RED BLUFF PLANNING COMMISSION
Date of Meeting: December 13, 2005
Time of Meeting: 6:00 p.m.
Place of Meeting: Red Bluff Community/Senior Center
1500 South Jackson St.
Commissioners Present: Doug Dale
Commissioners Absent: Dennison Herring
Staff Present: Charlie Mullen, Planning Director
Mark Barthel, Interim Public Works Director
Scot Timboe, Planner
Cheryl Smith, Deputy City Clerk
JD Ellison, Building Director/Official
Rick Crabtree, City Attorney
Susan Price, City Manager
Gerry Gray, Division Chief
Nik Reikalas, Parks and Recreation Director
Chairperson Dale called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.
A. CITIZENS COMMENTS
B. CONSENT CALENDAR
M/S/C Brink, Winter to approve the Consent Calendar.
AYES: Commissioners: Brink, Christ, Dale and Winter
ABSENT OR NOT VOTING: Commissioner: Herring (absent)
1. MINUTES NOVEMBER 22, 2005
C. CURRENT BUSINESS
1. PUBLIC HEARING RECOMMENDATION TO THE CITY COUNCIL ON THE PROPOSED CITY OF RED BLUFF DRAFT SPHERE OF INFLUENCE (SOI) BOUNDARY MAP EXPANSION; RESO. NO. 05-016
Charlie Mullen, Planning Director reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation that the Planning Commission:
1. Open the Public Hearing.
2. Review and Consider all public testimony and all other information relating to this item submitted to the Planning Commission.
3. If determined to be appropriate Adopt Resolution No. 05-016;
a. Recommend that the City Council approve the proposed draft Sphere of Influence Boundary Map expansion in order to serve as a starting point for the City to undertake a Municipal Service Review (MSR) study and General Plan Update; or
b. Recommend that the City Council approve a modified draft SOI Boundary Map expansion with specific Planning Commission recommended changes; or
c. Forward the draft SOI Boundary Map expansion to the City Council without a consensus Planning Commission recommendation; or
d. Forward the draft SOI Boundary Map expansion to the City Council without a consensus recommendation, but include Planning Commission opinions; or
e. Recommend that no changes be made to the existing SOI boundary map.
Chairperson Dale thanked the public for attending and explained that a three (3) minute timer would be used and that at the end of 3 minutes the speaker would have an additional minute to finish up their comments.
Chairperson Dale opened the Public Hearing at 6:16 p.m.
Patty Walker stated that she owns a business on Tyler Road which is included in the proposed Sphere of Influence and that she did not wish to be included in the Sphere of Influence.
Ann Reid, property owner, stated that she also owns property within the proposed Sphere of Influence, as well as inside the City. She stated that she was representing the Tehama County Resource Conservation District and that she had attended all the meetings regarding the proposed Sphere of Influence. She displayed a map that depicted land that was currently under the Williamson Act. She stated that the Tehama County Resource Board found that quality of life is what is important to people and that they believe that the citizens would like to see the open land remain. She asked that the Planning Commission reconsider the Draft Sphere of Influence as proposed.
Kim Tipton, property owner, stated that she supports the proposed Sphere of Influence.
John Elko, resident, stated that Red Bluff was already too big and asked that it not be expanded as he does not want a larger city. He asked that the Sphere of Influence be left as it currently is.
Charlie Jackson, property owner, asked what had happened to the City and stated that you used to be able to talk to Planning Commissioners and/or City Councilmembers and now you have to go through staff.
Dave Derk, property owner, spoke regarding the proposed Sphere of Influence and that it goes through his property. He asked if the City had thought of the maintenance upkeep of the roads, if the property would be rezoned as he had that done to him in the past.
Mr. Mullen stated that until annexation the roads and infrastructure would remain in the County and that there would be no change in the tax structure.
Chairperson Dale stated that staff’s opinion could be overridden by the City Council.
Grace Jackson stated that she lives inside the current Sphere of Influence and protested inclusion at the time it was updated to include them. She stated that Luther Road is already dangerous with no white line and that Paskenta Road is in need of repairs.
Chairperson Dale questioned when the Sphere of Influence was last updated.
Mr. Mullen stated that it was his understanding that it was done in the early 1990’s when the last General Plan Update was completed.
Charlie Wright, property owner, stated that he understands the need for planning and suggested to the Planning Commission that they could adopt the proposed Sphere of Influence as proposed but with the addition of an option that property owners can opt out or enter an agreement in favor of residents.
Mr. Mullen stated that he had not heard of an opt out provision with as many provision as Mr. Wright listed and that the purpose to offer incentives for people to annex into the City. He stated that it’s not uncommon for City’s to expand their Sphere of Influence and City Limits.
Linda Jenkins stated that the proposal was the same as when it was first presented and that she had advised people to go to the City Council and LAFCO meetings. She further stated that it was unfortunate that the Planning Commission didn’t hear the comments made at the previous General Plan Update Advisory meetings.
John Rohr, property owner, questioned if the City would put a bridge in that’s needed on Paskenta Road and questioned if the City had thought about maintenance, grading the roads and fighting wildfires that occur in this area.
Ann Reid stated that a petition had been circulated and that a number of people are concerned.
Andrea Wight presented petitions with additional signatures and stated that they are continuing to obtain additional signatures. She also stated that she is opposed to the proposed Draft Sphere of Influence.
Ron Moser stated that he supports the proposed Sphere of Influence changes and that Planning needs to be good and progressive. It is a long process when someone requests annexation and those who want to develop their property know this.
There being no further comments Chairperson Dale closed the Public Hearing at 6:49 p.m.
Commissioner Christ requested clarification on if the proposed Sphere of Influence was approved if it would come back to the General Plan Update Advisory Committee when the Municipal Services are reviewed.
Commissioner Brink stated that he understood the frustration of the people, but it’s not perfect and it’s not set in concrete. But LAFCO would have the final say and this is strictly a starting point. He stated that he appreciates the input from everyone.
Chairperson Dale stated that it was his understanding that the Sphere of Influence had to be reviewed every 5 years.
Mr. Mullen stated that was correct and that this allowed the City to monitor for any changes that may be needed.
Chairperson Dale questioned if soil types were taken into consideration concerning the land in the Antelope area.
Mr. Mullen stated that it was and that staff had gone out to the areas and that the area south of 99/Antelope Blvd is adjacent to the City and has good access to water and sewer.
Chairperson Dale stated that he could see the pressure for development along 99 east, but going into undeveloped agricultural land is a travesty. He stated that the agricultural land should be preserved and would like to see the Planning Commission limit the line in the Antelope area to Salt Creek and a few feet off of 99E and Hoy Road to the south and then leave a good amount of land out because by taking it in would only encourage development. He stated that he would like to see development pushed to the west and that we have to plan for the future.
Commissioner Brink stated that he believed the draft should remain as drawn, even though it’s prime agricultural land.
Commissioner Christ stated that he agreed with Chairperson Dale and that he would like to see a modification of the line, as well as discussion of the industrial area off of Tyler Road.
Commissioner Winter stated that the City was just trying to do the right thing.
Commission Brink commented that just because it’s in the Sphere of Influence doesn’t mean it’s going to be developed.
Mr. Mullen stated that just because it’s not in the Sphere of Influence doesn’t mean that it will not be developed at some point of time either. We are seeing lots of development occurring in the County adjacent to the City.
Motion by Chairperson Dale to amend the line in the Antelope area to stop at the junction of 36E and keep close to 99 E.
Motion died due to the lack of a second.
M/S/C Brink, Winter to recommend that the City Council approve the proposed draft Sphere of Influence Boundary Map expansion (by adopting Resolution No. 05-016) in order to serve as a starting point for the City to undertake a Municipal Service Review (MSR) study and General Plan update.
AYES: Commissioners: Brink, Christ and Winter
NOES: Commissioner: Dale
ABSENT OR NOT VOTING: Commissioner: Herring (absent)
D. STAFF ITEMS/REPORTS:
Mr. Mullen reported that due to staff’s workload and the Christmas Holiday there would not be a Planning Commission meeting on December 27, 2005. The next scheduled meeting would be January 10, 2006. He wished everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
There being no further business Chairperson Dale adjourned the meeting at 7:07 p.m. to January 10, 2006 at 5:15 p.m.