Planning Commission Minutes
MINUTES OF THE
September 17, 2013
A regular meeting of the Planning Commission for the City of San Ramon was called to order by Chair Wallis at 7:45 p.m., on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 in the Council Chambers 2222 Camino Ramon, San Ramon.
Present: Commissioners; Kerger, Sachs, Viers, Chair Wallis
Absent: Vice Chair Jeannie Benedetti
Staff: Phil Wong, Planning Director; Debbie Chamberlain, Planning Manager; Ryan Driscoll, Assistant Planner; Alicia Poon, Deputy City Attorney; Luisa Amerigo Recording Secretary.
2. ROLL CALL
3. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
4. PUBLIC COMMENTS OR WRITTEN COMMUNICATION: At this time, those in the audience are encouraged to address the Planning Commission on any item not already included in tonight’s agenda. If possible, comments should not exceed five (5) minutes.
5. ADDITIONS AND REVISIONS
6. CONSENT CALENDAR
6.1 Minutes from the September 3, 2013 Regular Meeting. Planning Commissioner Sachs made the motion and seconded by Planning Commissioner Viers. Planning Commissioner Kerger abstained
6.2 Minutes from the September 3, 2013 Special Meeting. Planning Commissioner Sachs made the motion and seconded by Planning Commissioner Viers. Planning Commissioner Kerger abstained
7. CONTINUED ITEMS AFTER CLOSING OF PUBLIC HEARING –None-
8. CONTINUED ITEMS – OPEN PUBLIC HEARING - None -
9. PUBLIC HEARING – NEW ITEMS
Ryan Driscoll, Assistant Planner gave a brief PowerPoint presentation and stated that the applicant is requesting review of a Land Use Permit to modify an existing wireless telecommunications facility collocated with two other wireless telecommunication facilities on an existing PG&E transmission tower. The proposal would install three (3) new LTE antennas, relocate six (6) existing panel antennas, install six (6) Remote Radio Units, and install one (1) surge suppression unit. The existing equipment enclosure would remain unchanged in size.
Sandy Barclay – San Ramon resident stated that she is pleased with the PG&E corridor landscaping area. Ms. Barclay added that the property at the corner of Tareyton Avenue and Pine Valley Road has become an eyesore and asked if the landscaping could be improved.
Debbie Chamberlain, Planning Manager stated that staff would look into the ownership of the property on the corner of Tareyton Avenue and Pine Valley Road. If the landscaping is in good condition and its private property, it is difficult to force a homeowner to change their planting pallet.
Commissioner Viers stated that he has not changed his mind since the last meeting and, feels that the area is becoming an antenna farm.
Commissioner Kerger stated that she is not pleased with the area becoming an antenna farm. Commissioner Kerger added AT&T is constantly returning to the Planning Commission to add additional antennas.
Commissioner Sachs asked why does AT&T not look at other sites to fix coverage lapses and return to the Planning Commission with alternatives.
Cindel Pena representing AT&T and Vinculums stated that the reason why AT&T is choosing to expand the existing site is the demand for technology. Ms. Pena stated that currently the RRU (Remote Radio Units) data transmission units are at ground level. By installing the antennas and RRUs up high AT&T can better serve their clients. Currently there are 3G antennas which will be phased out and AT&T is proposing to bring new antennas that service LTE (Long Term Evolution).
Commissioner Kerger asked if AT&T would be removing the old antennas and upgrading the service. Ms. Pena replied yes, Commissioner Kerger asked how many times will AT&T be returning and why is AT&T not looking at other sites. Ms. Pena replied that this is an established site adding (3) antennas to a different site would require additional ground equipment and space. Ms. Pena added that due to technological advances AT&T will be returning in the future to add or upgrade additional antennas.Commissioner Sachs asked about the wireless telecommunication facilities on Tareyton Avenue identified as number 34 and 35 on the Wireless Telecommunication Facility map and asked if those antennas were LTE. Ms. Pena replied no because they have just begin with this technology. Commissioner Sachs further asked if AT&T would be returning in the future. Ms. Pena replied yes.
Chair Wallis commented that the antennas being installed service the 4G and existing 3G clients. AT&T will be returning to the City to install additional antennas as technology changes. The antennas are several hundred feet above the ground in an area where there is no residential development. Chair Wallis added that AT&T is contributing $33,000. to the landscaping fund. Chair Wallis also added that this is a benefit to the City.
Commissioner Kerger commented that there are no antennas due to proximity of gas lines and asked if that was a health and safety issue. Mr. Driscoll replied that there is a gas line in the area and is a health and safety issue because of trenching.
It was moved by Commissioner Sachs and Seconded by Commissioner Chair Wallis that the Planning Commission approve Resolution Number 08-13 approving Land Use Permit 13-500-005 for the property located at 9885 Alcosta Boulevard
AYES: Commissioners, Sachs, Chair Wallis
NOES: Commissioners, Kerger and Viers
ABSENT: Planning Commissioner Vice Chair Benedetti
Chair Wallis commented that Planning Commission took “no action” to approve or deny the proposed project due to a lack of a majority to support or deny the application.
It was moved by Commissioner Viers and Seconded by Commissioner Sachs to direct staff to prepare an alternative resolution to deny the project application for consideration at the October 1, 2013 Planning Commission meeting when the full Commission is available.
AYES: Commissioners, Kerger, Sachs, Viers, and Chair Wallis
ABSENT: Planning Commissioner Vice Chair Benedetti
10. NON-PUBLIC HEARING ACTION ITEMS
11. STUDY SESSION/COMMISSIONER LIAISON REPORT AND INTEREST ITEMS/STAFF REPORTS.