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September 22, 2004

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order by Chairman Stopper at 7:00 p.m.

ROLL CALL

COMMISSIONERS PRESENT: Chairman Stopper, Commissioners, Bailey, Griffin, Price, and Savage

COMMISSIONERS ABSENT: Francis, Hart

STAFF PRESENT:

Chief Planner Rosen, Senior Planner Mullis, Engineering Director Hoppe, Assistant Planner Sowers and Recording Secretary Stevens

FLAG SALUTE:

Commissioner Griffin

MINUTES:

Commissioner Bailey asked that after the word condition the closure of the patio service window be added to the bottom of page 135.

Commissioner Griffin asked that on the same page the last sentence of the ninth paragraph be changed to read Bar exit pathways.

MOTION by Commissioner Savage, seconded by Commissioner Griffin and CARRIED unanimously that the Minutes of September 8, 2004, be APPROVED AS AMENDED.

7:00 P.M. SESSION

PUBLIC HEARING

ITEM NO. 1
PRJ04-00740 ZON04-00075. APPLICANT: PACIFIC CREDIT UNION; PROPERTY OWNER: WRA PROPERTY MANAGEMENT

Staff report dated September 1, 2004, was presented pertaining to a request for a Conditional Use Permit to allow a semi-annual auto show sale within the parking lot of the Plaza Imperial Office Park, on property located at 401 East Imperial Highway (north side of Imperial Highway, between Bonita Place and Palm Street) (C-M zone) (Categorically exempt under Section 15304 of CEQA Guidelines).

Assistant Planner Heather Sowers reported that this CUP for the Pacific Community Credit Union to hold a semi-annual, two-day auto show sale was before the Commission at its request. The item had previously been heard as a special event three times prior to this request. A Conditional Use Permit would eliminate the need to process future special event permits. There are two different proposed parking layouts, which are identical to those used for the previous special events.

It was staffs recommendation that the CUP be approved, with conditions outlined in the staff report.

Commissioner Price asked what would cause the applicant to return to modify the CUP. Assistant Planner Sowers answered that it could be a change in the layout, number of cars displayed, number of employees working the event, a change in the tenant mix, or a verified number of complaints received from the public.

Chairman Stopper asked if staff had received any complaints. Assistant Planner Sowers said that there were no complaints from the sale held the previous weekend.

Public hearing opened.

Art Wanke, 400 Ximeno Drive, lives one block south of the site and parallels Imperial Highway. He supported the request and had purchased two vehicles during one of the prior special events. He reported that it is a quiet, orderly, and well organized event.

Public hearing closed.

There was a consensus of the Commission for approval. The title of Resolution No. PC-04-37 APPROVING a Conditional Use Permit to allow a semi-annual auto show within the parking lot of the Plaza Imperial Office Park on property located at 401 East Imperial Highway, was read and further reading was waived. MOTION by Commissioner Bailey, seconded by Commissioner Price, and CARRIED unanimously by voting members present, that said Resolution be ADOPTED AS WRITTEN.

ITEM NO. 2
PRE04-00052 PRE04-00052. APPLICANT: JAMES BARNUM; PROPERTY OWNER: FULLERTON REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY

Staff memo dated September 15, 2004, was presented pertaining to a special event request to hold a haunted house open to the general public on October 15-17, 21-24, and 28-31, with set up beginning on October 1 and tear down ending on November 6, 2004, on property located at 120 East Santa Fe Avenue (200 feet south of the intersection of North Pomona and East Santa Fe Avenues, within the train depot area) (C-3 zone) (Categorically exempt under Section 15304 of CEQA Guidelines).

Chief Planner Rosen reported that this item had been withdrawn from the Planning Commission agenda and placed on the City Council agenda, to be heard concurrently with a Facilities Use Agreement for the site. City Council approved this item at its meeting on September 21, 2004.

OTHER MATTERS

  1. COMMISSION/STAFF COMMUNICATION

    Chief Planner Rosen reported that the Interim Director of Engineering, Don Hoppe, was appointed to the position permanently. Also, the Acting Director of Administrative Services, Glenn Steinbrink was also permanently appointed to the position.

    The Commission discussed the Railvolution conference and the Planning Officials Forum which had been recently held. Chairman Stopper commended Chief Planner Rosen on his presentation.

    There were discussions on an upcoming tour of a new green house that is being built and also about the commission/committee reorganization process.

  2. REVIEW OF COUNCIL ACTIONS

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

  3. PUBLIC COMMENTS

    There was no one from the public who wished to speak on any matter within the Commissions jurisdiction.

  4. AGENDA FORECAST

    The next regularly-scheduled Planning Commission meeting will be October 13, 2004 at 7:00 p.m. Staff reviewed the proposed items listed in the agenda forecast. Chairman Stopper requested that for the Downtown Activity item on the next agenda, the City Attorney, Police and Fire Departments be present.

    Commissioner Bailey asked if the Revolucion patio had been removed. Chief Planner Rosen indicated that the deadline for removal had passed, and staff was in consultation with the City Attorneys office for further action.

ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 7:27 p.m.

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