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Planning Commission Minutes Nov. 7, 2007

ACTION MINUTES

DALY CITY PLANNING COMMISSION

Regular Meeting

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Council Chambers, Daly City

 

 

Chair Kelly called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

 

ROLL CALL:         Present:             Smith, Satorre, Kelly, Salamy, and Tallerico

                             

      Staff Present:     Berger, Schott, Mothershead, Van Lonkhuysen, Naughton, and DeFries

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:  Moved by Commissioner Satorre, seconded by Commissioner Tallerico, to approve the minutes of September 4, 2007.  Motion carried 5-0.

 

PUBLIC HEARINGS:

 

10.       Variance V07-2 and Environmental Assessment to subdivide for a lot line adjustment between two existing lots resulting in lot size below permitted minimum – 930 Brunswick Street and 121 Irvington Street

 

            Staff report presented by:       Michael Van Lonkhuysen, Associate Planner

 

            Mr. Van Lonkhuysen presented the request by Ignacio Lopez to obtain variance approval necessary to adjust the rear lot line between the two properties. The lots are located between Irvington and Brunswick Streets.  Both 121 Irvington and 930 Brunswick contain single family homes, which are characteristic of the entire neighborhood.

 

            The primary intention of the proposed lot line adjustment is to allow the rear yard of the home at 121 Irvington Street to have a larger rear yard.  They are transferring 450 square feet of lot area from one property to the other.  The reason for the variance is that the resulting lot size of both lots would fall below the minimum permitted lot size established by the Zoning Ordinance for the R-1 zone.  The minimum lot size for the R-1 zone is 2,500 square feet.  The lot for 121 Irvington would be 2,326 square feet and the lot at 930 Brunswick would be 2,250 square feet. 

 

            Variances are permitted by the Zoning Ordinance as a means to provide equitable treatment to all property owners in the same zoning district.  Adjacent lot sizes to the west of the properties are 94 feet deep for lots fronting Irvington and 90 feet deep for lots fronting Brunswick.  The subject lot and all the lots to the east are 76 feet fronting Irvington and 106 feet fronting Brunswick.  The applicant is requesting a variance to allow him to conform to the lot depths to the west.  The Planning Division and Engineering Division have reviewed the proposal and see no issue with granting the request.

 

            COMMISSION ACTION

 

            Moved by Commissioner Tallerico, seconded by Commissioner Smith, to close the public hearing. Motion carried 5-0.

 

            Moved by Commissioner Salamy, seconded by Commissioner Smith, to adopt the findings as outlined in the staff report of November 7, 2007.  Motion carried 5-0.

 

            Moved by Commissioner Smith, seconded by Commissioner Salamy, to affirm the Environmental Assessment.  Motion carried 5-0.

 

            Moved by Commissioner Smith, seconded by Commissioner Salamy, to approve Variance V07-2 subject to the Findings and Conditions as outlined in the staff report of November 7, 2007.  Motion carried by a unanimous roll call vote.

 

11.              Use Permit UP07-4 and Environmental Assessment for operation of a car rental business – 7255 Mission Street

 

Staff report presented by:       Jeanne Naughton

 

Ms. Naughton presented the request for approval of a car rental business.  The subject property is located on the east side of Mission Street between Price and Castle streets.  It is zoned C-1 (Light Commercial) and has a General Plan Land Use Designation of Commercial Retail and Office.  Both designations conditionally allow for the proposed car rental use.  The applicant originally had included incidental sales as part of the proposal, but has since rescinded that aspect of the business from the proposal.  The parking ratio may require modification based on this change. 

 

Budget Car Rental proposes to operate a car rental business.  The facility would operate from 7am to 6pm, Monday through Friday and 8am-2pm on Saturday and Sunday.  According to the applicant, a maximum of one employee will be present on site at any given time.

 

A car rental facility requires use permit approval in the C-1 zoning district.  The proposed automotive use on the subject site is consistent with previous uses on the site and similar to other uses that exist on Mission Street.  While the applicant would prefer to have a longer approval period, staff, in conjunction with the Agency’s Mission Street Committee’s direction, is recommending the standard five year approval period for the use permit. 

 

The existing site is improved as an asphalt parking lot containing 39 parking spaces, 10 of which will be reserved for visitors and employees.  This ratio will be revisited based on the exclusive use of car rental without the incidental sales aspect. 

 

The existing 650 square foot trailer is located on the northwest corner of the site.  The applicant is proposing exterior upgrades to the structure, including a new accessible ramp, new exterior paint, awnings, and signage.  The new signage for the site includes a new 28 square foot wall sign on the north side of the trailer and 19 square foot wall sign on the south face of the trailer.  The proposal also includes the installation of a new pylon sign on the south side of the northernmost driveway.  The maximum height of the pylon sign is 22 feet. 

 

The applicant must submit a written request to the Building Official for approval to use the trailer as a business office on a temporary basis.  The timeframe should coincide with the length of the use permit. 

 

The existing site is surrounded by pipe bollards and a wooden fence along the eastern and southern portions of the site.  The proposal includes the removal of eight bollards at the southwestern corner of the site, in order to utilize an existing driveway apron from Mission Street. 

 

There are two additional driveway aprons along Mission Street in the center portion of the western side of the site that the Engineering Division is recommending be abandoned and the full curb height restored. 

 

Commissioner Tallerico wanted to confirm that there would be no truck rentals at the site and questioned the traffic issues with a bus stop and Jack-in-the Box so close.  He suggested moving the driveway.  Ms. Naughton replied that Engineering had no issue with the driveway location. 

 

Commissioner Satorre pointed out that Mission Street has an abundance of auto uses and does not consider this good development of the City.  He feels that Daly City is far behind other cities.  He asked if street trees could be planted in front of the property.  Ms. Naughton replied that staff has recommended street trees and developing a landscaping plan including vines on the fencing.  He also suggested that the ingress and egress should be different.  He felt it would be a problem to have both on Mission Street.

 

Commissioner Kelly asked what was the anticipated number of cars going in and out per day.  Ms. Mothershead replied that no traffic analysis had been done as the site was previously used for car sales. 

 

            Speakers:        Robert Picard, RHL Design Group, Inc. on behalf of Avis Budget Group

                                    Tom Olsen, Avis Budget Group, Real Estate Dept.

 

            The Planning Commission requested that staff work with the Engineering Division to explore alternatives to the utilization of the northernmost driveway as a two-way traffic ingress/egress point to the site.  There were concerns about using the northernmost driveway for both ingress and egress due to the close proximity to the bus stop located at Price and Mission Streets.  Mr. Picard of RHL Design Group, Inc. stated that the Conditions of Approval were generally acceptable, but felt that the parking ratio for the car rental business should be reduced because a maximum of one employee would be on site at any given time and incidental sales were being eliminated from the proposal.

 

            COMMISSION ACTION

 

            Moved by Commissioner Salamy, seconded by Commissioner Tallerico, to close the public hearing. Motion carried 5-0.

 

            Moved by Commissioner Salamy, seconded by Commissioner Satorre, to adopt the findings as outlined in the staff report of November 7, 2007.  Motion carried 5-0.

 

            Moved by Commissioner Salamy, seconded by Commissioner Tallerico, to affirm the Environmental Assessment.  Motion carried 5-0.

 

            Moved by Commissioner Satorre, seconded by Commissioner Smith, to approve Use Permit UP07-4 subject to the Findings and Conditions as amended and outlined in the staff report of November 7, 2007.  Motion carried by a unanimous roll call vote.

 

ADJOURNMENT:

            Moved by Commissioner Tallerico, seconded by Commissioner Satorre, to adjourn at 7:35 p.m.

 

                                                                        Respectfully submitted,

 

 

                                                                        Richard Berger

                                                                        Director of Economic and Community Development