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CITY OF SURPRISE

 

PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION

12425 West Bell Road, Suite D-100

Surprise, Arizona 85374

 

February 7, 2006

 

REGULAR MEETING MINUTES

 

Call to Order:

 

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 D100, Surprise, Arizona 85374, on Tuesday, February 7, 2006.

 

Roll Call:

 

In attendance with Chairman Ken Senft were Vice Chairman Randy Nachtigall, Commissioners Jan Blair, Skip Hall, Lyn Truitt, and Fred Watts.   Commissioner Antonio Segarra was absent.

 

Staff Present:

 

City Attorney Scott McCoy; Interim Community Development Director Scott Chesney; City Planner Adam Copeland; City Planner Gary Norris; City Planner Dennis Dorch; and Planning and Zoning Commission Secretary Carol Dager.

 

Council Members Present:  None

 

Pledge of Allegiance:

 

Approval of Minutes:  The minutes of the January 3, and January 17, 2006 Planning and Zoning Commission meeting were approved as submitted. 

 

Presentations:   None

 

                                                              NEW BUSINESS:                                                              

 

Chairman Senft announced that SP05-333, Cotton Lane Professional Park, listed on the agenda as Item 4 would be heard first. 

 

·        Item 1:  SP05-333 – Consideration and Action – Cotton Lane Professional Park

 

Planner Adam Copeland presented the project to the Commission.  Staff recommended approval of SP05-333, Cotton Lane Professional Park, subject to stipulations ‘a’ through ‘k.’

 

Lee Landon, applicant, stated that he was present to answer any questions.

 

There was some discussions regarding the mix use of parking spaces.  

 

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

 

Vice Chairman Nachtigall made a motion to approve SP05-333, Cotton Lane Professional Park, subject to stipulations ‘a’ through ‘k.’  Commissioner Watts seconded the motion.  The motion passed with a vote of 6 ayes and 1 absent.

 

·        Item 2:  SP05-372 – Consideration and Action – Dreamcatcher Park

 

Planner Gary Norris presented the project to the Commission.  Staff recommended approval of SP05-372, Dreamcatcher Park, subject to stipulations ‘a’ through ‘l.’

 

Commissioner Truitt voiced a concern about the drop-off zone, indicating that there should be an expanded area for dropping off disabled individuals.  He stressed that it is important to address the needs of the people who will primarily be using this facility. 

Interim Director Chesney mentioned that many of the drop offs would probably occur in the expanding range of the handicapped parking spaces.  Commissioner Truitt recommended considering moving the proposed retention basin and create something that will allow busses and vans to drop off riders. 

 

Anthony Stevenson, CMX Engineering, explained that the original plan included a larger drop-off area; however, because of the existing parking lot, there would be a substantial cost added to the project to expand the drop-off area.  Therefore, they changed the stripping, providing a larger area where busses could drop off riders.  Commissioner Truitt suggested that his recommendation would probably eliminate two parking spaces and allow a drive through separated from the parking lot with a curb cut. 

 

In response to Commissioner Blair, Interim Director Chesney explained that the City cannot discriminate as to who uses the facility.  The primary users will be Surprise residents; however, because of its uniqueness, there probably will be a substantial amount of nonresidential users as well.

 

Chairman Senft opened the meeting to receive public comment.  

 

Paula Forster, Surprise Resident, pointed out that Dreamcatcher Park is designed for all disabled individuals, not just children.  She also voiced her concern about easy accessibility, specifically wheel chair access.

 

Ted Carr, Disability Advisory Commission, voiced the following concerns:

 

§         Half of the board members’ comments have not been considered.

§         Park is not just for children.

§         Concession stands access.

§         Safe access for the users of the park.

Hearing no further comments from the public, Chairman Senft closed the public hearing.

 

Chairman Senft asked to receive a copy of the Disability Advisory Commission’s recommendations.

 

Commissioner Truitt made a motion to continue SP05-372, Dreamcatcher Park, to the February 21, 2006 Planning and Zoning Commission meeting.   Commissioner Blair seconded the motion.  The motion passed with a vote of 6 ayes and 1 absent.

 

·        Item 3:  SP05-373 – Consideration and Action – Surprise Youth Complex

 

Planner Gary Norris presented the project to the Commission.  Staff recommended approval of SP05-373, Surprise Youth Complex, subject to stipulations ‘a’ through ‘l.’

 

In response to Vice Chairman Nachtigall, Mr. Norris replied that the facility will be open to the public.

 

In response to Commissioner Truitt, Interim Director Chesney stated that although there currently is not an agreement with Dysart Schools regarding a shared usage of the area, it could be a future consideration.

 

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

 

Commissioner Blair made a motion to approve SP05-373, Surprise Youth Complex, subject to stipulations ‘a’ through ‘l.’  Vice Chairman Nachtigall seconded the motion.  The motion passed with a vote of 6 ayes and 1 absent.

 

·        Item 4:  SP05-223 – Consideration and Action – Desert Mirage Medical Plaza Master Site Plan

 

Planner Adam Copeland presented the project to the Commission.  Staff recommended approval of SP05-223, Desert Mirage Medical Plaza Master Site Plan, subject to stipulations ‘a’ through ‘i.’

 

Yin Pang, Deardorff, Pang & Weymiller, Inc., architect, provided a brief overview of the project.  He mentioned that the medical plaza will include an outpatient surgical center, imaging facility, and orthopedic offices.  This will be the first outpatient surgical center in Surprise. 

 

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

 

Commissioner Truitt made a motion to approve SP05-223, Desert Mirage Medical Plaza Master Site Plan, subject to stipulations ‘a’ through ‘i.’  Commissioner Watts seconded the motion.  The motion passed with a vote of 6 ayes and 1 absent.

 

·        Item 5:  RZ05-444 – Consideration and Action – Peacock Nursery City Initiated Rezone

 

Planner Adam Copeland presented the project to the Commission.  Staff recommended approval of RZ05-444, Peacock Nursery City Initiated Rezone.

 

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

 

Commissioner Blair made a motion to approve RZ05-444, Peacock Nursery City Initiated Rezone.  Commissioner Vice Chairman Nachtigall seconded the motion.  The motion passed with a vote of 6 ayes and 1 absent.

 

·        Item 6:  PAD05-264 – Consideration and Action – Tierra Verde East Planned Area Development

 

Planner Adam Copeland presented the project to the Commission.  Staff recommended approval of PAD05-264, Tierra Verde East Planned Area Development, subject to stipulations ‘a’ through ‘g.’

 

Mark Voigt, Voyager Investment Properties, developer, was present and answered questions from the Commissioners.  He mentioned that his company did obtain a detailed soil analysis that did not show any fissures on the property. 

 

In response to Commissioner Blair, City Attorney Scott McCoy replied that the City of Surprise is responsible for water and sewer in this particular area.  However, there currently is no capacity in SPA2 for sewer.  At this time, the City is negotiating a phase one agreement with relevant developers. Once that is approved, construction can begin.  It will take approximately two to three years before the sewer facility is operational. 

 

Chairman Senft opened the meeting to receive public comment.  

 

Paula Forster, Surprise Resident, voiced her concerns as follows:

           

§         Commission should not vote to change zoning.

§         One house per acre.

§         No funds for schools and teachers.

 

Hearing no further comments from the public, Chairman Senft closed the public hearing.

Commissioner Truitt mentioned that if might be helpful to obtain a couple of copies of the public report that is presented to each new homebuyer.  

 

Commissioner Truitt made a motion to approve PAD05-264, Tierra Verde East Planned Area Development, subject to stipulations ‘a’ through ‘g.’  Vice Chairman Nachtigall seconded the motion.  The motion passed with a vote of 4 ayes, 2 nays, and 1 absent.

 

                                                      OPEN CALL TO PUBLIC:                                                     

 

Chairman Ken Senft called to the public to discuss any issues not noted on the agenda.

 

Paula Forster, Surprise Resident, discussed the following:

 

§         Wanted Commissioners to be aware that a previous speaker stated that the Special Olympics will have an office at Dreamcatcher Park.

§         Planning and Zoning project book should be at each meeting.

§         Television monitor should show the plans for audience review as the Commissioners and staff are discussing them.

 

                                                  CURRENT EVENTS REPORT:                                                

 

Interim Director Chesney reported that the Planning Division staff hosted an open house on the Sun Valley Parkway Scenic Corridor Overlay project.  Staff did an excellent job in presenting the project and it appeared that staff addressed many of the issues raised by most of the audience. 

 

He noted that the Planning Division staff met with the Waddell Hacienda HOA group to follow up on the Waddell Road concern.  It was determined that staff would be reviewing a series of alternatives to preserve the lifestyles of the residents. 

 

Interim Director Chesney also talked briefly about the acceleration of the annexation program, pointing out that there are other projects also being reviewed for future annexation consideration. 

 

             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, Tuesday, February 7, 2006 at 7:43 p.m.

 

 

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Scott R. Chesney, Interim Director

Community Development Department

 

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Chairman Ken Senft

Planning and Zoning Commission