RED BLUFF PLANNING COMMISSION
Date of Meeting: September 27, 2005
Time of Meeting: 5:15 p.m.
Place of Meeting: City Council Chambers
555 Washington St.
Commissioners Present: Doug Dale
Commissioners Absent: Dennison Herring (excused)
Staff Present: Charlie Mullen, Planning Director
Gary Antone, Director of Public Works/City Engineer
Nik Reikalas, Parks & Recreation Director
Scot Timboe, Planner
Cheryl Smith, Deputy City Clerk
Chairperson Dale called the meeting to order at 5:16 p.m.
A. CITIZENS COMMENTS
B. CONSENT CALENDAR
M/S/C Winter, Brink to approve the Consent Calendar.
AYES: Commissioners: Brink, Dale and Winter
ABSENT OR NOT VOTING: Commissioners: Herring (absent) and Christ (abstained - newly appointed)
1. MINUTES SEPTEMBER 13, 2005
Chairperson Dale welcomed newly appointed Planning Commissioner Andrew Christ.
C. CURRENT BUSINESS
1. PUBLIC HEARING TO CONSIDER; TENTATIVE TRACT MAP 04-1007; MITIGATED NEGATIVE DECLARATION; RESOLUTION NO. 05-007; 2005 SO. JACKSON STREET; HABITAT FOR HUMANITY (APPLICANT/OWNER)
Scot Timboe, Planner, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation that the Planning Commission:
1. Conduct the Public Hearing.
2. Consider all public testimony and all other information relating to this project submitted to the Commission.
3. Adopt Resolution No. 05-007 recommending that the City Council approve the Tentative Tract Map 04-1007 with the Findings and Conditions of approval shown in Planning Commission Resolution No. 05-007.
Mr. Timboe stated that Mr. Jim Koenigsaecker, Executive Director, was present to answer any questions that the Commission may have.
Chairperson Dale requested clarification on the sidewalk and if it would be on South Jackson Street.
Gary Antone, Director of Public Works/City Engineer, stated that it was part of the requirements and that the sidewalk would be separated from the curb providing some buffer and landscape area between the curb and sidewalk.
Chairperson Dale opened the Public Hearing at 5:20 p.m. and after receiving no public comments closed the Public Hearing.
Charlie Mullen, Planning Director, stated that at the last hearing on this project a park site had been mentioned, but this site has not been identified for a park site.
Nik Reikalas, Parks & Recreation Director, stated that due to the maintenance cost for a pocket park it was just not reasonable to have as it would cut into staff time and maintenance costs of other larger parks.
Mr. Antone stated that the pocket park idea came from a request of one of the Councilmembers and it was followed through on a particular subdivision that was completed last year. Pocket parks are very difficult to deal with as they are not large enough to have much activity unless it’s to have a picnic and/or barbeque. The city’s preference is to focus on the larger parks and enhancements in that area where more people can enjoy the facilities.
Mr. Reikalas stated that would like to see larger parcels of lands dedicated to park use so that it may be used for trails, a playground or a soccer field.
Mr. Mullen stated that the City is taking a more detailed look and trying to get larger parks that will benefit the area.
Commissioner Winter requested clarification on who was responsible for maintaining the parks when they are put in.
Mr. Reikalas stated that once a park is established in a neighborhood there is a time that the developer maintains the park and then it is transferred to the City.
Chairperson Dale stated that he was personally aware of one Neighborhood Park that has been established for approximately 50 years and sees the cost of maintenance and upkeep associated with it.
M/S/C Brink, Winter to adopt Resolution No. 05-007 recommending that the City Council approve the Tentative Tract Map 04-1007 with the Findings and Conditions of approval shown in Planning Commission Resolution No. 05-007.
AYES: Commissioners: Brink, Christ, Dale and Winter
ABSENT OR NOT VOTING: Commissioner: Herring (absent)
2. UPDATE AND REVISION OF THE CITY OF RED BLUFF LAND DIVISION AND ENGINEERING DESIGN STANDARDS; RESOLUTION NO. 2005-012
Gary Antone, Public Works Director/City Engineer, reviewed the staff report. It was noted that copies of the Public Hearing was mailed to various engineering groups and have not received any comments, which is good because it would seem that people are satisfied with the direction the City is taking.
Commissioner Winter stated that he felt it was a very well written document and Commissioner Brink agreed.
Mr. Antone continued by saying that what the Planning Commission has before them is a complete rewrite of the document. A lot of things have been streamlined and that staff had worked with Willdan to find a format that they liked and came up with this format. Staff as a whole is very happy with the product and are reviewing at this time for any administrative changes that need to be made. Lot Standards will be reincorporated into the document. Staff would like to recommend a continuance of this Public Hearing until October 25th to allow the Planning Commission sufficient time to review the complete document.
Charlie Mullen, Planning Director, stated that staff felt it was 99% complete and wanted to make it available to the public to allow time for comments. If the Planning Commission feels comfortable with the document and the direction it’s going you can recommend approval.
Commissioner Winter stated that it is a job very well done and that as things move on changes can be made.
Commissioner Brink stated that he saw no reason to continue the Public Hearing.
Mr. Antone stated that he did want to acknowledge the number of staff hours that have gone into the document to make it as good as it can be.
Chairperson Dale stated that he was very uneasy with only having staff’s input and if the Department Heads are willing to allow citizens time to comment, as the document is too technical to understand, he would like to give people time to respond. He also noted that he did not see any mention of street trees in the document.
Mr. Antone stated that it was one of the improvements that staff is reviewing and noted that this document has a lot of information and detail in it.
Mr. Mullen stated that staff’s recommendation will be to reference the Street Tree List in the final text of the document. Mr. Mullen also stated that Lot Standards Section was inadvertently left out and needs to be reincorporated.
Chairperson Dale opened the Public Hearing opened at 5:46 p.m. and hearing not comments closed the Public Hearing.
M/S/C Brink, Christ to continue the Public Hearing on the Update and Revisions of the City of Red Bluff Land Division and Engineering Design Standards; Resolution No. 2005-012 until October 25th, 2005.
AYES: Commissioners: Brink, Christ and Dale
NOES: Commissioner: Winter
ABSENT OR NOT VOTING: Commissioner: Herring (absent)
D. STAFF ITEMS/REPORTS:
Charlie Mullen, Planning Director, gave a brief update on the General Plan update and the draft Sphere of Influence. He also stated that with the recent reorganization, Dan Irving to the City Council, Andrew Christ to the Planning Commission, a verbal resignation from Kathy Bonner as an alternate on the General Plan Update Advisory Committee due to health reasons. He will be recommending that Phyllis Avilla be moved up to a regular member of the committee and that the City Council direct the Deputy City Clerk to advertise the vacancies of the alternate seats.
Commissioners Brink and Christ reported on the Sphere of Influence meetings that had been held by the General Plan Update Advisory Committee and informed the Planning Commission that the vote was split 2-2 on whether to send the Sphere of Influence to the Planning Commission. Only five (5) written comments have been received at this time.
Mr. Mullen reported that one conflict on one piece of property, which was in a Farm Security Zone, has been removed from the proposed Sphere of Influence.
Commissioner Brink reported that the fear that the public has is that they will have to become part of the City and it has been explained that property will not be annexed automatically into the City; the property owner would have to request the annexation.
Mr. Mullen questioned Commissioners Dale and Winter if they would like to receive copies of the information provided to the General Plan Update Advisory Committee and was told that they would. Staff will copy past information and provide to all Commissioners.
Mr. Mullen reported that at this time there were no development applications that were ready, but that there were a couple of informational items that could be held over until the meeting of October 25th or have the October 11th meeting for this informational information.
It was the consensus of the Planning Commission to hold the informational items over until the meeting of October 25th, 2005.
There being no further business Chairperson Dale adjourned the meeting at 6:04 p.m. to October 25, 2005 at 5:15 p.m.