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Planning Commission Minutes Janaury 25, 2016

GRANVILLE PLANNING COMMISSION 

January 25th, 2016 7:00 pm

Minutes

Call to Order:  Mr. Hawk (Chair) called the meeting to order at 6:58 p.m.

Members Present:   Mr. Hawk, Mr. Eklof, Mr. Wilken, Mr. Potaracke, Rob Montgomery (ex-officio member Village Council, Non-Voting) Tim Klingler (ex-officio member GEVSD, Non-Voting)

Members Absent:  Mr. Burriss.

Staff Present: Debi Walker, Acting Village Planner

Also Present: Pat Kelley, Richard Long, Kevin Reiner, James Browder, Sohrab Behdad, Eileen Arant

Mayor Hartfield swore in Mr. Eklof.

Citizens’ Comments:  None.

New Business: 128 West Maple Street; Application #2016-01; submitted by Pat Kelley of Kelley & Associates Architects, on behalf of Richard and Beth Long; Construction of Single-Car Garage with a Side Covered Porch: The request is for architectural review and approval of the construction of a single-car garage with a side covered porch. The property is zoned Village Residential District (VRD) and is located within the Architectural Review Overlay District (AROD).

Swearing in of Witnesses: Mr. Hawk swore in Pat Kelley and Debi Walker.

Discussion: Mr. Pat Kelley, 51 N Fourth Street, Newark, Ohio, stated: The garage he has designed will be constructed in the rear of Mr. and Mrs. Long’s property – as they have no garage at the present time. The structure would be a single-car garage with an attached car port that will also serve as a covered patio for the homeowners. He went on to add that he is requesting a variance to reduce the required ten foot setback along the eastern property line to three feet set to allow the proposed drive to align with the existing drive and in the best manner possible for vehicular maneuverability. Mr. Kelley stated the property owners have been in discussion with the effected neighbor to the east and have a letter from the neighbor in support of the project. The variance request will be heard at the BZBA meeting on February 11, 2016.

Ms. Walker stated there is a similar garage designed by Mr. Kelley on North Granger Street that the board approved in the past, and thanked Mr. Kelley for his careful consideration.

The Planning Commission reviewed the standards and criteria pertaining to Application #2016-01:

  1. Is stylistically compatible with other new, renovated and old structures in the Village District?  Mr. Wilken stated TRUE, the proposed improvements are consistent with other projects approved in the District.  All other members concurred with Mr. Wilken.
  2. Contributes to the improvement and upgrading of the historical character of the Village District.  Mr. Wilken stated TRUE, the proposed materials, design and appearance are appropriate and contribute to the upgrading of the area and the District overall.  All other members concurred with Mr. Wilken.
  3. 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.
  4.  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, 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 #2016-01 as submitted.  Second by Mr. Potaracke. Roll Call Vote to Approve Application #2016-01:  Eklof (Yes), Potaracke (Yes), Wilken (Yes), Hawk (Yes).  Motion Carried 4-0.

338 North Pearl Street; Application #2016-03; Kevin Reiner, of Kevin Reiner Design, on behalf of Michael Carey; Landscape Improvements: The request is for architectural review and approval of landscape improvements including; removal of an existing carport, removal of portions of existing retaining wall, siting a future garage near the rear of the property, new driveway & sidewalk, two patios, and extension of existing fencing. The property is zoned Village Residential District (VRD) and is located within the Architectural Review Overlay District (AROD).

 Swearing in of Witnesses: Mr. Hawk swore in Kevin Reiner, James Browder, Sohrab Behdad, and Debi Walker.

 Discussion: Kevin Reiner, of Kevin Reiner Design, 130 East Broadway, Granville, Ohio, stated: ­­The owner, Mr. Michael Carey, would like a more historical look to the landscape on Mr. Carey’s property.  Mr. Reiner proposes to do this by tightening up stonework around the property, straightening a curved sidewalk, tearing down the existing carport and extend the current driveway with adding a turn around.  Eventually Mr. Carey would like to add a garage at the back of the property.  Relating to the retaining wall, he would like to open it up and extend the wall on the North side of the property.  Other upgrades he would like include extending the wood privacy fence on the North side for additional homeowner privacy, reduce the patio by taking out pavers, removal of several trees on the property and replace them with hedges, and lastly he would like to remove the shed completely.  Where the driveway is extended and the patio is reduced he would use pea gravel to fill in the areas with a sandstone border to help stop the movement of the gravel.

James Browder, 326 East College Street, Granville, Ohio, stated:  He owns the property next to Mr. Carey, 346 North Pearl Street.  He has concerns about the specific trees being removed and the gravel spilling onto his side of the shared driveway and sidewalks.  The Board informed Mr. Browder that they have no say in what trees can and cannot be removed. Mr. Reiner than assured him he would only be removing dead trees; and to help with the gravel spillage he would like to incorporate borders into the design.

Sohrab Behdad, 330 North Pearl Street, Granville, Ohio, stated: He has concerns with the ‘bump’ in the fence, and how Mr. Reiner plans to correct that with the tree that is currently there.  Two other concerns he also has with the fence is whether the fence will be painted or stained, and he wants to make sure the fence will not move over onto his property.  Mr. Reiner stated he would mindful of the straightening of the fence, and the fence would either be painted or stained.  He assured Mr. Behdad the fence would not come onto his property because a survey was performed in the fall. 

The Planning Commission reviewed the standards and criteria pertaining to Application #2016-03:

  1. Is stylistically compatible with other new, renovated and old structures in the Village District?  Mr. Wilken stated TRUE, the proposed improvements are consistent with other projects approved in the District.  All other members concurred with Mr. Wilken.
  2. Contributes to the improvement and upgrading of the historical character of the Village District.  Mr. Wilken stated TRUE, the proposed materials, design and appearance are appropriate and contribute to the upgrading of the area and the District overall.  All other members concurred with Mr. Wilken.
  3. 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.
  4.  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, 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 #2016-03, as submitted.  Second by Mr. Potaracke.  Roll Call Vote to Approve Application #2016-03:   Potaracke (Yes), Eklof (Yes), Wilken (Yes), Hawk (Yes).  Motion Carried 4-0.

124-126 East Broadway; Application #2016-04; Eileen Arant, on behalf of The Pub on Broadway; Sidewalk Sign: . The request is for architectural review and approval of a sidewalk sign. The property is zoned Village Business District (VBD) and is located within the Architectural Review Overlay District (AROD).

 Swearing in of Witnesses: Mr. Hawk swore in Eileen Arant and Debi Walker.

Discussion: Eileen Arant, 314 Bryn Du Drive, Granville, Ohio, stated: She would like to add a sidewalk sign outside of The Pub located by the ramp.  The sign would have the same style of iron as the railing, with rollers to easily move the sign in after closing.  It would also have a slate chalkboard on both sides of the sign.

The Planning Commission reviewed the standards and criteria pertaining to Application #2016-04:

  1. Is stylistically compatible with other new, renovated and old structures in the Village District?  Mr. Wilken stated TRUE, the proposed improvements are consistent with other projects approved in the District.  All other members concurred with Mr. Wilken.
  2. Contributes to the improvement and upgrading of the historical character of the Village District.  Mr. Wilken stated TRUE, the proposed materials, design and appearance are appropriate and contribute to the upgrading of the area and the District overall.  All other members concurred with Mr. Wilken.
  3. 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.
  4.  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, 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 #2016-04, as submitted.  Second by Mr. Potaracke.  Roll Call Vote to Approve Application #2016-04: Eklof (Yes), Potaracke (Yes) Wilken, (Yes) Hawk (Yes).  Motion Carried 4-0.

Finding of Fact Approvals:

 New Business: Application #2016-01; Pat Kelley of Kelley & Associates, Architects, on behalf of Richard and Beth Long; 128 West Maple Street; Construction of a Single-Car Garage with a Covered Side Porch: Approve Findings of Fact and Associated Standards and Criteria.  The Planning Commission found the request to be consistent with Chapter 1157, General Zoning Resolutions, Chapter 1159, Village Residential District, and Chapter 1161, Architectural Review Overlay District (AROD), and hereby gives approval of Application #2016-01. 

Mr. Eklof moved to approve the Findings of Fact for Application #2016-01. Second by Mr. Wilken. Eklof (Yes), Potaracke (Yes), Wilken (Yes), Hawk (Yes). Motion Carried 4-0.

Application #2016-03; Kevin Reiner of Kevin Reiner Design, on behalf of the Michael Carey; 338 North Pearl Street; Landscape Improvements: The Planning Commission found the request to be consistent with Chapter 1159, Village Residential District, Chapter 1161, Architectural Review Overlay District (AROD), and Chapter 1187, Height, Area, and Yard Variances, and hereby gives approval of Application #2016-03. 

Mr. Eklof moved to approve the Findings of Fact for Application #2016-03.  Second by Mr. Wilken. Potaracke (Yes), Wilken (Yes), Eklof (Yes), Hawk (Yes). Motion Carried 4-0.

Application #2016-04; Eileen Arant, on behalf of The Pub on Broadway; 124-126 East Broadway; Sidewalk Sign: The Planning Commission found the request to be consistent with Chapter 1161, Architectural Review Overlay District (AROD) and Chapter 1189, Signs, and hereby gives approval of Application #2016-04.   

Mr. Eklof moved to approve the Findings of Fact for Application #2016-04.  Second by Mr. Wilken. Eklof (Yes), Potaracke (Yes), Wilken (Yes), Hawk (Yes). Motion Carried 4-0.

Motion to approve absent Commission Member (if necessary):  Mr. Potaracke made a motion to excuse the absence of Mr. Burriss.  Second by Mr. Wilken.  Eklof (Yes), Potaracke (Yes), Wilken (Yes) and Hawk (Yes).  Motion Carried 4-0.

 Motion to approve the Planning Commission Meeting Minutes from January 11th, 2016 Planning Commission hearing:  Mr. Wilken made a motion to approve the minutes from the January 11th, 2016 Planning Commission Meeting.  Mr. Potaracke Second.  All in favor voice vote:  Motion carried 3-0.

Status of Village Planner Search:  Debi Walker. 

Meeting Announcements – next meetings:

February 8, 2016

February 22, 2016

March 14, 2016

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

Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 7:50 p.m.

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