A meeting of the Village of Riverlea Planning Commission was held May 14, 2018 at the Evening Street Elementary School. Members present were Bryce Jacob (Planning Commissioner), Janet Brown, Robert Davis, Taylor Surface, and Paul Unrue. Also present were Kerry and Joann Bierman, Marty & Cathy Lanning, Sean Kocheran of RAS Construction, Lisa Morris, Kent Shimeall, David Stroman, Sue Ranck, and Scott Thompson of StoryBuilt Homes. Joshua C. Mehling served as Clerk. The Planning Commissioner called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.
- The minutes of the regular Planning Commission meeting of April 9, 2018 were not read since each member had received a copy. Davis moved and Surface seconded the motion that the minutes be approved as submitted by the Clerk. The following vote was recorded on the motion: Yea: 4, Brown, Davis, Jacob, and Surface; Nay: None. The motion carried 4-0. Unrue was not yet in attendance at the time of this vote.
- The minutes of the special Planning Commission meeting of April 19, 2018 were not read since each member had received a copy. Surface moved and Brown seconded the motion that the minutes be approved as submitted by the Clerk. The following vote was recorded on the motion: Yea: 3, Brown, Jacob, and Surface; Nay: None; Abstain: 1, Davis. The motion carried 3-0-1. Unrue was not yet in attendance at the time of this vote.
- An application for a Certificate of Appropriateness by Martin & Catherine Lanning at 5743 Olentangy Blvd to add an addition to the rear of the house and replace the roof. Construction is planned to start in July and last for 6 to 7 months, with landscaping changes to be part of a future application. The terra cotta roof is to be replaced due to age, with shingles to be used as the replacement. The color of the shingles will be chosen to replace the stone of the house, not to match the current color of the roof. The trim and windows on the addition will be white.
Jacob asked if it would be possible to use some of the reclaimed stone from the project to create a water table on the addition and Cathy Lanning replied that she would have liked to do this, but that it would be cost prohibitive. Sean Kocheran, who will be the contractor on the project, stated that they would explore options on how to use any reclaimed stone with the project. Jacob asked if there were plans to add light fixtures, as there were none on the plans that were submitted. Kocheran replied that the final plans would indeed include light fixtures. Kerry Bierman inquired as to whether the plans for this project would include the removal of any trees on the property and Marty Lanning replied that there are no plans in the current plan or those in the future to remove any trees.
Jacob moved to approve the Certificate of Appropriateness with the following contingencies: A. The roof shingles will be selected from the options presented to the commission, which were IKO Dynasty Appalachian, Driftshake, or Cornerstone; B. The siding is 8 inch, 7 inch exposed lap LP Smartside with the color to be selected from the options presented as Roycroft Mist Gray, Chelsea Gray, or Colonial Revival Gray; C. One of three options will be selected for the windows: match the new windows to the taupe color on the existing windows, cladding on the existing windows to match the white on the new windows, or to paint the existing windows to match the new white; and D. lighting will match that presented. Brown seconded this motion. The following vote was recorded on the motion: Yea: 5, Brown, Davis, Jacob, Surface, and Unrue; Nay: None. The motion carried 5-0.
- An application for a Certificate of Appropriateness by Scott Thompson of StoryBuilt Homes to build a house with the planned address of 131 Southington Ave. The house will be built in a modern cottage style and contain 4 bedrooms and 2 ½ baths. There will be a porch on the east side of the house. Although the submitted plans include a fence, this is not part of this COA request. Thompson presented samples of the siding, which will be LP Smartside, and the paint, which will be BM Sea Pearl. The front door will be fiberglass and the garage door will be composite, for ease of maintenance. The house will contain a poured basement, unfinished but with a roughed in bathroom. The driveway will be concrete. Thompson plans on construction lasting about 3 ½ months.
Brown mentioned that the plans show that the house will be built right at the 10 foot setback required in Village code and has concerns that one construction starts, this may end up too close. Thompson replied that builders are typically able to get the final measurements very precise to those in the plans. Davis expressed concern that the plans show the house right at the top end of lot coverage permitted in the Village and that potential buyers may not be aware that they would not be able to add a patio at the rear of the house without exceeding the coverage and requiring a variance. Jacob inquired as to whether the house will use seed or sod for grass. Thompson stated that they would like to use seed for this, but that it may be necessary to use sod instead. Lisa Morris, a neighbor, stated that she was happy with the plans but that she requests that a shade tree be planted if the tree at the rear of the property needs to be removed.
Surface moved to approve the Certificate of Appropriateness without the fence that is shown on the plans and Davis amended the motion to state that the submitted plan would be final, with no changes to be made. Thompson agreed, and added that he may condense the 2 dormers shown in the plans into 1 large dormer for ease of maintenance. Brown seconded this motion. The following vote was recorded on the motion: Yea: 4, Brown, Davis, Jacob, and Surface; Nay: None; Abstain: 1, Unrue. The motion carried 4-0-1.
Brown moved and Surface seconded a motion to adjourn. The motion was approved unanimously
(5-0). The meeting was adjourned at 8:35 p.m.
Bryce Jacob, Planning Commissioner
Josh Mehling, Clerk