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Minutes January 24, 2002: Redevelopment Design Review Committee

January 24, 2002

CALL TO ORDER:
The meeting was called to order at 4:15 P.M. by Chairman Silber
MEMBERS PRESENT:
Chairman Silber; Committee Members Blumer, Coffman, Daybell and Johnson
MEMBERS ABSENT:
STAFF PRESENT:
Program Planner Linnell; Senior Planner Mullis
APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
The minutes of the November 1st and December 13th meetings were approved as written.
INTRODUCTION OF NEW COMMITTEE MEMBER

Committee members met Richard Daybell, appointed by City Council to replace Bruce Hostetter.

ELECTION OF CHAIRMAN AND VICE-CHAIRMAN FOR YEAR 2002
There was a motion by Blumer to nominate Committee Member Coffman as Chairman and Committee Member Johnson as Vice-Chairman. No other nominations were made. Jeff Coffman was elected Chairman and Oscar Johnson was elected Vice-Chairman for the year 2002.
OLD BUSINESS

ITEM A
MISCELLANEOUS DEVELOPMENT PROJECT MDP-01-4. APPLICANT: CITY OF FULLERTON

Redevelopment Operations Manager Galvin reviewed the request. He explained the concerns raised by the City Council in December 2001, when it considered the request to install new bus benches for the downtown area. He asked the Committee to make a recommendation on two issues: 1) Should bus shelters be installed with the new benches in the downtown? and 2) Should business owners have the right to decide what kind of bench (its design) they would like in front of their businesses?

In discussing these questions, Committee members were unanimous in believing that shelters would be more of a hindrance than a benefit for the downtown area. Members thought the shelters would hide the architecture of the buildings and make pedestrian circulation difficult given the limited sidewalk width along Harbor Boulevard. In many cases, the awnings on many of the buildings already provide a place of shelter for people waiting for the bus. Lastly, Committee members indicated that if shelters are installed, no advertising should be allowed on the shelters.

With regard to the selection of the bus bench, members questioned the "workability" of having business owners deciding on the design of the bench for their particular bench. Members thought that one bench design should be chosen and used throughout the downtown to provide uniformity and distinction for the defined area.

Motion by Silber, seconded and CARRIED unanimously to RECOMMEND that no shelters be required for bus benches in the defined downtown area and that one bench design be chosen by the Redevelopment Agency for use in the downtown area.

ITEM B
DEVELOPMENT PROJECT DP-01-9. APPLICANT AND PROPERTY OWNER: BRIAN WILLIAMS.

Program Planner Linnell said that he wanted to up-date the Committee on the status of the plans for the Williams Building, given the special nature of the project. He said that permits have been issued to construct the addition to the building, and he showed the building elevations from the approved set of working drawings. He advised the Committee that the architect is still working on drawings and specifications to address the design and detailing for the brick veneer. The Committee will review these drawings when they are submitted in the near future. Meanwhile, construction work is in progress with improvements to the interior of the building, and the foundation of the addition will start in the next few days.

Katie Dalton of Fullerton Heritage said that the application for listing the Williams Company building on the National Register will be reviewed by the State Office of Historic Preservation in early February 2002, and that it appears that this nomination will be received as a favorable recommendation without opposition. She expressed Fullerton Heritage's interest in making sure the addition did not jeopardize the building's standing on the National Register.

There was no action requested of the Committee.

NEW BUSINESS

ITEM 1
TRACTS 14562 AND 15338. APPLICANT AND PROPERTY OWNER: STANDARD PACIFIC.

Senior Planner Mullis reviewed the request to consider architectural, landscape, and fencing plans for Planning Areas 1 and 2 of the East Coyote Hills Master Specific Plan. She described the history of the two tracts and the need to review the site and architectural plans, given their prominent location next to the city's new sports complex and recreational trails as well as along Bastanchury Road, a designated view corridor. She stated staff was recommending that the architectural treatments on the sides of certain lots be further enhanced given their location. She asked representatives of Standard Pacific to describe the design features of the two tracts and how they proposed meet the recommended conditions of approval.

In attendance representing Standard Pacific were Dana Beaver, Rolland Phillipp, Edward Doll and Adele Chang. Ms. Beaver briefly described each tract's housing types and private recreational facilities. Colored elevations and material boards were displayed. She explained the types of enhancement features that would be specified for the homes on a number of lots in order to address concerns raised by staff (Condition #2). She said that there are no longer any design issues; the recommendations contained in the staff report are acceptable and will be incorporated in the final working drawings for the residences. There would be one change in the design of the fencing along Bastanchury Road: the pilasters will be spaced in alignment with every other property line, which means approximately ever 100 feet instead of every 40 to 50 feet. Condition #1 will be modified, accordingly.

Chairman Coffman asked for comments from the Committee. Committee members thought the site and architectural plans for the two tracts have been competently designed and could be approved subject to staff's recommendations.

Motion by Silber, seconded and CARRIED unanimously to APPROVE site, architectural, landscape, and fencing and wall designs for Tracts 14562 and 15338, subject to the conditions stated in the staff report and with the change in the fencing feature cited above.

ITEM 2
CONCEPTUAL SITE AND ARCHITECTURAL PLANS FOR PROPERTY AT 312-314 WEST WILSHIRE AVENUE. APPLICANT AND PROPERTY OWNER: ALEX AND MARIANNA FISCHER.

Program Planner Linnell said that the applicant intends to submit plans to redevelop the property at 312-314 West Wilshire Avenue. The lot is zoned for high-density residential development, and the Fischers would like to demolish the existing two single-family residences and construct a 5-unit apartment building that would have three stories. They have prepared preliminary plans for this type of development. Staff is asking the Committee to comment on the style or design of architecture that the development should have, given the location of the lot. Program Planner Linnell showed photos the existing residences on the block, noting that the lot to the east is developed with a 3-story apartment that features wood siding and trim work and that the lot to the west is developed with a 2-story apartment with a Spanish architectural design. He said that it would be helpful if the Committee could indicate the most appropriate architectural style for the development, to best fit the character of the neighborhood.

Alex and Marianna Fischer were present to discuss the plans for this property. Alex Fischer said that the property would be redeveloped in phases. The back portion of the property would first be developed with three units; the front residence would remain in place until a second phase. The second phase would demolish the house and construct two new units. He should the conceptual site plan for the phased development. Mr. Fischer indicated that he would prefer to use a smooth stucco finish for the exterior walls instead of using wood siding like the units to the east, because of the long-term maintenance with the wood siding.

In discussing the development with the Fischers, Committee members expressed a preference for the use of wood siding, similar to the development to the east. Some members thought any architectural style would be acceptable as long as the design has the correct features and proportions for the particular style. The Committee advised Mr. Fischer that a true Spanish architecture could be more difficult to achieve, given the need to construct a three-story building on a limited lot width. Committee members also questioned the phasing of the development, stating that it may less costly to develop all of the units at one time instead of planning two phases of work.

Program Planner Linnell said that the proposal must satisfy the city's development standards before staff would schedule it for a review by the Committee. The Fischers intend to submit an acceptable proposal next week so that the Committee at its next meeting might review it.

There was no need to take an action on this item.

ADJOURNMENT
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 6:20 P.M.
Bob Linnell, Program Planner
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