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Staff Review Committee Meeting Minutes March 18, 2004

COUNCIL CONFERENCE ROOM FULLERTON CITY HALL
THURSDAY, 9:00 A.M., MARCH 18, 2004

CALL TO ORDER:Chairperson Rosen called the meeting to order at 9:05 a.m.
COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT:Mullis, Thompson, Wallin
COMMITTEE MEMBERS ABSENT:Becerra, Tabatabaee
STAFF MEMBERS PRESENT:Kusch, Mizokami, Norton
OTHERS PRESENT:

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

March 4, 2004 approved as written. Rosen who was absent from this meeting abstained from voting).

INTRODUCTIONS - COMMITTEE AND STAFF MEMBERS:

ACTION ITEMS:

PRJ04-00201 - ZON04-00022 - APPLICANT AND PROPERTY OWNER: MIRKO LOPEZ.

A request for a 20% reduction in the required rear yard setback from 15 feet to 12 feet, to facilitate the expansion of an existing bedroom and construction of a bathroom at 866 Bernard Drive (south side of Bernard Drive approximately 200 feet west of Firethorne Avenue) (R-1-7.2 Zone) (Categorically exempt under Section 15301 of CEQA Guidelines). (SMI)

The applicant, Mirko Lopez, was present.

Planning Intern Mizokami presented the request. He stated that the applicant is proposing to extend an existing bedroom by adding a sitting room, and a master bathroom. The house meets all other development standards. Staff did not receive any phone calls or letters from the public opposing the project. Staff recommends approval with the standard plan check condition, and asked the applicant to clarify what appears on the drawings to be an enclosed living room.

Committee Member Mullis asked if the grade difference is significant enough to loom over the property to the rear. Planning Intern Mizokami said that it would not. Chairman Rosen asked the applicant if there is a pool in the rear yard, and if the new roof and siding material would match that of the existing house. Mr. Lopez said that because he and his family have not used the pool in 15 years he decided to fill it in. In answer to the second question, Mr. Lopez said he intends to re-roof the house and all new material would be matching. The existing bedroom would be expanded, an existing bathroom made into a master closet, and a new bathroom with a Jacuzzi tub would be added.

Chairman Rosen stated that the plans are not clear where the access to the living room is, and asked the applicant to clarify. Mr. Lopez explained that a slider and a pocket door would provide access to the living room. The final plans will reflect these intentions.

Committee Member Wallin advised the applicant that the existing water system might have to be upgraded to meet the present standards of Water Engineering.

The Committee had no further issues and moved to approve.

MOTION made SECONDED, and CARRIED by all members present, to APPROVE PRJ04-00201 - ZON04-00022 (Resolution No. 361) subject to the following conditions:

  1. Final building plans shall comply with Building Code requirements prior to issuance of permits. That 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.
  2. All exterior materials and colors used to construct the new addition shall match the existing house.
  3. Address numbers must meet Fullerton Fire Department Standard #7 requirements.

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.

PRJ04-00186 - ZON04-00023. APPLICANT AND PROPERTY OWNER: JEFF HAMAR.

A request to construct a 7-foot high retaining wall to expand the buildable pad on a flag lot at 1518 North Raymond Avenue (approximately 1,700 feet north of Dorothy Lane) (R-1-20 Zone) (Categorically exempt under Section 15305 of CEQA Guidelines) (AKU)

The applicant, Jeff Hamar, was present.

Assistant Planner Kusch presented the request. He stated that this property is a flag shaped lot that shares a common access from Raymond Avenue. The purpose for the review is to look at the impacts of the proposed retaining wall. The applicant is requesting approval to build a 7-foot high retaining wall to accommodate a pool house. The wall would start at its maximum height of 7-feet tapering to 3-feet as it reaches the south property line. The wall would be located approximately 8-feet from the south property line. Assistant Planner Kusch displayed a simulated, before and after photograph of the site, and said that Staff has two concerns with the request.

The number one concern is determining what is considered the front of the property versus the side and the rear. As the house sits now, it is approximately 35-feet from the south property line, the minimum front yard setback for the zone. Staff recommends that the south side of the property be maintained as the front yard setback area for future determination. The second concern is what future plans the applicant has for building or landscape improvements along the east property line and down in the ravine. The question for the applicant is how will this area be treated; will the vegetation remain unaltered? When this house was approved, there was a landscape plan submittal requirement. City files show that no landscape plan was submitted. The ravine also raises some drainage concerns.

Mr. Hamar spoke to the concerns raised by Staff. He stated that when he bought the house he was unaware of the need for landscape plans. There has been some discussion with landscape people but no firm decision has been made. The focus has been on getting the pool house built before summer. In terms of the east side of the property, some of the dead brush has been cleared out and there are plans to make that area into an orchard with fruit trees. There would be ground cover to control erosion and pest infestation. Chairman Rosen asked if plans have been prepared for the pool house. Mr. Hamar stated that the pool house would be primarily used as a game room, and the plans are still in the preliminary planning stages, but would be designed so as to not encroach into the front yard setback. Chairman Rosen suggested that the applicant check with the Building Department to see how close to the proposed retaining wall the Building Code would allow footings to be constructed.

The applicant was asked if he objected to establishing the front yard along the south property line. Mr. Hamar said that he was not opposed to that determination. Committee Member Thompson advised the applicant that any new structure must be fire sprinkled.

The Committee moved to approve the retaining wall as proposed.

MOTION made SECONDED, and CARRIED by all members present, to APPROVE conceptual plans only for PRJ04-00186 - ZON04-00023 (Resolution No. 362) subject to the following conditions:

  1. The front yard setback shall be established along the south property line.
  2. The applicant must provide detailed plans showing proposed landscaping around building site. Detailed hardscape, landscape and irrigation plans will be prepared by a licensed landscape architect. Such plans will be designed in accordance with the "Landscape and Irrigation Design Requirements" of the City and will be submitted for approval by the Director of Development Services prior to the issuance of building permits, with implementation thereof prior to occupancy of the project. A one-year maintenance bond in an amount equal to 50% of the combined cost of the landscaping materials and irrigation system, but not less than $500, will be posted as a prerequisite to the final approval of the development and/or occupancy of the use.
  3. The applicant must comply with the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) requirements.
  4. A two-phase landscape and irrigation plan shall be submitted for review and approval to the Director of Development Services. The first phase landscape and irrigation plan shall indicate plantings near the new wall, especially on the sloped or newly graded areas for erosion control. The first phase landscape plan shall be reviewed and approved by the Director of Development Services prior to the issuance of building permits for the new retaining wall. A second phase landscape plan shall include the entire property, especially along the eastern slope of the property. The second phase landscape plan shall be submitted for review and approval by the Director of Development Services prior to the issuance of building permits for the future pool and poolroom. The landscape and irrigation plans shall be designed in accordance with the "Landscape and Irrigation Design Requirements" of the City. A one-year maintenance cash deposit in an amount equal to 50% of the combined cost of the landscape materials and irrigation system, but not less than $500, will be posted as a prerequisite to the final approval of the site improvements.

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 9:30 A.M. AS STAFF SITE PLAN REVIEW COMMITTEE:

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