Minutes of the
Bexley Planning Commission

Monday, November 25, 2013
06:00 p.m.


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Mike Simpson, Chair

1. Call to Order

Roll Call:
Voting Members Present: Mike Simpson, Chair; Pete Foster; Dan Ferdelman; Brian Marsh; Jan Zupnick; Mike Paplow; Kim Kellogg; and John Behal
Absent: David Hodge
Excused:
Non-Voting Present: Ben Kessler, Mayor; Kathy Rose, Zoning Officer; and Karen Bokor, Design Consultant

2. Approval of Minutes from October28th, 2013, Planning Commission meeting.

Pete Foster made a motion to Approve - '2. Approval of Minutes from October28th, 2013, Planning Commission meeting.' Motion seconded by Mike Paplow. Vote 7 - 0 - passed.
FOR: Mike Simpson, Chair, Pete Foster, Dan Ferdelman, Jan Zupnick, Mike Paplow, Kim Kellogg, and John Behal.
AGAINST: None.
ABSENT: David Hodge, and Brian Marsh.

4. New Business

a. APPLICATION No:       13-0019
      APPLICANT:      Mark Ours, ON Architects - Bexley Animal Hospital 
      OWNER:      GDK Holdings, LLC
      LOCATION:      500 N. Cassady Avenue
REQUEST:        The applicant is seeking Environmental Review 
and approval of proposed elevation and material changes to the building at this location. The changes include a new front facade and 2nd floor railing.   The applicant is also seeking sign review for a new wall sign to indicate the new tenant at this location "Bexley Animal Hospital".

CJ Andrews, Stephanie McClure, and Mark Ours, were sworn in to provide testimony regarding the proposed facade and sign.

The applicants presented the proposed plans for an animal hospital to be located at 500 North Cassady Avenue. The Commission discussed the materials and design of the project.

The Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law for the property located at 500 North Cassady Avenue: the Commission finds that the signage as submitted with the original application meets the criteria of the sign code and is appropriate for the district in which it is located. The Board further finds that the exterior improvements meet the criteria of the Main Street guidelines and is appropriate for the district in which it is located, with the condition that the landscaping plan be submitted at a later date for the Planning Commission's review and approval.

Dan Ferdelman made a motion to Approve - 'To adopt the Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law as stated by Kathy Rose: the Commission finds that the signage as submitted with the original application meets the criteria of the sign code and is appropriate for the district in which it is located. The Board further finds that the exterior improvements meet the criteria of the Main Street guidelines and is appropriate for the district in which it is located, with the condition that the landscaping plan be submitted at a later date for the Planning Commission's review and approval.' Motion seconded by Pete Foster. Vote 7 - 0 - passed.
FOR: Mike Simpson, Chair, Pete Foster, Dan Ferdelman, Jan Zupnick, Mike Paplow, Kim Kellogg, and John Behal.
AGAINST: None.
ABSENT: David Hodge, and Brian Marsh.

Old Business: a. APPLICATION No:       13-0008
      APPLICANT:      Anna Krupovylanskaya
      OWNER:      Anna Krupovylanskaya
LOCATION:   2525 E. Main Street 
REQUEST:    The applicant is seeking Environmental Review and approval of proposed elevation and material changes to the building at this location.  The changes include a new front facade and roof-top patio.  Please Note: This application was Tabled at the July 22, 2013, Planning Commission meeting.

Anna Krupovylanskaya, applicant and owner, and John MCKay, applicant, were sworn in to provide testimony regarding the proposed material changes. Please note, this application was Tabled at the July 22, 2013 Planning Commission meeting.

Kathy Rose explained that the parking variance had already been provided and that this hearing was for exterior review.

Ms. Bokor discussed her design review of the revised proposal.

Maureen Ingram, neighbor adjacent to the property, was sworn in to speak on behalf of this application. For the district, a rooftop patio is a conditional use per Bexley Code 1252.03(j). This application did not meet the standard of a conditional use application.

Don Lewis was sworn in to speak on behalf of this application. He questioned the parking variance being provided based on "human nature"; the users wishing to park on-street rather than using valet parking.

Steve Devine, resident at 635 Montrose, was sworn in to speak on behalf of this application. Mr. Devine lives within ten feet of the building, is concerned about the potential noise, and asked the hours of operation for the restaurant.

Michael Young was sworn in to speak on behalf of this application. Mr. Young asked for a point of clarification regarding the parking permits in his area.

Rose Copp was sworn in to speak on behalf of this application. Ms. Copp is concerned about the rooftop capacity, and believes a rooftop use is not appropriate.

The Commission continues to discuss the proposed design modifications. Mr. Ferdelman is concerned that the vertical element disrupts the design, and that the proposed storefront does not match the architecture of the existing storefronts located within its district. Modeling the new storefront after those already in place would maintain the expression of the strip mall and its presence on E. Main Street. The Commission believes further review is necessary during the construction process.

The Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law for the property located at 2525 E. Main St.: based on the testimony heard, the Commission finds that the exterior improvements, which include general design and elements, are appropriate subject to the following items returning for further review and approval by the Commission: material samples, colors, signage, lighting, and the rooftop patio details and use.

Dan Ferdelman made a motion to Approve - 'To adopt the Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law stated by Kathy Rose: based on the testimony heard, the Commission finds that the exterior improvements, which include general design and elements, are appropriate subject to the following items returning for further review and approval by the Commission: material samples, colors, signage, lighting, and the rooftop patio details and use.
' Motion seconded by Mike Paplow. Vote 5 - 2 - passed.
FOR: Pete Foster, Brian Marsh, Mike Paplow, Kim Kellogg, and John Behal.
AGAINST: Mike Simpson, Chair, and Dan Ferdelman.
ABSTAIN: Jan Zupnick.
ABSENT: David Hodge.

Please note: Mr. Marsh is present for the discussion and vote for this application.

New Business: c. APPLICATION No:       13-0021
      APPLICANT:      Scott Baker
      OWNER:      Sandy Solomon
LOCATION:   15 Lyonsgate Rd. 
REQUEST:    The applicant is seeking review and approval of minor changes to Unit No. 15, in the Lyonsgate Subdivision.  The changes include a slight footprint modification along the west (rear) of the unit.  The applicant is also seeking review and approval of elevation changes to the design previously approved by City Council.

Jeff Levy, applicant, was sworn in to provide testimony regarding the proposed modifications.

Background information is provided and discussed between the applicant and Commission members regarding the proposed modifications to the application.

Mrs. Young was sworn in to speak on behalf of this application. She asked the Commission which unit in Lyonsgate this application pertained to.

The Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law for the property located at 15 Lyosngate Rd.: based on the testimony presented, the Commission finds that the exterior improvements meet the critieria of the planned unit residential neighborhhod known as Lyonsgate and should be approved as submitted.

Dan Ferdelman made a motion to Approve - 'New Business: c. APPLICATION No:    13-0021
APPLICANT:      Scott Baker
OWNER:      Sandy Solomon
LOCATION:   15 Lyonsgate Rd.
REQUEST:    The applicant is seeking review and approval of minor changes to Unit No. 15, in the Lyonsgate Subdivision. The changes include a slight footprint modification along the west (rear) of the unit. The applicant is also seeking review and approval of elevation changes to the design previously approved by City Council. To adopt the Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law as stated by Kathy Rose: based on the testimony presented, the Commission finds that the exterior improvements meet the critieria of the planned unit residential neighborhhod known as Lyonsgate and should be approved as submitted.' Motion seconded by Mike Paplow. Vote 8 - 0 - passed.
FOR: Mike Simpson, Chair, Pete Foster, Dan Ferdelman, Brian Marsh, Jan Zupnick, Mike Paplow, Kim Kellogg, and John Behal.
AGAINST: None.
ABSENT: David Hodge.

New Business: b. APPLICATION No:       13-0020
      APPLICANT:      Mark Breslow Eye Care 
      OWNER:      Sheridan Investment Properties, LLC
      LOCATION:      2358 E. Main Street
REQUEST:        The applicant is seeking Environmental Review 
and approval of proposed awning signage on the south and east facade and a blade sign on the southeast corner of the building, to indicate the new tenant at this location " Breslow Eye Care".

Matthew Breslow, applicant, and Sheridan Investment Properties, owner, were sworn in to provide testimony regarding the proposed sign.

The Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law for the property located at 2358 E. Main St.: the Commission finds that the signage as submitted meets the criteria of the sign code and is appropriate for the district in which it is located.

Dan Ferdelman made a motion to Approve - 'To adopt the Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law as stated by Kathy Rose: the Commission finds that the signage as submitted meets the criteria of the sign code and is appropriate for the district in which it is located.' Motion seconded by Kim Kellogg. Vote 8 - 0 - passed.
FOR: Mike Simpson, Chair, Pete Foster, Dan Ferdelman, Brian Marsh, Jan Zupnick, Mike Paplow, Kim Kellogg, and John Behal.
AGAINST: None.
ABSENT: David Hodge.

5. Other Business:  Facade Grant Review & Approval: 2376 E. Main - Zoe Cafe

Connie Lewis was sworn in to speak to the Planning Commission regarding Bexley's Land Use Strategy, and the unified signage standard. She discussed new street signs with dark on light background. The Mayor addresses the street sign guidelines with Ms. Lewis and the Commission.

Jason Gillean and Mayor Kessler were sworn in to provide testimony regarding the facade grant for Zoe Cafe. This grant is awaiting approval from the Planning Commission before the applicant can access the grant funding.

No motion was made to approve the grant for the Zoe Cafe facade, but Chairman Simpson called for a vote from the Commission members for approving the grant. All Commission members voted in favor of approving this grant except for John Behal, who abstained.

The Mayor also speaks with the Commission regarding valet parking allowances for the project at 2525 E. Main Street.

Catherine Cunningham from the Zoning Code Committee speaks to the Planning Commission regarding the variance granted for parking at that property location.

6. Adjourn