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CITY OF SURPRISE

 

PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION

12425 West Bell Road, Suite D-100

Surprise, Arizona 85374

 

March 21, 2006

 

REGULAR MEETING MINUTES

 

 

Call to Order:

 

Chairman Ken Senft called the Regular Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting to order at 7 p.m. at the Surprise City Hall, 12425 West Bell Road, Suite D100, Surprise, Arizona 85374, on Tuesday, March 21, 2006.

 

Roll Call:

 

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

 

Staff Present:

 

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

 

Council Members Present:  None

 

Pledge of Allegiance:

 

Approval of Minutes:  The minutes of the March 7, 2006 Planning and Zoning Commission meeting were approved as submitted. 

 

Presentations:   None

 

                                                                 NEW BUSINESS:                                                                  

 

·         Item 1:  GPA05-402 – Consideration and Action – Tierra Verde West

 

Planner Adam Copeland presented the project to the Commission.  Staff recommended approval of GPA05-402, Tierra Verde West, subject to stipulations ‘a’ through ‘h.’

 

Paul Kroff, Project Manager, Woodside Homes, provided a brief presentation, discussing the merits of the company, the constraints of the property, and their commitment to building a quality product and a water sewer treatment facility in the area.   

In response to Commissioner Segarra’s question regarding the various washes on the property, Teresa Evidente, Senior Planner, Coe & Van Loo Consultants Inc, explained the hydrology at the site, specifically how the washes will be naturally redirected.

 

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

 

Commissioner Blair made a motion to approve GPA05-402, Tierra Verde West, subject to stipulations ‘a’ through ‘h.’   Commissioner Hall seconded the motion.  The motion passed with a vote of 6 ayes and 1 absent (Nachtigall). 

 

·         Item 2:  PAD05-401 – Consideration and Action – Tierra Verde West

 

Planner Adam Copeland presented the project to the Commission.  Staff recommended approval of PAD05-401, Tierra Verde West, subject to stipulations ‘a’ through ‘h.’

 

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

 

Commissioner Blair made a motion to approve PAD05-401, Tierra Verde West, subject to stipulations ‘a’ through ‘h.’  Commissioner Hall seconded the motion.  The motion passed with a vote of 6 ayes and 1 absent (Nachtigall). 

 

·         Item 3:  PAD05-314 – Consideration and Action – Mesquite Mountain Ranch

 

Planner Gary Norris presented the project to the Commission.  Staff recommended approval of PAD05-314, Mesquite Mountain Ranch, subject to stipulations ‘a’ through ‘p.’

 

Jeff Blilie, representing applicant, presented a brief overview of the project, displaying a map and discussing the PAD, preliminary plat, and low density of the area. 

 

Mr. Blilie requested a change to Stipulation M, to replace ‘preliminary’ with ‘final’:

 

Prior to the approval of any preliminary final plat, the developer shall enter into an agreement with the Wickenburg Unified School District that addresses the impact of the development on the school district.

 

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

 

Commissioner Hall made a motion to approve PAD05-314, Mesquite Mountain Ranch, subject to stipulations ‘a’ through ‘p’ as amended.  Commissioner Truitt seconded the motion.  The motion passed with a vote of 6 ayes and 1 absent (Nachtigall). 

 

·         Item 4:  PP05-315 – Consideration and Action – Mesquite Mountain Ranch

 

Planner Gary Norris presented the project to the Commission.  Staff recommended approval of PP05-315, Mesquite Mountain Ranch, subject to stipulations ‘a’ through ‘j.’

 

In response to Commissioner Segarra, Justin Iaconna, Taylor Woodrow Homes, explained that the open space is needed in the specific area for drainage. 

 

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

 

Commissioner Blair made a motion to approve PP05-315, Mesquite Mountain Ranch, subject to stipulations ‘a’ through ‘j.’  Commissioner Truitt seconded the motion.  The motion passed with a vote of 6 ayes and 1 absent (Nachtigall). 

 

·         Item 5:  ZTA06-023 – Consideration and Action – Sun Valley Parkway Scenic Corridor

 

Director Scott Chesney presented the project to the Commission and recommended that the project be continued for further planning efforts.

 

Commissioner Truitt suggested that the preservation of the saguaro cacti be considered at 3-feet tall rather than 10-feet tall. 

 

Chairman Senft mentioned that preserving the natural landscape is positive.  He also suggested that “dark skies” should be required in this specific area. 

 

Chairman Senft opened the meeting for public comment.  

 

Andy Moore, representing several property owners, commented on the following:

 

-          Supports the continuance of the project to work on the dialogue. 

-          Definition of open space is somewhat unclear. 

-          Height restrictions. 

-          More discussion on parking standards. 

-          Concept of access – limited.  How limited? 

 

Rick Wagner, Fountain Hills resident, voiced his concern that the zoning not extend more than 1,000 feet from center line. 

 

Christine Sheeney, representing landowners, voiced her concerned that the staff continue to work on some of the definitions.  She indicated that she did support design guidelines regarding plant material, colors, lighting, low-level signage, and preservation of plant areas.  She indicated a possible conflict between West Surprise Landowners Group’s development objectives and SVP presentation objectives. 

 

 

 

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

 

Commissioner Truitt made a motion to continue ZTA06-023, Sun Valley Parkway.   Commissioner Hall seconded the motion.  The motion passed with a vote of 6 ayes and 1 absent (Nachtigall). 

 

·         Item 6:  SP05-355 – Consideration and Action – Stadium Village – Shea Commercial/Office

 

Planner Adam Copeland presented the project to the Commission.  Staff recommended approval of SP05-355, Stadium Village – Shea Commercial/Office, subject to stipulations ‘a’ through ‘p.’

 

Jeff Blilie, representing applicant, provided some brief statements regarding the history of Stadium Village.

 

Mike Krentz, DFD/Conoyer Hendricks, Architect, continued with additional information and vision of the project.

 

Commissioner Segarra suggested a change in the roofline of the building.

 

Commissioner Truitt voiced his concern about approving a portion of a master site plan without knowing what the entire site plan includes.  He also talked about a vibrant street scene and the concern to keep the vision in tact.  Mr. Blilie responded that he feels the office complex is one portion of the site; the mixed used zoning is still the concept being considered.  He further noted that the site is planned to be developed in phases.

 

Chairman Senft wondered about the parking requirements, concerned that they were in compliance with adequate number of parking spots for the project. 

 

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

 

Commissioner Truitt made a motion to deny SP05-355, Stadium Village – Shea Commercial/Office.  Chairman Senft declared the motion dead for lack of a second motion.

 

Commissioner Hall made a motion to approve SP05-355, Stadium Village – Shea Commercial/Office, subject to stipulations ‘a’ through ‘n.’  Commissioner Watts seconded the motion.  The motion passed with a vote of 5 ayes, 1 nay (Truitt) and 1 absent (Nachtigall). 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                           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:                                                       

 

In response to Commissioner Segarra, Director Chesney replied that future briefings and discussions of the Prasada project will be scheduled to bring the Commissioners up to date and keep them informed of its progress. 

 

Director Chesney provided a brief presentation regarding the impact of smaller projects.  He also discussed school sites and their current half-mile service areas. 

 

                          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, March 21, 2006 at 8:28 p.m.

 

 

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Scott R. Chesney, Director

Community Development Department

 

 

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Chairman Ken Senft

Planning and Zoning Commission