Union City Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals Meeting Minutes
 
Second Quarter 2000
 
April 11, 2000, Meeting Minutes
May 9, 2000, Meeting Minutes
June 13, 2000, Meeting Minutes
 

April 11, 2000

BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS MINUTES

 
Members Present:
Lynn Thomas Roth
Glynn Marsh
Mayor Packard
Larry Beyer
 
City Staff Members Present:
John Applegate
Denise Winemiller
 
Mrs. Lynn Thomas Roth called the April 11, 2000 meeting of the Board of Zoning Appeals to order. Attendance was taken and the following board members were present: Mrs. Thomas-Roth, Mr. Marsh, Mayor Packard, and Mr. Beyer. Other city staff members present were John P. Applegate, City Manager, and Denise Winemiller, Clerk of Council.
1. Mrs. Thomas Roth asked if there were any additions or corrections to the minutes from the December 14, 1999 meeting. Mr. Marsh asked that the minutes be changed to reflect that Mr. Applegate was not in attendance at that meeting, as he was out of town. This was confirmed and Mrs. Winemiller noted that this change would be made. A motion was made by Mrs. Thomas-Roth to accept the minutes as corrected. The second was made by Mr. Marsh and the minutes were approved as corrected.
2. Mrs. Thomas-Roth asked if there were any additions or corrections to the minutes of the March 14, 2000 meeting. Mr.
Marsh noted that in the first paragraph of the minutes the sign measurements should have read 36" by 44", not 36" by 34". Mr. Marsh made a motion that the minutes be accepted as corrected. Mr. Beyer seconded and the minutes were approved as corrected.
3. The third item on the agenda was an application from JZ homes for a variance on the rear yard requirement for 212 and 214 Jay Road (Lots 252/253) in Union Ridge. Mr. Samuelson of JZ homes was to be in attendance, but was not present at the opening of the meeting. Mr. Marsh questioned the address difference - Jay Road appeared on the application and Warner Dr. appeared on the exhibit. Mr. Applegate confirmed that the Jay Road address was correct. Mr. Marsh made a motion that since Mr. Samuelson was not in attendance that the applications 00-03 and 00-04 be tabled until a JZ representative could attend. There followed a discussion by members of the board concerning procedures used by JZ in the building of homes in Union, and the consensus seemed to be that the board is becoming frustrated with the many variance requests by JZ homes in the Union Ridge subdivision. Mr. Beyer then seconded the motion to table application 00-03 and 00-04. Mr. Packard voted no and Ms. Thomas Roth, Mr. Marsh and Mr. Beyer voted yes. Motion carried to table the variance request.
At this point Mr. Samuelson, manager of JZ homes, arrived at the meeting and apologized for the delay because of I-75 road construction. Mr. Beyer then made a motion to place applications 00-03 and 00-04 back on the agenda for this evening's meeting. Ms. Thomas Roth seconded the motion and the motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Samuelson gave some detailed information on JZ plans for Concord Meadows and discussion followed on specific plans for home models as regards - design changes, different elevations, etc.
Mr. Marsh then returned the discussion to Lots 252 & 253 in Union Ridge. Mr. Samuelson reported these are the ones under contract with a strong interest being expressed on lots 254 & 255. The homes are approximately. 1,250 square feet. JZ is trying to bring the quality up with a bump out of 4' to make the homes more spacious. Mr. Marsh asked if the rear property owners abutting these lots had been notified and Mr. Samuelson reported they had not been. Mr. Marsh also stated to Mr. Samuelson that he had a problem with the number of variances that had been requested by JZ since 1998 on a total of 88 units ( 44 buildings). Mr. Marsh commented that he does not want to see a repetitive pattern in Concord Meadows with a high number of variance requests. Mr. Samuelson stated that they are constantly trying to improve and they are now building in North Dayton (Bellefountain Meadows) and in Xenia. John Applegate mentioned that originally the lots in question were designed for homes by other builders. Those builders left the development and JZ homes came in after the fact, having to design around the smaller lot sizes.
Mr. Marsh made a motion that 00-03 be accepted - An application from JZ homes for a variance on the year yard requirement for 212 and 214 Jay road (lots 252/253) in Union Ridge. Mr. Beyer seconded the motion and the motion carried with all members voting yes.
4. A discussion followed on lots 254/255 with Mr. Samuelson indicating that he intended to build the building as a larger unit. Mr. Packard made a motion to accept 00-04 - An application from JZ homes for a variance on the rear yard requirement for 216 & 218 Jay Rd. (Lots 254/255) in Union Ridge. Mrs. Thomas Roth seconded the motion and all members voted yes.
5. Mr. Marsh made a motion that the meeting be adjourned. Mr. Beyer seconded the motion. The motion carried and the meeting was adjourned.
 
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May 9, 2000
 
PLANNING COMMISSION MINUTES
 
Members Present:
Larry Beyer
Mayor Packard
Lynn Thomas-Roth
Glynn Marsh

City Staff Members Present:
John Applegate
Denise Winemiller
 
Mrs. Lynn Thomas-Roth called the planning commission meeting to order and attendance was taken.
Mrs. Winemiller said that Mr. Shields had called and was away on business.
1. Mayor Packard moved that the minutes from the March 14, 2000 meeting be approved. Mr. Marsh seconded the motion. All concurred and the minutes were accepted as prepared.
2. Discussion on a sign permit for Te-Co Industries, 109 Quinter Farm Road, Union, Ohio.
Mr. Applegate introduced Walt Moulton from Te-Co. Ken Quinter, the owner, was out of town on business and could not attend the meeting.
A hand out was passed out by Mr. Moulton. Mr. Applegate said the sign application is for the area that the city considers as the Quinter Farm Industrial Park. Te-Co is applying for a permit to erect a marker identifying the industrial park. One of the problems that the city has is that the city regulations don't really cover this kind of sign. The regulations mostly deal with signs that are on actual business lots.
Mr. Applegate said he felt this was a good idea since people were still trying to identify and locate the industrial park in Union.
Mr. Applegate said he wanted the Planning Commission to know that this is something needed and requested and would identify the industrial area of the community.
 
Mr. Moulton said they had discussed the sign with the other businesses in the area and they were all in favor of the sign as a way to help their clients locate their place of business. Mr. Moulton said visitors have suggested that the industrial park be marked.
Mr. Marsh asked about one of the dimensions for the over all height and it was 81 inches. Mr. Applegate showed a larger representation of the sign.
In response to a question from Mrs. Thomas Roth, the land where the sign would be located is owned by King Kold and is zoned L-I, Light-Industrial.
Mr. Applegate said they should probably do research on industrial signs in other communities. He thought that having a sign would be a good idea.
At this point, nothing is required from the planning commission or board of zoning appeals. Mr. Applegate wanted to make the board aware of the sign. Mr. Marsh said the appearance of the sign was similar to some of the residential signs indicating housing developments so he thought it was a good design.
Mr. Applegate said the city would go ahead and approve the sign application for Te-Co.
Mr. Applegate thanked the Te-Co representatives for coming and said they would send them a letter when the application for the sign was approved.
3. 00 - 05 - Application for approval for a three family and a two family dwellings from Jeff Testerman, Steel Frame Custom Homes.
Mr. Testerman passed out some additional drawings. These homes would be located at the property that Ray Gibson rezoned and would be an extension of Pepperwood Place.
Mr. Applegate said there is an existing lot to finish out the town house area. They are now proposing to subdivide the parcel into five lots. There is a double on the north side and a three family on the south side. They will have two car garages. All the utilities are in place. There are no curbs or sidewalks. It would conform to what is already there. It would be located on a private street.
Another drawing from Mr. Testerman showed front and side elevations. The north unit, a duplex, will have a basement on both sides, if it is feasible. Mr. Beyer said there are crawl spaces under the existing duplexes. Mr. Testerman said there would be brick all around with vinyl on top.
The back of the homes will be facing the green space. The square footage exceeds the zoning requirement.
Mr. Marsh asked if there would be a problem in subdividing the lot.
He said someone was concerned about damaging the existing streets. Mr. Applegate said he had made Mr. Testerman aware of that. There will also be a homeowner's association and that will be recorded. Mr. Applegate said they could use the streets but if it was damaged, the streets would need to be repaired. The builder and building contractors may enter from State Route 48 to avoid damage to existing streets during construction.
Mr. Applegate said he felt it would make a nice appearance and the roof lines would really add to the area and increase the value of the other properties in the area.
With basements, the price will be $125,000 and the other side would be approximately $115,000.
Mayor Packard moved to approve the application. Mrs. Thomas-Roth seconded the motion. All concurred and the application was accepted.
4. Mayor Packard moved that the meeting be adjourned. Mr. Marsh seconded the motion. All concurred and the Planning Commission meeting was adjourned.
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June 13, 2000
 
PLANNING COMMISSION MINUTES
 
Members Present:
Larry Beyer
Mayor Packard
Lynn Thomas-Roth
Glynn Marsh

City Staff Members Present:
John Applegate
Denise Winemiller
 
Mrs. Lynn Thomas-Roth called the planning commission meeting to order and roll call was taken.
1. Mrs. Thomas-Roth asked if there were any additions or corrections on the May 9, 2000 meeting minutes. There were none so Mr. Packard moved that the minutes be approved. Mr. Beyer seconded the motion. All concurred and the minutes were approved as prepared.
2. 00-10 - Lot splits for Mike Temple located in Ridgeview Woods, Lots 3 and 4.
Mr. Temple requested lots splits for property on Ridgeview Court. The units will be sold separately and therefore the lot splits are needed. A double is already built on Lots 5 and 6 and the footer is in for another building on lot 7 and 8. Mr. Applegate said that the staff recommends approving the lot splits.
Mr. Beyer moved that the lot splits be approved. Mrs. Thomas-Roth seconded the motion. All concurred and the lot splits were approved.
3. Mrs. Thomas-Roth moved that the meeting be adjourned. Mr. Beyer seconded the motion. All concurred and the planning commission meeting was adjourned.
 
 
BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS MINUTES
 
Members Present:
Lynn Thomas Roth
Glynn Marsh
Mayor Packard
Larry Beyer
 
City Staff Members Present:
John Applegate
Denise Winemiller
 
Mrs. Lynn Thomas-Roth called the Board of Zoning Appeals meeting to order.
1. Mrs. Thomas-Roth asked if there were any additions or corrections to the minutes of the April 11, 2000 meeting. There were none so Mr. Beyer moved that the minutes be approved. Mr. Packard seconded the motion. All concurred and the minutes for the Board of Zoning Appeals from April 11, 2000 were approved.

2. 00-06 - Application for variance on sign regulations submitted by Sam Knobler for Concord Meadows Development Co. for a sign located at the State Route 48 and Concord Farm Road intersection right-of-way.
Mr. Applegate said that Mr. Knobler was attending the meeting. The sign is for a new subdivision and would be located at the end of Concord Farm Road. They would like two feet additional in size from the 30 square feet requirement.
Mr. Knobler said the location was the west side of the intersection. Mr. Beyer asked if they would have both the brick entrance and the sign. Mr. Knobler said yes, the sign gives the builder's names and location of the new development.
Mr. Knobler said there is a tree scape plan for the entrance into the new development. There will be additional lighting and an irrigation system installed for the sign area.

Mr. Packard moved they accept the application for a sign variance. Mr. Beyer seconded the motion. All concurred and the variance was granted.
3. 00-07 - Application for variance on rear yard requirement submitted by J. Michael Joly for 220 Jay Road.
Mr. Joly was present and was requesting a variance for the rear yard. Mr. Joly said Englewood has a thirty foot yard requirement and he has been building the same house in Englewood Meadows. Mr. Applegate said granting the variance would allow Mr. Joly to build a bigger home. Union's rear yard requirement is forty feet and the proposed home has 36 feet in the rear yard.
Mr. Knobler said both sides of the proposed double have been sold.
Mr. Applegate said staff felt there was no problem with the variance.
Mr. Beyer moved that the variance for the rear yard requirement be approved. Mrs. Thomas-Roth seconded the motion. All concurred and the motion was passed.
4. 00-08 - Application for variance on rear yard requirement submitted by J. Michael Joly for 222 Jay Road.
This request is for the other side of the duplex mentioned in 00-07. Mr. Beyer moved that the variance for the rear yard requirement be granted. Mrs. Thomas-Roth seconded the motion. All concurred and the motion was granted.

5. 00-09 - Application for a variance on a side yard requirement for Doug Shafner, for Lot 195, 112 Brumbaugh, Union Ridge Subdivision.
Mr. Applegate introduced Greg Bussey, representing Harvest Homes of Clayton. One side of this duplex is two feet shy of the ten foot requirement. The way the lot is set in the cul-de-sac, it makes it difficult to set the house.
Mr. Marsh asked if this was the one where the foundation is already in. Mr. Applegate said it is.

Mr. Beyer moved that the side yard variance be granted. Mr. Packard seconded the motion. All concurred and the variance was granted.
 
Mrs. Thomas-Roth asked if there was anything else to bring before the Board of Zoning Appeals.
A resident said he wanted to discuss a letter that was sent to him. He said he lived at 6 Laurelgrove. He got a notice about a trailer that he uses for work. It was a violation for parking the trailer in the front yard. He said there were other people that had boats and trailers in their front yards. The resident said he could not get the trailer in his back yard. Mr. Applegate tried to determine if the resident would have room to move the trailer to the rear yard by requesting to use part of his neighbors yard.
The resident said he would only be there for another six months. He said he had also received a nasty letter from a neighbor about the curbs because he sometimes pulls up into the yard to keep the trailer further off of the road.
Mr. Applegate said parking a trailer was not allowed in the front yard and if the neighbor's called, another violation notice would be sent out.
Mr. Beyer said he and Mayor Packard sat on the council and that at some time, residents would likely come in to complain about people parking trailers in front yards and the council would have to respond.
The resident also asked if he could make his neighbor move a fence that was on the easement. They told him a utility company could have homeowners move a fence if it was in the way but not a neighbor.
Mr. Applegate suggested that he store his trailer up by Te-Co where there is a separate storage facility. He offered to make a copy of the violations that the resident had listed and check into citing those people if they are in violation and haven't already been sent a notice.
Mrs. Thomas-Roth asked the resident's name. He said it was David Clark. She thanked him for coming.

6. Mayor Packard moved that the meeting be adjourned. Mr. Beyer seconded the motion. All concurred and the Board of Zoning Appeals meeting was adjourned.

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