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Staff Review Committee Meeting Minutes APRIL 7, 2005

COUNCIL CONFERENCE ROOM FULLERTON CITY HALL
THURSDAY, 9:00 A.M., APRIL 7, 2005

CALL TO ORDER:Chairman Rosen called the meeting to order at 9:05 a.m.
COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT:Becerra, Mullis, Rosen, Tabatabaee, Thompson, and Voronel
COMMITTEE MEMBERS ABSENT:
STAFF MEMBERS PRESENT:Sowers, Kusch, and Norton

MINUTES:

March 17, 2005 approved as written.

INTRODUCTIONS - COMMITTEE AND STAFF MEMBERS:

ACTION ITEMS:

PRJ05-00194 ZON05-00017. APPLICANT: CHARLES PATRICK; PROPERTY OWNER: FULLERTON IMPERIAL.

A request a dance studio at 427 Imperial Highway (north side of Imperial Highway between Bonita Place and Palm Street) (C-M Zone) (Categorically exempt under Section 15301 of CEQA Guidelines) (HS)

The applicant Charles Patrick was present to discuss the request.

Assistant Planner Sowers said the site as a whole, based on the current use, and vacancies parked either at a restaurant or retail rate has a surplus of parking spaces (97 to 134). The only evening activities within the center would be Jack-In-The-Box. The applicant was advised that the Credit Union has approval for an auto show and sale once every six month on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. They have an approved parking plan that was based on the needs of the prior churches. One of the requirements is that they notice the other tenants when the show would be taking place.

Charles Patrick stated that there would be approximately 500 students, five-full time employees and 7 part-time employees. The school anticipates about 200 students per day. The hours of operation would be from 3:00 p.m. 9:30 p.m. Mon.-Thurs. and on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. There would be three classes with between 25 and 30 students during the after school hours. The students range in age from 9-12 up to adult. Eighty percent of the students are dropped off. The drop-off area is located off of Imperial. The school would only require five parking spaces which include the employees. Recitals are held the La Mirada Civic Auditorium and not at the school.

  1. The project shall be in substantial conformance with the plans, descriptions, and statements provided by the applicant.

  2. No performances/recitals shall occur on-site; all performances/recital shall occur off-site.

  3. Driveways, or a portion thereof, on Palm and Bonita may be required to be improved per City standards based on the valuation of tenant improvements to the site.

  4. Cash bonds, permits, and fees shall be required, per City (Water Engineering) Standards.

  5. Upgrade, per City standards, to existing water service, meter, and backflow devices may be required based on field inspection.

  6. Plans shall comply with the 2001 California Building Code.

  7. Plans shall comply with the 2001 California Fire Code.

  8. A reliable source of water within 150 feet of the most remote spot of all structures will be required.

  9. All premise identification shall meet the requirement of FFD Standard #7.

  10. An approved Knox key box shall be provided for each building per FFD Standard #24.

  11. Portable fire extinguishers shall be provided within 75 feet of travel, the mounting, and marking of which shall be approved by the FFD prior to installation.

  12. Emergency lighting shall be provided.

  13. Plans shall indicate occupancy classification and occupant load calculations for each room plus total occupant load.

  14. All room numbering, addressing, and location shall be approved by the FFD prior to installation.

  15. All corrections generated in the plan check process shall be incorporated as conditions of approval.

  16. Approval of Minor Site Plan shall become null and void if not exercised within 24 months from the date of approval of the site plan.

MOTION made SECONDED, and CARRIED by all members present, to APPROVE PRJ05-00194 ZON05-00017 as conditioned (Resolution No. 411).

There is a 10-day appeal period where any action by this Committee can be appealed to the Planning Commission and ultimately to the City Council. The request may be approved subject to conditions. Minutes of the hearing and a Resolution will be prepared.

PRJ05-00177 ZON05-00013. APPLICANT AND PROPERTY OWNER: GILBERT AYALA.

A request for retaining walls over 4-0 in height, with heights ranging from 4-6 to 8-6 within the rear and side-yard building setbacks to accommodate the construction of a new single-family residence, at 1731 Sunny Knoll (west side of the terminus of Sunny Knoll) (R-1-10 zone) (AK)

Assistant Planner Kusch reviewed the request. The reason for the increase is to build up the grade to orient his drainage toward the cul-de-sac. The original plan was reviewed in plan check, and found a portion of the proposed grading (40 cubic yards of fill) would occur off-site. The applicant would need to get the consent of the neighboring property owner to do off-site grading. The plans indicate that there is 950 cubic yards of fill proposed. The applicant will be removing and excavating in order to comply with the Citys soil compaction requirement. Committee Member Tabatabaee noted that the applicant is proceeding to grade without benefit of a permit at this time.

One concern with the plans is that the buildings height was almost at the maximum height allowed of 30 feet, and that the measurement may have been taken from natural grade as opposed to an elevated condition. Planning would need to see the natural grade elevation in relationship to the proposed building elevations to ensure that the height does not go beyond the maximum allowable height. The other issue is the wall height.

Chairman Rosen asked the applicant if he had looked at trying to reduce the wall height and what the impacts would be. The applicant said what he tried to accomplish was to move the drainage away from the neighbors property. By building the block wall all the water would drain onto his property. A five foot fence instead of a 3-foot fence would be required because of the pool. Committee Member Tabatabaee thought that there was no need to raise the pad.

Public Hearing Open

The following people were opposed to the project because of privacy, drainage, right-of-way (power easement), removal of trees and landscaping on neighbors property, and retaining wall height.

Larry and Mary Ann Smith David Summers Wayne and Barbara Blackford

A motion was made to deny the application without prejudice based upon the possibility of redesigning the retaining walls at the rear of the property.

MOTION made SECONDED, and CARRIED by all members present, to DENY WITHOUT PREJUDICE PRJ05-00177 ZON05-00037 (Resolution No. 412) .

There is a 10-day appeal period where any action by this Committee can be appealed to the Planning Commission and ultimately to the City Council. The request may be approved subject to conditions. Minutes of the hearing and a Resolution will be prepared.

PRJ05-00184 ZON05-00015. APPLICANT AND PROPERTY OWNER: ROBERT P. WEBB.

A request to reduce the required side-yard setback from 10 feet to 9 feet, 2 inches (a reduction of 8 inches) on the single-story portion of a two-story residential addition at 1701 Miramar Drive (northeast corner of Miramar Drive and Acacia Avenue) (R-1-20 zone) (Categorically exempt under Section 15301 of CEQA Guidelines) (HS)

Paul Webb, applicant/property owner, and architect Jeff Coffman were present to discuss the request.

Assistant Planner Sowers reviewed the request. The current side yard setback is 15 feet to the east. She said it appears that only one wall would be torn down and asked the applicant to clarify the extent of the work. Chairman Rosen said there is an existing tree on the property and asked if it would be protected during the remodel.

Jeff Coffman said the project would be an extensive residential remodel; the second story would be on the opposite side of that shown in the proposal. Paul Webb said the tree will be saved if at all possible unless the roots are damaged. Chairman Rosen asked why the reduction is necessary. Jeff Coffman said that because it is unclear where the property line is there is a certain comfort level in knowing that the project is not encroaching onto the adjoining property. Paul Webb said he spoke with his neighbors, and they have no objections to the project.

Chairman Rosen stated that there is no compelling reason for the reduction, and he is reluctant to support it. There are no unique topographical or physical conditions on site preventing a 10 foot setback. Committee Member Tabatabaee agreed and said that the floor plan can be modified to accommodate the required 10 foot setback and a precedence would be established in the area if allowed.

MOTION made SECONDED, and CARRIED by all members present, to DENY PRJ05-00184 ZON05-00015 (Resolution No. 413) .

There is a 10-day appeal period where any action by this Committee can be appealed to the Planning Commission and ultimately to the City Council. The request may be approved subject to conditions. Minutes of the hearing and a Resolution will be prepared.

PRJ05-00215 ZON05-00020. APPLICANT: CINGULAR WIRELESS AND SYNERGY DEVELOPMENT; PROPERTY OWNER: CITY OF FULLERTON.

A request to erect a 72-foot tall wireless communication antenna on City property (Water Tank Farm) at 3151 North Euclid Street (approximately 700 feet north of La Senda Drive) (P-L zone) (categorically exempt under Section 15303 of CEQA Guidelines) (AK).

The applicant was not present.

Assistant Planner Kusch stated that currently Sprint has a monopine on this site. Also on the site is a monopole that is not stealth which would be removed and replaced with a stealth monopine with a height of up to 72 feet. Staff understands that the applicant has been working with the Engineering Department in terms of their lease agreement (aerial photos presented). The elevation along Euclid is such that the monopine would not be seen from the top of the slope.

Chairman Rosen advised that the access road may change and the Lease Agreement should make reference to the possibility of that change.

The Committee had no special concerns.

MOTION made SECONDED, and CARRIED by all members present, to RECOMMEND APPROVAL of PRJ05-00215 ZON05-00020.

ADJOURNED AT 10:45 A.M. AS STAFF SITE PLAN REVIEW COMMITTEE:

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