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COUNCIL CONFERENCE ROOM FULLERTON CITY HALL
THURSDAY, 9:00 A.M., NOVEMBER 4, 2004

CALL TO ORDER:Acting Chairperson Mullis called the meeting to order at 9:15 a.m.
COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT:Becerra, Cortez, Eastman (for Mullis), Yang (for Tabatabaee), Thompson
COMMITTEE MEMBERS ABSENT:Tabatabaee, Rosen
STAFF MEMBERS PRESENT:Kusch, Sowers, and Norton
OTHERS PRESENT:

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

Minutes of October 21, 2004, approved as written (Committee Members Becerra and Cortez abstaining due to absence at the last meeting).

ACTION ITEMS:

PRJ04-01001 – ZON04-00103. APPLICANT: ED GENTALEN; PROPERTY OWNER: PETER VU.

A request for a minor site plan to reduce the front yard setback to 20 feet to allow the addition of a garage on property located at 2829 Maple Avenue (west side of Maple Avenue, near the intersection of Mimosa Place) (R-1-9 zone) (Categorically exempt under Section 15301 of CEQA Guidelines) (HS).

Chairperson Mullis stated that the request was not accurately described in the notice and moved to continue.

MOTION made, SECONDED, and CARRIED unanimously by those present to RESCHEDULE PRJ04-01001 – ZON04-00103.

PRJ04-00188 – ZON04-00104. APPLICANT AND PROPERTY OWNER: TONY BUSHALA.

A request to reduce the required street setback along Pomona Avenue so that the total street setback area does not exceed 25% of the total lot area, on property located at 201 & 203 East Valencia Drive (northeast corner of Valencia and Pomona Avenues) (R-3 zone) (Categorically exempt under Section 15303 of CEQA Guidelines) (JE).

Mike Miller Project Manager was present.

Associate Planner Eastman explained that the relocation of the house was reviewed and approved by the Redevelopment Design Review Committee. The relocation of the studio building from Truslow Avenue onto a two-building site on Pomona Avenue. The original plans provided a 15-foot setback (the minimum required street setback). However, the contractor poured the foundation at 13 feet from the property line instead of 15 feet for the newly relocated building. The applicant has asked that the 13-foot be approved with an 8-1/2 foot deep porch from the property line. The Code allows a reduction of the required 15-foot street setback on lots where the required street setback would take up more than 25% of the lot area. Committee Member Eastman said staff had discussed reducing the posts to 10 feet. Staff recommends approval based on the lot size of 7,500 square feet, and that the area of the 15-foot street setbacks totals over 37% of the lot. A reduction of setback to where they would be only 25% of the lot is an administrative remedy that could have been allowed prior to approval.

Mr. Miller said that this building is very old and has the original posts. If the slab were at 15 feet and the posts were at 10 feet, the posts would have to be moved back onto the stoop; the porch would be not as deep taking away from the aesthetics of the building.

Chairperson Mullis noted that staff received some public concern about the application. Committee Member Eastman said there has been a Code Enforcement inquiry as to whether the project meets Code and setback requirements. Due to the inquiry, staff took measurements and that is when they discovered the 13-foot setback. Mr. Miller showed the approved Site Plan stating that the plans would conform to the Zoning Ordinance, but that they did not show a 15-foot setback. Committee Member Eastman said that when the Redevelopment Design Review Committee reviewed the project, staff understood that there would be a 15-foot setback, and the applicant clearly understood that a 15-foot setback was required.

With no further questions, the Committee called for a motion.

MOTION made, SECONDED, and CARRIED unanimously by those present (Eastman abstaining) to APPROVE PRJ04-01001 – ZON04-00103 (Resolution No. 402) subject to the following condition.

  1. That the reduction to the street setbacks be within the limits established by the Zoning Ordinance.

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.

ADJOURNED AT 9:35 A.M. AS STAFF SITE PLAN REVIEW COMMITTEE:

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