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Architectural Review Commission Meeting Update
Regular Meeting

March 4, 2013                       Monday                                     5:00 p.m.

ROLL CALL:      Commrs. Ken Curtis, Suzan Ehdaie, Steven Hopkins, Anthony Palazzo, Greg Wynn, Vice-Chair Michelle McCovey-Good, and Chairperson Jim Duffy

Vice-Chair McCovey-Good and Commr. Palazzo were absent.

ACCEPTANCE OF AGENDA:  Agenda was accepted. 

MINUTES:  Minutes of February 11, 2013, were approved. 


Following up on the Commission's discussion of the minutes from the last meeting regarding replacement street trees in the downtown, Rob Rossi agreed with the preference for trees with more open, lacy canopies.  He also mentioned the concerns with Ficus trees and their roots upheaving sidewalks and infiltrating sewers. 


1.     1330 Monterey Street.  ARC 21-13; Review of a remodel to an existing building; C-R zone; IFixit/Kyle Wiens, applicant.  (Pam Ricci)

         RECOMMENDATION:  Adopt the Draft Resolution which approves the project and parking exception, based on findings, and subject to conditions. 

ACTION:  Moved by Commr. Hopkins, seconded by Commr. Wynn, (Commr. Ehdaie voting no) to adopt the draft resolution granting final approval to the project as recommended with the following change and addition to conditions (4-1):

1.  Add second sentence to Condition No. 4 which reads: “The applicant shall revise the fence and gate design for the front patio area to be more in keeping with the building's Art Deco architectural style utilizing a combination of opaque and transparent materials to the satisfaction of the Community Development Director.

2.  Add new Condition No. 10 which reads: “The site shall be maintained in a neat and orderly manner at all times.  The front patio area and roof decks within the project shall not be utilized for general storage needs.  However, outdoor patio furniture, potted plants, and small barbecues may be placed in these areas.” 


2.    Staff: 

a.  Agenda Forecast – Pam Ricci provided a forecast for upcoming agendas.  The Commission agreed to change the date for the second meeting in April from the 15th to the 22nd

b.  Review Standard Conditions of Approval for Architectural Review Projects – This item was continued to a later date. 

3.     Commission: 

Commr. Wynn noted that a fire riser was installed in the street yard at 1220 Osos Street that is very visible and not properly screened.  Pam Ricci noted that a permit was issued for this installation without Planning staff's review of the plans. 

Chairperson Duffy mentioned that locating trash enclosures in street yards raises aesthetic concerns.  He noted some recent installations in the Foothill area near Cal Poly. 

Commr.  Wynn expressed concern that the Planning Commission with their review of the Monterey Place Project was looking at design elements that the ARC would typically take the lead with.  Pam Ricci noted that the underlying zoning in this case specifically directed certain design features to be in the Planning Commission's purview.  With the understanding of this unique situation, Commr. Wynn believed that the project should still return for ARC review if there were fundamental changes with the proportions, materials, and elements of the design. 


The meeting adjourned at 7:36 p.m. 

Any writings or documents provided to a majority of the Architectural Review Commission regarding any item on this agenda will be made available for public inspection in the Community Development Department, 919 Palm Street, during normal business hours.

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