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Staff Review Committee Meeting Minutes May 15, 2003

COUNCIL CONFERENCE ROOM FULLERTON CITY HALL
THURSDAY, 9:00 A.M., MAY 15, 2003

CALL TO ORDER: Chair Rosen called the meeting to order at 9:05 a.m.
COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT: Mullis; Rosen; Tabatabaee, Thompson and Wallin
COMMITTEE MEMBERS ABSENT: Maynard
STAFF MEMBERS PRESENT: Linnell, and Norton

MINUTES:

May 1, 2003 approved as written.

INTRODUCTIONS - COMMITTEE AND STAFF MEMBERS:

ACTION ITEMS:

PRJ03-00242 - ZON03-00017. APPLICANT: GLOBAL TELECOM RESOURCES; PROPERTY OWNER: CRV CLASSIC PROPERTIES, LP. A request for a telecommunication facility on property located at 2270 Rosecrans Avenue (southeast corner of Rosecrans Avenue and Gilbert Street) (O-P zone) (Categorically exempt under Section 15532 of CEQA Guidelines)

Present were Maree Hoeger and Annette Fullerton, representing Telecom Resources, and Carmine Esposito, representing CRV Classic Properties.

Residents from the neighborhood were Mark Greenhalgh, 2285 El Rancho Vista; and Michelle Chasse, 2289 El Rancho Vista.

Project Planner Linnell presented the request saying AT&T has submitted a proposal for a telecommunication facility located at 2270 Rosecrans Avenue, on the same site as a previously proposed monopole. The monopole was never approved for this site, and it is being developed across the street in public park. AT&T's proposal is different from what was proposed before. The telecommunication facility would be camouflaged within two false chimneys, with an equipment enclosure shown as a small extension to the existing one-story commercial building.

The applicant stated that AT&T has conformed to City Code by constructing the chimneys not to exceed 10-feet in height above the existing roof line, and by incorporating the equipment into an existing building. The two chimneys would be built into the building using reinforced trusses, framing and fiberglass to create a structure that would allow reception. The structure would be coated, textured and painted to give the appearance of used brick. Samples of the materials were submitted for review. Maintenance of the equipment would be done once a month during regular business hours of 8-5.

AT&T has conducted a safety study that indicates that the new facility would be well within the allowable emission and safety standards.

Program Planner Linnell noted that access to the equipment enclosure is not clear on the plans. The applicant said that access is proposed to be on the south side of the building, but the design could be changed to have the access from the north side.

The meeting was opened for public comment.

The following issues were raised by the two residents in attendence:

  1. The lack of property maintenance by the owner of CRV Classic Properties around the dumpsters and along the slope area. - Placing the access door to the equipment enclosure on the south (rear side) would add to an already existing trash problem.
  2. Setbacks - Why was the previous request on this site required to be setback 37' from the property line while this request does not have the same requirement?
  3. The lack of fencing between properties separating the commercial from residential properties. There is no control over vendors, and students or tutors who work at the school come down the slope onto the residential property to eat lunch and leave their litter.
  4. Public Notices - Some of the residents were not notified of this meeting.
  5. Site - Have other locations been considered such as co-locating on Sprint's proposed clock tower across the street in the public park.

The applicant said that AT&T would not have a problem with relocating the entry door for the equipment enclosure to the front.

The applicant explained that the Sprint site (at Coyote Hills Park) is not a viable alternative for AT&T due to design and lease issues.

Chairman Rosen said the reason this project does not require a 37' setback is because the requirement for a monopole is different from telecommunications facilities that are roof-mounted like this one. The applicant advised that because of the landscaping and parking requirements, the equipment enclosure could not be moved further back. In answer to public noticing Chairman Rosen said that only adjacent owners were notified because of the nature of the proposal.

Program Planner Linnell stated that a small fence dividing the property between residential and commercial is called out on the original plans that were submitted in 1977. The fence was not a condition of approval, however. It is unknown whether the fence was ever installed, or installed and later removed.

Program Planner Linnell requested that a landscaping plan be submitted for the area around the new construction. Inspector Thompson from the Fire Department said that the plans should show the source of emergency power (batteries/generator) and that a Knox Box be installed to allow police and fire access to the facility. Chairman Rosen said a fence should be part of the conditions if the request is approved; the question is, who will maintain the area between the fence and the commercial property. Because of this unresolved issue he recommended that the request be continued.

MOTION made and SECONDED by all members present to CONTINUE PRJ03-00242 - ZON03-00017 to the June 5th meeting.

ADJOURNED AS THE STAFF SITE PLAN REVIEW COMMITTEE AT 9:50 a.m.

RECONVENED AS THE STAFF REVIEW COMMITTEE


ITEMS SCHEDULED FOR HEARING BY THE PLANNING COMMISSION ON JUNE 25, 2003

Discussion Item(s) Only

PRJ03-00427 - ZON02-00013. APPLICANT: CITY OF FULLERTON. A request to change the zoning of parcels in a neighborhood from R-1-7,200 to R-1-12,000 on properties generally located on the south side of Valley view between Adlena Drive and Fern Drive between Fern Drive Elementary School and Valley view Drive, Pico Street between Fern Drive Elementary School and Carhart Avenue, Norby Lane, Arroyo Place, Arroyo Drive, Johnson Place between Carhart Avenue and Stephens Avenue, Buena Vista Drive, Rose Drive, Beverly Drive, Wesley Avenue, west side of Euclid Street between Malvern Avenue and Valley View Drive, Carhart Avenue, Ramona Drive, Valley View Place, north side of Malvern Avenue, between Carhart Avenue and Euclid Street and Stephens Avenue between Malvern Avenue and Valley view and Fern Drive.

No Discussion

ITEMS SCHEDULED FOR HEARING BY THE PLANNING COMMISSION ON JUNE 11, 2003

PRJ02-00393 - TRACT 16478. APPLICANT: ROBERT JOHNSTON; PROPERTY OWNER: RONALD CARPENTER. A request to approve a revised tract map for a six-lot subdivision on a 1.60-acre property located at 765 Carhart Avenue (west side of Carhart Avenue between approximately 315 and 420 feet south of the southwest intersection of Carhart Avenue and Pico Street) (R-1-7.2 zone) (Negative Declaration).

Issues noted:

There is a problem with drainage on the southwest corner of the property. This can be corrected with either a storm drain or a foot-high wall.

ADJOURNMENT:

10:00 a.m.

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