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Architectural Review Commission Meeting Update
Regular Meeting

July 18, 2011                             Monday                                      5:00 p.m.

ROLL CALL:      Commrs. 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:  Minutes of June 20, 2011, were approved as prepared.


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


1.    3825 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.

         ACTION:  Moved 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 permit.”  (6:0).


2.     Staff:

a. 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.

3.     Commission:

The 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.

ADJOURNMENT –  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.

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