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Planning Commission Minutes March 14, 2016

GRANVILLE PLANNING COMMISSION

March 14, 2016 7:00pm

Minutes

Members Present: Jack Burriss, Doug Eklof (Vice Chair), Steven Hawk (Chair), Craig Potaracke, Bill Wilken and Rob Montgomery (Council Ex-officio)

Members Absent:  None

Staff Present: Acting Planner Debi Walker

Also Present: James Browder, Steve Mershon, Candi Moore and Mary Morales-Rivera

As no one appeared to speak, Chair Hawk closed Citizens Comments.

Old Business: There was no Old Business

New Business: 326 East College Street – James Browder - Application #2016-12

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

The request is for architectural review and approval of the removal of the removal of an asphalt driveway and replacement with concrete

Swearing in of Witnesses – Mr. Hawk swore in Debi Walker and James Browder. 

Discussion: James Browder, 326 East College Street, indicated that he was replacing an asphalt drive with a concrete drive using the same footprint. 

Planner Walker advised the Commission that this application was very straight forward.

The Planning Commission reviewed the Standards and Criteria pertaining to Application #2016-12:

  1. Is stylistically compatible with other new, renovated and old structures in the Village District?  Mr. Burriss stated TRUE; the project is similar to other projects that have been approved in the District.  All other members concurred with Mr. Burriss.
  2. Contributes to the improvement and upgrading of the historical character of the Village District.  Mr. Burriss stated TRUE; the proposed materials are consistent, appropriate in appearance and contribute to the upgrading of the home and the District overall.  All other members concurred with Mr. Burriss.
  3. Contributes to the continuing vitality of the District.  Mr. Burriss stated TRUE; the materials and design selected contribute to the vitality of a historic home and thereby contribute to the vitality of the District overall.  All other members concurred with Mr. Burriss.
  4.  Protects and enhances examples of the physical surroundings in which past generations livedMr. Burriss stated TRUE; that although the proposed replacement materials are modern, the appearance is consistent with the architecture and improve the appearance of the area and thereby improving the home and protecting the physical surroundings in which past generations lived.  All other members concurred with Mr. Burriss. 

Mr. Wilken made a motion to approve Application #2016-12 as presented.  Second by Mr. Potaracke.    Roll call vote to approve Application #2016-12:  Burriss (yes), Eklof (yes), Hawk (yes), Potaracke (yes), Wilken (yes).  Motion carried 5-0.

405 East College Street – Mike Flood on behalf of Steve Mershon and Candi Moore- Application #2016-18

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

The request is for architectural review and approval of landscape improvements including a wood pergola, grape trellis and low stone edged garden beds.

Swearing in of Witnesses – Mr. Hawk swore in Debi Walker, Steve Mershon and Candi Moore. 

Discussion: Candi Moore, 405 East College Street, indicated that they wanted to improve their current landscaping by removing existing Arborvitae and replacing it with a pergola and new landscape materials including a grape trellis in the back and raised flower beds. 

Steve Mershon, 205 East College Street, added that a five to six foot fence would also be added next to the existing boxwood.  The columns for the fence would be the same height as the boxwood hedge.  The fence would be place six inches to twelve inches from the property line.

Acting Planner Walker indicated that all of the improvements are historically accurate.  The fence would have to be six feet or under and could be place anywhere including on the property line.

The Planning Commission reviewed the standards and criteria pertaining to Application #2016-18:

  1. Is stylistically compatible with other new, renovated and old structures in the Village District?  Mr. Burriss stated TRUE; the project is consistent with other projects that have been approved in the District.  All other members concurred with Mr. Burriss.
  2. Contributes to the improvement and upgrading of the historical character of the Village District.  Mr. Burriss stated TRUE; the proposed materials are appropriate historically accurate in appearance and contribute to the upgrading of the home and the District overall.  All other members concurred with Mr. Burriss.
  3. Contributes to the continuing vitality of the District.  Mr. Burriss stated TRUE; the living materials and design selected contribute to the vitality of a historic home with historically accurate improvements and thereby contributing to the vitality of the District overall.  All other members concurred with Mr. Burriss.
  4.  Protects and enhances examples of the physical surroundings in which past generations livedMr. Burriss stated TRUE; the materials are historically accurate and consistent with the architecture of the area and thereby improving the home with historically accurate living materials and improvements protects the physical surroundings in which past generations lived.  All other members concurred with Mr. Burriss. 

Mr. Wilken made a motion to approve Application #2016-18 as presented.  Second by Mr. Potaracke.   Roll call vote to approve Application #2016-18:  Eklof (yes), Hawk (yes), Potaracke (yes), Wilken (yes), Burriss (yes).  Motion carried 5-0.

134 1/2 East Broadway – Mary Morales-Rivera - Application #2016-19

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

The request is for architectural review and approval of a wall sign.

Swearing in of Witnesses – Mr. Hawk swore in Debi Walker and Mary Morales-Rivera. 

Discussion: Mary Morales-Rivera, 134 East Broadway, stated that her application was for a new sign for the second floor bed and breakfast, La Luna.  The sign was designed by Jodi Melfi.

Acting Planner Walker indicated that the sign was well within the square footage allowed with good detail and design.

The Planning Commission reviewed the standards and criteria pertaining to Application #2016-19:

  1.  Is stylistically compatible with other new, renovated and old structures in the Village District?  Mr. Burriss stated TRUE; the proposed signage is consistent, complimentary and similar in style to other signage within the District.  All other Planning Commission members concurred with Mr. Burriss.
  2.  Contributes to the improvement and upgrading of the historical character of the Village District.  Mr. Burriss stated TRUE; the proposed signage does contribute to the improvement and upgrading of a commercial structure and maintains the historical nature of the building.  All other Planning Commission members concurred with Mr. Burriss.
  3. Contributes to the continuing vitality of the District.  Mr. Burriss stated TRUE; the proposed signage contributes to the continuing vitality of a commercial business, which contributes to the continuing vitality of the District.  All other Planning Commission members concurred with Mr. Burriss.
  4.  Protects and enhances examples of the physical surroundings in which past generations lived.  Mr. Burriss stated TRUE; the proposed historically accurate signage does protect and enhance the physical surroundings in which past generations lived.  All other Planning Commission members concurred with Mr. Burriss.

Mr. Wilken made a motion to approve Application #2016-19 as presented.  Second by Mr. Potaracke.    Roll call vote to approve Application #2016-19:  Hawk (yes), Potaracke (yes), Wilken (yes), Burriss (yes), Eklof (yes).  Motion carried 5-0.

134 1/2 East Broadway – Mary Morales-Rivera - Application #2016-20

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

The request is for architectural review and approval of a projecting sign.

Swearing in of Witnesses – Mr. Hawk swore in Debi Walker and Mary Morales-Rivera. 

Discussion: Mary Morales-Rivera, 134 East Broadway, indicated that this sign was the same as the previous sign, just a hanging version.

Acting Planner Walker commented that staff was in support of approving this application.

The Planning Commission reviewed the standards and criteria pertaining to Application #2016-20:

  1. Is stylistically compatible with other new, renovated and old structures in the Village District?  Mr. Burriss stated TRUE; the proposed signage is consistent, complimentary and similar in style to other signage within the District.  All other Planning Commission members concurred with Mr. Burriss.
  2. Contributes to the improvement and upgrading of the historical character of the Village District.  Mr. Burriss stated TRUE; the proposed signage does contribute to the improvement and upgrading of a commercial structure and provides for an appropriate historical presentation.  All other Planning Commission members concurred with Mr. Burriss.
  3. Contributes to the continuing vitality of the District.  Mr. Burriss stated TRUE; the proposed signage contributes to the continuing vitality of a commercial business, which contributes to the continuing vitality of the District.  All other Planning Commission members concurred with Mr. Burriss.
  4. Protects and enhances examples of the physical surroundings in which past generations lived.  Mr. Burriss stated TRUE; the proposed historically accurate signage does protect and enhance the physical surroundings in which past generations lived.  All other Planning Commission members concurred with Mr. Burriss.

Mr. Wilken made a motion to approve Application #2016-20 as presented.  Second by Mr. Potaracke.    Roll call vote to approve Application #2016-20:  Potaracke (yes), Wilken (yes), Burriss (yes), Eklof (yes), Hawk (yes).  Motion carried 5-0.

Mr. Wilken suggested that some applications submitted to the Planning Commission could be part of a consent agenda instead of being presented singly.  Law Director King concurred stating that the minute approvals, absences, meeting announcements, some applications and connected Findings of Fact could be approved through the use of a consent agenda.  However, all members of the Commission would have to agree on all aspects of an application, minutes, etc. or such an item would have to be pulled.

Finding of Fact Approvals:

New Business: 326 East College Street – James Browder - Application #2016-12, Replacement of asphalt driveway with concrete   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 Section 1187, Height, Area and Yard Modifications, and hereby gives their approval of Application #2016-12 as submitted by the applicant.

Mr. Eklof moved to approve the Findings of Fact for Application #2016-12. Second by Mr. Wilken.  Roll call vote to approve Application #2016-12:  Wilken (yes), Burriss (yes), Eklof (yes), Hawk (yes), Potaracke (yes).  Motion carried 5-0.

405 East College Street – Mike Flood on behalf of Steve Mershon and Candi Moore - Application #2016-18, Landscape improvements   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 Section 1187, Height, Area and Yard Modifications, and hereby gives their approval of Application #2016-18 as submitted by the applicant.

Mr. Eklof moved to approve the Findings of Fact for Application #2016-18. Second by Mr. Wilken.  Roll call vote to approve Application #2016-18:  Burriss (yes), Eklof (yes), Hawk (yes), Potaracke (yes), Wilken (yes).  Motion carried 5-0.

134 1/2 East Broadway – Mary Morales-Rivera - Application #2016-19, Wall Sign

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 Chapter 1189, Signs,  and hereby gives their approval of Application #2016-19 as submitted by the applicant.

Mr. Eklof moved to approve the Findings of Fact for Application #2016-19. Second by Mr. Wilken.   Roll call vote to approve Application #2016-19:  Eklof (yes), Hawk (yes), Potaracke (yes), Wilken (yes), Burriss (yes).  Motion carried 5-0.

134 1/2 East Broadway – Mary Morales-Rivera - Application #2016-20, Projecting Sign

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 Chapter 1189, Signs,  and hereby gives their approval of Application #2016-20 as submitted by the applicant.

Mr. Eklof moved to approve the Findings of Fact for Application #2016-20. Second by Mr. Wilken.   Roll call vote to approve Application #2016-20:  Hawk (yes), Potaracke (yes), Wilken (yes), Burriss (yes), Eklof (yes).  Motion carried 5-0.

Denison Performing Arts Complex Discussion

Mr. Hawk encouraged Denison University to request a work session with the Planning Commission regarding the new arts complex on their lower quad due to the travesty that happened in the past.  He indicated that he looked forward to meeting with Denison.

Mr. Wilken indicated that he had spoken with adjoining residents, who attended a meeting where the project was discussed and plans presented.  He hoped that Denison would work with the Planning Commission as they had on the Granville Inn project.  Mr. Wilken also indicated that the Village might need to change zoning regulations as a result of this project.  Mr. Wilken added that he had heard at the Ace Morgan Theater was to a razed to be replaced by a parking lot.  He was concerned about the necessary screening and other issues involved with such a design. 

Law Director King added that it would be appropriate to request a work session with Denison, such as the sessions held to review the plans for the Granville Inn.

Motion to approve the Planning Commission Meeting Minutes from February 8, 2016:  Mr. Eklof made a motion to approve the minutes from the February 8, 2016 Planning Commission meeting.  Mr. Wilken second.  Motion carried.

Mr. Eklof advised that he had heard on the radio that there would be coffee carts on the street corners of the Village.  No one was aware of any such requests.  Those requests would be reviewed by the Village Manager and not reviewed under the food truck ordinance.

Mr. Burriss mentioned that number of sandwich board signs that were being left out after business hours.  Acting Planner Walker responded that she was aware of the issue and would be sending letters to the businesses involved.

As there was no further business, Mr. Hawk adjourned the meeting. 

Adjournment:  7:35 PM

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Monday, March 28, 2016

Monday, April 11, 2016

Monday, April 25, 2016

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