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Tuesday, September 09, 2008
-Planning Commission Agenda-

Date: Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: City Council Chambers - First Floor

RESOLUTION NO. 08-8287

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WEST COVINA PLANNING COMMISSION
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS - FIRST FLOOR
REGULAR MEETING
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
7:00 p.m.


A G E N D A

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

INVOCATION

ROLL CALL

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

None

A. OTHER MATTERS OR ORAL COMMUNICATIONS

This is the time when any member of the public may bring a matter to the attention of the Commission that is within the scope of duties assigned to the Commission. The Ralph M. Brown Act limits the Planning Commission and staff's ability to respond to comments on non-agendized matters at the time such comments are made. Thus, your comments may be agendized for a future meeting or referred to staff. The Commission may discuss or ask questions for clarification, if desired, at this time.

By policy of the Commission, Oral Communications at this time on the agenda is limited to a total of 15 minutes. Persons who are not afforded the opportunity to speak at this time may do so under Item E. later on the agenda.

B. CONSENT CALENDAR

This is the time for the public to comment on any item on the Consent Calendar. As Consent Calendar items are considered routine in nature, they are normally enacted in one motion. The Chairperson may remove a questioned Consent Calendar item for separate action.

1. FORTHCOMING PLANNING COMMISSION MEETINGS AND PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE

Receive and file.

Motion by ________, seconded by ________, to approve the item listed.

HEARING PROCEDURE:

You are encouraged by this Commission to express your views on any matter set for public hearing. It is our procedure to first receive the report of the Planning staff, then to ask for public testimony; first from those in favor of the matter, followed by testimony from those in opposition to it, and, if there be opposition, to allow those in favor, rebuttal testimony only as to the points brought up in opposition. To testify on a matter, you need to simply come forward to the lectern at the appropriate time, give your name, and make your statement. In addition, please fill out a speaker card provided at the podium so it will facilitate preparation of our minutes. Do not be concerned with your possible lack of experience in public hearings. We are interested in what you say, not your level of expertise as a public speaker. After a hearing has been closed, you may not further speak on the matter unless requested to do so by a member of the Commission.

C. PUBLIC HEARINGS

(1)
CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT NO. 08-13
CATEGORICAL EXEMPTION
APPLICANT: Jaime Lizarraga for Los Saucillos Restaurant
LOCATION: 1324 West Francisquito Avenue
REQUEST: The applicant is requesting a conditional use permit to allow the on-sale service of beer and wine in conjunction with the full service of food within an existing 1,915-square foot restaurant. The restaurant is currently operating as a full-service Mexican family restaurant in the Sunset Square Shopping Center. The project is located in the "Neighborhood Commercial" (N-C) Zone.
  1. Open public hearing.

  2. Staff report.

  3. Public testimony.

  4. Close public testimony.

  5. Commission discussion.

  6. Motion by __________, seconded by __________ to adopt findings as recommended by staff.

  7. Motion by __________, seconded by __________ to waive further reading of the body of the resolution and adopt Resolution No. 08-52____, (approving/denying) Conditional Use Permit No. 08-13.

(2)
CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT NO. 07-02
PRECISE PLAN NO. 07-02
TENTATIVE TRACT MAP NO. 68317
VARIANCE NO. 07-01
CATEGORICAL EXEMPTION
APPLICANT: Robert DeWaters - Carmel Partners
LOCATION: 624 South Glendora Avenue (Lafayette Parc Apartments)
REQUEST: The project consists of a request to convert 259 existing apartment units to condominium ownership. A conditional use permit and precise plan are required for the 259-unit condominium conversion. A tentative tract map is required for the "air space" subdivision of the property. In addition, a variance has been requested to deviate from code requirements including the number of guest parking spaces, minimum-parking distance of 60 feet, parking dimension, and the number of covered parking spaces.

The project proposes to convert 259 existing apartment units into condominiums on a 13.37-acre (582,397-square foot) site. The project is proposed to be market-rate housing. The proposed units include one-story one-bedroom and two-bedroom units and two-story two-bedroom and three-bedroom units. There are eight different floor plans with floor areas of 850 square feet to 1,600 square feet. Additionally, the project includes 69,116 square feet of landscaping and 172 parking spaces.

The project requires the granting of the following entitlements:

(1) Conditional Use Permit No. 07-02 to allow the existing 259 units to be converted to condominiums.

(2) Precise Plan No. 07-02 for the site plan revisions.

(3) Tentative Tract Map No. 68317 to subdivide the property into 85 "air space" units.

(4) Variance No. 07-01 to vary from required development standards, including the number of guest parking spaces, parking distance, parking dimension, and the number of covered parking spaces.
  1. Open public hearing.

  2. Staff report.

  3. Public testimony.

  4. Close public testimony.

  5. Commission discussion.

  6. Motion by __________, seconded by __________ to adopt findings as recommended by staff.

  7. Motion by __________, seconded by __________ to waive further reading of the body of the resolution and adopt Resolution No. 08-52___, (approving/denying) Conditional Use Permit No. 07-02.

  8. Motion by __________, seconded by __________ to adopt findings as recommended by staff.

  9. Motion by __________, seconded by __________ to waive further reading of the body of the resolution and adopt Resolution No. 08-52___, (approving/denying) Precise Plan No. 07-02.

  10. Motion by __________, seconded by __________ to adopt findings as recommended by staff.

  11. Motion by __________, seconded by __________ to waive further reading of the body of the resolution and adopt Resolution No. 08-52___, (approving/denying) Tentative Tract Map No. 68317.

  12. Motion by __________, seconded by __________ to adopt findings as recommended by staff.

  13. Motion by __________, seconded by __________ to waive further reading of the body of the resolution and adopt Resolution No. 08-52___, (approving/denying) Variance No. 07-01.

These actions are final unless appealed to the City Council within ten days.

(3)
ADMINISTRATIVE USE PERMIT NO. 08-13
CATEGORICAL EXEMPTION
APPLICANT: Martha Hernandez
LOCATION: 3103 South Adrienne Drive
REQUEST: The applicant is requesting an administrative use permit for a maximum unit size exception (MUSE) and large expansion to allow a first-story and second-story addition to an existing 1,000-square foot single-story house located on a 4,967-square foot irregular-shaped lot. The proposal includes a 238-square foot first-story addition and a 1,386-square foot second-story addition. The house with the proposed addition will be 3,079-square feet (including a 455-square foot attached garage). The proposal also includes three second-story deck areas totaling 110 square feet and a 330-square foot covered front porch. The project is located in the "Planned Community Development No. 1" (PCD-1) Zone.
  1. Open public hearing.

  2. Staff report.

  3. Public testimony.

  4. Close public testimony.

  5. Commission discussion.

  6. Motion by __________, seconded by __________ to adopt findings as recommended by staff.

  7. Motion by __________, seconded by __________ to waive further reading of the body of the resolution and adopt Resolution No. 08-52___, (approving/denying) Administrative Use Permit No. 08-13.

This action is final unless appealed to the City Council within ten days.

(4)
ADMINISTRATIVE USE PERMIT NO. 08-23
CATEGORICAL EXEMPTION
APPLICANT: Kevin Vien and Jessica Hao
LOCATION: 2617 Altimira Drive
REQUEST: The applicant is requesting an administrative use permit to allow a 220-square foot two-story enclosed balcony that includes a staircase and landing to access an existing 200-square foot elevated deck located along the rear elevation of the subject property. The project is located in the "Planned Community Development No. 1" (PCD-1) Zone.
  1. Open public hearing.

  2. Staff report.

  3. Public testimony.

  4. Close public testimony.

  5. Commission discussion.

  6. Motion by __________, seconded by __________ to adopt findings as recommended by staff.

  7. Motion by __________, seconded by __________ to waive further reading of the body of the resolution and adopt Resolution No. 08-52___, (approving/denying) Administrative Use Permit No. 08-23.

This action is final unless appealed to the City Council within ten days.

D. NON-HEARING ITEMS

(1)
STUDY SESSION
CODE AMENDMENT NO. 08-04
PASEO FENCE STANDARDS IN THE "PLANNED COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT NO. 1" (PCD-1) ZONE

A study session to consider the establishment of fence and/or wall standards on single-family residential properties adjacent to paseos in the Woodside Village area.

Staff recommends that the Planning Commission provide comment and direction as appropriate.

(2)
PLANNING COMMISSION AUTHORIZED PLANNING DIRECTOR'S MODIFICATION NO. 08-39 TO PRECISE PLAN NO. 520
CATEGORICAL EXEMPTION
APPLICANT: Mark Gabay
LOCATION: 2532 South Azusa Avenue (Island Plaza Shopping Center)

The applicant is requesting approval to change the color palette on a portion of the exterior of an existing shopping center located at the southeast corner of Amar Road and Azusa Avenue.

Motion by _________ seconded to (approve/deny) Planning Commission authorized Planning Director's Modification No. 08-39 to Precise Plan No. 520.

This action is final unless appealed to the City Council within ten days.

(3)
ART IN PUBLIC PLACES NO. 08-03
FINAL REVIEW
APPLICANT: CGM West Covina
LOCATION: 2707 East Valley Boulevard

The applicant is proposing to install a koi pond in the outdoor courtyard. The koi pond would be approximately 55 feet in length and include natural looking rocks, water plants, and bronze sculptures which would be placed around the pond.

Motion by _________ seconded to (approve/deny) artwork presented for Art in Public Places No. 08-03.

This action is final unless appealed to the City Council within ten days.

E. OTHER MATTERS OR ORAL COMMUNICATIONS

This is the time when any member of the public may bring a matter to the attention of the Commission that is within the scope of duties assigned to the Commission. The Ralph M. Brown Act limits the Planning Commission and staff's ability to respond to comments on non-agendized matters at the time such comments are made. Thus, your comments may be agendized for a future meeting or referred to staff. The Commission may discuss or ask questions for clarification, if desired, at this time.

F. COMMISSION REPORTS/COMMENTS AND MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS

This is the time when any member of the Commission may bring a matter to the attention of the full Commission that is within the scope of duties assigned to the Commission. Any item that was considered during the public hearing portion is not appropriate for discussion in this section of the agenda. NO COMMISSION ACTION CAN BE TAKEN AT THIS TIME. If the Commission desires to discuss an issue raised by a resident or take an action, the Commission may vote to agendize the matter for the next meeting. The Commission may discuss or ask questions for clarification, if desired, at this time.

(1)
CITY COUNCIL ACTION:

This is an oral presentation of City Council matters and actions of the listed meeting, which are in the Commission's area of interest.

(2)
PLANNING DIRECTOR'S REPORT:

G. ADJOURNMENT

Motion by ________, seconded by ________, to adjourn at ______.