Planning Commssion Minutes - April 1, 2008

ACTION MINUTES

DALY CITY PLANNING COMMISSION

Regular Meeting

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Council Chambers, Daly City

 

 

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

 

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

                              Absent:               Salamy

 

      Staff Present:     Schott, Mothershead, Engfer, and DeFries

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:  Moved by Commissioner Kelly, seconded by Commissioner Tallerico, to approve the minutes of March 4, 2008.  Motion carried 4-0.

 

PUBLIC HEARINGS:

 

10.       Use Permit UP08-2, Design Review DR08-2 and Environmental Assessment to install an 88’ tall monopole tower for a wireless facility – 1050 King Drive

 

Staff report presented by:       Steve Engfer, Assistant Planner

 

Mr. Engfer presented the request by applicant Ridge Communications representing Verizon Wireless to obtain a use permit for the installation of an 88’ tall monopine wireless tower with support equipment at the existing Public Storage site located at the northeast corner of King Drive and Skyline Boulevard.  The tower will be located on the northern end of the parcel.

 

The proposed monopine is considered a stealth facility and will be located adjacent to existing trees. The location has a 30’ by 30’ base station with equipment and screen fencing.  The actual height of the monopole is 83’ and the branches stick up above that by 5’.  Mr. Engfer presented photo simulations showing the trees and how the monopine would blend in.  He also had an illustration board with a sample of the imitation pine branch. 

 

Commissioner Kelly asked if the green was similar to the other trees or would it stand out.  Mr. Engfer replied that it was a little bit different, but there are different types of trees there with different shades of green.  She also questioned if it would fade and how would it stand up to the fog and wet weather in that area. 

 

Speakers:        Clarence Chavis, Ridge Communications/Verizon

                        Russ Bentson, Verizon Wireless

 

Mr. Chavis responded that they have used these monopines throughout the Bay Area, but do not have any in Daly City.  Mr. Bentson stated that the oldest tree pole is in the Danville area.  It has been there for 13 years and held up well.  He would expect some fading from the brighter color and would blend in more with the existing trees.  Commissioner Kelly then asked how it would stand up to the wind.  Mr. Bentson replied that in San Luis Obispo, they have strong winds and the trunk and branches held up well. 

 

Commissioner Tallerico asked if other companies would be using their tower.  Mr. Bentson answered that the structural strength of the tower will allow at least two other carriers. When those carriers come in, they will have to apply for a permit through the Planning Division.  Mr. Engfer mentioned that the co-location letter was submitted by applicant as required. Commissioner Satorre asked about the safety of the electro magnetic fields.  Mr. Bentson replied that they had submitted a review by an independent engineering company and the levels on the ground are less than one percent of what is allowed and at this height.

            COMMISSION ACTION

 

            Moved by Commissioner Tallerico, seconded by Commissioner Kelly, to close the public hearing. Motion carried 4-0.

 

            Moved by Commissioner Tallerico, seconded by Commissioner Smith, to adopt the findings as outlined in the staff report of April 1, 2008.  Motion carried 4-0.

 

            Moved by Commissioner Kelly, seconded by Commissioner Tallerico, to affirm the Environmental Assessment.  Motion carried 4-0.

 

            Moved by Commissioner Kelly, seconded by Commissioner Tallerico, to approve Use Permit UP08-2 and Design Review DR06-2 subject to the Findings and Conditions as outlined in the staff report of April 1, 2008.  Motion carried by a unanimous roll call vote.

 

11.       Zone Change ZC08-1, Minor Subdivision MS08-1 and Environmental Assessment to change the zoning from I-D Interim District to R-1 Single Family Residential and to subdivide one lot into two lots in conjunction with the new construction of two single family residences – 140 3rd Avenue

 

Staff report presented by:       Tatum Mothershead, Senior Planner

 

Ms. Mothershead presented, on behalf of Jeanne Naughton, the request by Hui Cong Yu to rezone and subdivide one lot into two for the construction of two new single family homes.  The 5,000 square foot site is located in the Hillside neighborhood on the west side of 3rd Avenue between Castle and East Market Streets.  The project site is zoned I-D Interim District with a General Plan designation that allows between 21 to 35 dwelling units per acre, so the proposal would be consistent with the General Plan. 

 

There currently is an existing house on the site that will have to be demolished prior to any map being recorded.  The adjacent uses are varied.  To the north of the site are single family homes, to the south is a nursery, across the street is a vacant field as well as the Habitat for Humanity project.

 

Each proposed lot would be 2,500 square feet and measure 25’ x 100.  The size is consistent with R-1 zoning.  Interim District zoning was for properties recently annexed to the City with the intent to rezone them at a later time.  Development is permitted in Interim Districts, but a Use Permit would be required for each parcel and any subsequent improvements to the properties.  Therefore, it is better to rezone the property now to be consistent with the neighborhood and eliminate the need for future use permits.

 

Both proposed single family residences will be two stories and contain approximately 2, 534 square feet of living area, including a 437 square foot side by side garage.  The bottom floor consists of two bedrooms, one bathroom and a family room.  The upstairs consist of a living room, kitchen, three bedrooms and two bathrooms.  They will be required to go through the design review process.

 

Commissioner Smith wanted to know if there were two off street parking spaces provided and if pervious pavers were being required.  Ms. Mothershead replied yes to both questions. 

 

COMMISSION ACTION

 

            Moved by Commissioner Kelly, seconded by Commissioner Tallerico, to close the public hearing. Motion carried 4-0.

 

            Moved by Commissioner Tallerico, seconded by Commissioner Smith, to adopt the findings as outlined in the staff report of April 1, 2008.  Motion carried 4-0.

 

            Moved by Commissioner Smith, seconded by Commissioner Tallerico, to affirm the Environmental Assessment.  Motion carried 4-0.

 

            Moved by Commissioner Kelly, seconded by Commissioner Tallerico, to approve Zone Change ZC08-1 and Minor Subdivision MS08-1 subject to the Findings and Conditions as outlined in the staff report of April 1, 2008.  Motion carried by a unanimous roll call vote.

 

12.       Use Permit UP07-14 and Environmental Assessment to expand a snack shop and include a service bay at an existing service station – 1690 Sullivan Avenue

 

Staff report presented by:       Tatum Mothershead, Senior Planner

 

Ms. Mothershead introduced the site which is an existing Valero station located on the west side of Sullivan Avenue, north of Pierce Street.  It is zoned Commercial Retail and Office and is in the Sullivan Corridor Specific Plan area. 

 

She gave some background to the application, stating that former owners had applied for use permits to allow a mini-market in 1983 and 1987.  Both applications were denied because of on and off-site circulation issues.  Since then, a traffic signal has been installed at the intersection of Pierce Street and Sullivan Avenue. 

 

In June 2002, the City Council approved a use permit to legalize and expand the snack shop at the gas station.  The applicant failed to submit building permit plans within one year of the approval date and the use permit expired.  Therefore the applicant submitted a new application for the proposal that was approved in 2002.  That application was approved by the City Council in March 2005.

 

Since that time, the use permit has expired again and the property owner has modified the plans to maintain one of the service bays for smog check only.  The proposed changes would require 8 on-site parking spaces.  Six are provided at the southwest corner and two are in a parallel configuration at the north end of the site.  The pumps will stay in the same location and the store will occupy the existing building. 

 

At the previous hearing, conditions were added and those conditions are going to stay.  There will be a “Right Turn Only” sign and also pavement markings to restrict any left hand turns onto Sullivan Avenue.  Staff is now requesting that the exit onto Pierce Street be a “Right Turn Only” due to the proposed development across the street and the applicant has agreed.

 

The proposal is to expand the existing store into two of the existing service bays and create a store area of 1,090 square feet.  They do intend to leave one service bay open for Smog Test Only.  There would be no repairs done at the site. 

 

Commissioner Tallerico was concerned about trash and litter.  Ms. Mothershead replied that staff could add a maintenance requirement, but she felt the site was pretty well maintained.  He also asked if there would be alcohol sales and was told there would not. 

 

Commissioner Kelly asked if the site maintenance requirement would be like fast food restaurants.  Ms. Mothershead responded that those types of maintenance plans usually required litter removal off-site.  Typically in other projects, the maintenance is restricted to the site. 

 

Commissioner Smith referred to the comments in the staff report regarding the future widening of Sullivan Avenue.  Ms. Mothershead explained that the property owners have already dedicated the 10’ of right-of-way and the understanding is that they can continue to use the pumps in the right-of-way.  They understand they will lose those pumps when the City widens that portion of Sullivan Avenue.

 

Speakers:        Ben Shimmick, Petroleum Sales

                        Michael Trimble, Petroleum Sales

 

Mr. Shimmick explained that they have about 15’ in the back of the property, so that when the widening happens, they would rebuild the whole site.    

 

COMMISSION ACTION

 

            Moved by Commissioner Kelly, seconded by Commissioner Tallerico, to close the public hearing. Motion carried 4-0.

 

            Moved by Commissioner Smith, seconded by Commissioner Tallerico, to adopt the findings as outlined in the staff report of April 1, 2008.  Motion carried 4-0.

 

            Moved by Commissioner Kelly, seconded by Commissioner Tallerico, to affirm the Environmental Assessment.  Motion carried 4-0.

 

            Moved by Commissioner Smith, seconded by Commissioner Tallerico, to approve Use Permit UP07-14 subject to the Findings and Conditions as outlined in the staff report of April 1, 2008.  Motion carried by a unanimous roll call vote.

 

COMMUNICATIONS:

 

            Ms. Mothershead announced that Wednesday, April 2nd was the next community workshop for the General Plan update.  Everyone in the community is invited to attend at the War Memorial at 7:00.

 

Commissioner Satorre also mentioned the Joint Study Session to be held in the Council Chambers on April 7th at 5:30 p.m.  Ms. Mothershead explained that it was a presentation about the challenges that local jurisdictions and the world will be facing in the next 30 years and how we can prepare for that on a local level.

 

ADJOURNMENT:

 

            Moved by Commissioner Kelly, seconded by Commissioner Tallerico, to adjourn at 7:30 p.m.

 

                                                                        Respectfully submitted,

 

 

                                                                        Richard Berger

                                                                        Director of Economic and Community Development