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05-16-2006 PLANNING COMMISSION Minutes CITY OF CHINO HILLS PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING/PUBLIC HEARING MINUTES MAY 16, 2006 CHINO HILLS COUNCIL CHAMBERS 2001 GRAND AVENUE CHINO HILLS, CALIFORNIA COMMISSIONERS PRESENT STAFF PRESENT Adam Eliason James DeStefano Abe Hovsepian Kathleen Gotch Art Bennett Bradley E. Wohlenberg Karen Bristow Winston Ward Jeff Adams Steve Nix Luz Recca COMMISSIONERS ABSENT . Mike Braun The Planning Commission Meeting of May 16, 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. Residential Design Review #314: 13541 Tawny Lane. A request by Wichai Ratana to add 1,200 square feet of livable space to an existing 1,353-square foot two-story home. b. Minutes: March 7, 2006 COMMISSION ACTION: The Planning Commission approved Items 5a and 5b. MOTION: Bennett SECOND: Hovsepian AYES: Eliason, Hovsepian, Bennett, Bristow NOES: None ABSENT: Braun • Planning Commission Minutes—May 16, 2006 1 Q ITEM #6 - PLANNING COMMISSION ACTION ITEMS a. Equestrian Overlay Zone Advisory Committee's Recommendation Regarding Establishment of Equestrian Overlay Areas and Recommended Standards. Assistant City Manager Kathleen Gotch presented staff's report on a concept for Equestrian Overlay areas, Commercial and Light Commercial Overlay and Residential and Single Lot Overlay and recommended standards. There is currently one homeowner who is protesting the disallowed equestrian use and this matter will be taken to the City Council for consideration. Assistant City Manager Gotch said she believed that the recommendations bring almost everyone in the City into compliance. Eldona Reasoner Arns, 2060 Carbon Canyon Road, Chino Hills, said she attended every advisory committee meeting and understood that this process was supposed to help residents be in compliance with the City's zoning codes. However, what she heard this evening led her believe that the City was proposing heavier restrictions and that fewer lots would be allowed as horse property. She believed her property deserved a Commercial zoning designation. Commissioner Eliason asked if the Light Commercial designation would-in any way affect Ms. Arns' business. Ms. Arns said she was not sure, but probably not. She requested the Commercial zoning because her business was similar to other businesses being granted Commercial zoning. Assistant City Manager Gotch responded to Commissioner Eliason that two homeowners complained and when one of the homeowners understood the proposed zoning he withdrew his objection. The other parcel is vacant and has no access to trails or open space and would be the only property in the tract that would meet the lot size requirement. The Commissioners entered into discussion regarding specific and future parcels. Chairman Bristow said she agreed with Ms. Arns. Dan Fox, 1899 Ginseng Lane, Chino Hills, said he agreed with most of the study but had issues with the following: 1) the switchback area of Carbon Canyon should be considered for additional horse properties, 2) remove Light Commercial because it does not allow for caretaker quarters and limits the number of horses, and 3) the Special Use Permit should be permanent once it is in place. Chairman Bristow responded to Mr. Fox that the state is opposed to allowing Chino Hills to connect trails because they want people to go into the actual entrances. Also, there is a very old approved project on that side of the road and if it were changed it would be subject to . conditions imposed by the City. Assistant City Manager Gotch said that 20 horses per acre is a lot of horses and that no other city surveyed allowed 20 horses per acre. One city had 18 but the average was much less. Commissioner Eliason wondered if the Commercial Light zone could include caretaker quarters. Assistant City Manager Gotch said that individuals with 60 and 80 horses had no caretakers. While horses are limited to about 144 square feet there has to be a lot of exercise area, hot walkers, parking, and so forth. The committee looked at the most intensive uses in the City and Planning Commission Minutes—May 16, 2006 - , 2 • made its recommendations accordingly. In short, one must have a lot of horses to justify an on- site caretaker and there is no such scenario in Chino Hills or other cities that were surveyed. • Assistant City Manager Gotch explained that if the Commissioners had any comments or concerns those items would be taken to the City Council. This item will not come back to the Planning Commission for further discussion. Chairman Bristow felt that staff and the committee had put together an excellent presentation for Council and that the Council would discuss the concerns set forth by the speakers. COMMISSION ACTION: The Planning Commission recommended the document as presented be forwarded to the City Council for approval and, recommended that staff be directed to work with Ms. Arns and Mr. Fox in an effort to resolve their concerns. MOTION: Bennett SECOND: Hovsepian AYES: Eliason, Hovsepian, Bennett, Bristow NOES: None ABSENT: Braun ITEM #7 - PUBLIC HEARING a. CASE NO: Amendments to Specific Plan 04-01 and Sign Program 04SPR04 APPLICANT: Opus West Corporation (Opus) PROPOSAL: Opus West Corporation ("Opus") is proposing to construct a freeway pylon sign in conjunction with the "Shoppes at Chino Hills" retail development. The freeway pylon sign will be located within the Grand Avenue right-of-way from Peyton Drive to the State Route 71 (Chino Valley Freeway) or as originally approved on the northeast portion of the Boys Republic property. LOCATION: Shopped Retail Freeway Pylon Sign Site: Generally southwest corner of Grand Avenue and the SR-71 freeway and within the Grand Avenue right-of-way from Peyton Drive to the SR-71 freeway. RECOMMENDATION: Staff recommends that the Planning Commission adopt a resolution recommending to the City Council approval of amendments to Specific Plan 04-01 and Sign Program 04SPRO4. Community Development Director James DeStefano presented the staff report, which is on file in the Community Development Department. Chairman Bristow opened the Public Hearing. Planning Commission Minutes—May 16, 2006 3 With no one present who wished to speak on this matter, Chairman Bristow closed the Public Hearing. COMMISSION ACTION: The Planning Commission adopted a resolution recommending to the City Council approval of amendments to Specific Plan 04-01 and Sign Program 04SPRO4. MOTION: Eliason SECOND: Hovsepian AYES: Eliason, Hovsepian, Bennett, Bristow NOES: None ABSENT: Braun b. CASE NO: Design Review #263/Major Variance 05MJV007 OWNER/ Joaquin Nunez • APPLICANT: 14647 S. Carlsbad Place Chino, CA 91710 PROPOSAL: A Design Review to construct a 4,822 square foot, single-family detached home at 2057 Hunter Road. The project also includes a Major Variance to allow an increase in the maximum retaining wall height within the required front yard setback from 2' 6" to 8' 0" for the construction of a driveway. LOCATION: 2057 Hunter Road RECOMMENDATION: Staff recommends that the Planning Commission adopt a resolution approving Tentative Tract Map No. 17654 and Design Review #285 based on the findings of facts as listed in the resolution and subject to the Conditions of Approval. Associate Planner Betty Donavanik presented the staff report, which is on file in the Community Development Department Chairman Bristow opened the Public Hearing. Charlie Liu, Focus Engineering, 25 Mauchly #317, Irvine, said he was present to answer questions. Susan Sims, Sims Tree Health Specialists, 6111 Appaloosa Avenue, Pedley, CA said she had been working with the neighbors, Mr. And Mrs. Breaux, to preserve the two oak trees on their property that could be affected by the retaining wall proposed for construction on the subject property. Ms. Sims said her recommendation was to place the wall outside of the trees and that she had prepared the trees for construction. She felt the trees would survive with proper mitigation and said that she would monitor their progress. Chairman Bristow closed the Public Hearing. Planning Commission Minutes—May 16, 2006 4 COMMISSION ACTION: The Planning Commission adopted a resolution approving Tentative Tract Map No. 17654 and Design Review #285 based on the findings of facts as listed in the resolution and subject to the approved Conditions of Approval. MOTION: Eliason SECOND: Bennett AYES: Eliason, Hovsepian, Bennett, Bristow NOES: None ABSENT: Braun c. CASE NO: Site Plan Review 05SPRO5 OWNER: CH — Central, LLC 280 South Beverly Drive, Penthouse Beverly Hills, California 90212 APPLICANT: Cater Burgess, Inc. 4 Hutton Center Drive, Suite 800 Santa Ana, California 92707 PROPOSAL: A request for a Site Plan Review to allow the construction of a 104,168 square foot retail shopping center that will have specialty shops, fast food and restaurants. II LOCATION: Northeast corner of Soquel Canyon Parkway and Pomona Rincon Road. RECOMMENDATION: Staff recommends that the Planning Commission adopt a resolution adopting a Mitigated Negative Declaration and Mitigation Monitoring Plan, and approve Site Plan Review 05SPRO5 based on the findings of facts as listed in the resolution and subject to the Conditions of Approval. COMMISSION ACTION: The Planning Commission approved Item 7c with the exception of the Pylon Sign and asked that the matter be brought back to the Planning Commission for review when appropriate. MOTION: Eliason SECOND: Bennett AYES: Eliason, Hovsepian, Bennett, Bristow NOES: None ABSENT: Braun d. CASE NO: Tentative Tract Map No. 17654 and Design Review #285 OWNER/ 11 APPLICANT: Fieldstone Communities, Inc. Planning Commission Minutes—May 16, 2006 5 PROPOSAL: A subdivision of 4.41 acres into 12 single-family residential lots and one lettered lot for open space purposes (Edison easement including trail and landscape), and Street "A," a single lot for a J private street. The residential lot sizes range from,7,231 square feet to 11,916 square feet. LOCATION: Northeast corner of Soquel Canyon Parkway and Pomona Rincon Road. RECOMMENDATION: Staff recommends that the Planning Commission adopt a resolution approving Tentative Tract Map No. 17654 and Design Review #285, based on the findings of facts as listed in the Resolution and subject to the Conditions of Approval. COMMISSION ACTION: The Planning Commission approved Tentative Tract Map No. 17654 and requested that Design Review #285 be continued to June 6, 2006. MOTION: Eliason SECOND: Bennett AYES: Eliason, Hovsepian, Bennett, Bristow NOES: None ABSENT: Braun ITEM #8 - STAFF PRESENTATIONS Assistant City Manager Gotch updated the Planning Commission on the Bayberry Trail. Staff __ has determined that the trail that was constructed in the early 1970's is not available for City use and staff has hired a consultant to determine the feasibility of using grant monies the City has received for trail improvement. Since the City has been using and maintaining the trail there is a simple legal process that staff intends to pursue in order to take ownership of the trail easement. ITEM #9 - COMMISSION INFORMATION a. City Council Unofficial Action Agenda of May 5, 2006 b. City Council Unofficial Action Agenda of May 9, 2006. ITEM #10 - COMMISSIONER COMMENTS None ITEM #11 - STAFF COMMENTS None j Planning Commission Minutes—May 16, 2006 6 The Planning Commission Meeting of May 16, 2006 was adjourned at 10:30 P.M. to the next regularly scheduled meeting. uz Recca Secretary APPROVED AT PLANNING COMMISSION JUL 18 2006 CITY OF CHINO HILLS I • Planning Commission Minutes—May 16, 2006 7