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Historic Commission Regular Meeting

Agenda
Wednesday, August 03, 2011

ASHLAND HISTORIC COMMISSION

Meeting Minutes

August 3, 2011

 

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

 

CALL TO ORDER – REGULAR MEETING, 6:00 pm

 

Historic Commissioners Present:  Dale Shostrom, Terry Skibby, Keith Swink, Sam Whitford, Tom Giordano, Allison Renwick

Commission Members Absent:  Ally Phelps (e); Kerry KenCairn (u)

Council Liaison: Michael Morris, absent

High School Liaison: None Appointed
SOU Liaison: None Appointed
Staff Present: Planner: Amy Gunter; Clerk: Billie Boswell

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

 

Mr. Whitford moved to approve the June 8, 2011 minutes as presented and the motion was seconded by Mr. Swink and were approved unanimously.

 

PUBLIC FORUM:   None

 

Chairman Shostrom welcomed Amy Gunter and the new staff liaison.

 

NEW BUSINESS:  PreApp – Underground Drive-Ups in the Historic District

Ms. Gunter explained that a PreApp was received from the Ashland Co-Op for a potential application for a Type III Legislative amendment to the Zoning Code to allow underground drive-ups in the Historic District.

 

The Historic Commission expressed concern about the impacts of underground drive ups and how those impacts would affect historical downtown development pattern including building orientation to the street, the scale, proportion, openings and overall horizontal rhythms. The Commission discussed the 'black-hole' affect of a "hole" next to the sidewalk or adjacent to the right-of-way. Additionally the Commission expressed concern regarding the entrance / exit impacts to the sidewalks through the modification of typical traffic flow, vehicular queuing, and pedestrian safety and visibility.

They felt that the design was unpredictable and that each application would be unique and that a Conditional Use Permit would be an appropriate way to review each application and its impacts on architectural compatibility, noise, and odor and traffic. The Commission also felt that the drive-ups should be restricted to parking lots, alleys and side streets and not be accessible from the main arterial streets.

The Commission also discussed the definition of underground and whether that meant fully underground, if the definition of basement would be modified or if a 'daylight' drive up would be permitted.

 

The question was asked if any “basement” drive ups would be counted as one of the “approved” drive-ups or if these would be additional to the already approved number of drive-ups allowed by current code.  Comments were made that the original limitation had to do with pollution and gas use the drive-ups encourage and this proposal would not address those issues.

 

 

PUBLIC HEARING:  None

 

 

OLD BUSINESS:   

A.  Review Board Schedule

 

August 4th  

Terry, Keith, Allison

August 11th   

Terry, Tom, Kerry

August 18th   

Terry, Sam, Dale

August 25th   

Terry, Ally, Allison

September 8th   

Terry, Keith, Kerry    

 

 

C.  Project Assignments for Planning Actions

BD-2007-01764

160 Helman (Batzer-Comm Bldgs) {Recession Extension approved)}

Shostrom/Giordano

PA-2007-01939

175 Lithia Wy (formerly 165 Lithia) Archerd & Dresner-Mixed Use Bldg – (Expired 7/25/10)

Renwick

 

BD-2011-00855

165 W Fork – New SFR on hillside (new owner-Suncrest Hms) (Modification submitted)

Swink/Shostrom

 

BD-2011-00436

426 A St (Sidney Brown) Mixed Use Bldg  (permit issued 5-18-11))

Giordano

 

PA-2009-00785

255 E Main (Ashland Elks) Balcony on rear (No permit yet; expired 8/27/10.)

Swink

 

PA-2010-00069

175 N Pioneer (Deli) Terrell   (no permit-code compliance letter written)

Shostrom

 

PA-2010-00486

820 C St (Ellison) Accessory Structure (complete-no permit required)

Giordano

 

BD-2011-01029

400 Allison (Robin Biermann) New SFR  (Ready to issue)

Whitford/Renwick

 

BD-2011-00820

156 Seventh (Annie McIntyre)  (Issued 7-12-11)

Renwick

 

BD-2011-00368

928 C St (92 Eighth St) (Charter) ARU (issued 7-11-11))

Swink

 

BD-2011-01059

260 First St (Syken) house to retail sales (appealed-bldg permit issued 8-25-11)

Phelps

 

PA-2011-00244

485 A St (Hoxmeier) enclosed porch & food truck (no permit)

Giordano

 

BD-2011-01079

134 Terrace (Allman) New SFR (Applied – not issued)

Whitford

 

BD-2011-00621

89 Oak St (Amorotico) New façade on building (under construction)

Shostrom

 

BD-2011-00802

66 Scenic (Forsyth) Solar Variance  (issued 7-15-11)

Phelps

 

 

 

DISCUSSION ITEMS:

Quarter 2 Attendance Report – Ms. Gunter reviewed the report with the Commissioners and said it would be forwarded to the City Council.  Ms. Renwick pointed out her total was incorrect and should show 1 absence.   The Commissioners recommended retaining Ms. Kencairn on the Commission but that a letter be sent reminding her of the rules.

 

Gun Club Site Visit – The Council will not be doing a tour but the Mayor said it would be OK for the Historic Commission to visit.  Ms. Gunter said on the tour the Commissioners could look at ways grant monies could be used to protect the historical sites such as fencing around the pumphouse.  Chairman Shostrom recommended they wait until later in September or October when the weather cools and also to see what happens with the lawsuit. 

 

ADJOURNMENT

It was the unanimous decision of the Commission to adjourn the meeting at 6:45 p.m.

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