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Historic Commission Meeting

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Meeting Minutes
March 5, 2014
Community Development/Engineering Services Building – 51 Winburn Way – Siskiyou Room
Call To Order – Regular Meeting, 6:00 pm Chairman Skibby
Historic Commissioners Present:  Dale Shostrom, Allison Renwick; Kerry Kencairn, Sam Whitford, Terry Skibby, Keith Swink,  
Commission Members Absent: Victoria Law, Tom Giordano, Ally Phelps
Council Liaison: Michael Morris
Staff Present: Staff Liaison: Amy Gunter, Clerk: Regan Trapp

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:   Ms. Whitford made a motion to approve the minutes of the February 5 , 2014 meeting, Mr. Shostrom seconded the motion. The minutes were approved unanimously by the Commissioners.

PUBLIC FORUM:  There was no one in the audience wishing to speak.
COUNCIL LIAISON REPORT:  Councilor Morris spoke about the City Council March 3, 2014 Study Session and the discussion with the Building Official regarding potential requirements for seismic upgrades to commercial buildings. Councilor Morris stated the Historic Commission should be part of that discussion. The Council asked the Building Official to return with additional information. Morris is looking for the requirements to be “balanced,” how far do you take it? What are the minimum seismic upgrades that should be required? Commissioner Swink gave his opinion that the minimum should be survivability of the public visiting the site. Commissioner Skibby expressed caution on the required changes and what impacts that would have on historic preservation and the historic buildings.
Commissioner Skibby read the procedures for Public Hearings aloud.
PLANNING ACTION:         PA-2014-00191                   
SUBJECT PROPERTY:     566 Fairview
APPLICANT:                      Nick Scott and Michael McKee for Peter Brunner
DESCRIPTION:                 A request for a Site Review approval to construct a 742 square foot residential unit above a 932 square foot garage accessed the alley at the rear of the property located at 566 Fairview Street. 
No ex parte contact and site visits by all of the commissioners.
Ms. Gunter gave the staff report. Commissioner Skibby asked about material choices. Ms. Gunter stated they are shown on page 3 of the applicant’s elevation drawings.
Commissioner Skibby opened the public hearing. Michael McKee 360 Pearl Street, Ashland, OR, the applicant’s representative introduced himself. He went explained the proposal and addressed the Historic District Development Standards.
Commissioner Kencairn left the meeting 6:25.
Commissioner Skibby asked about the pad that has been poured. Mr. McKee stated the parking pad stopped significantly short of the building so that it can be extended down to where the building will be located. Mr. McKee stated they would add a strip drain between pad and
Mr. McKee spoke about specific materials.
Commissioner Shostrom suggested raised planters on either side of the post to define entrance the lower story is devoid of the richness and rhythm that is evident on the upper floor, and suggested they add high windows to add a human scale to the lower level. Mr. McKee stated they would like the additional windows on the SW elevation, and on the East elevation.
Applicant Peter Brunner, Taylor Street, Ashland spoke about the proposal and the current building permit for the existing home. Commissioner Skibby asked for comments from the audience, there was none.
Commissioner Skibby closed public hearing at 6:45 PM.
Commissioner Whitford motioned to approve as submitted, Commission Swink seconded the motion. All in favor and the motion passed.
PLANNING ACTION:         PA-2014-00132                   
APPLICANT:                      David Collings
DESCRIPTION:                 A request for a Conditional Use Permit approval to utilize a 704 square foot residential unit (Unit C) as a one-unit Travelers Accommodation, with the owner residing on-site in the main residence (Unit A) located at 2 Bush Street. 
No ex parte contact and site visits by all of the commissioners.
Ms. Gunter gave the staff report.
David Collins – 2 Bush, clarified only one unit would be used a traveler’s accommodation. He will be living in the main house – unit A. He plans on keeping the place nice and presentable. Skibby asked for comments  from audience, there was none.
Commissioner Skibby closed public hearing at 6:55 PM.
Commissioner Swink motioned to approve 2014-00132 as submitted, Commissioner Shostrom seconded the motion. All in favor and the motion passed.
  1. Historic Preservation Week: The Historic Preservation Awards nomination list was whittled down to the most likely candidates and then divided into three groups to be visited by the groups and photographed.  The groups reported back on which projects they are going to award for Historic Preservation.
The Commissioners will do the write up on the property. Staff will compile the list of winners and the details of each permit. The write-ups are due the second week of April.  The Commission discussed possible individual award winners.
Photo and certificate will be the award for the winners. A photo album will be created from here on out instead of photo collage.
Ashland Heritage Committee offered to host tour of Skidmore District (Granite, Baum to Almond, Briscoe) on Friday.
Self-guided Mausoleum tour – Wednesday
Cyrus Emerson of the Ashland Heritage Committee volunteered to do some promotional ads for Historic Preservation Month on KRSQ.
Ms. Gunter told the Commission of the Public Works Department plan to re-do the Chautauqua walkway. The electric lines from NW Nature shop up to the first landing of bricks at Shakespeare need to be repaired and the walkway  will be affected by the excavation. The bronze letters will be replaced and it was suggested that this is a spot where one of the Historic Markers plaques could be placed.  The Commission requested to see plans for engineering plans Chautauqua.
Ashland Heritage Committee: $50.00 donation (10 individual memberships)
  1. Review Board Schedule
March 6th   Keith, Allison, Kerry
March 13th   Sam, Dale,
March 20th Ally, Terry,
March 27th Terry, Allison,
April 3rd Keith, Ally,
  1. Project Assignments for Planning Actions:
BD-2011-01029 400 Allison (Robin Biermann) New SFR  (under construction) Whitford/Renwick
BD-2011-00621 89 Oak St (Amorotico) New façade on building (under construction) Shostrom
BD-2013-00256 175 Lithia Wy (First Place Partners)  3-story mixed use building (under constr) Giordano
BD-2013-00718 5 B Street (Spartan Properties) New Comm Bldg  (under construction) Phelps
BD-2013-00796 15 N First (Amuse) Walk in Cooler  (under construction)  
PA-2013-00191 566 Fairview St. New second unit over new garage (no submittal yet) Shostrom
BD-2013- 19 Gresham / 374 Hargadine  (No Submittal yet) Swink
PA-2013-01388 14 Calle Guanajuato (Sandlers) Restaurant Renwick
PA-2013-01421 270 N First St (Nisha Jackson) New SFR Renwick
PA-2013-01829 60 Alida St  (Micah & Greta Lieberman) new garage & ARU Shostrom
PA-2013-01828 310 Oak St (Brent Thompson) 2 new Res units in Comm Bldg Shostrom
Next meeting is scheduled for April 2, 2014, 6:00 pm.
There being no other items to discuss, the meeting adjourned at 8:00 pm.
Respectfully submitted by Amy Gunter

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