The Grandview Heights Planning Commission voted May 18 to recommend city council approval of a Grandview Yard Mixed Use District and to rezone the appropriate parcels into the new district.

The Grandview Heights Planning Commission voted May 18 to recommend city council approval of a Grandview Yard Mixed Use District and to rezone the appropriate parcels into the new district.

The matter will now be sent to city council for final approval.

Prior to its regular May 18 meeting, the commission held a third and final workshop to review revisions to a draft of district standards.

Patrik Bowman, director of administration/economic development, went over some of the major changes that had been made to the document based on the discussion at the previous workshop on May 4.

The document now more clearly defines when an application or issues such as signage within the district should come before the planning commission or when they are "minor" and could be handled by an administrative review, Bowman said.

Another change places the administrative review under the auspices of the mayor rather than the director of building and zoning, as was originally proposed, he said.

The document also spells out in more detail what an applicant is required to provide when they are submitting an application within the district, Bowman said.

In response to concerns commission members raised about parking, the document now states that a parking plan must be submitted as part of any plan for review, said Chris Hermann, an architect with MSI Design firm, which is working with Nationwide Realty Investors.

Commission member Tom Komlanc said the document should include a provision indicating that signage should provide simple and clear "way-finding" for motorists looking for specific businesses.

Such language can be added to the document, which remains a work in progress even as it goes through its final approval, Bowman said.

In addition to voting to recommend the zoning district and rezoning, the commission during its regular meeting also approved a major site plan review for a parking lot NRI will build on the west side of Bobcat Avenue adjacent to the existing parking garage at the Yard.

In April, the commission approved a lot split for the parking lot, but tabled the vote on the site plan review.

Architect Keith Meyers of MSI offered more information to provide a context for why the second parking lot is needed.

The lot will help address the additional parking expected to come from two anticipated developments in the Yard, one on Goodale and the other that would be located on a site to the north of the parking lot, he said.

In response to concerns raised last month, the access point will now be located farther south, Meyers said.

The application also now includes a more detailed landscaping plan for the parking lot, he said.

Fire Chief Steve Shaner has reviewed the parking lot application and is satisfied there will be sufficient access for emergency vehicles, Bowman said.