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CM2019-036 Planning Commission Action RE Agenda Item 5b Canon Lane CM2019-036 CZ* (1(aRel.tg&i i`i City of -41111111ghlMEMORANDUM Chino Hills DATE: July 17, 2019 TO: HONORABLE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS FROM: BENJAMIN MONTGOMERY, CITY MANAGEa/C./ RE: PLANNING COMMISSION ACTION REGARDING AGENDA ITEM 5B — CUSTOM HOME DESIGN REVIEW 463 — CANON LANE At their meeting on July 16, 2019, the Planning Commission (Commission) received a report from staff and resumed the public meeting to consider the above-mentioned item, a proposal to allow the development of a three-story, single-family detached residence on the property located southwest of the terminus of Observation Lane into Canon Lane. The residence will consist of 1,572-square feet of livable space with an attached 410- square foot, two-car garage. Pursuant to the Chino Hills Municipal Code, approval of a Custom Home Design Review is required for the development of a custom single-family residence on a vacant property zoned for single-family residential uses. Staff first presented the project to the Planning Commission at their meeting on May 21, 2019. At that meeting, the Commission received testimony from two residents of the adjacent properties. The first speaker, Daniel Hsu, expressed concern regarding a property boundary discrepancy between his property and the project site, the grading and retaining walls necessary for the project, and the height of the proposed home. The second speaker, Charlene Peterson, discussed her reservations regarding the compatibility of the project with the surrounding neighborhood, the grading and drainage of the project, and the removal of existing trees. The Commission sought input from staff and the applicant; however, the applicant was not in attendance at the hearing. After further discussion, the Commission directed staff to obtain further information regarding the neighbors' concerns and requested that the applicant attend the meeting to consider the project, which the Commission continued to June 4, 2019. Subsequently, the Planning Commission continued the item off calendar at staff's request to allow additional time for staff and the applicant to address the concerns discussed in the previous meeting. Resuming the consideration of the project at their meeting on July 16, 2019, the Commission received further testimony from Charlene Peterson, who expressed concern regarding the removal of protected trees, Carbon Canyon's limited access and the challenges of evacuation in emergencies, drainage from the project site, and the July 17, 2019 Page Two CM2019-036 compatibility of the proposed home. The Commission and staff discussed the grading, drainage, tree removals, and building height associated with the project. The protected trees discussed are on the adjacent undeveloped property (Lot 25 of Block 3 in Tract 1913), which the project applicant owns, and has a previously approved design review. Removal of the protected trees could affect both properties. To address concerns regarding tree removals and slope stability, staff recommended an additional Condition of Approval: Grading plan review, permit issuance, and operations for the project shall occur following or concurrently with those of the adjacent property (Lot 25 of Block 3 in Tract 1913). The Planning Commission approved the project, with the modified condition, by a 3-0 vote; Vice Chair Stover and Commissioner Phan were absent. BM:JL:RG:eo:ss