The Granville Planning Commission did not make a decision on Robert and Tracee Karaffa's request to keep solar panels on a home in an historic district.

The Granville Planning Commission did not make a decision on Robert and Tracee Karaffa's request to keep solar panels on a home in an historic district.

Village planner Alison Terry said only three members of the commission were present at the May 27 meeting and a unanimous vote was required to move the request to Granville Village Council. She said the commission voted two to one in favor of the proposal so the commission will have to wait until its next meeting on June 9 at 7 p.m. to consider the request again.

The Karaffas, of 311 N. Pearl Street, installed solar panels on their home in February as a way to help the environment.

They received a building permit through the Licking County Building Department but did not have the planning commission review the change, which is required for a home within an historic district.

Robert Karaffa said he knew the home was in an historic district but the upgrade did not make any structural changes to the home. The panels clip onto the metal roof.

At least two other Granville residents spoke in favor of the request, including business owner Jack Thornborough, who is part of a group that appealed the planning commission's decision to allow Denison University to build a modern building in an historic district.

Terry said the commission seemed to support the environmentally friendly addition to Granville but was struggling with a way to make the panels work within the historic district, as written in village code.

-- Lori Wince