George Poe, Clarke Taylor join Planning Commission
by DAVID DAVIS, Managing Editor
Nov 28, 2012 | 822 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Cleveland Municipal Planning Commission met Tuesday evening with two new members.

At-Large City Councilman George Poe attended his first meeting as a voting member while Clarke Taylor sat on the dais as an observer. Poe replaced 4th District Councilman David May, who resigned after about 16 years on the panel. Taylor, son of Cleveland Bank Chairman and CEO Scott Taylor, replaced Stan Lawson, who resigned to pay more attention to business interests.

Other members are Larry Presswood, Yvonne Cannon, Maryl Elliott, Andrew Johnson, Dee Burris, Tricia Haws, commission chairman Tim Henderson, Poe and Taylor. Haws was absent.

The Planning Commission canceled its regularly scheduled meeting in December, but it will have a special meeting Dec. 11 at 1 p.m. to consider rezoning property at 20 Street S.E. and Foster Lane from R4 to R2 for a Habitat for Humanity development. The property is located adjacent to Blythe-Bower Elementary School. It is vacant with the exception of a barn.

Commissioners approved the following items on the Consent Agenda by a vote of 7-0:

- Request by D&S Custom Homes LLC, for preliminary plat approval of Sharon Townhomes, a townhome subdivision of about 0.92 acres on Sharon Drive N.E., and bordered by Pryor Road and Ramsey Street. The property was recently zoned R3. Staff comments indicate the side setback is 12 feet. Staff would prefer a setback variance for lot 8 on the Pryor Road side rather than on lot 14 adjacent to the residential property. The site plan shows 14 two-story townhomes.

Cleveland Municipal Planning Commission members voted Sept. 26 to rezone the property in the face of strong neighborhood opposition.

Neighbors near 250 Ramsey St. N.E. filled the Cleveland City Council meeting room that evening to express opposition to a request to rezone property from Single-Family Residential R-1 to Multifamily Residential R-3. The property is approximately 200-by-200 square feet.

The nine commissioners split 5-4 to recommend approval after about two hours of discussion and public comments from neighbors who complained of inadequate sewage service, speeding cars on narrow streets, crime, drugs and gang activity in other multifamily complexes. Ramsey Street intersects Pryor Road about two blocks from Northcrest apartments, a frequent topic of discussion at City Council meetings.

The Cleveland City Council approved the rezoning request for the first time on Oct. 22 and on the second reading at the Nov. 12 meeting.

- Request by D&S Custom Homes LLC, for final plat approval on Villa Heights Subdivision, a townhome subdivision of about 0.68 acres zoned R2 on Campbell Bridge Road off Freewill Road. The current design shows four two-story townhomes on 0.34 acres with the remaining area left vacant. Each lot is 150 feet deep and ranging from 20 to 32 feet wide.

- Request by Habitat for Humanity of Cleveland Inc., for final plat approval of Victory Cove, a subdivision of about 4.05 acres on Victory Street S.W. The initial drawing shows seven lots facing Victory Street laid out between Arnold and Huff avenues. The new development is zoned PUD 10, a planned unit development. Staff comments indicate the grading and driveway slopes do not appear to be in accordance with the approved grading plan. The developers were told to correct the drainage or provide a revised site plan that allows for stormwater detention for the development.

- Request by Bob Petitt for preliminary plat approval of Bob Petitt Plat, a subdivision of about 0.40 acres at the corner of Euclid Avenue S.E. and 9th Street S.E., on property currently zoned zoned Heavy Industrial IH. The property currently has four parcels with many setbacks and lot widths that are nonconforming for IH zoning. This plat is for three parcels and will still have nonconforming setbacks and lot widths, but the setbacks and lot sizes will be improved or remain the same.

Under new business, planning commissioners recommended approval of the following items:

- Request by Edd Brown to rezone the property at 5673 and 5693 Mouse Creek Rd. N.W. from R2 to Neighborhood Commercial CN with the intention of opening a neighborhood store.

According to staff comments, CN is designed to accommodate commercial use of this type. The property was zoned Neighborhood Commercial in the past and was the location of a convenience store and later a daycare center. The nearest commercial zone is 1.5 miles south behind The Home Depot on the corner of Mouse Creek Road and Mohawk Drive.

- Request by Jeff Wolfenden to abandon an unopened alley between Chambliss Avenue N.W. and North Ocoee Street and running north from 23rd Street.