ASHLAND PLANNING COMMISSION
SEPTEMBER 9, 2008
CALL TO ORDER
Commissioner Stromberg called the meeting to order at 1:30 p.m. in the Civic Center Council Chambers, 1175 E Main Street.
|Commissioners Present:||--||Staff Present:|
|John Stromberg||Adam Hanks, Permit Center Manager|
|Michael Dawkins||Amy Anderson, Assistant Planner|
|Michael Morris||April Lucas, Administrative Assistant|
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Commissioners Dawkins/Stromberg m/s to approve the August 12, 2008 Hearings Board minutes. Voice Vote: all AYES. Motion passed.
TYPE II PUBLIC HEARINGS
|A.||PLANNING ACTION: 2008-00801|
SUBJECT PROPERTY: 960 Harmony
APPLICANT: Bill Emerson for Jendrisak and Berry
DESCRIPTION: Request for a Conditional Use Permit and Site Review approval for a 592 square foot Accessory Residential Unit above a proposed two-vehicle garage accessed from the alley for the property located at 960 Harmony.
COMPREHENSIVE PLAN DESIGNATION: Single Family Residential; ZONING: R-1-7.5; ASSESSOR'S MAP #: 39 1E 15AC; TAX LOTS: 1500
Morris noted this Planning Action is a continuation from the August 12, 2008 Hearings Board meeting.
Declaration of Ex Parte Contact
Deliberations and Decision
Ms. Anderson clarified the Public Works Department confirmed that maintenance was done on the pipe referred to by Ms. Dion.
Dawkins commented on the neighbor's suggestion to reduce the impact on the alley by moving the accessory unit to the front of the property. He questioned whether the driveway would then meet the setback requirements and noted there is also a large Cedar tree that would impact this option. In regards to the issue raised about the diameter of the storm drainage pipe, Dawkins noted the staff report indicated the pipe was adequate to handle this residential use. He also stated he does not feel there will be a lot of extracurricular traffic on the alley caused by the proposed accessory unit. Dawkins noted the applicant's offer to eliminate the two extra parking spaces and stated he was willing to accept that offer.
Morris also commented on some of the issues raised by the neighbors. He stated a lot of properties are "back-loaded" and noted the City has been encouraging garages to be located at the back of the lot and accessible through the alley. He commented on the requirement for paved access and stated the City has always applied this to mean there is paved access to the property's street address. He stated this application meets the intent of the ordinance and cited a recent approval on Ross Lane where they did not require Ross Lane or the alley to be paved. Morris stated he has no problems with the application and the conditions recommended by staff and sees no reason to deny it.
Stromberg questioned whether the board supported removing the two extra parking spaces as offered by the applicant. Morris stated he would prefer to include the spaces, but with pervious pavement. Dawkins stated he could go either way, but if included, he also would like them to be pervious. Stromberg stated he could also go either way, but is inclined not to have them because: 1) pervious pavers do not drain as well as not having anything there, and 2) he is concerned that the spaces might attract additional cars and parking. Ms. Anderson clarified that based on the site plan, the applicant needs to keep at least one of the parking spaces. She also clarified it is already conditioned to be pervious pavement.
Commissioners Dawkins/Stromberg m/s to approve PA #2008-00801. Roll Call Vote: Commissioners Dawkins, Morris and Stromberg, YES. Motion passed.
Meeting adjourned at 2:00 p.m.
April Lucas, Administrative Assistant