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Architectural Review Commission Meeting Update
Regular Meeting

April 22, 2013                              Monday                                     5:00 p.m.

OATH OF OFFICE:    Swearing in re-appointed Commissioner Suzan Ehdaie 

City Clerk Maeve Kennedy Grimes administered the oath of office to Commr. Ehdaie.

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

All of the Commissioners were present.

ACCEPTANCE OF AGENDA: Agenda was accepted.

MINUTES:  Minutes of April 1, 2013, were approved.


There was no public comment other than on regular agenda items.


1.     736 Higuera Street.  ARC 57-12; Continued review of a remodel to the Master List Carrisa building as part of the approved SLO Brewing Company relocation project; C-D-H zone; San Luis Downtown Management, applicant.  (Continued from March 18, 2013, ARC meeting)  (Marcus Carloni)

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

ACTION:  Moved by Commr. Palazzo, seconded by Commr. Ehdaie (Commr. Curtis voting no), to adopt the draft resolution granting final approval to the project as recommended with the following modifications to conditions (6-1):
1.   Eliminate Condition No. 3.
2.   Modify Condition No. 10 to read: “The ground-floor transom windows shall be made functional to the extent feasible to allow light to transmit through to the lobby space below.  If necessary, the intensity of any backlighting for the transom windows shall be of similar brightness to the light emanating through the first-floor storefront, creating the appearance of consistent illumination.
3.   Add a new Sentence No. 1 to Condition No. 11 to read: “The second-floor windows shall be made functional to the extent feasible.”  Modify the beginning of Sentence No. 2 to read: “The intensity of any backlighting...”.
4.   Add the wording “Proposed and future” to the beginning of Condition No. 15.

2.     1911 Johnson Avenue.  ARC 140-11; Architectural review of a new 18,000 square-foot office building behind the hospital and a 5,000 square-foot urgent care center in the front parking lot of the French Hospital campus; O-S zone; French Hospital, applicant. (Pam Ricci) 

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

ACTION:  Moved by Commr. Wynn, seconded by Commr. Hopkins, to continue the project to a date uncertain with the following directional items (7:0):

1.  Provide a holistic architectural master plan that provides direction for unifying the campus aesthetic.

2.  Review cumulative site impacts and address neighbor and public comments regarding site lighting (trespass & night sky), trash pickup frequency and times, and mechanical screening for both visual and acoustic concerns from both the public way and the neighbors to the south.

3.  Review options to construct a more permanent auditorium space that can be re-purposed as a future construction office and screened yard with the goal of eliminating the modular units on site.


3.     Staff:

a.  Agenda Forecast – Pam Ricci provided a forecast for upcoming agendas.

b. Architectural Review Commission Bylaws Review – The ARC recommended that a new Item E. be added to Section 5. Voting that states: “Commissioners not supporting a motion for project approval shall summarize the reason for their vote.”

c. Discussion regarding ARC representative on Tree Committee – Commr. Ehdaie indicated that she would continue on the Tree Committee for the short term, but was interested in finding another Commissioner to take over duties.  Pam Ricci said she would follow up and find out more from Ron Combs regarding the practice of having an ARC member on the Tree Committee.

4.     Commission: There were no specific communications to report.


The meeting adjourned at 8:00 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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