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Planning Commission Minutes July 13, 2015

GRANVILLE PLANNING COMMISSION

July 13, 2015

7:00 pm

Minutes

 

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

 

Members Present:  Mr. Hawk (Chair), Mr. Wilken, Mr. Potaracke, Mr. Eklof (Vice Chair) and Jackie O’Keefe

Members Absent: Mr. Burriss.

Staff Present:  Deb Walker, Planning & Zoning Assistant, and Mike King, Law Director

 

Also Present:  Janet Jordan, Mark Smith, Cheryl Houser, Pat Kelley, Eileen and Jim Arant and Gerald Martin.

 

Citizens’ Comments:  None.

 

New Business:

 

217 South Main Street – Janet Jordan - Application #2015-89: 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 iron handrails at the front entry steps

 

Swearing in of Witnesses: Mr. Hawk swore in Janet Jordan, Mark Smith and Deb Walker.

 

Discussion:

Mark Smith, on behalf of Janet Jordan, 217 South Main Street, Granville Ohio stated he would like to install handrails so Janet Jordan can safely use the front steps of her home.  The handrails would be wrought iron in a black finish.

 

The Planning Commission reviewed the standards and criteria pertaining to Application #2015-89:

 

a)         Is stylistically compatible with other new, renovated and old structures in the Village District?  Mr. Wilken stated TRUE, the proposed improvements are consistent with the style and architecture of the home and the surrounding area.  All other members concurred with Mr. Wilken.

 

b)         Contributes to the improvement and upgrading of the historical character of the Village District.  Mr. Wilken stated TRUE, the proposed improvements contribute to the upgrading and safer environment of the home and therefore the District overall.  All other members concurred with Mr. Wilken.

 

c)         Contributes to the continuing vitality of the District.  Mr. Wilken stated TRUE, that as above in item b, the proposed design and materials are consistent and therefore contribute to the vitality of the District overall.  All other members concurred with Mr. Wilken.

 

d)         Protects and enhances examples of the physical surroundings in which past generations lived.  Mr. Wilken stated TRUE, the proposed improvements are consistent and historically correct with other projects previously approved in the District, and will make the dwelling more accessible and livable thereby protecting the physical surroundings in which past generations lived.  All other members concurred with Mr. Wilken. 

 

Mr. Wilken made a motion to approve Application #2015-89 as submitted.  Seconded by Mr. Potaracke.  Roll Call Vote to Approve Application #2015-89:   Wilken (Yes), Potaracke (Yes), Eklof (Yes) and Hawk (Yes).  Motion Carried 4-0.

 

329 West Elm Street – Cheryl Houser - Application #2015-93: 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 four (4) wood windows and replacement with vinyl windows. 

Swearing in of Witnesses: Mr. Hawk swore in Cheryl Houser and Deb Walker.

 

Discussion:

Cheryl Houser, 329 West Elm Street, stated that the two previous owners of the home had replaced several windows with vinyl windows. However, there are four windows that had not been replaced and are molded and deteriorating.  One window is cracked, another is separating in the interior of the home, and the other two are deteriorating. The plan is to match the replacement vinyl windows with the others already installed in the home; two of which will be double-hung and two which will be picture window style. 

 

The Planning Commission reviewed the standards and criteria pertaining to Application #2015-93:

 

a)         Is stylistically compatible with other new, renovated and old structures in the Village District?  Mr. Wilken stated TRUE, the proposed replacement windows are consistent with the style and architecture of the home and the remaining windows which have already been replaced.  All other members concurred with Mr. Wilken.

 

 

 

b)         Contributes to the improvement and upgrading of the historical character of the Village District.  Mr. Wilken stated TRUE, the proposed replacement windows contribute to the upgrading of the home and therefore the District overall.  All other members concurred with Mr. Wilken.

 

c)         Contributes to the continuing vitality of the District.  Mr. Wilken stated TRUE, that as above in item b, the proposed design and materials are consistent and therefore contribute to the vitality of the District overall.  All other members concurred with Mr. Wilken.

 

d)         Protects and enhances examples of the physical surroundings in which past generations lived.  Mr. Wilken stated TRUE, the proposed replacement windows are consistent and historically correct with other projects previously approved in the District, thereby protecting the physical surroundings in which past generations lived.  All other members concurred with Mr. Wilken. 

 

Mr. Wilken made a motion to approve Application #2015-93, as submitted. Seconded by Mr. Potaracke.  Roll Call Vote to Approve Application #2015-93:  Potaracke, (Yes), Eklof (Yes), Wilken (Yes) and Hawk (Yes).  Motion Carried 4-0.

 

124 & 126 East Broadway – Pat Kelley on behalf of The Broadway Pub - Application #2015-94: The property is zoned Village Business District (VBD) and is located within the Architectural Review Overlay District (AROD).  The request is for architectural review and approval of new front windows, new front door, front exterior façade changes, rear exterior façade change and rooftop mechanical units.

Swearing in of Witnesses: Mr. Hawk swore in Pat Kelley, Eileen Arant and Deb Walker.

 

Discussion:

Pat Kelley, of Kelley and Associates, Architects, 51 N. 4th Street, Newark, stated the project was for the proposed modifications to the front façade of Broadway Pub and the James Store as the Pub incorporates both into a larger space. The main entrance would be relocated from the east of the property to the west. Two sets of accordion style commercial windows would have the ability to open completely in good weather.  Other improvements would be made, as well. Assistant Planner Walker said the accordion style windows would resemble those she had distributed to the commissioners this evening. She went on to explain the proposed color scheme for the front elevation, the style and intent of the project and the particular materials that will be utilized in the façade renovations. Assistant Planner Walker discussed the propose changes occurring at the rear of the structure and on the roof as mechanical systems are upgraded to accommodate the expansion of the kitchen: an additional hood vent, windows of glass block and an air conditioning unit on the roof. 

 

Mr. Kelley explained there would be a compressor for the freezer and the A/C unit would straddle the two buildings.  Ms. O’Keefe questioned the amount of noise that would come through the louvered windows and Eileen Arant explained they would be aware of any excessive noise and address issues as they arise. As a practice, she stated the ambient music and TVs would not be too loud.

 

Ben Rader, 130 W. Broadway, questioned the compatibility of the proposed changes with the adjacent buildings.  Mr. Wilken asked if it is within the power of GPC to keep the back of the building and Petunia Park in general more orderly.  Assistant Planner Walker stated the rear of these buildings has historically been a problem in the past as there is limited space and the property is all private. 

 

Staff recommended approval of the application, as submitted.

 

The Planning Commission reviewed the standards and criteria pertaining to Application #2015-94:

 

a)         Is stylistically compatible with other new, renovated and old structures in the Village District?  Mr. Wilken stated TRUE, the proposed exterior modifications are in keeping with the style and architecture of the building and the surrounding area.  All other members concurred with Mr. Wilken.

 

b)         Contributes to the improvement and upgrading of the historical character of the Village District.  Mr. Wilken stated TRUE, the proposed exterior modifications contribute a unity of style to the upgrading of the building and therefore the District overall.  All other members concurred with Mr. Wilken.

 

c)         Contributes to the continuing vitality of the District.  Mr. Wilken stated TRUE, that as above in item b, the proposed design and materials are consistent and therefore contribute to the vitality of the District overall.  All other members concurred with Mr. Wilken.

 

d)         Protects and enhances examples of the physical surroundings in which past generations lived.  Mr. Wilken stated TRUE, the proposed exterior modifications are consistent and historically correct with other projects previously approved in the District, thereby protecting the physical surroundings in which past generations lived.  All other members concurred with Mr. Wilken. 

 

Mr. Wilken made a motion to approve Application #2015-94 as submitted.  Seconded by Mr. Potaracke.  Roll Call Vote to Approve Application #2015-94:  Wilken (Yes), Potaracke (Yes), Eklof (Yes), and Hawk (Yes).  Motion Carried 4-0.

 

124 & 126 East Broadway – Pat Kelley on behalf of The Broadway Pub - Application #2015-95: The property is zoned Village Business District (VBD) and is located within the Architectural Review Overlay District (AROD).  The request is for architectural review and approval of a handicap ramp with metal handrails within the right-of-way of East Broadway, and adjacent to the front of the building.

Swearing in of Witnesses: Mr. Hawk reminded the witnesses they were still under oath. Pat Kelley, Eileen Arant, Ben Rader and Deb Walker.

 

Discussion:

Pat Kelley, of Kelley and Associates, Architects, 51 N. 4th Street, Newark, stated the existing entrance on the East side of the Broadway Pub would be removed and a new front door with a handicapped ramp would be installed on the West side of the space at 124 East Broadway.  The handicap ramp and platform riser will extend a total of 5’3” into the public right-of-way. 

 

Mr. Hawk asked if the threshold would comply with ADA regulations and the answer was, “yes.”  Mr. Wilken asked how long the ramp would be and the answer was 10’6”. Assistant Planner Walker stated that the ramp – in and of itself- would project four feet into the public right-of-way. 

 

There was discussion concerning the entrances of other buildings along Broadway. Mr. Wilken asked if raising the sidewalk along the entire northern side of the street would be an option rather than wind up with a series of ramps up and down the business district along East Broadway.  Mr. Hawk disagreed with Mr. Wilken in principal but reminded the Commission that that particular topic was not the subject of this application or the responsibility of the applicant. 

 

Mr. Potaracke stated he felt the design was well incorporated and unobtrusive, looks newer and serves multiple purposes.  Ms. O’Keefe asked Law Director King if the ADA requires a handicap access.  Law Director King answered it depends because they tend to be flexible with small businesses due to economics and old building designs.  ADA requires removal of barriers to access when possible.  He also pointed out that tax credits and deductions are available for businesses to do this. 

 

Ben Rader said he felt the ramp was obtrusive, ugly and could be put in the alleyway instead.  Mr. Kelley explained the alley is full of impediments such as gas and electric meters and lines, and a fire escape plus uneven pavement.  Mr. Kelley said that handicapped individuals should have the right to go into the building with the rest of their party. 

 

Mr. Eklof commented the ramp design looks just like the one in front of the Village Offices and if Mr. Rader wanted access he could ask to extend the ramp to his business.  Mr. Wilken agreed with that, especially since Council still needs to give permission.  GPC, Assistant Planner Walker, Village Manager and Planner Terry need to confer.  Staff recommends the project.  Mr. Wilken abstained from further discussion and from voting.

The Planning Commission reviewed the standards and criteria pertaining to Application #2015-95:

 

a)         Is stylistically compatible with other new, renovated and old structures in the Village District?  Mr. Potaracke stated TRUE, the proposed handicap ramp and handrails are in keeping with the newer style and architecture of the building and consistent with similar projects approved within the District.  All other members concurred with Mr. Potaracke.

 

b)         Contributes to the improvement and upgrading of the historical character of the Village District.  Mr. Potaracke stated TRUE, the proposed handicap ramp and handrails contribute to the upgrading of the building and therefore the District overall.  All other members concurred with Mr. Potaracke.

 

c)         Contributes to the continuing vitality of the District.  Mr. Potaracke stated TRUE, by contributing to the vitality of a business it does contribute to the continuing vitality of the District.  All other members concurred with Mr. Potaracke.

 

d)         Protects and enhances examples of the physical surroundings in which past generations lived.  Mr. Potaracke stated TRUE, the proposed handicap ramp and handrails are consistent and historically correct with other projects previously approved in the District, thereby protecting the physical surroundings in which past generations lived.  All other members concurred with Mr. Potaracke. 

 

Mr. Potaracke made a motion to recommend approval of Application #2015-95, as submitted, to the Village Council.  Seconded by Mr. Eklof.  Roll Call Vote to recommend Approval of Application #2015-95:  Wilken (abstained), Potaracke (Yes), Eklof (Yes),and Hawk (Yes).  Motion Carried 3-0.

 

Finding of Fact Approvals:

 

New Business:

 

a)         Application #2015-89, Janet Jordan; 217 South Main Street; Iron Handrails at front Entry Steps: 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) and hereby gives their approval of Application #2015-89. 

 

            Mr. Eklof moved to approve the Findings of Fact for Application #2015-89.  Seconded by Mr. Wilken. Roll call vote:  Potaracke (Yes), Eklof (Yes), Wilken (Yes) and Hawk (Yes).  Motion Carried 4-0.

 

b)         Application #2015-93, Cheryl Houser; 329 West Elm Street; Window ReplacementsApprove 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 and hereby gives their approval of Application #2015-93.

 

            Mr. Eklof moved to approve the Findings of Fact for Application #2015-93.  Seconded by Mr.  Wilken. Roll call vote: Eklof (Yes), Potaracke (Yes), Wilken (Yes), and Hawk (Yes).  Motion Carried 4-0.

 

c)         Application #2015-94, submitted by Pat Kelley on behalf of The Broadway Pub; 124 & 126 East Broadway; 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 Business District (VBD) and Chapter 1161, Architectural Review Overlay District (AROD) and hereby gives their approval of Application #2015-94. 

 

            Mr. Eklof moved to approve the Findings of Fact for Application #2015-94.  Seconded by Mr. Wilken. Roll call vote:  Eklof (Yes), Wilken (Yes), Potaracke (Yes) and Hawk (Yes).  Motion Carried 4-0.

 

 

d)         Application #2015-95, submitted by Pat Kelley on behalf of The Broadway Pub; 124 & 126 East Broadway; Handicap Ramp & Handrails: 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 (VBD) and Chapter 1161, Architectural Review Overlay District (AROD) and hereby gives their approval of Application #2015-86. 

 

            Mr. Eklof moved to approve the Findings of Fact for Application #2015-95.  Seconded by Mr. Potaracke. Roll call vote:  Eklof (Yes),  Potaracke (Yes), Wilken (Yes) and Hawk (Yes).  Motion Carried 4-0.

 

Motion to approve absent Commission Member:  Mr. Wilken made a motion to excuse Mr. Burriss. Mr. Potaracke seconded.  All in favor voice vote, motion carried 4-0.

 

Motion to approve the Planning Commission Meeting Minutes from June 22, 2015:  Mr. Wilken made a motion to approve the minutes from the June 22, 2015 Planning Commission Meeting.  Mr. Potaracke seconded.  All in favor voice vote:  Motion carried 4-0.

 

Meeting Announcements – next meetings:

July 27, 2015

August 10, 2015

August 24, 2015

 

Mr. Hawk declared the Planning Commission meeting adjourned seeing as there was no further business before the Commission.

 

Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 7:56 p.m.

 

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