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WEDNESDAY JUNE 8, 2005 7:00 P.M.
CALL TO ORDER: The meeting was called to order by Chairman Griffin at 7:00 p.m.
PRESENT: Chairman Griffin; Commissioners Cowen, Hart, Savage, and Stopper
ABSENT: Commissioners Bailey and Francis
STAFF PRESENT: Chief Planner Rosen, Senior Planner Mullis, Assistant Planner Sowers and Recording Secretary Baker
FLAG SALUTE: Chairman Griffin
MINUTES: MOTION by Commissioner Cowen, seconded by Commissioner Stopper and passed by a vote of 4 - 1, with Chairman Griffin abstaining, that that the Minutes of May 25, 2005, be APPROVED AS WRITTEN

PUBLIC HEARING

ITEM NO. 1 CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT CUP-878 REV. APPLICANT: CITY OF FULLERTON; PROPERTY OWNER: JAMES F. THOMPSON

Staff report dated June 8, 2005, was presented pertaining to a request to revoke a Conditional Use Permit (CUP-878 REV) for a church use that never occupied the industrial condominium space, and never satisfied a condition of approval to receive a Change of Occupancy, on property located at 592 South State College Boulevard (east side of south State College Boulevard, between approximately 600 feet and 950 feet north of Kimberly Avenue) (M-P-200 zone) (Categorically exempt under Section 15301 of CEQA Guidelines).

Assistant Planner Sowers reported that this was a cleanup item to revoke CUP-878. The religious assembly use had never occupied the unit, and never asked for a change of occupancy for assembly use. The building was purchased by a new owner in 1997 and since the CUP was abandoned for longer than 6 months, staff gave notice to the current property owner, who was in support of revocation. Staff found it appropriate and is recommended revoking CUP -878.

Public hearing opened.

There was no one present who wished to speak on this matter.

Public hearing closed.

Title of Resolution Number PC-05-17 REVOKING an existing Conditional Use Permit for a religious use that never occupied an industrial condominium space and never satisfied a condition of approval to receive a change of occupancy, on property located at 592 South State College Boulevard was read and further reading was waived. MOTION by Commissioner Savage, seconded by Commissioner Stopper and CARRIED by a 5-0 vote, that said Resolution be ADOPTED AS WRITTEN.

ITEM NO. 2 PRJ05-00310 - ZON05-00029. APPLICANT: JOE PETITPAS; PROPERTY OWNER: RICHARD B. ASHBROOK.

Staff report was presented pertaining to a request for a Conditional Use Permit to allow an approximately 70-seat religious assembly use in a 7,455-square-foot industrial condominium in an existing industrial park on property located at 598 South State College Boulevard (east side of south State College Boulevard, between approximately 600 feet and 950 feet north of Kimberly Avenue) (M-P-200 zone) (Categorically exempt under Section 15301 of CEQA Guidelines)

Assistant Planner Sowers reported the following:
  • It is a conditionally-permitted use in an industrial zone
  • 7,455 sq. ft. industrial park condo space
  • 2,300 sq. ft. assembly area with 70 fixed seats
  • 24 parking spaces required
  • Governed by CC & Rs which permit a religious use with prior Association approval
  • Association has given approval for this use
  • 250 parking spaces available within the industrial park
  • Parking restricted before 7 p.m. weekdays
  • Verified tenant list provided of light industrial surrounding uses
  • Religious assembly use will not be detrimental to other users
  • Proposed meeting schedule and parking analysis discussed
The hours of operation will be Tuesday and Wednesday 7 a.m. - 10 p.m., Saturday after 7 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. - Noon and 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. The on-site parking is restricted between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. weekdays. The church hours of operation will occur after 7 p.m., providing access to the entire 250 spaces in the commerce center. Condo #598 is assigned seven spaces during business hours for office staff.

Assistant Planner Sowers displayed an aerial photo of the site.

Staff recommended approval of this conditional use permit with the conditions outlined in the staff report. Assistant Planner Sowers stated that no calls or comments in opposition or support were received.

Chairman Griffin asked Assistant Planner Sowers if she had misspoken when saying it was 23,000 square feet, and was it not actually 2,300 square feet. Assistant Planner Sowers answered affirmatively.

Commissioner Stopper asked if parking was allowed on State College. Chief Planner Rosen stated that there may be parking on allowed limited sections, but he did not recall.

Commissioner Hart asked for a clarification of what was approved in 1993. Assistant Planner Sowers explained that CUP-878 was approved for Condo 592, the adjacent suite, in 1993.

Joe Petitpas, Representing God's House Assembly, stated that he had previously read the conditions and agreed with them.

Commissioner Stopper commended the applicant on preparing the application and going through the appropriate processes. He mentioned a previous project where a church was requesting a CUP for a use in a heavy industrial complex without providing adequate parking.

Chairman Griffin referred to Commissioner Stopper's comment and stated that there was a huge distinction in the lack of compatibility for an assembly use at the other park. The other industrial park had a much different use and this complex was much more appropriate.

Commissioner Hart also thanked the applicant for making it easier by having everything in order.

Commissioner Savage stated that the use was consistent with the City's guidelines but also with the Condominium Association CC & R's. He stated his support.

The title of Resolution PC-05-18 APPROVING a Conditional Use Permit to allow a 70 fixed-seat church use in a 7,455 square-foot industrial condominium in an existing industrial park, on property located at 598 South State College Boulevard, was read and further reading was waived. MOTION by Commissioner Hart, seconded by Commissioner Cowen and CARRIED by a vote of 5-0, that said Resolution be ADOPTED AS WRITTEN.

OTHER MATTERS

COMMISSION/STAFF COMMUNICATION

Commissioner Savage stated that he would be out of town the following week and asked if he could have his agenda packet delivered early.

Commissioner Stopper reminded the Commission of the second update on the Transportation Center Study Plan to be held June 16 at the Senior Multi-Purpose Center.

Chief Planner Rosen discussed the historic walking tour for the Congress of New Urbanism that he would be leading in downtown Fullerton on June 8 and invited the commissioners to attend.

Chairman Griffin thanked everyone for their kind words after the passing of his mother.

REVIEW OF COUNCIL ACTIONS

Chief Planner Rosen explained that the City Council took preliminary action on the budget. He told them of a planning technician position that had been added to handle the caseload at the front counter. He said that the budget includes a goal of organizing for a General Plan update in the next fiscal year.

PUBLIC COMMENTS

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

AGENDA FORECAST

The next regularly-scheduled Planning Commission meeting will be June 22, 2005, at 4 p.m.

Chief Planner Rosen told the commission that the CUP for an adult bar would not be on the agenda. They are proposing to change their license from a general restaurant to a bar use. He said he would make special arrangements if the commissioners wished to visit the site.

Chief Planner Rosen discussed the proposed expansion to a synagogue that will build an educational facility and administrative offices, and an update to the zoning code process. Providence was continued to July 13 because all of the information needed to process this item had not been received. Since the other items were already noticed, the June 22 meeting would still be held at 4 p.m. Chairman Griffin asked staff to e-mail Commissioners Francis and Griffin about the change in times.

Commissioner Savage asked for a legal opinion because of his close proximity to the adult bar. Staff told him that a map would be provided to all commissioners so they could review any future cases of conflict of interest.

Commissioner Stopper reiterated that Sunrise would be heard on July 6 and Providence would be heard on July 13.

ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 7:30 p.m.
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