agenda

SANTA MARIA CITY PLANNING COMMISSION

REGULAR MEETING MARCH 20, 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 Robert Dickerson

Senior Assistant City Attorney, Wendy Stockton

Commissioner Fred Quigley

Principal Civil Engineer, Shad Springer

 

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.

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: 2615

Next Regular Planning Commission Meeting: April 17, 2013*

CALL TO ORDER:    Chair Etta Waterfield

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG.

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

APPROVAL OF PLANNING COMMISSION MINUTES OF MARCH 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 MONTIAVO CONDOMINIUM CONVERSION, 2460 SOUTH RUBEL WAY, PD-2006-014, E-2006-055. Review of a request for an extension of time for a previously approved Planned Development Permit to allow the conversion of 208 multi-family rental units to airspace condominiums on 18.75 acres located in a PD/R-2 (Planned Development/Medium Density Residential) zoning district, Assessor’s Parcel No. 128-128-010. (Project Planner: Brian Halvorson)

STAFF RECOMMENDATION: By motion, approve the extension of time for one year to March 19, 2014.

b.                 EXTENSION OF TIME FOR A PLANNED DEVELOPMENT PERMIT FOR HERITAGE AT WESTGATE RANCH, NORTH OF BATTLES ROAD, SOUTH OF LA BREA AVENUE, EAST OF “A” STREET AND WEST OF BLOSSER ROAD, PD-2010-004, E-2010-021. Review of a request for an extension of time for a Planned Development Permit to allow the construction of 296 single family residential homes, a community park, play equipment and walking/bicycle trails, located in a PD/RSL-1 (Planned Development/Single Family Small Lot) zoning district, Assessor’s Parcel No. 117-240-029. (Project Planner: Brian Halvorson)

STAFF RECOMMENDATION: By motion, approve the extension of time for one year to April 20, 2014.

 

 

PUBLIC HEARINGS:

2.                  APPEAL OF A ZONING ADMINISTRATOR DETERMINATION THAT THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A COMMERCIAL TRUCK & FARM SALES/SERVICE TIRE CENTER 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-2013-0008. An appeal from Craig Stephens (property owner) regarding a Zoning Administrator’s determination that a commercial truck & farm sales/service tire center 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 Number 128-003-010, pursuant to Ordinance No. 91-5 approved by the Santa Maria City Council on April 2, 1991.  (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: 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 commercial truck & farm sales/service tire center is not a allowed use in accordance with special uses adopted in Ordinance No. 91-5, and therefore, not a permitted use, based on the following:

1.            That the proposed commercial truck & farm sales/service tire center is not an allowed use in the CM (Commercial Manufacturing) zoning district based on special land uses approved by the City Council Ordinance No. 91-5 for this property;

2.            That the proposed commercial truck & farm sales/service tire center use functions as a heavy truck facility which is not similar to any of the allowable uses as approved by the City Council in Ordinance No. 91-5 for this property; and

3.      That the proposed commercial truck & farm sales/service tire center is not a preferred or intended use for the northern gateway entrance to the City of Santa Maria.

 

OR

 

Option 2

That the Planning Commission adopt a resolution granting the appeal of the Community Development Director’s determination, making findings that a commercial truck & farm sales/service tire center, as described in the project description letter from Craig Stephens dated January 25, 2013, is a sales/service truck tire center that caters to customers who “seek” out this service rather than by “causal” shopping, and therefore, an amendment to Ordinance No. 91-5 will be processed by the Community Development Department and this use will be made a part of a revised list of allowable uses in Ordinance No. 91-5 to be reviewed by the Planning Commission and City Council.

 

3.                  APPEAL OF A ZONING ADMINISTRATOR DETERMINATION THAT THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A VEGETABLE DISTRIBUTION COMPANY 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-2013-0009. An appeal from Craig Stephens (property owner) regarding a Zoning Administrator’s determination that a vegetable distribution facility 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 Number 128-003-008, pursuant to Ordinance No. 91-5 approved by the Santa Maria City Council on April 2, 1991. (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: 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 vegetable distribution company is not an allowed use in accordance with special uses adopted in Ordinance No. 91-5, and therefore, not a permitted use, based on the following:

1.            That the proposed vegetable distribution company is not an allowed use in the CM (Commercial Manufacturing) zoning district based on special land uses approved by the City Council Ordinance No. 91-5 for this property;

2.            That the proposed vegetable distribution use functions as a heavy truck facility which is not similar to any of the allowable uses as approved by the City Council in Ordinance No. 91-5 for this property; and

3.            That the proposed vegetable distribution company is not a preferred or intended use for the northern gateway entrance to the City of Santa Maria.

 

OR

 

Option 2

That the Planning Commission adopt a resolution granting the appeal of the Community Development Director’s determination, making findings that a vegetable distribution company, as described in the project description letter from Palacios Architects attached as Exhibit G, is a distribution and service operation that caters to customers who “seek” out this service rather than by “causal” shopping, and therefore, an amendment to Ordinance No. 91-5 will be processed by the Community Development Department and this use will be made a part of a revised list of allowable uses in Ordinance No. 91-5 to be reviewed by the Planning Commission and City Council.

4.                  MUNICIPAL CODE TEXT AMENDMENTS FOR EMERGENCY SHELTERS, TRANSITIONAL HOUSING, AND SUPPORTIVE HOUSING, Z-2011-001, E-2011-012 (CITYWIDE). Review of recommendations to City Council regarding a negative declaration and amendments to Title 12 of the City’s Municipal Code, establishing Chapter 12-53, Emergency Shelters, amending Chapter 12-10 CPO (Commercial Office and Professional Office District), amending Chapter 12-12 C-1 (Central Business District), amending Chapter 12-13 C-2 (General Commercial District), amending Chapter 12-18 PF (Public Facilities and Institutional District), and amending Chapter 12-25 PD (Planned Development Overlay District), and amending Chapter 2 Definitions by establishing Section 12-2.140.1. Supportive Housing and Section 12-2.141.3. Transitional Housing. (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.

                                                                           i.                  Deliberation by Commission.

STAFF RECOMMENDATION: That the Planning Commission take the following actions:

1.      By resolution, recommend that the City Council authorize the filing of a Negative Declaration, E-2011-012, for the amendments to Title 12 of the City’s Municipal Code pertaining to Emergency Shelters, Transitional Housing, and Supportive Housing, Z-2011-001, as shown on Exhibit A of the Planning Commission resolution, incorporated herein by reference; and

2.      By resolution, recommend that the City Council adopt an ordinance amending Title 12 of the City’s Municipal Code, establishing Chapter 12-53, Emergency Shelters, amending Chapter 12-10 CPO (Commercial Office and Professional Office District), amending Chapter 12-12 C-1 (Central Business District), amending Chapter 12-13 C-2 (General Commercial District), amending Chapter 12-18 PF (Public Facilities and Institutional District), and amending Chapter 12-25 PD (Planned Development Overlay District), as shown on the Planning Commission resolution, incorporated herein by reference; and

3.      By resolution, recommend that the City Council adopt an ordinance amending Chapter 2 Definitions by establishing Section 12-2.140.1. Supportive Housing and Section 12-2.141.3. Transitional Housing, as shown on the Planning Commission resolution, incorporated herein by reference.

 

 

5.                  MODIFICATION OR REVOCATION OF PLANNED DEVELOPMENT PERMIT FOR A GAS STATION WITH A MINI-MART, CAR WASH, AND GAS PUMP CANOPY LOCATED AT 1144 WEST MAIN STREET, PD-2004-010, E-2004-007. Review of a modification to or revocation of Planned Development Permit PD-2004-010 based on failure to comply with conditions of approval relating to the construction of a gas station with a 2,500 square foot mini-mart, a 1,042 square foot car wash, and a 3,024 square foot canopy area in a PD/C-2, (Planned Development/General Commercial), zoning district, Assessor’s Parcel Numbers 123-011-003 and 123-011-026. The environmental impacts of this project were previously reviewed in a mitigated negative declaration (E-2004-007). No further environmental review is required. (Project Planners: Brian Halvorson, Shad Springer, Wendy Stockton)

STAFF RECOMMENDATION: That the Planning Commission continue this matter to the Planning Commission meeting of May 1, 2013.

 

OTHER BUSINESS:

 

6.         ELECTION OF PLANNING COMMISSION OFFICER.

 

VICE CHAIR

 

7.                  REPORT ON CITY COUNCIL ACTIONS.

8.                  ORAL REPORTS OF PLANNING COMMISSIONERS AND STAFF.

                                                                                                                                                                       

ADJOURNMENT: 

Next study session: April 4, 2013

Next regular Public Hearing: April 17, 2013*

*The regularly scheduled Planning Commission Hearing for April 3, 2013, has been cancelled due to lack of agendized items.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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