COUNCIL CONFERENCE ROOM FULLERTON CITY HALL
THURSDAY, 9:00 A.M., April 17, 2003
|CALL TO ORDER:||Chairman Rosen called the meeting to order at 9:10 a.m.|
|COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT:||Linnell, Rosen, Tabatabaee, and Thompson.|
|COMMITTEE MEMBERS ABSENT:||Maynard and Wallin|
|STAFF MEMBERS PRESENT:||Mullis, Eastman, and Norton|
April 3, 2003 were approved as written.
Present were Gloria Leung, Fullerton Market Place, Gustavo Gomez, Nexcycle; Norma Reese and Maria Rivera, neighbors.
Staff Project Planner Linnell presented the request. He stated that the applicant has submitted a revised site plan and graphics for review showing four different possible locations acceptable to both Nexcycle and Albertsons, Inc. The facility is smaller, more attractive and freestanding, taking up only one to two parking spaces. It would be manned. The question for the Committee is, which of the four options would be the best placement for the facility and acceptable to everyone. He said that Option A or B is more preferable than the others to staff.
Chairman Rosen asked why Options A (nearest Orangethorpe Avenue) or B (in the middle of the parking lot) are preferred over D and C.
Staff Project Planner Linnell replied that Option D (nearest the service station) would be located along a major driveway and could cause congestion from traffic coming in and out of the center. Option C may be objectionable to the owner of Lucky Johns and because of a landscaped area that would be subject to damage as a result of activities at the facility. Option C is also the least preferred by the Police Department because of security issues.
Mr. Gomez said that Nexcycle prefers either Option A or B. Nexcycle's concern with Option D is that it might impact the service station operation, and there are security problems with Option C.
Chairman Rosen asked the applicant to speak about the storage design. Mr. Gomez explained that there would be a battery-operated compactor inside the facility, and it would be designed as shown in the submitted photos.
The meeting was opened for public comment.
Gloria Leung who represents three of the businesses in the Fullerton Market Place Center, including Albertson's, said she is opposed to Options A and B. She said that in Option A, the facility would block the vision for cars turning in the center, and she is concerned with liability should an accident occur. Her concern with Option B is prior problems with damage to planters and the sprinkler system. She prefers Option D because there is plenty of space and visibility is good. Chairman Rosen explained that in Option A the facility could be set back 15 feet from the corner to allow for better visibility. Senior Planner Mullis asked Ms. Leung if Option B was chosen and the access to the facility oriented away from the landscape area, would that mitigate the concern about the landscaping. Ms. Leung stated she would still be opposed to placing the facility near the landscaped area and in the middle of the parking lot.
Norma Reese and Maria Rivera, neighbors, said they would not be opposed to the facility as long as it is further from the residential neighborhood.
The meeting was closed for public comment.
Committee Member Tabatabaee said that if Option D is considered, the service station owner should be notified. The proposed facility must be at least 5 feet away from the property line, and a permit would be required for the storage facility with detailed plans submitted. He suggested that some type of a curb would solve the issue with Option B.
Senior Planner Mullis stated she would support Options A or B if all of the issues could be resolved. She is not in favor of placing the facility near the service station because it would be difficult to keep activity off the main driving aisle and because the activity could spill over into the adjacent site.
Committee Members Thompson and Tabatabaee supported either Options A or B with Tabatabaee preferring Option B.
Chairman Rosen stated that the property owner and applicant are not in agreement on an acceptable location for the facility, and a consensus cannot be reached by the Committee Members. He recommended that the item be continued to allow the applicant (Nexcycle) time to confer with the property owner (Albertson's) about an acceptable location for the facility, and that no locations should be proposed that cannot be supported by the property owner.
MOTION made, seconded and CARRIED by all members present, to CONTINUE PRJ03-00094 - Site Plan SP-653A.
ADJOURNED AS STAFF SITE PLAN REVIEW COMMITTEE AT 9:30 a.m.
RECONVENED AS STAFF REVIEW COMMITTEE
The Committee had no issues.
Staff Associate Planner Eastman advised that minor changes are needed to accommodate parking space widths and side yard setbacks.
Staff supports the minor reductions in setbacks on parking space widths. Staff supports the overall project, subject to several recommended conditions. The Staff Review Committee said that the applicant should be able to use through-type "tandem" parking if they wish; and the addition of a vestibule to accommodate the entry door swing. Committee Member Thompson stated that addresses for both units should be visible from the alley and the street.