MINUTES

PLANNING COMMISSION REGULAR MEETING

JULY 17, 2007

 

 

1.0       CALL TO ORDER

 

The Regular Meeting of the Planning Commission of the City of Highland was called to order at 7:26 p.m. by Chairman Haller at the Donahue Council Chambers, 27215 Base Line, Highland, California.

 

Present:          Commissioners John Gamboa, Bob Moore and Michael Willhite, and Chairman Richard Haller

 

Absent:           Vice Chairman Randall Hamerly

 

Staff Present:John Jaquess, Community Development Director

Ernie Wong, City Engineer

Lawrence A. Mainez, City Planner

Dennis Barton, Assistant Public Works Director

Sean Kelleher, Assistant Planner

Linda McKeough, Administrative Assistant III

 

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Chairman Haller previously at the Joint Study Session Meeting.

 

 

 

2.0       COMMUNITY INPUT

 

There was none.

 

 

 

3.0       CONSENT CALENDAR

 

There were no items.

 

 

 

4.0       PUBLIC HEARINGS          

 

There were no items.

 

 

 

 

 

5.0       LEGISLATIVE

 

5.1       Determination that the development and construction of the City of Highland=s Capital Improvement Projects are consistent with the City=s General Plan, or part thereof, in accordance with  Government Code Section 65402.

 

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

  

Assistant Planner Kelleher gave the presentation from the Staff Report.  Community Development Director Jaquess added there is a State law that makes the Commission determine the Capital Improvement Program (CIP) is consistent with the General Plan and the Capital Improvement Program has many elements to it.  He then concluded the presentation and stated City Engineer Wong and Assistant Public Works Director Barton, as well as other City Staff are here to answer any questions the Commission may have

 

Chairman Haller asked if the Commission had any questions of Staff.   Hearing none, he then asked if anyone in the audience would like to speak on the item.  Seeing none, Chairman Haller then and opened the floor for discussion amongst the Commissioners.

 

The following are comments made by the Commissioners: 1) as a Civil Engineer, this is exciting and is anxious to see them constructed; 2) these are exciting times and is challenging which will affect the City, as a whole; 3) congratulations were made to Staff, and; 4) how the Commission is looking forward to the results.  Staff responded how Staff is also looking forward to the results, is part of the Program and Staff is able to do. 

 

Discussion ensued between the Commission and Staff regarding the feasibility of the CIP Projects going to start all at the same time. Staff explained there is a CIP each year with each Projects.  For the next two (2) years, Staff plans to obtain additional outside consultants and has prepared a Request For Proposal (RFP) for Project Management help.  A comment was made by a Commissioner how he is asked by the public many times  what Public Works project is going on and how long will it take, etc.  Staff responded there are projects that are on-going and gave an example with the Greenspot Road Bridge at the Santa Ana River and how most of the work on the Bridge will be completed in the near future.  The Commissioner indicated Staff=s submitted document will help and Staff has done a nice job.  Staff added the document is an optimistic estimate and is Anot set in stone@

 

Further comments were made by the Commissioners how Staff has set high standards in order to be consistent with the General Plan, Staff has done a great job with the bridges and with the aesthetics using the Fifth Street Bridge as an example using river rock, historical light standards, etc. and with the same with new ideas in the General Plan and that Staff is on the right track.  Staff responded the major (bridge) structures going over the River and with the river rock textures and lights on

 

 

 

 

the Fifth Street Bridge is good and having / using the aesthetic enhancements makes the community proud.  The design of the two Bridges (Boulder Avenue and Greenspot Road) the consultants (selected from the RFP process) needs to be knowledgeable in aesthetics.  Staff then told what transpired at the Public Safety Subcommittee Meeting with alternatives, design concepts, etc. and reiterated how Staff is excited about the CIP. 

 

A comment was made by a Commissioner stating how we are in the midst of a drought and appears to be a long term problem.  There is a new standard that is a moisture sensor that can be tied into the irrigation system and have Staff look at that for the CIP projects and reiterated how Highland has set high standards.  Staff responded there is approximately $138 million allocated for landscaping and provided an example with Palm Avenue=s landscaping median and further explained the landscape median area designs to the Commission. 

 

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

 

 

A Motion was made by Commissioner Gamboa and seconded by Commissioner Moore to adopt Resolution No. 07-009 determining the development and construction of the Projects identified in the  City of Highland=s Fiscal Year 2007 / 2008 Capital Improvement Program are consistent with the City=s General Plan, or part thereof, in accordance with Government Code Section 65402.

 

 

Motion carried on a 4 - 0 vote with Vice Chairman Hamerly absent.

 

 

 

6.0       ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

 

Staff explained there will be no items tentatively scheduled for August, 2007. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7.0       ADJOURN

 

 

There being no further business Chairman Haller declared the meeting adjourned at 7:40 p.m.

 

 

 

Submitted by:                                                            Approved by:

 

 

 

 

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Linda McKeough,                                                      Richard Haller, Chairman

Administrative Assistant III                                       Planning Commission