City Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals, May 2017

June 6th, 2017  |  Published in Observer Reports

Board of Zoning Appeals and City Planning Commission
May 2, 2017

Present: Councilman Rob Zimmerman, citizen members Jack Boyle and David Weiss
Also present: Joyce Braverman, Dan Feinstein, Planning Department; William Gruber, Law Director.

The meeting was called to order by Mr. Zimmerman at 7 p.m.

The minutes of the April 4 meeting were approved unanimously. Mr. Dreyfuss-Wells has recused himself from any hearings concerning the Avalon Station Phase 2 project.


A public hearing was held on the request of William Sanderson, Triban Investments, 16900 Van Aken Blvd., Avalon Station 2, for site plan review, resubdivision of land, and variances. The applicant proposes to develop Phase 2 of Avalon Station into 66 single-family, three-story townhomes at the southeast corner of Van Aken Boulevard and Winslow Court. The development will have five interior private alleys with two entrances onto Winslow Road. Two parcels would be subdivided into 67 individual lots, one for each unit and one as common area. A Conditional Use Permit is required in order to have residential development on the first floor in the CM Commercial Mixed-Use zoning district. Variances are requested for large parcel development requirements, including: a mix of uses, the first floor facing primary streets requirement to be retail or service, and the percentage of street-facing facades required to be open windows. Variances are also requested for the minimum lot and width standards, side-yard setback maximums, the minimum rear-yard setback, the number of replacement trees, and the location of the maintenance building in the Winslow Road front yard, and fence location. Variances are required to the Commercial Mixed-Use Design Standards and Principles, to the requirement that mechanical equipment be located on the roof in order to install ground-mounted air-conditioning units, and to air-conditioning condensing-unit screening requirements. The Conditional Use Permit requires Council Confirmation.

There was extensive discussion about the density of the site plan. The developers are consulting with the Fire Department about the turning radius for its trucks. Other items discussed included the number of replacement trees, the height of the front yard fences, and providing additional green space.

At the public hearing, a resident of Avalon Station 1 raised the question of salability, as there are still vacancies at that location. She noted that the current site is serving as a green space for area residents.

Mr. Zimmerman noted that there was a lot of material to be covered He suggested that the Conditional Use Permit be approved, and that the variances and site plan be covered at a future meeting. It was so moved by Mr. Boyle, second by Mr. Weiss, and unanimously approved. The Conditional Use Permit will go to City Council for its May 22 meeting.

The meeting was adjourned at 9 p.m.
Gail Gibson

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