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Staff Review Committee Meeting Minutes May 20, 2004

COUNCIL CONFERENCE ROOM FULLERTON CITY HALL
THURSDAY, 9:00 A.M., May 20, 2004

CALL TO ORDER:Chairperson Rosen called the meeting to order at 9:07 a.m.
COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT:Becerra, Mullis, Rosen, Yang (for Tabatabaee), Thompson, Wallin
COMMITTEE MEMBERS ABSENT:Tabatabaee
STAFF MEMBERS PRESENT:Kusch, Mizokami, and Norton
OTHERS PRESENT: Daniel Dascanio, Architect, Don Smith, Homeowner

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

May 6, 2004 approved as written.

INTRODUCTIONS - COMMITTEE AND STAFF MEMBERS:

ACTION ITEMS:

PRJ04-00397 ZON04-00049. APPLICANT AND PROPERTY OWNER: DONALD SMITH.

A request for a 20% reduction of the required front yard setback from 35 feet to 28 feet on property located at 3231 Santa Monica Avenue (245 feet south of the Hermosa Drive/Santa Monica intersection) (R-1-20 zone) (Categorically exempt under Section 15305 of CEQA Guidelines) (SMI).

Planning Intern Mizokami introduced the project. The applicant is requesting a reduction in the front yard setback from 35 feet to 28 feet to make additions to the front of the house. At the front of the house an existing two-car garage would be converted into a dining room, hallway and powder room. A new one-car garage and laundry room would be built in front of this area. The proposal also includes minor expansions of the living room and kitchen area. Finally, a new master bathroom is proposed on the right side of the house. The existing master bathroom will be reconfigured into a his and hers walk-in closet. The neighbor to the left has a 23-foot setback to the front property line, and the neighbor to the right is at 46 feet. Staff feels that these additions to the front will not significantly compromise the views of the adjacent properties. Although, one garage space would be lost, there is an existing detached two-car garage in the rear. Currently, a 2-car garage satisfies the parking requirement. Staff did not receive any letters or telephone calls from neighbors opposing the project.

The Committee had no concerns and a motion was made to approve.

MOTION MADE seconded, and CARRIED unanimously to APPROVE PRJ04-00397 ZON04-00049 as conditioned below: (Resolution No. 367)

1. Final building plans shall comply with Building Code setback requirements prior to issuance of permits. That all corrections generated through the plan check and inspection processes are incorporated by reference as conditions of approval and would include any requirements generated by the Engineering, Building and Fire.

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. The request may be approved subject to conditions. Minutes of the hearing and a Resolution will be prepared.

Mr. Dascanio, architect, for the project commented on Fullertons 15-foot setback requirement from the street. He believes that the requirement for a setback not to exceed the average of the two adjacent structures is contradictory to other Citys requirement that there must be at least a two-foot difference from a neighbors setback in order to create variety in the streetscape. Averaging creates sameness, and is not in the best interest of the City.

Chairman Rosen said that Mr. Dascanio brought up a valid point. The primary reason for Fullertons Code requirement was to establish a consistent setback in the historic areas and older parts of the City. Maybe there needs to be some adjustment, particularly for the larger lots in order to create more variety in the streetscape. Committee Member Mullis stated that the standard was also to address neighborhoods where the set back is dramatically greater than the minimum required.

PRJ04-00250 ZON04-00031. APPLICANTS: AL GAMBOA AND SHANNON KILGORE; PROPERTY OWNER: GILBERT STORAGE INVESTORS.

A request to allow the co-location of an unmanned telecommunications facility, adding four (4) outdoor equipment cabinets, six (6) flat panel antennas and one (1) GPS antenna to an existing 56-0 high monopole, on property located at 530 North Gilbert Street (east side of Gilbert Street, between Moore and Raymer Avenues, approximately 350 feet south of Gilbert Street and Moore Avenue) (M-G zone) (Categorically exempt under Section 15301 of CEQA Guidelines) (Continued from April 15, 2004 and April 30, 2004) (AKU).

Assistant Planner Kusch stated that the applicant has accepted a position with another company, and his replacement was not able to attend todays meeting. Staff recommends a continuance.

The Committee concurred and moved to continue the request.

MOTION MADE seconded, and CARRIED unanimously to CONTINUE PRJ04-00250 ZON04-00031

PRJ04-00382 ZON04-00048. APPLICANT AND PROPERTY OWNER: VIET Q. HO.

A request for a security gate across the driveway access from Brookhurst Road on a site located on the west side of Brookhurst Road abutting the westbound on ramp to the 91 Freeway (R-3 zone) (Categorically exempt under Section 15332 of CEQA Guidelines) (MMU).

Senior Planner Mullis stated that the applicant was unable to attend the meeting. Code Enforcement received a complaint from the Police Department that the existing gate is too close to the street. There is not enough space for a vehicle to turn around once they enter the driveway without backing into the street and creating a hazardous condition. Code Enforcement has been working with the property owner to try to accomplish his objective and at the same time comply with City requirements. What the applicant is now proposing is to move the gate further from the street.

Committee Member Wallin said he does not see how moving the gate further back would solve the safety issue, and it may even encourage more people to pull into the driveway, and then have to back out. He recommended that the gate be completely removed.

Committee Member Thompson advised that a Knox box would be required if the gate were to be approved.

Committee Member Wallin asked if the gate was ever permitted. Senior Planner Mullis said that both the fencing and gate were shown on the plans. What isnt clear is whether the gate was ever approved.

The Committee was not comfortable approving the gate without further study by the Police and Fire Departments. A motion was made to continue the item to the next meeting.

MOTION MADE seconded, and CARRIED unanimously to CONTINUE PRJ04-00382 ZON04-00048.

ADJOURNED AT 9:25 A.M. AS STAFF SITE PLAN REVIEW COMMITTEE:

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