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Ordinance No. 232 ORDINANCE NO. 232 AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CHINO HILLS, CALIFORNIA AMENDING CHAPTER 16.64 OF THE CHINO HILLS MUNICIPAL CODE PERTAINING TO SPECIFIC PLAN ADOPTION AND AMENDMENT WHEREAS, the City of Chino Hills recognizes that certain projects may benefit from the focused planning efforts of a specific plan and that the twenty (20) acre minimum project size for the adoption of a specific plan may prevent some of those projects from taking advantage of these benefits; and WHEREAS, although State law does not provide a minimum project area for specific plans, the City is proposing a five (5) acre minimum project size to protect against piecemeal development; NOW, THEREFORE, THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CHINO HILLS DOES HEREBY ORDAIN AS FOLLOWS: SECTION 1. The City Council does hereby make the following findings of fact: a. The project proponent, the City of Chino Hills, requested approval of a Negative Declaration and Development Code Amendment 09DCA04 for the amendments to Chapter 16.64 Specific Plan Adoption and Amendment. b. Development Code Amendment 09DCA04 would be effective City-wide. c. The applicant proposes Development Code Amendment 09DCA04 to amend Chapter 16.64 Specific Plan Adoption and Amendment to reduce the minimum project size requirement for the adoption of a specific plan from twenty (20) acres to five (5) acres. A specific plan is a planning tool that provides detailed guidelines, regulations, and standards for the properties within a specified geographical area of the City. The specific plan allows for the comprehensive planning and implementation of a development plan for an area in greater detail than may be possible utilizing the zoning and development code regulations. Reducing the minimum project size would provide greater flexibility for the City and property owners to address environmental and other constraints in future development proposals. The proposed amendment is not associated with any particular project. d. In accordance with the California Environmental Regulations, Title 14, Section 15000 et seq., and the rules, regulations, and procedures for implementing the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Guidelines 1 as adopted by the City of Chino Hills a determination has been made that the proposed project will not have a significant impact on the environment, and a Negative Declaration (ND) is recommended for approval. The Draft Negative Declaration was available for public comments from October 30, 2009 thru November 30, 2009. e. The Planning Commission reviewed the proposed project on December 1, 2009, and continued the item to December 15, 2009, at which point the Planning Commission recommended approval of the project to the City Council. f. A duly noticed public hearing before the City Council was conducted on January 12, 2010, at which time all interested persons were given an opportunity to testify regarding in support of, or in opposition to the project. SECTION 2. With regard to Development Code Amendment 09DCA04, Section 16.64.010 of Title 16, Chapter 16.64 of the Chino Hills Municipal Code is amended by revising the section to read as follows: The city recognizes that certain properties in Chino Hills may benefit from focused planning efforts wherein infrastructure, land use relationships, land use intensities, public service needs, and resource protection goals can be carefully examined and planned in a comprehensive manner. The specific plan provides a mechanism to carry out such planning efforts. The purpose of this chapter is to establish uniform procedures and guidelines for specific plans prepared pursuant to Title 7, Division 1, Chapter 3, Article 8 of the California Government Code. SECTION 3. Section 16.64.020.A of Title 16, Chapter 16.64 of the Chino Hills Municipal Code is amended as follows: A. A minimum project size of five (5) acres is required for a specific plan. SECTION 4. The City Clerk shall certify as to the adoption of this ordinance and shall cause the summary thereof to be published within fifteen (15) days of the adoption and shall post a certified copy of this Ordinance, including the vote for and against the same, in the office of the City Clerk, in accordance with Government Code Section 36993, for the City of Chino Hills. 2 SECTION 5. This Ordinance shall become effective thirty (30) days after the date of its adoption. PASSED, APPROVED AND ADOPTED this 26th day of January, 2010. IXJB -C W. C. "BILL" KRUGER, I AOR ATTEST: MARY M. UFFEE, CITY CLERy APPROVED S TO FORM: �� MARK D.1-IENSLEY, CITY ATTORNEY 3 STATE OF CALIFORNIA ) COUNTY OF SAN BERNARDINO ) ss. CITY OF CHINO HILLS I, MARY M. McDUFFEE, City Clerk of the City of Chino Hills, DO HEREBY CERTIFY that Ordinance No. 232 was duly introduced at a regular meeting of the City Council held on the 12th day of January, 2010 and adopted at a regular meeting held on the 26th day of January, 2010, by the following roll call vote, to wit: AYES: COUNCIL MEMBERS: KRUGER, GRAHAM, BENNETT, NORTON-PERRY, ROGERS NOES: COUNCIL MEMBERS: NONE ABSENT: COUNCIL MEMBERS: NONE . e� MARY M. UFFEE, CITY CLE, (SEAL) I hereby certify that the foregoing is the original of Ordinance No. 232 duly passed and adopted by the Chino Hills City Council at their regular meeting held on January 26, 2010, and that Summaries of the Ordinance were published on January 16, 2010 and January 30, 2010, in the Chino Hills Champion Newspaper. MaNPM -44 MARY M. UFFEE, CITY CLEW (SEAL) 5 of 5