PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING
City Staff Members Present:
Mr. Shields called the planning commission meeting to order. Attendance was taken and Mr. Beyer was absent.
1. Mr. Shields asked if there were any additions or corrections on the minutes of the September 9, 2003 meeting. There were no comments so Mr. Marsh moved that the minutes be approved. Mayor Packard seconded the motion. Mr. Shields abstained, the other board members voted for the motion and the minutes were approved.
2. 04-01 - A request from Rob Gessner Builders for a variance in the side yard requirement from 10 feet to 8 feet for 115 Heckman Drive for a new house.
Mr. Applegate said the variance was needed so the house could be built. He said that staff recommends the approval of the variance. Mr. Gessner owns the lot.
Mr. Marsh moved that the two foot variance be granted. Mayor Packard seconded the motion. All concurred and the variance was granted.
3. 04-02 - A request from Anne and Joseph Talafous on behalf of Evelyn Hanning for a variance in the front yard set back from 30 feet to 15 feet and the rear yard set back from 40 feet to 30 feet for a two car garage on the property located south of 209 North Main Street.
Mr. Applegate said that the staff recommends granting this variance. This would be for a two car garage. The shape of the lot requires a variance for the garage to be installed. The building will be set back further than the other houses in the area.
Mr. Marsh moved that the variance be granted. Mrs. Thomas-Roth seconded the motion. All concurred and the variance was granted.
4. 04-03 - A Special Exception request from Pamela S. Howard for the size of parking spaces for 111 North Main Street.
Mr. Applegate said this was an owner occupied business and was doing well. To further expand her antique business, a commercial building will be built and the parking require spaces to be 10 feet by 20 feet. To have enough spaces, Ms. Howard is asking for a reduction in the size of the parking spaces to 9 feet by 18 feet. Mr. Applegate said she has done a lot of work and is continually improving the property. Mr. Applegate said it was the staff's recommendation to approve the request for a special exception.
Mayor Packard moved that the special exception request be granted. Mr. Shields seconded the motion. All concurred and the special exception was granted.
5. 04-04 - A request from Brian and Rebecca Gruber for a variance in sign regulations for 114 South Main Street for a State Farm office.
said that Mr. Gruber had purchased the old Owl Drugs building
and was asking for a variance from the signs regulations. He
wanted to put one illuminated sign by the door and a 6 x 8 foot
illuminated sign on the side of the building. These two signs
exceed the square foot limit of thirty square feet.
Zoning Inspector Glen Green had taken pictures of the building with a 6 x 8 foot piece of cardboard mounted on the wall, representing the sign, so the board could see the proportion of the sign compared to the size of the building. The building will have some additional windows added and there will other improvements in the front of the building. The entrance will only be from Sheets Street and Mr. Gruber will allow the city to remove the old, pole sign by the street. Mr. Marsh had some questions as to the size of the signs, the effectiveness of the sign and the length of time it would be lit.
Mr. Applegate showed the board the floor plan of the two office building spaces for the lower level. Mr. Gruber will continue renting the upstairs apartments and will lease out the space below for a second office.
Mr. Gruber will also be painting the building. He is planning additional landscaping for the exterior and attractive lighting in the interior.
Mr. Marsh also expressed concern about the additional office tenant needing an additional sign. Mr. Applegate said he would have to come before the board of zoning appeals board to have it approved. Mr. Marsh was also still concerned about the size of the 6 x 8 foot sign.
Mr. Marsh asked about the entry way shown on the plans and there will be only one entryway off of Sheets Street. Mr. Marsh said he would ordinarily be opposed to this request due to the size and illumination of the sign except the renovations and upgrading on a building on Main Street appealed to him.
Mayor Packard moved that the variance be approved. Mrs. Thomas-Roth seconded the motion. All concurred and the variance for the business sign was accepted.
6. Open Agenda
Mr. Applegate discussed the number of homes built in Union in 2003 was eighty-three and that the square footage amount of each home was increasing.
Mr. Applegate said there was a memorandum in the board's packet explaining that since October 12 was a holiday the council meeting had been moved to Tuesday October 13, the evening of a planning commission meeting. Mr. Applegate suggested they have the Planning Commission meeting on Wednesday, October 14. Mr. Marsh said he would not be able to attend any meetings on Wednesday so as the meeting date approaches, they will discuss the matter again.
7. Mr. Marsh moved that the Board of Zoning Appeals meeting be adjourned. Mayor Packard seconded the motion. All concurred and the Board of Zoning Appeals meeting was adjourned.