BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS
March 2, 2010
Mayor Patricia Goudy
City Staff Members Present:
The Board of Zoning Appeals meeting was called to order on March 2, 2010 by Mrs. Thomas-Roth.
Attendance was taken and all members of the Board of Zoning Appeals were present.
1. Mrs. Thomas-Roth asked if there were any additions or corrections from the minutes from the December 1, 2009 meeting. There were no corrections so Mr. Marsh moved that the minutes be accepted as prepared. Mr. Bruns seconded the motion. Mrs. Thomas-Roth abstained and the other members voted in favor of the motion. The December 1, 2009 minutes of the Board of Zoning Appeals were accepted.
2. 10-01 – Special Exception request from Allen Thrush and Steve Raus regarding the parking spaces requirement for 105 West Martindale Road for a new business, All Classic Parts.
Property owner, Allen Thrush was present along with the new renter, Steve Raus, owner of All Classic Parts.
Mrs. Thomas-Roth said she had driven by the property and asked if anyone had any comments.
Mrs. Winemiller said she had met with Mr. Thrush about a month ago concerning this. Mr. Raus is the new tenant and the owner of All Classic Parts. He is requesting a special exception on the parking regulations.
Based on information provided by Mr. Raus, he is the owner and only employee of the company. Most of the sales are handled through the Internet but occasionally a customer could come by to pick up a part. Since most of the sales are done through the Internet, customers receive their orders by mail. Mr. Raus would not need much parking for customers or employees.
Mrs. Winemiller said that no parking is allowed on the south side of Martindale Road but parking is allowed on the north side between the Union Tire entrance and the fire bay entrance at the fire station.
Mrs. Winemiller added that this business would be a good use for the building and a good business for the city. She said that staff recommends the granting of this special exception.
Mr. Bruns verified that this special exception would be strictly for this particular business and would not continue on to the next owner or renter.
Mr. Marsh asked Mr. Raus if he was a tenant and Mr. Thrush would also continue to have a business there. Mr. Thrush answered that he has a business in Brookville. Since purchasing the property at 105 West Martindale, his office and show room space in Brookville has expanded and he currently does not need the building in Union any more. He said he had been in the property for ten to eleven years and the parking had never been an issue.
Mrs. Winemiller said that originally, Mr. Hine had owned the adjoining building lot and parking was permitted in the adjoining lot through Mr. Hine.
In response to a question about allowing parking on the south side of West Martindale, Mrs. Winemiller said that parking was not permitted and signs had been up at one time, then taken down and not put back up.
On the other side of the street, the parking had been moved west per residents’ complaints, and they were trying to keep that area of Martindale clear by the intersection.
Mr. Bruns said this business would be a perfect use for this building.
Mr. Thrush asked if parking on the south side would ever be possible. Mr. Bruns said in traffic studies done by Richard Oaks, the city’s traffic engineer, there could not be any parking. A comment was also made that no cars should be parked there because of emergency vehicles coming from the fire station, headed to the east.
Mrs. Winemiller said the temporary parking by a UPS delivery truck would not be an issue. Mr. Raus said that he would have some product delivered and shipped by UPS with them stopping by no more than once or twice a week. Most of the items are shipped directly to the customer through the United States Postal Service.
In response to a question about the hours of operation, he said he would be the only one working there and he generally worked from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. He said he would work an occasional Saturday but not on Sundays. He said there could be an occasional walk in customer but he did not expect many. He said this business is very specialized. He sells restoration parts for vehicles with specific models and years.
In response to an inquiry about business signs, a sign is permitted and has been approved by the city.
Mr. Bruns moved that the Special Exception request on the parking space requirement be granted. Mayor Goudy seconded the motion. All concurred and the Special Exception for parking spaces for 105 West Martindale Road was granted.
Mr. Marsh commented that 105 West Martindale Road was at one time Union’s city hall, and had been the old Randolph Township hall and was built in the 1880’s.
3. Open Agenda
Mrs. Winemiller said the city has initiated a rezoning on 79 acres known as the Waterwheel Farm or Don Thies property. The property, if rezoned, would change from Agricultural-Residential to Light-Industrial. This is the land that the annexation had just been resolved in a Supreme court appeal process.
4. Mr. Marsh moved that the Board of Zoning Appeals meeting be adjourned. Mr. Bruns seconded the motion. All concurred and the meeting was adjourned.