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CITY OF SURPRISE

 

PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION

12425 West Bell Road, Suite D-100

Surprise, Arizona 85374

 

May 2, 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, May 2, 2006.

 

Roll Call:

 

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

 

Staff Present:

 

Interim City Attorney Andrew McGuire, City Deputy Attorney George Riemer, Planning & Community Development Director Scott Chesney; City Planner Janice See; City Planner Gary Norris; City Planning Technician Lance Ferrell; City Planner Dennis Dorch; Current Planning and Development Services Manager Berrin Nejad, and Planning and Zoning Commission Secretary Carol Dager.

 

Council Members Present:  None

 

Pledge of Allegiance:

 

Approval of Minutes:  The following meeting minutes were approved as submitted: 

April 4, 2006 Planning and Zoning Commission Workshop

April 4, 2006 Planning and Zoning Commission

April 18, 2006 Planning and Zoning Commission

 

Presentations:   None

 

                                                              OLD BUSINESS:                                                               

 

·        Item 1:  GPA05-085 – Consideration and Action – Sierra Norte

 

Planner Janice See presented the project to the Commission.  Staff recommended approval of GPA05-085, Sierra Norte, subject to stipulations ‘a’ through ‘l.’

 

Mike Curley, Earl, Curley, and Lagarde, representing the applicant, provided additional information about the project, specifically emphasizing their commitment to not disturb the natural washes on the property.  He mentioned that they have reached an agreement with the Nadaburg School District to make a donation to provide a school site within the development.  

 

In response to Commissioner Hall, Planner See replied that the neighborhood meeting went fairly well, noting that there were some concerns about dark skies and traffic.  She added that the traffic impact analysis does show that the streets will be able to handle the volume of traffic that may be generated from the new development. 

 

Planner See also talked about an election that will be held in the Fall where residents will vote to unify the Nadaburg School District.  Once unified, the district will be able to include a high school within their boundaries. 

 

Chairman Senft commended the developer for including the larger lot sizes buffering the neighbors, which helps transition the area from the surrounding rural community.

 

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 approve GPA05-085, Sierra Norte, subject to stipulations ‘a’ through ‘l.’  Commissioner Hall seconded the motion.  The motion passed with a vote of 7 ayes.

 

·        Item 2:  PAD05-087 – Consideration and Action – Sierra Norte

 

Planner Janice See presented the project to the Commission.  Staff recommended approval of PAD05-087, Sierra Norte, subject to stipulations ‘a’ through ‘l.’

 

Director Chesney read an added stipulation:

 

            Stipulation M:  The applicant shall produce a letter of agreement with Nadaburg

  Schools prior to preliminary plat.

 

Commissioner Hall made a motion to approve PAD05-087, Sierra Norte, subject to stipulations ‘a’ through ‘m’ as amended.  Commissioner Watts seconded the motion.  The motion passed with a vote of 7 ayes.

 

 

                                                              NEW BUSINESS:                                                               

 

·        Item 3:  PP05-007 – Consideration and Action – Desert Oasis @ Surprise Parcel L-10, Sanverno

 

Planner Gary Norris presented the project to the Commission.  Staff recommended approval of PP05-007, Desert Oasis @ Surprise Parcel L-10, Sanverno, subject to stipulations ‘a’ through ‘i.’

 

Rob Eisner, KB Homes, applicant, provided additional information about this project.

 

In response to Commissioner Watts, Mr. Eisner explained that residential single-family units, a school site, a park, and the Cortana community are adjacent to the Sanverno project.

 

In response to Vice Chairman Nachtigall, Mr. Eisner replied that there will be connectivity from the community to the school site. 

 

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 PP05-007, Desert Oasis @ Surprise Parcel L-10, Sanverno, subject to stipulations ‘a’ through ‘i.’     Vice Chairman Nachtigall seconded the motion.  The motion passed with a vote of 7 ayes.

 

·        Item 4:  CUP06-029 – Consideration and Action – MCS Auto and Accessories

 

Planning Tech Lance Ferrell presented the project to the Commission.  Staff recommended continuation of CUP06-029, MCS Auto and Accessories, to June 6, 2006, because the signage was not posted to the site within the timeframe noted in the municipal code.

 

In response to Commissioner Hall, Planning Tech Ferrell noted that the sign would be internally lit. 

 

In response to Commissioner Segarra, Planning Tech Ferrell replied that the vehicle inspection station is next door to where the sign would be placed.  He added that the sign will be positioned between the building and the railroad tracks.   

 

Vice Chairman Nachtigall made a motion to continue CUP06-029, MCS Auto and Accessories to June 6, 2006.  Commissioner Truitt seconded the motion.  The motion passed with a vote of 7 ayes.

 

·        Item 5:  ZTA06-134 – Consideration and Action – Grand Avenue Corridor

Signage Overlay District

 

Planner Gary Norris presented the project to the Commission.  Staff recommended continuation of ZTA06-134, Grand Avenue Corridor Signage Overlay District.

 

It was noted that the ZTA is under review at this time, with the Planning Department soliciting comments from a variety of groups and organizations.  The entire sign code is being reviewed to bring equitable and quality recommendations forward. 

The Commissioners discussed many different issues and concerns, such as:

 

§      Eliminating language referring to signs as billboards.

§      Distance between signs.

§      Railroad’s involvement in decisions.

§      Responsibility of maintaining the signs.

§      Size and height of signs and letters.

§      Equality for large and small businesses.

 

Vice Chairman Nachtigall made a motion to continue ZTA06-134, Grand Avenue Corridor Signage Overlay District.  Commissioner Truitt seconded the motion.  The motion passed with a vote of 7 ayes.

 

 

 

 

                                                      OPEN CALL TO PUBLIC:                                                     

 

Chairman Senft called to the public to discuss any issues not noted on the agenda.  Hearing no comments from the public, Chairman Senft closed the public hearing.

 

                                                  CURRENT EVENTS REPORT:                                                

 

Director Chesney mentioned that there was a joint City Council and Planning and Zoning Commission Workshop held tonight at 6 p.m. to discuss Prasada.  The project will be heard at the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting on May 16, 2006 and at City Council on May 25, 2006. 

 

Vice Chairman Nachtigall thanked Director Chesney, Planner Copeland, and Engineer Mascia for their participation at the Rose Garden meeting.  The feedback has been very positive.   

 

             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, Chairman Ken Senft adjourned the regular Planning and Zoning Commission meeting, Tuesday, May 2, 2006 at 7:55 p.m.

 

 

 

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Scott R. Chesney, Director

Planning & Community Development Department

 

 

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 Chairman Ken Senft

 Planning and Zoning Commission