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Historic Commission Regular Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, May 03, 2006



May 3, 2006


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


Historic Commissioners Present: Dale Shostrom, Keith Swink, Terry Skibby, Jay Leighton, Henry Baker, Rob Saladoff, Sam Whitford, Tom Giordano
Absent Members:  None

Council Liaison: Jack Hardesty - Absent

High School Liaison: None Appointed
SOU Liaison: None Appointed
Staff Present: Derek Severson, Associate Planner, Billie Boswell, Administration





At 7:05 pm, Chairman Dale Shostrom called the regular meeting to order.





Mr. Swink asked that a correction be made to the awards list on page 1 under “Special Meeting” to change the 117 Almond Street to 112 Almond Street under the heading of “Historically Compatible New Residential.”


Mr. Giordano made a motion to approve the minutes as amended and it was seconded by Mr. Swink. The motion passed unanimously with Ms. Leighton abstaining.


PUBLIC FORUM:  No speakers




Planning Action 2006-00441

160 Nob Hill

Site Review and Conditional Use Permit for ARU

Dan Heller & Don Server


Chairman Shostrom read the description of the project and verified there were no conflict of interest issues. Most of the Commissioners had visited the site.  There were no ex parte contacts.


Mr. Severson said staff was recommending approval with an additional recommendation to remove the second curb cut.  He stated the Accessory Residential unit did not match the original structure but was compatible with it.


The applicant, Don Sever, of 174 Strawberry Lane, explained the plans submitted for the planning action were a basic representation of what they are proposing but could be enhanced.  Chairman Shostrom did not like how the garage and ARU were skewed and suggested they be sited perpendicular to the property line, but staggered to allow for the sloped topography.  He felt this would also provide a better sense of entry.


Mr. Skibby requested the applicant provide better details and samples of siding, window and trim detail so the Commissioners could see how compatible the design will be to the original house.  Mr. Sever said the building plans for remodeling the original house and the new Accessory Unit will be submitted at the same time.


There being no further questions of the applicant and no one in the audience wanting to speak, the public meeting was closed.


Mr. Giordano made a motion to recommend approval with the following recommendations:


  • That the garage be reoriented so as to be more perpendicular in its relationship to the existing historic home.
  • That the accessory residential unit be offset from the garage in order to address the slopes and yard setbacks, and to provide for a better sense of entry.
  • That the proposed garage and ARU be compatible with the future remodel of the existing historic home, as discussed by the applicant.
  • That the building permit submittals for the garage/accessory residential unit and future remodel of the home be reviewed by the Historic Commission Review Board.


The motion was seconded by Mr. Whitford.  After discussion, Mr. Giordano and Mr. Whitford withdrew their motion and second.  After additional discussion, Mr. Giordano and Mr. Whitford reinstated their original motion and second.  It was approved unanimously.



Planning Action 2006-00453

175 North Main Street

Conditional Use Permit and Site Review

First United Methodist Church of Ashland


Chairman Shostrom read the description of the project and verified there were no conflict of interest issues. Most of the Commissioners had visited the site.  There were no ex parte contacts.


Mr. Severson shared the color and materials samples provided by the applicant.


The applicant’s representative, Beverly Thruston of 1105 Siskiyou Boulevard, Ashland, OR 97520, discussed the Arcade details and material samples.  Ms. Leighton confirmed with Ms. Thruston that the gothic windows would be retained and moved to the front of the façade.  All other stained glass windows would be retained.  She also stated the parsonage would be retained although there were plans to remove a poorly added on porch roof and trees would be planted to screen it.


There being no further questions of the applicant, Chairman Shostrom opened the public meeting.


Robin Foster of 63 Bush Street said he had called the project up to a public meeting because he was concerned about the possibility of the parsonage being removed.  He was reassured by the comments made by the applicants that the parsonage would be retained.


Marty Young, 1368 East Nevada and Co-Chair of the First United Methodist Building Committee, stated that removal of the parsonage was never considered and would not be in the future.


There being no further comment, Chairman Shostrom closed the public meeting.


After a short discussion, Mr. Giordano made a motion to recommend approval subject to the applicants bringing the design drawings back to the full Historic Commission for review at a regular monthly meeting prior to submittal of the final construction drawings for building permit review that would include the following details:


  • Final treatment of the courtyard area
  • Corner details
  • Windows and trim
  • Treatment of the archways, especially the undersides
  • Other exterior details such as color and type of roofing; final decision on shingle patterns; and the color, texture and final application details of the Prairie Stone that is selected for use in the base


Ms. Leighton seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.





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


May 4th

Terry, Keith, Rob

May 11th

Terry, Henry, Dale

May 18th

Terry, Dale, Sam

May 25th

Terry, Tom, Sam

June 1st

Terry, Rob, Jay

June 8th

Terry, Keith, Jay



B.  Project Assignments for Planning Actions – Chairman Shostrom asked that 96 North Main, the Shasta Building, be added to the list (No one was assigned).   Mr. Swink stated that 249 Hillcrest had finalled and should be removed.  Mr. Giordano and Mr. Baker offered to take over Mr. Crutcher’s project, 145 East Main Street.  Chairman Shostrom commented that he thought the DeBoer project on Granite Street was not being built as approved, particularly the brick columns and the stucco.


PA #2000-120

485 “A” Street (Steve Hoxmeier)


PA #2004-026

81 Central Avenue (Wes & Lucinda Vail)


PA #2004-102

832 “A” Street (Ilene Rubenstein)


PA #2004-110

150 Church St (Robert M. Saladoff)


PA #2004-138

234 Vista St (Sid & Karen DeBoer)


PA #2004-154

180 Lithia Way (Archerd & Dresner)



685 A Street (William Reeves)



70 Water Street (Ashland Creek Holdings, LLC)



820 “C” Street (Randy & Helen Ellison)



11 First Street (Ron Yamaoka)



145 East Main St (Urban Development Services/SERA Arch)



125 Sherman Street (Russ Dale)



247 Third Street (Marc Valens & Anne Golden)



96 North Main Street (Shasta Building)



160 Nob Hill (ARU-Dan Heller & Don Sever)



175 North Main (First Methodist Church Remodel)




C.     National Historic Preservation Week – May 21-27, 2006   


D.     City Design Review Process Memo to City Council – No Report


E.     “Design Criteria – 247 Third Street” Memo to Planning Commission – No Report


F.      Lithia Springs National Register Nomination – No Report


G.     Multiple Properties Submission for National Register of Historic Places – No Report


H.     Single Family Residential Design Standards – Mr. Swink said he would coordinate with Bob Tewsbury  to prepare a discussion on window designs to be reviewed with the Conservation Commission


I.         Co-Sponsorship with Conservation Commission for Fall Workshop – No Report




A.      Lithia Fountain RFP – The Commissioners asked if a representative of the Historic Commission could be on the selection committee.  Mr. Severson said he would pass the request on to Public Works.







The next Historic Commission meeting will be on June 7, 2006 at 7:00 pm in the Siskiyou Room.




With a motion by Mr. Saladoff and a second by Ms. Leighton, it was the unanimous decision of the Commission to adjourn the meeting at 8:35 p.m.

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