Planning Commission Minutes Jan. 2, 2008

ACTION MINUTES

DALY CITY PLANNING COMMISSION

Regular Meeting

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Council Chambers, Daly City

 

 

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

 

ROLL CALL:         Present:             Smith, Kelly, and Salamy

                              Absent:               Satorre and Tallerico

 

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

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:  Moved by Commissioner Smith, seconded by Commissioner Salamy, to approve the minutes of December 4, 2007.  Motion carried 3-0.

 

PUBLIC HEARINGS:

 

10.       Use Permit UP07-5 and Environmental Assessment to construct a new two-unit residential duplex – 320 Woodrow Street

 

Staff report presented by:       Michael Van Lonkhuysen, Associate Planner

 

Mr. Van Lonkhuysen presented the request by applicant, Corazon Meterperel to obtain use permit approval to construct a duplex.  The proposed plans are similar to plans for the same project approved by the Planning Commission and Council in November 2004.  Because the previous approval expired in November 2005, the applicant is required to reapply for use permit and design review approval. 

 

The site is located on Woodrow Street, between Westlake and Citrus Avenues and is zoned R-1/A, which allows duplexes with a use permit.  The adjacent neighborhood consists primarily of two story single-family homes.  The existing home on the site will be demolished and provides no off-street parking spaces.  The new duplex would provide six spaces. 

 

The proposed floor plan consists of two living units on separate floors above a common garage.  The lower unit would be 1,597 square feet and the upper unit would be 1,348 square feet.  It is smaller because it is recessed back to reduce the bulk of the building from the street.  Each unit would have two parking spaces in the garage and one additional space in the driveway, which would be 19 feet in length.  Tenants would be prohibited from storing anything in designated garage parking spaces.  The applicant is being required to relocate the storage area and water heater. 

 

The key issues are parking, neighborhood density and building design.  All issues have been addressed.  The proposed duplex would provide six off-street parking spaces, two more than the required four spaces.  The neighborhood density allows as many as 21 units per acre.  After this project is constructed, the density would be 15 units per acre.  The building has been designed to try and fit in with the shorter buildings that are adjacent to it. 

 

            Commissioner Smith asked if pervious pavers are being required.  Mr. Van Lonkhuysen replied that they were.  Commissioner Kelly asked if the existing tree would be removed.  Mr. Van Lonkhuysen said that it would have to be removed to make way for the driveway, but we should have a Condition of Approval to replace it.  There is a proposed 5 gallon tree, which will be changed to a 15 gallon tree.

 

 

            COMMISSION ACTION

 

            Moved by Commissioner Salamy, seconded by Commissioner Smith, to close the public hearing. Motion carried 3-0.

 

            Moved by Commissioner Smith, seconded by Commissioner Salamy, to adopt the findings as outlined in the staff report of January 2, 2008.  Motion carried 3-0.

 

            Moved by Commissioner Salamy, seconded by Commissioner Smith, to affirm the Environmental Assessment.  Motion carried 3-0.

 

            Moved by Commissioner Smith, seconded by Commissioner Salamy, to approve Use Permit UP07-5 subject to the Findings and Conditions as outlined in the staff report of January 2, 2008.  Motion carried by a unanimous roll call vote.

 

ADJOURNMENT:

 

            Moved by Commissioner Salamy, seconded by Commissioner Smith to adjourn at 7:10 p.m.

 

 

                                                                        Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

                                                                        Richard Berger

                                                                        Director of Economic and Community Development