A meeting of the Village of Riverlea Planning Commission was held September 12, 2022 at Thomas Worthington High School. Members present were Bryce Jacob (Planning Commissioner), Christopher Bedell, Paul Collini, Rich Skowronski, and Jennifer Zipfel. Also present were Cameron Carillo, Cory Shields, and Lauren Paxton. The Planning Commissioner called the meeting to order at 7:02 p.m.
- The minutes of the regular Planning Commission meeting of July 11, 2022 were not read since each member had received a copy. Skowronski moved and Zipfel seconded the motion that the minutes be approved as submitted by the Clerk. The following vote was recorded on the motion: Yea: 4, Collini, Jacob, Skowronski, and Zipfel; Nay: None; Abstain: 1, Bedell. The motion carried 4-0-1.
- An application for a Certificate of Appropriateness by Cameron Carillo at 288 Frontenac Pl to add a concrete patio at the rear of the house. Carillo stated that he did not plan to add the colored border to the patio that was shown in the submitted plans. The patio will sit off of the screened in porch of the house.
Collini questioned where the water that runs off the patio will drain, as the driveway of the neighbor to the west is below the grade of the yard and there have been issues with runoff of this property in the past. The Commission recommended that the patio should be graded so that water drains to the north, away from the house. Carillo agreed to pass this along to the contractor.
Collini moved to approve the Certificate of Appropriateness with a modification to the drawings to reflect that the patio would be graded to drain water to the north away from the house and not to the west. Zipfel seconded this motion. The following vote was recorded on the motion: Yea: 5, Bedell, Collini, Jacob, Skowronski, and Zipfel; Nay: None; Abstain: None. The motion carried 5-0.
- An application for a Certificate of Appropriateness and Variance by Cory Shields and Lauren Paxton to construct a new home on the currently vacant lot at 141 Southington Ave. The current plans are based on those that were previously approved by the Planning Commission in September 2020 with some modifications. The front entry and garage are flipped from the original plans so that the entry is on the left of the garage door.
Below are the materials and colors that will be used in the construction of this house:
- Body color – dark green
- Cedar shakes color – light green
- Trim color – white
- Front door color – yellow
- Garage door & window color – white
- Windows to be double-hung and have 3 section grid at top
- Stonework at base of house in front
- Shingles on roof
- Porch on southeast side will have LP Smart siding for ceiling
- Brushed concrete porch
- Rear porch will have 2 black lights
- Basement will have egress window
The current planned lot coverage is 34.7%. The addition of a driveway will require the removal of the tree in the front of the property. The Commission requested that a non-ornamental tree be planted in the front yard after completion of the house to replace this. There are currently no plans for landscape lighting around the house. The homeowners stated that they may submit an application for the addition of a privacy fence on the east to match that on the west, but that is not in the current plans.
The Planning Commissioner requested that the dormer on the roof be changed from a shed style to a gable style dormer to match the architecture of the house and neighborhood. The homeowners stated that they would ask the builder if this is possible. The homeowners will also need to submit plans for the driveway apron, which was not included.
A street bond will be required for this project given the nature of the project and equipment to be used. Collini moved to approve the Certificate of Appropriateness for the project as shown in the plans and Zipfel seconded this motion. The following vote was recorded on the motion: Yea: 5, Bedell, Collini, Jacob, Skowronski, and Zipfel; Nay: None; Abstain: None. The motion carried 5-0.
- An application for a Certificate of Appropriateness by Lee Schaber at 267 Beverly Pl to remove the current patio and replace it with a roofed paver patio. Although the project was previously approved at the July meeting, the latest submitted plans included additional pavers in the patio and the addition of a front walkway. The materials will be the same as those previously approved. There are no lot coverage issues from these additions.
Skowronski moved to amend the previously approved Certificate of Appropriateness to include the additional pavers and walkway and Bedell seconded this motion. The following vote was recorded on the motion: Yea: 5, Bedell, Collini, Jacob, Skowronski, and Zipfel; Nay: None; Abstain: None. The motion carried 5-0.
Skowronski moved and Collini seconded a motion to adjourn. The motion was approved unanimously (5-0). The meeting was adjourned at 7:55 p.m.
Bryce Jacob, Planning Commissioner
Josh Mehling, Clerk