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Planning Commission Special Mtg

Minutes
Tuesday, April 28, 2015

ASHLAND PLANNING COMMISSION
SPECIAL MEETING
 MINUTES
April 28, 2015
 
 
CALL TO ORDER
Chair Richard Kaplan called the meeting to order at 4:10 p.m. in the Siskiyou Room, 51 Winburn Way.  
 
Commissioners Present:   Staff Present:
Michael Dawkins
Richard Kaplan
Melanie Mindlin
Tracy Peddicord
Lynn Thompson (Arrived at 4:15 pm)
  Bill Molnar, Community Development Director
Derek Severson, Associate Planner
April Lucas, Administrative Supervisor
     
Absent Members:   Council Liaison:
Troy J. Brown, Jr.
Debbie Miller
  Greg Lemhouse, absent
 
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
Community Development Director Bill Molnar announced the Planning Commission’s annual retreat is scheduled for next Saturday, May 9. He also announced Commission Appreciation Day is August 30 at 3 pm at the Oak Knoll Golf Course.
 
AD-HOC COMMITTEE UPDATES
Commissioner Dawkins stated the public hearing for the Normal Neighborhood Plan has been postponed and the working group is scheduled to meet on May 7 to review the Mayor’s proposal for the area. Commissioner Kaplan announced that he is going to continue to serve on the Normal working group, but the commission will need to find a replacement for the Downtown Parking and Circulation committee.  
 
ADOPTION OF FINDINGS
  1. Approval of Findings for PA-2014-02106, 2352 Morada Lane.
 
Ex Parte Contact
No ex parte contact was reported.
 
Commission Discussion & Decision
Commissioner Thompson questioned the accuracy of the findings. She stated the loft space appears to meet the definition for a story and cited the code language that reads “If the wall face of the upper most floor at the rear or side yard setback line is more than three feet above the floor level below, the upper floor shall be considered a story for the purposes of setbacks.” The commissioners discussed whether the upper floor was a story or a half story and there was general agreement that the story definition may apply, however it was also noted that this was not discussed at the hearing and the commission voted to approve this as a half story, not a full story with a 20 ft. setback. The approving motion from the last meeting was read for the group: “Commissioners Mindlin/Thompson m/s to approve Planning Action #2014-02106 with the condition that the building be considered a story and a half and be moved 15 feet from rear property line.”
  
Commissioners Dawkins/Mindlin m/s to approve the Findings for PA-2014-02106. DISCUSSION: Commissioner Thompson asked that the minutes reflect her concern that this not set precedent. Roll Call Vote: Commissioners Dawkins, Mindlin, Thompson and Kaplan, YES. Motion passed 4-0. [Commissioner Peddicord abstained]
 
 
ADJOURNMENT
Meeting adjourned at 4:35 p.m.
 
Submitted by,
April Lucas, Administrative Supervisor

 

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