The Canal Winchester Planning and Zoning Commission told John Bakitis for the second time last week he can't install vinyl siding on his home at 79 N. Trine St.

The Canal Winchester Planning and Zoning Commission told John Bakitis for the second time last week he can't install vinyl siding on his home at 79 N. Trine St.

Canal Winchester Village Council had until Oct. 4 to decide whether to overturn a planning commission decision to deny Bakitis' request to install vinyl replacement windows and build a two-story, 10-foot by 15-foot addition to his home in the historic preservation district.. Members instead voted unanimously to send the request back to the planning commission.

Planning commission member Jeff Graber asked Bakitis on Oct. 20 to explain the purpose of the preservation guidelines. Bakitis said the guidelines are to provide homeowners suggestions for maintaining their property. He said the preservation guidelines shouldn't be as stringent as guidelines in the historic district.

"I have every right to side my house as long as I do it tastefully and it fits in with what is already there," he said.

Graber asked if the vinyl siding degrades the character of the home. Bakitis said no, because his home doesn't hold paint any more so siding would be an improvement.

Commission member Dan Konold asked if there could be a moisture issue preventing the paint from holding. Bakitis said there isn't a moisture issue. He said the wood siding is cracked so it won't hold paint.

"If the house won't hold paint, it leads me to believe there is a moisture issue," Konold said.

Regarding the proposed addition to the home, commission member Michael Vasko asked if Bakitis would be open to changing the slope line of the roof so the gables would go to the side. Bakitis said he would forego the addition altogether if the commission would approve the use of vinyl siding.

"The addition is fine," Graber said. "We are just asking if you would be willing to entertain switching the gables."

Bakitis said he would have no issue changing the gables, adding he was tired of the whole process.

Konold said he has a neighbor who has one side of his house repainted every year so the whole house is getting repainted every four years.

"The cost of paint is a lot more than it used to be, mainly because of EPA guidelines," Bakitis said. "I'm 63 years old. This is the most economical (option) and fits in with the village and all the homes around me."

The planning commission voted 5-3 to deny his request for the vinyl siding and the two-story addition. Jennifer Solomon, Jim Knowlton and Graber voted in favor of the request. Commission members Joe Abbott, Bill Christiansen, Michael Vasko and Konold, and Landmarks Commission member Patrick Lynch voted against the request.