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Planning Commission Minutes April 28, 2014

GRANVILLE PLANNING COMMISSION 

April 28, 2014

7:00pm

Minutes

 

Call to Order:  Mr. Tom Mitchell (Chair) called the meeting to order at 7:00 P.M.

 

Members Present: Council Member Jackie O'Keefe (non-voting), Tom Mitchell (Chair), Steven Hawk (Vice-Chair), Bill Wilken, Jack Burriss and Doug Eklof.

 

Members Absent:   None.

 

Staff Present: Alison Terry, Village Planning Director and Michael King, Law Director

 

Also Present: Jeremy Johnson (Robertson Construction), Peter Confar (Acock & Associates),

Seth Patton, Art Chonko, Sara Lee Odor, Molly Thurlow-Collen, Steve Brown, Ken Rittenhouse and Devin Koser.

 

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

 

New Business:

107 North Prospect Street-Steve Brown; Village Barber- Application #2014-40

Village Business District (VBD) – Architectural Review Overlay District (AROD). The request is for architectural review and approval of the installation of a porch style fabric awning measuring forty-two inches (42") wide with a thirty-six inch (36") projection, a thirty-two inch (32") drop with a six inch (6") box face and four inch (4") straight loose valance over the front door.

 

Swearing in of Witnesses – Mr. Mitchell swore in Alison Terry and Steve Brown

 

Discussion: Mr. Brown stated his application is for an awning above his front entry door and has provided the commission with photographs.

 

Ms. Terry stated the awning is basically for inclement weather and the staff recommends approval of this application.

 

The Planning Commission reviewed the Standards and Criteria pertaining to Application #2014-40:

 

a)         Is stylistically compatible with other new, renovated and old structures in the Village            District?  Mr. Burriss stated TRUE, the application is certainly consistent             with other       improvements approved in the district. The Planning Commission             concurred with Mr.    Burriss.

 

b)         Contributes to the improvement and upgrading of the historical character of the Village            District. Mr. Burriss stated TRUE, the improvements are appropriate and             upgrade the     historic elements on the property. The Planning Commission concurred with Mr. Burriss.

 

c)         Contributes to the continuing vitality of the District.  Mr. Burriss stated TRUE, the             proposed awning is consistent with the style of the building, will enhance the vitality of         the structure and the business.  The Planning Commission concurred with Mr.Burriss.

 

d)         Protects and enhances examples of the physical surroundings in which past             generations lived. Mr. Burriss stated TRUE, preserving the entry way to the barber             shop enhances the physical surrounding.  The Planning Commission concurred with             Mr. Burriss. 

 

Mr. Hawk made a motion to approve Application# 2014-40. Seconded by Mr. Eklof. Roll Call Vote to Approve Application #2014-40: Wilken (yes), Eklof (yes), Burriss (yes), Hawk (yes) and Mitchell (yes). Motion carried 5-0.

 

221 South Mulberry Street – Ken Rittenhouse from John Klauder Landscaping on behalf of Travis Landry - Application #2014-41

Village Residential District (VRD) – Architectural Review Overlay District (AROD). The request is for architectural review and approval of the following improvements:

 

1)           Brick paver patio (Readingrocks' Payerlock 'Oxford' Series in Ottawa Creek II);

2)         Two foot (2’) high stone walls with stone steps nearby (Briar Hill cut                   sandstone);

3)         Wood steps adjacent to the home (Treated wood, painted white after one (1) year;

4)         White picket fence surrounding the rear landscaped area;

5)         An eight foot (8’) by twelve foot (12’) pre-fabricated storage shed (gable-end style             garden shed); and

6)         a Picket Fence and Gates Forty-eight inches (48") in height, treated wood,             painted white after one (1) year, three (3) gates at forty-eight inches (48") wide.

 

Swearing in of Witnesses – Mr. Mitchell swore in Alison Terry and Ken Rittenhouse

 

Discussion: Mr. Rittenhouse of 950 Old River Road, Granville, stated he is appearing on behalf of Mr. Landry. He will be responsible for the brick patio, stone walls, fence, gates and the storage shed.

 

Mr. Hawk inquired as to the color of the shed.  Mr. Rittenhouse stated the shed will be the exact color as shown in photograph.

 

Ms. Terry stated the proposal meets all lot coverage and setback requirements.

 

The Planning Commission reviewed the Standards and Criteria pertaining to Application #2014-41:

 

a)         Is stylistically compatible with other new, renovated and old structures in the Village            District?  Mr. Burriss stated TRUE, the application is certainly consistent             with other       projects approved in the district. The Planning Commission concurred with Mr. Burriss.

 

b)         Contributes to the improvement and upgrading of the historical character of the Village            District. Mr. Burriss stated TRUE, the style of landscaping and the             materials being used are historically appropriate. The Planning Commission concurred with Mr. Burriss.

 

c)         Contributes to the continuing vitality of the District.  Mr. Burriss stated TRUE, the             residential structure contributes to the vitality of the district.  The Planning Commission    concurred with Mr.Burriss.

 

d)         Protects and enhances examples of the physical surroundings in which past             generations lived. Mr. Burriss stated TRUE, the landscaping is achieving that goal             and The Planning Commission concurred with Mr. Burriss. 

 

Mr. Hawk made a motion to approve Application# 2014-41. Seconded by Mr. Burriss.  Roll Call Vote to Approve Application #2014-41 : Burriss (yes), Wilken (yes), Eklof (yes) , Hawk (yes) and Mitchell (yes). Motion carried 5-0.

 

230 East Broadway, Suite 250-Devin Koser; Farmers Insurance- Application #2014-42

Village Business District (VBD) – Architectural Review Overlay District (AROD). The request is for architectural review and approval of the addition of a 2.5 square foot tenant panel sign to be attached to the bottom of the existing projecting sign, which will be made of wood and will be black and dark grey on a white background.

 

Swearing in of Witnesses – Mr. Mitchell swore in Alison Terry and Devin Koser

 

Discussion: Ms. Terry stated this application is to add a panel to the existing projecting sign. Previously, there were three panels approved however, one of the tenants has moved locations so there are only two panels currently.  The applicant is proposing adding a slightly larger panel to the bottom of the projecting sign.  Replacing the sign at a larger size will still meet the maximum size requirements and the proposed sign matches the remaining signage.

 

Mr. Koser stated the colors of the sign are black and dark grey on a white background.  Mr. Hawk stated he liked the way the new sign will fit with the other signage. 

 

The Planning Commission reviewed the Standards and Criteria pertaining to Application #2014-42:

 

a)         Is stylistically compatible with other new, renovated and old structures in the Village            District?  Mr. Burriss stated TRUE, the application is certainly consistent             and      compatible with other applications approved in the district. The Planning             Commission    concurred with Mr. Burriss.

b)         Contributes to the improvement and upgrading of the historical character of the Village            District. Mr. Burriss stated TRUE, it will hopefully contribute to the business and the            village. The Planning Commission concurred with Mr. Burriss.

 

c)         Contributes to the continuing vitality of the District.  Mr. Burriss stated TRUE, the sign     does contribute to the vitality of the district.  The Planning Commission concurred with     Mr.Burriss.

 

d)         Protects and enhances examples of the physical surroundings in which past             generations lived. Mr. Burriss stated TRUE, the proposed sign is historically             appropriate and helps enhance the physical surroundings. The Planning Commission    concurred with Mr. Burriss. 

 

Mr. Eklof made a motion to approve Application # 2014-42 to the Village Council. Seconded by Mr. Wilken. Roll Call Vote to Approve Application #2014-42: Wilken (yes), Eklof (yes), Hawk (yes), Burriss (yes) and Mitchell (yes). Motion carried 5-0.

 

Work Session:

 

Jeremy Johnson and Pete Confar on behalf of The Granville Inn - Application #2014-33

Swearing in of Witnesses – Mr. Mitchell swore in Alison Terry, Jeremy Johnson, Pete Confar, Sara Lee Odor and Molly Thurlow-Collen

 

Discussion: Mr. Confar stated that there were five (5) tasks they hope to accomplish with this project. First they want to keep with building code compliance and put in a sprinkler system. They want to put in an elevator, which would help make it ADA accessible. Second is the sustainability of the Granville Inn, blending the 21st Century and making it profitable. They would like to add nine (9) additional guest rooms to the third floor, renovate the hardware, but keep the charm. They want to continue to respect the charm of the building. They are working side by side with the Historic Preservation Office to maintain the historical charm of the inn. They would like to get more parking on site by adding parking on the College Townhouse property. The narrow drive between the Granville Inn and the College Townhouse will be removed. They are proposing a sidewalk in front of the Granville Inn and site lighting. They would like to get rid of dead end corridors for safety reasons. They will not be replacing any windows.

 

Mr. Wilken stated he was concerned with any future LED lighting, especially lighting with a blue tint, which would make the Granville Inn look like a prison. Mr. Confar assured the Commission that the lighting will be appropriate.

 

Mr. Burriss stated he was concerned that the dumpsters would become visible once a portion of the stone wall is removed. He also wanted to know if the mechanical equipment, located on the north side of the structure, would be removed or concealed because it can be viewed by neighbors.  Mr. Johnson stated that the dumpsters will be concealed with landscape materials between the dumpsters and the roadway and the mechanical equipment will remain.

 

 

Ms. Odor stated she was a neighbor of the Granville Inn and had some concerns with the renovations. First, she was concerned about the additional parking spaces on the back of the property. She stated there was nothing substantial between the parking spaces and their backyard. She was concerned for the safety of the other neighbor’s small children. Second, she was concerned with the stone fence, which separates the property lines. She wanted to make sure it would be substantially higher than six (6) feet. Third, she was concern with the transformer pad which is located only inches from her backyard. She believes the transformer pad should be moved closer to the commercial structure. Fourth, she wants to ensure that the wall structure will not compromise her property. Lastly, she is concerned about the proposed parking lot lighting affecting her home and bedrooms, which are located in the rear of the property.

 

Ms. Collen stated she was also a neighbor of the Granville Inn and had concerns about the renovations. She stated that she wants to have the sandstone wall continued along the entire length of the commercial property to screen the new parking areas from her property.

 

Mr. Hawk asked if there would be a back-up generator. 

 

Mr. Wilken stated he was concerned with distance between the proposed handicap parking areas and the structure.  He believed the distance from the handicap parking spaces for a single driver would be too far from the entrance of the building.  He also had concerns regarding the surface of the proposed sidewalk in the winter time and whether it would be too slick.

 

Mr. Johnson stated that they are working closely with AEP on the transformer pad issues and looking into a back-up generator. They will continue to look into the handicap parking issues.

 

Finding of Fact Approvals:

 

New Business:

Application #2014-40: Steve Brown; 107 North Prospect Street; Fabric Porch Awning 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 #2014-40, as submitted by the applicant.

 

Mr. Hawk moved to approve the Findings of Fact for Application #2014-40. Seconded by Mr. Burriss. Roll Call Vote: Wilken (yes), Burriss (yes), Eklof (yes), Hawk (yes) and Mitchell (yes). Motion carried 5-0.

 

New Business:

Application #2014-41: Ken Rittenhouse of John Klauder Landscaping on behalf of Travis Landry; 221 South Mulberry Street; Exterior Modifications

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 #2014-41, as submitted by the applicant.

 

Mr. Hawk moved to approve the Findings of Fact for Application #2014-41. Seconded by Mr. Eklof. Roll Call Vote: Eklof (yes), Burriss (yes),Wilken (yes), Hawk (yes) and Mitchell (yes). Motion carried 5-0.

 

New Business:

 

Application #2014-42: Devin Koser; 230 East Broadway, Suite 250, Farmers Insurance; Tenant Panel Sign 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 #2014-42, as submitted by the applicant.

 

 

Mr. Hawk moved to approve the Findings of Fact for Application #2014-42. Seconded by Mr. Eklof. Roll Call Vote: Wilken (yes), Burriss (yes), Hawk (yes), Eklof (yes) and Mitchell (yes). Motion carried 5-0.

 

 

Motion to approve members absences:  None

 

 

Motion to approve meeting minutes for April 14, 2014:

 

Mr. Hawk moved to approve the minutes from April 14, 2014 as presented.  Seconded by Mr. Wilken.  Roll Call Vote: Burriss (yes), Hawk (yes), Eklof (yes), Wilken (yes) and Mitchell (yes). Motion carried 5-0. 

 

 

Adjournment:  8:37 PM

 

Mr. Mitchell declared the Planning Commission meeting adjourned.

 

 

Next meetings:

 

Monday, May 12, 2014

 

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

 

Monday, June 9, 2014

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