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07-18-2006 PLANNING COMMISSION Minutes CITY OF CHINO HILLS PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING/PUBLIC HEARING MINUTES July 18, 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 Zai Abu Bakar Karen Bristow Betty Donavanik Jerrod Walters Dawn Vierheilig COMMISSIONERS ABSENT None The Planning Commission Meeting of July 18, 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: May 16, 2006, June 6, 2006, June 20, 2006 b. Residential Design Review #312: 4585 Bird Farm Road. A request by Joseph Ciaglia to construct a 1,750-square foot, single-family detached home. Staff recommendation: Adopt a resolution of approval. c. Residential Design Review #313: 4589 Bird Farm Road. A request by Joseph Ciaglia to construct a 1,750-square foot, single-family detached home. Staff recommendation: Adopt a resolution of approval. d. Residential Design Review #315: 15682 Shantung Avenue. A request by Jorge Trejo to add 1,244 square feet to an existing 1,285-square foot, single-family home. Staff recommendation: Adopt a resolution of approval. Planning Commission Minutes—July 18, 2006 1 In regard to Items 5b through 5d, there was a question as to whether the lots were being subdivided. Associate Planner Betty Donavanik explained that two of the lots were merged for tax purposes, but were legally considered three separate lots. Assistant City Attorney Bradley Wohlenberg interjected that the lots the Assessor maintains are strictly for tax purposes, and are not legal subdivisions of land. The Assessor keeps tax records on parcels, but this is not done in compliance with the Subdivision Map Act. COMMISSION ACTION: The Planning Commission approved Items 5a through 5d. MOTION: Hovsepian SECOND: Eliason AYES: Braun, Eliason, Hovsepian, Bennett, Bristow NOES: None ABSENT: None ABSTAIN: Bennett (minutes of 6/20), and Braun (minutes of 5/16, 6/6, and 6/20) ITEM #6 -ACTION ITEMS None ITEM #7 - PUBLIC HEARING a. CASE NO: Design Review #320 and Major Variance 06MJV003 — 4581 Bird Farm Road APPLICANT: Joseph Ciaglia PROPOSAL: Proposed is the construction of a two-story, single-family detached home with 1,750 square feet of livable space, and a 486-square foot, tandem two-car garage. The first floor, measuring 745 square feet of livable floor area, will consist of a living room, dining room, kitchen, one bathroom, and a 486-square foot, tandem two- car garage. The second floor, measuring 1,005 square feet of livable floor area, will consist of three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a laundry room. LOCATION: 4581 Bird Farm Road Assessor's Parcel Number 1028-112-33 RECOMMENDATION: Staff recommends that the Planning Commission adopt a resolution approving Custom Home Design Review#320, and Major Variance 06MJV003 based on the findings of facts as listed in the resolution and subject to the Conditions of Approval. Associate Planner Donavanik presented the staff report, which is on file in the Community Development Department. Vice Chairman Bennett inquired whether the applicant had no control over the adjacent property owner encroaching onto the setback, to which Associate Planner Donavanik responded in the Planning Commission Minutes—July 18, 2006 2 affirmative. Vice Chairman Bennett asked if this had been done legally, to which Associate Planner Donavanik responded that staff does not show it in our records. Commissioner Eliason inquired whether the Fire District had been counseled on the setback issue. Principal Planner Zai Abu Bakar responded that the setback issue is a Development Code requirement. Chairman Bristow opened the Public Hearing. With no one present from the public who wished to speak, Chairman Bristow.closed the Public Hearing. COMMISSION ACTION: The Planning Commission adopted a resolution approving Custom Home Design Review #320, and Major Variance 06MJV003 based on the findings of facts as listed in the resolution and subject to the approved Conditions of Approval. MOTION: Hovsepian SECOND: Bennett Commissioner Eliason complimented the applicant and staff on design of the project given that it was on a narrow lot. AYES: Braun, Eliason, Hovsepian, Bennett, Bristow NOES: None ABSENT: None b. CASE NO: Conditional Use Permit 05CUP08 APPLICANT: Regency Centers PROPOSAL: A request from Regency Centers for approval of a Conditional Use Permit for the construction and operation of a 7,575-square foot, retail Firestone tire store with ten (10) service bays and a customer showroom. The retail tire store will be within the Soquel Canyon Crossings commercial center located on the northeast corner of Los Serranos Country Club Drive and Soquel Canyon Parkway (A.P.N. 1028-351-14, 18, 30 & 31). LOCATION: The site is located at the northeast corner of Los Serranos Country Club Drive and Soquel Canyon Parkway. Assessor's Parcel Numbers 1028-351-14, 18, 30 & 31. RECOMMENDATION: Staff recommends that the Planning Commission adopt a resolution approving Conditional Use Permit 05CUP08 based on the findings of facts as listed in the resolution and subject to the Conditions of Approval. Associate Planner Donavanik presented the staff report, which is on file in the Community Development Department. Planning Commission Minutes—July 18, 2006 3 Commissioner Eliason asked what discussion there had been between the applicant and staff, in regard to the tire store location. Principal Planner Abu Bakar stated that the location was based on the original entitlement that the Planning Commission had approved last year. Assistant City Attorney Wohlenberg stated that there are a number of uses included in requiring CUPs, where those uses may have some impacts that are special to that use, and automotive uses are primary because they often have noise and parking impacts, which is what much of the staff report had addressed. The siting at this location was part of the previous entitlement. As this moves forward, the applicant is required to apply for a CUP to ensure that they have addressed special impacts. Commissioner Eliason encouraged staff to work with the applicant on landscaping, particularly by the handicapped-parking stall. Principal Planner Abu Bakar responded that staff would do this on the west elevation of the building. Assistant Community Development Director Winston Ward added that there is a condition that all activity will be conducted within the building, in the service bays. Wade Todd, 524 River Down Road, Georgetown, TX, on behalf of Firestone, stated that the site plan had already been approved when he became involved in the project. Since that time, Firestone has been working with staff in regard to orientation of the building and bays, trellises and architectural elements. The noise study indicated that Firestone would not be an issue for the surrounding neighborhood. Chairman Bristow opened the Public Hearing. With no one present from the public who wished to speak, Chairman Bristow closed the Public Hearing. n COMMISSION ACTION: The Planning Commission adopted a resolution approving Conditional Use Permit 05CUP08 based on the findings of facts as listed in the resolution U and subject to the approved Conditions of Approval. MOTION: Eliason SECOND: Bennett AYES: Braun, Eliason, Hovsepian, Bennett, Bristow NOES: None ABSENT: None ITEM #8 - STAFF PRESENTATIONS None ITEM #9 - COMMISSION INFORMATION a. City Council Unofficial Action Agenda of June 27, 2006. b. City Council Unofficial Action Agenda of July 11, 2006. ITEM #10 - COMMISSIONER COMMENTS Planning Commission Minutes—July 18, 2006 4 Commissioner Eliason inquired whether the office project across from 24 Hour Fitness had received a permit. Assistant Community Development Director Ward confirmed that working drawings and the permit had been pulled. Community Development Director James DeStefano interjected that staff ran the plan check through Building and Safety concurrently with the Planning process in order to gain time. The risk was on the developer, but generally speaking, it is a risk developers will take in order to save time. The market is exceptionally hot on the 71 freeway for this type of product, and they are now under construction. Chairman Bristow stated that she's sorry to see Community Development Director DeStefano leave, but is sure the entire Planning Commission is happy for him in this opportunity with the City of Diamond Bar. Community Development Director E eStefano replied that it had been unexpected. He added that much has been accomplished in Chino Hills in a short period of time, and he had enjoyed working with the Planning Commission. Vice Chairman Bennett inquired about the patio addition on Peyton Drive. Assistant Community Development Director Ward stated that the house fronts on Painter Drive, and backs up to Peyton. He explained that the permit had expired on January 24 due to inactivity. A revised set of plans had been submitted showing activity, which had transpired on the site. Staff gave him plan check corrections on June 12, which were picked up on June 13, and resubmitted on July 17. The homeowner did have a permit to do most of the work. There were some changes he had made which were not approved, and this is why there were revised plans. Commissioner Braun asked if anything had been changed in regard to the plan check process. Assistant Community Development Director Ward responded that staff is thinking about a Development Code amendment that would require, on through lots, any application that involves an addition to a structure, to be subject to design review. Chairman Bristow stated that the City LA County Fair committee has been meeting with the LA County Fair, and added that Chino Hills has been the leader with good ideas for many years. She stated that this year would be exceptional as well; Chino Hills history will be included. Chairman Bristow added that the big thrust is to bring as many children to the fair as possible, prepaid. She had been embarrassed to learn however, that other cities had been paying to bus Chino Hills children to the fair. ITEM #11 - STAFF COMMENTS None The Planning Commission Meeting of July 18, 2006, was adjourned at 7:49 PM to the next regularly scheduled meeting. LLuz Rec•(: Communi y Development Secretary Planning Commission Minutes—July 18, 2006 5