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Planning Commission Minutes May 26, 2015

GRANVILLE PLANNING COMMISSION

May 26, 2015

7:00 pm

Minutes

 

Call to Order:  Mr. Hawk (Chair) called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

 

Members Present:  Mr. Eklof, Mr. Wilken, Mr. Hawk, Mr. Burriss and Mr. Potaracke and Council Member O’Keefe (ex-officio)

 

Members Absent:  None.

 

Staff Present:  Debi Walker, Planning and Zoning Assistant.

 

Also Present:  Luther and Nancy Brede, Kurt and Amy Klein.

 

Citizens’ Comments:  None.

 

New Business:

 

115 West Elm Street – Jean Lesnick on behalf of Margaretta Mathis - Application #2015-67:  The property is zoned Village Residential District (VRD) and is located within the Architectural Review Overlay District (AROD). The request is for architectural review and approval of the installation of wrought iron railing on the front porch and iron railing in the back yard. 

 

Swearing in of Witnesses:  Mr. Hawk swore in Debi Walker and Nancy and Luther Brede.

 

Discussion:

Nancy Brede, 115 West Elm Street, stated she was representing their daughter and property owner, Margaretta Mathis, this evening. She discussed the need for the installation of a wrought iron railing along the eastern side of the property to provide access the back yard safely, and wrought iron styled railings and handrails on the front porch.

 

Planning and Zoning Assistant Walker discussed the need for all parties involved with the project to have a firm understanding of the location of the eastern property line in that it appears the side yard may be only approximately four (4) feet in width. She added a description of the proposed railings on the eastern side of the home being black iron pipe, hand built and 34” to 36” inches in height. Ms. Walker added that there will also be paver stepping stones set into the grass to matching the existing pavers in the rear yard.

 

Mr. Potaracke asked if the railing proposed between the porch columns are something that is consistent with the homes architecture. Mr. Burriss stated that yes; it would be appropriate to the home and is similar to other projects approved in the District. Mr. Hawk asked if the Historical Society had been notified of the change. Ms. Walker responded that, yes, they had been notified and the Planning and Zoning Office had not had any communication from them.

 

The Planning Commission reviewed the standards and criteria pertaining to Application #2015-67:

 

(a)        Is stylistically compatible with other new, renovated and old structures in the Village District.  Mr. Burriss stated TRUE, the railing projects are similar to other projects approved in the District.  All other 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 railing projects increase the livability of a home within the District, with something better than what is there now, thereby upgrading the property and the District overall.  All other members concurred with Mr. Burriss.

 

(c)        Contributes to the continuing vitality of the District. Mr. Burriss stated TRUE, the installation of the railing contributes to the vitality, safety and livability of the residence and therefore contributes to the vitality of the District overall.  All other members concurred with Mr. Burriss.

 

d)         Protects and enhances examples of the physical surroundings in which past generations lived. Mr. Burriss stated TRUE, the proposed materials are consistent with other projects within the District. All other members concurred with Mr. Burriss.

 

Mr. Wilken moved to approve Application #2015-67, as submitted. Seconded by Mr. Potaracke.  Roll Call Vote to Approval Application #2015-67:  Eklof (Yes), Burriss (Yes), Potaracke (Yes) Wilken (Yes) and Hawk (Yes).  Motion carried 5-0.

 

225 West Elm Street – Kurt Klein —Application #2015-68:  The property is zoned Village Residential District (VRD) and is located within the Architectural Review Overlay District (AROD). The request is for architectural review and approval of the removal of an existing concrete patio and installation of a deck with lattice work in the rear yard.

 

Swearing in of Witnesses:  Mr. Hawk swore in Debi Walker and Kurt Klein.

 

Discussion:

Kurt Klein, 225 West Elm Street, stated he would like to construct a deck at the rear of the home and above the existing concrete slabs/patio. The application was submitted with the intention of using a composite decking material. Given materials costs and an inability to decide on color, the project will now be completed with pressure treated lumber. He stated he was aware that the wood needs to season for 9 to 12 months before it can be painted – which would be done in a color to compliment the home.

 

Mr. Burriss asked for more details regarding the built in bench seating. Mr. Klein stated he intended the benches be simple rectangular boxes. Mr. Hawk inquired as to the necessity of railings given the height of the deck from surrounding grade. Ms. O’Keefe asked if the county has to inspect the construction. Mr. Hawk asked if the county has to issue a permit for the construction.  Staff indicated those are questions for the Building Code Department. Planning and Zoning Assistant Walker stated Staff understands the family’s need for more outdoor entertainment space and favors approval.

 

Mr. Burriss commented that the Staff will need to approve any railing if the county requires it.  Language was suggested that as a condition of approval the Planning Director review any required railings if mandated by the Licking County Building Code Department.

 

The Planning Commission reviewed the standards and criteria pertaining to Application #2015-68:

 

(a)        Is stylistically compatible with other new, renovated and old structures in the Village District. Mr. Burriss stated TRUE, the proposed deck is similar to other projects previously approved in the District. All other 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 proposed deck upgrades and increases the functionality of the home and by doing so, the District overall.  All other members concurred with Mr. Burriss.

 

(c)        Contributes to the continuing vitality of the District. Mr. Burriss stated TRUE, the proposed deck contributes to the vitality of a residence and therefore contributes to the vitality of the District overall.  All other members concurred with Mr. Burriss.

 

d)         Protects and enhances examples of the physical surroundings in which past generations lived. Mr. Burriss stated TRUE, the proposed materials are consistent with similar projects approved within the District and will be visually more pleasing. All other members concurred with Mr. Burriss.

 

Mr. Wilken moved to approve #2015-68, as submitted, with the understanding that the deck will be treated lumber and sealed/finished within one year; and that the applicant will check on the railing requirements with the Licking County Building Code Department, and if required, the details of the railing will be approved by the Planning Director.  Seconded by Mr. Potaracke.  Roll Call Vote to Approve Application #2015-68:  Potaracke (Yes), Burriss (Yes), Wilken (Yes) and Eklof (Yes) Hawk (Yes).  Motion carried 5-0.

 

Findings of Fact Approvals:

 

New Business

 

a)         Application #2015-67, Jean Lesnick on behalf of Margaretta Mathis; 115 West Elm Street; Railings: 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 Residential District (VRD) and Chapter 1161, Architectural Review Overlay District (AROD).

 

Mr. Eklof moved to approve the Findings of Fact for Application #2015-67 with understanding of definition of the property line.  Seconded by Mr. Wilken. Roll Call Vote to Approve the Findings of Fact for Application #2015-67: Potaracke (Yes), Burriss (Yes), Wilken (Yes), Eklof (Yes) and Hawk (Yes).  Motion carried 5-0.

 

b)         Application #2015-68, Kurt Klein; 225 West Elm Street; Deck:  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 Residential District (VRD) and Chapter 1161, Architectural Review Overlay District (AROD).

 

Mr. Eklof moved to approve the Findings of Fact for Application #2015-68 with understanding of the wood finishing to take place within 12 months and county requirements for the railing being met and approve by the Planning Director.  Seconded by Mr. Wilken. Roll Call Vote to Approve the Findings of Fact for Application #2015-68: Wilken (Yes), Burriss (Yes), Potaracke (Yes) Eklof (Yes) and Hawk (Yes).  Motion carried 5-0.

 

Motion to approve the Planning Commission Meeting Minutes from May 11, 2015:  Mr. Wilken made a motion to approve the minutes from the May 11, 2015 Planning Commission Meeting.  Seconded by Mr. Potaracke.  Motion carried 5-0.

 

Meeting Announcements – next meetings:

June 8, 2015

June 22, 2015 (Commissioner Potaracke unable to attend)

July 13, 2015

 

Mr. Hawk stated that seeing no further business before the Commission the meeting was adjourned.

 

The Planning Commission adjourned at 7:20 P.M.

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