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CITY OF SURPRISE

 

PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION

12425 West Bell Road, Suite D-100

Surprise, Arizona 85374

 

November 21, 2006

REGULAR MEETING MINUTES

 

CALL TO ORDER:

 

Chairman Lyn Truitt called the 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, November 21, 2006. 

 

ROLL CALL:

 

In attendance with Chairman Truitt were Vice Chair Jan Blair, Commissioners Skip Hall, Steve Somers and Fred Watts.   Commissioners Richard Alton and Antonio Segarra were absent.

 

STAFF PRESENT:

 

City Assistant Attorney Jim Gruber; Assistant Fire Chief Clint Mills; City Planner Janice See; City Planner Lance Ferrell; City Planner Terry Pearson; Planner Hobart Wingard; City Planner Adam Copeland; City Planner Gard Garland; Planning & Community Development Director Scott Chesney; and Planning and Zoning Commission Secretary Carol Dager.

 

COUNCIL MEMBERS PRESENT:  None         

 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

CONSENT AGENDA:

 

All items listed with an asterisk (*) are considered to be routine by the Planning and Zoning Commission and were approved by one motion.  There was no separate discussion of these items during this meeting.

 

Chairman Truitt requested Items 2 and 4 be removed from the consent agenda.

 

Commissioner Hall made a motion to approve the Consent Agenda.  Commissioner Somers    seconded the motion.  The motion passed with a vote of 5 ayes and 2 absent (Alton & Segarra).

 

·        Approved Item 3*: SP06-288 – Consideration and Action – Marley Park Plaza Pad 3 Building, stipulations ‘a’ through ‘i.’

 

·        Approved Item 5*: SP06-314 – Consideration and Action – Bell and Reems Retail/Office,  stipulations ‘a’ through ‘g.’

 

·        Approved Item 6*: SPA06-354 – Consideration and Action – Marley Park Heritage Club Pool,  stipulations ‘a’ through ‘i.’

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CONSENT AGENDA ITEMS REMOVED FOR DISCUSSION AND ACTION:

 

·         Item 2Planning and Zoning Commission Minutes for November 7, 2006.

 

Commissioner Watts made a motion to approve the November 7, 2006 Planning and Zoning Commission minutes.  Commissioner Somers seconded the motion.  The motion passed with a vote of 4 ayes, 1 abstained (Blair) and 2 absent (Alton & Segarra).

 

·        Item 4*: SP06-304 – Consideration and Action – Midfirst Bank at Marley Park Plaza,  stipulations ‘a’ through ‘i.’

 

Chairman Truitt questioned the architecture of the bank because it does not appear to be consistent with the Marley Park theme.  Director Chesney noted that although this development has an overall territorial rustic theme, the Marley Park developing team indicated they were comfortable with the bank’s architecture. 

 

Director Chesney added that the development standards are currently being updated and staff will work towards ensuring consistency in architecture themes. 

 

Commissioner Watts made a motion to approve SP06-304, Midfirst Bank at Marley Park Plaza, stipulations ‘a’ through ‘i.’  Vice Chair Blair seconded the motion.  The motion passed with a vote of 5 ayes and 2 absent (Alton & Segarra).

 

REGULAR AGENDA ITEMS REQUIRING A PUBLIC HEARING:

 

·        Item 7:  CUP06-334 – Consideration and Action – Cingular Wireless Sage Development

 

Planner Lance Ferrell presented the project to the Commission.  Staff recommended approval of CUP06-334, Cingular Wireless Sage Development, subject to stipulations ‘a’ through ‘c.’

 

Chairman Truitt opened the meeting for public comment. 

 

In response to Duffy Dority, Cingular Wireless and Gary Cassel, Sprint/Nextel, Director Chesney explained that the stipulation regarding updating wireless technology standards allows the City to look for emerging technologies.

 

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

 

Commissioner Somers made a motion to approve CUP06-334, Cingular Wireless Sage Development, subject to stipulations ‘a’ through ‘c.’  Commissioner Hall seconded the motion.  The motion passed with a vote of 5 ayes and 2 absent (Alton & Segarra).

 

 

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·        Item 8:  GPA06-340 – Consideration and Action – General Plan Major Amendment

 

Planner Janice See presented the project to the Commission.  Staff recommended approval of GPA06-340, General Plan Major Amendment.

 

Chairman Truitt opened the meeting for public comment. 

 

Ken Senft, Surprise business owner, resident of planning area, and Hassyampa Chamber of Commerce, voiced the following concerns:

·       Density of state land.

·       Protection of White Tanks area.

·       Wildlife protection.

·       Water treatment plant (proximity to canal) – public hearing signs not posted in appropriate areas for people to be aware of meeting. 

·       Meeting at Nadaburg School not a public hearing. 

·       Little or no notice about change in last meeting at Nadaburg School. 

·       Many recommendations by public not introduced into the plan. 

·       Outreach meetings not effective. 

·       City bylaws inconsistent with state laws concerning members’ participation on the Commission. 

 

Frederick Sharp, Wittmann resident, voiced the following concerns:

·       Lives where he does because he likes a rural neighborhood. 

·       ADOT was to install sound barrier muffle heavy traffic – has not been done. 

·       How long until the developments reach their area?

·       How much sales and property tax will he have to pay?  

·       When will the roads be put in? 

 

Elizabeth Sharp, Wittmann resident, did not speak but wanted to be on record that she agreed with Frederick Sharp.   

 

Lindsay Stens, Wittmann resident, voiced the following concerns:

·       Moved to Wittmann because of 1-acre lots.

·       Does not support the plan.

 

Susanne Stens, Wittmann resident, did not speak but wanted to be on record that she agreed with Lindsay Stens.

 

James R. Backus, Wittmann resident, voiced the following concerns:

·       Do not want Wittmann to look like Awatukee. 

·       Freedom from people surrounded by urban crush. 

·       Do not support the growth plan.

·       City should meet with the Wittmann and Morristown people for their input.

 

 

 

 

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Cindy Jackson, Wittmann resident, voiced the following concerns:

·       Did their research to find area away from neighbors.

·       Wanted to get away from the city. 

·       How many horses per acre?

·       Does not want to be told how many animals they can have.

·       Likes the quiet surroundings.

 

Steven Jackson, Wittmann resident, voiced the following concerns:

·       One horse per acre is not right. 

·       Wants the rural area to stay rural.

 

Nancy Utter, Wittmann resident, voiced the following concerns:

·       Enjoy watching the sun go up and down from her porch. 

·       Does not want to see rooftops. 

·       Wants to hear the coyotes. 

·       Does not want the City in their area.

 

Laura Backus, Wittmann resident, voiced the following concerns:

·       Moved to Wittmann to escape from the congestion of a metro area.

·       Asked the commission not to adopt the plan until the Wittmann voices are heard.

·       Wants the water treatment plant to be built in Surprise. 

 

Sue Dolphin, Wittmann resident and Vice Chair, Hassyampa Chamber of Commerce, voiced the following concerns:

·       Strongly protests the amended plan.

·       Likes the rural area. 

·       Does not mind growth; not Surprise type of growth. 

·       Wants lifestyle preserved. 

·       Urged the Commission to take their objections into account and not approve the plan

 

Jeannie S. Dewberry, Wittmann resident, voiced the following concerns:

·       People who live in this area know best about what they want in the area. 

·       They want to bring back old-fashioned values and principles.

·       Want to push education. 

·       She has a vision for the community. 

 

Richard Utter, Wittmann resident, did not speak but wanted to be on record.   

 

Gloria Loftis, Wittmann resident, voiced the following concerns:

·       People moved to the outer areas of the valley thinking they would be in the wide open spaces. 

·       City now trying to take it over.

·       People who count and are most affected by the plan were not included in the planning.

·       Listen and hear our comments. 

 

 

 

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Susan Morgan, Wittmann resident, voiced the following concerns:

·       Homes 10 feet apart are not considered low density.

·       Wants to stay low key. 

·       Does not approve of the plan.

·       Put plan on hold until they have more input into it.

 

Paul Forster, Surprise resident, voiced the following concerns:

·       General plan encompasses 309 miles although incorporated area is 77 miles. 

·       It is the intent that Maricopa County will consider the Surprise General Plan 2020 when making decisions that might impact those lands that could be annexed by Surprise at some point in the future.

·       Houses on top of each other. 

·       Does not know why areas are rezoned to a PAD. 

·       Preservation of desert, coyotes, quail. 

·       Need to consider more open space. 

 

Dennis Yost, Wittmann resident, voiced the following concerns:

·       Likes to think we learn from mistakes like Anthem. 

·       Grand Avenue is overrun. 

·       Requests that general plan be amended before it is voted on. 

 

Don Yost, Wittmann resident, voiced the following concerns:

·       Encouraged Commission not to consider high density.

·       No water treatment plant.

 

Robert Dameron, Wittmann resident, Executive Director and Chairman of the Board, Hassyampa Chamber of Commerce, voiced the following concerns:

·       Luke Air Force Base has provided several alternatives to the general plan. 

·       Community does not like the Surprise master water plan. 

·       Have requested more information and not been able to get it. 

·       Zoning issues.  Surprise has not allowed any commercial zoning changes until the water treatment plant is built.

·       Wittmann, Circle City and Morristown are older than Surprise and that has not been considered. 

·       Many things have happened to interfere with their input into the plan.

·       Many issues have been stated but not included in the plan.

 

Julie Plath, Morristown resident, voiced the following concerns:

·       Worked with gathering signatures for petitions against the water treatment area. 

·       Interested in native vegetation materials.

·       Would like to participate in making the area a wonderful place. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Nicole Witmer, Morristown resident, voiced the following concerns:

·       Does not want zoning changes

·       Does not want water treatment plant. 

·       Lives outside the city because of the lifestyle.

·       Does not approve the plan.

 

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

 

Director Chesney mentioned that while the city staff tried to make communications work with everyone, there were gaps; however, they are working on improvements.  In the process of going from a 2001 to 2007 plan, this year’s attempt is to better describe a broad vision for protection and preservation. Next year, a more detailed and specific plan will be developed.  He indicated that that the existing City plan provides little guidance in how to preserve the desert areas.  There is a concerted effort to define desert preservation in a more appropriate way. 

 

Planners are concerned about houses being too close to each other.  Not many mixed types of developments in the City.

 

Director Chesney emphasized that the general plan is not a zoning document.  The purpose of the western land use plan is to define an area where animals are preserved. 

 

Planner See addressed some of the concerns voiced by the residents.  She stated that Luke Air Force has not given the City any negative feedback on the plan.   She stressed over 100,000 new residents move into this metropolitan area annually and as planners, they are obligated to provide for those people.  Although previously, newcomers to the Valley moved more to the east; the current trend is for the people to settle in the west portion of the Valley.  She emphasized that this plan is a foundation and noted that it is important to continue the western lifestyle.  General planning is planning for the future generations as well as today.

 

Vice Chair Blair wondered about the miscommunication, specifically about the numbers of animals a resident could have in the western land area.  Director Chesney referred to the western land use classification of the general plan and read the statement.  He pointed out that it does not address animals, which would typically be covered in a zoning document.

 

In response to Commissioner Hall, Director Chesney clarified that the annexation process starts with the landowner.

 

Planner See commented that this is the first step in updating the General Plan.  Everyone in the planning area is welcome to participate and provide input to the City. 

 

Chairman Truitt pointed out this the General Plan Major Amendment will go forward to the City Council with or without the Commission’s approval.  He suggested that the planners meet with Wittmann residents before the City Council meeting.

 

Stipulation A:  Community Development Department will meet with representatives from the Wittmann area for open dialogue to discuss issues. 

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Commissioner Hall made a motion to approve GPA06-340, General Plan Major Amendment, subject to stipulation ‘a’ as amended.  Commissioner Watts seconded the motion.  The motion passed with a vote of 5 ayes and 2 absent (Alton & Segarra).

 

OPEN CALL TO PUBLIC:

 

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

 

Paula Forster, Surprise resident, voiced her concern about the empty structures in Surprise.  She indicated that she is still waiting for answers to her questions from previous meetings.  She has concerns about where the water park and amusement park will be located, noting that Surprise cannot handle an increase in traffic.

 

Emily Dambrine, Surprise resident, mentioned that the developer of the area where her home was built shorted square footage on some homes to save money. 

 

Hearing no further comments from the public, Chairman Truitt closed the call to the public.

 

 

CURRENT EVENTS REPORT: 

 

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 Truitt adjourned the regular Planning and Zoning Commission meeting, Tuesday, November 21, 2006 at 8:47 p.m.

 

 

 

 

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Scott R. Chesney, Director

Planning & Community Development Department

 

 

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 Lyn Truitt, Chairman

 Planning and Zoning Commission