P&Z: October 19th 2017

Planning & Zoning Commission
Workshop Meeting Minutes
Mayfield Village
Oct 19, 2017

The Planning and Zoning Commission met in workshop session on Thurs, Oct 19, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. at the Mayfield Village Civic Center, Main Conference Room for a meeting of the Planning and Zoning Commission. Chairman Syracuse presided.


Present: Mr. Vetus Syracuse (Chairman), Dr. Sue McGrath (Chairman Pro Tem), Mr. Bill Marquardt, Mr. Garry Regan, Mr. Paul Fikaris, and Mr. Jim Farmer

Also Present: Mr. Joseph Diemert (Law Director), Mr. Tom Cappello (Village Engineer), Mr. John Marrelli (Building Commissioner), and Ms. Deborah Garbo (Commission Secretary)

Absent: Mayor Bodnar

Welcome New P & Z Commission Member

Reappointment of Jim Farmer


  1. Lot Split & Consolidation
    • Robin Bommer, Trustee of Albert Peterson
      669 Echo Dr.
      PP #831-27-004
    • Cleveland Metroparks
      Stephanie Kutsko, Land Protection
    • KS Associates, Inc.
      Trevor Bixler, P.S.


Chairman Syracuse called the meeting to order. This is a Planning & Zoning Commission workshop meeting. As you all know, it’s with great sadness that we’ve lost a great person, a great mind and a great friend Dave Hoehnen who it was an honor to serve with on this Commission and he’ll be missed dearly.

We’re fortunate to be welcoming back to the Commission our good friend and former Chairman Jim Farmer. Welcome back Jim.

Mr. Farmer said, it’s good to be back, sorry it’s under these circumstances. It’s very weird on the timing because I just got cut loose from my doctor within the last 10 days.

Chairman Syracuse said, we have one proposal on our agenda tonight, it’s a lot split and consolidation. Whoever’s here to make a presentation, if you could step forward and state your name and begin your presentation.

Stephanie Kutsko, Cleveland Metroparks Land Protection Manager in the Real Estate Division introduced herself. This area is what at the Metroparks we call the Upper Forties. It’s always been a very sensitive natural resource area. We always keep our eye open for opportunities to add additional protection. Fosters Run and Beechers Brook along there has a series of a lot of sensitive species, i.e. maple beech forest that’s very nice. So when we saw the property was up for sale, we weren’t interested necessarily in the house but we did want to protect that back acreage. If you look at your map you can see it’s kind of an inlet into our North Chagrin Reservation. We were excited at the opportunity and that Robin and her family were willing to split the back 5 acres. It’s something we kind of wanted to clean up our boundaries and ensure that the property would be protected while still maintaining the residence if they choose to sell. That is what we would like to propose, splitting off the back acreage. It’s not quite 5 acres, it’s just about 5 acres. That will be consolidated with our North Chagrin Reservation. KS Associates did our survey work. Normally we have an in-house group but they were pretty tied up, but our surveyors have reviewed everything. I’m happy to answer any questions.

Mr. Marrelli asked, where’s the gas well?

Stephanie Kutsko replied, it’ll remain with the front parcel.

Mr. Marrelli asked, will the mineral rights on this property go with the Metroparks or stay with the house.

Stephanie Kutsko replied, it’ll stay with the house.

Chairman Syracuse said, we have a review letter and materials from Ryan Snezek from Stephen Hovancsek Engineering, the submittal of Map of Partition & Consolidation and it is recommended. Tom, do you have any further comments?

Mr. Cappello replied, no.

Chairman Syracuse asked, does anyone else have any further questions or comments?

There were none.

Chairman Syracuse said, we will not be taking a vote tonight. That’ll occur at our next regular meeting scheduled for Mon, Nov 6th at 7:00 p.m.

Stephanie Kutsko said, thank you we appreciate your consideration.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:35 p.m.