ASHLAND HISTORIC COMMISSION
March 2, 2016
Community Development/Engineering Services Building – 51 Winburn Way – Siskiyou Room
CALL TO ORDER:
Commission Chair, Mr. Skibby called the meeting to order at 6:04 pm in the Siskiyou Room at the Community Development and Engineering Offices located at 51 Winburn Way, Ashland OR 97520.
||Mark Schexnayder; Staff Liaison
||Regan Trapp; Secretary
||Mr. Giordano (E)
||Ms. Kencairn (E)
APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Mr. Ladygo motioned to approve minutes with corrections from February 3, 2016. Mr. Whitford seconded. Mr. Shostrom abstained.
There was no one in the audience wishing to speak.
Mr. Skibby closed the public forum.
COUNCIL LIAISON REPORT:
Ms. Voisin gave the Council Liaison report.
- The Council is looking into using the food and beverage tax towards the repair of streets and 2 CIP projects, since the funds are not being used.
- The property details for the residence at 85 Winburn Way will be posted on the City of Ashland website so that the public may view the plan.
- It was reported that the Parks Department is purchasing 4 new trucks for $108,000.
- The Council updated the parking ordinance and the violation fees will be discussed at the Council meeting on March 15, 2016.
- Ashland Fiber Network ad hoc committee is being extended for another year to deal with marketing and AFN products and will be working with a consultant.
- A vote on hindering pedestrian passage and soliciting contributions will take place on March 15, 2016.
- The Mayor is hosting a listening forum regarding the ban on smoking in the downtown area and how it will affect businesses.
- Ms. Voisin conveyed that Council will be looking at the budget soon and she would like to recommend that the Historic Commission receive a stipend of $15,000 - $20,000 a year, to be taken out of the transient occupancy tax. It could go towards current projects such as the Historic Markers Project. Ms. Voisin stated that as soon as she gets the details, she will present them to the Commission formally.
Mr. Skibby read aloud the procedure for public hearings.
PLANNING ACTION REVIEW:
PLANNING ACTION: PA-2016-00275
SUBJECT PROPERTY: 574 Allison Street
APPLICANT/OWNER: Susan DeMarinis
DESCRIPTION: A request for a Site Design Review to allow for the conversion of an existing single-car garage to an Accessory Residential Unit (ARU) on the subject property. The proposed Accessory Residential Unit is to remain in the existing location on the property and will have a small addition to the existing structure. COMPREHENSIVE PLAN DESIGNATION: Low Density Multiple Family Residential; ZONING: R-2; ASSESSOR’S MAP: 39 1E 09DB; TAX LOTS: 5900.
There was no conflict of interest or ex-parte contact.
Mr. Schexnayder gave the staff report on PA-2016-00275.
Mr. Skibby opened the public hearing to the applicant.
- Ms. Susan DeMarinis of 145 Normal Ave, Ashland, Oregon, addressed the Commission. She gave a brief overview of the project. Ms. DeMarinis stated that she does not want to change the historic impact of the neighborhood and believes the project will be a great improvement to the building itself.
- Ms. Kristen Beers, neighbor at 550 Allison Street, Ashland, OR addressed the Commission. Ms. Beers stated that she is sad about another lot going to multiple residences. She stressed that parking is an issue and doesn’t want to see this property turned into to a rental. She went on to say, that maintenance and upkeep of properties is an issue within the neighborhood and that she is a homeowner and doesn’t want more renters moving in. She would love to see the focus more on the residence, not the ARU. Ms. Beers is excited to see what Ms. DeMarinis has planned for the project but is worried about the future of the neighborhood.
- Mr. Ivar Anderson, neighbor at 560 Allison, Ashland, OR addressed the Commission. Mr. Anderson stated that parking is an issue for everyone in the neighborhood and that’s just the way it is.
- Ms. DeMarinis addressed the Commission as part of her rebuttal time. She pointed out that she has 2 approved parking spots at this time and went on to say that she has tenants whom she trusts and without her lower income rental her tenants would not normally be able to afford living in Ashland. She stated that she is supportive of neighbors coming to her if there are any issues with her tenants or property.
Mr. Skibby closed the public hearing and opened to the Commission for comments/questions.
Commissioners Shostrom/Whitford m/s to approve PA-2016-00275 with below recommendations. Voice Vote: all AYES. Motion passed unanimously.
- The proposed siding for the ARU should be six inch lap siding.
- The proposed ARU addition should have a gabled roof.
- Review board schedule
- Project assignments for planning actions
- Historic Preservation Week Event schedule & Nomination list review
- Presentation to City Council – The Commission discussed this and it was decided to postpone until next month’s meeting.
Historic Preservation Week:
- Nominations were discussed and Commissioners broke into groups of 2 and will be conducting site visits of each property to see if the nominees qualify for an award. There was some discussion about individual and civic awards but no decisions were made.
- Theater Corridor Project
- Historic Markers Project
Theater Corridor Project:
- The letter that was sent to City Council was discussed and Mr. Skibby stated that no response from Council has been received. The Commission stressed that working cohesively with and communicating every step of the way (with the PAC) is their ultimate goal.
Historic Markers Project:
- Mr. Ladygo will be taking over this project but stated that he does not have any of the information that had been sent to him previously. He mentioned that he would like to meet with Ms. Renwick to discuss and get the materials for the project.
- The Commission briefly discussed the Nutley Street project.
COMMISSION ITEMS NOT ON AGENDA:
There were no items to discuss.
Review Board Schedule
Project Assignments for Planning Actions
||Terry, Sam, Kerry
||Terry, Bill, Dale
||Terry, Tom, Andrew
||Terry, Kerry, Andrew
||Terry, Keith, Bill
Next meeting is scheduled April 6, 2016 at 6:00 pm.
There being no other items to discuss, the meeting adjourned at 7:40 pm
Respectfully submitted by Regan Trapp; Secretary
||Lithia & First
||Swink & Whitford
||310 Oak St. (Thompson)
||485 A Street
||156 Van Ness Ave
||160 Lithia Way
||35 S. Pioneer
||637 B’ Street
||34 S. Pioneer
||35 S. Second-Winchester Inn
||868 A Street