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Tuesday, May 14, 2002

ASHLAND PLANNING COMMISSION

HEARINGS BOARD

MINUTES

MAY 14, 2002

 

 

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order by Vice Chair Russ Chapman at 1:35 p.m. Other Commissioners present were Alex Amarotico and Colin Swales. Staff present were Mark Knox, Brandon Goldman, and Sue Yates.

TYPE I PLANNING ACTIONS

PLANNING ACTION 2002-049

REQUEST FOR A PHYSICAL & ENVIRONMENTAL CONSTRAINTS REVIEW PERMIT FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A DRIVEWAY (RELOCATION OF, BUT NOT YET CONSTRUCTED) UPON HILLSIDE LANDS. ALSO A REQUEST FOR A VARIANCE TO CITY OF ASHLAND DRIVEWAY GRADE STANDARDS, ALLOWING FOR A DRIVEWAY GRADE OF 18 PERCENT RATHER THAN 15 PERCENT AS REQUIRED BY ORDINANCE FOR THE PROPERTY LOCATED ON WIMER STREET NEAR WALNUT STREET.

APPLICANT: TERRY CLEMENT

This action was approved.

PLANNING ACTION 2002-051

REQUEST FOR A LAND PARTITION AND LOT LINE ADJUSTMENT TO DIVIDE AN EXISTING LOT INTO TWO PARCELS FOR THE PROPERTY LOCATED AT 1380 ROMEO DRIVE.

APPLICANT: SCOTT KURTZ

This action was called up for a public hearing.

PLANNING ACTION 2002-038

REQUEST FOR A TWO-LOT LAND PARTITION AND FRONT YARD VARIANCE, ALLOWING FOR A FRONT YARD OF 13 FEET, SIX INCHES RATHER THAN 15 FEET FOR THE PROPERTY LOCATED AT 2320 MORADA LANE.

APPLICANT: LORAN FAUDREE/BILL JOHNSON

This action was approved.

PLANNING ACTION 2002-053

REQUEST FOR A CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT TO EXPAND THE EXISTING OWNER'S UNIT (NO NEW ACCOMMODATION UNITS) AT THE TRAVELER'S ACCOMMODATION LOCATED AT 59 MANZANITA STREET.

APPLICANT: VICKI CAPP

This action was approved.

PLANNING ACTION 2002-055

REQUEST FOR A TRANSFER OWNERSHIP FOR A TRAVELER'S ACCOMMODATION LOCATED AT 142 NORTH MAIN STREET.

APPLICANT: MARY NELKE

This action was withdrawn.

PLANNING ACTION 2002-056

REQUEST FOR TRANSFER OF OWNERSHIP FOR A TRAVELER'S ACCOMMODATION LOCATED AT 138 NORTH SECOND STREET.

APPLICANT: JOANIE MCGOWAN

This action was approved.

PLANNING ACTION 2002-057

REQUEST FOR A LAND PARTITION FOR THE PROPERTY LOCATED ALONG THE NORTH SIDE OF GLENN STREET AND EAST OF THE INTERSECTION OF NORTH MAIN AND GLENN STREETS.

APPLICANT: BRENT THOMPSON AND SYLVIA THOMPSON

This action was approved.

TYPE II PLANNING ACTIONS

PLANNING ACTION 2002-035

REQUEST FOR A LAND PARTITION AND LOT LINE ADJUSTMENT RESULTING IN THE CREATION OF ONE ADDITIONAL PARCEL UPON THE PROPERTY LOCATED 1250 ASHLAND MINE ROAD. COMPREHENSIVE PLAN DESIGNATION: SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENTIAL; ZONING: R-1-7.5; ASSESSOR'S MAP #: 39 1E 05 BB; TAX LOTS: 205, 206, 207.

APPLICANT: DON GREENE

Site Visits and Ex Parte Contacts – Chapman and Swales had site visits.

STAFF REPORT

Goldman reported the applicant is asking for a Land Partition and two boundary line adjustments to create a large enough parcel to partition. (See diagram on page 2 of Staff Report.) Grading has created a steep embankment on Lots 1 and 2. Any building will be subject to the Physical and Environmental Constraints permit process. The request for partition today is to create a new lot (Lot 4) with a slope of less than 20 percent.

All facilities are in place to service the new lot. Ashland Mine road is fully improved. There are no sidewalks but as part of the Land Partition, it requires a five foot wide sidewalk as stated in Condition 4. This will apply only to the lots being partitioned. Staff concurs with the applicant that the sidewalks will be at curbside in order to save the existing three trees (two oaks and cedar).

The neighbors called this action up for a public hearing because of increased density. The underlying zone is R-1-7.5. The minimum setbacks have been met. The applicant has proposed a maximum building envelope on Lot 4, however, the actual building will undoubtedly be smaller. There are fruit trees within the building envelope that may be removed. There are old trees that were part of an orchard 60 to 70 years ago. They are well past their expected life span. The trees have not been maintained and are in poor shape. The building for this property has not yet been designed.

The applicant is not able to attend today’s meeting but has included a letter in the packet responding to the concerns voiced by the property owner across the street who called the action up for a public hearing.

PUBLIC HEARING

DANA BUSSELL and PETER WU, 1269 Ashland Mine Road testified.

Bussell talked about the slope of the lots, especially Lots 1 and 2 that have a significant slope. She said, according to the ordinances, these lots are not allowed to be less than 10,000 square feet each in size.

Goldman read from the R-1 zoning. He explained the property has already been zoned R-1-7.5. The slope was taken into account when it was zoned.

Wu said the situation has changed since the original zoning designation was made. Is the existing condition correct to match the zoning? He believes it is a procedural problem.

Goldman said the application is held to the criteria as it exists. Knox said the new lots are less than 20 percent slope. Lots 1 and 2 are subject to the Physical and Environmental Constraints review at the time of building permit application.

Wu restated that Lots 1 and 2 have problems. If these lots are made smaller, then Lot 3 cannot give up room for a Lot 4. He thinks the developer is putting the problems of Lots 1 and 2 under the rug to get Lots 3 and 4.

Bussell said the fruit trees have been maintained, they have produced fruit and are doing fine. She sees no reason to eliminate the trees, as they are part of the character of the neighborhood.

Wu said the building envelopes for Lots 3 and 4 are only 12 feet apart. Bussell and Wu have invested their living and a way of life to this area for a reason and to see that change has a serious impact on what they consider important. The adjacent land is rural. To increase the density will increase fire danger. By continuing these partitions and building, more houses per lot will downgrade their standard of living. It is important to look at the character of the neighborhood.

Chapman said, with all due respect to the neighbors, the R-1-7.5 zoning density has already been established. The Planning Commission cannot change that today. If the neighbors want to see a lower density zoning in their neighborhood, they need to go to the City Council as a neighborhood and request a zone change.

Goldman noted that exclusive of the steep slope, there is room to locate a house on both Lots 1 and 2. Knox reiterated the slope would be dealt with under the Physical and Environmental Constraints review at the building permit level. He also added that the envelope is not the building footprint. The developer drew the maximum. It is unlikely he will build to the maximum.

Goldman said a piecemeal boundary line adjustment could have been done instead of a partition to achieve the same configuration.

Goldman stated that from Staff’s assessment, this application meets all the criteria for approval and Staff is recommending approval with the attached Conditions.

COMMISSIONERS’ DISCUSSION AND MOTION

Chapman agreed the criteria have been met. Swales moved to approve PA2002-049. Amarotico seconded the motion and the action was unanimously approved.

ADJOURNMENT – The meeting was adjourned at 2:45 p.m.

 

 

 

 

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