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Agendas and Minutes

Historic Commission (View All)

Regular Monthly Meeting

Wednesday, July 07, 2004




July 7th, 2004



Community Development/Engineering Services Building – 51 Winburn Way – Siskiyou Room

Historic Commissioners Present: Dale Shostrom, Keith Swink, Tom Giordano, Rob Saladoff, Joanne Krippaehne, Terry Skibby and Sam Whitford,.
Absent Members: Alex Krach and Jay Leighton
Council Liaison: John Morrison
High School Liaison: None Appointed
SOU Liaison: None Appointed
Staff Present: Associate Planner Mark Knox





At 7:08 p.m., Chair Shostrom called the meeting to order.




Krippaehne noted a correction in the minutes on Page 6, second paragraph, first sentance. The word “size” should be deleted. Krippaehne moved to approve the June 2nd, 2004 minutes as corrected. With a second by Whitford, the motion was approved with all voting aye.




PLANNING ACTION 2004-077 is a request for a Conditional Use Permit to permit a portion of the former Briscoe School (265 North Main Street) building and the surrounding grounds to be used for individual workspace rental areas and community events Comprehensive Plan Designation: Multi-Family Residential; Zoning: R-2; Assessor’s Map #: 39 1E 05 DD; Tax Lot: 2500.

APPLICANT:  Lithia Arts Guild


Knox gave a brief summary of the applicant’s proposal noting that no exterior changes were proposed other than a small sign near the intersection of Laurel and North Main Street. Tom Giordano asked how the proposed use was compared to the target use of the zoning district. Knox explained the applicants addressed their findings based upon the target use’s full build out potential which would be multi-family housing.


Debbie Laray, representative for the applicants, described the proposal, described the different type of art rooms, descried the neighborhood meetings, described the relationship with the Headstart Program and the Ashland School District. The applicant also elaborated upon the types of events being proposed, the number of expected patrons and students as well as the relationship between the events and the parking demands.


General discussion by the Commission occurred with concurrence the application should be supportive. Discussion ensued pertaining to the proposed sign and that it’s appearance may need to be simplified and possible materials need to be changed, but overall supported the idea of having a distinct sign. The applicant was open to any recommendations and noted the proposal for the sign wasn’t fully thought out. The Commission agreed to add a condition of approval to have the applicants return to the Commission’s Review Board with alternative designs. The applicant concurred.


No one was in the audience to speak in opposition to the proposal. Giordano moved to recommend approval of Planning Action 2004-077 with the incorporation of a condition requiring the applicants to submit the proposed sign to the Review Board for their review and approval. Swink seconded the motion and it passed with a unanimous vote.




Joint Meeting with Conservation Commission - Krippaehne noted the Conservation Commission was supportive of the opportunity to have a joint study session. The Commission discussed the possible topics for the meeting such as prioritizing energy improvements as they relate to preservation. Other topics include appropriate siding and windows. Swink noted that an acquaintance in the window restoration field may be able to participate in a workshop. The Commission agreed on a time for the joint meeting (August 25th, 2004, 7:00 p.m. in the Siskiyou Room).


Review Board  Following is the July schedule for the Review Board, which meets every Thursday from 3:00 to at least 3:30 p.m. in the Planning Department:


July 8th

Skibby, Swink, Krach

July 15th

Skibby, Swink, Saladoff

July 22nd

Skibby, Whitford, Leighton, Shostrom

July 29th

Skibby, Giordano, Krach

August 5th

Skibby, Leighton, Saladoff


Project Assignments for Planning Actions


PA #2000-120

485 “A” Street (Steve Hoxmeier)


PA #2002-100

142 East Main Street (Earthly Goods)


PA #2003-005

35  S. Second Street (Winchester Inn)


PA #2003-092

124 Alida Street (Kirt Meyer and Vadim Agakhanov)


PA #2004-017

364 Hargadine Street (Ken Kolar)


PA #2004-026

81 Central Avenue (Wes & Lucinda Vail)


PA #2004-018

322 Pioneer Street (Al & Sandra Carlson)


PA #2004-043

246 Catalina Drive (Dr. William Rodden)


PA #2004-081

954 “B” Street (Archerd/Dresner)


PA #2004-071

438 North Main Street (Bayberry Inn)



Lithia Springs Property – Gun Club may be coming to the Park’s Commission is August for further discussion on lease agreement.


Co-Sponsorship with Conservation Commission for Fall Workshop – Will be discussed next month.


Memo to Council Regarding Authorization for Multiple Listing for National Register – This will be discussed at next month’s meeting. Krach volunteered to write the memo after the discussion.


Possible National Register Nomination for Lithia Springs Property – There was nothing new to report.


Carnegie Library Restoration – There was nothing new to report.




Single Family Residential Design Standards – The Commission discussed the current trend towards incompatible additions and remodels. The consensus was that a discretionary review process may be needed, but that additional information should be gathered and further study should be done in order to determine the appropriate steps to take. The commissioners agreed to doing some additional research on this topic by looking on the internet and reviewing documents that Mark Knox has in his library.




With a motion by Krippaehne and second by Skibby, it was the unanimous decision of the Commission to adjourn the meeting at 10:30 p.m.

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