Next meeting June 17
NWCA Zoning Meeting
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Wednesday, Jun 17, 2020 7:00 pm | 2 hours | (UTC-04:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
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At the June 3 meeting:
- 682 Sternberger Place – Additional Garage
The applicant is applying for a variance to construct an additional garage. He currently has a 598 sq. ft. garage. His proposed additional garage would be 720 sq. ft. and would allow for storage of his car collection and indoor parking of applicant cars. The new garage would match the house. An aging wooden shed would be taken down. Applicant has informed neighbors of his plans. APPROVED JUNE 3
2) Seton Square @ 1776 Drew Avenue
The applicant wants to obtain HUD funding to renovate the interior of Seton Square which contains apartments, affordable housing and senior living. The northern portion of the lot has environmental conditions that would have to be remediated before a funding application could be submitted. Applicant wants to split off that portion so funding can be obtained for the remainder of the lot. If this split is approved, applicant will then have to apply for variances to continue the existing use and operations and have less parking spaces after the reduction in lot size, and to make the smaller lot compliant with the current Columbus code. APPROVED JUNE 3
At the May 27 meeting:
The applicant is applying for ten variances related to signage for the Meijer gas station that will be in the south end of the Sawmill Road Meijer parking lot. These variances are for the base material and placement of the new Meijer store/gas station sign, the size and height of that sign, the size of the graphics on that sign, automatic changeable copy on that sign for the gas prices, a sign on the back of the convenience store which will be visible from Sawmill Road, the combined size of signs on the front of the store, and the combined size of the signs on the canopy over the pumps. The City Planning Division recommends that the sign height should not exceed six feet. and does not support automatic changeable copy as it would be inconsistent with the commercial overlay design objectives which were developed to maintain a pleasant appearance along Sawmill Road. Approved with changes that reduce the size of the signage and bring it closer to Northwest Plan guidelines.
The applicant will combine the Winking Lizard and the Budget car rental sites for a Sheetz with gas station, a restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating and a convenience store with drive-thru service. The proposed restaurant and store are approximately 6,077 square feet with six double-sided gas pumps. Additional site changes are a privacy fence, landscaping along Bethel and Godowns roads, buffering along the northern border of the property for those neighbors, an enclosed dumpster, and underground storm water detention system. They are also providing pedestrian and bicycle path with direct access to Bethel and Godown. Changes to the intersection include two curb cuts closed on current property, Godown will be widened and two additional turn lanes added, Bracken House Blv will be widened, additional sidewalk installed on Godown, and the traffic signal timing will be updated. Tabled until NWCA Special Meeting June 17. Pending review of traffic study, HUD financing regulations for properties in vicinity, and review of deed restrictions.
This Week News 3-12
The Affordable Housing Project approved by NWCA in December was tabled by City Council on February 10 until February 24. Update: At the February 24 City Council Zoning meeting a motion was passed to table the variance request indefinitely.
There has been little activity with other proposals in the area. The apartments at Reed Rd and the apartments at Henderson and Olentangy are not scheduled for review by NWCA, Development Commission, or City Council. It has been difficult to ascertain information regarding these developments, but according to one city official they are on hold pending review/improvements to the sewer system that dumps into the Knolls area. We are hearing that the City is only going to approve projects that are equivalent replacements of existing units. That is, proposals that add to the problem would not be considered. This may be the case until the sewer infrastructure is fixed, possibly in 2025. We will keep you posted as new information becomes available.
There is a proposal from Skilken-Gold a for development at Bethel Rd. and Godown Rd., the former Winking Lizard site. It includes the Budget Rental store next door and would be a 24/7 gas station and drive through food service. The developer has asked for a meeting with the neighbors after the holidays. Meeting details will be posted here when they are finalized. NWCA welcomes comments and questions at this early stage of the proposal. Update: As of March 16 we are still working with Skilken to try to arrange a neighborhood meeting.
Reed Rd project- Notice: Preferred Living was approved 3 to 1 at the September 12 Development Commission meeting. The developer increased the setback from the street, reduced the buildings nearest the street to two stories, and added significant natural barriers to minimize the impact on the neighborhood. The design remains unchanged. Next stop is City Council for final approval. Meeting date and other info will be posted as it becomes available. As of 12-2 that date is unknown. Preferred Living is working with the city to prepare for the first phase which includes building the new offices for Burgess and Niple. The second phase involving the apartments may be delayed due to sanitary sewer problems extending to the Knolls and south.
NWCA has been working with Preferred Living, nearby neighbors and residents of the district to get details and feedback on the project. The Reed Rd. proposal was on the February agenda and a special zoning meeting was held to gather input from residents. Preferred Living went back to the drawing board to adjust their plan. A second special Zoning meeting was held on April 24 to discuss these changes and give neighbors and residents another opportunity to express their opinions and concerns. The feedback is summarized in the Reed Rd 4-24 meeting summary report.
Zimmerman Tract Tabled: The proposed 400-unit apartment project at Henderson and Olentangy was tabled by the NWCA at the August 7 meeting. The Board and the developer agreed that there are many issues regarding traffic and the effects of drainage and sewage on residents of the Knolls that need to be addressed. In addition, the developer has said that he would like to talk to city staff about these issues in greater detail. They are not yet scheduled for the November Development Commission meeting. NWCA will schedule a special meeting for members and residents of the Knolls to discuss alternate plans for the site with the developer and possibly city staff. The meeting would be more casual and conversational. Details for the meeting will be posted and sent to members when they are finalized.