agenda

SANTA MARIA CITY PLANNING COMMISSION

REGULAR MEETING december 4, 2013

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS, 6:30 P.M.

 

Chair Etta Waterfield

Community Development Director, Larry Appel

Commissioner Adrian Andrade

Planning Division Manager, Peggy Woods

Commissioner Rodger Brown

Senior Assistant City Attorney, Wendy Stockton

Commissioner Robert Dickerson

Principal Civil Engineer, David Beas

Commissioner Fred Quigley

Special Districts Supervisor, Pamela Newman

 

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.

To receive reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act during the meeting, please notify the Community Development Department what you need during business hours at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting. The Community Development Department office is at 110 South Pine Street, Santa Maria; (805) 925-0951, ext. 244. The City will give primary consideration to your request in providing assistance. Examples of assistance may include exhibits in large-sized format, use of assisted listening equipment, use of the California Relay Service, texting by cellular phone, or the services of a live interpreter. Assisted listening 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, ext. 307 by 1:00 p.m. on Monday 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, ext. 307 a la 1:00 de la tarde el lunes 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: 2633

Next Regular Planning Commission Meeting: December 18, 2013*

CALL TO ORDER:    Chair Etta Waterfield

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG.

ROLL CALL:                        Commissioners Adrian Andrade, Rodger Brown, Robert Dickerson, Fred Quigley and Chair Etta Waterfield

APPROVAL OF PLANNING COMMISSION MINUTES OF NOVEMBER 6, 2013.

 

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 THE SANTA MARIA FREEWAY CENTER, 1000 EAST BETTERAVIA ROAD, PD-2002-020, E-2002-041. Review of a request for an extension of time for a Planned Development Permit to allow construction of one gas station (with mini-mart and drive-thru car wash), two drive-thru restaurants, one conceptual sit-down restaurant and a multi-tenant building in a PD/FS (Planned Development/Freeway Service) zoning district, Assessor’s Parcel Nos. 128-136-008 and 128-136-009. (Project Planner: Brian Halvorson)

STAFF RECOMMENDATION: By motion, approve the request for continuance to the Planning Commission meeting on December 5, 2014.

b.                 EXTENSION OF TIME FOR A PLANNED DEVELOPMENT PERMIT FOR THE SANTA MARIA FREEWAY CENTER INTERCHANGE DIRECTORY SIGN, 1000 EAST BETTERAVIA ROAD, PD-2008-010, E-2008-052. Review of a request for an extension of time for a Planned Development Permit to allow construction of a 70-foot high, 193 square-foot interchange directory sign in a PD/FS (Planned Development/Freeway Service) zoning district, Assessor’s Parcel No. 128-136-009. (Project Planner: Brian Halvorson)

STAFF RECOMMENDATION: By motion, approve the request for continuance to the Planning Commission meeting on December 4, 2013.

 

c.                  EXTENSION OF TIME FOR A PLANNED DEVELOPMENT PERMIT FOR RITE AID, NORTHEAST CORNER OF NORTH BROADWAY AND EAST ALVIN AVENUE, PD-2006-026, E-2006-097. Review of a request for an extension of time for a Planned Development Permit to allow the construction of a 17,272-square-foot retail building with a drive-thru pharmacy in a PD/C-2 (Planned Development/General Commercial) zoning district, Assessor’s Parcel Nos. 121-071-011 and 121-071-015. (Project Planner: Brian Halvorson)

STAFF RECOMMENDATION: By motion, approve the request for continuance to the Planning Commission meeting on February 1, 2015.

 

 

PUBLIC HEARINGS:

2.                  TENTATIVE PARCEL MAP FOR HANCOCK TERRACES, 530 EAST BOONE STREET, TRACT 5989, E-2013-0026. Review of a tentative parcel map that would create two parcels, approximately 9.50 and 1.68 acres in size, from five parcels on a total site of 11.18 acres, in the SP/RR (Downtown Specific Plan/Railroad Loft) and PF (Public Facilities) zoning districts, Assessor’s Parcel Nos. 125-150-004, 125-200-039, -040 and -041. This project is a Class 15 Categorical Exemption. No further environmental review is required. (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.

i.                     Deliberation by Commission.

STAFF RECOMMENDATION: By resolution, approve the tentative map, Tract 5989, for Hancock Terrace Apartments, subject to the following:

1.                  The design as shown on the Official Tentative Map.

2.                  The conditions set forth in the September 24, 2013 Subdivision Committee Minutes, as revised dated November 24, 2013.

3.                  APPEAL OF A ZONING ADMINISTRATOR DETERMINATION THAT THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A CLASSIC AUTOMOBILE FABRICATION, ASSEMBLY AND RESTORATION SHOP IS NOT AN ALLOWED USE ON PROPERTY APPROVED WITH SPECIAL LAND USES APPROVED BY THE SANTA MARIA CITY COUNCIL FOR PROPERTY ALONG NORTH PREISKER LANE, SP-2013-0045. An appeal from Pacifica Commercial Realty on behalf of the owner (Julius Carstens) regarding a Zoning Administrator’s determination that a classic automobile fabrication, assembly and restoration shop is not an allowed use in accordance with special land uses approved by the City Council in a PD/CM (Planned Development/Commercial Manufacturing) zoning district, Assessor’s Parcel No. 128-003-044, pursuant to Ordinance No. 2001-17 approved by the Santa Maria City Council on August 21, 2001. (Project Planner: Brian Halvorson)

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.

i.                     Deliberation by Commission.

STAFF RECOMMENDATION: By resolution, that the Planning Commission take one of the following options:

 

Option 1

That the Planning Commission grant the appeal of the Community Development Director’s determination, making findings that a classic automobile fabrication, assembly and specialty restoration shop, as described in the “prospective businesses in the CM (Commercial Manufacturing) zoning district” form and project description received from Chris Jensen (Central Coast Hot Rods President) dated October 22, 2013, is a specialty automobile restoration shop that:

1.                  Caters to customers who “seek” out this service rather than by “causal” shopping;

2.                  Is compatible with and similar to other uses already allowed in the Gateway Plaza such as motorcycle sales/service, marine sales/service and sheet metal fabrication;

3.                  A use which utilizes similar tools, parts and techniques that are also used for motorcycle/marine service and sheet metal fabrication;

4.                  Operates as a specialty automobile restoration business, not an automobile repair shop;

5.                  Excludes use of the outdoor space and is wholly contained within a building, and exclude automobile painting and automobile body work.

 

Therefore, this use is compatible with the uses as specified in Ordinance 2001-17 provided that the proposed use conforms to all the performance and development standards and other restrictions as contained in the Planned Development District.

 

OR

 

Option 2

That the Planning Commission adopt a resolution denying the appeal and affirming the Community Development Director’s determination that a classic automobile fabrication, assembly and specialty restoration shop is not an allowed use at the Gateway Plaza in accordance with special uses adopted in Ordinance No. 2001-17, and therefore, not a permitted use, based on the following:

1.                  That the proposed classic automobile fabrication, assembly and specialty restoration shop is not an allowed use in the PD/CM (Planned Development/Commercial Manufacturing) zoning district based on special land uses approved for this property by the City Council in Ordinance No. 2001-17;

2.                  That the proposed classic automobile fabrication, assembly and specialty restoration shop functions as an automobile repair shop which is not similar to any of the allowable uses as approved by the City Council in Ordinance No. 2001-17 for this property; and

3.         That the proposed classic automobile fabrication, assembly and specialty restoration shop is not a preferred or intended use for the northern gateway entrance to the City of Santa Maria. No automobile uses are identified within the permitted uses.

                                   

REGULAR BUSINESS:

 

4.                  INTERPRETATION FOR MICHAEL TOWBES/THE TOWBES GROUP, INC. FOR SIENA APARTMENTS, 1245 WEST SONYA LANE, SP-2013-0048 (ASSOCIATED PROJECT NUMBERS TRACT 5970, PD-2010-003). Review of a request to interpret conditions of Tract 5970 and PD-2010-003 to allow sewers installed to condominium standards to remain for apartment use in a PD/R-3 (Planned Development/High Density Residential, maximum of 211 dwelling units) zoning district. The project is a class 32 categorical exemption. No further environmental review is required.  (Project Attorney: Wendy Stockton and Utilities Director: Rick Sweet)

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.

i.                     Deliberation by Commission.

STAFF RECOMMENDATION: That the Planning Commission adopt a resolution:

1.                  interpreting the sewer system installed for Siena Condominiums as consistent with the requirements of Tract 5970 and PD-2010-003, subject to the terms of an agreement with Siena at Westgate, LLC in a form acceptable to the City Attorney; and

2.                  authorizing and directing the Director of Utilities to enter into that agreement on the City’s behalf.

                                   

OTHER BUSINESS:

 

5.                  REPORT ON CITY COUNCIL ACTIONS.

6.                  ORAL REPORTS OF PLANNING COMMISSIONERS AND STAFF.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

ADJOURNMENT: 

Next study session: December 5, 2013*

Next regular Public Hearing: December 18, 2013*

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