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Staff Review Committee Meeting Minutes SEPTEMBER 1, 2005

COUNCIL CONFERENCE ROOM FULLERTON CITY HALL
THURSDAY, 9:00 A.M., SEPTEMBER 1, 2005

CALL TO ORDER: Chairman Rosen called the meeting to order at 9:05 a.m.
COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT: Mullis, Rosen, Tabatabaee, Thompson, and Voronel
COMMITTEE MEMBERS ABSENT: None
STAFF MEMBERS PRESENT: Bunim, Kusch, and Norton
OTHERS PRESENT: Young Jang, William Bennett, Jerry Callaghan

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

August 18, 2005 minutes were not available

INTRODUCTIONS - COMMITTEE AND STAFF MEMBERS:

ACTION ITEMS:

PRJ05-00531 - ZON05-00069. APPLICANTS: CINGULAR WIRELESS AND BECHTEL TELECOMMUNICATIONS; PROPERTY OWNER: NEMESHICO, INC. A request for approval of an unmanned wireless telecommunications facility and antenna on the roof of an existing motel in a Community Improvement District, on property located at 1415 South Euclid Street (northwest corner of Euclid Street and Baker Avenue) (C-H zone) (Categorically exempt under Section 15301 of CEQA Guidelines) (RBU) (Continued from August 18, 2005).

Planning Intern Bunim stated that this item was continued from the August 18th meeting. At that meeting, the Committee suggested that the copula be revised and that photo simulations be submitted.

The applicant said that he has redesigned the copula so that it goes across the roof top to create a more uniform look across the front of the building. He noted that that the plans are not clear and clarified that it is his intention to enclose the copula on all four sides.

The committee was satisfied with the revisions.
  1. Two driveways must be upgraded to comply with the American Disabilities Act.

  2. Final building plans shall comply with Building Code setback requirements prior to issuance of permits. That 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, Building and Fire.

  3. Be in substantial conformance with the visual simulations that were submitted.
Place the following notes on submitted plans:


  1. Public Safety - (CINGULAR) recognizes that the frequencies used by the cellular facility located at (1415 South Euclid), Fullerton is extremely close to the frequencies used by the City of Fullerton for Public Safety. This proximity will require extraordinary "comprehensive advanced planning and frequency coordination" engineering measures to prevent interference, especially in the choice of frequencies and radio ancillary hardware. This is encouraged in the "Best Practices Guide" published by the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials-International, Inc. (APCO), and as endorsed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Prior to the issuance of any permits to install the facility, (CINGULAR) shall meet in good faith to coordinate the use of frequencies and equipment with the Communications Division of the Orange County Sheriff-Coroner Department to minimize, to the greatest extent possible, any interference with the Public Safety 800 MHz Countywide Coordinated Communications System (CCCS). Similar consideration shall be given to any other existing or proposed wireless communications facility that may be located on the subject property.

  2. 800 MHz Radio Frequency - At all times, (CINGULAR) shall not prevent the City of Fullerton from having adequate spectrum capacity on City's 800 MHz radio frequency.

  3. Post-Installation Test - Before activating its facility, (CINGULAR) will submit to a post-installation test to confirm that "advanced planning and frequency coordination" of the facility does was successful in not interfering with the City of Fullerton Public Safety radio equipment. This test will be conducted by the Communications Division of the Orange County Sheriff-Coroner's Department or a Division-approved contractor at the expense of (CINGULAR). This post installation testing process shall be repeated for every proposed frequency addition and/or change to confirm the intent of the "frequency planning" process has been met.

  4. 24-Hour Phone Number - (CINGULAR) shall provide a 24-hour phone number to which interference problems may be reported. This condition will also apply to all existing (CINGULAR) facilities in the City of Fullerton.

  5. Single Point of Contact - (CINGULAR) will provide a "single point of contact" in its Engineering and Maintenance Departments to insure continuity on all interference issues. The name, telephone number, fax number and e-mail address of that person shall be provided to City's designated representative upon activation of the facility.

  6. Lessees or Other Users - (CINGULAR) shall insure that lessee or other user(s) shall comply with the terms and conditions of this permit, and shall be responsible for the failure of any lessee or other users under the control of (CINGULAR) to comply.
MOTION made, SECONDED, and CARRIED unanimously to APPROVE PRJ05-00531 - ZON05-00069 as conditioned. (Resolution No. 428)

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.

PRJ05-00540 - ZON05-00072. APPLICANT AND PROPERTY OWNER: YOUNG JANG. A request for installation of security fencing on property located at 1343 West Valencia Drive (north side of Valencia Drive, approximately 400 feet west of Basque Avenue) (O-P zone) (Categorically exempt under Section 15301 of CEQA Guidelines) (AKU) (Continued from August 18, 2005).

Assistant Planner Kusch said this item was continued from the August 18th meeting. There is a common alley located towards the rear of the property. An existing security gate for the adjacent apartment complex is located west of the subject property. Records show in 2001 the Staff Review Committee reviewed and approved that security gate.

The applicant wishes to provide a security gate near the location of the existing gate to restrict people from loitering, drinking and dumping in the alley, but he is not intending to gate the entries off of Valencia Drive. Assistant Planner Kusch noted that the condition of the alley is poor, there are deep potholes and areas that need to be resurfaced between the office complex and the apartment complex. It appears that the alley was abandoned but it is not clear as to whether the full extent of the alley was abandoned. The applicant provided a title report which did not contain a reciprocal access agreement between the multiple office buildings and the apartment complex. The Committee offered several suggestions on how to make the gate meet code requirements. The applicant thought the suggestions might be too costly.

Committee Member Thompson noted that the turning radius from the north-south alley to the east-west alley does not meet the Fire Department minimum radius requirement. The requirement includes an inside radius of 28 feet and an outside radius of 48 feet. When fire apparatus is laying down a supply hose for fire attack, it cannot back up in order to make a turn while approaching the fire. Committee Member Thompson indicated that rapid unobstructed fire access is very important to these apartments since there is no on-site water supply. City fire hydrants are located on the south side of Valencia Drive or to the west on Basque Avenue. Assistant Planner Kusch said that removing a portion of the existing carport may make it possible to provide a turning radius. He also pointed out that along the common alley between the apartments and office complex there are some parking spaces for the office complex that are chained off. Chairman Rosen indicated that the chains must be removed during business hours but can be chained off at night.

A property owner of an apartment complex located on the south side of Valencia Drive spoke indicating that he does not have a problem with what is proposed. He conveyed his concern with the installation of security fencing for the entries off of Valencia Drive.

The Committee continued approval of the plan to allow the applicant to come up with an alternative design to increase the turning radius.

MOTION made, SECONDED, and CARRIED unanimously to CONTINUE PRJ05-00540 - ZON05-00072 to a date uncertain.

PRJ05-00556 - ZON05-00074. APPLICANT AND PROPERTY OWNER: JOE OLTMANS. A request to install security fencing on property located at 1050 S. State College Boulevard, Suite B (southeast corner of Kimberly Avenue and State College Boulevard) (M-P zone) (Categorically exempt under Section 15332 of CEQA Guidelines) (RBU).

Planning Intern Bunim stated that the applicant was not present. The Committee proceeded with their review and had no issues with the request.

MOTION made, SECONDED, and CARRIED unanimously to APPROVE PRJ05-00556 - ZON05-00074 as conditioned. (Resolution No. 429)


  1. Final building 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, Building and Fire.

  2. Two man gates must be added and shall be equipped with panic hardware and Knox boxes. The security gates shall be equipped with key overrides, exit loops, and remote controls for access by Police and Fire. Knox alert decals showing on both sides. Provide a double hasp with two locks, one for the property owner and one approved dual keyed Knox padlock. Provide a 5-inch hand hole on the Knox padlock side. Provide approved gate hold open devices to secure the gate in the open position. Provide approved Fire Department fire access signage on both sides of the gates.

  3. Fire access roadways shall be provide and approved by the Fire Department within 150 feet of the most remote location of the structure. Maximum grade is 12% (See FFD Standard #18). All turning radius shall meet the Fire Department requirements of 28 feet inside and 48 feet outside.

  4. Proper road width for the height of the buildings. Nothing less than 20 feet will be considered. Show all road width and radius on submitted plans to Fire Department.

  5. Approved signage and markings shall be provided and approved by the Fire Department for all emergency vehicle access roadways.

  6. Provide approved Fire Department access signage on both sides of the gate.

ADJOURNED AT 9:45 A.M. AS STAFF SITE PLAN REVIEW COMMITTEE:

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