AND ZONING COMMISSION
12425 West Bell Road, Suite
Surprise, Arizona 85374
REGULAR MEETING MINUTES
Chair Jan Blair called the 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, March 4,
In attendance with Chair Blair
were Vice Chair Somers, and Commissioners Matthew Bieniek, Ken Chapman, John
Hallin, and Robert Rein. Fred Watts was absent.
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.
Commissioner Chapman made a motion to approve the Consent
Agenda. Commissioner Hallin seconded the motion. The motion passed
with a vote of 6 ayes and 1 absent (Watts).
Item 2*: Planning and Zoning Commission Minutes
for February 19, 2008.
Planning and Zoning Commission Workshop Minutes for February 5, 2008.
AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT REPORT
Acting Community Development Director Kathy Rice announced the
next scheduled General Plan meetings: tomorrow night at 7 p.m. at Valley Vista High School and Saturday at 1 p.m. at Willow Canyon High School. If unable to
attend the meetings, residents do have an opportunity to provide their input on
the City’s website as well. She noted that a national article was published in
the Public Management magazine recognizing the Community Development
Department and its efforts in implementing a new permit process last year. She
also mentioned the new format for the staff reports.
OLD BUSINESS: REGULAR AGENDA ITEMS NOT REQUIRING A PUBLIC
Item 3: sp07-339 – Consideration and Action – Surprise Professional Village
Planner Bart Wingard presented
the project to the Commission. Staff recommended approval of SP07-339,
Surprise Professional Village, subject to stipulations ‘a’ through ‘i.’
In response to
Commissioner Rein, Planner Wingard stated that there will not be a south bound deceleration
lane. He also indicated that the proposed signage plans have been submitted
per code and are approved administratively.
In response to Commissioner Chapman, Planner Wingard
indicated that the traffic study did not indicate the necessity for a
deceleration lane due to low volume traffic.
In response to Commissioner Hallin, Planner Wingard
explained that the traffic will be able to turn left from Grand Avenue into the
project. ADOT is currently exploring the possibility of widening Grand Avenue. There will be connectivity to the Colonade Villas which is south of the
project. There is a potential that there would only be a right-in/right-out
access to this project. Assistant Chief Mills stated that Grand Avenue is the
only access to this project for the Fire Department.
Somers made a motion to approve SP07-339, Surprise Professional Village, subject to stipulations ‘a’ through ‘i’ and findings of fact. Commissioner
Bieniek seconded the motion. The motion passed with a vote of 4 ayes, 2 nays
(Hallin, Rein) and 1 absent (Watts).
REGULAR AGENDA ITEMS REQUIRING A PUBLIC HEARING
Item 4: CUP07-297 – Consideration and Action – The
Diamond Resort Retirement Community
Planner Adam Copeland presented
the project to the Commission. Staff recommended approval of CUP07-297,
The Diamond Resort Retirement Community, subject to stipulations ‘a’
Lynne Lagarde, Earl, Curley and Lagarde, provided
additional information about the project, explaining the need for a conditional
use permit for this project rather than a site plan. She mentioned that a small
component of the project would provide enhanced services; some personal care
service. She stressed that this is not an assisted living facility. The
Diamond Resort is a lifestyle choice; a luxury resort area. She suggested this
project will compliment and enhance the Stadium Village.
In response to Commissioner Chapman, Ms. Lagarde talked
about the three buildings: first building would include senior apartments and
the second building includes 88 suites that may require senior care. The third
building would be condos for sale; the other apartments are for lease.
Responding to Commissioner Hallin, Ms. Lagarde indicated
that this resort living is not age restricted. Food service is available
typically until 8 p.m. Planner Copeland replied that the project will not be a
gated community, noting that the Lofts at Parkview are located to the north and
Residences at Stadium Village are located east of the project.
In response to Commissioner Bieniek, Planner Copeland stated
that there will be 17 acres that will be developed for entertainment and retail.
In the area, only 1,100 residential units are permitted and with the approval
of this project, there will be approximately 900 units already committed. There
was some discussion about the connectivity to the adjacent parcels,
specifically noting pedestrian and traffic use.
In response to Vice Chair Somers, Ms. Lagarde explained that
surface parking is adequate for the first two buildings. Underground parking
will be available for building three. During the phasing plan, staff will
ensure that there is adequate parking for each phase.
In response to Commissioner Bieniek, Planner Copeland
pointed out the various boundaries of the Crestone site.
Chair Blair opened the meeting
for public comment. Hearing no comments from the public, Chair Blair closed the
Somers made a motion to approve CUP07-297, The Diamond Resort
Retirement Community, subject to stipulations ‘a’ through ‘m’ and findings
of fact. Commissioner Hallin seconded the motion. The motion passed with a
vote of 5 ayes,
1 abstained (Rein), and 1 absent (Watts).
OPEN CALL TO PUBLIC
Blair called to the public to discuss any issues not noted on the agenda.
no comments from the public, Chairman Blair closed the call to the public.
CURRENT EVENTS REPORT: None
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
Hearing no further business, Chairman
Blair adjourned the regular Planning and Zoning Commission meeting, Tuesday, March
4, 2008, at 6:50 p.m.
COUNCIL MEMBERS PRESENT: None
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