Planning Commission Minutes Sept. 2, 2008

ACTION MINUTES

DALY CITY PLANNING COMMISSION

Regular Meeting

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Council Chambers, Daly City

 

 

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

 

ROLL CALL:         Present:             Smith, Kelly, and Satorre

                              Absent:               Salamy and Tallerico

 

      Staff Present:     Schott, VanLonkhuysen, Engfer, and DeFries

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:  Moved by Commissioner Smith, seconded by Commissioner Kelly, to approve the minutes of August 5, 2008.  Motion carried 3-0.

 

PUBLIC HEARINGS:

 

10.       Use Permit UP08-7 and Environmental Assessment for limited auto sales use – 6422 Mission Street

 

Staff report presented by:       Steve Engfer, Assistant Planner

 

Mr. Engfer presented the request by Chris Parisis to obtain use permit approval to conduct limited auto sales at the CG Appliance Express site located on Mission and Knowles and the lot to the rear.  The property is zoned C-1 Light Commercial, which allows auto sales with a use permit.  The request is for one parking space with a sign and a small office space. The DMV requires zoning verification for the auto dealer license.  The requirements for the type of license require a display area for the vehicles, a 2’ x 2’ sign and office space. 

 

There are three types of licenses:  auto broker, wholesaler, and retail.  Mr. Parisis has requested approval of a use permit for retail for one vehicle display area in the lot to the rear of CG Appliance, a small share space of 125 square feet in the CG Appliance Express and a 2’ x 2’ sign to be installed.  

 

One of the items that was discussed with applicant at the Redevelopment Agency Committee meeting was an issue with the delivery and storage of materials and the view from Knowles.  It was determined that the Conditions of Approval could address these issues.  The applicant has agreed to have screening installed on the gate.  Another concern was hours of operation, and the applicant has proposed “by appointment only” hours for this particular use.  The Conditions of Approval also require permitting for the sign. 

 

Because of auto related uses on Mission Street and problems associated with those uses, an Administrative Review was suggested.  There is a Condition of Approval requiring a 6 month administrative review to identify any issues. 

 

Commissioner Satorre asked why there were so many cardboard boxes in the rear and pointed out that it could be a fire hazard.  He suggested that deliveries be made directly to the sites. 

 

Speakers:        Chris Parisis, applicant

 

Mr. Parisis responded that their cardboard recycling is picked up three times a week and he explained their shipping and receiving procedures.  Commissioner Smith stated that the site had an attractive fence and hoped the screening would preserve the aesthetics. 

 

Commissioner Kelly asked how many parking spaces were required for the existing use of the building.  Mr. Engfer replied that the zoning ordinance requires nine to ten spaces based on a building area of + 6,150 square feet and approximately twelve are provided, although there is some merchandise and a container taking up some of the spaces.  Commissioner Kelly then stated that she was concerned that parking spaces were being used for storage.  She was also concerned about the impact of deliveries and taking up parking spaces, the egress in and out of the parking lot, and the impact on the neighborhood of additional cars for employees. Mr. Engfer responded that the use proposed is a shared use of the existing space inside CG Appliance and one space outside for vehicle display.  He confirmed that Mr. Parisis was the sole employee. 

 

Commissioner Kelly asked if the project could be subject to review again after the first six month review.  Mr. Engfer replied that in theory any time the Conditions of Approval are not being met under a use permit, it can be reviewed and taken up again by Council.

 

            COMMISSION ACTION

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

            Moved by Commissioner Smith, seconded by Commissioner Kelly, to approve Use Permit UP08-7 subject to the Findings and Conditions as outlined in the staff report of September 2, 2008.  Motion carried by a 2-1 roll call vote with Commissioner Kelly against.

 

11.       Minor Subdivision MS08-2 and Environmental Assessment to subdivide and existing 3.64-acre parcel into three parcels for the purpose of constructing a previously approved senior apartment complex, a drugstore, and satellite retail building – 165 Pierce Street

 

Staff report presented by:       Michael VanLonkhuysen, Senior Planner

 

Mr. VanLonkhuysen presented the request by American Senior Living to obtain parcel map approval for the previously approved senior apartment and retail project at the southwest corner of Sullivan Avenue and Pierce Street.  Both the Planning Commission and City Council approved this project in November 2006.  Subsequent to that, a Design Review Committee approved the project design and this is a request for parcel map approval to split one lot into three separate lots.

 

The existing buildings on the site will be demolished and replaced with new mixed-use building consisting of senior apartments and retail.  The Council Design Review Committee did approve a minor readjustment to the design of the building. The number of units and the amount of retail will remain the same.  The change is just a minor adjustment to the configuration of the building

 

The parcel map is a subdivision of the 3.64-acre site into three parcels.  It is necessary because each building will be under separate ownership.  The senior apartments, Walgreens, and the satellite retail will each have separate ownership.  In addition to the three parcels, the map provides a 20-foot wide emergency vehicle access easement through the site as required by the Fire Department. 

 

Commissioner Satorre asked about the egress and ingress for Walgreens and asked if any traffic study had been done.  Mr. VanLonkhuysen replied that there had been a traffic study done for the project and it did not identify any major issues with the egress and ingress routes.  Because of the median in Sullivan Avenue, they are confined to a right in, right out configuration.  Commissioner Satorre then asked if the Traffic Safety Committee is involved when there is new infrastructure going up.  Mr VanLonkhuysen explained that the Traffic Safety Committee considers requests by the public to address neighborhood concerns.

 

Speakers:        Jeff Carr, longtime area resident

                        John Haffner, American Senior Living

 

Mr. Carr voiced his concerns about the increased traffic that this project would bring and pointed out how narrow Pierce Street is.  He stated that people are making illegal left hand turns off the freeway and this is a public safety concern.  He said it was a complete travesty to put that project on that corner and say there are no traffic issues. 

 

COMMISSION ACTION

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

            Moved by Commissioner Smith, seconded by Commissioner Kelly, to approve Minor Subdivision MS08-2 subject to the Findings and Conditions as outlined in the staff report of September 2, 2008. Motion carried by a unanimous roll call vote.

 

            Commissioner Kelly asked the applicant how close the project was to groundbreaking.  Mr. Haffner replied that they are currently working on their building permits and have obtained demolition permits.  They expect to have a groundbreaking ceremony at the end of September.  They will be starting a twenty-two month construction process.  Commissioner Kelly asked that they be considerate of the people living in the area during construction. 

 

12.       Use Permit UP08-15 and Environmental Assessment for an auto repair garage – 6041 Mission Street

 

Staff report presented by:       Michael VanLonkhuysen, Senior Planner

 

Mr. VanLonkhuysen presented the request by Santiago Serrano to re-establish an auto repair garage in an existing building located at 6041 Mission Street.  The property has historically been used as an auto repair shop, so this is not a new use to this site.  Less than a year ago, there was at least one auto repair business operating at this location.  However, the auto repair business ceased to operate for a period of six months which then triggers the requirement for Planning Commission and City Council to review the use permit again.

 

One of the reasons that the use ceased to operate was that there were plans by the property owner, Mr. Britton, to construct a 12-unit affordable senior apartment building that the City Council had approved.  Difficulties in obtaining financing for the apartments resulted in the applicant modifying the project to a 12-unit market-rate condominium building, which failed to receive conceptual approval.  The property owner is just trying to fill the use with what was there before.  Mr. Serrano is trying to lease the building for auto body repair.

 

The site is on Mission Street between Evergreen and Templeton.  The proposal includes using the side of the building for customer parking and parking for vehicles waiting for repair.  There are three parking spaces on the outside and two on the inside.  Since it is auto body repair, there is a paint booth.  This project would be required to obtain building and fire permits as part of the tenant improvements.  Staff has added some Conditions of Approval including one that requires the exterior parking lot to be repaved.

 

Commissioner Kelly observed that the maintenance of the property is appalling and asked how the maintenance plan mentioned in the Conditions of Approval will be enforced.  Mr. VanLonkhuysen answered that compliance would be observed by the Code Enforcement staff, but ultimately, the Planning Commission and City Council have the ability to revoke the use permit if the Conditions are not being followed.  Commissioner Smith also commented on the litter and was happy to hear that the parking lot will be paved and a maintenance plan is in place.  Having a tenant in the building should improve the appearance. 

 

COMMISSION ACTION

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

            Moved by Commissioner Kelly, seconded by Commissioner Smith, to approve Use Permit UP08-15 subject to the Findings and Conditions as outlined in the staff report of September 2, 2008.  Motion carried by a unanimous roll call vote.

 

COMMUNICATIONS:

 

            Commissioner Smith announced that it was her mother’s birthday and she is 97 years old.

 

Commissioner Satorre thanked the fire department and fire inspectors for their quick response to a fire at his house.  He also thanked Lichen Birmingham of the Police Dept. and Carol Klatt for her moral support.

 

ADJOURNMENT:

 

            Moved by Commissioner Kelly, seconded by Commissioner Smith, to adjourn at 7:45 p.m.

 

                                                                        Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

                                                                        Richard Berger

                                                                        Director of Economic and Community Development