An applicant seeking permission to erect an addition to his home was advised to reconsider the design plans during the Feb. 21 meeting of the Upper Arlington Board of Zoning and Planning.

An applicant seeking permission to erect an addition to his home was advised to reconsider the design plans during the Feb. 21 meeting of the Upper Arlington Board of Zoning and Planning.

Eric Zimmer had sought to add a second story room addition to his 1,500-square-foot Farleigh Road home that would encroach 1.7 feet into a minimum 10-foot side setback. A variance would have been needed because the addition would be attached to a nonconforming 8.3-foot setback.

"The board applauds what you're doing with the house, but we would like you to consider some options and see if there's a middle ground," board chairman Thomas J. Riley told Zimmer after a prolonged discussion.

The board also expressed concerns about the overall design of the addition, which introduces new material, including a new roof style, and departs from the other ranch-style homes in the neighborhood.

Members of the city's staff also met with Zimmer's neighbors, who objected to the proposed design of the house.

Board members told Zimmer they had a difficult time getting a firm grasp on the design.

"It's quite a modern juxtaposition with other houses," said board member Cindy Holodnak.

Her reservations were echoed by her colleagues.

"Your rendering doesn't help you," said Riley. "We usually end up with some sense of the building's proportion to the neighborhood."

A request for a comprehensive graphics plan by Larry Lab of the Morrison Sign Co. on behalf of the Arlington Manor Co. Ltd. of 1700 Zollinger Road was approved by the staff without condition.

A request by William Morris on behalf of the Lane Avenue Baptist Church to grant temporary conditional use to permit a place of worship or church for the Tree of Life Christian Ministries was postponed because the application was incomplete.

The meeting was the last for Riley, who stepped down from his post after 30 years on the board and 26 years as chairman. Riley, who announced his resignation last year after a debate by city council on term limits, will be replaced by Kevin Carpenter at the next meeting. Chad Gibson, the senior planner for the city's development department, says Riley will be honored at a future meeting.

Board members Holodnak, Ida Copenhaver Ginter, and Donald Osterhout, whose tenures expire next month, are awaiting word on whether they will be reappointed.