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Planning Commission Minutes May 12, 2014

GRANVILLE PLANNING COMMISSION

May 12, 2014

7:00pm

Minutes

 

Call to Order:  Mr. Mitchell called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

 

Members Present: Jack Burriss, Doug Eklof, Steven Hawk (Vice-Chair), Tom Mitchell (Chair), Bill Wilken and Craig Potaracke (non-voting)

 

Members Absent:  Jeremy Johnson

 

Staff Present: Debi Walker; Assistant to Planning Department

 

Also Present:  Alysa Reinoehl, Keith Keegan, Monique Keegan, Nate Willison

 

Citizen Comments:  As no one appeared to speak, Chair Mitchell closed Citizens Comments.

 

New Business:

 

223 North Granger Street – Alysa Reinoehl - Application #2014-55

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

The request is for architectural review and approval to remove five (5) wood windows and replace with vinyl windows; and to remove one (1) vinyl window and replace with a vinyl window in a different configuration.

 

Swearing in of Witnesses – Mr. Mitchell swore in Debi Walker and Alysa Reinoehl. 

 

Discussion:

Ms. Reinoehl indicated her desire to replace windows on the first floor of her home.  There were no questions from the Planning Commission members regarding the application.

 

The Planning Commission reviewed the Standards and Criteria pertaining to Application #2014-55:

 

a)               Is stylistically compatible with other new, renovated and old structures in the Village District?  Mr. Burriss stated that the proposed replacement of windows is consistent with similar projects in the district. All other Planning Commission members concurred.

 

b)               Contributes to the improvement and upgrading of the historical character of the Village District.  Mr. Burriss stated that the replacement of windows is an improvement in materials that will upgrade the Village District. All other Planning Commission members concurred.

 

c)               Contributes to the continuing vitality of the District.  Mr. Burriss stated that the improvement of the residence will enhance the vitality of the District.   All other Planning Commission members concurred.

 

d)               Protects and enhances examples of the physical surroundings in which past generations lived.  Mr. Burriss stated the appearance of new and intact windows will enhance the physical surroundings.  All other Planning Commission members concurred.

 

Mr. Eklof made a motion to approve Application #2014-55 as presented.  Seconded by Mr. Wilken.  Roll Call Vote to Approve Application #2014-55: Burriss (yes), Eklof (yes), Hawk (yes), Mitchell (yes), Wilken (yes).  Motion carried 5-0.

 

446 East Broadway – Keith and Monique Keegan - Application #2014-58

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

The request is for review and approval of the installation of a new steel window to be located on the east side of the building.

 

Swearing in of Witnesses – Mr. Mitchell swore in Debi Walker, Keith Keegan and Monique Keegan. 

 

Discussion:

Mr. Keegan indicated that the original window applied for in the application had dimensions of 48” x 40”.  They were able to salvage a steel-clad window with a ventilator that would allow for emergency egress.  However, the size of that window was 75” x 40” and 52” above ground level.  This window was still in keeping with the appropriate style and design of the building.

 

Mr. Burriss asked if the sill detail would be the same as the other windows.  Mrs. Keegan indicated that the window would be centered on the block so there would be a sill inside and outside, just like the other windows. 

 

The Planning Commission reviewed the Standards and Criteria pertaining to Application #2014-58:

 

a)               Is stylistically compatible with other new, renovated and old structures in the Village District?  Mr. Burriss stated that the materials and use of detail are stylistically compatible and consistent with other structures that have previously been approved in the district. All other Planning Commission members concurred.

 

b)               Contributes to the improvement and upgrading of the historical character of the Village District.  Mr. Burriss stated that the applicant is proposing an architectural window that will be an asset and humanizes the structure and is appropriate to the district. All other Planning Commission members concurred.

 

c)               Contributes to the continuing vitality of the District.  Mr. Burriss stated that by enhancing a structure in the District, the overall vitality of the District is enhanced.  All other Planning Commission members concurred.

 

d)               Protects and enhances examples of the physical surroundings in which past generations lived.  Mr. Burriss stated that the window is an appropriate addition and is architecturally compatible with the existing physical surroundings.  All other Planning Commission members concurred.

 

Mr. Hawk made a motion to approve Application #2014-58 as presented.  Seconded by Mr. Eklof.  Roll Call Vote to Approve Application #2014-58: Eklof (yes), Hawk (yes), Mitchell (yes), Wilken (yes), Burriss (yes).  Motion carried 5-0.

 

Work Session, 527 Newark-Granville Road, Signage

Submitted by Nate Willison on behalf of Willison Investment Strategies located at 527 Newark-Granville Road.  The request is for review and feedback of two possible sign options.

 

Mr. Willison provided three possible options for signage for his new business.  Option A was to attach his sign to the existing sign post.  Option B was to erect a second freestanding sign.  Option C was a projecting wall sign.  Mr. Willison preferred Option B as it was more attractive and provided some direction to the entrance to his business, which was at the back of the building.

 

Assistant Planner Walker indicated that Option B would require a variance from the BZBA as there was already a freestanding sign located on the property.  The other two options would not require a variance. 

 

The Planning Commission indicated their support for Option B, the freestanding sign.  They felt that was more appropriate and attractive.  Mr. Burriss suggested painting the entrance door the same color of the sign to identify the entrance better.

 

Mr. Wilken commented that he had serious concerns about the Village sign code.  He indicated that it was a gross imposition to require a $250 fee for a variance and make an applicant wait two months for a sign.  He questioned what the process was to change the sign code. 

 

Finding of Fact Approvals:

 

 

New Business

Application #2014-55: Alysa Reinoehl, 223 North Granger Street, Window Replacement   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 #2014-55 as submitted by the applicant.

 

Mr. Hawk moved to approve the Findings of Fact for Application #2014-55 as submitted. Seconded by Mr. Burriss.   Roll Call Vote: Roll Call Vote to Approve Application #2014-55: Hawk (yes), Mitchell (yes), Wilken (yes), Burriss (yes), Eklof (yes).  Motion carried 5-0.

 

Application #2014-58: Keith and Monique Keegan, 446 East Broadway, Add a Steel Window    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 gives their approval of Application #2014-58 with the selected window size of 75” x 40” with the window being 52” above grade level.

 

Mr. Hawk moved to approve the Findings of Fact for Application #2014-58. Seconded by Mr. Eklof. Roll Call Vote: Roll Call Vote to Approve Application #2014-58: Mitchell (yes), Wilken (yes), Burriss (yes), Eklof (yes), Hawk (yes).  Motion carried 5-0.

 

Motion to approve the April 28, 2014 minutes:

Mr. Eklof moved to approve the April 28, 2014 minutes of Planning Commission meeting.  Seconded by Mr. Hawk.  Motion carried 5-0. 

 

Mr. Wilken continued the discussion of how the sign code could be amended to be more business friendly.  The Commission explained the process of amending the Village code, discussed the recent amendments to the sign code and Planning Commission and BZBA’s role in those decisions.

 

Adjournment:  7:24PM

 

Mr. Mitchell moved to adjourn the Planning Commission meeting.  Seconded by Mr. Eklof.  Motion carried 5-0. 

 

Next meetings:

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Monday, June 9, 2014

Monday, June 23, 2014

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