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Planning commission Minutes February 6, 2008



Regular Meeting

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

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:     Schott, Mothershead, Van Lonkhuysen, and DeFries


ELECTION OF OFFICERS:  Commissioner Smith nominated Commissioner Satorre as Chair.  Commissioner Salamy seconded the nomination.  Moved by Commissioner Salamy and seconded by Commissioner Smith to close the nominations. Roll call vote on nominee for Chair was carried unanimously.  Commissioner Kelly nominated Commissioner Kelly as Vice Chair, Commissioner Tallerico seconded the nomination and it was carried unanimously. 


APPROVAL OF MINUTES:  Moved by Commissioner Tallerico, seconded by Commissioner Salamy, to approve the minutes of January 2, 2008.  Motion carried 5-0.




10.       Minor Subdivision MS07-5, Use Permit UP07-6 and Environmental Assessment to construct two new duplex units – 1645 Edgeworth Avenue


Staff report presented by:       Michael Van Lonkhuysen, Associate Planner


Mr. Van Lonkhuysen presented the request by applicant, John Britton to obtain minor subdivision approval to construct a pair of residential duplexes on a vacant lot.  This application is the same application that the Planning Commission and City Council approved 2005.  Because the previous approval expired, the applicant is required to reapply for minor subdivision and use permit approval.


The site is located on the east side of Edgeworth Avenue, between Pierce and Washington Streets. On December 17, 2007, the Sullivan Corridor Council Committee conceptually approved the applicant’s proposal. 


The existing lot is 8,000 square feet.  The proposed subdivision would result in two new lots with the southerly lot being 3,750 square feet and the northerly lot 4,250 square feet.  The applicant proposes to construct a duplex on the front portion of the new lots for a total of four new units.  All units would have access to improved rear yards, which are 1,116 square feet for the southerly duplex and 1,302 square feet for the northerly duplex. 


Each of the buildings would be built to a zero lot line and would meet all applicable setback requirements.  The proposed front yard setback is 18 feet, while the rear yard setback is 40 feet.  There are no side setbacks.  The project meets all requirements of the Sullivan Corridor Specific Plan and the Zoning Ordinance. 


The ground floor consists mainly of the garage, where each unit has two spaces and another space in the driveway.  Zoning regulations require that two parking spaces be provided for each residential dwelling.  The applicant is providing three spaces per unit.  Staff has required pervious pavers for all driveway surfaces.   


            The approximately 1,500 to 1,600 square foot residential units include three bedrooms and two bathrooms, great room and a kitchen.  The units would be located at the second and third floors of each building.  All units would be accessible by walk-up stairs which directly access the building exterior and garage. 


            Staff felt that the architect, Ronald Perner, did a good job of picking up important architectural features of the neighborhood, utilizing the hip roof system, gable roof system, drop and shingle siding and architecturally decorative doors. 


            As part of the recent Sullivan Corridor Committee review, the Committee agreed with staff’s concern about the lack of architectural detail at the building’s side elevations, which are proposed as plywood.  This was primarily a requirement of the building code.  Prior to January, the code did not allow siding and it had to be plywood, but now it’s allowed and will be included in this design, as has been required by the Sullivan Corridor Committee.


            Staff has determined that the project is Categorically Exempt per Minor Land Divisions and Construction of Small Structures sections. 


            Commissioner Smith stated that she understood the minor subdivision part of the application, but wanted to know what the use permit was for.  Mr. Van Lonkhuysen replied that the Sullivan Corridor Specific Plan required a use permit for medium-low density residential uses.


            Commissioner Kelly commented on the parcel map used in the presentation and said it was much clearer and easier to read than the previous ones. 




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


            Moved by Commissioner Salamy, seconded by Commissioner Kelly, to adopt the findings as outlined in the staff report of February 6, 2008.  Motion carried 5-0.


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


            Moved by Commissioner Salamy, seconded by Commissioner Kelly, to approve Minor Subdivision MS07-5 and Use Permit UP07-6 subject to the Findings and Conditions as outlined in the staff report of February 6, 2008.  Motion carried by a unanimous roll call vote.




            Commissioner Kelly stated that it has been a pleasure to be part of the General Plan review and announced that the first of several public meetings will be held at the War Memorial on Wednesday, February 13, 2008 from 7:00–9:00 PM.  She encouraged everyone to attend, although Commissioners were not expected to participate, but to listen to the community and see what they think because the Commission will be asked to vote on things further down the line.  She hoped residents and business owners would attend and let everyone know what they want Daly City to look like in twenty years.  It is important to get as much community participation as we can.  She also stated that surveys were going out to the public in the near future.


            Senior Planner Mothershead mentioned that there would be parking available at First National Bank.  She also stated that the General Plan Update has a special website called www.plandalycity.org and that the survey is also available online and she encourages people to answer the survey that way to save postage and make tabulation easier. 


            Commissioner Smith thanked Denise Kelly for the excellent job she has done this past year and wished Ray Satorre good luck. 




            Meeting adjourned by Chair Satorre at 7:23 p.m.



                                                                        Respectfully submitted,




                                                                        Richard Berger

                                                                        Director of Economic and Community Development