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Staff Review Committee Meeting Minutes OCTOBER 20, 2005

Staff Review Committee Meeting Minutes OCTOBER 20, 2005

THURSDAY, 9:00 A.M., OCTOBER 20, 2005

CALL TO ORDER: Chairman Rosen called the meeting to order at 9:05 a.m.
COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT: Eastman, Rosen, Tabatabaee, Thompson, and Voronel
STAFF MEMBERS PRESENT: Ho, Kusch, and Norton
OTHERS PRESENT: Alice Loya, Parks and Recreation


October 6, 2005 minutes approved as written.



PRJ05-00093 - ZON05-00093. APPLICANT AND PROPERTY OWNER: BEN VALENTINE. A request to install security fencing along the rear parking lot of an existing industrial property located at 2761 Moore Avenue (north side of Moore Avenue between approximately 350 and 850 feet west of the northwest corner of Moore Avenue and Burning Tree Road) (M-G zone) (Categorically exempt under Section 15301 of CEQA Guidelines) (AKU).

Larry Ambrose, representative was present to discuss the project.

Assistant Planner Kusch explained the applicant's intent and displayed a site plan and photographs. The security gates are proposed at two locations. One gate is proposed between the northwest edge of the building and the north property line. The other gate is proposed connecting the northeast corner of the building to the north property line. Staff asked the applicant to clarify on the site plan the location of the proposed fence and landscape fingers. To maintain the clearance for parking stalls, Staff recommended that the site plan be amended to reflect both gates aligned with existing landscape fingers. Staff identified the location of the building's existing truck dock. Mr. Ambrose indicated that the request would include extending the truck dock's north wall height with fencing to match the proposed gates.

Mr. Ambrose explained that he is proposing a chain link fence (with plastic inserts) matching the existing and adding a rolling gate and man door. The Staff Review Committee asked about wheelchair access. Committee Member Tabatabaee was concerned with the gates location, and that the pedestrian door would be blocked when the gate is closed. Chairman Rosen suggested that the fence be relocated next to the loading dock wall, instead of on top of it.

MOTION to approve, SECONDED and CARRIED unanimously to APPROVE PRJ05-00093 - ZON 05-00093 subject to the following conditions. (Resolution No. 431)

1. All man gates will be equipped with panic hardware and Knox boxes. The security gates should be equipped with key overrides, exit loops, and remote controls for access by Police and Fire.

2. Final construction plans shall comply with Building Code setback requirements prior to issuance of permits. All corrections generated through the plan check and inspection processes are incorporated by reference as conditions of approval and would include any requirements generated by the Engineering, Development Services and Fire Departments. 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.

ZON05-00092 - ZON05-00092. APPLICANT: DENNIS BORGOGNO. PROPERTY OWNER: A request to install security fencing for a 26-unit apartment complex located at 2406-2410 West Commonwealth Avenue (southwest corner of Commonwealth and Jensen Avenue) (R-3 zone) (Categorically exempt under Section 15303 of CEQA Guidelines) (AKU).

Dennis Borgogno, applicant was present to discuss the project.

Assistant Planner Kusch explained that the applicant is proposing to place a security fence at the access driveway to the property and a pedestrian gate at the front entrance. Trash bins are stored along in the driveway along the west property line. The proposed location of the gate would conflict in terms of accessibility with the location of the trash bins.

Mr. Borgogno stated that the pedestrian gate that is incorporated into the security fence would be in front of the trash bins. The distance from the building to the trash bins is the width of the swing gate, and the gate would be activated via a "clicker".

The Committee indicated that they would prefer that the gate be located closer to the street so that the only vehicles entering the driveway are those with access (there is no turn around for guests without backing onto the street). Staff would like the gate to swing toward the west property line wall and not towards the apartment units. The concerns include the gate potentially blocking emergency egress from the apartment windows and the general livability of having the gate swing toward the windows. Plans need to include more detail and show where the apartment windows are in relationship to the swing gate. The Committee recommended that the item be continued to November 3, 2005 to allow time for the applicant to revise plans.

MOTION to made, SECONDED and CARRIED unanimously to CONTINUE ZON05-00092 - ZON 05-00092 to November 3, 2005.

PRJ05-00653 - ZON05-00084. APPLICANT AND PROPERTY OWNER: MICHAEL FITZPATRICK. A request to build retaining walls larger than four feet in the rear setback areas on property located at 1008 Verona Drive (east side of Verona between 575 feet and 650 feet north of Paseo Dorado) (R-1-20 zone) (Categorically exempt under Section 15304 of CEQA Guidelines) (AKU).

Present were Michael Fitzpatrick, Applicant and Property Owner and Mike Kowalski.

Assistant Planner Kusch stated that this property is a flag-shaped lot. The applicant is proposing a retaining wall up to 6 feet in height. The sectional profile indicated on the plans shows shaded areas where the wall exceeds the Zoning Code's a 4 feet retaining wall height limitation. There is a 2:1 slope descending towards the rear property. The top of the wall would have an additional 4-foot anodized metal fence.

Mr. Fitzpatrick said four of the existing trees would be removed and replaced with fruit trees and vegetable gardens. He added that eventually he would like to add a bathroom to the garage for a future pool. Committee Member Eastman stated there if a bathroom was added the garage would have to be moved back in order to meet the setback requirements because a bathroom would make the garage "habitable." Committee Member Voronel recommended porous concrete be used for the driveway to allow water to be absorbed into the ground and decrease runoff to adjacent properties.

MOTION made, SECONDED and CARRIED unanimously to APPROVE PRJ05-00653 - ZON 05-00084 subject to the following conditions. (Resolution No. 432)

1. Planning would require that a landscape, and irrigation plan be submitted.

2. That the existing water service shall be upgraded, to meet the present standards of the Water Engineering Department. Install and test backflow device.

There is a 10-day appeal period where any action by the committee can be appealed to the Planning Commission.

PRJ05-00655 - ZON05-00086. APPLICANT: PETE SHUBIN; PROPERTY OWNER: CITY OF FULLERTON. A request to co-locate a cellular antenna inside the Coyote Hills clock tower and add 8 feet to the tower on property located at 2100 North Gilbert Street (northeast corner of Gilbert Street and Rosecrans Avenue) (PRD-O zone) (Categorically exempt under Section 15303 of CEQA Guidelines) (AKU)

The applicant was not present.

Alice Loya of Parks and Recreation stated that since this site is co-locatable, Verizon and T-Mobile have both requested to co-locate on top of the original carrier. Verizon has been asked to underground their equipment in a vault with turf over the top; T-Mobile will likely be asked to do the same. Verizon's vault would be located behind an existing wall off of Gilbert. The vault location for T-Mobile has not yet been determined. Cingular originally built the clock tower. Their agreement allows co-location so they can recoup some of their cost for improvements from other carriers. Those carriers will have to help pay off the capital debt incurred by Cingular which limits the amount of improvements that Verizon and T-Mobile can afford to make (i.e., they are already working with a capital deficient).

Chairman Rosen stated that Planning drafted additional site improvements to the tower and landscaping from the original carrier (Cingular). To be consistent, these improvements should be carried forward to the new carriers. Alice said that when the improvements were made by Cingular part of the trail was removed and should be restored to its original condition.

The Committee discussed the design. Assistant Planner Kusch stated that the existing tower is 48 feet in height; the applicant is proposing to extend to 56 feet, adding 8 additional feet to the tower. The proposals proportion is skewed and the face of the clock is at the lower end of the tower, creating a top heavy look overall. The Committee thought the clock should be better integrated; provide a more interesting design, and be relocated at the top of the tower.

MOTION made, SECONDED and CARRIED unanimously to CONTINUE ZON05-00655 - ZON 05-00086 to November 3, 2005.