JULY 5, 2006




1.0       CALL TO ORDER


The Special Meeting of the Planning Commission of the City of Highland was called to order at 6:07 p.m. by Chairman Haller at the Donahue Council Chambers, 27215 Base Line, Highland, California.


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


Absent:           None


Vacancy:        One    


Staff Present:Roger Derda, Interim Community Development Director

Lawrence A. Mainez, City Planner

Bruce Meikle, Associate Planner

Kim Stater, Economic Development Specialist

Linda McKeough, Administrative Secretary


The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Chairman Haller.






Planning Commission Special Presentation to the City of Highland=s former Community Development Director Rick C. Hartmann. 


Chairman Haller displayed the Commission=s framed Proclamation to former Community Development Director (CDD) Rick C. Hartmann and read it to the audience, gave a brief historical background of Mr. Hartmann and the Commission.  Chairman Haller asked the three (3) Commissioners to come to the podium and then presented the framed Proclamation to Mr. Hartmann. 


Mr. Hartmann thanked the Commission and stated he had enjoyed working with City Staff and being the CDD Director for over the past eleven (11) years; and has been a pleasure working with the Members of the Planning Commission, Design Review Board, and; thanked them for their many hours and years of dedication and commitment to the City.






There were no items.




4.0       PUBLIC HEARINGS          


4.1       An Application by Victoria Development Company requesting approval of two (2) Freeway-Oriented Community Business Signs.  The 12.29 acre site is located on the southeast corner of Highland Avenue and Boulder Avenue.  Assessor Parcel Numbers:  1200-081-01 and 03.  Representative:  Eric Jennings, Sr., Victoria Development Company.  (Continued from the June 6, 2006, Planning Commission Meeting.)


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


Economic Development Specialist Stater gave the presentation from the Staff Report, which included, but not limited to providing a brief historical background of the proposed Project=s Freeway Signage.  She then stated the Applicant is in the audience, concluded her presentation and indicated Staff is recommending approval of the proposed Project.


Chairman Haller asked if the Commission had any questions of Staff.   Hearing none, he then opened the Public Hearing and asked if the Applicant would like to make a presentation. 


Mr. Eric Jennings, of Victoria Development, 26569 Commercial Center Drive, Highland, California, who is the Project Manager, addressed the Commission.  He  introduced Mr. Shawn Meehan, P & R Architects, 15 Corporate Plaza, Newport Beach, California, who is the Applicant=s Architect, addressed the Commission.  Mr.  Jennings explained to the Commission the design of the two (2) proposed Freeway Signs; the line-of-sight relative to the proposed Building(s); the Photo Simulation; and concluded how the Freeway Signage is appropriate, as proposed.


Both Mr. Jennings and Meehan further explained to the Commission  the Photo Simulation is relative to the top view and View 4 is located on grade, as well as on the Freeway on-ramp and was conducted by a Avirtual signage test@.  Mr. Jennings added he was glad they conducted the Flag Test in order to verify the placement of the Freeway Signage.  He then asked if the Commission had any questions.







Discussion ensued between the Commission, Mr. Jennings, Mr. Meehan and Staff regarding View 4 AB@ which is the proposed Sign base is located at the correct Elevation.  Mr. Meehan responded affirmatively and added the Sign will be located at the easterly corner of the Office Building and is twenty-eight feet (28') below of the intersection.


There being no further discussion or questions of the Applicant or Staff, Chairman Haller then opened the Public Hearing and asked if there was anyone in the audience who would like to speak on the item.  Hearing None, he then closed the Public Hearing and opened the floor for discussion amongst the Commissioners.


Discussion ensued between the Commission and Staff regarding revising Planning Conditions of Approval No. 3 and adding COA No. 11.  


Further discussion ensued regarding the McDonalds= Freeway Sign and how there are no blank sign panels on the Sign; the City required no Tenant Sign could be placed on the Freeway Sign until there is an actual tenant, after review and approval.  A comment was made by the Commission how a precedent was set with the  McDonald=s Freeway Sign.  Mr. Jennings responded he has no issues with that and that he just wants it (the Sign) full. 


Discussion ensued regarding the Planning COA No. 12 requirement and the feasibility of illuminating the Signs relative to the proposed Monument Sign.  The Applicant responded illuminating the Sign should not be a problem; how the Sign panel is an opaque panel and will be surface lit; the junction box will be installed and match the plaster.  Staff added the Applicant=s junction boxes would be similar to the McDonald=s Freeway Sign=s panels.


The Flag Test Study Session was discussed again and comments were made by the Commission regarding the number of signs.  The Commission was unable to see either one Flag or the other  and by not much and it seems appropriate to consider the two Freeway Signs.  The property is an odd shaped Site and difficult topography and the Applicant needs the visibility and the people traveling the Freeway need to be able to read the Signs.  The location of the Freeway Signs are reasonable.  There were some concerns regarding the southwest corner of the Site adjacent to the residents= back yards; the need to have minimal light / illumination projection into those back yards. Both the concept and height of the proposed Freeway Signs are appropriate and to have the southernmost tip of the Site to make the Freeway ramp transition turn and allow for signage visibility.  


The Commission recapped the COAs for revising No. 3, and added No. 11 and Item A in the Temporary Sign Program not to exceed a total ninety (90) days.   Staff responded will look at the verbiage for consistency.





Chairman Haller asked if anyone else would like to speak on the item.  There was none and there being no further questions of the Applicant or Staff, or discussion amongst the Commissioners, Chairman Haller then called for the question.



A motion was made by Vice Chairman Hamerly and seconded by Commissioner Gamboa to:


1.                  Adopt Resolution No. 06- 016 to approve two (2) Freeway-oriented Community Business Signs associated with Conditional Use Permit (CUP) 05-002, subject to the Conditions of Approval, as amended with the following:


Planning Conditions of Approval:


No. 3               Size, location and design of each Sign shall be in keeping with the approved Site Plan, as Exhibit AA@.


No. 11             Sign Program shall be subject to review and approval by the Design Review Board.




2.                  Adopt the associated Findings of Fact.


Motion carried on a 4 - 0 vote with one vacancy.





There were no items.





Staff explained the items scheduled for the July 18, Regular Meeting and a Joint Study Session with the Commission and Design Review Board on July 19, 2006 at 6:00 p.m. for the Mission Development Project to be located on Greenspot Road. Discussion ensued regarding Mission Development project and what is anticipated for the July 19, Joint Study Session.  A question was asked about if some of the Commissioners may be too close in proximity to the proposed Project.  Staff responded that Staff will conduct research on the radius for the Commissioners.






Staff thanked Commissioner Gamboa for filling in on an interim basis of former Commissioner Birnbaum position on the DRB until the City Council appoints a new Commission Member.  



7.0       ADJOURN


There being no further business and in honor of former Community Development Director Rick C. Hartmann, Chairman Haller declared the meeting adjourned at 6:46 p.m.





Submitted by:                                                            Approved by:







Linda McKeough,                                                      Rich Haller, Chairman

Administrative Secretary                                          Planning Commission