Review Commission Meeting Update
July 18, 2011 Monday
Ken Curtis, Suzan Ehdaie, Steven Hopkins, Michelle McCovey-Good, Greg
Wynn, Vice-Chair Jim Duffy, and Chairperson Anthony Palazzo
Commr. Curtis was absent.
ACCEPTANCE OF AGENDA:
Accepted as presented.
Minutes of June 20, 2011, were approved as prepared.
was no public comment other than on regular agenda items.
S. Higuera Street.
ARC 146-10; Review of new AT&T wireless communication facility (monopine)
at SLO Tribune headquarters; Tricia Knight, applicant. (James David)
Associate Planner James David presented the staff report
detailing project specifics. The proposed 50-foot tall wireless
telecommunications facility will be camouflaged as a pine tree and
located in a row of mature Cypress trees on the SLO Tribune property.
Mr. David concluded that the facility complied with all development
standards and outlined draft conditions of approval that ensure the
facility will be stealthed.
RECOMMENDATION: Grant final approval of the project, based
on findings, and subject to conditions.
Commr. Duffy asked if a flagpole design was considered.
Applicant representative Tricia Knight explained that antennas are
getting larger due to smartphones and the flagpole model is too
confining. Commr. Wynn applauded staff for insisting the monopine be
mixed in among mature trees.
by Commr. Wynn, seconded by Commr. Ehdaie, to adopt the resolution as
recommended by staff with the following changes to conditions: Condition
#3: Add “Bark shall extend the full length of the trunk.” Condition
#5: Add “large-scale samples shall be submitted prior to building
COMMENT & DISCUSSION:
Agenda Forecast – Associate Planner James David provided a forecast for
upcoming agendas, noting the August 1st meeting will be
cancelled and the Garden Street Terraces project will likely be before
the Commission on August 15th.
Commission reflected on impressions made during the recent Downtown
awareness walk. They expressed discontent that the beautification
projects have been scrapped and hoped they would be carried out if
future funding becomes available. The Chair was happy with the success
of the seismic retrofit program and the design of new facades that did
not come before the ARC. Most Commissioners felt that the least
successful building downtown is the 919 Palm parking garage. They felt
it was flat, monotonous and did not have any pedestrian presence. The
Chair concluded by asking the Commission if they were interested in the
City Manager's presentation on Measure Y allocations, and all agreed
that it would be a good addition to a future agenda.
The meeting adjourned at 6:00 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.