The Upper Arlington Board of Zoning and Planning began a new era March 26 as new members Kevin Carpenter and Shannon Tolliver were welcomed by their veteran colleagues to their first monthly meeting.

The Upper Arlington Board of Zoning and Planning began a new era March 26 as new members Kevin Carpenter and Shannon Tolliver were welcomed by their veteran colleagues to their first monthly meeting.

Carpenter and Tolliver, who were approved by city council, replace longtime members Ida Copenhaver Ginter and Thomas J. Riley. Their terms expire in February 2015.

Tolliver, who has a master's degree in city and regional planning, is a social responsibility and environmental sustainability manager for White Castle. She also worked on funding roadway projects and promoting smart street design in Knoxville, Tenn., before returning to Upper Arlington four years ago.

Carpenter, a resident of Upper Arlington for 41 years, is a licensed surveyor and engineer who served as governor for Region 3 of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Carpenter works on roadway, survey, traffic and utility design operations for WD Transportation and has a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Ohio State University.

In addition to Carpenter and Tolliver, Chad Gibson, the city's senior planner of development, also swore in Cindy Holodnak and Donald Osterhout, who were reappointed to the board. Members also voted in Bob Tullett and Holodnak as the new chair and vice chair of the board.

Gibson announced that the board will have a ceremony honoring Riley and Copenhaver Ginter, whose terms expired last month, for their long years of service during the April 16 meeting.

In non-administrative business, the board reviewed a request by Frederick and Theresa Boyle for the construction of a sunroom addition to their Margate Road home that will be 240-square feet with a 6-foot, 9-inch encroachment.

Although the city's staff had recommended approval for the Boyles' application, they also recommended that the existing landscaping along a property line be supplemented.

In his remarks to the board, Frederick Boyle noted that a previous variance in 2008 had not mentioned additional landscaping and wanted to know why it is now required.

According to Gibson and city planning officer Justin Milam, the recommendation was a response to multiple calls from neighbors who wanted additional protective screening. After Carpenter noted that there was a cost difference among various trees and Tullett described the request as too open-ended, the board asked the staff for a specific number of trees required.

"We haven't consulted the city forester yet," Milam responded.

After Boyle agreed to a meeting with the city forester regarding the number of trees, the board approved the application on the condition that he could return if he is dissatisfied with the forester's recommendation.