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Planning Commission December 12, 2016

GRANVILLE PLANNING COMMISSION

December 12, 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. Burriss, Mr. Potaracke, Mr. Wilken, Mr. Montgomery (ex-officio member Village Council, Non-Voting)

Members Absent:  Mr. Jennings.

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

Also Present: Karl Schneider, Jack Lucks, Art Chonko and John Mathis.

Citizens’ Comments:  None.

Old Business:

Application #2016-113 (Amended), submitted by Karl Schneider on behalf of Middleton Senior Living, for the property located at 1500 Weaver Drive and the adjacent parcel along Columbus Road.  The request is for review and approval of an amendment to the previously approved number of columns associated with covered patio areas.  The property is zoned Village Gateway District (VGD).

Swearing in of Witnesses:  Mr. Hawk swore in Karl Schneider, Jack Lucks and Debi Walker Yost.

Discussion:

Jack Lucks, Raccoon Creek Limited, LLC, 150 East Broad Street, Suite 350, Columbus, Ohio stated:

He is seeking approval to amend the previously approved number of columns related to the covered patios from three columns to four columns.  He stated the project architect would like to maintain continuity with and retain the symmetry of the existing main building. The Commissioners had no particular concerns related to allowing the return to four columns.

The Planning Commission reviewed the standards and criteria pertaining to Application #2016-113 (Amended); Chapter 1173, Village Gateway District (VGD).

Mr. Wilken made a motion to approve Application #2016-113 (Amended) as submitted.  Second by Mr. Potaracke.  Roll Call Vote to Approve Application #2016-113 (Amended): Burriss (Yes), Potaracke (Yes), Wilken (Yes), and Hawk (Yes).  Motion Carried 4-0.

Mr. Potaracke made a motion to amend the agenda for Application #2016-141 to appear first. Second by Mr. Wilken.  Motion Carried 4-0.

New Business:

Application #2016-141, submitted by John Mathis, for the property located at 233 East Broadway.  The request is for review and approval of the installation of 58 linear feet of 28” tall black wrought-iron fence along the western property line.  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 Mathis and Debi Walker Yost.

Discussion:

John Mathis, 233 East Broadway, Granville, Ohio stated:

He is seeking approval for the removal of a chicken-wire fence and installation of a 58 foot section of 28” tall wrought-iron fencing along the western property line. The new fencing will begin just to the south of the existing black wrought-iron style fencing and will extend south for approximately 58 feet.

 

The Planning Commission reviewed the standards and criteria pertaining to Application #2016-141; Chapter 1161 Architectural Review Overlay District (AROD).

 

Mr. Potaracke made a motion to approve Application #2016-141 as submitted.  Second by Mr. Wilken.  Roll Call Vote to Approve Application #2016-141: Burriss (Yes), Potaracke (Yes), Wilken (Yes), Hawk (Yes).  Motion Carried 4-0.

 

Application #2016-137, submitted by Art Chonko, on behalf of Denison University, for the property located at 211 West College.  The request is for review and recommendation of approval to Village Council for the demolition of the present Ace Morgan Theater structure.  The request will allow for the construction of a new Performing Arts Center, and needed parking areas for the new facility.  The property is zoned Village Institutional District (VID), is located within the Architectural Review Overlay District (AROD) and the Transportation Corridor Overlay District (TCOD).

 

Swearing in of Witnesses:  Mr. Hawk swore in Art Chonko and Debi Walker Yost.

 

Discussion:

Art Chonko, 1205 North Street, Granville, Ohio stated:

He is seeking the approval for the demolition of the Ace Morgan Theater.  Mr. Hawk stated that he has reviewed a letter authored by the Granville Historical Society, and submitted to Village Staff, dated August 18, 2016, stating that, after careful consideration, the Historical Society has no objection to the demolition of the 1950’s building.  Mr. Potaracke asked if the architects would carry forward any memorial plaques or dedications related to ‘Ace’ Morgan – as it seems appropriate to do so somewhere within the new structure. Mr. Chonko stated the architects intend to salvage some materials to incorporate into the building; and that they (Denison) would look into markers for a dedication to Mr. Morgan.

 

The Planning Commission reviewed the standards and criteria pertaining to Application #2016-137; Chapter 1162, Structural Demolition.

 

Mr. Potaracke made a motion to approve Application #2016-137 as submitted.  Second by Mr. Wilken.  Roll Call Vote to Approve Application #2016-137: Potaracke (Yes), Wilken (Yes), Burriss (Yes), Hawk (Yes).  Motion Carried 4-0.

 

Application #2016-138, submitted by Art Chonko, on behalf of Denison University, for the property located at 211 West College. The request is for review and approval of the construction of a new Performing Arts Center with landscape features, partial renovation of Burke Hall, and the creation of parking lot areas to serve the new structure.  The property is zoned Village Institutional District (VID), is located within the Architectural Review Overlay District (AROD) and the Transportation Corridor Overlay District (TCOD).

 

Swearing in of Witnesses:  Mr. Hawk swore in Art Chonko, Matt Janiack, Kevin Reiner, David English and Debi Walker Yost.

 

Discussion:

Art Chonko, 1205 North Street, Granville, Ohio stated:

Since the last Work Session with Planning Commission, WRL Architects and Denison have worked to meet all applicable code requirements for the project and have adjusted the landscape and parking issues alleviating the need to request a parking-related variance from the BZBA.

Matt Janiack, WRL Architects, Cleveland, Ohio stated:  Offered an in-depth discussion of the project scope to bring the audience and Planning Commissioners up to date. The discussion was about the number of parking spaces required. Mr. Janiak stated there are approximately 300 available parking spaces on campus to be jointly used when looking at this project. The project will add an additional 100 seats with the Performing Arts Center, which were taken into account when calculating the number of parking spaces required. He added that, by all estimations, the students attending events at the Center would be walking down from upper campus. Mrs. Yost added that Staff would be monitoring the upper campus parking spaces dedicated to this project to prevent them from being erroneously doubly assigned to future projects. Mr. Janiak stated changes to the building’s design since the last meeting included:  additional detailing on the south elevation, stronger entry design, east and west elevations are now more similar in design and materials, the Stage House color has been changed from white to red, and the height will be 57’ 6” and materials will stay the same. 

The Commission appreciated the changes made, but still questioned some of the conservative design choices. Mr. Janiack informed the Commission that the firm met with a number of members from the community and received positive feedback for the style chosen.

Kevin Reiner, 219 West Broadway, Granville, Ohio stated:  He likes the structure, but is also concerned with some of the design elements.  He suggested incorporating design elements from other buildings on campus onto the new Performing Arts Center, using a classic look on the south side, and possibly adding white to the brick.  A brief discussion about lighting took place to the satisfaction of everyone.  Mr. Chonko stated safety lights will be on at all times, while the parking lights will be dimmed.  They also stated the colors chosen for materials are consistent with other colors around campus.

A main concern from the Commission still revolved around parking being utilized by students when public performances are going on, and how the University plans to stop students from using the parking spaces at the new Arts Center.

David English, 138 North Main Street, Granville, Ohio stated:  The University could expand the shuttle reach to deter students from parking in the public spaces during public performances.

Mrs. Yost asked the Commission if the Stage House would be considered to have potential  landmark character.  If not, the BZBA will need to grant a variance for the height of the structure.  The Commission agreed the Stage House met all characteristics for a potential landmark structure.

 

The Planning Commission reviewed the standards and criteria pertaining to Application #2016-138; Chapter 1159, Village Industrial District (VID), Chapter 1161, Architectural Review Overlay District (AROD), Chapter 1176, Transportation Corridor Overlay District (TCOD), Chapter 1183, Off-Street Parking and Loading and Chapter 1187, Height, Area and Yard Modifications.

 

Mr. Burriss made a motion to deem the Performing Arts structure a landmark.  Second by Mr. Potaracke.  Roll Call Vote: Burriss (Yes), Potaracke (Yes), Wilken (Yes), Hawk (Yes).  Motion Carried 4-0.

 

Mr. Potaracke made a motion to approve Application #2016-138 as submitted with the condition that the applicant receive the required General Use Permit from Village Council for the proposed steps and retaining walls to be constructed in the Village right-of-way; and with the stipulation that, with the exception of students with handicapped tags and/or physical injuries, students should be precluded from parking in the Performing Arts Center parking lots during public performances.  Second by Mr. Wilken.  Roll Call Vote to Approve Application #2016-138: Wilken (Yes), Burriss (Yes), Potaracke (Yes), Hawk (Yes).  Motion Carried 4-0.

 

Finding of Fact Approvals:

 

Old Business:

 

Application #2016-113 (Amended); Submitted by Karl Schneider of Raccoon Creek Senior Living, LLC; 1500 Weaver Drive; Amended request related to the number of columns associated with covered patios:  Approve Findings of Fact and Associated Standards and Criteria

 

Mr. Wilken moved to approve the Findings of Fact for Application #2016-113 (Amended).  Second by Mr. Burriss.  Wilken (Yes), Burriss (Yes), Potaracke (Yes), Hawk (Yes).  Motion Carried 4-0.

 

New Business:

 

Application #2016-141; John Mathis; 233 East Broadway; Fencing project:  Approve Findings of Fact and Associated Standards and Criteria

 

Mr. Wilken moved to approve the Findings of Fact for Application #2016-141.  Second by Mr. Burriss.  Burriss (Yes), Potaracke (Yes), Wilken (Yes), Hawk (Yes).  Motion Carried 4-0.

 

Application #2016-137; Art Chonko on behalf of Denison University; 211 West College; Recommendation of approval for the structural demolition of Ace Morgan Theater structure:  Approve Findings of Fact and Associated Standards and Criteria

 

Mr. Wilken moved to approve the Findings of Fact for Application #2016-137.  Second by Mr. Burriss.  Wilken (Yes), Burriss (Yes), Potaracke (Yes), Hawk (Yes).  Motion Carried 4-0.

 

Application #2016-138; Art Chonko on behalf of Denison University; 211 West College; Construction of new Performing Arts Center building and landscape features, partial renovation of Burke Hall, and the construction of a parking lot area associated with the new structure:  Approve Findings of Fact and Associated Standards and Criteria

 

Mr. Wilken moved to approve the Findings of Fact for Application #2016-138.  Second by Mr. Burriss.  Burriss (Yes), Potaracke (Yes), Wilken (Yes), Hawk (Yes).  Motion Carried 4-0.

 

Motion to approve absent Commission Members:  Not Necessary.

 

Motion to approve the Planning Commission Meeting Minutes from November 28, 2016 Planning Commission hearing:  Mr. Wilken made a motion to approve the minutes from November 28, 2016 Planning Commission Meeting.  Mr. Burriss Second.  All in favor voice vote:  Motion carried 4-0.

 

Meeting Announcements – next meetings:

January 9, 2017

January 23, 2017

 

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 8:43 p.m.

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