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Planning Commission Meeting Minutes - June 23, 2014


The meeting was called to order by Chairman Fritz at 7:00 p.m.

PRESENT AT ROLL CALL: Mr. Bolek, Mrs. Cooper, Ms. Corcoran, Mr. Fritz, Mayor Renda, Mr. Stanard

Others Present: Dave Strichko, Building Inspector, Aimee Lane, Assistant Law Director, Jeff Filarski, Village Engineer, Sherri Arrietta, Clerk of Council

Mr. Stanard made a motion seconded by Mayor Renda to approve the minutes of the May 19, 2014 meeting.

ROLL CALL:
Ayes: Mrs. Cooper, Ms. Corcoran, Mr. Fritz, Mayor Renda, Mr. Stanard
Nays: None
Abstentions: Mr. Bolek 
Motion Carried 


Weber Trust
269 Bentleyville Road
Driveway

Mr. Rob Weber, property owner, was present at the meeting. He thanked the members for the variance approval from the BZA meeting just prior to this meeting. Mr. Weber stated that as far as his landscape plan, he has done research on plants that are native to the area. He stated that his landscape architect will take advantage of what is naturally there and also plant trees that are indigenous to Ohio, along the excavated portion of the driveway. Mr. Fritz stated that Mr. Weber’s approval tonight will be contingent upon submittal of a landscape plan. Mr. Filarski stated that in order to receive the zoning certificate for the hillside, Mr. Weber will need to submit the landscape plan prior to the start of any work.

Mrs. Cooper made a motion seconded by Mr. Stanard to approve the new driveway located at 269 Bentleyville Road, contingent upon final landscape plan approval by the Village Engineer and conformance to the June 19, 2014, geo-technical letter from Solar Testing Labs.

ROLL CALL:
Ayes: Mr. Bolek, Mrs. Cooper, Ms. Corcoran, Mr. Fritz, Mayor Renda, Mr. Stanard
Nays: None 
Motion Carried 


William Costaras
115 Murwood Drive
Shed

Mr. Todd Noe, contractor, was present at the meeting. He stated that the applicant is proposing to build an 8 x 16 salt-box style shed on the back side of the property and colors and materials will match the house. It will fit in between existing trees and bushes without disturbing the current landscaping and will be hidden from neighboring views. The homeowners intend to plant more White Pines as well. Mr. Noe stated that the shed will be built on footers; he prefers to do it that way in order to prevent any possible problems. He informed the members that he put an option on the application for electrical to be installed at a later date because the homeowner may want to put a light inside as well as on the outside the shed. All setback requirements have been.

Mayor Renda made a motion seconded by Mr. Stanard to approve the shed located 115 Murwood Drive.

ROLL CALL:
Ayes: Mr. Bolek, Mrs. Cooper, Ms. Corcoran, Mr. Fritz, Mayor Renda, Mr. Stanard
Nays: None 
Motion Carried 


Daniel & Ellen Zelman
50 Lochspur Lane
Pavilion

Mr. David Jansen, with RSA Architects, was present at the meeting. He stated that the homeowners submitted and received approval for this project in June 2013; however they have since made some changes. Mr. Jansen explained that the pavilion has gone from an open truss roof structure to a hip roof. He stated that a lot of the stone work has been removed as well and a deck will be installed instead which will match the remainder of the property. A gas fireplace will be used instead of a wood burner, which eliminates the need for a chimney. The project is in the same location, is the approximate size (10 sq. ft. smaller), and will use the same materials as what was originally approved.

Mrs. Cooper made a motion seconded by Mr. Bolek to approve the pavilion located at 50 Lochspur Lane.

ROLL CALL:
Ayes: Mr. Bolek, Mrs. Cooper, Ms. Corcoran, Mr. Fritz, Mayor Renda, Mr. Stanard
Nays: None 
Motion Carried 


John Hodgson
37940 Berkeley Lane
New Dwelling

Mr. Ryan Sanders with Premier Custom Builders, Mr. Chip Hess, with Hess Engineering, and Mr. Alan Brown, contractor, were present at the meeting. Mrs. Lane stated that she had received a packet of information regarding a homeowner’s association and homeowner’s association general rule. She reminded the members that even though this property is going to be used as a family compound, it is a residential sub-division because there will be three homes on the property. Mrs. Lane stated that previously, the applicants were notified that the following were required: a conservation easement, an open space maintenance plan, and easements required for utilities and the common drive. She stated that in her review of the Declaration of Conveyance Easements and Restrictions she did not find a mention of an easement, specifically a conservation easement, in the document. There was also no mention of the specific deed restrictions referring to the common drive, required by the Village Code, specifically stating that it is a private drive and is not to be maintained by the Village. Mrs. Lane stated that there are numerous provisions about side and setback variances, front setbacks, height restrictions, common walls, construction, foundation requirements, and garage setbacks; items that are in direct conflict with the Village’s Codified Ordinances and the Open Space Subdivisions Chapter (1153) which the applicants are developing this property under. She suggested that the applicants find someone to get this document in the shape it needs to be in, and until then, this request cannot be approved legally.

Mayor Renda stated that given that information, she would be completely uncomfortable approving this tonight since nothing that has been asked for was given to them. She asked the other Commission members if they want to hear about this project now or table it. The consensus was to table it. Mr. Stanard noted that there are so many items listed in the Engineer’s letter that state that they were not included, that he does not even know what this board would be asked to look at. Ms. Corcoran agreed and suggested that the applicants gather all information requested and come back before the board for approval at that time. A detailed site plan, locations of all houses and a third party conservator needing to hold the conservation easement are all required to be provided.

Mayor Renda made a motion seconded by Mr. Stanard to table the new dwelling located at 37940 Berkeley Lane.

ROLL CALL:
Ayes: Mr. Bolek, Mrs. Cooper, Ms. Corcoran, Mr. Fritz, Mayor Renda, Mr. Stanard
Nays: None 
Motion Carried 


Richard & Leslie Brown
60 Basswood Lane
Pool/Spa

Mr. Patrick Cloonan, landscape architect, was present at the meeting. Mr. Cloonan stated that the applicants are only seeking approval for the pool and spa at this time contingent upon the mechanical drawings being submitted once a pool company has been selected. Mr. Fritz asked for clarification since it was this boards understanding that this was only supposed to be a preliminary discussion. He asked Mr. Cloonan if he is giving a preliminary discussion for certain aspects but asking for approval for the pool. Mr. Cloonan stated that they are just here seeking approval for the pool and spa; they will be coming back next month requesting approval for the addition. He stated that the pool will be a classic rectangular style pool and will be 20 x 50. There will be five fountains coming in to the pool. A 3 foot wall will go in behind the pool with a spa/hot tub being installed up against that structure with a small water fall going into it. The equipment will be located under the proposed terrace, which will be included with the plans for the addition. Ms. Corcoran asked if any trees will be removed. Mr. Cloonan stated that there will be quite a few removed, however, they intend to add Evergreen trees along the back of the property to provide screening. Mr. Strichko stated that the approval should be contingent upon the submittal of mechanical drawings and therefore all that is being looked at tonight are location and aesthetics. Mr. Filarski stated that the location of the pool is in conformance.

Mr. Bolek made a motion seconded by Mr. Stanard to approve the pool and spa located at 60 Basswood Lane, for location and aesthetics, contingent upon the submittal of mechanical drawings and with the understanding that the details for the future addition will be forthcoming.

ROLL CALL:
Ayes: Mr. Bolek, Mrs. Cooper, Ms. Corcoran, Mr. Fritz, Mayor Renda, Mr. Stanard
Nays: None 
Motion Carried 

Discussion:
Mrs. Lane informed the members that the letter required requesting the extension for the Haas property project was received by Mr. Strichko, which will extend their deadline until July 10th.

Mr. Bolek informed members that he attended the Northeast Ohio Planning and Zoning Workshop. He stated that it was well attended by other communities and it provided a lot of information. Mr. Bolek stated that the Village is doing very well in zoning administration based on all the information given. He stated that the one over-riding theme was for communities to act on issues and not delay and/or procrastinate on following through with enforcing rules/procedures/ordinances.

Mr. Fritz stated that tonight there were some issues that were not as simple as they tend to be and he believed that each member had good input and something to offer.

Mrs. Cooper stated that she noticed that the solar panels were up on 40 N. Strawberry Lane. She stated that the panels installed on the front are very tasteful. Mrs. Cooper commended the members for working together on that to incorporate what would be fair to everyone.

Mr. Stanard made a motion seconded by Mrs. Cooper to adjourn the meeting at 7:40pm.

ROLL CALL:
Ayes: Mr. Bolek, Mrs. Cooper, Ms. Corcoran, Mr. Fritz, Mayor Renda, Mr. Stanard
Nays: None 
Motion Carried 

Respectfully Submitted,
Sherri Arrietta, Clerk of Council



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