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CITY OF SURPRISE

 

PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION

12425 West Bell Road, Suite D-100

Surprise, Arizona 85374

 

April 4, 2006

 

REGULAR MEETING MINUTES

 

Call to Order:

 

Vice Chairman Randy Nachtigall 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, April 4, 2006.

 

Roll Call:

 

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

 

Staff Present:

 

City Attorney Scott McCoy; City Deputy Attorney George Riemer, Community Development Director Scott Chesney; City Planner Adam Copeland; City Planner Gary Norris; City Planning Technician Lance Ferrell, City Planner Bart Wingard, and Planning and Zoning Commission Secretary Carol Dager.

 

Council Members Present:  None

 

Pledge of Allegiance:

 

Approval of Minutes:  The minutes of the March 21, 2006 Planning and Zoning Commission meeting were approved as submitted. 

 

Presentations:   None

 

                                                              NEW BUSINESS:                                                               

 

·        Item 1:  CUP05-370 – Consideration and Action – Surprise Mini Storage Cell Site

 

Planning Technician Lance Ferrell presented the project to the Commission.  Staff recommended continuance of CUP05-370, Surprise Mini Storage Cell Site.

 

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

 

Commissioner Truitt made a motion to continue CUP05-370, Surprise Mini Storage Cell Site, to April 18, 2006.   Commissioner Blair seconded the motion.  The motion passed with a vote of 5 ayes and 2 absent (Segarra and Senft). 

·        Item 2:  ZTA06-071 – Consideration and Action – Angled Parking

 

Planner Adam Copeland presented the project to the Commission.  Staff recommended approval of ZTA06-071, Angled Parking.

 

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

 

Commissioner Blair made a motion to approve ZTA06-071, Angled Parking.  Commissioner Hall seconded the motion.  The motion passed with a vote of 5 ayes and 2 absent (Segarra and Senft). 

 

·        Item 3:  PP04-410 – Consideration and Action – Desert Oasis Parcel 6 - Cortana

 

Planner Gary Norris presented the project to the Commission.  Staff recommended approval of PP04-410, Desert Oasis Parcel 6 – Cortana, subject to stipulations ‘a’ through ‘o.’

 

Robert Eiser, KB Homes, distributed a booklet, Cortana at Desert Oasis, City of Surprise, and provided a brief description of the project, talking specifically about its traditional aspects of front porches, alleys and common spaces.

 

In response to Commissioner Hall, City Attorney Scott McCoy explained that the dollar per gallon fee is the design cost for the SPA 2 waste water treatment facility as required in the City’s development agreement. 

 

In response to Commissioner Watts, Mr. Eisner noted that the front doors of the homes face the pool house area and the streetscape is unique. 

 

In response to Commissioner Hall, Jim Daly, KB Homes, explained that the trash containers will be located in garages.

 

Vice Chairman Nachtigall opened the meeting for public comment. 

 

Jim Nelson, School Superintendent, Nadaburg School District, explained that the Nadaburg School District’s current enrollment is 750 students.  Over the next six or seven years, it is estimated to reach approximately 15,000 students.  He stressed that this amount of increase in enrollment will require significant planning (currently nine schools have been approved by the School Facilities Board).  He mentioned that the City of Surprise planning team will be key in the development of the schools.  He also pointed out that the district’s goal is to build neighborhood schools, allowing children to walk to school. 

 

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

 

Commissioner Truitt made a motion to approve PP04-410, Desert Oasis Parcel 6 – Cortana, subject to stipulations ‘a’ through ‘o.’  Commissioner Watts seconded the motion.  The motion passed with a vote of 5 ayes and 2 absent (Segarra and Senft). 

 

·        Item 4:  PP05-423 – Consideration and Action – The Retreat at Asante

 

Planner Gary Norris presented the project to the Commission.  Staff recommended approval of PP05-423, The Retreat at Asante, subject to stipulations ‘a’ through ‘j.’

 

Robert Eiser, KB Homes, distributed a booklet, the Retreat at Asante, City of Surprise, and discussed the project, noting the connectivity to the school site and commercial area (all within walking distance of the homes). 

 

Brian Bernard, Kimley Horn & Associates, responded to Commissioner Hall’s question, explaining that the minimum lot size for a unit is 1000 square feet. 

 

In response to Commissioner Blair’s question regarding ADOT’s concerns, Mr. Eiser replied that the workers will not be crossing Grand Avenue during construction.

 

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

 

Commissioner Hall made a motion to approve PP05-423, The Retreat at Asante, subject to stipulations ‘a’ through ‘j.’  Commissioner Truitt seconded the motion.  The motion passed with a vote of 5 ayes and 2 absent (Segarra and Senft). 

 

·        Item 5:  PP05-438 – Consideration and Action – Surprise Farms –

Phase 5

 

Planner Copeland presented the project to the Commission.  Staff recommended approval of PP05-438, Surprise Farms, Phase 5, subject to stipulations ‘a’ through ‘k.’

 

Jeff Blilie, representing Meritage Homes, mentioned that this is the last parcel to be developed in the Surprise Farms area and provided a brief overview.

 

Tom Lemmon, Vice President of Meritage Homes, noted that they are proposing a visual treatment by the canal with view fencing.

 

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

 

Commissioner Blair made a motion to approve PP05-438, Surprise Farms – Phase 5, subject to stipulations ‘a’ through ‘k.’  Commissioner Watts seconded the motion.  The motion passed with a vote of 5 ayes and 2 absent (Segarra and Senft). 

 

·        Item 6:  SP05-242 – Consideration and Action – Comfort Inn and Suites

 

Planner Adam Copeland presented the project to the Commission.  Staff recommended approval of SP05-242, Comfort Inn and Suites, subject to stipulations ‘a’ through ‘n.’

 

Shelley McTee, representing Amigo Hospitality, LLC, provided additional information about the project, noting the pedestrian connections to the shopping areas, the number and types of suites and rooms, and the request for the added height of the building (40 feet). 

In response to Commissioner Watts, Ms. McTee replied that the occupied height of the building is 35 feet consisting of three stories. 

 

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

 

Commissioner Truitt made a motion to approve SP05-242, Comfort Inn and Suites, subject to stipulations ‘a’ through ‘n.’  Commissioner Hall seconded the motion.  The motion passed with a vote of 5 ayes and 2 absent (Segarra and Senft). 

 

                                                      OPEN CALL TO PUBLIC:                                                     

 

Vice Chairman Nachtigall 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:                                                

 

Director Chesney provided an update of projects recently submitted to the Community Development Department, noting a variety of projects, specifically pointing out a significant amount of nonresidential projects.  

 

Director Chesney announced the departure of the City Attorney Scott McCoy and expressed the gratitude of the department and personal thanks and best wishes to Mr. McCoy.

 

Vice Chairman Nachtigall announced that a meeting will be scheduled with the Rose Garden Mobile Home Park residents regarding the intersection change near their community.

 

             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.

 

No request was made to call for an executive session.

 

                                                              ADJOURNMENT:                                                             

 

Hearing no further business, Vice Chairman Randy Nachtigall adjourned the regular Planning and Zoning Commission meeting, Tuesday, April 4, 2006 at 7:46 p.m.

 

 

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Scott R. Chesney, Director

Community Development Department

 

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 Vice Chairman Randy Nachtigall

 Planning and Zoning Commission