MURRIETA PLANNING COMMISSION OCTOBER 24, 2007– 6:00 P.M.
26442 BECKMAN COURT REGULAR MEETING
CALL TO ORDER
Chair Lane called the meeting to order at 6:02 p.m.
ROLL CALL Present: Butler, Fitzpatrick, Lane, and Lupro
Staff Present: Mary Lanier, Planning Director; Priscilla Dugard, Assistant City
Attorney; Bob Moehling, Engineer Manager, Aaron Rintamaki,
Junior Planner, Lorie Abeles, Secretary; Dana Porché, Minutes Clerk.
Chair Lane requested a moment of silence for those who lost their lives during the recent fires.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Chair Lane led the Pledge of Allegiance
Chair Lane reviewed agenda and noted that items #2 and #3 would be reviewed at the next Planning
A motion was made by Commissioner Lupro and seconded by Vice-Chair Fitzpatrick to have
Agenda of October 24, 2007 amended as noted by Chair Lane.
AYES: Lane, Fitzpatrick, Butler, and Lupro
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Vice-Chair Fitzpatrick commented on the recent comment made by a reporter from Fox News
speaking of the recent fires in the area and the issue of development of residential projects. He stated
that as long as the project meets the requirements of zoning and mitigation fees have been paid, then
there is no reason to deny the project.
PUBLIC COMMENTS AND PRESENTATIONS
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REPORTS AND PRESENTATIONS
CONTINUED PUBLIC HEARING
1. DEVELOPMENT PLAN (DPO-007-2289): A request by Dave Hanson and Brian Cox Murrieta 1,
LLC to develop a vacant parcel with a retail building totaling 15,422 square feet with associated
landscaping and on-site parking located on the corner of Margarita Road and Grove Way.
Vice-Chair Fitzpatrick had to step down form the dais due to property ownership within 300 feet of
Mary Lanier, Planning Director introduced Aaron Rintamaki, Junior Planner to give a brief overview of the
Aaron Rintamaki read his staff report before the Commission. He noted that the applicant changed the
color scheme and some of the architectural designs in order for the project to be consistent with the
other commercial project within that area. He also indicated that some of the Conditions of Approval
have been modified and that the applicant added additional detail and landscaping.
Chair Lane requested any public speakers regarding this project.
Mr. Fitzpatrick, resident of Murrieta spoke in opposition of the project. He stated that the revised colors
are a better fit; however he requested that the Planning Commission have an overall look of the scheme
of the project. He noted that the lighting used for the project, will have an effect on the homes in the
area of the project and suggested mitigation of the lighting to help screen the effect.
Chair Lane closed the public speaking portion of the meeting and requested that the applicant approach
Dave Hansen, applicant for the project stated that he is very pleased to have this project come to the
City of Murrieta. He stated that he has several other stores and most of his stores gross 2.2 million
dollars annually. He introduced his Architect Dio Yang with Dio Yang Designs to go over the changes
made on the colors and designs.
Dio Yang, architect for Dio Yang Designs spoke to the Commission that this project is very unique, due to
the location. He noted that his challenge was to blend in the colors with the other commercial building in
the area the residential homes and feels that he has accomplished that task. He stated that one of the
changes were to have the trash enclosure place inside of the building so that it is not visible to the public
view. He noted that he would be more than willing to change to awnings to conform to staff and the
Commission recommendation. Lastly, he noted that the applicant is looking forward to becoming a part
of the community.
Dave Hansen requested that the City Engineer speak of Condition #83 which discussed Mount Palomar’s
Bob Moehling, Engineering Manager stated that the City would be willing to change Condition #83
language to remove the portion that discusses the in-lieu fees.
Chair Lane requested a break at 7:02 pm and reconvened at 7:04 PM. Chair Lane brought the discussion back to the dais.
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Commissioner Butler stated that he appreciates changes were to the lighting, colors, and landscaping.
Commissioner Lupro requested clarification of the building to the south of the project and wanted an
explanation of how much of the building that would be visible. Dio Yang stated that you may see the tip
of the roof of the building but not the building itself.
Commissioner Butler asked staff on the size of the trees. Mary Lanier stated that generally the trees
planted are young and normally 15-gallon trees. She noted that, if the Commission is concerned with the
size of the trees, then the condition could be changed to add 24-inch trees. Commissioner Butler also
spoke of the lighting requirements and if it would be white or yellow lighting. Mary Lanier stated that
there are some white lights in the area, however, she would look into it. Junior Planner Rintamaki stated
that the lighting follows the Mount Palomar Ordinance.
Commissioner Lupro asked staff about the color scheme on the Stravakis building. She also spoke of
the design standards. She stated that she would like to see the visual color schemes to the existing
buildings. She thanked Mr. Yang for the presentation. She also spoke of the existing wall height of 6
feet. She requested the wall to be higher due to the impact of traffic that this project would create.
Junior Planner Rintamaki stated that the development code states that walls for a commercial project
should have a six (6) foot wall, however if the Commission wished to increase the height, then it would
be under the Planning Commission direction. Mary Lanier, Planning Director stated that this is a standard
requirement and if necessary it would require additional engineering.
Chair Lane requested a short break at 7:17 PM, and reconvened at 7:24 PM.
Commissioner Butler thanked the applicant for being patient with the Commission and making the
changes to the project. He stated that he would prefer to have mature trees. He asked the Commission
on what they are trying to match, whether it is the commercial, residential, or the commercial design
around the corner. His thoughts were that this project would help screen f the jewelry building. He
noted that the commercial building match is as best as possible.
Commissioner Lupro stated that she too likes the new design. However she noted that she preferred
the other way and is in somewhat of a dilemma. She suggested a different colored awning, but would go
with the first design.
Chair Lane spoke of the look of the other commercial projects and the coloring of the building. He also thanked the applicant for his patience, while the Commission reviewed the project. He stated that with
the lighter colors it helps tone down the other commercial project. He stated that he is not a big fan of
the color scheme. His questioned on how to blend in the colors. He suggested approving the project
tonight and continuing with color scheme at a later date. Mary Lanier confirmed that the Commission
could approve the architecture and defer the final colors to staff.
A motion was made by Commissioner Butler to amend the motion and seconded by Commissioner
Lupro to ADOPT a Resolution of the Planning Commissioner of the City of Murrieta approving
Development Plan 2007-2289, an applications by Brain Cox to construct a 15,422 square foot commercial
building and associated on-site parking on a 63,513 sq. ft. property located on the east intersection of
margarita Road and Grove Way, Murrieta, California to include the amendment to the Conditions of
Approval #4 to state colors used must be approved by staff prior to issuance of building plan approval
and #83 elevations are to be reviewed by staff.
AYES: Lane, Butler, and Lupro
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CONTINUED PUBLIC HEARINGS
2. DEVELOPMENT PLAN (DPO-006-2192): A request by Silver Oak Murrieta, LLC to construct
twelve one-story and two-story office buildings, totaling 119,000 sq. ft. on 8.87 acres in the
Professional Commercial (PC) Zone. The project site is located on the east side of Jackson Avenue
and south of Murrieta Hot Springs Road. APN: 910-020-044 and 910-020-013.
CONTINUED TO NOVEMBER 14, 2007 REGULAR PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING.
NEW PUBLIC HEARINGS
3. DEVELOPMENT PLAN (DPO-006-2189): A request by Alesco Development to construct 20 office
buildings ranging between 3,600 square feet and 7,800 square feet totaling 114,443 square feet on
7.8 acres located west of Jefferson Avenue, north of Fig Street and south of Guava Street,
Environmental Determination: A mitigated Negative Declaration was prepared for the proposed
project in accordance with the California Environment Quality Act.
CONTINUED TO NOVEMBER 14, 2007 REGULAR PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING.
COMMENTS FROM THE DIRECTOR
Commissioner Butler requested information on the next Planning Commission meeting. Mary Lanier
stated that she would get back to him.
A motion was made by Commissioner Butler and seconded by Commissioner Lupro at 7:52 p.m. to
adjourn to the next Regular Meeting of the Planning Commission to be held on Wednesday, November 14,
2007 at 6:00 P.M. in the City of Murrieta Council Chambers, 26442 Beckman Court, Murrieta.
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