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Staff Review Committee Meeting Minutes March 6, 2003

COUNCIL CONFERENCE ROOM FULLERTON CITY HALL
THURSDAY, 9:00 A.M., MARCH 6, 2003

CALL TO ORDER: Mullis, Acting Chair called the meeting to order at 9:10 a.m.
COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT: Maynard, Mullis (for Rosen), Yang (for Tabatabaee), Thompson, Wallin
COMMITTEE MEMBERS ABSENT: Lynn, Rosen
STAFF MEMBERS PRESENT: Eastman, Kusch, Linnell

MINUTES:

February 20, 2003 approved as written.

INTRODUCTIONS - COMMITTEE AND STAFF MEMBERS:

ACTION ITEMS:

PRJ03-00094 - SITE PLAN SP-653A. APPLICANT: MATT MILHEISER; PROPERTY OWNER: ALBERTSONS, INC. A request to modify a minor site plan to allow the operation of the small collection recycling facility in a commercial center (Fullerton Marketplace) on property located at 914 West Orangethorpe Avenue (southeast corner of Orangethorpe Avenue and Euclid Street) (C-2 zone) (Categorically exempt under Section 15301 of CEQA Guidelines). (BLI)

Staff Senior Planner Mullis and acting chair introduced the request for Staff Project Planner Linnell who would be late.

The applicant was not present; however, six neighbors attended the meeting to discuss their concerns and issues with the recycling facility; its unsightly and noisy conditions and its location.

Kathy Myers who lives at 1313 S. Jefferson Avenue said she spoke with the applicant after she received the City's hearing notice. Originally the recycling facility was located on the sidewalk in front of the market (Smiths Food King). When Albertson's took over the building, the recycling facility was moved to the dock side of the building, and then to its present location. She said she had spoken with the manager at Albertsons and suggested that the facility be relocated somewhere in the parking area because the facility is so noisy. She said that Albertsons never applied for a permit for the recycling facility when they purchased the building from Smiths Food King, and that Albertson's is in constant violation of its truck delivery hours.

The neighbor's major complaints are as follows:

  1. Excessive noise from breaking glass when containers are emptied.
  2. The facility is being used as a dumping ground for all kinds of unwanted items from large furniture items to grocery carts with trash. The accumulation of trash and clutter attracts fleas and is unsightly.
  3. People empty their cans and bottles on the ground causing an unpleasant odor and an unsanitary condition.
  4. Because the facility is hidden from view, the homeless sleep and congregate in the alley.
  5. The kids in the neighborhood graffiti the walls with used oil that is dropped off in the alley at night for recycling by the Kragen's Auto Parts Store.
  6. Albertson's Market is in violation of their truck delivery hours.
  7. Trucks are causing property damage when they turn into the alley to make a delivery or pick up trash.

Committee Member Wallin advised the neighbors to report any damage to MG Disposal and to the trucking company. Committee Member Maynard suggested that there should be a "no trucks allowed" signed posted in the alley.

Committee Members Thompson and Maynard advised the neighbors to call 911 or the front desk of the Police Department if they see anyone illegally dumping used oil, or if there are transients lingering about the site.

Committee Member Wallin said the recycling facility should be kept clean and moved out to the front or to a more visible area. Committee Member Maynard agreed that the facility should be visible to discourage the homeless from setting up camp.

Since the applicant was not present, the Committee moved to continue the project to the March 20th meeting. Staff Project Planner Linnell advised the neighbors that he would have a representative from Albertson's Market at the next meeting to discuss neighborhood issues.

MOTION made, seconded and CARRIED, by all members present, to CONTINUE PRJ03-00094 - Site Plan SP-653A to March 20, 2003.

PRJ03-00079 - ZON03-00007. APPLICANT: CHRIS FIGHERA; PROPERTY OWNER: NORTH ORANGE COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT. A request for a six-month temporary parking lot for construction workers on property located at 409 East Amerige Avenue (north side of Amerige Avenue, approximately 130 feet east of the centerline of Lawrence Avenue) (R-3 zone) (Categorically exempt under Section 15304 of CEQA Guidelines). (AKU)

Applicant was not present.

Staff Assistant Planner Kusch presented the request. The applicant is proposing a temporary parking lot. The hours of operation are not yet known.

Committee's Comments:

  1. The driveway and driveway throat may require paving; the parking lot surface may be gravel treated with a soil-binding compound, and a fence is needed to provide screening.

MOTION made, seconded and CARRIED, by all members present, to CONTINUE PRJ03-00079 - ZON03-00008 to March 20, 2003

PRJ03-00082 - ZON03-00007. APPLICANT AND PROPERTY OWNER: RUBEN T. MELAMED. A request to construct a 9,795 square-foot multi-tenant retail building on property located at 1001 South Brookhurst Road (west side of Brookhurst Road approximately 480 feet north of the centerline of Orangethorpe Avenue) (C-1 zone) (Categorically exempt under Section 15303 of CEQA Guidelines). (JEA)

The contractor and agent for the applicant were both present.

Staff Associate Planner Eastman presented the request. He circulated aerial and ground photographs of the site for informational purposes. Staff has reviewed the plans for Code compliance, and has received a number of telephone calls from adjacent residents and property owners with concern regarding this property. Staff has recommended a number of planning conditions that would apply to the property in regards to lighting, landscaping, driveway setbacks, parking stalls, and architectural design. It was clarified that the amount of parking lot improvements is correlated with the required number of parking spaces for the proposed building.

Revisions to the plan discussed by Associate Planner Eastman included:

The Planning Department would require a minimum 10-foot landscaped front setback; a minimum 10-foot ATM drive lane; the addition of light standards and low level security lighting to the rear parking area; additional landscaping to meet parking lot requirements and to buffer adjacent neighboring properties; the addition of landscape lattices, sidewalk and landscape planters on the south side of the building; reorientation of the trash enclosure and landscaping on at least two sides; add security fencing and low level lighting to the area north of the proposed building; revise parking lot spaces and drive aisle sizes to comply with Code; extend decorative molding around the north, west, and south sides of the building; screen all mechanical equipment from adjacent properties and public streets; move decorative wrought iron bars to a location 6-inches from the top molding to accommodate tenant signage; reduce height of building by 2-inches to comply with the Zoning Code; and match roof tile to the existing shopping center's roof tile.

The Fire Department would require a Knox padlock for the fenced area and a Knox box for the "spec" building, plus an additional Knox box for each new tenant space; addresses in the front and rear of the building; relocation of the north door to meet exiting requirements; and ensure hydrants are located within 150 feet of all parts of the proposed buildings.

The Engineering Department would require street trees along Brookhurst Road; replacement/repair of damaged sidewalks; modification of driveways to meet ADA requirements and City standards, and compliance with NPDES.

The Police Department commented on the complaints they continue to receive from adjacent residents, including issues related to noise. To reduce the number of delivery trucks that idle in the back lot, deliveries to the new building will be restricted to the hours of 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

The applicant said he was opposed to having landscaping adjacent to the building. When the sprinklers come on the stucco become dirty. The contractor was concerned that the driveway would be too narrow for Sav-On's delivery trucks. Staff stated that drip irrigation can be used to reduce sprinkler problems, and Sav-On will need to contact the City if they have a unique circumstance related to delivery trucks.

MOTION made and SECONDED, CARRIED, by all members present, to APPROVE PRJ03-00082 - ZON03-00008) as conditioned per discussion. (Resolution No. 327)

It was stated that there is a 10-day appeal period where any action by this Committee can be appealed to the Planning Commission and ultimately to the City Council. Minutes of the hearing and a Resolution will be prepared.

ADJOURNED AS STAFF SITE PLAN REVIEW COMMITTEE AT 10:35

RECONVENED AS STAFF REVIEW COMMITTEE


ITEMS SCHEDULED FOR HEARING BY THE PLANNING COMMISSION ON APRIL 9, 2003

Meeting Notes

PRJ03-00093 - ZON03-00009. APPLICANT: CRANE ARCHITECTURAL GROUP; PROPERTY OWNER: JEFFREY T. HUTCHISON. A request for a Conditional Use Permit to construct a 640-square-foot, two-story limited second dwelling unit and single-car garage on property located at 1607 Avolencia Drive (north side of Avolencia Drive, from 118 to 208 feet west of Sunnycrest Drive) (R-1-10 zone) (Categorically exempt under Section 15303 of CEQA Guidelines).

Committee Comments:

The property is zoned R-1-10 and abuts property zoned R-3 containing apartments. There is a Code issue concerning the proposed rear yard setback. The architecture is compatible with the existing residence, and needs to meet parking requirements. Committee Member Wallin noted access issues. Committee Member Maynard mentioned the need for a separate address for the new dwelling unit.

PRJ03-00097 - ZON03-00011. APPLICANT: ALEXIS KAISER; PROPERTY OWNER: FULLERTON JOINT UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT. A request for a Special Event permit for a three-day used car sales event in the parking lot area of Troy High School, to raise funds for the Troy Tech Support Organization, on property located at 909 North State College Boulevard (southwest corner of State College Boulevard and Dorothy Lane) (P-L zone) (Categorically exempt under Section 15332 of CEQA Guidelines).

Committee's Comments:

Committee Member Thompson said the plans should be drawn to scale and accurately represent the description. The Committee recommended that vehicles not be test driven, and that the hours of operation be limited.

ITEMS SCHEDULED FOR HEARING BY THE PLANNING COMMISSION ON APRIL 23, 2003

NONE

ADJOURNMENT:

10:55 a.m.

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