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Minutes 02/23/1994 . . . AGENDA CITY OF PORT ANGELES PLANNING COMMISSION 321 East Fifth Street Port Angeles, W A 98362 Special Meeting February 23, 1994 7:00 P.M. I. CALL TO ORDER II. ROLL CALL ill. APPROV AL OF MINUTES: Special Meeting February 16, 1994. IV. PUBLIC HEARING: 1. PROPOSED CAPITAL FACILITIES ELEMENT AND PLAN AND OTHER POTENTIAL REVISIONS TO THE DRAFT COMPREHENSIVE PLAN'S GOALS AND POLICIES. Continued public hearing. V. COMMUNICA TIONS FROM THE PUBLIC VI. STAFF REPORTS VD. REPORTS OF BOARD MEMBERS Vill. ADJOURNMENT All correspondence pertaining to a hearing item received by the Planning Department at least one day prior to the scheduled hearing will be provided to Commission members before the hearing. Members; Bob Winters, Chair; Cindy Souders, Vice-Chair; Bob Philpou, Orville Campbell; Roger Caus; Carl Alexander and Linda Nulter. FlaMing Staff: Brad Collins, Director; John Jimerson, Associate PlaMer; Sue Roberds, Office Specialist, David Sawyer, Sr. FlaMer. . . . PUBLIC HEARING PROCEDURE: Spokesmen for the proponents and opponents will be given an opportunity to speak to the request. Information submitted should be factual, relevant and not merely duplication of a previous presentation. A reasonable time (10 minutes) shall be allowed the spokesman; others shall be limited to short supporting remarks (5 minutes). Other interested parties will be allowed to comment briefly (5 minutes each) or make inquiries. The Chairman may allow additional public testimony if the issue warrants it. Brief rebuttal (5 minutes) for proponents and opponents will be heard separately and consecutively with presentation limited to their spokesman. Rebuttal shall be limited to factual statements pertaining to previous testimony. Comments should be directed to the Board, not the City Staff representatives present, unless directed to do so by the Chairman. . . . MINUTES PLANNING COMMISSION Port Angeles, Washington 98362 Special Meeting February 23, 1994 7:00 p.m. I. CALL TO ORDER Chair Winters called the meeting to order at 7: 10 p.m. II. ROLL CALL Members Present: Linda Nutter, Roger Catts, Cindy Souders, Bob Philpott, Orville Campbell, Carl Alexander and Bob Winters. Staff Present: Sue Roberds, David Sawyer, Brad Collins and Ed Bonollo. Public: David Milligan, Larry McHone, Laurene O'Brien-Hooper, Felecia Allen, Art Dunker, Jim Lunt, Susan Feiro, Barbara and Joe Eckert, Cheryl Baumann, Woody Harris, Mary and Ron Craver, Genelle Doyle, Councilman Larry Doyle, Don McInnes, Tom and Ida McKeown. ill. APPRO V AL OF MINUTES Chair Winters noted that staff had provided the Commission with a revised copy of the draft minutes. Commissioner Philpott indicated a change on page 6, fourth paragraph, it... $50,000 ineome price bracket for this area." Commissioner Souders asked that the changes recommended by the Planning Commission to the GMAC's recommendation for the Comprehensive Plan be indicated in the minutes. Staff agreed. It was agreed to continue review of the February 16, 1994, minutes to the March 9, 1994, meeting. IV. PUBLIC HEARING PROPOSED CAPITAL FACILITIES ELEMENT AND PLAN AND OTHER POTENTIAL REVISIONS TO THE DRAFT COMPREHENSIVE PLAN'S GOALS AND POLICIES. Chair Winters noted that although the agenda indicated this hearing is continued, it is actually a new public hearing on the Draft Comprehensive Plan's Goals and Policies. He then opened the public hearing. Chair noted the Commission had received letters from Susan Feiro, Robert Hause and Don McInnes, all with reference to the Comprehensive Plan proposal. Planning Commission Minutes February 23, 1994 Page 2 . Brad Collins noted that in order to complete review of the amended Draft Comprehensive Plan document in a timely manner, the Commission has a working deadline of March 4, 1994. The material will then be presented to the City Council at its March IS, 1994, meeting. Art Dunker, 2114 West Sixth Street, representing the North Peninsula Homebuilders Association stated that he, the North Peninsula Homebuilders Association, the National Homebuilders Association had concern with the term (page 32) "affordable housing" contained in the draft document. The definition implies the term is a laundry list of available housing, not necessarily affordable housing. He requested that the terminology be amended to indicate that affordable housing is "available housing." If the definition can be thus changed to take into account consideration for proposed or new housing it might be adequate. It presently refers to only previously built housing. On page 62, item 4, the statement "Building density should decrease as natural constraints increase" should be further explained. . Item 8, page 62, "The City should preserve uniquely featured lands which still exist in their natural states and which are notable for their aesthetic, scenic, historical or ecological features and should prohibit any private or public development which would destroy such qualities while recognizing the rights of private ownership." The statement appears to be a takings paragraph. Mr. Dunker suggested categorically that this statement be revised or removed. On page 68, wording stating that utilities, specifically stormwater facilities, should be developed at the time of development could stop development. Item 15, page 68 - 69 the wording "If projected funding fails for a capital project listed as funded in the City's approved Capital Facilities Plan and development permits have been issued reliant upon that capital project for concurrency, the City shall take necessary actions to minimize further degradation of the impacted service or facility which may include one or any of the combination of the following actions:..." needs further clarification of the cause and actions to be taken. Item 7, page 70, requires that telecable service standards be met at time of development. This is not necessary. Telecable companies should not be allowed to determine whether or not development will occur. . Mr. Dunker closed by saying that portions of the document may be needed, some may not be necessary. Reasonable growth is required to sustain the level of government and the level of amenities which currently exists in Port Angeles. Governments do one of two things, it either grows with reasonableness and circumspection, or it stagnates, and we all lose. Growth is necessary for economic viability. Affordable housing is the backbone of this nation. Affordable housing is housing that is affordable to economic group and every stratum of society. In response to Chair Winters, Mr. Dunker responded that he had had very little time to Planning Commission Minutes February 23, 1994 Page 3 . review the document~ but added that the document needs to be streamlined as there are redundancies that exist such as references to references to restrictions that are also addressed in the City's Clearing/Grading Ordinance. It is not necessary to address the concerns in both documents. Larry McHone, 3310 McDougal, stated concern over the concurrency school issues. With the recent school bond passage~ it would seem these issues can be taken care of when the public is informed and allowed to approve schools with voluntary bonds. Developments do not create children. The children are already here. Developments meet the market demand for housing. Sixty-five percent of new home sales are to local people. Not all new development is intended for families with children. Much of the new development over the past few years has been specifically designed for retired folks. He counseled the Commission to carefully consider the basic issues when forwarding a recommendation to the Council. Mary Craver, 3002 Maple Street, elaborated on the fees required to hook up to City utilities for a single home in Port Angeles. Builders, developers, and someone who simply wants to build a home cannot be expected to continue to be taxed for new schools. She asked the Commission to carefully consider concurrency issues when making a recommendation to the City Council. . In response to Commissioner Campbell~ Mrs. Craver stated that the Port Angeles area has continued to show support for the school children. The School District needs to be accountable. When the School District has proven a need for improvements or new schools, the voters have correspondingly voted in favor of bond issues to satisfy those needs. Larry Leonard, 1030 Olympus, added that many of the new developments have not been planned for families with children. Schools are not necessarily impacted by new development. He agreed that only approximately thirty-five percent of home sales are to out of town buyers. The wording in the Comprehensive Plan indicates concurrency "should" be considered, not "shall" be considered; however, most of the wording in the Plan indicates "shoulds" not" shaHs". He encouraged leaving concurrency out of the Plan entirely and letting the public voluntarily make those decisions which affect school taxes. Commissioner Alexander asked Mr. Leonard if he felt given passage of the recent school bond issue concurrency is still a main issue. Mr. Leonard answered that regardless of the present situation, concurrency should not be an issue in the Comprehensive Plan. . . Mr. Leonard said it was his understanding that the Fire Department has dropped the four- minute response requirement for medical response situations~ but asked if the four-minute response for fire will still be required for developments outside that radius or sprinkler systems will be required. Mr. Collins stated that in terms of concurrency the requirement would apply to subdivision development. At the present time, in most instances, formal subdivisions need to address concurrency issues including schools. Generally speaking~ in short subdivisions, the adequacy of certain types of facilities are evaluated but not necessarily police~ fire and schools. He did not believe the standard would not be applied Planning Commission Minutes February 23, 1994 Page 4 . in some instances. It is more likely that it wouldn't be applied on an individual building permit basis. Mr. Leonard added that the" four-minute response time does not need to be in the Comprehensive Plan. Commissioner Campbell clarified that when Fire Chief Glenn made his presentation to the Commission, he indicated that the State's five-minute response time for advanced life support was acceptable, and he recommended that the four-minute requirement for medical response be stricken from the plan. It was his understanding that Chief Glenn also recommended that outside of the four-minute response radius for fire situations sprinklers would be required. Commissioner Souders noted that the standard for requirement of sprinklers could be in subsequent development standards. Art Dunker, 2114 West Sixth Street~ added that over ninety percent of fires occur in older homes. New homes are reasonably free of fire hazard except for human error. The cost of sprinkling a home is several thousand dollars. Increase of the cost of a home by $1,000 you lose five percent of potential homeowners. He categorica1l y disagreed that fire sprinklers are a necessity in areas beyond the four-minute radius. Sprinklers are not a necessity in this area in the way it is approached in the Comprehensive Plan. They are nice but not necessary in this area and the cost is not worth it. He stated that from this literature he has read, he felt the National Homebuilder's Association would agree with his previous statement. A five or six minute response time is adequate. . David Milligan, 1735 West Sixth Street~ encouraged the Commission to consider a second access across White's Creek in the transportation element for local traffic. He also expressed concern over the school concurrency wording in the Comprehensive Plan. A lot of the issues are in the School District's agenda and what the City can do to help is going to be delegated somewhat by the School District. He encouraged removing the wording from the Comprehensive Plan. If it is needed at some future time, it can be added at a yearly review, which is required for the Comprehensive Plan. Mary Craver, 3002 Maple Street, asked if a fire hydrant is placed at her property is a sprinkler system still required if she is four minutes from a fire station. Ed Bonollo, Fireman, answered that it is one or the other depending where the property is in relation to the fire hydrant. If the property is greater than two hundred fifty feet from a fire hydrant an additional hydrant is required, or a residential sprinkler system. Cheryl Baumann, 2310 South. Chase Street~ asked if the commercial designation between Oak Street and Vine Street on Lauridsen Boulevard has been listed as commercial to reflect the existing commercial zoning and if every property that is presently used. as commercial is designated with a commercial designation. . Members of the Commission responded that it is their understanding that nearly every commercial use in the City has been designated as commercial with the exception of those that exist on very small lots. She requested that reduced colored copies of the proposed Comprehensive Plan Land Use Map be made available for clarity. Staff responded that the City does not have the capability to copy in color and the readability may not be Planning Commission Minules February 23, 1994 Page 5 . accurate at an 8" x 11" map size. Kristeen Manning, 4423 South Doss Road, stated that the reference to a proposed bypass on Scrivner Road is not needed. The residents of Scrivner Road enjoy living outside the City limits and away from common City traffic. Investments have been made in homes and lifestyles that will be destroyed if a bypass is developed. Even if she did not live in an area that was planned as a.bypass she would object to a diversion route from the City. Port Angeles should promote and encourage tourism, not try to direct tourists around the City by means of a bypass. The timber industry is dying with a corresponding truck decline. There is no longer. a large truck problem in the City. Commissioner Alexander responded to Ms. Manning by saying that the portion of the Plan which refers to a potential bypass route has been removed. Ms. Manning added that there are a large number of home school and other school optional programs in the City. Not all those people moving around and into new homes in the City will have children who will attend public schools. Commissioner Souders added that although the Commission has agreed to strike the recommendation for a bypass route in the Comprehensive Plan, staff has indicated that a recommendation for school concurrency will still be an issue with them. . Felicia Allen, 4219 Cedar Mill Road, off Scrivner Road, agreed with the previous speaker's statement. The Heart of the Hill's Parkway is not a proposal that will benefit Port Angeles. Eventually there will be businesses grow up around such a parkway that will detract from the atmosphere of Port Angeles. Laureen O'Brien-Hooper, 1305 Scrivner Road, stated that it is comforting to know that the reference to a potential route has been removed, but she is aware that there is an element that is still considering a future bypass. She is strongly against a bypass in the Scrivner Road area. Commissioner Souders stated that the staff is making a different recommendation to the City Council and suggested that Ms. O'Brien-Hooper attend the City Council meetings. The County Planning Department should be contacted for timelines on consideration of a potential traffic route for the area. The Regional Transportation Committee is also looking at traffic patterns and options. Chair Winters added that planning for the future is not a bad idea. Thinking of future eventualities will be an on-going planning process. . Commissioner Catts noted that the proposed parkway plan was presented to the Commission at its last meeting. He understood the parkway plan as described would not include any commercial development. Such a plan would be a difficult, time-consuming proposal. . . . Planning Commission Minutes February 2J, 1994 Page 6 Ida McKeown, 2510 West Tenth Street, stated concern regarding school concurrency. It could be seen as double-dipping. Many people like the accountability of the School District and being able to decide if their taxes should be raised or not. More and better schools are needed but the City' should be strong on keeping development costs to a minimum at every opportunity. There being no one else wishing to speak, Chair Winters closed the public hearing. The Commission took a ten minute break at 9:20 p.m. The meeting reconvened at 9:30 p.m. The Commission then continued its review of the Planning Department's recommendation (dated February 4, 1994). The following additions/amendments to the Planning Department's recommended additions to the Growth Management Advisory Committee's (GMAC) recommendations for the Comprehensive Plan Elements were made; (Beginning on page 3) Growth Management Objective 1. The City should continue its efforts to comply with the requirements of the State Growth Management Act in a timely manner. Land Use Goal NewA. To guide current and future development within the City in a manner that provides assurance to its citizens and the flexibility necessary to meet the challenges and opportunities of the future. Policies A 1. The Comprehensive Plan Land Use Map should be used as a conceptual guide for determining current and long range zoning and other land use decisions. The map's land use designations are intended to show areas where general land use types are allowed. The area between land use designations should be considered an imprecise margin in order to provide flexibility in determining the boundary of such areas. When determining appropriate zoning designations for an area near a margin, the goals, policies and objectives of the Land Use Element should take precedence. A2. All land use decisions and approvals made by the City Council and/or any of its appointed Commissions, Boards or Committees should be consistent with the Comprehensive Plan and its land use map. . . . Planning Commission Minutes February 23, 1994 Page 7 Objective 1. The City will review and revise as necessary the existing Zoning Ordinance, Zoning Map and other development regulations to ensure consistency with the Comprehensive Plan. Transportation: .JG:..Hz. The City will implement street improvements planned to improve provide access to and improve circulation around the south and west side~ of the airport along Lauridsen Boulevard, Airport Road, and Milwaukee Drive. Utilities & Public Services: Policies DI-2 The City should not extend pr-e'/ide urban services and facilities 6ftly ffi to areas outside the City limits that ar-e logieal extensions of areas which ar-e currently served by sHeh. scrviees 0f neeee6 te implement a sf)eeifie ga8:l of the Cemprehensive Pl8:ft. Objectives ~ .L. The City .....ill iaitiate the pltlHfting for a fire station on the east and west sides af tewft When development warrants,;,,,, If possible The City will coordinate the efforts for a station to the west with the Port of Port Angeles at the Fairchild International Airport", and the new station to the east coordinate with Fire District No.2. 3 2,. The City will develop g phased plan for the extension of urban services. 4 .3.. The City will clevelofJ institute a program to promote water and energy conservation techniques in new development. ~ ,4. The City should will work with the County on the development of a regional watershed management plan for the Port Angeles Regional Watershed. e ~. Recycling programs will be used to extead the useful life af the existing landfill. reduce solid waste disposal. Housing: Objectives 1. The City will work with the Hhousing ~task Fforces to determine that the supply of land will be sufficient for all housing needs including but not limited to government-assisted housing; housing for low-income families; manufactured . . . Planning Commission Minutes February 23, ]994 Page 8 housing; single-family housing: multifamily housing; group homes; tlftElfoster-care facilities.. and single room occupancies (SRO's). 2. The City will reference ftftG utilire the Clallam County Housing Needs Study and subsequent analyses that update the information in evaluating the type, amount, and location of needed housing. Conservation: Goal B - Objectives I. The City will work closely with State agencies on further development of regulations and coordinated enforcement of air quality standards. 2. The City will adopt and enforce adequate regulations designed to maintain and enhance water quality. 3. The City will identify and implement site specific requirements for individual development proposals to mitigate any negative impacts created by the development, particularly to an area identified as an environmentally sensitive area. 4. The City will adopt and enforce regulations which require all new development to provide adequate stormwater retention/detention facilities necessary to protect water quality. S. The City will complete an inventory and identification of areas identified as Habitats of Local Importance to assure that important habitat connections are not severed. 6. The City will complete an inventory and identification of wetlands. 7. The City will encourage clustering of residential development where necessary to protect or to avoid environmentally sensitive areas or ill avoid hazardous areas. 8. The City will develop a stormwater management Plan. 9. The City will develop guidelines to evaluate new development that occurs near scenic resources. 10. The City should establish regulations that ]9l'tHRate allow the preservation of identified historically significant buildings/sites. . . . Planning Commission Minutes February 23, 1994 Page 9 Goal D - 191. The City will develop a Shoreline Master Program that is consistent with the Comprehensive Plan and the Shoreline Management Act. Capital Facilities: Policies A 7-8. The comprehensive service and facilities plan for streets, bikeways and pedestrian walkways should include a future US 101 by-pass loeated and aesigaoo to meet long-term local and regional transportation needs. The looatioa and desigft of the by pass shmlltl Be ooereiRftte6 with the COHllty'S and the Peaiflstlla Regional Tmfl5f.'ortatioR PlanaiRg Organization's tFansportatioa fJbmaing efforts. Goal A: Objective 1. The Capital Facilities Plan will be updated on an annual basis and should implement the goals, policies, and objectives of the Comprehensive Plan. 2. The City will develop a schedule for preparation and adoption of each required comprehensive service and facilities plan. Goal D: 3. The City will revise its development regulations as necessary to preserve the right- of-way within an identified US 101 BY pa.SS f0Hte corridor. Commissioner Catts moved to continue the meeting beyond the 10 p.m. deadline to 11 p.m. Commissioner Alexander seconded the motion, which passed unanimously. The Commission took a break at 10:05 p.m. The meeting reconvened at 10:20 p.m. The Commission then began review of the Draft Comprehensive Plan document. It was decided that staff would work through the Introduction and Community Profile and suggest rewording as appropriate. Commissioner Alexander's submitted wording will be included in that rewording. Figure No. 9 on page 17 will be revised to state the correct population. It was noted that the information is well outdated. Figure 10 page 20 has been revised to show the correct City boundaries. The Defmition section will be amended to provide a definition of "capital facilities plan" and "affordable housing" which will be provided by staff. The Commission ended the night's revisions on page 37. Commissioner Campbell moved to continue the evening's discussion to February 24, 1994, at 7 p.m., Public . . . Planning Commission Minutes February 23, 1994 Page 10 Works/Planning Conference Room. Commissioner Nutter seconded the motion, which passed unanimously. Commissioner Catts asked to be excused from the February 24 meeting. V. ELECTION OF OFFICERS Chair Winters declared nominations open. Commissioner Alexander nominated Commissioner Campbell as 1994-95 Chair. Commissioner Catts seconded the motion. Commissioner Campbell respectfully declined due to his short time on the Commission. Commissioner Philpott nominated Commissioner Alexander as 1994-95 Chair. Commissioner Nutter seconded the motion, which passed unanimously. Commissioner Alexander then nominated Commissioner Campbell as 1994-95 Vice-Chair. Commissioner Philpott seconded the motion, which passed unanimously. Commissioner Philpott nominated Brad Collins, or his designee~ as 1994-95 Secretary. Commissioner Alexander seconded the motion, which passed unanimously. Commissioner Souders wished to thank Chair Winters for his excellent service to the Commission during his expiring term as Chair. All Commissioners heartily added their congratulations on a job very well done as well. Chair Winters offered his thanks and that his job had been made easier due to the professionalism of the Commission members. VI. COMMUNICA TIONS FROM THE PUBLIC Chair Winters again noted the communications which were delivered to them by staff and which had been discussed earlier during the hearing process. VII. STAFF REPORTS Brad Collins noted that Commissioner Catts had been reappointed for the term February, 1994, to February, 1998. Due to his impending resignation following the first meeting in March~ Tim German was appointed to fill the remainder of his term following that resignation. VIII. REPORTS OF COMMISSION MEMBERS None. IX. ADJOURNMENT The meeting adjourned at 11:15 pm. . . . 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