CALL TO ORDER:
Chair Donenfeld called the meeting to order at 1:30 p.m.
Roll Call: 7 members present, 0 members absent, 0 members excused.
REPORT OF POSTING OF AGENDA:
The agenda was available for public access at the City Hall exterior bulletin board (west side of Council Chamber) and the Planning Services counter by 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 4, 2012.
ACCEPTANCE OF THE AGENDA:
Commissioner Kltachko noted his abstention on the minutes of September 12, 2012.
The agenda was accepted, as presented.
Chair Donenfeld opened public comments and with no appearances coming forward public comments was closed.
1. CONSENT CALENDAR:
1A. Minutes of September 12, 2012.
Motion to To approve minutes of September 12, 2012, as submitted. Moved by J.R. Roberts, seconded by Leslie Munger.
Vote to To approve minutes of September 12, 2012, as submitted. (Approved)
2. OTHER BUSINESS:
2A. SP 12-004 - Best Signs, Inc. for Desert AIDS Project requesting a sign program amendment to further identify donors at a multi-tenant building located at 1695 North Sunrise Way, Zone P, Section 11. (Project Planner: David A. Newell, Associate Planner)
David A. Newell, Associate Planner, provided background information at outlined in the staff report dated October 10, 2012.
The Commission requested clarification and/or commented on:
-The elimination of the five building wall signs (with the exception of sign no. 5).
-The community center identified as sign no. 5.
Motion to To approve, subject to Conditions of Approval, as presented. Moved by J.R. Roberts, seconded by Lyn Calerdine.
Vote to To approve, subject to Conditions of Approval, as presented. (Approved)
3. PUBLIC HEARING:
3A. Case 5.1284 PDD 360 A preliminary and final Planned Development District (PDD) application seeking approval for a 32-room hotel with accessory restaurant and retail uses, parking and landscaping on a roughly 1.27 acre lot at1551 North Palm Canyon Drive; Zone C-1 / R-3, Resort Combining Zone. (Ken Lyon, Associate Planner).
Ken Lyon, Associate Planner, provided background information as outlined in the staff report dated October 10, 2012.
Commissioner Roberts disclosed that met with the applicant and reviewed the project.
Vice Chair Hudson disclosed that he attended a neighborhood meeting by the developer several weeks ago.
Chair Donenfeld opened public comments:
-Chris Pardo, project designer, explained that the hotel rooms would be pre-fabricated and completion would be done in 3 months. Mr. Pardo addressed the grade change on the site and provided an overview on the floor level plans, parking area and shading.
There being no further appearances the public hearing was closed.
Vice Chair Hudson requested clarification regarding the AAC's concern pertaining to the following issues:
-A stronger entrance identity off of Palm Canyon needs to be addressed.
-Consideration of green roofs and viability of planting material.
The Commission commented and/or requested clarification on the following items:
-Increase the awning to provide more solar protection on the street side and to the tenants on the 2nd floor.
-The heat retention of the red Cor-Ten architectural metal element.
-Shading and landscaping that will be used to provide more buffer to the parking area.
-The resources available for recommended landscape plantings.
Commissioner Klatchko noted that this project will be a great benefit for the north side of town and commended the developer.
Motion to To approve Case 5.1284 - PDD 360 a preliminary and final Planned Development District for a 32-room hotel, an 80-seat restaurant, 1,120 square feet of retail, landscaping and parking at 1551 North Palm Canyon Drive subject to the attached Conditions of Approval, and recommend approval to the City Council. Moved by Lyn Calerdine, seconded by Leslie Munger.
Vote to To approve Case 5.1284 - PDD 360 a preliminary and final Planned Development District for a 32-room hotel, an 80-seat restaurant, 1,120 square feet of retail, landscaping and parking at 1551 North Palm Canyon Drive subject to the attached Conditions of Approval, and recommend approval to the City Council. (Approved)
PLANNING COMMISSION COMMENTS:
The Commission commented and/or requested staff follow-up on these issues:
-Synchronization of traffic signals throughout Palm Canyon Drive.
-The approved color scheme for the 7-Eleven Convenient Store on Racquet Club and Palm Canyon Drive.
-Advise the applicants to provide full-size plans on major projects to the Planning Commission.
-The last bay at Destination Ramon (northwest corner) is unfinished and the landscaping is overgrown.
-Consideration of establishing a standard for solar and shading control.
PLANNING DIRECTOR'S REPORT:
Director Ewing provided an update on the timeframe submittal for the remodel of the Desert Fashion Plaza and suggested to the Commission that special meeting(s) could be held, if necessary.
Director Ewing asked the Commission to respond to his email with regards to anyone that may have a potential financial conflict interest pertaining to the Desert Fashion Plaza.
There being no further comments the Planning Commission adjourned at 2:36 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 24, 2012, City Hall, Council Chamber, 3200 East Tahquitz Canyon Way.
Oct 10, 2012 Planning Commission