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MURRIETA PLANNING COMMISSION AGENDA

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Staff Present: Mary Lanier, Planning Director; Priscilla Dugard, Assistant City Attorney; Bob Moehling, Engineer Manager, Aaron Rintamaki, Junior Planner,

    MINUTES

MURRIETA PLANNING COMMISSION OCTOBER 24, 2007 6:00 P.M.

    26442 BECKMAN COURT REGULAR MEETING

    MURRIETA, CA

CALL TO ORDER

Chair Lane called the meeting to order at 6:02 p.m.

ROLL CALL Present: Butler, Fitzpatrick, Lane, and Lupro

     Absent: Cohen

     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

AGENDA REVIEW

Chair Lane reviewed agenda and noted that items #2 and #3 would be reviewed at the next Planning

    Commission Meeting.

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

     NOES: None

     ABSTAIN: None

     ABSENT: Cohen

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

None

COMMISSION COMMENTS

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

None

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REPORTS AND PRESENTATIONS

    None

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.

    Environmental Determination.

Vice-Chair Fitzpatrick had to step down form the dais due to property ownership within 300 feet of

    the project.

Mary Lanier, Planning Director introduced Aaron Rintamaki, Junior Planner to give a brief overview of the

    project.

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

    the podium.

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

    Ordinance.

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

     NOES: None

     ABSTAIN: Fitzpatrick

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     ABSENT: Cohen

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

None

PUBLIC COMMENTS

None

COMMISSION COMMENTS

Commissioner Butler requested information on the next Planning Commission meeting. Mary Lanier

    stated that she would get back to him.

ADJOURNMENT

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.

     Commission Chairman

Commission Secretary

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