agenda

SANTA MARIA CITY PLANNING COMMISSION

REGULAR MEETING january 18, 2012

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS, 6:30 P.M.

 

 

Chairman Rodger Brown

Community Development Director, Larry Appel

Commissioner Tom S. Lopez

Planning Division Manager, Peggy Woods

Commissioner Michael W. Moats

Senior Assistant City Attorney, Wendy Stockton

Commissioner Fred Quigley

Principal Civil Engineer, Shad Springer

Commissioner Etta Waterfield

Special Districts Planning Tech, Jim Davis

 

Recording Secretary, Kathleen Wilson

 

This agenda is prepared and posted pursuant to the requirements of Government Code Section 54954.2. By listing a topic on this agenda, the Planning Commission has expressed its intent to discuss and act on each item. In addition to any action identified in the brief general description of each item, the action that may be taken shall include: a referral to staff with specific requests for information; continuance; specific direction to staff concerning the policy or mission of the item; discontinuance of consideration; adoption, approval or disapproval or recommendation thereof.

Participation includes assistance under the Americans with Disabilities Act to provide an equally effective opportunity for individuals with a disability to participate in and benefit from City activities. For the hearing impaired, the City has assisted listening equipment available. For TDD (Telecommunications Devices for the Deaf) service, please call 800-735-2929. In order for the City to make reasonable accommodation arrangements for the use of this assisted listening equipment, notification is required by at least 4:00 p.m. the Friday before the meeting by calling 925-0951, extension 307. This equipment can also be used for translation by Spanish-only speaking persons. To allow the City to coordinate and request a Spanish translator from the volunteer corps, call 925-0951, extension 307 by 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday before the meeting. Para permitir a la Ciudad el poder coordinar y solicitar a un traductor para español del cuerpo de voluntarios, llame al 925-0951, extensión 307 a la 1:00 de la tarde el martes antes de la junta.

Copies of the staff reports or other documentation relating to each item of business referred to on the agenda are on file in the Community Development Department, available for public inspection during City business hours. Any writing or documents provided to a majority of the Planning Commission after distribution of the agenda will also be available for public inspection in the Community Development Department during normal business hours. The Community Development Department ([805] 925-0951, ext. 244) will answer any questions regarding the agenda.

NOTICE: IN ACCORDANCE WITH SEC. 12-35.211 OF THE MUNICIPAL CODE, PLANNING COMMISSION DECISIONS MAY BE APPEALED TO THE CITY COUNCIL.

Next Resolution No: 2594

Next Two Regular Planning Commission Meetings: February 15, 2012*, and March 7, 2012.

CALL TO ORDER:    Chairman Rodger Brown

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG.

ROLL CALL:                        Commissioners Tom S. Lopez, Michael W. Moats, Fred Quigley, Etta Waterfield and Chairman Rodger Brown

APPROVAL OF PLANNING COMMISSION MINUTES OF DECEMBER 7, 2011.

 

PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD (not to exceed a total of 15 minutes):

Each member of the audience may address the Commission on any subject within the Commission’s business. Each member of the audience and each subject is limited to discussion of three minutes or as otherwise directed by the Chair.

 

 

1.                  CONSENT CALENDAR: The consent calendar is approved with one motion. These items are read only on request of Commission members. Should anyone, including members of the public, wish to discuss or disapprove any item, it must be dropped from the blanket motion and considered as a separate item.

a.         EXTENSION OF TIME FOR A PLANNED DEVELOPMENT PERMIT FOR DMS ELECTRIC, 2224 SOUTH WESTGATE ROAD, PD-96-17. Review of a request for an extension of time for a Planned Development Permit to allow construction of phase II of an electric contractor's facility (7,375 square feet) located in a PD/CM (Planned Development/Commercial Manufacturing) zoning district, Assessor’s Parcel No. 111-400-050.   (Project Planner: Brian Halvorson)

STAFF RECOMMENDATION: By motion, approve the extension of time for one year to July 22, 2013.

b.                 EXTENSION OF TIME FOR A PLANNED DEVELOPMENT PERMIT FOR THE WESTGATE MARKETPLACE SHOPPING CENTER, NORTHWEST CORNER OF SOUTH BLOSSER ROAD AND WEST BATTLES ROAD, PD-2007-012. Review of a request for an extension of time for a Planned Development Permit to allow the construction of a retail shopping center consisting of up to twelve commercial buildings, totaling 132,380 square feet, on a 13.1 acre site in a PD/CC (Planned Development/Convenience Center) zoning district, Assessor’s Parcel Nos. 117-240-030, 117-240-031 and 117-240-032. (Project Planner: Bill Scott)

STAFF RECOMMENDATION: By motion, approve the extension of time for one year to January 10, 2013.

c.         EXTENSION OF TIME FOR A PLANNED DEVELOPMENT PERMIT FOR CENTENNIAL SQUARE, SOUTHWEST CORNER OF MILLER STREET AND PLAZA DRIVE, PD-2005-019. Review of a request for an extension of time for a Planned Development Permit to allow the construction of 72 residential condominium units and a mixed use building containing 9,095 square feet of commercial office and seven residential apartment units in a PD/CPO (Planned Development/Commercial Professional Office) and a PD/R-3 (Planned Development/High Density Residential) zoning district, Assessor's Parcel No. 128-066-003. (Project Planner: Brian Halvorson)

STAFF RECOMMENDATION: By motion, approve the extension of time for one year to December 7, 2012.

 

 


PUBLIC HEARINGS:

2.                  CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT FOR THE COACHMAN COCKTAIL LOUNGE FOR A NIGHTCLUB AT 221 NORTH BROADWAY, DSPDRCUP -2012-0001, (AKA) U-2011-038, E-2011-045.  Review of a Conditional Use Permit to allow the establishment of a nightclub with live music, a DJ, and dancing in an existing cocktail lounge located in the Downtown Specific Plan Gateway zoning district, Assessor’s Parcel No. 119-275-006. This project qualifies for a Class 1 categorical exemption. No further environmental review is required. The environmental impacts of this project have been adequately addressed in a Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR), E-2004-001, (SCH#2007041105) for the City of Santa Maria Downtown Specific Plan certified on October 21, 2008. (Planner: Neda Zayer)

a.            Staff report to be made.

b.            Questions from Commission.

c.            Applicant.

d.            Written communications.

e.            Those in favor to be heard.

f.              Those in opposition to be heard.

g.            Rebuttals from the applicant to be heard.

h.            After all persons have been heard and all communications filed, hearing to be closed.

STAFF RECOMMENDATION:  By motion, approve subject to the conditions as outlined in the preliminary draft of the Downtown Specific Plan Development Review Conditional Use Permit.

 

3.                  APPEAL OF A ZONING ADMINISTRATOR DETERMINATION THAT THE ESTABLISHMENT OF AN OFFICE USE FOR RAMCO ENTERPRISES IS A GENERAL OFFICE USE AND IS NOT A PERMITTED USE, 2318 SKYWAY DRIVE, SP-2011-034. An appeal from Mr. Martin Orradre, representing Ramco Enterprises, of the Zoning Administrator’s determination that an office use for Ramco Enterprises is a general office use and is not a permitted use in a PD/M-1 (Planned Development/Light Manufacturing) zoning district, Assessor’s Parcel No. 111-440-017, pursuant to Municipal Code Sections 12-13.16 and 12.43. (Project Planner: Bill Scott)

a.            Staff report to be made.

b.            Questions from Commission.

c.            Applicant.

d.            Written communications.

e.            Those in favor to be heard.

f.              Those in opposition to be heard.

g.            Rebuttals from the applicant to be heard.

h.            After all persons have been heard and all communications filed, hearing to be closed.

STAFF RECOMMENDATION: That the Planning Commission take one of the following options:

 


Option 1

That the Planning Commission adopt a resolution denying the appeal and affirming the Community Development Director’s determination that a human resources and labor contracting office use is not a non-public-oriented use, and therefore, not a permitted use in the M-1 zoning district, based on the following:

1.                  Human resources and labor contracting activities constitute a public oriented “commercial” business activity;

2.                  The PD/M-1 (Planned Development/Light Manufacturing) zoning district does not allow a commercial business office use; and

3.         The addition of a non-industrial, public oriented commercial use would potentially and incrementally serve to dilute and degrade the intent, purpose and integrity of the City’s industrial lands which are designated exclusively to accommodate uses associated with industrial and manufacturing activities.

OR

Option 2

That the Planning Commission adopt a resolution upholding the appeal of the Community Development Director’s determination, making findings that a human resources and labor contracting office use, as described in the letter from the applicant's attorney dated January 10, 2012, is a non-public-oriented use, and therefore, a permitted use in the M-1 zoning district.

 

4.                  CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT FOR SA RECYCLING, LLC FOR A RECYCLING FACILITY INCLUDING OUTDOOR STORAGE, 700 WEST FESLER STREET, U-2011-011, E-2011-009.  Review of a Conditional Use Permit to establish a recycling facility including screened outdoor storage in a CM (Commercial Manufacturing) zoning district, Assessor’s Parcel Nos. 119-221-002, -003, and -004. This project qualifies for a Class 1 and Class 2 categorical exemption. No further environmental review is required. (Project Planner: Frank Albro)

a.            Staff report to be made.

b.            Questions from Commission.

c.            Applicant.

d.            Written communications.

e.            Those in favor to be heard.

f.              Those in opposition to be heard.

g.            Rebuttals from the applicant to be heard.

h.            After all persons have been heard and all communications filed, hearing to be closed.

STAFF RECOMMENDATION: By motion, approve subject to the conditions as outlined in the preliminary draft of the Conditional Use Permit.

 


5.                  AMENDMENTS TO TITLE 9 AND TITLE 12 TO THE SANTA MARIA MUNICIPAL CODE, RELATING TO EFFICIENCY DWELLING UNITS WITHIN THE C-1 AND C-2 ZONING DISTRICTS, Z-2011-002, E-2011-028, (CITYWIDE). Review of recommendations to City Council regarding a draft negative declaration, E-2011-028; an amendment, as allowed by Health and Safety Code Section 17958.1, to Title 9 of the City’s Municipal Code; amendments to Chapters 12-2, 12-12, and 12-13 of Title 12 of the Santa Maria Municipal Code; and establishing Chapter 12-52, Efficiency Unit Projects, in the Santa Maria Municipal Code. (Project Planner: Bill Shipsey)

a.            Staff report to be made.

b.            Questions from Commission.

c.            Applicant.

d.            Written communications.

e.            Those in favor to be heard.

f.              Those in opposition to be heard.

g.            Rebuttals from the applicant to be heard.

h.            After all persons have been heard and all communications filed, hearing to be closed.

STAFF RECOMMENDATION:  By resolution, recommend that the City Council take the following actions:

1.         Authorize the filing of a Negative Declaration, E-2011-028, for the Efficiency Unit Ordinance Project, Z-2011-002; and

2.         Adopt the Efficiency Unit Ordinance.

 

 

OTHER BUSINESS:

6.                  ELECTION OF OFFICERS: CHAIR, VICE CHAIR, SUBDIVISION COMMITTEE MEMBER, ALTERNATE SUBDIVISION COMMITTEE MEMBER, SECRETARY AND ASSISTANT SECRETARY.

            CHAIR

            VICE-CHAIR

            SUBDIVISION COMMITTEE MEMBER

            ALT SUBDIVISION COMMITTEE MEMBER

            SECRETARY

            ASSISTANT SECRETARY

7.                  REPORT ON CITY COUNCIL ACTIONS.

8.                  ORAL REPORTS OF PLANNING COMMISSIONERS AND STAFF.

ADJOURNMENT: 

Next study session: February 2, 2012*

Next regular Public Hearing: February 15, 2012*

*THE JANUARY 19, 2012, STUDY SESSION AND THE FEBRUARY 1, 2012, PLANNING COMMISSION HEARING HAVE BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO LACK OF AGENDIZED ITEMS.

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