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January 14, 2004

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order by Chairman Price at 4:00 p.m.

ROLL CALL

Chairman Price, Commissioners Francis, Griffin, Hart, Savage, Stopper

ABSENT: None

STAFF PRESENT: Chief Planner Rosen, Senior Planner Mullis, Associated Planner Eastman, Senior Civil Engineer Wallin, and Recording Secretary Baker.

FLAG SALUTE:

Commissioner Stopper

PRESENTATION

Chairman Price presented Commissioner Crane with a Resolution signed by the Mayor and City Clerk, recognizing his service as a Commissioner and Chairman for the Planning Commission.

MINUTES:

Commissioner Savage asked that "driveway to the street" be added to the first sentence in the third paragraph on page 149. He also asked that the word "enough" be replaced with "a large amount of fill" in the third paragraph on page 152.

MOTION by Commissioner Griffin, SECONDED by Commissioner Stopper, and CARRIED by a 5-0 vote with Commissioner Hart ABSTAINING that the Minutes of December 10, 2003 be approved as amended.

INTRODUCTION OF NEW PLANNING COMMISSIONER

Commissioner Pat Hart was introduced to the Commission by Chairman Price.

ELECTION OF CHAIRMAN AND VICE-CHAIRMAN

Commissioner Savage nominated Commissioner Stopper for the position of Chairman. The nomination was seconded by Commissioner Griffin and CARRIED unanimously.

Commissioner Price nominated Commissioner Griffin for the position of Vice Chairman. The nomination was seconded by Commissioner Savage and CARRIED unanimously.

4:00 P.M. SESSION

PUBLIC HEARING

ITEM NO. 1
PRJ03-00761 - ZON03-00066 - ZON03-00067. APPLICANT: FULLERTON STATION, INC.; PROPERTY OWNER: CHEVRON USA INC.

Memorandum from Joel Rosen requested additional time to review recently submitted revised plans. Staff requested a continuation until the January 28, 2004 meeting.

MOTION by Commissioner Savage, seconded by Commissioner Price and CARRIED unanimously that Item #1 be continued until January 28, 2004

ADJOURN AS PLANNING COMMISSION
CONVENE AS LANDMARKS COMMISSION

ITEM NO. 2
PRJ03-00815 - ZON03-00072. APPLICANT AND PROPERTY OWNER: FULLERTON UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT.

Staff report dated January 7, 2004, was presented pertaining to a request to designate four structures on the Fullerton Union High School campus as City of Fullerton Historic Landmarks (Local Landmarks) including Science Buildings 1 and 2, Plummer Auditorium, and the "Historic Walkway" on property located at 201 East Chapman Avenue (north side of Chapman Avenue between Pomona and Lemon Avenues) (P-L zone) (Categorically exempt under Section 15301 of CEQA Guidelines).

Associate Planner Eastman gave a Powerpoint presentation, which included several pictures of the buildings proposed for historic designation and several aerial photos. He described the historical value of these buildings, the dates they were constructed and many details of the buildings and the walkway. He informed the Commissioners that the Plummer Auditorium has already been listed on the National Registry.

Mr. Eastman stated that the property owners were notified within 300 ft. of project site. Fullerton Heritage was also notified and representatives were in attendance. No comment letters were submitted from the public. He went over in detail aerial photos, dating back as far as 1927 with the original master plan dating back to 1919. He explained that these are the only remaining buildings from the original master plan.

The public hearing was opened.

Colleen Patterson, Assistant Superintendent of Business Services, Fullerton Joint Union High School District said that they were pleased to see the City moving ahead and giving consideration to list these buildings and the walkway as Historical Landmarks. She said that she appreciates staff's support and recommendation. The modernization of the campus has begun, and plans are in place. They intend to preserve the historic buildings and features. However, the tunnels are being removed in most areas.

Commissioner Francis asked why the District wanted to fill in the tunnels under the walkways. Assistant Superintendent Patterson stated that in October, 2001 there was a joy riding incident wherein a vehicle broke through a section of the tunnel. There were no reported injuries; however, the District felt it was a public safety hazard.

Commissioner Hart asked if any other buildings would be considered in the future. Assistant Superintendent Patterson said that the buildings being considered were the oldest buildings, and they weren't considering any other buildings. They are working on the interior of the historic buildings to upgrade for ADA students' needs, adding elevators and HVAC systems.

Tom Dalton, President of Fullerton Heritage, thanked staff for their efforts.

Warren Bowen, Fullerton Heritage Board Member, stated that he and his three children were graduates of Fullerton High School. He discussed the memorabilia that is buried under each plaque from every graduating class. He also thanked staff for their efforts on this project.

Public hearing closed.

Commissioner Savage stated that he was more than supportive of this project. He told the Commission that he toured the tunnels under the walkways, was amazed with the bomb shelter and was hopeful that a portion of the tunnels remain.

Commissioner Francis said that he was planning a trip to the tunnels and was in agreement with Commissioner Savage.

Commissioner Griffin said that he was pleased to see this project and he thanked FUHSD and Fullerton Heritage. He recognized the value of this project.

Commissioner Hart said that it was a fabulous idea and a focal point of Fullerton. She fully supported it.

Chief Planner Rosen noted that the presentation showed a 210 E. Chapman Avenue address; the correct address is 201 E. Chapman.

There was a consensus of the Commission for approval. The title of Resolution No. HL-78-81 GRANTING local landmark designations to four significant structures on property located at 201 East Chapman Avenue, was read and further reading was waived. MOTION by Commissioner Savage, seconded by Commissioner Stopper, and CARRIED unanimously, that said Resolution be ADOPTED AS WRITTEN.

ADJOURN AS LANDMARKS COMMISSION
RECONVENE AS PLANNING COMMISSION

ITEM NO. 3
PRJ02-00260 - SUB02-00010. APPLICANT AND PROPERTY OWNER: COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT OF NORTH ORANGE COUNTY

Staff report dated January 7, 2004 was presented pertaining to a request to abandon 208 feet of Nutwood Place and 212 feet of Grove Place, east of Lemon Street. (P-L zone) (Categorically exempt under Section 15332 of CEQA Guidelines).

Senior Engineer Wallin explained that originally Fullerton High School and Fullerton College were one campus. When the property was split, the records were lost and for that reason this item was continued until it was determined who owned each parcel. Now, years later, after planning a parking structure over what was thought to be driveways, it was discovered that the driveways were actually streets. Since the streets only serve the College, and there was no other public need, staff was supporting the abandonment.

Chairman Stopper asked about the process of abandoning streets. Senior Engineer Wallin explained that Council would adopt a Resolution of Intention and then will hold the public hearing. This process takes approximately two months, and should be finalized in March. He added that utilities companies might want easements reserved. The surface street would be extinguished but the utility easements, if requested, would remain. The staff report indicated that the streets shall be reserved for sewer and water. However, it appears that these reservations are no longer necessary, and would be dropped from the final resolution. The City has yet to hear from the gas, telephone and Edison companies regarding requesting easements to be reserved for them, however, it would all be worked out by the final Council hearing.

There were no public comments, and the public hearing was closed.

There was a consensus of the Commission for approval. The title of Resolution No. PC-04-01, RECOMMENDING to the City Council the abandonment of 208 feet of Nutwood Place (East of Lemon Street) and 212 feet of Grove Place (East of Lemon Street) was read and further reading was waived.

MOTION by Commissioner Griffin, seconded by Commissioner Francis and CARRIED unanimously that said Resolution be ADOPTED AS WRITTEN.

OTHER MATTERS

  1. COMMISSION/STAFF COMMUNICATION

    Chief Planner Rosen informed the Commissioners of the upcoming League of California Cities training seminar. In the past, funding had been available, however, because of budget issues was not available this year. He told the Commissioners that if they want to attend they would have to incur the costs. All overnight travel is also put on hold for City staff. Commissioner Savage said that he was interested and would probably be attending.

    Chief Planner Rosen pointed out the documents, distributed to the Commissioners from Pacific Coast Homes. He told them that staff had not reviewed them and did not prepare them. It included correspondence to residents and responses that were received.

    The West Coyote Hills Specific Plan hearing had been postponed, and more review of information needs to be done. Staff will report back as things progress. Chairman Stopper asked if the EIR might substantially change. Chief Planner Rosen said that the comments received will require specific responses, which might change or amend portions of the EIR. Errata sheets will be provided for the changed pages, or the document could be reproduced if it becomes necessary.

    Commissioner Savage asked about term lengths and whether a partial term was considered the same as a full four-year term. He asked staff if they could get a legal opinion on it. Chief Planner Rosen said that he would look into it. Commissioner Griffin asked which term Commissioner Hart was replacing. Chief Planner Rosen told him that she was replacing Commissioner Crane.

    Chief Planner Rosen stated that all the Commissioners were provided with General Plan Updates.

  2. REVIEW OF COUNCIL ACTIONS

    Chief Planner Rosen gave a brief update of recent City Council meetings.

  3. PUBLIC COMMENTS

    There were no public comments.

  4. AGENDA FORECAST

    The next meeting of the Fullerton Planning Commission will be January 28, 2004, at 4:00 p.m.

    Chairman Stopper wanted to thank the leadership Chairman Rick Price over the last year.

  5. ADJOURNMENT

    There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 5:05 p.m.

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