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CITY OF EL MIRAGE

SPECIAL PLANNING & ZONING COMMISSION

DRAFT MEETING MINUTES

OCTOBER 17, 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 Keith Turley and Hugh Flisyn.  Community Development Director George Flores, Senior Planner Mark Smith, and City Attorney Rick Flaaen represented staff.

 

The Chair noted the resignation of Dr. Barvitz and publicly acknowledged his service.

 

III. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES OF AUGUST 15, 2007

 

The Chair asked for corrections to include a stipulation on El Mirage Marketplace that noise levels from fans be kept on site plus a question under the summary about why the Surprise hydrants are perpendicular to those in El Mirage along Dysart Road.  Trent Kubasiak moved for approval of the minutes of September 5, 2007, as amended.  The motion was seconded by David Shapera and passed 3 to 0 with Keith Turley abstaining since he was not present.

 

IV. WITHDRAWALS AND CONTINUANCES [None]

 

V. NEW BUSINESS

 

1. PZ07-0402: Request for site plan approval for Phoenix Paver 2 in I-3 with 65db overlay at 12101 W. Olive Av. [¼ mi. E. of El Mirage Rd.]

 

Owner Bart Klopping said he was leasing 3.5 acres from Rinker for a brick manufacturing facility.  The site would be bermed and landscaped and 8’ lower than the street which reduced visibility, and the proposed use is compatible with Rinker’s equipment.  David Shapera asked if they would have retail sales on site.  The owner said they would.

 

Shapera asked about proposed signs.  Klopping said they had no sign on the wall at the Phoenix site.  This kind of business did not need signs, but he did propose a freestanding sign 3’ off the ground.  Shapera asked about street lights.  Architect Bob Winton said the engineer was designing those now.

 

Keith Turley said he liked everything about the project, and he thought it a nice addition to the area.  Hugh Flisyn asked how many trucks were expected.  The owner said the Traffic Impact Assessment was correct and a deceleration lane would be required.  Flisyn questioned why they could only have right in and right out when the drive across the street was not restricted.  Senior Planner Mark Smith pointed out that the drive across Olive was actually 121st Avenue, a dedicated street.  Flisyn thought it was not much traffic and questioned limiting it.  The Chair agreed and said from now on they needed to know why.  It was too confusing for laymen.  Hugh Flisyn said the project was a wonderful asset.

Trent Kubasiak asked about dust control which will be to County standards.  David Shapera said the silo was visible and asked if it was lighted.  The owner said if needed but it would be kept downward.  Shapera thought since it was in El Mirage they should recognize it as the El Mirage plant on the silo.

 

Trent Kubasiak made a motion to recommend approval of the site plan 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. 

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 of Adjustment.

3. Streetlights per Engineering & on-site lighting per IBC are required.

4. The site shall be dust-proofed per Maricopa Co. Air Quality Standards.

5. Retail sales of the products shall be permitted directly from the site.

6. A sign referring to the El Mirage Plant is permitted on the silo subject to Sec. 21-6-10.

Hugh Flisyn seconded the motion recommending approval which then passed unanimously.  

 

 

 2. PZ07-0705: Request for site plan approval for Maverick Masonry in I-2 with 65db overlay at 12313 W. Alice Av. [W. of El Mirage Rd.]

 

Bill Hunse of Architectural Team 3 was representing Mr. and Mrs. Gary Tieman and their son Jason.  He said they were developing 3 acres on Alice Av. west of El Mirage.  They are one of the largest manufacturers in Arizona and are relocating from Glendale.  There will be a corporate office and shop building for vehicle maintenance plus a yard for storage of vehicles and materials.  Both buildings will be masonry with reds accents and complex dark green roofing.  They will be dedicating and improving the road and improving the front parking with pavers and the rest will be behind gates.  They will place hydrants per Fire.  Buildings will be energy efficient.

 

David Shapera asked if Alice Av. will be paved.  Mark Smith stated that El Mirage Investors will be dedicating and paving Alice from the corner and Maverick Masonry will continue that to the west.  Shapera asked about a directional sign at the corner.  Smith said off-site signs were not permitted, but the city could install a kiosk sign.  Shapera said he hoped it would be done soon.

 

Hugh Flisyn and Trent Kubasiak had no questions.  Keith Turley said he loved the looks of the building.  Shapera noted that all the buildings down the road came out nice.  Bill Hunse said they would not let them down.  Trent Kubasiak said there were two sets of comments from the Engineer.  Smith said the one dated later was for the site plan and would be the one that applied.

 

Hugh Flisyn made a motion to recommend approval of the site plan 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.

      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 of Adjustment.

      3. Streetlights per Engineering & on-site lighting per IBC are required.

4. The site shall be dust-proofed per Maricopa Co. Air Quality Standards.

      5. Off-site improvements shall be constructed in compliance with memo from the City Engineer dated 7/11/07 unless amended by City Engineer.

Trent Kubasiak seconded the motion to recommend approval and the vote was 4 to 0 in favor.

 

VI. CALL TO THE PUBLIC ON NON-AGENDA ITEMS [NONE]

 

VII. STAFF REPORT ON PAST AND PENDING PROJECTS

 

Mark Smith referred the commission members to the latest list of projects.  David Shapera asked why Wal-Mart had chain link fencing.  George Flores said it allowed visibility along the railway and discouraged tagging on subdivision walls in Rancho El Mirage.  Commission members asked about the Seventh Day Adventists appeal, AMPM, and AutoZone.  Smith said the church wants to build in 75db and AMPM is preparing plans.  George Flores said the AutoZone request is awaiting response from Park West regarding intersection improvements.

 

VIII.        SUMMARY OF CURRENT EVENTS BY COMMISSION MEMBERS [NONE]

 

IX. EXECUTIVE SESSION [NONE]

 

X. ADJOURNMENT

 

There being no other business, Keith Turley moved for adjournment, seconded by Hugh Flisyn, and the motion passed unanimously.  The meeting adjourned at about 6:45 p.m.

 

_________________________          APPROVED:                                       ______
Mark L. Smith, Senior Planner                          David Shapera, Comm. Chair