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CM2018-085 PLANNING COMMISSION ACTION REGARDING AGENDA ITEM 7BDATE: DECEMBER 19, 2018 MEMORANDUM CM2018-085 TO: HONORABLE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL FROM: KONRADT BARTLAM, CITY MANAGE RE: PLANNING COMMISSION ACTION REG, RDING AGENDA ITEM 7B — SITE PLAN REVIEW 18SPR01 AND CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT 18CUP05 — THE STORAGE DISTRICT AT FAIRFIELD RANCH BUSINESS PARK At their meeting on December 18, 2018, the Planning Commission (Commission) resumed the public hearing for the proposed storage district project, which was continued from the Commission's meeting on December 4, 2018. The project is a proposal from SORSIRS, Inc. to allow the development of an indoor self -storage facility within the existing Fairfield Ranch Business Park development. The proposed facility would consist of a 130,149 - square foot, three-story building providing 128,149 square feet of self -storage area (approximately 1,000 leasable storage units) and a 2,000 -square foot guest lobby and office area and would be located on the vacant pad adjacent to the Chino Hills Hotel. The project would also include associated parking, circulation, and landscape improvements. During the December 4th and 18th meetings, key issues raised by the Commission included: • The design and maintenance of the proposed wall art on the eastern elevation facing Soquel Canyon Parkway/Central Avenue; • Concerns raised by the Assistant City Attorney that public art falls under the First Amendment free speech provisions and is therefore difficult for local governments to regulate; • Potential architectural treatments for the eastern elevation in lieu of the wall art; • The texture and finish of the proposed architectural materials and the use of landscaping to provide visual relief at the base of the building; • The reduced number of vehicle trips and parking from the proposed storage facility versus a 30,000 -square foot office facility that was considered in a 2000 conceptual site plan for the overall development; • The market demand for self -storage facilities in Chino Hills and the surrounding communities; and • The use of self -storage facilities by home based business and small business entrepreneurs. 1 CM2018-085 During the December 4th public hearing, two public speakers, both residents of Chino Hills, addressed the Planning Commission. The first speaker, Gabriel DeLuna, expressed support for the project and suggested it incorporate additional meeting or office space. The second speaker, Juan Chavez, also expressed support for the project and inquired about the additional parking the project would provide. The Planning Commission continued the December 4th public hearing to December 18th, directing staff to work with the applicant to incorporate architectural enhancements into the project design in lieu of the wall art. Resuming the public hearing for the project on December 18, 2018, the Commission discussed the proposed revised architectural enhancements of the project. The Commission incorporated a Condition of Approval requiring the replacement of the proposed slump stone with split -face block for the base of the building; the split -face block will provide increased texture and a color palette that will complement the proposed project and existing buildings. No members of the public spoke on the project. The Planning Commission adopted a resolution approving Site Plan Review 18SPR01 and Conditional Use Permit 18CUP05, by 4-1 vote, with Commissioner Stover opposing approval of the project, stating that the size of the building is out of proportion to the existing buildings in the center; an economic feasibility study was not prepared for the project; the project would generate minimal employment opportunities and sales tax revenue; and the project is not the ideal use and design for its highly visible location. KB:JL:RG:eo 2