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Staff Review Committee Meeting Minutes November 20, 2003

COUNCIL CONFERENCE ROOM FULLERTON CITY HALL
THURSDAY, 9:00 A.M., NOVEMBER 20, 2003

CALL TO ORDER:Chair Rosen called the meeting to order at 9:10 a.m.
COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT:Mullis, Becerra, Thompson, Yang (for Tabatabaee)
COMMITTEE MEMBERS ABSENT:Tabatabaee, and Wallin
STAFF MEMBERS PRESENT:Kusch, Mizokami, Sowers, and Norton

MINUTES:

November 6, 2003 approved as written.

INTRODUCTIONS - COMMITTEE AND STAFF MEMBERS:

ACTION ITEMS:

PRJ03-00630 - ZON03-00057. APPLICANT AND PROPERTY OWNER: SU NAM. A request to use the existing location as a math and English tutorial school on property located at 124 North Euclid Street (east side of Euclid Street between Wilshire and Commonwealth Avenues) (C-1 zone) (Categorically exempt under Section 15301 of CEQA Guidelines). (Continued from November 6, 2003)

Present were Su Nam, applicant and property owner, Heather and Jodie Kim.

Planning Intern Mizokami stated that this item is a continuation from the last meeting. The following changes were to be made:

  1. A non-rated parapet and firewall.
  2. Two handicapped restrooms.
  3. Reconfigure the rear handicapped ramp at the rear side of the property. (Not yet reflected in these plans).
  4. Removal of the apron and the driveway off of Euclid Street, and the extension of the landscape. (Not yet reflected in these plans).
  5. Fire Alarm must be automatic, and the plans should show existing fire hydrants.

The current parking layout was deemed adequate unless the school decides to serve a different age group other than K-8. If that were the case, the parking would be re-visited.

Planning Intern Mizokami said that staff suggests that the ramp be redesigned so that it wraps around the side/rear and "switches back" in the south direction. Any unresolved issues, such as a ramp at the front, would be addressed during the plan check process. Ms. Kim stated that the school has an evacuation plan and does not anticipate using that ramp. Chairman Rosen explained that Building might require a ramp because of exiting issues for the disabled.

Ms. Kim asked why the driveway cannot exist for drainage purposes. Chairman Rosen explained that along a busy arterial street planning almost always conditions the apron and driveway to be removed and replaced with landscaping, with a pipe for drainage underneath. People many times do not see that the driveway is blocked off, and it becomes a hazard. The Code requires a 10-foot landscape setback along the street, so a portion can be hardscape. Those details can be worked out with staff.

Committee Member Thompson requested that the architect provide a section on the plans for Fire Department Notes.

The Committee had no further comments.

MOTION made, SECONDED and CARRIED by all members present, to APPROVE PRJ03-00630 - ZON03-00057 as conditioned below. Resolution No. 343.

  1. Reconfigure the proposed rear ramp.
  2. Remove the existing apron and driveway on Euclid Street, and replace with curb and parkway landscaping, fill in the driveway with a combination of hardscape/landscape.
  3. A pipe must be placed under the sidewalk/parkway for water drainage.
  4. Fire requires that if the existing gate is locked it be equipped with a Knox box panic hardware and a key override for Police and Fire access.
  5. There should be a walkway wide enough for the Fire Department to access with a hose (Minimum 4-feet wide).
  6. Address numbers must meet Fire Department requirements. For front address numbers, we recommend a height of 1 inch for every 10 feet from the street (14-inch maximum); 2 to 3 inch numbers for rear numbers mounted above the doors.

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. The request may be approved subject to conditions. Minutes of the hearing and a Resolution will be prepared.

PRJ03-00729 - ZON03-00061. APPLICANT AND PROPERTY OWNER: JAMES M. SALAZAR. A request to consider a 20% reduction in the rear yard setback, from 15 feet to 12 feet, on property located at 1316 West Orangethorpe Avenue (approximately 372 feet east of Basque and Orangethorpe Avenues) (R-1-7.2 zone) (Categorically exempt under Section 15301 of CEQA Guidelines).

Isaac Tabar was present representing the applicant and property owner.

Assistant Planner Kusch stated that this proposal is for a living room addition, and a reduction in the rear yard setback from the required 15 feet to 12 feet. The neighboring setbacks of the property to the rear and on each side averages 15 feet. The proposed side yard setbacks would be 11 feet and Code requires 5 feet. It does not appear that the proposal would have an impact on the adjacent properties. Mr. Tabar presented photographs that he took of the adjacent properties to the right and to the left of his proposed addition.

Chairman Rosen asked if Mr. Tabar intended to match the existing roof slope. Mr. Tabar replied that he did intent to match existing slope, and all new material would match the existing building. Two new windows would be installed, one in the bathroom and one in the living room. The existing sliding door would be relocated to the side.

MOTION made, SECONDED and CARRIED by all members present, to APPROVE PRJ03-00729 - ZON03-00061 as conditioned below. Resolution No. 344.

  1. The addition shall be architecturally compatible with the existing residence in terms of siding and roof materials.

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. The request may be approved subject to conditions. Minutes of the hearing and a Resolution will be prepared.

PRJ03-00755 - ZON03-00063. APPLICANT AND PROPERTY OWNER: OAKHURST DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION. A request for a minor site plan to establish a trade school (healing institute) with tenant improvements on property located at 140 East Commonwealth Avenue (southwest corner of Commonwealth and Pomona Avenues) (C-3 Central Business District Commercial zone) (Categorically exempt under Section 15310 of CEQA Guidelines).

Present were Ken Parsons, applicant; K.J. Park and J.D. Allen representing the Oakhurst Development Corporation.

Planning Intern Mizokami stated that the applicant is proposing a 2,150 square foot office space with tenant improvements to establish a healing institute. The institute teaches therapy via yoga and meditation practices. Massage will be a form of practice. The proposal meets the City's massage ordinance in terms of distance from any residential areas and as a subordinate use; however, staff will need to determine whether or not a permit would be needed from the Police Department depending on whether the students would be considered massage technicians.

There would be two classes, one for meditation that would meet MWF from 10:00 -11:00 a.m., 4:30 - 5:30 p.m., and 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. with a maximum of nine people. The certification program is from M-Thurs. from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. The maximum number of people for these classes would be 14.

There are parking issues that need to be discussed. There are available lots to the rear of the property that have a 2-hour parking limit. Redevelopment has stated that there are no parking agreements for these rear lots. The yoga and meditation classes will not have a problem because they are only 1-hour; but the healing class that meets from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. will have a parking problem. There is a parking structure located near the railroad station that is heavily used by rail commuters and there are no guarantees of parking availability. The other option is the parking structure located on Wilshire Avenue that is currently being used by construction workers at the City Pointe Apartment Project. There is a 2-hour parking restriction except for the top level. Another option would be to adjust the hours of the class. Ms. Parks was asked to clarify how many staff members there would be besides the 14 students. She replied there would be three staff members.

Ms. Park said that Oakhurst has been operating a school in New Jersey for four years, and this is the first location in California. She described the program. Chairman Rosen asked if the massage certification program involves touching. Ms. Park replied that the program is state certified; is taught by a qualified instructor, and touching is part of the student's practice sessions. Committee Member Becerra suggested that Ms. Park get a copy of the massage ordinance. Mr. Allen explained that the school is a teaching/training/technical school type program as opposed to a massage establishment open to the general public.

The Committee asked Ms. Park to explain the shower facilities, and if there would be any other type of equipment such as cardiovascular. Ms. Park stated that the showers are for staff use, and massage tables are the only type of equipment that is needed. Committee Member Yang said that an elevator is required as a part of the "path of travel." Justification for hardship exemption must be provided.

Chairman Rosen was concerned about 14 students taking up street space for a long period of time leaving no spaces for commercial business use. Ms. Parks suggested students could move their cars during their lunch break. Mr. Allen said that there is more available parking further from the school. There was some discussion about setting up a permit parking system. Committee Member Thompson mentioned that the construction would soon be finished on Wilshire Avenue freeing up that parking area. Chairman Rosen stated that he would feel more comfortable if the parking situation is reviewed in six months.

MOTION made, SECONDED and CARRIED by all members present, to APPROVE PRJ03-00729 - ZON03-00061 as conditioned below. Resolution No. 345.

  1. A six-month review would be required to assess how parking is impacted. Additional conditions would be added if deemed necessary.

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. The request may be approved subject to conditions. Minutes of the hearing and a Resolution will be prepared.

PRJ03-00759 - ZON03-00065. APPLICANT AND PROPERTY OWNER: BENNETT A. WEINER. A request for a 20% reduction in the required rear yard setback from 15 feet to 12 feet for a 687-square-foot addition to the single-family residence located at 3011 Mulberry Avenue (300 feet west of Brea Boulevard and 600 feet south of the city limits) (R-1-7.2 zone) (Categorically exempt under Section 15301 of CEQA Guidelines)

The applicant Bennett Weiner was present.

Assistant Planner Sowers stated that the applicant is proposing a reduction to the required 15-foot rear yard setback from 15 to 12 feet to facilitate the addition of a second master bedroom. The portion of the addition pertaining to the request spans 24 feet at the 84.5-foot property line. It appears that the expansion would have no impact to adjacent property owners. Staff received no letters of opposition from the neighbors.

Chairman Rosen asked the applicant why is the encroachment is necessary. Mr. Weiner stated that he would like the addition for his in-laws. The room, including a bathroom, is sized to accommodate future handicapped accessibility needs.

The committee had no further comments.

MOTION made, SECONDED and CARRIED by all members present, to APPROVE PRJ03-00759 - ZON03-00065 as conditioned below. Resolution No. 346.

  1. All exterior materials and colors used to construct the new addition shall match the existing house.
  2. Approved numbers of addresses shall be placed on all new and existing buildings in such a position as to be plainly visible and legible from the street or road fronting the property and alley serving said property. Said numbers shall contrast with their background. For front address numbers we recommend a height of 1 inch for every 10 feet from the street (14-inch maximum); 2 to 3 inch numbers for rear numbers mounted above the doors.
  3. 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.

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. The request may be approved subject to conditions. Minutes of the hearing and a Resolution will be prepared.

ADJOURNED AT 10:35 A.M. AS THE STAFF SITE PLAN REVIEW COMMITTEE

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