ASHLAND PLANNING COMMISSION
JULY 13, 2004
|I.||00||CALL TO ORDER
Dotterrer called the meeting to order at 1:40 p.m.
|II.||APPROVAL OF MINUTES & FINDINGS
Briggs/Dotterrer m/s to approve the minutes and findings of the June 8, 2004 meeting.
|III.||TYPE I PLANNING ACTIONS|
|PLANNING ACTION 2004-091
REQUEST FOR SITE REVIEW APPROVAL TO CONSTRUCT AN APPROXIMATELY 19,428 SQUARE FOOT LIGHT INDUSTRIAL/OFFICE BUILDING (PHASE I) ON THE PROPERTY LOCATED AT THE INTERSECTION OF "EAST" JEFFERSON AVENUE AND WASHINGTON STREET.
APPLICANT: ASHLAND CAPITAL, LLC
This action is approved.
PLANNING ACTION 2004-093
This action is approved.
|IV.||TYPE II PUBLIC HEARING|
|PLANNING ACTION 2004-094
REQUEST FOR A CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT TO CONVERT AN EXISTING NON-CONFORMING, 440-SQUARE FOOT DETACHED BUILDING LOCATED AT THE REAR OF THE PROPERTY AT 307 HILLCREST (CLOSEST TO TERRACE STREET) INTO AN ACCESSORY RESIDENTIAL UNIT (ARU).
APPLICANT: R. DOUGLAS & ANN D. SIERKA
Site Visits and Ex Parte Contacts - Site visits were made by both Commissioners.
Staff has suggested some design elements. If approved, the applicant would be in a position to install a pedestrian connection to Terrace Street. Staff would recommend the pedestrian connection and a mailbox to be located along the northern portion of the frontage as a deterrent to parking immediately adjacent to the property owner to the north.
Staff is recommending approval of the application with the attached eleven Conditions of approval. Staff sees the re-use of the non-conforming structure as a benefit to the community as a whole keeping with the goal of providing accessory residential units.
Roy Bashaw, 292 Terrace Street, lives next door to the said property. The small structure was there when they built their home. It was vacant for some time and then the owner occupied it. The structure has no building setback. The reason for a setback is that you can see up and down the street. In 1990, they were involved in a vehicle accident while entering onto the street.
Neither the lot nor the dwelling has been used for an accessory dwelling. The proposal must conform to the overall setback requirements of the zone. In order to grant a CUP, you have to find the proposed occupancy of the accessory dwelling unit conforms to the setback requirements of the zone. If you can't make that finding, a CUP may not be granted. He believes it is quite possible this is a problem. He would like them to consult with the City Attorney because it could affect some future matters that they may consider. There is going to be a safety concern and an anxiety problem in getting out of their driveway. It affects their livability.
Lucy Bashaw, 292 Terrace Street, referred to page 4, paragraph 3, of the Staff Report. She does not believe there is any "unique visual impairment". She is careful to keep shrubs cleaned back so they have a clear view. It does affect their livability. The built building is not compatible with the other built buildings on Terrace Street. He does not believe the size and architecture are compatible with the neighborhood. She was concerned there are no sidewalks until reaching Gresham Street. It is not a particularly safe place to walk.
COMMISSIONERS' DISCUSSION AND MOTION
Briggs believes it is very important we provide affordable dwellings wherever we can.
Briggs/Dotterrer m/s to approve PA2004-094 with the attached Conditions and the change to Condition 7.
|V.||ADJOURNMENT - The meeting was adjourned at 2:30 p.m.|
Respectfully submitted by,
Susan Yates, Executive Secretary