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MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE FULLERTON PLANNING COMMISSION

COUNCIL CHAMBERS - FULLERTON CITY HALL

WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 23, 1998 4:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER:

The meeting was called to order by Chairman Sandoval at 7:00 p.m.

ROLL CALL:

Chairman Sandoval; Commissioners Ballard, LeQuire, Ranii and Simons

ABSENT:

Godfrey, Munson

STAFF PRESENT:

Chief Planner Rosen, Program Planner Linnell, and Recording Clerk Stevens

MINUTES:

MOTION by Commissioner Ranii, seconded and CARRIED unanimously by voting members present, that the Minutes of the August 12, 1998, meeting be APPROVED AS WRITTEN.

CONSENT CALENDAR

1. Staff report concerning parking requirements for Site Plan SP-754 was presented to the Commission. MOTION by Commissioner Ballard, seconded and CARRIED unanimously by voting members present, that this report be RECEIVED AND FILED.

PUBLIC HEARINGS:

ADJOURN AS THE PLANNING COMMISSION
CONVENE AS THE LANDMARKS COMMISSION

ITEM NO. 1
HISTORICAL LANDMARKS HL-49 THROUGH HL-77. APPLICANT: CITY OF FULLERTON.

Staff report dated September 16, 1998, was presented pertaining to the designation of twenty-nine properties as Historical Landmarks at the request of the property owners.

Program Planner Linnell reported that letters were mailed to various property owners last April informing them that their properties were recognized as significant properties. The letter also gave information regarding the procedure necessary to have their property designated as a Historical Landmark. Twenty-nine property owners responded to staff's letter.

Program Planner stated that staff was very pleased with the responses received, which indicate that property owners wish to protect and preserve their properties for the future. He added that there is no economic gain or incentive in having a property designated as a Historical Landmark, thus indicating that pride of ownership is the motivating factor. A slide presentation was displayed showing various types of architecture, dating as far back as the 1900s. The properties shown as examples were:

400 West Brookdale Place
529-531 East Commonwealth Avenue
539 West Fern Drive
610 West Valley View Drive
232-236 East Wilshire Avenue
119 West Santa Fe Avenue
212-216 North Harbor Boulevard
150 Hillcrest Drive
213 Claire Avenue
1155 West Orangethorpe Avenue
1230 West Orangethorpe Avenue
211 N. Pomona Avenue

Program Planner Linnell noted that another criteria in being recognized as a significant property is if the owner is a part of Fullerton's history or has made significant contributions to the City.

Commissioner Ranii asked whether a Historical Landmark designation may be removed from a property, should a new owner desire to do so. Program Planner Linnell answered that, while not called out in the Ordinance specifically, it could be accomplished.

Commissioner Simons questioned whether there would be restrictions on any remodels or alterations. Program Planner Linnell stated that while a Historical Landmark designation does not restrict restoring or improving the property, staff desires to review the plans to ensure that the work is in keeping with the architecture of the structure. This may be either a streamlined review by the Director of Development Services or, for larger additions (over 500 square feet), a review by the Redevelopment Design Review Committee. While any restrictions are not in writing, staff would be available to discuss any modifications with the property owner. He noted that most homeowners desire and attempt to maintain the character of the structure on their own.

Chairman Sandoval inquired whether Historical Landmarks fall under the preservation guidelines recently established by the City. Program Planner Linnell answered negatively, that those guidelines are only for properties in designated preservation zones.

Public hearing opened.

Tom Dalton, 200 N. Cornell Avenue, is the President of Fullerton Heritage. He congratulated the property owners in attendance for their decision, and thanked staff for their assistance with this endeavor. He also stressed the importance of preserving the past for future generations to enjoy. He added that Fullerton Heritage is also in the process of preparing plaques for all Historical Landmarks, and the organization intends to present them to owners of Historical Landmarks in the future.

Public hearing closed.

There was a consensus of the Commission to accept staff's recommendation to designate 29 properties as Historical Landmarks. The title of a Resolution of the Landmarks Commission of the City of Fullerton GRANTING local landmark designations to twenty-nine significant properties, was read and further reading was waived. MOTION by Commissioner Ballard, seconded and CARRIED unanimously by voting members present, that said Resolution be ADOPTED AS WRITTEN.

Certificates of Historical Landmark designations were presented to the following property owners who were in attendance:

Paul Bergman, 1101 West Whiting Avenue
Margaret Martin, 400 West Brookdale Place
Steve Ellingson, 119 West Santa Fe Avenue
Audrey Nicholson, 427 South Harbor Boulevard
Marguerite Noutary, 213 Claire Avenue
Carl Jones, 532 West Jacaranda Place
Richard Espinoza, 320 West Truslow Avenue

Program Planner Linnell stated that staff is continually researching the history of significant properties within the city, and would appreciate any information that a resident or property owner could share, as well as any old photos. Chief Planner Rosen added that staff is in the process of publishing an update to the City's Historical Building survey. The Landmarks Commission will receive a copy of the survey when completed.

ADJOURN AS THE LANDMARKS COMMISSION
RECONVENE AS THE PLANNING COMMISSION

OTHER MATTERS

Chief Planner Rosen noted that both regularly-scheduled Planning Commission meetings in November fall on City holidays. He suggested consolidating the November meetings into one meeting on November 18, 1998. The Commission concurred.

REVIEW OF COUNCIL ACTIONS

Chief Planner Rosen gave a brief report on recent City Council meetings.

PUBLIC COMMENTS

There was no one present who wished to speak on any matter within the Commission's jurisdiction.

AGENDA FORECAST

The next regularly-scheduled meeting will be October 14, at 4:00 p.m.

ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 4:43 p.m.

Becky Stevens
Clerk to the Planning Commission
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