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Planning Commission

MINUTES

PLANNING COMMISSION REGULAR MEETING

MARCH 7, 2006







1.0 CALL TO ORDER



The Regular Meeting of the Planning Commission of the City of Highland was called to order at 6:12 p.m. by Chairman Haller at the Donahue Council Chambers, 27215 Base Line, Highland, California.



Present: Commissioners John Gamboa and Gina Birnbaum, R. Paul Scott, Vice Chairman Randall Hamerly and Chairman Richard Haller



Absent: None



Staff Present:Rick C. Hartmann, Community Development Director

Lawrence A. Mainez, City Planner

Sean Kelleher, Assistant Planner

Linda McKeough, Administrative Secretary



The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Chairman Haller.





2.0 COMMUNITY INPUT



There was none.





3.0 CONSENT CALENDAR



3.1 Minutes of February 7, 2006, Special Meeting.



On Page 5, Fifth Paragraph, Sixth through the Ninth Sentences were amended as follows: "He requested illustrations be added for the design styles and stated not all styles go together. Mr. Hamerly gave an example for Blossom Trails' styles i.e. Craftsman / Bungalows are appropriate while the Monterey / Italianate are stand alone elements. He had overall concerns with the Architectural Guidelines and someone may come in and view the Standards as a checklist, and the Applicant needs to clarify the styles and make recommendations to the potential merchant buyer and provided another example with the design of a garage door, Mediterranean style okay, but not with the other styles. Mr. Hamerly further commented on the chimney styles / terminations and the need to add chimney shrouds to add authenticity to the Project."



Discussion ensued on Page 6, Second Paragraph regarding the height issues. Staff suggested may create a text box in the document with Staff discretionary review and then recommended to leave the Paragraph as is. The Commission concurred.





A motion was made by Vice Chairman Hamerly and seconded by Commissioner Birnbaum to approve the February 7, 2006, Special Meeting, as amended.



Motion carried on a 4 - 0 vote with Chairman Haller abstaining.





3.1 Minutes of February 7, 2006, Regular Meeting.



On Page 6, Fourth Paragraph, was amended as follows: "A question was asked by a Commission whether to recommend inclusion of Airport safety standards as a point of reference. Staff responded by stating how Staff plans to work with SBIAA on public safety issues with the project adjacent to the airport or affected by Airport Safety Zones, but the policy has been adequately addressed."



On Page 7, Second Paragraph, Last Sentence was amended as follows: "Staff responded how all public agencies need to participate in something like the relocation of the centerline and indicated the City and County of San Bernardino, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, and the SBIAA are sharing equal amounts for a Project Study Report."



On Page 8, Last Paragraph, the Second Sentence was split into another Paragraph starting with "Mr. John Castillo, ...".



On Page 10, the Motion was amended as follows: "A motion was made by Chairman Haller and seconded by Vice Chairman Hamerly to recommend to the City Council:



1. Maintain the recommendation of a Medium Density Residential Land Use Designation on Base Line (Recommendation No. 1), and;



2. Change the Recommendation to Planned Development Land Use Designation consistent with an underlying Policy proposed for Blossom Trails Project, for the area south of Fifth Street.



Motion carried on a 3 - 0 vote with Commissioners Gamboa and Scott abstaining."







The Commission directed Staff to replace the global verbiage of "not an issue" with "not an issue requiring a recommendation".



Staff stated how Staff will check the verbiage "absent" versus "abstain" and technically correct globally through the Minutes and was acceptable by the Commission.



On Page 11, Second Paragraph was amended to read as follows: "The Commission provided background on the action taken to Commissioner Gamboa."



On Page 11, Fourth Paragraph, Second Sentence was amended to read as follows: "Concepts were discussed on all east / west route south of Fifth Street, the local transportation system, and how the DIFs and the General Plan are subject to updates."



On Page 11, Fifth Paragraph, Second Sentence was amended to read as follows: "Further discussion ensued regarding if the DIFs are not changed, there is no funding which is not the best solution and how the Commission commented how studies should be conducted to conducted viable alternatives."



On Page 11, Last Paragraph, First Sentence was amended to read as follows: "Comments from the Commission included the path of travel channeling the three (3) major arterials and reiterated need for another east / west route possibly south of Fifth Street / Greenspot Road, but it has environmental issues."



On Page 12, First and Second Paragraphs were amended as follows: " A motion was made by Chairman Haller and seconded by Commissioner Birnbaum that the Base Line Extension remain in the General Plan with the caveat for further significant study to provide for east / west movement. Motion failed on a 2 - 2 vote with Vice Chairman Hamerly and Commissioner Gamboa dissenting and with Commissioner Scott abstaining."



On Page 12, Sixth Paragraph, was amended as follows: "Comments made by the Commission included how the Sterling Avenue / Ninth Street properties front Sterling Avenue and if these properties may be more appropriate as a Medium Density Residential Land Use Designation. Another comment made by the Commission was to have the properties maintain its Planned Commercial Designation, while the overall area does not work well without property consolidation. The feasibility of a Mixed Use Land Use Designation was also discussed."



On Pages 13, 15, 16, the Commission directed Staff to replace the global verbiage of "not an issue" with "not an issue requiring a recommendation".









On Page 16, Last Motion was amended to read as follows: "A motion was made by Vice Chairman Hamerly and seconded by Commissioner Birnbaum to approve the balance of the list exclusive of the Base Line Extension and recommend to the City Council concur and take action."



On Page 17, Seventh Paragraph, was amended to read as follows: "Discussion ensued between the Commission and Staff regarding the Conservation and Open Space Element of the General Plan and the Park / Parks Service Areas Goal 5.10 (Page 5-43) which relies on the use of School facilities. Vandalism and graffiti is happening at the School Facility(s) and the School gates are now closed / locked. Staff agreed to investigate the status of the School District Recreation Facility located within the School District Agreement(s)."



On Page 17, Eighth Paragraph was amended to read as follows: "A motion was made by Chairman Haller and seconded by Vice Chairman Hamerly to recommend to the City Council the Parks and Recreation Master Plan be a "High Priority". Affirmation Policy Goal 5.10, Policy Item No. 1 should be made as a High Priority on the City Council's Work Program and to make efforts to develop / maintain the Parks and Recreation Master Plan."



On Page 18, Fifth Paragraph was amended to read as follows: "A motion was amended by Chairman Haller and seconded by Vice Chairman Hamerly to correct Figure 5.5 to accurately reflect that the Schools are not always accessible as a park and Staff will review the availability to use the Schools for recreational purposes."



On Page 18, Sixth Paragraph was amended to read as follows: "Discussion ensued between the Commission and Staff regarding when the General Plan is taken to City Council for consideration, another category may be added. Staff stated the Commission's recommendation to the City Council is that Parks are a High Priority to the Commission and the School grounds need to be kept open consistent with per Policy Statement (on Page 5-43) Figure 5.5 Park Service Areas and if no Agreement exists, the Schools be open to others."





A motion was made by Vice Chairman Hamerly and seconded by Commissioner Scott to approve the Minutes of February 7, 2006, Regular Meeting, as amended.



Motion unanimously passed on a 5 - 0 vote.























5.0 LEGISLATIVE



5.1 Adoption of Resolution Number No. 06-006 for the determination made by the Planning Commission at its February 21, 2006, Public Meeting. Concerning a faux tree does not constitute a stealth facility, in accordance with Chapter 16.45, Section 16.45.090 of the Highland Municipal Code. (DCI 006-001). The location is City Wide.



Chairman Haller introduced the item and called for Staff's presentation.



Assistant Planner Kelleher gave the presentation from the Staff Report. He gave the historical background and then concluded Staff's presentation.



Discussion ensued between the Commission and Staff regarding the proposed Resolution and the action taken in the Minutes .



Chairman Haller asked if the Commission had questions of Staff. Hearing none, and since there was no public audience, further comments or testimony, he then called for the question.





A motion was made by Vice Chairman Hamerly and seconded by Commissioner Birnbaum to adopt Resolution Number No. 06-006 determining that a Wireless Telecommunication Facility mounted to a pole designed as a faux tree does not constitute a stealth facility in accordance with Chapter 16.45, Section 16.45.090 of the Highland Municipal Code (DCI 006-001).





Motion unanimously passed on a 5 - 0 vote.





6.0 ANNOUNCEMENTS



Staff explained the Planners Institute Conference Packets were distributed to the attendees.



Staff further the Planning Commission Meeting scheduled on March 21, 2006, and how the General Plan will be considered by the City Council on March 14, 2006.





















7.0 ADJOURN



There being no further business, Chairman Haller declared the meeting adjourned at 7:02 p.m.







Submitted by: Approved by:









Linda McKeough, Richard Haller, Chairman

Administrative Secretary Planning Commission

 



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