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January 10 2012 Planning Commission Minutes

PLANNING COMMISSION
CITY OF ST. GEORGE
WASHINGTON COUNTY, UTAH
January 10, 2012 – 5:00 p.m.



PRESENT: Chairman Ron Bracken
Council Member Jimmie Hughes
Commissioner Julie Hullinger
Commissioner Ron Read
Commissioner Ro Wilkinson
Commissioner Nathan Fisher

CITY STAFF: Assistant City Attorney Joseph Farnsworth
Development Services Manager Wes Jenkins
Planner II Ray Snyder
Planner I Craig Harvey
Administrative Professional Linda Brooks

EXCUSED: Community Development Coordinator Bob Nicholson
Commissioner Ross Taylor
Commissioner Kim Campbell


CALL TO ORDER

Chairman Bracken called the meeting to order and welcomed those in attendance. Chairman Bracken led the flag salute.

FINAL PLAT

Consider approval of a final plat for “Desert Canyons Town Center Commercial Subdivision – Phase 1” a two (2) lot commercial subdivision. The applicant is Desert Canyons Development and the representative is R&B Surveying, Mr. Roger Bundy. The property is currently zoned CRM (Mixed Use Commercial), but a C-2 zone change is on the January 5th City Council agenda. The property is located on the north side of Exit 6 of the Southern Parkway and along the east of Desert Canyons Parkway. Case No. 2011-FP-035

Todd Jacobsen Project Manager said this is a request to approve a 2 lot commercial subdivision located on the north side of Exit 6 of Southern Parkway and along the east of Desert Canyons Parkway. The previous zone was CRM. A zone change request was heard by City Council on January 5th to have the zoned changed to C-2. This was passed by City Council.

Todd spoke that a major portion of the proposed Lot 4 is currently in the flood plain, but a FEMA map revisions is underway but has not yet been obtained.

MOTION: Commissioner Hullinger made a motion to recommend to City Council approval for a final plat for “Desert Canyons Town Center Commercial Subdivision – Phase 1” a two (2) lot commercial subdivision and authorize Chairman to sign. Commissioner Wilkinson seconded the motion. All voted aye.

GUEST HOUSE

Consider a request for a six hundred and forty square foot (640 sq. ft.) guest house (pool house) that would exceed the maximum approvable area by staff of four hundred square feet (400 sq. ft.) unless reviewed and approved by the Planning Commission. The property is located at 2208 Greystone Drive and is zoned R-1-10 (Single Family Residential 10,000 sq. ft. minimum lot size). Mr. & Mrs. Buehner, applicants. Case No. 2012-GH-001

Craig Harvey Planner I said the applicant is requesting a guesthouse that would have a total footprint of approximately 640 sq. ft. The guesthouse living space would include a living room, a bathroom/laundry room, and a kitchenette (small sink, microwave, and under counter refrigerator) and an exterior access closet.

Craig said the intent of the guest house ordinance is to provide a small temporary residence and not a large secondary dwelling unit. Additionally, the applicant has acknowledged that all utilities must come from the main dwelling for this guest house. The applicant has indicated that primary use of this structure will be for a pool house. The applicant will sign and record the necessary deed restriction for the guesthouse indicating that it will not be rented or leased independent of the main dwelling. If the Planning Commission finds the proposed size and design of the Casita/Pool House acceptable then staff recommends approval.

Definition for “Family” defined in Section 10-2-1 was discussed.

MOTION: Commissioner Read made a motion to recommend approval of a request for a six hundred and forty square foot (640 sq. ft.) guest house (pool house) located at 2208 Greystone Drive. Commissioner Hullinger seconded the motion. All voted aye.

BDCSP (BUILDING DESIGN CONCEPETUAL SITE PLAN)

Consider a request for a BDCSP review of a proposed three-story professional office building. The site is located at approximately 300 South 1470 East and is Lot 12 of the Rim Rock Commercial Center subdivision. The zoning is PD-COM (Planned Development Commercial). The applicant is QRS Development and the representative is Mr. Brett Burgess. Case No. 2011-BDCSP-002

Ray Snyder Planner II said this request is to construct a three-story professional office building on Lot 12 in Rim Rock Commercial Center. The zone is PD-COM. The total building area will be 26,550 sq. ft. Setbacks will be verified by staff during plan check. The preliminary site plan indicates that the proposed building will meet and exceed requirements. The building will exceed 35 ft. in height. The proposed parapet height (flat roof) is forty-six feet (46’) and the center tower height (flat roof) is fifty-feet six inches (55’-6”). The parking ratio for an office is 1:250. This building will require 106 spaces which they are showing on their plans. They show 24.5% of the site in landscaping open space. Staff will verify that the current landscape ordinance is met.

Ray said staff comments are as follows:

1. A 26,550 square foot three story professional office building with 106 parking spaces on Lot
12 are recommended for approval to the City Council for this site as presented on January 10, 2012 to the PC.
2. The architectural theme, colors, and materials shall be as presented on January 10, 2012.
3. The building height is recommended for approval as follows; the main parapet height (flat
roof) shall not exceed forty-six feet (46’) and the center tower height (flat roof) shall not exceed fifty-five feet six inches (55’-6”).
4. A SPR (Site Plan Review) application shall be submitted along with the required civil
engineering plan sets to the Community Development Department for plan checking and processing.
5. The site shall be designed with “dark sky” friendly lighting and will avoid any light pollution
to the neighbors. A photometric plan shall be provided along with the SPR application in the civil engineering plan set.

Assistant City Attorney Joseph Farnsworth asked if the height of the building would be approved tonight. He stated that city code in Section 10-8-6 E states that when a parcel comes in for a Planned Development zone that is when the height issue is addressed and/or approved.

Chairman Bracken said the height change is always heard at this point when they come in with a Building Design Concept Site Plan.

Assistant City Attorney Joseph Farnsworth said the point he is making that the zone change process needs to address the height of the building in the zone.

Ray said they have not required the applicant to do a zone change on this parcel. It was already zoned PD-COM.

Brett Burgess the applicant said he remembers that the City owned this property and it was already zoned PD-COM when they required it from the City.

Assistant City Attorney Joseph Farnsworth said he wants to double check and see whether the increased height was approved when the property was approved as a PD-COM zone.

Commissioner Read asked about elevation changes to the parcel.

Brett replied the access is similar to the street level. He said on one side this will lead down to the underground parking level. There is currently a drop in the level of the ground which is about 10 ft. The building will be tucked down below Target.

MOTION: Commissioner Read made a motion to recommend to City Council approval of a request for a BDCSP review of a proposed three-story professional office building. The site is located at approximately 300 South 1470 East and is Lot 12 of the Rim Rock Commercial Center subdivision and to incorporate staff comments, and add a condition that the City’s Legal Department will have an answer if there needs to be a Zone Change for the height. Also, restrictions that the parapets will be tall enough to hide the roof units so they won’t be seen from the road and applicant’s comments as well. Commissioner Fisher seconded the motion. All voted aye.

DISCUSSION ITEM

There will be a brief discussion/presentation of the 1996 Federal Telecommunications Act.

Ray Snyder Planner II gave a presentation on the 1996 Federal Telecommunications Act based on an action that was taken during a Planning Commission on December 13, 2011.

MINUTES

Consider approval of the Planning Commission minutes for December 13, 2011.

MOTION: Commissioner Wilkinson made a motion to recommend approval of the minutes for December 13, 2011. Commissioner Hullinger seconded the motion. All voted aye.