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MINUTES OF THE
PLANNING COMMISSION REGULAR MEETING

February 7, 2012

A regular meeting of the Planning Commission for the City of San Ramon was called to order by Chair Kerger at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 7, 2012 in the Council Chambers 2222 Camino Ramon, San Ramon.

ROLL CALL

Present:  Commissioners, Benedetti, Sachs, Wallis, Vice Chair Viers, Chair Kerger

Absent:   None             

Staff:   Phil Wong, Planning Director; Debbie Chamberlain; Division Manager; Ryan Driscoll; Assistant Planner; Cindy Yee; Associate Planner; Lauren Barr; Senior Planner; Michael Roush, Interim Deputy City Attorney; Luisa Amerigo, Recording Secretary.

Audience:    17

 1. CALL TO ORDER                    

 2. ROLL CALL

 3. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
San Ramon Troop 201 led those present in the pledge of allegiance.            

 4. PUBLIC COMMENTS OR WRITTEN COMMUNICATION

Jim Gibbon San Ramon resident thanked the Planning Commission who attended the Mudd’s Restaurant site visit. Mr. Gibbon also commented about the Alcosta Shopping Center and the proposed Wal-Mart Neighborhood Grocery Store. Mr. Gibbon added that the area it is not a permitted use for a grocery store and allowing a grocery store of that size would have traffic impacts to the area.  

 5. ADDITIONS AND REVISIONS -None-

 6. CONSENT CALENDAR
6.1 Minutes from the January 17, 2012 meeting. Approved with modifications.

7. CONTINUED ITEMS AFTER CLOSING OF PUBLIC HEARING -None-

8. CONTINUED ITEMS – OPEN PUBLIC HEARING

9. PUBLIC HEARING – NEW ITEMS-
9.1 San Ramon 2012 Zoning Ordinance Text Amendment TA 10-410-001.
Staff Report by: Cindy M. Yee, Associate Planner.

Cindy Yee, Associate Planner gave a PowerPoint presentation and provided background information on the 2012 Zoning Ordinance Update and the purpose of the update.  Ms. Yee stated that the Zoning ordinance is to implement the land use pattern, land use densities and intensities established in the General Plan 2030 land use diagram and the policies and programs of the General Plan 2030. The Zoning Ordinance establishes various classes of zoning districts, governs the use of land, and the placement of buildings and improvements within those individual districts. The last update to all divisions of the Zoning Ordinance was completed and adopted by the City Council in 2008. The objective of this proposed update is to implement the adopted General Plan 2030 and certified Housing Element policies and programs.

Chair Kerger stated that at the January 17, 2012 meeting there were four various requests made of staff and explanations were found in the staff report.

Commissioner Wallis asked for clarification on Ryan Industrial Court area.

Ms. Yee replied the zoning of parcels are being changed to conform to the General Plan 2030.

Commissioner Benedetti stated that research done on the length of stay at Homeless Shelters was six months and do other jurisdictions have the same language.

Ms. Yee replied that we have taken examples from other jurisdictions and they have the same language. State law changes and rather than coming back to the Zoning Ordinance and changing it when the State law changes we recommend referring directly to the State Law.

Commissioner Benedetti asked for clarification on the 15 percent increase in height for multi-family development projects and would Neighborhood “D” be redesigned to lower the height in order the height above to 32’.

Ms. Yee replied the project as designed meets the 32 ‘foot height limit. To exceed that height limit by up to 15 percent, would require the project incorporate a sustainable design.

Commissioner Sachs asked for clarification on the rezoning Old Ranch /Bent Creek parcels. Ms. Yee replied that the base zoning is R-6 which governs development and use of the parcels.  The RC-Overlay is being removed since it is being eliminated from the Zoning Ordinance. This removal does not impact or increase the development potential of the properties.

Debbie Chamberlain, Division Manager added that the open space property is under the ownership of Geologic Hazard Abatement District (GHAD), which is City owned and a separate Governing Board and protected as open space and can never be developed. The removal of the RC-Overlay will not allow development of this property.

Chair Kerger opened the public hearing.

Ron May –San Ramon resident stated that San Ramon has become a large congested city due to  the ongoing development in Dougherty Valley Mr. May further stated that the City continues to develop homes and no parks for families.

Mr. Gibbon stated that the Hillside Ordinance is intended to protect the hillsides, ridges and creeks. He further added that the pocket exception allows for the filling of creeks, if the ridges are not far enough apart.  There is only one reason for the reduced creeks setbacks and that is to allow the Iron Gate Subdivision. The Iron Gate Subdivision was never meant to be developed in that location. If you do not reduce creek setbacks, then they are not going to build it. Additionally because of pocket exception, and the proposed grading of the site, that creek will no longer exists because the valley between the ridges is being filled. The Zoning Ordinance change is only intended to allow the Iron Gate Subdivision project move forward. 

Chair Kerger asked staff if Transitional Housing and Homeless Shelters were standardized description. Ms. Yee replied yes and that Transitional Housing has always existed in our Zoning Ordinance and is not a new term. 

10. NON-PUBLIC HEARING ACTION ITEMS - None-                                                                  

11. STUDY SESSION/COMMISSIONER LIAISON REPORT AND INTEREST ITEMS/STAFF REPORTS.

12. ADJOURNMENT
There being no further discussion, Chair Kerger adjourned the meeting at 8:45p.m.   

Submitted, Luisa Amerigo  


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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