MINUTES OF THE
March 13, 2007
A regular meeting of the City of San Ramon Redevelopment Agency was held on March 13, 2007 at 6:34 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall, 2222 Camino Ramon, Chair Perkins presiding.
PRESENT: Agency Members Hudson, Rowley, Wilson, Vice Chair Livingstone, and Chair Perkins.
STAFF PRESENT: Agency Counsel By Athan, Executive Director Herb Moniz, Deputy Executive Director Marc Fontes, Associate Planner Cindy Yee, and Agency Secretary Patricia Edwards.
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PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Scott Chamberlain of Cub Scout Pack 874 led the Agency Board, staff, and the audience in the pledge of allegiance.
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The Agency Secretary reported that there were no announcements or special presentations.
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The Agency Secretary reported there were no requests for public comment.
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APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Mbr. Livingstone’s motion to approve the minutes of the February 13, 2007 meeting was seconded by Mbr. Hudson and passed 5-0.
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The Agency Secretary stated that there were no items on the consent calendar.
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The Agency Secretary reported that the Agency has not received any written communications.
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The Agency Secretary stated that there were no items of unfinished business.
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Conceptual Review of Proposed 4,000 Square Foot Single Story Commercial Building and 5,000 Square Foot Commercial Building Expansion within the Magnolia Square Shopping Center (2005 Crow Canyon Place) and Findings of Compliance with the Redevelopment Plan.
Deputy Executive Director Fontes presented the report for the expansion of the Petco store and new retail building at Magnolia Square Shopping Center. He stated that, from a Redevelopment standpoint, there are no significant issues.
Associate Planner Cindy Yee reported that the expansion proposal matches the existing architecture. With the addition of 5,000 square feet to the Petco store and the construction of the new 4,000 square foot retail pad, the shopping center’s overall retail space will increase to 52,401 square feet. The proposed uses of general retail and financial services are permitted pursuant to the Zoning Ordinance and are consistent with the existing businesses. The Redevelopment Agency is being asked to ensure that the project conforms to the Redevelopment Plan and to provide direction to the applicant to move forward with entitlement process and the application to the planning department for design review and Planning Commission approval.
Todd Dewell, Director of Construction for Kimco Realty Corp., the property’s owner, reviewed the proposal and related parking plans. In addition to the Petco expansion, a 4,000 square foot retail pad would be built in the northern parking lot. Their ideal would be a single tenant for this building but they will consider multiple tenants. The proposed realignment and expansion of the driveway between Office Depot and Magnolia Square will improve traffic circulation. Mr. Dewell indicated that, with the Agency’s approval, Kimco will proceed with the application process.
Mbr. Livingstone asked if there are any compact parking stalls.
Mr. Dewell responded that they are all standard size.
Mbr. Hudson stated that he has no issues with the project. He asked if the developer had considered building housing above the commercial space.
Mr. Dennell responded that housing is not an option due to constraints in the current lease.
Mbr. Hudson expressed concern that the new retail pad is elevated.
Mbr. Wilson questioned if the amount of parking is adequate.
Mr. Dewell responded that they will review this issue with their consultants. They anticipate that the new building will draw shoppers to the center’s north side and that new signage will also redirect the parking impact.
Mbr. Rowley indicated the front entrance realignment is an improvement and that the new building should draw more people to the northern parking lot.
Mr. Dewell hopes that it will draw customers to the northern parking lot which is not a s heavily used as the southern lot.
Agency Chair Perkins asked staff what the parking requirement is for restaurants.
Ms. Yee indicated that it is 1 parking space per 100 square feet. For general retail under 50,000 square feet, the ratio is 1 parking space for 225 square feet of retail.
Agency Chair Perkins questioned why the restaurant ratio was not considered since there are currently several restaurants in the shopping center.
Ms. Yee responded that it has been considered in previous tenant use cases and that it will be included as part of the parking analysis for this project.
Agency Chair Perkins noted that it would be bad planning not to consider the parking situation in light of existing restaurants. He requested that staff prepare a response when the project comes before the Planning Commission and the Council.
Mbr. Hudson feels that the key to the project is to draw people to the northern parking lot. He remarked that sharing the parking with Office Depot makes sense and helps the two shopping centers function as one with good traffic circulation.
Mbr. Hudson’s motion that the expansion is in conformance with the San Ramon Redevelopment Project Area Plan and to direct staff to proceed with the application to the Planning Commission was seconded by Mbr. Rowley and passed 5-0.
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There being no further business for Agency consideration, the meeting adjourned at 6:52 p.m.
Scott Perkins, Chair
Patricia Edwards, Agency Secretary
Approved at the March 27, 2007 Agency meeting, 5-0.
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