Board of Zoning Appeals and City Planning Commission
Dec. 6, 2016
Present: Jack Boyle, Kevin Madison, David Weiss, Councilman Rob Zimmerman
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 Sept. 15 and Oct. 2, 2016, meeting were unanimously approved. Mr. Zimmerman read a proclamation honoring Kevin Madison, whose last meeting (after 20 years of service) was this evening.
CITY PLANNING COMMISSION
VAN AKEN CONNECTIONS PLAN
A public meeting was held on the request of the city for review and adoption of the Van Aken District Connections Plan. The city has prepared a plan to develop a placemaking action plan that enhances the public realm, establishes the district’s identity and celebrates the district. The plan focuses on connecting the Van Aken District with the surrounding neighborhoods, incorporating pedestrian and bike circulation, a wayfinding signage plan, public art, green infrastructure and landscaping. The plan was prepared during a public process that included public meetings in June and September 2016. The City Planning Commission reviews city plans and studies and makes a recommendation to Council on adoption.
Mr. Boyle said that a cross street to the east side of the district, with a light, should be incorporated into the plan. At the public hearing, a resident asked if there would be a safe crossing from Winslow Road to the district. Ms. Braverman stated that it would be safer to cross at the lights located at Chagrin and also at Van Aken.
The global development club from the high school presented a park plan for green space at the district. A representative from the bicycle club asked that there be a plan for multi-modal transportation throughout the city.
As moved by Mr. Boyle, second by Mr. Weiss, the plan will be recommended to City Council. The motion was unanimously approved.
BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS
THE DEALERSHIP – 3558 LEE ROAD
Mr. Boyle recused himself from this case.
This was a continuation of a public hearing on the request of Dan Musson, designer, representing The Dealership, 3558 Lee Road, for a variance to the number and size of secondary window signs. The applicant proposes four secondary window signs facing Lee Road. The new window signs will read “The Dealership.” Code allows one secondary window sign on this building at a maximum of 6 square feet in size. The applicant proposes two smaller vinyl window graphic signs of 5.75 square feet and 1.6 square feet on either side of the door. The applicant also proposes two supergraphics of the letter “D” fabricated from semi-transparent vinyl window graphics. The supergraphics are 137.8 square feet and 30.8 square feet in size. There is one primary wall sign also proposed for the front façade; the sign is 8.4 square feet in size and meets code requirements.
There was no public comment at the hearing.
As moved by Mr. Weiss, second by Mr. Madison, the request was unanimously approved.
GROSS RESIDENCE – 22649 SHAKER BLVD. and
KEEN/HORTSMAN RESIDENCE – 22775 SHAKER BLVD.
These two cases were reviewed together. A public hearing was held on the request of Abby Jackson, Aristotle Design Group, representing Gary Gross, 22649 Shaker Blvd., and Paul R. Keen, 22775 Shaker Blvd., for a variance to the fence location and height regulations in the front yard. The applicant and his neighbor purchased and split the lot between them. The applicants propose to fence each half of the new side yard with a 4-foot tall ornamental aluminum fence in the front yard. Mr. Gross’s fence is proposed to extend to 14 feet behind the Shaker Boulevard sidewalk. Code allows a front yard fence set back 50 feet from the sidewalk on this block and a maximum height of 3 feet. The new side yard will be completely re-landscaped and will include a 5-foot-tall privet hedge and 8- to 10-feet-tall hornbeam trees in front of the fence. Mr. Keen’s fence is proposed to extend to 30 feet behind the Shaker Boulevard sidewalk, and will also be completely re-landscaped to include a comparable privet hedge and hornbeam trees in front of the fence.
There were no public comments.
As moved by Mr. Boyle, second by Mr. Weiss, unanimous approval was granted for the Gross property, subject to staff approval of the landscaping. As moved by Mr. Weiss, second by Mr. Madison, unanimous approval was granted for the Keen property, subject to staff approval of the landscaping.
ST. DOMINIC CHURCH AND SCHOOL – 3450 NORWOOD ROAD
A public hearing was held on the request of Major Harrison, Brilliant Electric Sign Co., representing St. Dominic Church, 3450 Norwood Road, to the Board of Zoning Appeals for a change to a non-conforming sign. The applicant proposes to replace and enlarge an existing legal non-conforming sign on the building. The existing sign is one of three signs for the school on the property. The existing sign is 13 square feet in size. The proposed replacement sign is 26.9 square feet in size. The wall sign identifies the entrance to the Parish Center at St. Dominic School. It is located near the school entrance and is not readily visible from Van Aken Boulevard. Code allows a non-conforming sign to be replaced, but not enlarged to make it more non-conforming.
The Landmark Commission approved the sign at its October meeting. There were no comments at the public hearing.
As moved by Mr. Boyle, second by Mr. Madison, the request was unanimously granted.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:35 p.m.