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02-07-2006 PLANNING COMMISSION Minutes CITY OF CHINO HILLS PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING/PUBLIC HEARING MINUTES FEBRUARY 7, 2006 CHINO HILLS COUNCIL CHAMBERS 2001 GRAND AVENUE CHINO HILLS, CALIFORNIA COMMISSIONERS PRESENT STAFF PRESENT Mike Braun James DeStefano Adam Eliason Bradley E. Wohlenberg Abe Hovsepian Winston Ward Art Bennett Jeff Adams Karen Bristow Betty Donavanik Dawn Vierheilig COMMISSIONERS ABSENT None The Planning Commission Meeting of February 7, 2006, was called to order at 7:00 P.M. by Chairman Bristow, who then led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance. ITEM #4 - PUBLIC COMMENTS None ITEM #5 - CONSENT CALENDAR a. Minutes: September 6, 2005; October 18, 2005 COMMISSION ACTION: The Planning Commission approved the minutes of September 6, 2005. MOTION: Bennett SECOND: Eliason AYES: Braun, Eliason, Hovsepian, Bennett, Bristow NOES: None ABSENT: None COMMISSION ACTION: The Planning Commission approved the minutes of October 18, 2005. MOTION: Hovsepian SECOND: Braun AYES: Braun, Hovsepian, Bristow NOES: None ABSTAIN: Bennett, Eliason (not in attendance on 10/18) Planning Commission Minutes— February 7, 2006 1 b. Residential Design Review #299: 4271 Gird Avenue. A request by Jasbir Singh to construct a new 1,747-square foot, two-story, single-family detached home. COMMISSION ACTION: The Planning Commission approved Item 5b. MOTION: Eliason SECOND: Hovsepian AYES: Braun, Eliason, Hovsepian, Bennett, Bristow NOES: None ABSENT: None ITEM #6 - ACTION ITEMS None ITEM #7 - PUBLIC HEARING a. CASE NO: Site Plan Review 04SPR03, 04SPR04 and associated Sign Program, and 04SPR06; Tentative Parcel Map 17543; Amendment to Specific Plan 04-01; and a Development Agreement. (Continued from 1/3/06) OWNER/APPLICANT: City of Chino Hills and,Opus West,Corporation (Opus) PROPOSAL: The project involves the following six components: (1) Site Plan Review for the Shoppes Retail Center with approximately 525,000 square feet of retail, restaurant, service and office building area on 26.18 acres, ancillary surface parking and accompanying sign program; (2) Site Plan Review for the Shoppes Residential with 190 multifamily dwelling units on 9.38 acres and ancillary surface parking; plus a Mixed Use component consisting of 18 multifamily dwelling units and approximately 4,147 square feet of retail, with ancillary parking garage space; (3) Site Plan Review for the Park Residential with 96 multifamily dwelling units on 6.78 acres, plus ancillary surface parking; (4) Development Agreement between the City of Chino Hills and Opus; (5) Tentative Parcel Map 17543; and (6) an amendment to Specific Plan 04-01 that provides guidelines for the placement of a freeway pylon sign for the Shoppes Retail project. LOCATION: Shoppes Retail Center Site: Generally southeast corner of Grand Avenue and Peyton Drive; . Shoppes Residential Site: Generally southeast corner of Grand Avenue and Peyton Drive; Park/Residential Site: Northwest and southwest corners of the intersection of Eucalyptus Avenue and Peyton Drive; and Freeway Pylon Sign Sites: Freeway Pylon Sign #1 is located north of Grand Avenue and west of State Route 71 (Chino Valley Planning Commission Minutes—February 7, 2006 2 Freeway) and Freeway Pylon Sign #2 is located southeast of Grand Avenue and Peyton Drive. RECOMMENDATION: Staff recommends that the Planning Commission continue this item to February 21, 2006. Community Development Director James DeStefano requested that the Planning Commission continue this item to March 7, 2006. COMMISSION ACTION: The Planning Commission continued Item 7a to March 7, 2006. MOTION: Hovsepian SECOND: Bennett Commissioner Hovsepian stated that it bothers him that he gets more information on the project from the newspaper than he does from staff. He requested that the Planning Commission be kept apprised on status of the project. Commissioner Eliason interjected that it is not under Planning Commission purview to be privy to negotiations, financial aspects, or whether Opus will sell the project. Commissioner Eliason further stated that it's a City Council project, and the project will come to the Planning Commission in future, for aspects of the project such as zoning, traffic and design. Chairman Bristow concurred with Commissioner Eliason, and added that Planning Commissioners are able to talk directly to City Council members, who may be able to share certain information in regard to the project. Vice Chairman Bennett concurred with Commissioners Hovsepian and Eliason. He doesn't like hearing about it in the newspaper first, but understands that the press is aggressive. When the project is ready to come to the Planning Commission, the Commission will be given all necessary information and details. AYES: Braun, Eliason, Hovsepian, Bennett, Bristow NOES: None ABSENT: None ITEM #8 - STAFF PRESENTATIONS a. Status report regarding the Equestrian Overlay Project Community Development Director DeStefano introduced Associate Planner Betty Donavanik. Associate Planner Donavanik explained that the Equestrian Overlay Advisory Committee was formulated to address large animal and equestrian uses within the City. Currently, the Municipal Code is used, which was adopted from the county code, however, it does not address what type of uses are permitted and under what circumstances. There are 25 potential areas or neighborhoods within the City comprised of neighborhoods of 20,000 square foot lots, areas where there are existing equestrian uses, and undeveloped land. The 25 areas will fall into one of three overlays, those being commercial, residential and open space. Different uses will be allowed in each of the overlays. The commercial overlay, for example, will be riding and training schools, animal hospitals, public commercial stables and boarding and breeding, etc. The residential overlay would include private stables and animal keeping. The open space overlay would be for grazing. A special use permit process will also be proposed, to address any uses not mentioned, special circumstances, and properties that wish to have equestrian large animal uses but are not within a designated overlay. The permit will not be transferable, Planning Commission Minutes— February 7, 2006 3 and will be reviewed at staff level. Staff will bring a recommendation to each commission in the near future, and to the City Council shortly thereafter. J . Commissioner Eliason inquired whether the businesses on English Road had business licenses and if this was intended as "clean up." Chairman Bristow responded in the affirmative. City Planner Jeff Adams added that this is not a revenue-generating proposal, it is more for service type uses, and the business license fee would;,beminimal. City Planner,Adams stated that the City might earn some money through sales tax. ITEM #9 - COMMISSION INFORMATION a. City Council Unofficial Action Agenda of January 10, 2006 b. City Council Unofficial Action Agenda of January 24, 2006 ITEM #10 - COMMISSIONER COMMENTS Commissioner Eliason complimented staff on the Gird Avenue design review. He stated that it had excellent design, and was a prime example of the elements and look of what is needed in that area of the City. • Commissioner Eliason inquired about the expired permit situation in regard to the Painter Drive residence. Assistant Community Development Director Winston Ward responded that it is with Code Enforcement until the individual comes in to renew permits. Commissioner Eliason asked whether the City had received a submittal in regard to a sign he had seen on Pipeline across from 24-Hr. Fitness. Associate Planner Donavanik responded that the project would consist primarily of office buildings, with four retail buildings fronting Pipeline Avenue. The retail buildings are single-story, and there are two-story office buildings throughout the project. Community Development Director DeStefano added that it is about 150,000 square feet of retail space, and has nice architectural elements. Vice Chairman Bennett inquired whether acquisition of Albertson's and Say-On would affect the project at the corner of Peyton Drive and Chino Hills Parkway. Community Development Director DeStefano stated that staff has not heard anything. Associate Planner Donavanik stated that it is still Say-On, and they are also proposing a detached multi-tenant retail building. Vice Chairman Bennett inquired about the northeast corner of Chino Hills Parkway and Peyton Drive, to which Associate Planner Donavanik replied that nothing had been proposed for this site as yet. ITEM #11 - STAFF COMMENTS Community Development Director DeStefano informed the Planning Commission that in the near future, the Planning Commission would likely see the Vila Borba project off of Butterfield Ranch Road, the retail and residential component of the Shoppes project, the Kaufman & Broad project known as Woodview Terrace at the end of Peyton Drive, and some commercial Planning Commission Minutes— February 7, 2006 4 projects at Soquel Canyon and the 71 freeway. He further stated that staff is working on the DeGroot property across from Chino Hills Ford. Community Development Director DeStefano stated that staff has also been working on policy projects such as the City's Housing Element. The State's Department of Housing and Community Development has reviewed the document and provided comments. Staff is in the process of responding to comments. Related to the Housing Element, Community Development Director DeStefano informed the Planning Commission that staff is also working on an affordable housing ordinance. An in-lieu fee component is being considered. Resources would be put into a fund and the City would maintain or create affordable housing. The study, prepared by Keyser Marston Associates (KMA), was forwarded to the BIA in October, and discussion has recently been taking place. It is ready for consideration, and has changed somewhat from what the Commission saw in past. Community Development Director DeStefano stated that staff would like to schedule a study session with the Planning Commission on Wednesday, March 1 at 6 p.m. to review the in-lieu fee portion of the affordable housing ordinance. He stated that the City's consultant, KMA, would be at the meeting to augment staff's report. If appropriate, a recommendation could be forwarded to the City Council. Community Development Director DeStefano stated that the BIA is an advocate for more housing, and is opposed to a variety of typical mechanisms that cities use to generate affordable housing. The BIA doesn't like inclusionary housing or in-lieu fees. Commissioner Hovsepian interjected that he had just received a 22-page report from the BIA. The report is in regard to a Supreme Court decision where a developer sued Rancho Cucamonga on the basis that development fees were excessive, could not be enforced, and included in-lieu fees. Commissioner Hovsepian stated that the developer won the case, and added that he would leave the document with Assistant City Attorney Bradley Wohlenberg for review. Community Development Director DeStefano stated that staff would provide a brief synopsis for the Planning Commission at the next meeting. Community Development Director DeStefano informed the Planning Commission that he had given them the latest version of the League of California Cities Planning Handbook. He stated that it was a useful tool, and a good resource. Community Development Director DeStefano announced that he had also given the Planning Commission information on the upcoming Planners Institute. Community Development Director DeStefano encouraged the Planning Commission to attend, stating that it was an outstanding opportunity, with education tracts especially for commissioners. The Planning Commission Meeting of February 7, 2006 was adjourned at 7:40 P.M. to the next regularly scheduled meeting. Mtkuy\_\I:C&)\- Dawn Vierheilig Planning Commission Secretary APPROVED AT PLANNING COMMISSION MAR 216 Planning Commission Minutes—February 7, 2006 5 CITY OF CHINO HILLS