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12-19-2006 PLANNING COMMISSION Minutes CITY OF CHINO HILLS PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING/PUBLIC HEARING MINUTES December 19, 2006 CHINO HILLS COUNCIL CHAMBERS 2001 GRAND AVENUE CHINO HILLS, CALIFORNIA COMMISSIONERS PRESENT STAFF PRESENT Abe Hovsepian Dan Joseph Michael Braun Zai Abu Bakar Adam Eliason Winston Ward Art Bennett Myrna Medina Karen Bristow Karen Pulvers COMMISSIONERS ABSENT None. The Planning Commission Meeting of December 19, 2006, was called to order at 7:00 PM by Chairman Bennett, who then led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance. ITEM #4 - PUBLIC COMMENTS Jeff Adams, Principal Planner, addressed the Commission announcing that December 22nd would be his last day. He will be starting with the City of Whittier. Principal Planner Adams appreciated all the developments he worked on throughout the past year. Chairman Bennett and the Commission thanked him for his service and wished him luck. ITEM #5 - CONSENT CALENDAR a. Minutes: December 5, 2006 COMMISSION ACTION: The Planning Commission approved the minutes of December 5, 2006. MOTION: Eliason SECOND: Hovsepian AYES: Hovsepian, Braun, Eliason, Bennett, Bristow NOES: None ABSENT: None 6. PLANNING COMMISSION ACTIONITEMS: a. None. Planning Commission Minutes—December 19, 2006 1 7. PUBLIC HEARING: I a. CASE NO. Conditional Use Permit 06CUP05 (continued public hearing from December 5, 2006) APPLICANT/ OWNER: Chino Hills Land West, LLC PROPOSAL: Request for approval of Conditional Use Permit 06CUP05 for the construction and operation of a temporary clubhouse, golf cart storage facility, and temporary parking lot for a maximum of two years to serve the Vellano golf course while the permanent clubhouse is under construction. LOCATION: The site is located at the southwest corner of Vellano Country club Drive and Pallermo Drive, on the south side of the proposed permanent clubhouse, swim and fitness center, and practice range and north for the golf maintenance building. RECOMMENDATION: Staff recommends that the Planning Commission continue this item off calendar. Assistant Director Abu-Bakar received direction from City Attorney to put Conditional Use Permit 06CUP05 back on the agenda. This item had been requested be continued off calendar �. because the City Attorney was working to resolve issues related to the indemnifications and Amended Agreement No. 2 for the Vellano project. Now that the issues have been resolved the City Attorney indicated that the Planning Commission could consider the matter. This is a request from Chino Hills Land West, LLC (Vellano Project). The Conditional Use Permit will allow operation of a temporary clubhouse, golf cart storage facility, parking lot, and restroom facility. The temporary facility will operate seven days week, from 7:00 am until dark. As of November 2006, the golf membership has over 300 members. Commissioner Braun requested an amendment to the condition of Approval #8 to indicate the applicant will remove the temporary structure and restore the site to approved grading plans within 30 days after the permanent clubhouse is constructed and received final occupancy. Chairman Bennett opened public hearing. Tim Connors, Executive Director, Chino Hills Land West. Mr. Connors said the location of the parking lot is situated at an area intended to be a chipping green. Commissioner Hovsepian suggested to Mr. Connors that he acquire the liquor license in advance for the permanent clubhouse to avoid temptation to use temporary clubhouse because of the liquor license. Planning Commission Minutes—December 19, 2006 2 • i. . Luis Fernandez, Director of Development, Chino Hills Land West. Mr. Fernandez asked for clarification of the Condition of Approval #8 regarding removal of the temporary clubhouse facilities. Commissioner Bennett replied that after 30 days the temporary clubhouse would be removed. Sean Mullen — 1661 Quail Country Avenue. Mr. Mullen is a member of the Vellano Country Club. He expressed his concern with the many delays. Will he be charged membership dues to begin when the temporary clubhouse is operational? Chairman Bennett replied that Mr. Mullen's issues are beyond the purview of the Commission, and directed Mr. Mullen to check with Vellano Executive Director Tim Connors regarding the matter. Interim Director Joseph said with Mr. Mullen's concerns were also staffs and the City Council's concern. Those issues were taken into consideration when the most recent amendment to the Tract Agreement was approved. Chairman Bennett closed the public hearing. COMMISSION ACTION: The Planning Commission approved the item as presented with the stipulation of adding to Condition #8 the following: after 30 days remove the temporary clubhouse. MOTION: Eliason SECOND: Braun AYES: Hovsepian, Braun, Eliason, Bennett, Bristow NOES: None ABSENT: None b. CASE NO. Development Code Amendment 05DCA04 — Amending Title 16 of the Chino Hills Municipal Code related to conversion of multiple family rental units to condominiums, wall height in residential and non-residential zones, Small Lot Overlay District, and Minor Code Corrections (continued public hearing from December 5, 2006). APPLICANT/ OWNER: City of Chino Hills PROPOSAL: Amendment to Title 16 of the Development Code to provide development standards for conversion of multiple- family rental units to condominiums, provide consistent wall/fence height in residential and no-residential zones, provide development standards for site planning within the Small Lot Overlay district, and to make minor correction to the Code so that is more clear and consistent between the various chapters of the Code. LOCATION: Citywide. Planning Commission Minutes—December 19, 2006 3 RECOMMENDATION: Staff recommends that the Planning Commission adopt a r` resolution recommending to the City Council approval of Development Code Amendment 05DCA04 and adoption of an ordinance amending Title 16of the Development Code to provide development standards for conversion of multiple-family rental units to condominiums, provide consistent wall/fence height in residential and non- residential zones, provide development standards for site planning within the Small Lot Overlay district, and amend various sections of the Code to make them more clear and to ensure consistency within the Code. Assistant Director Abu-Bakar presented the staff report. This item is the City's Code Amendment and the City is the applicant. This code is being brought forward to clean up development codes to better serve the public at the counter and over the telephone and to improve customer service. The subject matter being amended is conversion to condominiums, walls, fences and hedges, small lot overlay district, and minor code corrections to make sure when items are changed, they are internally consistent. The intent of the conversion to condominiums ordinance is to address building and fire code standards, site planning, aesthetic, tenant notification, loss of various housing choices. r- Assistant Director Abu-Bakar said standards for conversion must be met, if a developer wants to convert existing apartments into condominiums. Commissioner Hovsepian asked for clarification of private storage space. Assistant Director Ward said it has to be dedicated storage space. The requirement is above and beyond the cabinet and storage spaces provided within the units. The Commission wanted to ensure that the spaces provided will be used as storage and requested that staff to reconsider the size of the storage space to ensure that it is adequate. Commissioner Bristow asked about handicap parking. Assistant Director Abu-Bakar replied that state standards in terms of ADA would be enforced. Staff will ensure that accessible parking will be clearly indicated in the proposed ordinance. Commissioner Braun asked where the individual shut offs for utilities would be located. Assistant Director Ward replied that the main breaker must be outside of unit. Meter and shut off must be outside. The Public Facilities & Operations Department's direction has been to master meter out on the street for water services. Assistant Director Ward addressed Commissioner Braun's concern as to whether a complex could be partially converted, staff would want entire complex converted to condominium. The Commission discussed in-lieu fees. The fees will not offset the affordable housing , problem. Commissioner Hovsepian is concerned with condominiums that are purchased as Ii Planning Commission Minutes—December 19, 2006 l 4 4 ' • 4 investment and are being rented. Commissioner Hovsepian discussed participation by the City as a passive partner in the Covenant, Conditions & Restrictions or Homeowner's Association may prevent this. Interim Director Joseph replied that an apartment conversion to condominium could become an affordable complex depending on financing that was associated with that conversion. Further, based on the potential number of apartments that could convert to condominiums, rental of condominiums should not be an issue. Assistant Director Abu-Bakar reviewed wall height in residential and non-residential zones, small lot overlay district, and minor corrections to various development code sections. Chairman Bennett opened the public hearing. There was no public comment. Chairman Bennett closed the public hearing. Chairman Bennett requested that the tables be renumbered. Assistant Director Abu-Bakar said the tables in the Ordinance would be numbered accordingly. COMMISSION ACTION: The Planning Commission approved Item 7b with clarification of Section 16.11.040D; Item C, Parking and Loading. MOTION: Bristow SECOND: Eliason AYES: Hovsepian, Braun, Eliason, Bennett, Bristow NOES: None ABSENT: None ITEM #8 - STAFF PRESENTATIONS Assistant Director Abu-Bakar informed the Commission that there will be training at the Caltrans facility in Los Angeles, February 1, 2007. She indicated that the Commission needs to call her if they are interested in attending the training. Interim Director Joseph introduced Karen Pulvers, Administrative Secretary in the Community Development Department. The Commission welcomed Ms. Pulvers. ITEM #9 - COMMISSION INFORMATION a. City Council Unofficial Action Agenda of December 12, 2006. Chairman Bennett said the new Council was sworn in and acknowledged Bill Kruger, who was in the audience. Chairman Bennett thanked Council Member Kruger for appointing him to the Planning Commission. Chairman Bennett thanked Commissioner Bristow for serving as Chairman the past and year and congratulated Commissioner Braun on being selected Vice Chair. ITEM #10 - COMMISSIONER COMMENTS Commissioner Eliason referenced the What's Developing memo on the condominium being proposed in an area where Commission has had discussions about a slope sliding potential. The residents expressed what is the city's opinion was on the repair plan. Commissioner Planning Commission Minutes—December 19, 2006 5 cautioned staff on responses to residents if they were asked about the `opinion." Commissioner Hovsepian requested that the Commission's comments regarding the live/work will be brought forward to the City Council. Interim Director Joseph replied in the affirmative. Chairman Bennett wished everyone a Merry Christmas. ITEM #11 - STAFF COMMENTS None. The Planning Commission Meeting of December 19, 2006 was adjourned at 8:32 PM to the next regularly scheduled meeting. Myrna of edina, Administrative Secretary Planning Commission Minutes—December 19, 2006 .—. 6