Planning Commission Meeting Minutes
MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE FULLERTON PLANNING COMMISSION
COUNCIL CHAMBERS - FULLERTON CITY HALL
WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 17, 1999 4:00 P.M.
- CALL TO ORDER:
- The meeting was called to order by Chairman Godfrey at 4:00 p.m.
- ROLL CALL:
- Chairman Godfrey; Commissioners Ballard, LeQuire, Munson, Ranii, Sandoval and Simons
STAFF PRESENT: Chief Planner Rosen, Senior Planner Mullis, Assistant Planner Kusch, Senior Civil Engineer Wallin, and Recording Clerk Stevens
- MOTION by Commissioner Ballard, seconded and CARRIED unanimously that the Minutes of the October 27, 1999, meeting be APPROVED AS WRITTEN.
- ITEM NO. 1
SITE PLAN SP-778 (MAJOR). APPLICANT: HOGLE-IRELAND, INC.; PROPERTY OWNER: MC DONALD'S CORPORATION
- Staff report dated November 17, 1999, was presented pertaining to a request to demolish an existing drive-thru restaurant and construct a new 4,694-square-foot, drive-thru restaurant with a playland area on a 34,696-square-foot lot, on property located at 1341 Brookhurst Road (west side of Brookhurst Road, between 125 and 290 feet south of Orangethorpe Avenue) (C-2 zone) (Categorically exempt per Section 15332 of CEQA Guidelines).
Senior Planner Mullis reported that access to the property will remain as it is currently, and she pointed out the location of the playland and drive-thru areas on the vicinity sketch. The applicant will provide 47 parking stalls, and has submitted a revised plan showing the turnaround area as required by staff. The architecture will be a "retro" style, reminiscent of the original McDonalds, with large arches and red/white tile striping. The "speedy " logo will also be included as part of the concept. She reminded the Commission that this will also be the first McDonald's in California to be built according to this "retro" style.
Commissioner Ballard noted that the staff report indicates that the landscaping provided will be 4,530 square feet, and the site plan lists the landscaping at 5,113 square feet. He felt that the staff report should be changed to be consistent with the site plan. Senior Planner Mullis stated that in the staff report, the setback area was not included, only the parking lot landscaped area. Chief Planner Rosen clarified that when staff calculates landscaped areas, they do not include the required setback from the street, and would note this in the staff report.
Because the applicant is requesting a 24-hour operation, Commissioner Munson was concerned about the possible noise factor to the mobile home park to the west. He inquired whether staff had given consideration to a "non-speaker" order box to operate after certain hours in the evening. Senior Planner Mullis stated that because the distance between the restaurant and the property is approximately 150 feet, staff did not believe that there would be a noise problem, but could add a condition to address this issue, should the Commission desire. She added that the applicant would explain about state-of-the-art speaker equipment, and how new technology would help to keep volumes low. Further, she assured the Commission that the project must comply with the City's noise ordinance.
Commissioner Simons reported that the engineer's letter states that all utilities shall be placed underground, and he inquired whether this would affect the poles on the south side of the property, along Brookhurst Road. Senior Civil Engineer Wallin explained that those poles would remain as is, and only the lines running from Brookhurst Road to the subject property would be affected.
Public hearing opened.
Don Ikeler, Hogle-Ireland, Inc., 5 Corporate Park, Suite 160, Irvine, spoke in support of the project. He thanked staff for all of their assistance in this matter. In response to a question by Commissioner Munson, Mr. Ikeler stated that the new equipment for the drive-thru has volume controls which can be adjusted.
Deborah Marinozzi, Project Manager, 11682 El Camino Real, San Diego, also confirmed that because of the proximity of the equipment, any sound which emits from the speaker box would be blocked by the vehicles. Further, a six-foot high wall exists on the property line, 150 feet to the west of the drive-thru area.
Commissioner Simons questioned whether a wheelchair ramp would be provided, and Ms. Marinozzi answered affirmatively.
Public hearing closed.
There was a consensus of the Commission for approval. The title of Resolution No. 6852 APPROVING a Site Plan (Major) to demolish an existing drive-thru restaurant and construct a new 4,694-square-foot drive-thru restaurant with a playland area on a 34,696-square-foot lot on property located at 1341 Brookhurst Road, was read and further reading was waived. MOTION by Commissioner Simons, seconded and CARRIED unanimously by voting members present, that said Resolution be ADOPTED AS WRITTEN.
- ITEM NO. 2 CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT CUP-1016. APPLICANT: JOANN KIM; PROPERTY OWNER: CRV CLASSIC PROPERTIES
- Staff report dated November 8, 1999, was presented pertaining to a request to allow a personal service use (skin treatment and care) within an existing office complex on property located at 2250 Rosecrans Avenue (southeast corner of Rosecrans Avenue and Gilbert Street) (O-P zone) (Categorically exempt under Class 1 of CEQA Guidelines). A vicinity sketch was displayed.
Assistant Planner Kusch reported that, as a rule, the Office-Professional zone is restricted to office uses only. However, with a Conditional Use Permit, the proposed use may be allowed. Staff reviewed all the issues associated with the proposed use, such as compatibility with existing tenants, parking availability and hours of operation. Based on the findings within the staff report, staff recommended approval of the request.
Commissioner Sandoval asked how it was brought to staff's attention that this use was currently in operation in the wrong zone. Assistant Planner Kusch answered that staff became aware of this business through the Business License review process.
Public hearing opened.
Paul Miller, 1661 East Chapman Avenue, reported that there would be no changes made to the building or grounds. He gave a brief description of the proposed use, which is skin care and treatment.
Public hearing closed.
There was a consensus of the Commission for approval. The title of Resolution No. 6853 APPROVING a Conditional Use Permit to allow a personal service use (skin treatment and care) within an existing office complex on property located at 2250 Rosecrans Avenue, was read and further reading was waived. MOTION by Commissioner Ballard, seconded, and CARRIED unanimously, that said Resolution be ADOPTED AS WRITTEN.
- ITEM NO. 3 ABANDONMENT AB-99-6. APPLICANT: FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF FULLERTON; PROPERTY OWNER: CITY OF FULLERTON
- Staff report dated October 20, 1999, was presented pertaining to a request to abandon the northerly half of the north/south alley that runs between Wilshire and Amerige Avenues, approximately 130 feet east of Pomona Avenue (Categorically exempt under Section 3b of CEQA Guidelines).
Senior Civil Engineer Wallin reported an error in the name of the applicant and property owner in the Engineering Department staff report. He stated that the correct name was "First Baptist Church of Fullerton." After approval of the abandonment, a full alley will remain with no dead-ends running from Lemon Street to Amerige Avenue. The applicant owns property on both sides of the alley and would benefit from the abandonment, although no building may be constructed over the alley because of public utility easements. The applicant will close the entrance off Wilshire Avenue to remove the "alley look" and staff recommended approval of the request.
Public hearing opened, but there was no one present who wished to speak on this matter.
There was a consensus of the Commission for approval. The title of Resolution No. 6854 RECOMMENDING to the City Council the abandonment of the northerly half of the north/south alley that runs between Wilshire and Amerige Avenues, approximately 130 feet east of Pomona Avenue, was read and further reading was waived. MOTION by Commissioner Simons, seconded and CARRIED unanimously that said Resolution be ADOPTED AS WRITTEN.
- ITEM A
REVIEW OF COUNCIL ACTIONS
- Chief Planner Rosen gave a brief report on recent City Council meetings.
- ITEM B
- There was no one present who wished to speak on any matter within the Commission's jurisdiction.
- ITEM C
- The next regularly-scheduled meeting will be December 8, 1999, at 4:00 p.m.
- There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 4:32 p.m.
Clerk to the Planning Commission