City Planning Commission & Board of Zoning Appeals, March 2018

March 31st, 2018  |  Published in Observer Reports

City Planning Commission & Board of Zoning Appeals
March 6, 2018

Members Present: Citizen members John Boyle, Kevin Dreyfuss-Wells and David Weiss; Councilman Rob Zimmerman; Earl Leiken, mayor and chair
Others Present: Joyce Braverman, Director of Planning; Dan Feinstein, Senior Planner; William Gruber, Director of Law

Mayor Leiken called the meeting to order at 7 p.m. The agenda for this meeting and supporting documents may be found here.

The minutes of the Feb. 7, 2018, meeting were approved. A copy may be viewed here.

Agenda item 1 addressed creation of a Small Lot Infill Development (SLID) overlay district in the Moreland neighborhood. It was noted that these changes align with the designs developed in the Shaker Design Competition for innovative, energy-efficient, middle-income housing for specific lots that became vacant during the economic downturn. The SLID will co-exist as an overlay where areas of north and south Moreland are currently zoned for two-family homes, providing an option for landowners to choose to build two-family or SLID home designs.

The new zoning will permit two houses per traditional lot which may share a wall, the same setback from the street as traditional homes, and a maximum of a two-car garage per unit. Shared driveways must have permanent access easement. There is also an option for congregate dining, laundry, etc. The maximum size of a SLID lot will be one acre, which would be one-three traditional lots. Plans would follow the traditional Conditional Use/Process Review; however, application to the Landmark Commission will be replaced by administrative review, providing more flexibility in timelines.

In addition, changes to Commercial Sign Design Standards are proposed. They will be updated to address the quality of materials and design in keeping with the existing Commercial Mixed Use standards in this district.

During public comment, a citizen asked how the SLID boundary was drawn. The answer: It was continuous with the current two-family zoning, keeping housing density the same. This is a pilot program and could possibly be expanded further in Moreland or other neighborhoods.

The board voted to approve the changes. The issue will be forwarded to Council for action.

Agenda item 2 addressed re-subdivision of city-owned land in order to vacate right-of-way at 3516 Warrensville Center Road, the southwest corner at Chagrin Boulevard in front of the Wendy’s restaurant. This aligns with the change to the street and sidewalk at that corner. By state law, the vacated right-of-way is joined to the adjacent property (Wendy’s), which must agree to accept the vacated right-of-way. It is expected the property owner will agree and the parcel will become part of the upcoming Wendy’s redevelopment plan. The board voted to approve the change and the issue will be forwarded to Council for action. Warrensville is a county road and County Council action may be required.

Agenda item 3 addressed a re-subdivision of city-owned land on the east side of Warrensville between Scottsdale and Chagrin boulevards (in front of the post office and University Hospitals office building) to create a consistent right of way line and to accommodate future Van Aken District development. The board voted to approve the changes. The issue will be forwarded to Council for action. County Council action may be required since Warrensville is a county road.

Agenda item 4 took up the re-subdivision of the city-owned land at 3413 Warrensville, on the east side of the street, in front of the former Qua Buick lot. The request is to dedicate right-of-way on the southeast corner of Warrensville at Farnsleigh Road to create a consistent right-of-way and for Van Aken District development. The board voted to approve the changes. The issue will be forwarded to Council for action. Warrensville is a county road and County Council action may be required.

This being Mr. Leiken’s last meeting as mayor, he thanked the members and staff for their service. In return, Rob Zimmerman thanked the mayor on behalf of the group for his years of service and commitment.

The date of the next meeting is April 10, 2018.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:40 p.m.
Lynn Lilly

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