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PLANNING & ZONING COMMISSION
MINUTES

12425 W. BELL ROAD, SUITE D-100
SURPRISE AZ 85374
REGULAR MEETING
May 15, 2001
7:30 P.M.

I.  CALL TO ORDER:

Vice Chairman Bails called the meeting to order at 7:40.

II.  ROLL CALL:

MEMBERS PRESENT: Vice Chairman Martha Bails, Commissioner Ken Senft, Commissioner Bob Gonzales, Commissioner Dan Morris, Commissioner Tony Segarra.

STAFF PRESENT: Deputy City Attorney Ted Mariscal, Community Development Director Phil Testa, Planning Manager Scott Phillips, Planner James Atkins, Planner Desmond McGeough, Planner Grant Penland, Administrative Assistant Jenifer O’Melia.

III. APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

Minutes of the May 1, 2001 regular meeting were approved.

IV.  WITHDRAWALS AND CONTINUANCES:

V.  NEW BUSINESS:

A-1. Public Hearing – Application FP01-39
Richard Schwartz of Stanley Consultants Inc., on behalf of Del Webb Home Construction, Inc., property owner is requesting consideration and action on a Final Plat for a residential subdivision, located south of Clearview Boulevard and west of Estrella Freeway (SR Loop 303).  (Sun City Grand - Hacienda)

Planner Penland made a presentation for Application FP01-39.

Vice Chairman Bails opened the hearing to the public. There were no questions or comments from the public. Vice Chairman Bails closed the hearing to the public.

A-2. Consideration and action on Application FP01-39
Richard Schwartz of Stanley Consultants Inc., on behalf of Del Webb Home Construction, Inc., property owner is requesting consideration and action on a Final Plat for a residential subdivision.  (Staff Recommendation - Approval)

Commissioner Morris made a motion to approve Application FP01-39, subject to stipulations a – g attached hereto as Exhibit A. Commissioner Segarra seconded the motion.

Motion passed. 5 Yeas, 0 Nays, and 1 Absent

B-1. Public Hearing – Application FPA01-40
Richard Schwartz of Stanley Consultants, Inc., on behalf of Del Webb Home Construction, Inc., property owner is requesting consideration and action on a Final Plat Amendment for a resubdivision of lots, located north of Bell Road and east of Estrella Freeway (SR Loop 303).  (Sun City Grand – Resubdivision of Lots 105-110 – Mountain View I)

Planner Penland made a presentation for Application FPA01-40, FPA01-41, and FPA01-42.

Commissioner Segarra wanted to know the reason for the increase in the lot sizes.

Planner Penland stated the increased lot sizes are needed to accommodate for a different product.

SPEAKER: Steven Earl, 3101 N. Central, stated there is a desire for adversity in new product lines and that’s the reason for larger lot sizes.

Vice Chairman Bails opened the hearing to the public. There were no questions or comments from the public. Vice Chairman Bails closed the hearing to the public.

B-2. Consideration and action on Application FPA01-40
Richard Schwartz of Stanley Consultants, Inc., on behalf of Del Webb Home Construction, Inc., property owner is requesting consideration and action on a Final Plat Amendment for a resubdivision of lots. (Staff Recommendation – Approval)

Commissioner Morris made a motion to approve Application FPA01-40, subject to stipulations a – b attached hereto as Exhibit B. Commissioner Segarra seconded the motion.

Motion passed. 5 Yeas, 0 Nays, and 1 Absent

C-1. Public Hearing – Application FPA01-41
Richard Schwartz of Stanley Consultants, Inc., on behalf of Del Webb Home Construction, Inc., property owner is requesting consideration and action on a Final Plat Amendment for a resubdivision of lots, located north of Bell Road and east of Estrella Freeway (SR Loop 303).  (Sun City Grand – Resubdivision of Lots 62-71 Desert Vista I & II)

Vice Chairman Bails opened the hearing to the public. There were no questions or comments from the public. Vice Chairman Bails closed the hearing to the public.

C-2. Consideration and action on Application FPA01-41
Richard Schwartz of Stanley Consultants, Inc., on behalf of Del Webb Home Construction, Inc., property owner is requesting consideration and action on a Final Plat Amendment for a resubdivision of lots. (Staff Recommendation – Approval)

Commissioner Morris made a motion to approve Application FPA01-41, subject to stipulations a – b attached hereto as Exhibit C. Commissioner Segarra seconded the motion.

Motion passed. 5 Yeas, 0 Nays, and 1 Absent.

D-1. Public Hearing – Application FPA01-42
Richard Schwartz of Stanley Consultants, Inc., on behalf of Del Webb Home Construction, Inc., property owner is requesting consideration and action on a Final Plat Amendment for a resubdivision of lots, located south of Grand Avenue and east of Estrella Freeway (SR Loop 303).  (Sun City Grand – Resubdivision of Lots 220-241 Desert Sage II)

Vice Chairman Bails opened the hearing to the public. There were no questions or comments from the public. Vice Chairman Bails closed the hearing to the public.

D-2. Consideration and action on Application FPA01-42
Richard Schwartz of Stanley Consultants, Inc., on behalf of Del Webb Home Construction, Inc., property owner is requesting consideration and action on a Final Plat Amendment for a resubdivision of lots.  (Staff Recommendation – Approval)

Commissioner Morris made a motion to approve Application FPA01-42, subject to stipulations a – b attached hereto as Exhibit D. Commissioner Segarra seconded the motion.

Motion passed. 5 Yeas, 0 Nays, and 1 Absent.

Vice Chairman Bails stated she is a resident of Sun City Grand and

there is no conflict of interest on Applications FPA01-40, FPA01-41, and FPA01-42.

E-1. Public Hearing – Application SP01-23 
Rick Reigle of Reigle & Associates Architecture Planning, Ltd., on behalf of Grand Village L.L.C., property owner is requesting consideration and action on a Site Plan for commercial land, located at 14291 W. Grand Avenue.  (Grand Village - Phase 4)

Planner Penland made a presentation for Application SP01-23.

Commissioner Morris had concerns with the separation between the sidewalk and the curb and would like the sidewalk to come into the landscaping along Grand Avenue. He would like to add a stipulation to make the change.

Commissioner Segarra stated he would like 2 more handicap spaces added to the restaurant parking and would like to see angled parking.

Commissioner Senft had concerns with the parking and would like to see angled parking and pedestrian pathways through the parking lot.

Planner Penland stated that pedestrian pathways are included in this project.

SPEAKER: Greg Reigle of Reigle & Associates Architects, 12424 N. 32nd Street, the project architect stated they will modify the sidewalks along Grand Avenue, and they have provided ways to keep the pedestrians connected from the public streets to all of the buildings. The use of ninety degree parking is a way to keep traffic moving smoother and it’s more efficient. He also stated staff can add a stipulation to have them add 2 additional handicap spaces.

Vice Chairman Bails wanted to know if there is golf cart parking on the site and where the trucks will be loading and unloading on the site.

SPEAKER: Greg Reigle stated that golf cart parking has not been considered for this project. The loading and unloading of the trucks are usually done in the service area but it’s left up to the user of the buildings and it usually happens during off hours.

Commissioner Morris had concerns with the aisle widths and to make ninety degree parking more desirable make the parking spots ten feet wide wherever there is a heavy traffic area.

SPEAKER: Greg Reigle replied the typical aisle width is 25 feet and the main drives from the street are 30 feet wide. He stated there are wider aisle in the main traffic routes.

Commissioner Senft wanted to know if the applicant would extend the pedestrian pathway through the parking lot.

SPEAKER: Greg Reigle stated they can take out some landscaping and have the sidewalk go throughout the parking lot.

Vice Chairman Bails opened the hearing to the public. There were no questions or comments from the public. Vice Chairman Bails closed the hearing to the public.

E-2. Consideration and action on Application SP01-23 
Rick Reigle of Reigle & Associates Architecture Planning, Ltd., on behalf of Grand Village L.L.C., property owner is requesting consideration and action on a Site Plan for commercial land. (Staff Recommendation - Approval)

Commissioner Morris made a motion to approve Application SP01-23, subject to stipulations a – m attached hereto as Exhibit E. Commissioner Segarra seconded the motion.

Motion passed. 5 Yeas, 0 Nays, and 1 Absent.

F-1. Public Hearing – Application FP01-07
Dorothy Desroches of Stardust Development, Inc., on behalf of Benross Corporation, property owner is requesting consideration and action on a Final Plat for a residential subdivision, located at the northwest corner of Bullard Avenue and Cactus Road. (Rancho Gabriela – Phase 1)

Planner Atkins made a presentation for Application FP01-07.

Commissioner Segarra wanted clarification on stipulation o.

Planner Atkins stated that stipulation o is in regards to over flight by Luke Air force Base.

Deputy City Attorney Ted Mariscal stated stipulation o is in regards to the avigation easement to provide a release of liability to the City of Surprise.

SPEAKER: Steven Earl 3101 N. Central, stated stipulation o was in the PAD and stated the property is not within the AICUZ lines, but that there will be over flights from Luke Air force Base.

Commissioner Gonzales had concerns with the amentaties provided and who will offer them.

SPEAKER: Steven Earl replied that the developer provides them for the community.

Vice Chairman Bails opened the hearing to the public. There were no questions or comments from the public. Vice Chairman Bails closed the hearing to the public.

Commissioner Gonzales wanted to know if the two wells on the property are being abandoned.

SPEAKER: Steven Earl stated they have to create two new wells through the city system.

F-2. Consideration and action on Application FP01-07
Dorothy Desroches of Stardust Development, Inc., on behalf of Benross Corporation, property owner is requesting consideration and action on a Final Plat for a residential subdivision.  (Staff Recommendation - Approval)

Commissioner Segarra made a motion to approve Application FP01-07, subject to stipulations a – p attached hereto as Exhibit F. Commissioner Morris seconded the motion.

Motion passed. 5 Yeas, 0 Nays, and 1 Absent.

G-1. Public Hearing – Application PP01-16
Rex Ross of Beazer Homes, on behalf of AD&D, L.L.C., property owner is requesting consideration and action on a Preliminary Plat for a residential subdivision, located north of Waddell Road and east of Bullard Avenue.  (Ashton Ranch Unit 4)

Planner McGeough made a presentation for Application PP01-16.

Vice Chairman Bails had concerns with the lot sizes because the PAD states that 45-foot lots cannot exceed 35% but they do on this plat. She stated that homes on 45-foot lots cannot support families.

She also wanted to know if this project meets the design guidelines.

Planner McGeough replied that the applicants have exceeded in larger lots and the balance of lots meets the intent and spirit in staff’s opinion. He stated that this is Unit 4 of Ashton Ranch and it was approved before the new design guidelines.

Commissioner Senft had concerns with the project being consistent with the new general plan.

Planner McGeough stated it is consistent with the general plan.

Commissioner Morris stated he would like the houses along Bullard Avenue to have more diversity and take a few lots out to move the houses farther apart and have more open space.

SPEAKER: Paul Gilbert 3200 N. Central, on behalf of Beazer Homes, stated the density has already been approved in the PAD and this is the last of 4 units in the subdivision. They worked with the school district and that is why they are 1% over on the lots. He also stated that they meet the legal requirements.

SPEAKER: Rex Ross 2005 W. 14th St., stated the applicant will take cutouts along Bullard Avenue and cut off parts of the lots so they are not as pointy.

Commissioner Morris would like a couple of the lots along Bullard Avenue to be eliminated so there would be larger lots along the Road and break up all the smaller lots in one area.

SPEAKER: Rex Ross stated they can take out a couple lots but are not sure what that will do to the percentages.

Vice Chairman Bails opened the hearing to the public. There were no questions or comments from the public. Vice Chairman Bails closed the hearing to the public.

G-2. Consideration and action on Application PP01-16 
Rex Ross of Beazer Homes, on behalf of AD&D, L.L.C., property owner is requesting consideration and action on a Preliminary Plat for a residential subdivision.  (Staff Recommendation - Approval)

Commissioner Morris made a motion to approve Application PP01-16, subject to stipulations a – I attached hereto as Exhibit G. Commissioner Bails seconded the motion.

Motion passed. 5 Yeas, 0 Nays, and 1 Absent.

VI.  COMMENTS FROM THE FLOOR ON NON-AGENDA ITEMS:

VII.  REPORT FROM PLANNING AND ZONING DEPARTMENT:

Administrative Assistant O’Melia reminded the commissioners to turn in their letters to the Mayor and City Council if they would like to remain on the commission.

VIII.  REPORT FROM PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION:

Commissioner Segarra stated he would not be attending the meetings in June because he is having surgery. He would like to receive the packets still. He also wanted to know what staff was doing in regards to parking.

Planning Manager Phillips stated staff is taking a comprehensive look at the whole process of going through site plan design on commercial parcels.

IX.  ADJOURNMENT:

There was no further business. On a motion duly made and seconded. Vice Chairman Bails declared the meeting adjourned at 9:30.

Carl Cox, Chairman 
Planning and Zoning Commission

Philip A. Testa, Director
Community Development