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Centerville, UT 84014
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August 10, 2016
PLANNING COMMISSION MINUTES OF MEETING
A quorum being present at Centerville City Hall, 250 North Main Street, Centerville, Utah. The meeting of the Centerville City Planning Commission was called to order at 7:00 p.m.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
OPENING COMMENT/LEGISLATIVE PRAYER Becki Wright
MINUTES REVIEW AND APPROVAL
The minutes of the Planning Commission meeting held July 27, 2016 were reviewed and amended. Commissioner Johnson made a motion to approve the minutes as amended. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Wright and passed by unanimous roll-call vote (5-0). Chair Hirschi abstained from voting as he was not present at this meeting.
PUBLIC HEARING | LEGACY CROSSING STORAGE | 150 NORTH 1250 WEST - Consider the proposed Final Site plan and a Conditional Use Permit for a self-storage facility (Legacy Crossing Storage) on property located at approximately 150 North 1250 West
Cory Snyder, Community Development Director, reported the applicant has requested this item be postponed until the August 24, 2016 Planning Commission meeting do to some changes the applicant would like to make to the application.
PUBLIC HEARING | MARTHA’S PLACE | 347 NORTH 400 EAST - Consider the proposed Conceptual Site Plan and Conditional Use Permit for Martha’s Place (formerly 347 Subdivision), on property located at 347 North 400 East, for the purpose of a multi-family development; consisting of 1 tri-plex and 1 single-family dwelling. Chad Morris, Applicant
Brandon Toponce, Assistant Planner, reported the applicant previously received approval for a flag lot on this property but has since decided to seek approval for a multi-family development. The site plan indicates the existing single-family home will remain with a tri-plex in the rear of the property. At this point, the applicant is still looking at options for both a one-story and two-story tri-plex. This information will need to be submitted prior to final site plan approval. The proposed development meets the goals of the General Plan and is allowed within the Residential-Medium (R-M) Zone. This property is found within the Centerville Deuel Creek Historic District which was created to encourage the preservation of the original Centerville town site. This voluntary program does not prohibit any development by a property owner but does provide some incentives if compatible development is maintained.
Mr. Toponce reported the proposed development meets applicable development standards for the R-M Zone. The applicant will be required to submit a full landscape plan at final site plan submittal. The applicant has met necessary requirements for parking, drive-isle, and turnarounds. Staff recommends no parking signs be placed along the drive-isle to ensure property fire safety. The property already shows existing fencing but the applicant will need to call out specific location and type of fencing used. The South Davis Sewer District has verified that the existing sewer lines are adequate to accommodate the proposed development. The applicant will need to include a plan for an overhead telephone line located across Unit 1. The applicant will also need to show all public utility easements as required and ensure appropriate fire protection as approved by the Fire Marshal.
Mr. Toponce reviewed the conditional use permit application. The proposed development would bring a total density of 7.6 units per acre. The R-M Zone allows a permitted maximum density of 4 units per acre and a maximum of 8-units per acre with a conditional use permit. The proposed development appears to be suitable for the area and in harmony with the majority of surrounding uses. The tri-plex could have somewhat of a negative impact to the homes located on the south which are in the Residential-Low (R-L) Zone. The proposed project is higher in elevation than the homes to the south and it could feel as if the homes are rising above their backyard. In order to mitigate this issue, the applicant will need to place a solid fence along the south property line and plant additional trees along the north side of the fence. The proposed tri-plex is permitted a maximum building height of 35 feet as are all residential uses in the R-M Zone. Another potential impact is traffic; however, staff does not see the increase of traffic from 3 additional dwellings as being significant on 400 East, which is considered a collector road. The applicant will need to show proper ingress, egress, and clear view from 400 East. Staff has received utility provider sheets showing adequate service to the site. The applicant will need to continue to work with City Staff in creating a drainage design that will not have a negative impact on the lower lots. This includes a berm, drainage swell and a new storm drain connection. The applicant will need to receive final approval from the City Engineer for the drainage plan.
Chad Morris, applicant, reviewed the site plan and responded to questions from the Commission. He said he has not yet decided if he will construct a garage for the existing home, but if he does it will be on the north side of the home and will share the proposed drive-isle. He explained he chose to change his plans from the flag lot once he fully understood the flag lot definition and realized this was a better option for maintaining the existing home. He said he is working with the Fire Marshal on the details and requirements for fire safety and explained where the fire hydrant will likely be placed. He said he is still debating between a single-story or 2-story building design. He said he envisions these units as smaller empty-nester type homes with main floor living. Mr. Morris said he does not yet have a plan for the fence and landscape buffer on the south property line but will install both as required. He said a large solid wall could also pose a negative impact to neighbors but he understands the concern and will buffer as needed.
Commissioner Hayman said she is concerned a 2-story structure could loom over neighboring properties and said she would like to see a significant buffer provided that could mitigate the possible bulkiness of this structure. She asked if there was a requirement for tree height. The Commission also discussed maximum building height.
Cory Snyder, Community Development Director, said there is a standard buffer requirement which includes both fencing and landscaping but it does not call out specifically what type of landscaping or height of landscaping. He explained this buffer is required on the south property line because it borders R-L, a different zoning district from the proposed site. Mr. Snyder said all homes within the R-M Zone are eligible for the 35-foot maximum building height. He cautioned the Commission not to lower the building height for this development because any neighboring structure could remodel and increase their height to 35 feet. This is the current standard. It is difficult to call out a negative impact for building height when all surrounding structures are allowed the same standard. He reminded the Commission to focus on mitigating the possible height with buffers, not by reducing the maximum height allowed. Mr. Snyder also discussed how redevelopment will help revitalize this area.
Chair Hirschi opened the public hearing.
Chuck Madsen said the applicant is being asked to mitigate negative impacts from the neighboring property to the south, but what about him, the neighbor to the north. He said this development will negatively impact his property as well. He said he does not want to see a large drive-isle and traffic, let alone the large tri-plex. He said this will impact his privacy and create noise and dust. He would like the applicant to install a 6-foot fence on the north property line as well. He said the applicant’s brother is looking to buy a neighboring property which could potentially increase the size of this project. He is concerned this is just the starting point and this negative impact will increase.
Conni Madsen said she is concerned this development will continue to grow as more properties are purchased around it. She said this project has too many units for this property. She said it doesn’t matter what the zoning is, this development is too large for this area, and it is a negative impact for those living in the area. She said it is not fair or right to allow this development. She said no one on the Commission lives in the area and the Commission has no idea how much of an impact this development will cause. She said she does not like what the applicant is proposing with this property.
Seeing no others wishing to speak, Chair Hirschi closed the public hearing.
Chad Morris, applicant, said he grew up around the corner from this lot and he knows very well what this area is like. He said he understands the concerns from neighbors and he will mitigate as required but does not have a detailed plan as of yet. He said this area is mostly older homes and is in need of revitalization. He believes his proposal will help rejuvenate this area and bring value to surrounding properties. He said he is not planning a fence along the north property line at this time. He also explained his brother did show interest in purchasing a neighboring property, but he (the applicant), is not part of any purchasing plan, is not under contract to purchase any other property, and does not plan to expand his project.
Mr. Snyder explained the application tonight is for this project alone. He said if any future expansion was proposed it would require a new application and approval process. He also explained the fence and landscape buffer is required on the south property line because it is a different zoning district from the proposed development site. The property to the north shares the R-M Zone designation, shares the multi-family use status, already has a significant setback because it’s the rear-yard, and has the ability to install their own fence if desired. However, if the Commission finds a negative impact, i.e., noise, dust, headlights, etc., then mitigation measures can be required.
Commissioner Wright expressed concern with the buffer on the north side. She would like to see a detailed plan before any approval is granted. She questioned if the conditional use permit could be tabled until a more detailed plan is submitted. This would give the Commission a chance to review the fencing and landscape buffer for adequate screening.
Chair Hirschi agreed that tabling the conditional use permit at this time may be beneficial to ensure adequate buffering. He said the Commission can then address negative impacts during the final site plan process once all information has been submitted.
Commissioner Hirschi made a motion for the Planning Commission to table the Conditional Use Permit until the final site plan approval process. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Daly and passed by unanimous roll-call vote (6-0).
Commissioner Wright made a motion for the Planning Commission to accept the Conceptual Site Plan for Martha’s Place, located at 347 North 400 East, with the following conditions:
Reasons for the Action:
The motion was seconded by Commissioner Johnson and passed by unanimous roll-call vote (6-0).
PUBLIC HEARING | CODE TEXT AMENDMENT | ALLOW CLIMATE CONTROLLED STORAGE IN VARIOUS ZONES - Consider the proposed Code Text Amendment regarding Section 12-12-040-Definitions, by adding “Climate Controlled Storage” and Chapter 12-36-Tables of Uses Allowed, by allowing “Climate Controlled Storage” in various zones; including C-H (Commercial-High) Zoning District. Steve Tate, Applicant.
Commissioner Johnson recused himself from this item because he has significant professional interest in this topic.
Cory Snyder, Community Development Director, reported the applicant desires to amend the City Zoning Ordinance to add a “climate controlled storage” to the Zoning Code Definitions and Table of Uses to allow this use in the Commercial-High (C-H) Zone. Currently, this type of use is not listed in Centerville’s Zoning Ordinance. This is a petition to create a new use. Staff feels it is necessary to define this use differently than other storage uses. This use, if approved, would be allowed across the city in all C-H Zones. If there is a potential to allow this proposed use in the C-H Zone, the Commission ought to consider the possibility of allowing this use in the Commercial-Very High (C-VH) Zone as well. Mr. Snyder explained staff remains neutral on this new use because it could be viewed as both positive and negative with the same findings. He reminded the Commission that the General Plan policies are a broad scope and said the proposed amendments may be too specific. He explained there is a demand for such storage units and that these types of facilities are rapidly growing across the county. However, he indicated it is not clear this is something that Centerville wants. He also explained, at a minimum, the proposed new use should be considered as a conditional use, not as a permitted use.
Chair Hirschi questioned if there is a way to allow this use under specific circumstances and not as a broad use over all commercial zones.
Steve Tate, applicant, said his family purchased the Parrish Lane shopping square about two years ago and he has personally lived in the area for the past eighteen years. He said, over the past 18 years, he has watched this shopping square go from vibrant to run-down. He is now looking for ways to utilize the space in a way that will help revitalize this shopping square. He explained these types of shopping squares were poorly designed in a U-shape making the corner spaces large with very little frontage. He said his corner units have only 36-inches of frontage, which is the front door. He said the market states that the best types of uses for these odd spaces are CrossFit gyms and climate controlled storage. He said his previous tenant was a CrossFit gym but he lost that use to a new retail development. He said research shows that climate controlled storage is the best option for these spaces. His plans include rear access to these units with limited key card access during business hours only. He said the rear of this shopping square is large and could easily accommodate traffic and parking. He believes this rear access will also help police this area which is often used for questionable activities. He also believes the rear access will help diminish traffic and parking problems that currently exist in the front of the shopping square. Mr. Tate agrees the proposed use should be specific and limited and not used as a broad commercial use. He said the language could include only those spaces with the limited 36-inch frontage. He is accepting of a strict definition and use requirements. He discussed the high demand that exists for climate controlled storage units and explained there are a few popping up in neighboring cities. He said he has even spoken with current tenants of his shopping square who have already shown an interest in utilizing the proposed storage.
Chari Hirschi opened the public hearing.
Logan Johnson agreed there is great pressure within the real estate market for this type of use especially on the east side of I-15. He said he does not believe that the conditional use process is the best option for this type of use scenario based on past experience.
Seeing no others wishing to speak, Chair Hirschi closed the public hearing.
Commissioner Daly agreed there is a demand for this type of storage and he is nervous because of it. He expressed concern with allowing this use across all commercial zones. He discussed the Pages Lane commercial area. He said he would not want to allow a climate control storage use on Pages Lane. He said that area is in need of redevelopment but it is not intended for storage units. He said if this use is allowed across all commercial zones then this type of use could pop up in several unwanted places. However, he did agree this is a good use for this particular property owner and his situation.
Several members of the Commission agreed a broad use of a climate controlled storage definition may not be the best option. They expressed concern with a big box store that potentially goes dark which could use a broad application of this definition. Some Commission members agreed a climate controlled storage definition should be strictly limited. The Commission discussed several ideas for allowing this use on a very specific and strict basis including licensing, frontage requirements, size restrictions, overlay zone, etc. A majority of the Commission agreed this is a good use for some commercial spaces and this could help revitalize some limited areas.
Mr. Snyder said the concern with Pages Lane is valid because it is not likely that area will redevelop as a retail use. He said there is a goal to change the zoning of the Pages Lane commercial district but its timing is unknown. If a climate controlled storage allowance was granted it is possible the use may be utilized before a new zone was established on Pages Lane. He said although a strict definition seems appropriate, it is difficult to allow spot uses because it is unfair to similar property owners, which becomes a legal issue. He said an overlay zone may be possible but would require research and several meetings for discussion. He explained the difficulties associated with climate controlled storage, the currently non-conforming Parrish Lane shopping square and the Parrish Lane Design Guidelines. He is unsure if the applicant is willing to wait for a lengthy process, which may or may not yield the desired outcome.
Lisa Romney, City Attorney, said a text amendment is zone wide and by law should provide all similarly situated properties the same rights.
Chair Hirschi said this is a difficult issue. He does not want to see Centerville turn into the storage capital of Davis County but he agreed there is high demand for storage and this seems a reasonable option for this particular situation. He mentioned Draper City created a specific zone for climate controlled storage. He said he would like to explore an overlay option, perhaps with relation to those commercial uses that do not conform to the Parrish Lane Design Guidelines.
Mr. Tate said he would like to see where these discussions might lead. He said he is willing to wait out the process if there is a possibility this use may be allowed. He said he already has many contract restrictions with each of his tenants. He said he would be willing to limit this use according to unit space as needed per tenant contracts. Mr. Tate agreed the Pages Lane area will not redevelop as a retail site. He said he works within the retail marketing realm and there is currently no interest in Pages Lane as a retail site. He is hopeful the City will find a new zone or use that will help revitalize the Pages Lane area.
Chair Hirschi made a motion to table this matter with a directive to Staff to investigate the possibility of an overlay zone for those areas within the Commercial-High Zone along Parrish Lane that are nonconforming with the Pages Lane Design Guidelines and to also investigate the possibility of a new zoning district. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Wright and passed by unanimous roll-call vote (5-0).
Commissioner Johnson rejoined the meeting.
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR’S REPORT
The meeting was adjourned at 9:20 p.m.