodge. 

 

Discussion:

Sam Dodge was available to address any concerns by the Planning Commission.  Ms. Walker stated the signage request met with all Village Sign Code requirements. Mr. Burriss asked if the projecting sign would have a frame or border edge. Mr. Dodge stated he wanted to maximize the image and felt that by adding a border it would reduce the overall impact of the proposed graphic.  Mr. Burriss suggested a frame could be added around the perimeter of the sign without reducing the size of the illustration.  Mr. Burriss stated that by adding a border, all of the proposed signage for this business would be consistent.  Mr. Burriss explained that the Planning Commission has required borders on signage for businesses in years past.  Mr. Eklof asked if the signage is viewable on both sides.  Mr. Dodge stated yes.  Ms. Walker inquired as to the viability of adding a thin black metal frame around the sign similar in detail to the sidewalk sign as an agreeable solution. Mr. Dodge agreed that an inch border around the projecting sign would be appropriate. Mr. Burriss asked if the signage would be free-moving on the bracket arm.  Mr. Dodge stated yes.   

 

The Planning Commission reviewed the Standards and Criteria pertaining to Application #2013-15:

 

a)                  Is stylistically compatible with other new, renovated and old structures in the Village District?  Mr. Burriss stated true, the signage is consistent with similar requests approved in the District. All other Planning Commission members concurred with Mr. Burriss.

b)                  Contributes to the improvement and upgrading of the historical character of the Village District.  Mr. Burriss stated true, by being historically accurate in character the sign contributes to the historical character of the District overall. All other Planning Commission members concurred with Mr. Burriss.

c)                  Contributes to the continuing vitality of the District. Mr. Burriss stated true, by hopefully contributing to the vitality of a business within the district, we contribute to the vitality of the District overall. All other Planning Commission members concurred with Mr. Burriss.

d)                  Protects and enhances examples of the physical surroundings in which past generations lived. Mr. Burriss stated true, the signage is historically accurate in terms of proportion, size, color, and style, and contributes to the physical surroundings in which past generations have lived. All other Planning Commission members concurred with Mr. Burriss.

 

Mr. Burriss made a motion to approve Application #2013-16 with the condition the projecting sign have a finished black border edge consistent with the sidewalk sign.  Seconded by Ms. Hoyt. 

 

Roll Call Vote to Approve Application #2013-16:  Burriss (yes), Hoyt (yes), Ryan (yes).  Motion carried 3-0. 

 

221 East Broadway – Alfie’s Wholesome Food - Application #2013-17

Village Business District (VBD) – Architectural Review Overlay District (AROD).  The request is for architectural review and approval of the installation of a sidewalk sign.

 

Swearing in of Witnesses – Mr. Ryan swore in Deb Walker and Sam Dodge. 

 

Discussion:

Sam Dodge was present to address any concerns by the Planning Commission.  Mr. Burriss inquired as to the location of the proposed sign; Mr. Dodge suggested an ideal location would be on the west side of the pedestrian alleyway.  Mr. Eklof asked about the location of the existing gallery sidewalk sign.  Mr. Dodge stated he would be on the opposite side of this signage, rather than placing the two sidewalk signs side by side.  Mr. Burriss stated he would prefer to not see the signage sign by side.  He stated he believed the location of the gallery sidewalk sign was specified in the approval.  Ms. Walker stated she could check on the Gallery ‘M’ approved sidewalk sign location.  Mr. Burriss stated the proposed location by the applicant would be fine if it does not create an ingress and egress problem.  Mr. Ryan asked if the signage would be removed daily.  Mr. Dodge stated yes.  Mr. Ryan inquired as to the proposed hours of Alfie’s.  Mr. Dodge stated 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

 

The Planning Commission reviewed the Standards and Criteria pertaining to Application #2013-17:

 

a)                  Is stylistically compatible with other new, renovated and old structures in the Village District?  Mr. Burriss stated true, the sidewalk sign is consistent with similar requests approved in the District. All other Planning Commission members concurred with Mr. Burriss.

b)                  Contributes to the improvement and upgrading of the historical character of the Village District.  Mr. Burriss stated true, there is historic evidence of sandwich boards of this nature having been used in the District. All other Planning Commission members concurred with Mr. Burriss.

c)                  Contributes to the continuing vitality of the District. Mr. Burriss stated true, the signage allows the business to be have greater visibility, and by hopefully contributing to the vitality of a business within the District, you contribute to the vitality of the District overall. All other Planning Commission members concurred with Mr. Burriss.

d)                  Protects and enhances examples of the physical surroundings in which past generations lived.  Mr. Burriss stated true, there have historically been sandwich board signs used in the District, thereby protecting examples of the physical surrounding in which past generations have lived. All other Planning Commission members concurred with Mr. Burriss.

  

Ms. Hoyt made a motion to approve Application #2013-17 with the condition the signage location is moved to the west side of alley-way.  Seconded by Mr. Burriss. 

 

Roll Call Vote to Approve Application #2013-17:  Burriss (yes), Hoyt (yes), Ryan (yes).  Motion carried 3-0. 

 

Finding of Fact Approvals:

 

New Business:

Application #2013-15: Alfie’s Wholesome Foods; 221 East Broadway; Wall Signage

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 Business District, Chapter 1161, Architectural Review Overlay District, and Chapter 1189 Signage, and hereby gives their approval of Application #2013-15 as submitted by the applicant.

 

Ms. Hoyt moved to approve the Findings of Fact for Application #2013-15. Seconded by Mr. Burriss.

 

Roll Call Vote: Burriss (yes), Hoyt (yes), Ryan (yes).  Motion carried 3-0.

 

Application #2013-16: Alfie’s Wholesome Foods; 221 East Broadway; Projecting Signage

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 Business District, Chapter 1161, Architectural Review Overlay District, and Chapter 1189 Signage, and hereby gives their approval of Application #2013-16 as submitted by the applicant.

 

Ms. Hoyt moved to approve the Findings of Fact for Application #2013-16. Seconded by Mr. Burriss.

Roll Call Vote: Burriss (yes), Hoyt (yes), Ryan (yes).  Motion carried 3-0.

 

Application #2013-17: Alfie’s Wholesome Foods; 221 East Broadway; Sandwich Board Signage

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 Business District, Chapter 1161, Architectural Review Overlay District, and Chapter 1189 Signage, and hereby gives their approval of Application #2013-17 as submitted by the applicant.

 

Ms. Hoyt moved to approve the Findings of Fact for Application #2013-17. Seconded by Mr. Burriss.

 

Roll Call Vote: Burriss (yes), Hoyt (yes), Ryan (yes).  Motion carried 3-0.

 

Motion to approve absent Commission Members:

Mr. Burriss moved to excuse Tom Mitchell and Steve Hawk from the March 11, 2013 Planning Commission meeting.  Seconded by Ms. Hoyt.  Motion carried 3-0. 

 

Motion to approve meeting minutes for February 25, 2013:

Mr. Burriss moved to approve the minutes from February 25, 2013 as presented.  Seconded by Ms. Hoyt.  Motion carried 3-0.

 

Additional Information:

Ms. Walker stated at the February 25, 2013 Planning Commission meeting, the applicant Sam Dodge had requested and received approval of a full glass storm door for his business.  She stated the Planning Commission requested that staff contact the Building Code Department regarding the applicability and safety of the full glass door as it relates to this commercial business.  Ms. Walker stated she had contacted the Licking County Building Department and they had visited the business location regarding other issues.  She stated the applicant had been in conversation with the LCBCD and they had provided an email to him stating they would not take issue with the use of the storm door, and for the record, the glass in the approved door is tempered glass.    

 

Adjournment:  7:30 PM

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

 

Next meetings:

Monday, April 8, 2013

Monday, April 22, 2013

Monday, May 13, 2013

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