Granville Community Calendar

Planning Commission Minutes July 25, 2016

GRANVILLE PLANNING COMMISSION

July 25th, 2016 7:00 pm

Minutes

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

Members Present: Mr. Hawk, Mr. Eklof, Mr. Burriss, Mr. Potaracke, Mr. Montgomery (ex-officio member Village Council, Non-Voting) Mr. Jennings (Granville School District ex-officio)

Members Absent:  Mr. Wilken.

Staff Present: Debi Walker, Acting Village Planner; Michael King, Village Law Director

Also Present: Alison Laughbaum, John Klauder, Bruce Westall, Ken Rittenhouse, Diane Anci, Karl Schneider, and Ryan Badger

Citizens’ Comments:  None.

New Business:

Application #2016-96, submitted by Alison and Josh Laughbaum, for the property located at 212 South Pearl Street.  The request is for review and approval of the structural demolition of an existing garage structure.  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 Alison Laughbaum and Debi Walker.

Discussion: Alison Laughbaum, 212 South Pearl Street, Granville, Ohio stated:

She is seeking approval for the structural demolition of an existing garage on the property.  The applicant stated the garage structure is currently deteriorating and needs to be torn down. Future plans for the space include a new garage in the same location that will be half again as large and will serve the family far better.

The Planning Commission reviewed the standards and criteria pertaining to Application #2016-96; Chapter 1162, Structural Demolition.

Mr. Potaracke made a motion to approve recommendation of Application #2016-96, as submitted, to Village Council review and approval.  Seconded by Mr. Burriss.  Roll Call Vote to Approve Application #2016-96: Burriss (Yes), Eklof (Yes), Potaracke (Yes), Hawk (Yes).  Motion Carried 4-0.

Application #2016-97, submitted by Alison and Josh Laughbaum, for the property located at 212 South Pearl Street.  The request is for architectural review and approval of the construction of a new 18’ by 20’ garage structure.  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 Alison Laughbaum and Debi Walker.

Discussion: Alison Laughbaum, 212 South Pearl Street, Granville, Ohio stated:

She is seeking the approval of the construction of a new 18’ by 20’ garage structure.  The structure will include operable double-hung windows, new siding, overhead door structure, concrete slab floor, standard framing around windows, and an upper level loft used for storage.  The vinyl siding will be the same color as the home. 

Ms. Walker informed the Commission the applicant will be need to obtain a variance from BZBA to allow the new construction to take place in the same relative location (which aligns with the current driveway); the request will be for a reduced side yard setback along the southern property line.  The applicant is scheduled to appear before BZBA on August 11th, 2016.

The Commission suggested adding snap-in dividers on the windows, so that they will appear the same as the current windows and to trim out all windows and doors as illustrated on the Commission prepared Exhibit A.

The Planning Commission reviewed the standards and criteria pertaining to Application #2016-97; Chapter 1157, General Zoning Regulations and Chapter 1161, Architectural Review Overlay District (AROD).

Mr. Burriss made a motion to approve Application #2016-97 as submitted with modifications illustrated on Exhibit A, and with the condition the applicant be granted the necessary variance approval from BZBA.  Seconded by Mr. Potaracke.  Roll Call Vote to Approve Application #2016-97: Eklof (Yes), Potaracke (Yes), Burriss (Yes), Hawk (Yes).  Motion Carried 4-0.

Application #2016-99, submitted by John Klauder, of John Klauder Landscape and Design, on behalf of Bruce and Lisa Westall, for the property located at 232 East Elm Street.  The request is for review and approval of a cut sandstone patio and steps, and privacy fencing in the rear yard.  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 John Klauder, Bruce Westall, and Debi Walker.

Discussion: John Klauder, of John Klauder Landscape Design, 950 Old River Road, Granville, Ohio stated:

He is seeking approval for a sandstone patio and steps, and privacy fencing in the rear yard.  The project will be located on the north side of the property.  The sandstone patio will be able to seat approximately 8 people, and will be accessible from the homes’ rear door.  The patio will include sandstone steps, and raised beds in the center of the patio for growing herbs.  The privacy fence will be a 6 foot high wood fence, which will be located on the eastern and northern property lines.  The fence will mimic an existing fence owned by the neighbors on the eastern side.

The Commission requested hand railings be added to the proposed stone steps to the rear door, and the fence be stained or painted within an appropriate timeframe.

Ms. Walker informed the Commission the applicant will be required to obtain a variance for total lot coverage from the BZBA; the applicant intends to make the request at the August 11th, 2016 BZBAS meeting.

The Planning Commission reviewed the standards and criteria pertaining to Application #2016-99; Chapter 1159, Village Residential District (VRD), Chapter 1161, Architectural Review Overlay District, and Chapter 1187, Height, Area, and Yard Modifications.

Mr. Burriss made a motion to approve Application #2016-99 as submitted, with the condition the applicant paint or stain the fence and advised of the possible need for a  hand railing, and that the applicant be granted the necessary receive variance from the BZBA.  Seconded by Mr. Potaracke.  Roll Call Vote to Approve Application #2016-99: Potaracke (Yes), Burriss (Yes), Eklof (Yes), Hawk (Yes).  Motion Carried 4-0.

Application #2016-100, submitted by Ken Rittenhouse, of John Klauder Landscape and Design, on behalf of Joseph Mangine and Diane Anci, for the property located at 204 South Pearl Street.  The request is for architectural review and approval of an in-ground swimming pool, paver patio, and 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 Ken Rittenhouse, Joseph Mangine, Diane Anci, and Debi Walker.

Discussion: Ken Rittenhouse, of John Klauder Landscape and Design, 218 North Prospect Street, Granville, Ohio stated:

He is proposing a whole landscape renovation for the property owners.  The renovation will include a 32’ by 16’ in-ground swimming pool, deck, and privacy fence.  Pavers will be used for the deck surrounding the pool, and a screening fence will be constructed to hide the equipment next to the garage.  A 6’wood privacy fence will be constructed to surround the rear yard.  The intent is to reuse the existing landscape, but remove some of the hard landscaping.  The applicant will go before BZBA on August 11th, 2016 to request the required total lot coverage variance required variance.

The Planning Commission reviewed the standards and criteria pertaining to Application #2016-100; Chapter 1157, Accessory Uses and Structures, Chapter 1159, Village Residential District (VRD) and Chapter 1161, Architectural Review Overlay District (AROD).

Mr. Potaracke made a motion to approve Application #2016-100 as submitted, with the condition the applicant receive the required variance approval from the BZBA.  Seconded by Mr. Burriss.  Roll Call Vote to Approve Application #2016-100: Burriss (Yes), Eklof (Yes), Potaracke (Yes), Hawk (Yes).  Motion Carried 4-0.

Work Session: Submitted by Karl Schneider, of Raccoon Creek LLC, on behalf of Middleton Senior Living, for the parcel located at the northeast corner of Columbus Road (South Cherry Street) and Weaver Drive.  The request is for review and feedback related to the proposed expansion of the Middleton Senior Living facility onto the out parcel adjacent to the main facility.

Karl Schneider and Ryan Badger, of Raccoon Creek LLC, 150 East Broad Street, Suite 305, Columbus, Ohio stated: The demand at Middleton Senior Living is high, with that; they’re planning to increase the number of assisted living units by way of an expansion of the main facility. The intent is to add up to 26 units and 9 garages spaces.  The additional units and garages will replicate the main structures architecture and overall feeling.  The units are intended to have porches; however, the grass area between the proposed new western driveway will decrease 10’ with the patios; they are continuing to look at the feasibility of the patios. Also, the existing white fence will be continued along Columbus Road.

Mr. Schneider and Mr. Badger stated that they understand their obligation and a main concern of the community is incorporating a viable and connective pedestrian path.  They stated that there are three options that are currently being considered.  Option A, would locate the path along Columbus Road and connect with the approved pathway across the front of the main facility parcel - the ground work has already be laid for this option.  Option B, would locate the path way within the interior of the site, just outside of the right-of-way, adjacent to the proposed western drive and parking. The path will be illuminated by the required lighting associated with the new construction. Option C, would locate the path at the back of the building paralleling the vehicular driveways and parking areas and connect to the path again at Weaver Drive. The path would be illuminated largely by parking lot lighting, but additional lighting may become necessary in certain locations.

Some concerns arose from the Commission with the options presented, such as, the path being isolated in option C, dedication of the pathway to the Village and associated liability issues.  Mr. King stated an easement would be required, so that Middleton would not be held responsible if anything happened on the path.  Mr. Eklof stated the path along Newark-Granville Road is also relatively isolated, and that doesn’t deter the public from using the path. 

The Commission asked about possibly combining two of the options, but Mr. Schneider stated that isn’t currently economically possible.  He did say in the future that may become a possibility.

Finding of Fact Approvals:

New Business: Application #2016-96; Alison and Josh Laughbaum; 212 South Pearl Street; Structural Demolition of a Garage: Approve Findings of Fact and Associated Standards and Criteria

Mr. Eklof moved to approve the Findings of Fact for Application #2016-96. Seconded by Mr. Burriss. Eklof (Yes), Potaracke (Yes), Burriss (Yes), Hawk (Yes). Motion Carried 4-0.

Application #2016-97; Alison and Josh Laughbaum; 212 South Pearl Street; Construction of an 18’ by 20’ Garage: Approve Findings of Fact and Associated Standards and Criteria Mr. Eklof moved to approve the Findings of Fact for Application #2016-97. Seconded by Mr. Burriss. Potaracke (Yes), Burriss (Yes), Eklof (Yes), Hawk (Yes). Motion Carried 4-0.

Application #2016-99; John Klauder, of John Klauder Landscape and Design, for Bruce and Lisa Westall; 232 East Elm Street; Stone Patio, Steps, and Privacy Fencing: Approve Findings of Fact and Associated Standards and Criteria Mr. Eklof moved to approve the Findings of Fact for Application #2016-99. Seconded by Mr. Burriss. Burriss (Yes), Eklof (Yes), Potaracke (Yes), Hawk (Yes). Motion Carried 4-0.

Application #2016-100; Ken Rittenhouse, of John Klauder Landscape and Design, for Joseph Mangine and Diane Anci; 204 South Pearl Street; In-ground Swimming Pool, Paver Patio, and Fencing: Approve Findings of Fact and Associated Standards and Criteria Mr. Eklof moved to approve the Findings of Fact for Application #2016-100. Seconded by Mr. Burriss. Eklof (Yes), Potaracke (Yes), Burriss (Yes), Hawk (Yes). Motion Carried 4-0.

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

Motion to approve the Planning Commission Meeting Minutes from July 11th, 2016 Planning Commission hearing:  Mr. Eklof made a motion to approve the minutes from July 11th, 2016 Planning Commission Meeting.  Mr. Potaracke seconded.  All in favor voice vote:  Motion carried 4-0.

Meeting Announcements – next meetings:

August 8th, 2016

August 22nd, 2016

September 12th, 2016

Other Business: The Commission expressed their concern with the possible fence removal at Fackler Country Gardens.  They have heard the company is changing from a landscaping business to an equipment rental business, and would like to understand the changes Fackler’s intend to make to the property.

Ms. Walker stated she would contact George Fackler to set up a meeting at Village Hall either by phone or in person.

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 8:33 p.m.

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