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Staff Review Committee Meeting Minutes JULY 7, 2005

Staff Review Committee Meeting Minutes JULY 7, 2005

THURSDAY, 9:00 A.M., JULY 7, 2005

CALL TO ORDER: Vice Chair Mullis called the meeting to order at 9:10 a.m.
COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT: Long (for Thompson) Mullis, Petropulos, Tabatabaee, and Voronel


Minutes of June 16, 2005 (Approval continued to next meeting)



PRJ05-00444 - ZON05-00053. APPLICANTS: INFRANEXT AND VERIZON WIRELESS; PROPERTY OWNER: REGENCY CENTER. A request to approve two monopoles and related equipment in an existing shopping center located at 1000 East Bastanchury Road (southwest corner of Bastanchury road and Brea Boulevard) (C-1 zone) (Categorically exempt under Section 15301 of CEQA Guidelines) (RB).

Cindy Leinart representing Verizon Wireless was present to discuss the proposal. Planning Intern Bunim described the request explaining that the monopoles would be 35 feet tall and are designed as functioning light poles. Planning is concerned with the number of monopoles being two instead of a single pole. Mrs. Leinart explained that the reason for two is to keep the monopole slimmer and the height down and get the capacity Verizon needs to serve the area. Originally a roof mounted design was proposed; however, Verizon was not able to come to term with the shopping center owner.

Committee Member Tabatabaee asked about design alternatives such as a palm or pine tree, and if the proposed storage area was within the slope a retaining wail would be necessary. Mrs. Leinart said if the design was changed to a palm or pine tree, the height would have to be increased in order to maintain coverage if it remains in the same location. If the tree were placed close to the sidewalk where the lights are Verizon would be liable if any branches would hang over into the leased area, sidewalk, or access area. Normally the tree is enclosed within the lease area. However, it may be possible to place a tree where the equipment is located, but the structure would have to be much taller because of the elevation of the slope. Committee Member Mullis said having parking lot lighting where there is no parking lot makes no sense. There are a lot of other opportunities that are less impacting. For example, Verizon could use the panels on the sides of the building that face the Brea Boulevard intersection or a closer building to the intersection. The proposal is potentially acceptable if you were to add a stealth tree down the slope where there are other trees. In two or three years EV Free Church is planning to expand at the northwest corner of the shopping center, and depending on how soon a location is needed, this site may be a possibility.

The Committee was not supportive of the request as proposed and suggested that the proposal be continued to a date uncertain to allow the applicant to look at other options.

MOTION made, SECONDED, and CARRIED unanimously to CONTINUE PRJ05-00444 - ZON05-00053.

PRJ05-00421 - ZON05-00052. APPLICANT AND PROPERTY OWNER: RICARDO RODRIGUEZ-LONG. A request to construct a single-family residential security fencing system with five-feet high, non-view obscuring, ornamental iron fencing, including an 18-foot-wide sliding driveway gate and a four-foot wide pedestrian gate, on property located at 830 Clarion Drive (southeast corner of Clarion Drive and Juanita Place) (R-1-20 zone) (Categorically exempt under Section 15301 of CEQA Guidelines) (RB).

Siobhan Long; Enzo, John Bibler, and Bill Barcloy were present.

Planning Intern Bunim explained the proposal. Engineering had issues with opening gates. The applicant is now proposing a sliding gate with one slider at the front of the driveway. One neighbor called with concerns with its appearance. Water Engineering stipulated that the water meter be on the outside of the gate. The applicant was asked if he had any plans to upgrade the fencing to match the existing. The applicant said there were no plans to upgrade at this time, perhaps in the future.

John Bibler, Juanita Place stated that he was concerned with the existing landscaping and condition of the existing fencing. Also would like to see the site cleaned up before adding additional structures. There are railroad ties that are askew, and the fence is leaning.

The applicant stated that she wants to be a good neighbor and plans to clean up the area.

MOTION made, SECONDED, and CARRIED unanimously to APPROVE PRJ05-00421 - ZON05-00052 as conditioned below (Resolution No. 420).
  1. All man gates will be equipped with panic hardware and Knox boxes. The security gates should be equipped with key overrides, exit loops, and remote controls for access by Police and Fire.

  2. Approved numbers of addresses shall be placed on all new and existing buildings in such a position as to be plainly visible and legible from the street or road fronting the property and alley serving said property. Address numbers must meet FFD Standard #7 requirements.

  3. Plans shall be submitted to the Fire Department for review and approval.
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.