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MINUTES

PLANNING COMMISSION REGULAR MEETING

OCTOBER 17, 2006







1.0 CALL TO ORDER



The Regular Meeting of the Planning Commission of the City of Highland was called to order at 6:05 p.m. by Chairman Haller at the Donahue Council Chambers, 27215 Base Line, Highland, California.



Present: Commissioners John Gamboa, Bob Moore, Vice Chairman Randall Hamerly and Chairman Richard Haller



Absent: Commissioner R. Paul Scott (arrived at 6:20 p.m.)



Staff Present:Roger Derda, Interim Community Development Director

Lawrence A. Mainez, City Planner

Sean Kelleher, Assistant Planner

Ernie Wong, City Engineer

Kim Stater, Economic Development Specialist

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 June 6, 2006, Regular Meeting.





A motion was made by Commissioner Gamboa and seconded by Vice Chairman Haller to approve the Minutes of June 6, 2006, as submitted.



Motion carried on a 4 - 0 vote with Commissioner Scott absent.









4.0 PUBLIC HEARINGS



4.1 (CUP 006-004) Conditional Use Permit adopting: (1) A Planned Development Document for the subject Project establishing development standards. (2) A Tentative Tract Map 18013 (TTM-006-002); for a proposed seventeen (17) lot residential subdivision for the subject parcel of land. The one (1) 3.33 gross acre parcel of land generally located three hundred feet (300') east of the intersection of Pacific Street and Victoria Avenue. APN: 1191-351-04-0-000. Representative: Henry Poquiz of HP Engineering, Inc. (Continued from the October 3, 2006, Planning Commission Public Hearing.)



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



Assistant Planner Kelleher gave the presentation from the Staff Report, which included, but not limited to: the location, description and analysis of the proposed Project, what transpired at the October 3, 2006, Commission Meeting and the proposed Resolution; both the Applicant's Representative are in the audience and then Assistant Planner Kelleher concluded his presentation.



Chairman Haller asked if the Commission had any questions of Staff. Hearing none, he then explained what transpired at the October 3, 2006, Meeting and the Commission had received comments and again asked if anyone else would like to speak on the item. Hearing none, he closed the Public Hearing and opened the floor for discussion amongst the Commissioners. There being no further 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 adopt Resolution 06-022 Denying Conditional Use Permit 006-004 for a Planned Development Document and Tentative Tract Map 18013 (TTM 006-002), subject to the Findings of Fact.



Motion carried on a 3 - 1 vote with Chairman Haller dissenting and Commissioner Scott absent.





4.2 Revocation of Conditional Use Permit 03-003, an entitlement to construct and operate a ten (10) unit affordable Senior Housing Apartment Complex, and termination of a related Affordable Housing and Qualifying Residents Agreement (Document No. 2004-0525006) authorizing a Density Bonus. The Site is an approximate 0.41 acre parcel located at the southwest corner of Lillian Lane and Base Line. Representative: Dr. Pamela Miller, Applicant.



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









City Planner Mainez gave the presentation from the Staff Report, and indicated Staff Member Economic Development Specialist Stater is present to answer any questions the Commission may have, and then explained the historical background of the proposed Project and the Applicant's request for revocation of the Project; the Applicant's has no interest in developing the Project, wants a clear title for selling the property and then concluded his presentation.



Chairman Haller asked if the Commission had any questions of Staff.



Discussion ensued between the Commission and Staff regarding what happens with the Conditional Use Permit (CUP) being adopted for a specific project / parcel and the time frame for expiration. City Planner Mainez responded when the CUP expires, the process is then to revoke the Entitlement and gave scenarios for a revocation. Economic Development Specialist Stater then explained the Density Bonus as Senior Housing and Affordable Housing with the Agreement and how the CUP is on the title and reiterated it needs to be removed.



Further discussion ensued between the Commission and Staff regarding the density and Zoning Designation of the Project as originally the property was Zoned Base Line Commercial; as of March and April 2006, the R2C Designation was adopted and is nine dwelling units per acre (9 du/ac); with a CUP, the density could be increased and Staff provided a scenario i.e. clustering design through the CUP process.



Chairman Haller asked if the Commission had any further questions of Staff. Hearing none, he then opened the Public Hearing and asked if anyone would like to speak on the item. Hearing none, he closed the Public Hearing and opened the floor for discussion amongst the Commissioners. There being no further 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 adopt Resolution 06-023 to:



Motion carried on a 4 - 0 vote with Commissioner Scott absent.











4.3 (TTM-006-004) Tentative Tract Map 18199, a proposed Subdivision of 4.27 gross acres into twenty-four (24) residential lots with a 20,666 square foot Neighborhood Park. The proposed Tract is located within the Corridor Residential Zoning District (R2C). The subject property is located on the north side of Base Line 1700' west of Victoria Avenue. APNs: 1192-201-13, 14, and 15. Representative: Thatcher Engineering and Associates.



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



Assistant Planner Kelleher distributed a Memorandum from the City Engineer dated October 17, 2006, and explained on Page 44 of the Staff Report how Engineering COA No. 30 has been revised and was read into the record; he then gave the presentation from the Staff Report which included, but not limited to the Project's layout design and location, density and is permitted by Right-of-Zone; Underground Detention Basin design; proposed Park adjacent to the proposed Project; the buffer design; what is located adjacent to the Project; private roads and meandering street design; the proposed Project meets the setback requirements and how Lot 10 is the smallest Lot, but with the largest home to be plotted on it. Assistant Planner Kelleher stated both the Applicant and the Applicant's Representative are in the audience, concluded his presentation and Staff recommending approval of the proposed Project.



Chairman Haller asked if the Commission had any questions of Staff.



Discussion ensued between the Commission and Staff regarding the Warm Creek Storm Drain Channel and the Flood Control Channel.



There being no further questions to Staff, Chairman Haller asked if the Applicant would like to make a presentation.



Mr. Bud Thatcher of Thatcher Engineering, 345 Fifth Street, Suite B, Redlands, California, who is the Applicant's Civil Engineer, addressed the Commission. He thanked Staff and agreed with the COAs, but had some concern with Engineering COA No. 30 with San Bernardino County COA but is a good faith effort; the Underground Detention Basin is a water quality issue and is a "moving target" and explained the Applicant's goal is to underground in infiltration system and not a Detention Basin.



(Note: Commissioner Scott arrived at 6:20 p.m.)



Chairman Haller asked if the Commission had questions of the Applicant.











Discussion ensued between the Commission, Mr. Thatcher and Staff regarding the status of the Applicant's intent; with the revised Engineering COA No. 30 and giving property to San Bernardino County Flood Control; also the need for flexibility with the Best Management Practice (BMP) requirement and Staff has ideas what to use and how to address the COA; the City's design ability and the State requirements; how the standards will be enforced would be dependent on the applicability of them; the feasibility of the Underground System meeting the requirements; the Water Quality Management Board is continually evolving for no treatment and is the second Tract the Commission has seen what is best practice management. Mr. Thatcher stated the Detention Basin for this week, but next week might be something different; is okay with the timing and will move quickly, as possible, and appreciates Staff's flexibility.



A question was asked what will the Design Review Board review. Mr. Thatcher responded an Infiltration Basin design and he then thanked the Commission.



Chairman Haller asked if anyone else would like to speak on the item. Hearing none, he closed the Public Hearing and opened the floor for discussion amongst the Commissioners.



Discussion ensued between the Commissioners regarding how the proposed Project exceeds the Zoning Standards.



There being no further discussion amongst the Commissioners, or comments or questions of the Applicant or Staff, Chairman Haller then called for the question.





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



1. Direct Staff to File a Notice of Exemption;



2. Adopt Resolution 06-024 approving Tentative Tract Map 18199 (TTM 006-004), all subject to the Recommended Conditions of Approval, as amended with the following:



Engineering COA



A* 30. Make a good faith effort to obtain concurrence from San Bernardino County Flood Control District to accept ownership of the property underlying the twenty foot (20') Flood Control Easement and ten foot (10') Pipeline Easement, located at the northwest corner of the Project, and comply with any County Conditions that must be met prior to County's acceptance of the property. The Pipeline and Flood Control Easements shall be designated as a Lettered Lot on the Final Map and shall not be included in Lot "A". Dedicate a Storm Drain Easement to the City of Highland.



and;



3. Adopt the Findings of Fact.



Motion unanimously passed on a 5 - 0 vote.





5.0 LEGISLATIVE



There were no items.





6.0 ANNOUNCEMENTS



Staff announced Planning Technician I, Angela Aguilar, has joined City Staff; reminder of the Commission attending the Ethics Training for November 16, 2006, and Vice Chairman Hamerly asked Staff to make a reservation for him; Staff requested the Commission's schedule for the holidays so Staff would be able to schedule items for the Commission's consideration; explained Staff has numerous Draft Minutes to review from previous Meetings.





7.0 ADJOURN



There being no further business Chairman Haller declared the meeting adjourned at 6:30 p.m.









Submitted by: Approved by:







Linda McKeough, Rich Haller, Chairman

Administrative Secretary Planning Commission

 



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