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Regular meeting minutes: September 12, 2016

A meeting of the Village of Riverlea Planning Commission was held September 12 2016 at the Evening Street Elementary School. Members present were Carolee Noonan (Planning Commissioner), Janet Brown, Robert Davis, Taylor Surface, and Paul Unrue. Also present was Gina Jacob. Joshua C. Mehling served as Clerk. The Planning Commissioner called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm.

  1. The minutes of the Planning Commission meeting of August 8, 2016 were not read since each member had received a copy. The Planning Commissioner stated that the minutes should be amended to read that the variance was required due to the combination of the height of the fence and its proximity to the property line. She also requested that the minutes be amended to reflect that neighbors' permission was not necessary to approve a variance, only that the neighbors' input was sought. Davis moved and Surface seconded the motion that the minutes be approved as submitted by the Clerk with the adjustment stated above. The following vote was recorded on the motion: Yea: 5, Brown, Davis, Noonan, Surface, and Unrue; Nay: None. The motion carried 5-0.
  2. An application for a Certificate of Appropriateness by Bryce and Gina Jacob at 258 Frontenac to remove the existing patio and replace it with a flagstone patio. The new patio will be slightly raised and extended slightly vs. the current. In order to ensure proper drainage, a retaining wall will be installed alongside the patio.

    The Planning Commissioner inquired whether the new patio would extend any closer to the property line than the current footprint. Jacob replied that it should not extend any closer to the property line, other than the fact that the extension of the patio would likely be closer due to the angle of the property line. Davis asked if the retaining wall would be 12 inches high and Jacob replied that it would. She also stated that another facet of the project would be that the power lines on the property would be buried. The Planning Commissioner asked if there would be a walkway between the driveway and the patio and Jacob replied that no, there would be no walkway installed.

    Unrue inquired as to why a Certificate of Appropriateness was required when the homeowners were replacing a current patio and the Planning Commissioner replied that it was because the footprint was not the same. Davis stated that he was in favor of the project and recommended that the Commission approve a Certificate of Appropriateness and Variance. The Planning Commissioner asked if a Variance application had been submitted, which it had not. She asked if the notification requirement was different for a Variance vs a COA, and the Clerk-Treasurer replied that there was more of a requirement for notification with a Variance than with a COA. Davis asked Jacob about the desired timing on the project, and Jacob responded that they were flexible, but that they hoped to have it done before the neighbor left town. The Planning Commissioner stated that the Commission would meet again in October, whether or not there was another application submitted, to discuss a Variance for the project.

    Davis moved to table this application until a Variance application was received and approved and Surface seconded this motion. The following vote was recorded on the motion: Yea: 5, Brown, Davis, Noonan, Surface, and Unrue: Nay, None. The Motion carried 5-0.

Surface moved and Brown seconded a motion to adjourn. The motion was approved unanimously (5-0). The meeting was adjourned at 7:24 pm.

Carolea Noonan, Planning Commissioner

Josh Mehling, Clerk

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