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CITY OF EL MIRAGE
& ZONING COMMISSION
SEPTEMBER 5, 2007
I. CALL TO ORDER
The Chair David Shapera called the
meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.
II. ROLL CALL
Present were Chair David Shapera,
Vice Chair Trent Kubasiak, and Commission members Michael Barvitz, and Hugh
Flisyn. Keith Turley was absent. Community Development Director George Flores, Senior Planner Mark Smith, and City Attorney Rick Flaaen represented staff.
III. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES OF
AUGUST 15, 2007
Michael Barvitz moved for approval
of the minutes of August 15, 2007, as submitted by the staff. The motion was
seconded by the Chair David Shapera and passed unanimously [4/0].
IV. WITHDRAWALS AND
1. PZ07-0308: Luis Salazar, agent for Joseph David,
requests approval of a site plan for the El Mirage Marketplace including
conditional use permits for a gas station and car wash at southwest corner of El Mirage Road and Cactus Road.
Owner Joe David stated that he
wanted to build a car wash, gas station, and 5500 square foot convenience store
plus shops and 3 pads for restaurants such as Applebee’s or Chili’s on the 2
acres. No one from the public was present to address this item.
Michael Barvitz asked why there
was no pass-through from the gas station to the rest of the development and why
there were no bike racks. The owner and his agent Luis Salazar said there
would be bike racks, but a cross-connection would interrupt traffic around the
Trent Kubasiak said he disagreed.
With no access between, traffic northbound on El Mirage would have to make a
u-turn, causing more traffic problems than they were trying to solve. Michael
Barvitz said that people were lazy and if they couldn’t get between sites he
would lose business. The owner said he had a similar design in Peoria. After some discussion in front of the drawing, the Commission decided to leave
access issues to be decided between the developer and the City Engineer.
Hugh Flisyn was concerned about
fire access to the building in the northwest. Luis Salazar said they could
park to the side and use sidewalks on the side and rear. David Shapera asked
if the fabric over the car wash would not allow more noise in the neighborhood
than a solid roof. Salazar said that like an old movie theater the curtains
absorb better than a solid roof. Shapera asked about insulation. Salazar said
insulation would get damp and moldy.
Trent Kubasiak made a motion to
recommend approval of the project subject to stipulations:
1. The project shall be built
according to the plans submitted for approval unless modified to meet City
codes, policies, or stipulations added below. Pads shall require their own
separate site plan application & approval.
2. Fully engineered plans and
reports, as required by the City Engineer, Building Official, Senior Planner,
and/or Fire Chief, must be submitted and approved prior to the issuance of any
building or off-site permits. Development of the site and required
infrastructure improvements shall be in conformance with all applicable City
codes and policies unless variance is approved by the City Council as the Board
3. Developer shall install
off-site improvements including additional lanes, required signalization
changes, meandering sidewalks, and streetlights, plus on-site access driveways
per City Engineer, with full access as far from the intersection as possible
and partial access on other driveways.
4. All buildings shall be
sprinklered and have third-party monitored alarm systems plus outside access to
riser rooms. FDCs shall be remote and the entry to all parking aisles shall
have 50’ radius for fire equipment access. Hydrants shall be installed in
front & behind shops on looped water lines.
5. Signs shall be by attached
letters rather than painted or in backlit panels.
6. Approval is subject to
floodplain permit from Maricopa County Flood Control District.
7. Streetlights per Engineering
& on-site lighting per IBC are required.
8. Fencing shall be installed on
the notch in the rear of the retail building.
9. Drainage facilities shall be
either fully constructed with each phase or assurances will be required for
completion of landscaping. Undeveloped portions of the site shall be
dust-proofed per Maricopa County Air Quality Standards.
10. Off-site improvements shall be
constructed in compliance with memo from the City Engineer dated 7/11/07 unless amended by City Engineer.
11. A trash pickup system shall be
in place prior to certificate of occupancy.
12. No overnight parking of
commercial vehicles will be permitted on the property.
13. Bicycle racks will be
installed on site.
14. Noise levels from fans shall
be kept below 55db at the property line [Sec. 21-6-14K].
Michael Barvitz seconded the
motion which then passed 4 to 0.
V. NEW BUSINESS [NONE]
VI. CALL TO THE PUBLIC ON
NON-AGENDA ITEMS [NONE]
VII. STAFF REPORT ON PAST AND
Mark Smith referred the
Commissioners to the latest list of projects.
SUMMARY OF CURRENT EVENTS BY COMMISSION MEMBERS
Commission members asked about the
monstrosity in front of the Senior Center and why it had not come in front of
the Commission. George Flores responded that it was the result of a grant for
a temporary modular building [recreation hall] to expand services for 6 months.
Members also asked about the
status of Burger King. George Flores stated that Olive Avenue was in County jurisdiction
and therefore subject to Maricopa County review.
David Shapera asked about hydrants
on Dysart, Parque Del Sol, and Cactus. He said the fire hydrants on the
Surprise side were perpendicular to those in El Mirage, and he wondered if they
were tied into our water system. George Flores stated there were still many challenges.
Michael Barvitz asked about the
light at Dysart and Thunderbird. George Flores said the full improvements are
estimated at $15 million. The Corporation Commission may require BNSF to grade
separate the intersection. If so, the cost would be 25 to 40 million dollars.
BNSF is likely to expand services and double the cars on the ‘Y’ at Grand Avenue. The Corporation Commission may decide that cities should not bear the cost of
IX. EXECUTIVE SESSION [NONE]
There being no other business, Hugh
Flisyn moved for adjournment, seconded by Michael Barvitz, and the motion
passed unanimously. The meeting adjourned at about 6:45 p.m.
_________________________ APPROVED: ______
Mark L. Smith, Senior Planner David Shapera, Comm. Chair