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CITY OF SURPRISE

PLANNING & ZONING COMMISSION WORKSHOP

* MINUTES *

TUESDAY, APRIL 20, 2004

SURPRISE CITY HALL

12425 WEST BELL ROAD, SUITE D-100

SURPRISE, ARIZONA 85374

 

 

Roll Call:

Chairman Ken Senft called the Planning and Zoning Commission Workshop to order at 5:00 p.m. at the Surprise City Hall – 12425 West Bell Road, Suite D-100, Surprise, Arizona, 85374, on Tuesday, April 20, 2004.  Also in attendance with Chairman Senft were:  Vice Chairperson Jan Blair and Commissioners Dan Morris, Randy Nachtigall, Tony Segarra, and Skip Hall.  Commissioner Bob Gonzalez was absent. 

 

 

Staff Present:  

City Attorney, Jeff Blilie; Community and Economic Development Director, Phil Testa; Planning Manager, Scott Phillips; Planner, Andy Jochums; and Planner, Stephanie Wilson.

 

PRESENTATION:

 

Planning Manager, Phillips, gave the presentation for the discussion related to the use and development of corner commercial parcels within the City, and the potential for assuring appropriate reuse of parcels in the event of a vacancy.

 

General discussion took place regarding: drugstores and gas stations on every corner; what happens when a store ‘goes dark’; protecting the city image; adaptive reuse bonds; hurting revenue by limiting certain users; tenant retail directory; actively pursuing users; duplication of services; and using the design criteria as a control on commercial corner development.

 

Staff addressed the commission.  Consideration has to been given to the impact for the City of all sales tax revenue.  Staff feels they have secured a measure of control about corners on the arterials in the design criteria presented by the Planning and Design Guidelines.  Design criteria could also discourage multiple users of the same type, such as drugstores and gas stations.  City Attorney, Blilie, spoke of the possibility of establishing reuse / demolition bond to be paid up front to protect the city.  May depend on size of building.  Possibly the City would require an economic impact analysis market feasibility analysis – to determine need for bond.  Staff advised commission to keep in mind the ‘value’ to retailers of prime locations like corners on arterials and that they didn’t anticipate severe problems ‘reusing’ these sites should a business ‘go dark.’  Community and Economic Development Director, Testa, spoke of the balancing act a City must maintain between development and paying for services.  The bonding issue will be addressed in the UDC but staff is not looking to limit commercial users on arterials.

 

Commission thanked staff for presentation.

 

ADJOURNMENT:

 

There was no further business.  On a motion duly made and seconded, Chairperson Ken Senft declared the meeting adjourned at 5:45 P.M.

 

           

__________________________         ________________________________   

Ken Senft, Chairperson                                             Philip A. Testa, Director

Planning and Zoning Commission                              Community Development Department

 

 

 

 

Regular Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting Minutes  - April 20, 2004

 

Call to Order:

 

Roll Call:

 

Chairman Ken Senft called the Regular Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. at the Surprise City Hall – 12425 West Bell Road, Suite D-100, Surprise, Arizona, 85374, on Tuesday, April 20, 2004.  Also in attendance with Chairman Senft were:  Vice Chairperson Jan Blair and Commissioners Dan Morris, Randy Nachtigall, Tony Segarra, and Skip Hall.  Commissioner Bob Gonzalez was absent. 

 

Staff Present:  

 

City Attorney, Jeff Blilie; Community and Economic Development Director, Phil Testa; Planning Manager, Scott Phillips; Planner, Andy Jochums; and Planner, Stephanie Wilson.

 

Swearing in of new commissioner, A.G. “Skip” Hall, by City Attorney, Blilie.

 

Pledge of Allegiance

 

·         Approval of the workshop minutes of April 6, 2004, and the Planning and Zoning Meeting minutes of April 6, 2004 

 

Morris made a motion to approve the April 6, 2004, workshop meeting minutes.  Nachtigall seconded the motion.  5 yes votes.  1 absent (Gonzalez). 1 abstained (Hall).  Motion carried.  Nachtigall made a motion to approve the April 6, 2004, regular Planning and Zoning meeting minutes.  Morris seconded the motion.  5 yes votes.  1 absent (Gonzalez). 1 abstained (Hall).  Motion carried. 

 

PRESENTATION: none

 

OLD BUSINESS:

 

REGULAR ITEMS NOT REQUIRING A PUBLIC HEARING:

 

REGULAR ITEMS REQUIRING A PUBLIC HEARING:

 

·         CUP03-334 – Consideration and Action – Conditional Use Permit – Goodyear Tire At Surprise Retail Pavilions

 

Planner, Jochums, gave the presentation.

 

General discussion took place regarding: appreciation for adhering to the commission’s recommendations and reflecting these; and overall pleased with design changes.

 

There were no comments from the public.

 

Nachtigall made a motion to approve Application CUP03-334, subject to stipulations a – n, attached hereto as Exhibit A.  Morris seconded the motion.  6 yes votes.  1 absent (Gonzalez).  Motion carried. 

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

REGULAR ITEMS NOT REQUIRING A PUBLIC HEARING:


 

REGULAR ITEMS REQUIRING A PUBLIC HEARING:

 

·         PAD03-153 – Consideration and Action – Planned Area Development – Sycamore Farms

 

Planner, Jochums, gave the presentation.  A letter from the Dysart School District was provided for the commission.

 

General discussion took place regarding: adding a stipulation to cover confusion over school location issue vs. cash donation; pedestrian crossing of some sort in the area of the freeway; why a workshop wasn’t scheduled; too much to address at a regular meeting; density issues; continuing application so that workshop can be scheduled; commissioners to send questions to staff to get to applicant prior to workshop; typo on page 2 of applicant narrative; and the importance of the ½ cent sales tax for the 303 and surrounding development. 

 

Applicant, Michael Curley, of Earl, Curley, & Legarde addressed the commission:  He is okay with scheduling a workshop.  Gave brief overview of application being in process for about a year.  That he feels the school agreement is a miscommunication.  Discussed the employment core and proposed densities.  Asked that questions be sent to him via staff.

 

Community and Economic Development Director, Testa, emphasized the importance of the ½ cent sales tax for the 303 and surrounding development and the City in general.

 

Opened to Public:  Vern Wolfley, of the Dysart Unified School District, addressed the commission regarding the tremendous impact of the planned area development on the school district.  The original proposal of cash donations was rejected due to this impact.  Staff advised commission that the issue will be resolved before it is brought back before the commission.  Public comment session closed.

 

Morris made a motion to request a workshop for May 4, 2004, and to continue Application PAD03-153.  Nachtigall seconded the motion.  6 yes votes.  1 absent (Gonzalez).  Motion carried.

 

 

·         FP03-410 – Consideration and Action – Preliminary Plat/Final Plat – Azul Subdivision

 

Planner, Jochums, gave the presentation.

 

General discussion took place regarding: located in Original Town Site, therefore no impact fees because of infill development; concern about overflights and public notification and disclosure of overflights; how compliance with design guidelines does not apply to OTS but must comply with building code; mobile homes not allowed but prefab homes that comply with international building code are allowed. 

 

Open to public:  the property owner (name on recording unclear and comment form not submitted by speaker) adjacent to the proposed development addressed the commission.  She is concerned over lack of upkeep – cited apartment complex built across the street.  Concerned about impact on property values. 

 

Applicant, Arnold Dias, addressed the concerns.  Stated there would be a single family residential unit on each lot.  Not HUD homes.  Spec homes built for resale.  Benefit of ownership over turnover of rental property. Developer’s intent is to have homes face onto cul-de-sac.  Understands orientation of house must meet setbacks, accepts the commission suggestion of a stipulation on the setbacks.

 

Public comment session closed.

 

Blair made a motion to recommend approval of Application FP03-410, subject to stipulations a – f (with f added regarding rear setbacks on lots), attached hereto as Exhibit B.  Segarra seconded the motion.  6 yes votes.  1 absent (Gonzalez).  Motion carried.

 

CALL TO THE PUBLIC:

 

No comments from the public.

 

CURRENT EVENTS REPORTS:

 

CHAIRPERSON AND COMMISSIONERS:  Chairman, Senft, spoke with Clint Mills, of the Surprise Fire Department, about a resident’s concern about code enforcement.  He requested a copy of the international fire code, but staff suggested referring resident to the department to schedule a meeting to discuss violation with them.  Commissioner Morris asked about a Scottsdale article he had read about “downzoning” and scenic corridors, asked for staff’s interpretation of how it was accomplished.  Community and Economic Development Director, Testa, spoke of the balancing act a City must maintain between development and preserving natural amenities and paying for services.

 

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT: none

 

ADJOURNMENT:

 

There was no further business.  On a motion duly made and seconded, Chairperson Ken Senft declared the meeting adjourned at 6:58 P.M.

 

           

__________________________                           ________________________________   

Ken Senft, Chairperson                                       Philip A. Testa, Director

Planning and Zoning Commission                        Community Development Department

 


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