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MINUTES 2019/08/27 (JOINT W/ PLANNING)SPECIAL CITY COUNCIL & PLANNNING COMMISSION STUDY SESSION MINUTES s iv TUESDAY, AUGUST 27, 2019 6:00 P.M. DIMAS SAN DIMAS COUNCIL CHAMBERS - CONFERENCE ROOM 1960 245 E. BONITA AVENUE CITY COUNCIL: Mayor Curtis W. Morris Mayor Pro Tem Ryan Vienna Councilmember Emmett Badar Councilmember Denis Bertone Councilmember John Ebiner STAFF PRESENT: City Manager Ken Duran Assistant City Manager Brad McKinney PLANNING COMMISSIONERS: David Bratt Chair John Davis Vice Chair Margie Green Tomas Molina Ted Ross Assistant City Manager Community Development Larry Stevens Director of Public Works Krishna Patel Director of Parks and Recreation Hector Kistemann City Attorney Jeff Malawy City Clerk Debra Black CALL TO ORDER Mayor Morris called to order at 6:00 p.m. ORAL COMMUNICATIONS No comments were made. STUDY SESSION A petition to initiate a zone change from Light Agriculture (AL) to Light Manufacturing (M-1) among other development applications to allow the development of a three (3) story, self -storage building for properties located at the northwest corner of Allen Avenue and Cataract Street (APN's: 8392-016-008, -047, and -048. Senior Planner Marco Espinoza presented staff's report with the following recommendation: This item was continued from the July 9, 2019 study session pertaining to the petition received by the Development Services Department from the Applicant to change the land use classification from Light Agriculture (AL) zone to Manufacturing (M-1) zone. If City Council allows the applicant to submit a development project application, the City Council will have an opportunity to review the project, including design, height, building placement, etc., after the Development Plan Review Board considers the project and Planning Commission has held a public hearing. The final review authority of the project will be under the purview of the City Council because the zone change requires Council's approval. Therefore, the purpose of the City Council Planning Commission Study Session Minutes Page 2 August 27, 2019 study session is to determine whether there is merit in considering the zone change and allow the Applicant to submit a development application. The City Council discussed the petition and raised a number of concerns related to the request. The Policy adopted by City Council to consider zones changes provides guiding principles to determine whether the request would better serve the public as listed below. 1. Must be compatible with surrounding area by density, building height, and housing type. 2. Must seamlessly integrate any existing uses that will remain. 3. Must be orderly and efficient particularly to coordinate access/circulation/ro ads and utilities/infrastructure. 4. Must have coordinated phasing in a geographic area and may need to upsize to accommodate needs of surrounding areas. 5. Must demonstrate economically viable for any targeted market and may need to provide adequate analysis, affordability, and/or other guarantees. 6. Clearly identify the need for and reasons to support a change. 7. Demonstrate community support for the change. 8. Demonstrate community benefits that would result from any change. Council expressed concerns with the loss of eight (8) affordable housing at subject site and requested that staff provide additional information regarding the subject site and other sites that can be preserved for housing site opportunities within the City in light of recent changes in the law, including Housing Accountability Act, to address the need for additional housing within the State of California. Mayor Morris spoke of the City's obligation to find locations for affordable housing and how the state is enforcing these mandates by taking away Cities gas tax. He added that this is a proposal to build something on a site where, in the future we will need to zone for an industrial project that would provide employment or housing project. He stated another reason this is not an acceptable project is that, we will not get enough property tax from it. Additionally, he shared that this project will leave a high carbon footprint because of the large air conditioning unit. He recommended prolonging development and rezoning until a proper analysis of our housing status is done. Interim Director of Community Development Steve Sizemore stated that staff is just looking at rezoning right now. If Council authorizes the rezoning, it is not approving the project or proposed use. He added that staff understands industrial is the appropriate land use, and for the project that comes forward in the future, it will be one where you will determine if it is the right project to build on the subject site. He added from a pure land use stand point rezoning to industrial make the most sense. He shared that if a residential project is built, the future residents will complain about the existing industrial businesses. City Council Planning Commission Study Session Minutes August 27, 2019 Page 3 City Manager Ken Duran explained this process is to determine if there are enough findings to change this from a Light Agriculture zoning to an industrial zoning; and if there is enough community benefit to do that then give approval to go forward with the application. If findings can't be met, then the permitted zoning would remain and the housing designation matter would be looked at in the next housing cycle. Mayor Morris stated his position is this is not a good time to decide the rezoning until we can understand if the subject site will be included in the Housing Element's Housing Inventory. Mayor Pro Tem Vienna supports staff s recommendation to initiate a zone change. He added that he doesn't see housing fitting in now or ever. Responding to Commissioner Davis, Mr. Espinoza clarified that this meeting is to authorize the applicant to move forward with submitting an application for the zone change and other applications associated with the project. Commissioner Davis shared that he felt the petition should be allowed to moved forward; and that this is not a good site for housing and would not help solve the housing problem. Commissioner Bratt agreed with Mayor Pro Tem. Vienna that we should allow them to move forward. Mr. Miranda stated there were changes to the application, the drawings were redone to reflect a basement and the building would be a two-story building from the finish grade up. He added, the project has no impact on city services, schools, utilities or public safety and would not be a drain on those services. He added that their buildings are LED and solar incorporated, so the carbon footprint is effectively negligible if not nonexistent. He shared that they have not engaged in a discussion on community benefits, but could offer maybe a development of some type of trail to address this area. Additionally, he stated this is not a housing site development in his opinion and residents would complain about the existing businesses. They are providing a buffer for the freeway noises and traffic off of Allen Avenue, and huge landscape setbacks. They acknowledge that this is a great, unique process that gives the applicant an indication of what they might be able to do. Councilmember Ebiner agrees that the housing there now is low income, the lots need some maintenance, but it's hard to say in today's climate if additional housing would be a good idea. He stated that he could see housing going in here, but not sure what kind it would be, and once we give up certain areas for housing, we lose those areas. He added he is inclined to leave it as is. Councilmember Badar is inclined to let the application move forward. He has concerns about the housing element; but can't see apartments going in unless something is done about the impact of traffic. MOTION: Motion/seconded by Mayor Pro Tem. Vienna/Councilmember Badar to support staff s recommendation and allow the applicant be granted the authorization to initiate a zone City Council Planning Commission Study Session Minutes August 27, 2019 Page 4 change and all the associated development applications required. The motion failed by a (2-3) vote. YES: Badar, Vienna NOES: B ertone, Ebiner, Morris ABSENT: None ABSTAIN: None Mayor Morris adjourned the joint meeting with the Planning Commission at 6:21 p.m. and called the City Council Study Session to order at 6:21 p.m. ORAL COMMUNICATIONS There were no comments made. Update on Public Opinion Survey for Possible City Sales Tax Measure, and Discussion of Possible City Sales Tax Measure City Manager Ken Duran explained at the June 11, 2019, City Council Study Session, the Council provided direction to staff to contract with an independent public opinion research company to collect the community's vital input as it pertains to a healthy future financial stability plan; staff solicited proposals from two of the prominent survey firms. At the June 25' meeting Council approved a contract with FM3 to conduct a voter opinion survey to obtain feedback on key issues facing the community. FM3 will be conducting a dual mode, online and telephone (landline and wireless) survey among a sample of 300 San Dimas registered voters. FM3 has been working with staff on developing questions and the survey methodology to address the City's current and future objectives, needs, and challenges. The survey features an average interview length of 20 minutes, which will allow for the questionnaire to include approximately 45-70 unique questions. The survey will be translated into Spanish to allow respondents who would prefer taking the survey in Spanish to do so. Staff has been working with the FM3 consultants to develop the survey questions and is positioned to commence the survey process. If the decision is to move forward, the poll will start on September 13, 2019 and will take one Week to get all the data. Staff will have a report for the Council at the first meeting in October with enough time to determine whether to add it to the March election. He reminded Council that this would require a 4/5ths vote of the Council to put this on the ballot. Responding to Councilmember Badar, Mr. Duran stated some of the questions center around whether the voters think there is a need for the money generated from the tax. Responding to Councilmember Bertone, Mr. Duran explained there would be questions that address the possibility of other agencies implementing a sales tax measure. Responding to Councilmember Badar, Mr. Duran stated the cost of the poll is $27,000; if the Council decided to stop now we would only pay for the costs incurred. City Council Planning Commission Study Session Minutes August 27, 2019 Page 5 Responding to Councilmember Ebiner, Mr. Duran stated the consultant will target the most likely voters and do a random sampling of those. Assistant City Manager Brad McKinney added that the consultant will initially look at who responds and then reach out to those who didn't. Councilmember Badar stated that he is in support of moving forward with the survey, but emphasized that all five Councilmembers should be on board with doing so. He also stated that San Dimas' high reserves is a reason to educate the community as to why this measure is a topic. Mayor Morris commented that the City is running deficits now and the reserves won't last long. Mayor Pro Tem Vienna stated the City's budget is a priority and the Council has a priority to make sure the City is sound and taken care of; and to the Mayor's point that the residents of the City are happy with the way the city has been run, they need to acknowledge that the City is trying to preempt a problem that has already reared its head. He is supportive of going forward with the poll. City Attorney Jeff Malawy confirmed that 50% of the vote would be needed for the measure to pass. Mr. Duran stated that the City will be working with the consultant to cram the type of questions that will educate the voters to the need, and include the discussion that if the city does not pick this up some other agencies could. Councilmember Ebiner expressed concerned that the wording in mailers are usually slanderous statements and worries they will send the wrong message that "the city is in dire need; do you support the tax." He would not want them to be the kind of moving questions that force those types of answers. Mr. Duran stated that the survey will be as objective as possible. Mayor Morris stated that if the questions are misrepresenting our financial situation they should be redone. Mr. Duran stated that the questions need to be factual and demonstrate there is a need for this, without being alarming. A resident shared that the language of the polling questions need to be thoughtful enough to be able to carry over into the campaign because people will remember. Consensus of the Council is to move forward with the poll. ADJOURNMENT The meeting adjourned at 6:53 p.m. City Council Planning Commission Study Session Minutes Page 6 August 27, 2019 Debra Black, City Clerk mmett G. Badar, Mayor Approved April 28`h, 2020