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PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION

Northwest Regional Library

16089 North Bullard Avenue

Surprise, AZ 85374

 

June 21, 2005

 

REGULAR MEETING MINUTES

 

 

Call to Order:

 

Chairman Ken Senft called the Regular Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting to order at 6 p.m. at the Northwest Regional Library, 16089 North Bullard Avenue, Surprise, Arizona 85374, on Tuesday, June 21, 2005.

 

Roll Call:

 

In attendance with Chairman Senft were Vice Chair Jan Blair, Commissioners Robert Gonzalez, Skip Hall, Daniel Morris and Antonio Segarra.  Commissioner Randy Nachtigall was absent.

 

Staff Present:

 

City Attorney Scott McCoy; Community Development Director LaTonya Finch;

City Planner Adam Copeland; and Community Development Secretary Val Hilburgh.

 

Council Members Present:

 

Council Member Joe Johnson was present.

 

Pledge of Allegiance:

 

Approval of Minutes:

 

The minutes of the June 7, 2005 Planning and Zoning Commission meeting were approved as submitted. 

 

Presentations:

 

There were no presentations.

 

                                                              NEW BUSINESS:                                                            

 

  • Item #1:  PP04-385 – Consideration and Action – Preliminary Plat for Asante Phase I

 

Commissioner Gonzalez requested that the project be continued to another meeting because he felt that the information provided in their packets was not adequate to make a decision.   Vice Chair Blair stated that she had questions regarding the development agreement and Commissioner Morris indicated that he intended to provide a list of questions for staff to research.

 

Commissioner Gonzalez made a motion to continue application PP04-385, Preliminary Plat for Asante Phase I, to the July 19, 2005 Planning and Zoning meeting.  Commissioner Hall seconded the motion.  The motion passed with a vote of 5 ayes,

1 no, and 1 absent.

 

  • Item #2:  PAD05-130  – Consideration and Action – Planned Area Development of Skyway Business Park

 

Director Finch presented the project to the Commission.  Staff recommended approval of the Planned Area Development of Skyway Business Park, subject to stipulations ‘a’ through ‘h’. 

 

Responding to Commissioner Segarra, Ricardo Toris of Earl, Curley, and Lagarde, replied that the Skyway Business Park Development will be responsible to improve Dysart Road and Peoria Avenue.  He assured the Commission that ordinances are in place that will dictate the minimum noise levels allowed in the area.  It is anticipated that most all the businesses in the park will perform work within the buildings. 

 

In response to Commissioner Morris, Mr. Toris provided an explanation of the various boundaries, noting the right of ways and landscaping areas.  He also pointed out that the Dysart Road improvements will require coordination with the City of El Mirage because that portion on Dysart Road is located in El Mirage. 

 

Commissioner Morris indicated that there should be a stipulation regarding the setback and landscaping.  Mr. Toris replied that they are willing to add a stipulation that reflects a 20-foot landscape setback along the property line adjacent to Dysart Road.  

 

In response to Commissioner Gonzalez, Director Finch noted that the applicant has worked with staff to identify permitted uses appropriate for the area, which increases the marketability of the property and allows an employment base to be developed.   She emphasized that the property is zoned for industrial use.

 

Chairman Senft opened the meeting to receive public comment. 

 

Paula Forster, Surprise resident, asked for clarification between I-1 and I-2 zoning and PAD zoning.  Director Finch explained that the I-1 is zoned light industrial and I-2 is zoned heavy industrial use, while the Planned Area Development (PAD) is a mixture of land uses.  She added that this particular site will include commercial and industrial uses. 

 

Ms. Forster also voiced concern about the need for additional roadway improvements in this specific area.

 

Chairman Senft closed the public hearing.

 

In response to Commissioner Segarra, Mr. Toris stated that except for the Milgard site, no other specific users for the Skyway Business Park have been identified to date.

 

The following stipulations were added to the PAD05-130 recommendations:

 

Stipulation “i”:            At least a 20-foot landscape buffer will be provided along

the uninterrupted portions of Dysart Road.

 

Stipulation “j”:             I-2 zoning would be permitted west of Milgard and conditionally permitted east of Milgard.

 

Vice Chairman Blair made a motion to approve PAD05-130, Planned Area Development of Skyway Business Park, subject to stipulations ‘a’ through ‘j’.  Commissioner Gonzalez seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.

 

  • Item #3:  RS05-114 – Consideration and Action – Hunter Estates Rural Subdivision

 

Planner Copeland presented the project to the Commission.  Staff recommended approval of the Hunter Estates Rural Subdivision, subject to stipulations ‘a’ through ‘n’.

 

In response to Commissioner Segarra, Planner Copeland explained that this subdivision will include custom homes, with owners responsible for landscaping.  Director Finch mentioned that there is no design for the area at this time, but it is anticipated that some additional improvements would be included along Paradise Lane. 

 

Chairman Senft opened the meeting to receive public comment.  Hearing no comments from the public, Chairman Senft closed the public hearing.

 

Commissioner Segarra made a motion to approve RS05-114, Hunter Estates Rural Subdivision, subject to stipulations ‘a’ through ‘n’.  Commissioner Morris seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.

 

  • Item #4:  SP04-372 – Consideration and Action – Site Plan for CVS Store 1743

 

Planner Copeland presented the project to the Commission.  Staff recommended denial of SP04-372, Site Plan for CVS Store 1743.

 

Jason Morris, Anderson and Morris, representing Armstrong Development and CVS, emphasized that the City’s Planning and Design Guideline is considered a guideline not a requirement.  He explained that the site is zoned and in compliance with the General Plan and was originally approved without a specific user identified.  He suggested that the site is not conducive to pedestrian traffic from sidewalks; rather the site is more of a campus plan, with the pedestrian traffic coming from the adjacent office buildings.  He suggested that the predominant CVS clientele would be driving to the area.  

 

 

There was some discussion about the “architecture forward” concept and the fact that the CVS building did not meet that guideline.  The definition of “architecture forward” indicates that the buildings are placed at the setback lines with the parking surfaces buffered by the architecture of the site so the parking lot cannot be seen from the street.  In lieu of “architecture forward,” the Planning and Design Guidelines offer an alternative of having a 70-foot heavily landscaped buffer separating parking lots from adjacent roadways.  It was determined that the existing concrete drainage channel as well as the proposed turf is not considered to be heavily landscaped per the Planning and Design Guidelines.

 

In response to Commissioner Segarra, Planner Copeland replied that staff’s recommendation is based on the Planning and Design Guideline, noting that additional landscaping is recommended along Litchfield Road. 

 

In response to Commissioner Morris, Mr. Morris explained that as the property to the west develops, less water flow will run through that channel, allowing additional landscaping.  On Greenway Road, the culvert is considered a regional channel and will be used long term for water flow. 

 

Roger Manny, Architect, Carter & Burgess, noted that currently the water flow from the west needs a place to collect on Litchfield Road and will gradually flow into the Greenway Road channel. 

 

Rich Umbarger, Civil Engineer and Hydraulics Engineer, Carter & Burgess, commented that eventually storm drains will be directed through the culverts under Litchfield Road into the concrete channel on Greenway Road.  When this occurs, a sidewalk and additional landscaping can be installed.  Unfortunately, a sidewalk improvement cannot occur at this time, because it would inhibit the flow of the water.

 

In response to Vice Chair Blair, Mr. Morris stated that CVS does believe that all their buildings should have the same architectural design.  Initially, the original design reflected that concept; however, it was recommended and CVS complied to follow the design of the campus for this particular site. 

 

Phil McDermott with Armstrong Development Properties, developer, explained the layout of the property.  Chairman Senft reiterated that all parking will be in the back of the building. 

 

In response to Mr. Morris, Director Finch replied that the applicant will have 15 days to submit a stipulation response package.

 

Chairman Senft opened the meeting to receive public comment.  Hearing no comments from the public, Chairman Senft closed the public hearing.

 

City Attorney Scott McCoy explained stipulation “k” -- the developer shall provide adequate financial assurances approved by the City Attorney for Planning and Zoning approved enhanced landscaping of the Litchfield Road drainage channel.  Enhanced landscaping installation shall be completed within six months of the development of the property to the west of Litchfield Road, directly to the west of subject site.

Commissioner Hall made a motion to approve SP04-372, Site Plan for CVS Store 1743, subject to stipulations “a” through “k”.  Vice Chair Blair seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.

 

  • Item #5:  SP04-320 – Consideration and Action – Site Plan for Rio Mirage Restaurant

 

Director Finch presented the project to the Commission.  Staff recommended approval of SP04-320, Site Plan for Rio Mirage Restaurant, subject to stipulations ‘a’ through ‘l’.

 

Jerry Vest, groupRENAISSANCE, identified the various elevations of the building, noting the different architectural components. 

 

In response to Chairman Senft, Director Finch replied that the specific decorative paving pattern will be submitted with the design plans. 

 

Chairman Senft opened the meeting to receive public comment.  Hearing no comments from the public, Chairman Senft closed the public hearing.

 

Vice Chair Blair made a motion to approve SP04-320, Site Plan for Rio Mirage Restaurant, subject to stipulations ‘a’ through ‘l’.  Commissioner Morris seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.

 

  • Item #6:  SPA05-064 – Consideration and Action – West Point Professional Plaza Site Plan Amendment

 

Planner Copeland presented the project to the Commission.  Staff recommended approval SPA05-064, West Point Professional Plaza Site Plan Amendment, subject to stipulations ‘a’ through ‘m’.

 

Chairman Senft opened the meeting to receive public comment.  Hearing no comments from the public, Chairman Senft closed the public hearing.

 

Vice Chair Blair made a motion to approve SPA05-064, West Point Professional Plaza Site Plan Amendment, subject to stipulations ‘a’ through ‘m’.  Commissioner Segarra  seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.

 

 

 

                                                      OPEN CALL TO PUBLIC:                                                     

 

Chairman Senft called to the public to discuss any issues not noted on the agenda.  There was no one in the audience that approached the Commission with any issue for discussion.

 

 

 

 

 

                                                  CURRENT EVENTS REPORT:                                                

 

Chairman Senft asked if there were any special items the Commissioners would like to discuss.

 

Director Finch announced that she is currently interviewing applicants for various open staff positions. 

 

 

             CONSIDERATION AND ACTION TO HOLD AN EXECUTIVE SESSION:            

 

Pursuant to A.R.S. § 38-431.03(A)(3), the Planning and Zoning Commission may go into executive session with the City Attorney for legal advice on any item listed on the agenda.

 

There was no request made to call for an executive session.

 

                                                              ADJOURNMENT:                                                            

 

Hearing no further business, Chairman Ken Senft adjourned the regular Planning and Zoning Commission meeting of Tuesday, June 21, 2005 at 8:34 p.m.

 

 

 

__________________________

  LaTonya Finch, Director

  Community Development Department

 

 

 

_____________________________

Chairman Ken Senft

Planning and Zoning Commission