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MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE FULLERTON PLANNING COMMISSION

COUNCIL CHAMBERS - FULLERTON CITY HALL

WEDNESDAY JANUARY 26, 2000 4:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER:
The meeting was called to order by Chairman LeQuire at 4:00 p.m.
ROLL CALL:
Chairman LeQuire; Commissioners Allred, Crane, Godfrey, Munson, Sandoval and Simons (arrived at 4:05 p.m.)

STAFF PRESENT: Chief Planner Rosen, Senior Planner Mullis, Program Planner Linnell, Associate Planner Viado and Recording Secretary Stevens

ALSO PRESENT: Don Hoppe, Assistant City Engineer; Dan Sereno, Maintenance Services Department, Administrative Analyst Alice Loya, Community Services Department

MINUTES:
MOTION by Commissioner Sandoval, seconded and CARRIED unanimously that the Minutes of the January 12, 2000, meeting be APPROVED AS WRITTEN.

PUBLIC HEARINGS:

ITEM NO. 1
PARCEL MAP PM-99-208. APPLICANT AND PROPERTY OWNER: LST II FULLERTON, LLC.
Staff report dated January 9, 2000, was presented pertaining to a request to subdivide a 137.6-acre parcel into two parcels, 12 acres and 125.6 acres, respectively, on property located at the northeast corner of Malvern Avenue and Gilbert Street (M-P-200,000 zone) (Categorically exempt per Section 15315 of CEQA Guidelines) (Continued from December 8, 1999 and January 12, 2000).

Senior Planner Mullis reported that the applicant is proposing to subdivide a portion of the Raytheon/Hughes site, where the existing office building is located. This item had been continued from a previous Planning Commission hearing in order that staff and the applicant could discuss dedication and improvement requirements along Gilbert Street. A revised parcel map was distributed to the Commission, which showed the result of those discussions, along with a conceptual master plan for development of the site. The subdivision is consistent with the zoning code and the proposed project. A common access driveway will be provided at the southern end of the project to accommodate future development.

Commissioner Munson questioned whether any property owners, outside of the Hughes property line, were notified of this action. Chief Planner Rosen answered that property owners on the west side of Gilbert Street, and south of Malvern Avenue had been notified. Senior Planner Mullis explained that because this was only a subdivision, staff did not feel that an extended mailing radius was necessary. Chief Planner Rosen added that when the actual specific plan for the remainder of the property comes forward, a larger mailing area would be notified.

Commissioner Crane stated that he did not notice a reciprocal drainage agreement between the two parcels. Senior Civil Engineer Wallin indicated that no such agreement would be necessary, because each lot would drain independently.

Public hearing opened.

Dave Placek, 3187 Red Hill, Costa Mesa, is the senior civil engineer in charge of the project. He stated that he read and concurred with all of the conditions of approval.

Public hearing closed.

There was a consensus of the Commission for approval. The title of Resolution No. 6857 GRANTING a parcel map to subdivide an existing 137.6-acre parcel into two parcels, 12 acres and 125.6 acres, respectively, on property located at the northeast corner of Malvern Avenue and Gilbert Street, was read and further reading was waived. MOTION by Commissioner Simons, seconded, and CARRIED unanimously, that said Resolution be ADOPTED AS WRITTEN.

ITEM NO. 2
GENERAL PLAN REVISION GPR-2000-02. APPLICANT: CITY OF FULLERTON
A request to consider amending the "Recreational Trail Cross Section" (Exhibit RM3) illustration of the Resource Management Element to show a ten (10) foot minimum tread width for regional and backbone trails and an eight (8) foot minimum tread width for feeder and collector trails (Categorically exempt per Section 15301(c) of CEQA Guidelines) (Continued from January 12, 2000).

Associate Planner Viado reported that this item had been continued from the January 12, 2000, meeting due to inconsistencies in the guidelines document and exhibit. Staff revised both the guidelines and exhibit and these documents were distributed to the Commission.

Commissioner Sandoval thanked staff for making revisions to the documents. She questioned the difference in grade between the Regional Backbone Recreational Trail and the Regional Backbone Multi-Recreational Trail. Administrative Analyst Loya explained that only one multi-purpose trail is proposed at this time, located behind the Transportation Center to Independence Park. This trail has two different treads-asphalt/concrete and decomposed granite. This will allow all uses, including, bicycle, pedestrian, equestrian and roller bladers/skateboarders. Any grade higher than 8.33% would require the installation of handrails to accommodate ADA requirements, which would be too steep for skateboarding. The multi-purpose trail was proposed to accommodate the future Skate Park at Independence Park. Commissioner Sandoval also noted a paragraph under Section #11-Surfacing Materials, which should be included in #10 - Drainage. Staff indicated they would make that change.

Public hearing opened, but no one was present who wished to speak on this matter.

There was a consensus of the Commission for approval. The title of Resolution No. 6758 RECOMMENDING to the City Council approval of a General Plan Revision to amend the recreational trail cross section illustration of the Resource Management Element (Exhibit RM3) to show minimum tread and right-of-way widths for major regional and backbone multi-recreational trails and feeder and connector recreational trails, and adopt the "Recreational Trail Designs Standards" document, was read and further reading was waived. MOTION by Commissioner Godfrey, seconded and CARRIED unanimously, that said item be APPROVED AS AMENDED.

Chief Planner Rosen reported that this item would be heard by the City Council in March.

ITEM NO. 3
SITE PLAN SP-784 (MAJOR) AND CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT CUP-1017. APPLICANT: JACK DE ROSAS, PROPERTY OWNER: HOLIE MOLIE
Staff memorandum dated January 5, 2000, was presented requesting a continuance of this matter. MOTION by Commissioner Sandoval, seconded and CARRIED unanimously that said item be CONTINUED until February 9, 2000.

Items No. 4 and 5 were taken out of sequence at this point.

ITEM NO. 5
PLANNED RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT A-PRD-47 AND TRACT 15930. APPLICANT AND PROPERTY OWNER: JEFF LEE
Staff report dated January 19, 2000, was presented pertaining to a request to consider a change in the zone classification from R-3 to PRD and to consider a concept plan for a 12-unit Planned Residential Development on property located at 133 and 141 South Pritchard Avenue (west side of Pritchard Avenue, between approximately 390 feet and 500 feet south of Commonwealth Avenue) (proposed PRD zone) (Negative Declaration).

Program Planner Linnell reported that the property owner had previously received approval for a 14-unit condominium complex on this site, approved in 1991. The property owner believes that a 12-unit PRD concept plan would be a more marketable development for this area. Staff recommended approval of the request, including 15 conditions of approval. He wished Condition No. 4 to be amended by replacing the word "all" with "some" as it pertains to fire sprinkling of the units. This item would be forwarded to the City Council because of the change in the zoning classification from R-3 to PRD.

Commissioner Simons questioned whether the "non view-obscuring fence" listed in Condition No. 9 would be chain link. Program Planner Linnell answered that it was staff's intent that the fence be more decorative, i.e. wrought iron or a tubular type of fence.

Commissioner Sandoval pointed out that the westernmost homes would have entrance at the rear of the property. Because of the two-story apartment building adjacent to this development, she inquired whether this would present any problems. Program Planner Linnell indicated that the applicant planned the development with the entrance at the rear, and staff had no objection to it.

Chairman LeQuire suggested modifying Condition No. 9 to include specific types of fencing. Chief Planner Rosen reminded the Commission that a landscape and irrigation plan is required, and part of this plan includes staff approval of both the type of wall and fencing.

Jeff Lee, 2135 Huntington Drive, Suite 202, San Marino, stated that he read and concurred with all the recommended conditions of approval.

Commissioner Simons inquired if the applicant would be installing a security gate for this project, and Mr. Lee answered affirmatively.

Hal Foster, 217 South Pritchard Avenue, asked if twenty-four additional parking spaces would be included in this plan. Program Planner Linnell reported that each unit will have a two-car garage, plus an additional twelve on-site spaces for visitor parking.

Public hearing closed.

There was a consensus of the Commission for approval. MOTION by Commissioner Simons, seconded and CARRIED unanimously that the Negative Declaration be CERTIFIED. The title of Resolution No. 6860 RECOMMENDING to the City Council approval of a change in the zone classification from R-3 to PRD and approval of a concept plan and a tentative tract map for a twelve-unit planned residential development on property located at 133 and 141 South Pritchard Avenue, was read and further reading was waived. MOTION by Commissioner Godfrey, seconded and CARRIED unanimously that said Resolution be ADOPTED AS WRITTEN.

ITEM NO. 4
SITE PLAN SP-783 (MAJOR). APPLICANT: EVERGREEN DEVCO, INC.; PROPERTY OWNER: THEOBALD FAMILY TRUST AND ROCKVIEW DAIRIES, INC.
Staff report dated January 19, 2000, was presented pertaining to a request to demolish the two existing buildings totaling 10,687 square feet and construct a 15,120-square-foot pharmacy with two drive-thru lanes on a 1.7-acre site located at 1820 and 1830 West Orangethorpe Avenue (south side of Orangethorpe Avenue, west of Brookhurst Road) (C-2 zone) (Categorically exempt per Section 15332 of CEQA Guidelines).

Senior Planner Mullis reported that the proposed building will be oriented towards Orangethorpe Avenue and vehicular access will be from the two driveways located at the east and west ends of the Orangethorpe Avenue frontage. The drive-thru area is proposed for the west side of the building, and the applicant proposes an additional 17 parking spaces above the code requirement. Staff is recommending a six-foot high screen wall will be provided along the west and south property lines, abutting the mobile home park, along with additional landscaping. A petition in opposition to the project had been received by staff, and was distributed to the Commission. Because the project meets or exceeds all code requirements, staff recommended approval of the project, subject to eleven conditions of approval.

Commissioner Sandoval noted that Condition No. 6 appeared to be a second paragraph of Condition No. 5. Staff indicated this would be corrected in the final resolution, and the number of conditions would now be ten.

Commissioner Simons asked if the existing block wall along the southern property line would be removed and reconstructed. Senior Planner Mullis answered that the applicant would be constructing a new wall along the south and west property lines. Commissioner Simons also expressed concern about ingress and egress because of the heavy amount of traffic on Orangethorpe Avenue. Senior Civil Engineer Wallin stated the Engineering Department has not experienced any problems with other businesses on this site in the past.

Commissioner Munson inquired if any persons, other than those listed on the petition, had called in to oppose the project. Senior Planner Mullis responded that she had not received any calls regarding this project.

Public hearing opened.

Alana Groom, Evergreen Devco, 2920 E. Camelback, Suite 100, Phoenix, Arizona, thanked staff for their support during the application process.

Commissioner Munson asked if the applicant had received any phone calls or correspondence in opposition to the project. Ms. Groom answered negatively.

Albert Patel, representing his cousin who operates Rockview Diary, confirmed that the signatures on the petition were obtained from customers of the dairy. He added another two sheets of signatures to those already received by staff. Commissioner Godfrey inquired if Mr. Patel understood that one of the applicants for his project was Rockview Dairy. Mr. Patel answered affirmatively. Commissioner Godfrey suggested that the operator seek another location for a drive-thru dairy.

There was a consensus of the Commission for approval. The title of Resolution No. 6859 APPROVING demolition of two existing buildings and the construction of a 15,120 square-foot pharmacy with two drive-thru lanes on property located at 1820 and 1830 West Orangethorpe Avenue, was read and further reading was waived. MOTION by Commissioner Godfrey, seconded and CARRIED unanimously that said Resolution be ADOPTED AS AMENDED.

The 4:00 p.m. meeting was adjourned to the 7:00 p.m. session.

7:00 P.M. SESSION

ITEM NO. 6
AMENDMENT A-1461, GENERAL PLAN REVISION GPR-99-2, AMENDMENT A-1460. APPLICANT: CITY OF FULLERTON
Staff report dated January 20, 2000, was presented pertaining to a request to consider amending Chapter 15.17 of the Fullerton Municipal Code changing the minimum lot size that is required to develop a second dwelling unit on property with an R-2 or R-2P zone classification, changing the land use designation of the Land Use Map of the General Plan from "Medium Density Residential" to "Low-Medium Density Residential" and to consider changing the zone classification from R-3P to R-2P for properties in the 200 and 300 blocks of West Whiting Avenue (Negative Declaration).

Program Planner Linnell reported that this item consisted of two amendments and a general plan revision. The first amendment request was a result of a petition submitted by Whiting Avenue property owners requesting that the 200 and 300 blocks be downzoned from R-3P to R-2P, to provide a way to reduce development potential for the neighborhood. A workshop was held, and questionnaires were mailed to all property owners. Over 60% of the owners responded, with the majority desiring the R-2P zone. Most of the owners also expressed a desire to have the ability to add a second unit onto their properties. The existing R-2P designation allows such an addition, provided the lot area is at least 6,000 square feet. This necessitated the need for a second amendment, reducing the minimum lot size necessary to add a second unit. Vicinity sketches were displayed depicting the lots in the 200 and 300 blocks, the majority of which did not have lot areas of at least 6,000 square feet. Staff believes that it would be appropriate to reduce the minimum lot area for the R-2P zone only, and not the R-2 zone, where no floor area ratio has been adopted.

Commissioner Simons questioned if there were other R-2P blocks in the City, that also were under 6,000 square feet in area. Program Planner Linnell displayed a city-wide map, showing those areas-approximately 61 lots.

Public hearing opened.

The following persons spoke in favor of the amendments and general plan revision:

Garrett Hartney, 402 N. Highland Avenue (displayed photos of homes in the area)
Alice Brown, 2244 West Whiting Avenue
Katie Dalton, 200 North Cornell Avenue
Leslie Johnson, 303 West Whiting Avenue
Nicolas Perez, 211 West Whiting Avenue

The reasons for supporting the request are as follows:

  • The neighborhood feared three and four units being built on one lot, and do not want to see the blocks "overbuilt"
  • Neighbors wanted security of knowing that the historic theme of the neighborhood would be retained
  • Parking in this neighborhood is saturated and more units would exacerbate this problem
  • The majority of persons who signed the petition represent 100% owner/occupied residents of Whiting Avenue
Public hearing closed.

There was a consensus of the Commission for approval. MOTION by Commissioner Simons, seconded and CARRIED unanimously that both Negative Declarations be CERTIFIED. The title of Resolution No. 6861 RECOMMENDING to the City Council approval of an amendment to Chapter 15.17 of the Fullerton Municipal Code changing the zone classification from R-3P to R-2P and changing the land use designation of the Land Use Map of the General Plan from "Medium Density Residential" to "Low-Medium Density Residential" for properties in the 200 and 300 blocks of West Whiting Avenues, was read and further reading was waived. The title of Resolution No. 6862 RECOMMENDING to the City Council changing the minimum lot size needed to develop a second dwelling unit on property with an R-2P zone classification was read and further reading was waived. MOTION by Commissioner Munson, seconded and CARRIED unanimously, that said Resolutions be ADOPTED AS WRITTEN.

Chief Planner Rosen announced that this item would be heard by the City Council the first meeting in March.

OTHER MATTERS

ITEM A
REVIEW OF COUNCIL ACTIONS
Chief Planner Rosen gave a brief report on recent City Council meetings.
PUBLIC COMMENTS
There was no one present who wished to speak on any matter within the Commission's jurisdiction.
AGENDA FORECAST
The next regularly-scheduled meeting will be February 9, 2000 at 7:00 p.m.
ADJOURNMENT
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 7:38 p.m., in memory of Vivienne Root, long-time Fullerton resident.
Becky Stevens
Clerk to the Planning Commission
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