A meeting of the Village of Riverlea Planning Commission was held October 10, 2016 at the Evening Street Elementary School. Members present were Carolee Noonan (Planning Commissioner), Robert Davis, Taylor Surface, and Paul Unrue. Also present were Marc & Sheila Benevento, Joann & Kerry Bierman, Jim Favret, Bryce Jacob, and representatives of the Robert Dunn Trust. Joshua C. Mehling served as Clerk. The Planning Commissioner called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm.
Davis moved and Unrue seconded the motion to approve the variance for the addition of the patio and retaining wall. The following vote was recorded on the motion: Yea: 4, Davis, Noonan, Surface, and Unrue: Nay, None. The Motion carried 4-0. Davis moved to approve the Certificate of Appropriateness and Unrue seconded this motion. The following vote was recorded on the motion: Yea: 4, Davis, Noonan, Surface, and Unrue: Nay, None. The Motion carried 4-0.
The Planning Commissioner mentioned that according to the plans, the project would fall within 10 feet of the property line and as a result, the homeowners would need to request a variance. As part of this process, she requested to know how close the neighbor's house was to the property line as well. The homeowners stated that they had spoken with the neighbors and they were fine with the plans. The affected neighbors, as well as other neighbors, had signed letters approving this project. Given that the neighbors had sent these letters and there were no objections, the Planning Commissioner and Clerk-Treasurer researched the Village Codes to verify that a variance was needed, which they did verify. Unrue mentioned that he had issues with the scale of the drawings and that he would like to see a larger copy. The Planning Commissioner requested that the homeowners bring one or two copies to the next meeting.
Davis questioned whether it was the expansion of the garage to three cars that required the walls to be moved, causing the need for a variance. The homeowners responded that this was indeed the reason.
Favret questioned whether the elevation of the roof of the new addition was the same height as the rest of the house, and the homeowner replied that it would be about a foot taller, given their height and equipment to be placed in the room. Favret also inquired about the homeowners' plans for the stucco on the exterior of the house and they responded that they were going to paint the current stucco to a more neutral color.
Davis moved and Surface seconded the motion to table the Certificate of Appropriateness application until the variance application was received and approved. The following vote was recorded on the motion: Yea: 4, Davis, Noonan, Surface, and Unrue: Nay, None. The Motion carried 4-0.
Carolea Noonan, Planning Commissioner
Josh Mehling, Clerk