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Minutes 11/30/1994 . . . AGENDA CITY OF PORT ANGELES PLANNING COMMISSION 321 East Fifth Street Port Angeles, W A 98362 November 30, 1994 7:00 p.m. I. eALL TO ORDER n. ROLL CALL m. APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Minutes of October 26, and November 16, 1994 IV. PUBLIC HEARINGS: 1. REVIEW ZONING CODE FOR COMPLIANeE WITH COMPREHENSIVE PLAN 2. AMENDMENT TO CHAPTER 15 (ENVIRONMENT) OF THE PORT ANGELES MUNICIPAL CODE (PAMC) ENSURING COMPLIANCE WITH THE NEWLY ADOPTED eOMPREHENSIVE PLAN v . STAFF REPORTS VI. REPORTS OF COMMISSION MEMBERS VD. ADJOURNMENT All correspondence pertaining to a hearing item received by the Planning Department a! least one day prior to the scheduled hearing will be provided to Commission members before the hearing. Members: Orville Campbell, Vice Chair, Bob Winters, Cindy Souders, Bob Philpott, Linda Nutter, Tim Gennan and Bob King.. Planning Staff: Brad Collins, Director; John Jimerson. Associate Planner; Sue Roberds, Office Specialist, David Sawyer, Sr. Planner. . . . 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 November 30, 1994 7:00 p.m. Special Meeting ROLL CALL Members Present: Linda Nutter, Bob King, Bob Winters, Tim German, Bob Philpott and Cindy Souders Members Excused: Orville Campbell Staff Present: Brad Collins, Sue Roberds, David Sawyer and Bruce Becker Public Present: Ken Schermer, Dorothy Duncan, Lee and Barbara Baublits, John Ralston, Mr. and Mrs. Boyd, Janice Andrew, Clair and Bill Kirkman, Jo Davies, Jim Reed, David Stalheim, Bill and Mimi Tiderman, Ken Sweeney, James Jacobs, Mr. and Mrs. W.D. Wallace, Jerry Newlin, Bob and Linda Coulter, Greg Money, Bryer Lorentzen, Rex Waldron, Joanie Gaige, Rick and Kim Melvin, Floyd Gabriel, James and Aida Brandt, Phil Goddard, Gerald Austin, Blanche Hansen, Jack Glaubert, Joel Elliott, Pam Tietz, Ursula Kelley, Shannon Tyler, John Drain, Wayne Drabing, Jennifer Foley, Ray Fasola, Mike Perzel, Beulah Matthews, Linda Jones, Lorraine Tinkham, Blanche Hansen, Janis Boyd, Craig Miller, Norman Rockford, Tony Kapetan, Leah Holman A PPRO V AL OF MINUTES Commissioner Philpott moved to approve the November 9, 1994, minutes as presented. Commissioner Nutter seconded the motion, which passed 5 - O. eommissioner King moved to approve the November 16, 1994, minutes as presented. Commissioner Philpott seconded the motion, which passed 3 - 0 with Commissioners German and Winters abstaining due to their absence at the meeting. Planning Commission November 30, 1994 Page 2 . PUBLIC HEARINGS REVIEW OF ZONING CODE AND MAP FOR COMPLIANCE WITH eOMPREHENSIVE PLAN ZONING MAP REVIEW; . Vice Chair Winters asked Planning Director Collins to open discussion on the first agenda item by reporting on the Zoning Map. Mr. Collins indicated a display of the City's Comprehensive Land Use Map which was approved by the City Council on June 28, 1994, and a colored City Zoning Map which displayed those properties proposed for rezone to comply with the adopted land use map. A detailed explanation of the intent of the Comprehensive Land Use Map and the various designations represented by the map was also provided. It was noted that the Comprehensive Land Use Map is intended to identify the City's growth pattern for approximately twenty years hence. Mr. Collins informed the audience that once a Comprehensive Land Use Map is adopted in conjunction with a city's comprehensive plan, the zoning map must then be reviewed for consistency with that plan. A Growth Management Advisory Committee, comprised of members of the community appointed by the City Council, has been working on the issue of which areas should be rezoned for consistency with the Comprehensive Plan (CP). The recommendation currently under consideration is that Committee's work. Properties that may not be consistent with the Comprehensive Land Use Map which are vacant or underutilized are proposed for rezone at this time. In cases where properties are already developed but are not in compliance with the Map, it would be up to the property owners to seek a rezone consistent with the Comprehensive Land Use Map as long as the existing zoning is of a lesser intensity than what is planned for by the Map. Vice Chair Winters extended the Commission's appreciation to members of the Growth Management Advisory Committee for their hard work over the past four years and their dedication to this effort. He then noted that a list of speakers would be used and indicated where that list was placed for use by audience members. He then proceeded to call speakers to the podium for testimony. Clallam County Commissioner Dorothy Duncan, 223 East Fourth Street, speaking on behalf of the County Commissioners, spoke in favor of the proposed rezone of approximately 18.55 acres of County-owned property located south of Campbell A venue, and displayed on the proposed rezone map. The rezone would bring the area into compliance with the City's Comprehensive Land Use Map. Jerry Newlin, 903 Strait View Drivet representing Newall Enterprises, indicated after review of the Map, that he had nothing to say. . Pam Dietz, 2138 West Tenth Street, Executive Director of the Clallam County Housing Authority, encouraged the rezone of the County's approximately 18.55 acre property as Planning Commission November 30, 1994 Page 3 . proposed to Residential Medium Density (RMD) in order to allow the continued planning of a proposed low income housing project for that area. John Drain, 3617 So. Mount Angeles Road, stated his objection to the rezoning of the County's 18.55 acres of land to RMD as proposed. When the property was annexed it was understood that it would be residential single-family zoning. He was not personally notified that the area was up for rezone and felt that a more comprehensive form of notification should have been done. The rezone of this property is being pushed through. The proposal is too extensive. A change of zoning would enable the development of a low cost housing project which has been in the planning stage for some time. It is a major project and should not be hastened into until all factors can be considered. He urged delay of this item. Mr. Collins commented on points raised by Mr. Drain. Washington State law does not require notification of individual property owners in cases of area-wide rezone proposals. Nevertheless, staff attempted to notify property owners whose properties were to be included in the rezone proposal. (One hundred forty-seven notices were sent by mail.) Every piece of property in the City was reviewed for compliance with the Comprehensive Plan. The City is working against a deadline of January 1, 1995, imposed by the State for compliance with the State's Growth Management Act which places property owners and City staff in a difficult position as to time for notice and obtaining comments. . Commissioner German asked if the attempt to notify property owners included any adjacent property owners. Mr. Collins answered that the attempt was to notify the specific owners of property proposed for rezone. Bob Coulter, 1452 Eckard Avenue, was also concerned about the proposal to rezone the County's property off Campbell Avenue. He felt the area should be considered for rezone only after notification of all property owners in the area who would be affected as well as the owners of those properties to be rezoned. He concurred with Mr. Drain that rezone of the property should be delayed until a much more detailed study is provided for this particular area. The rezone would negatively affect the quality of life of property owners in the area. He requested delay of this action until such time that more neighborhood involvement can be had. It is difficult to make a decision with so little prior notice. There may be neighbors who would not object if given time to sort out their thoughts. . Shannon Tyler, 1019 west Eighteenth Street, Apt. #3, encouraged rezone of the County's Campbell Avenue property. The proposed rezone to medium density residential would enable development of an affordable housing project currently in the planning stage and would enhance the area by adding landscaping and providing road and utilityrimprovements to the area. There is a desperate need for affordable housing for low income persons in the community. This is a service based community. Wages .are not comparable to other areas of the state, but housing costs are. Planning Commission November 30, 1994 Page 4 . Ken Sweeney, Port of Port Angeles, 338 West First Street, spoke in support of the City's proposal to rezone areas on Ediz Hook shown on the rezone display map to M-2, Heavy Industrial. The change is appropriate and the Outer Harbor Line is an appropriate designation point. The rezoning would recognize traditional activities which have occurred in that area. Rex Waldron, 3418 Wabash, indicated his disagreement with the proposal to rezone the County's property off Campbell Avenue. Although a neighbor in the rezone area, he was not notified of the proposal by mail. He is disturbed that not only the County's property but perhaps his property is being proposed for rezone without an opportunity for the neighborhood to respond to the proposal. Gerald Austin, 1305 East First Street, provided background on property he owns on the waterfront directly east of the Red Lion Inn property which is proposed for rezone. Although there have been many efforts to develop the property, nothing has materialized and the property remains vacant. A rezone to PBP, Public Buildings and Parks, would make the property almost unusable. A rezone to Arterial Commercial District (ACD) would be acceptable. He thanked the Commission for its hard work on this proposal. . Jack Glaubert, 1305 East First Street, owns property adjoining Mr. Austin's property on the waterfront. Substantial plans have been made over the past years for the property which would be greatly hindered by a PBP zoning designation. He asked that if a rezone is required that it be ACD. The Commission took a break at 8:05 p.m. The meeting reconvened at 8: 15 p.m. Janis Boyd, 1142 Craig Avenue, resides approximately one block's distance from the County's property off Campbell A venue. Having recently moved from the housing project off Lauridsen Boulevard, she opposes a rezone which would allow such a development proposal for the Campbell A venue area. A housing project brings undesirable situations and persons to a neighborhood. Vandalism and unacceptable behavior is the result. She asked for delay of such a proposal. Perhaps Section 8 housing would be more appropriate than development of a second undesirable housing development in the City at this location. Craig Miller, 230 East Fifth Street, represented clients who may be affected by the rezone proposal. He asked about a property located at the southeast corner of Eighth and "G" Street. Mr. Collins answered that the property is not proposed for change under this proposal. . Mr. Miller stated that the distinction of what is coming out of the evening's meeting is that there are a substantial number of rezone proposals which are simply zone redesignations in order to conform to existing land uses or rezones which don't have any controversy about them. With regard to those areas which have substantial controversy, the situation is more a change in the land use of some undeveloped land rather than a change to conform to what exists as a particular land use situation. In a typical rezone, Planning Commission November 30, 1994 Page 5 . analysis is provided as to why a property should or should not be rezoned. A rezone in a controversial situation should be supported by a solid rationale. With regard to those areas which are known to be substantially controversial, he suggested that independent, detailed review should be done prior to any zone change. Janice Andrews, 1762 Monroe Road, owns property in the Campbell Avenue area. She supported the proposed change to Residential Medium Density (RMD) for the area proposed south of Campbell Avenue including the property owned by Clallam County. There is a real need to supply housing for lower income people in Port Angeles. A housing development as proposed by the City/County for the County's property will bring much needed utility upgrades to the area. She expressed deep felt concern that the community does not understand the need for low income housing and urged that every opportunity be taken to provide housing for the less fortunate. Chair Winters instructed the audience that the subject at hand is zone areas and what affect zoning designations might have on the subject neighborhoods, not specific projects at this time. . Mike Perzel, 1126 Highland Avenue, stated that he objects to the size of the area being proposed for rezone to Residential Medium Density in the area south of Campbell Avenue. This size area will significantly impact the immediate locality as well as the school district and utilities in the area. The streets in this area are in exceedingly poor shape. The size of the proposed rezone should be reduced. Why locate all the low income housing in one area? John Ralston, P.O. Box 1405, Port Angeles, asked that approximately four one-acre parcels located at the southwest comer of Park and Porter Streets, which he owns, be included in the Residential Medium Density zoning for possible elderly housing. He noted that although legal advertisement was given for this action, possibly half-page ads defining the areas proposed for rezone could be placed in the Peninsula Daily News for more complete understanding by the public. (Commissioner Souders arrived at 8:45 p.m.) . Tony Kapetan, 1114 Madrona, agreed with the frustration expressed by audience members that they had not all been personally notified by the City concerning the various City-wide rezone proposals. His main concern is for the property proposed for rezone located west of "C" Street on Sixteenth Street and an area that is proposed for a low income housing project on Eighteenth Street. Advising the Commission that he represented area residents in that locale, he stated strong opposition to the proposed rezone to Residential Medium Density (RMD. The general area is heavily impacted at present by multi-housing developments. Currently roads are not good in the area and traffic and drainage problems are evidenced regularly. There is no need for such a large amount of property to be rezoned to RMD. Investments in property in this area will be substantially impacted by a rezone of this nature. More greenbelts are needed, not housing developments. Planning Conunlssion November 3D, 1994 Page 6 . Jim Reed, 485 Blue Mountain Road, asked that RMD zoning be considered for the area south of Civic Field, along both sides of Race Street. He described property uses in the area and felt they would not be negatively impacted by such a rezone. He has a contract on propety in that area. Ursula Kelly, 702 East First Street #3, asked that the City not shut the door on RMD (multi-housing) development opportunities. If there are this many concerns, take more time but don't turn down the proposals without further consideration. As a recent resident of the City's current housing project on Lauridsen Boulevard, she stated that low income housing is a real need. Current rezone proposals offer an opportunity for a hand up to low income families to live in a reasonable environment more conducive to being good neighbors. Possibly a reduction of the size of the proposed rezone area off Campbell Avenue would make it more acceptable to the neighborhood. She asked that the door be left open to negotiations for this site. . Rick Melvin, 3414 Wabash, expressed sympathy for those less fortunate but asked that the decision be deferred to rezone the Campbell Avenue area as proposed. Due to the lack of notice given to neighboring property owners, he concurred that more time be should given to inform more neighbors and property owners before a decision is made on this property. He is not only a property owner in the area being considered (abutting the County's property) for rezone but has served on the Housing Authority committee which is proposing a low income housing development for property within the area. He stated that the committee has not evaluated impacts to the neighborhood, schools, etc., at this point and asked that more time be given rather than speed in order to meet pre-set deadlines. . J ames Brandt, 1156 Campbell A venue, an adjacent property owner to the area proposed for rezone on Campbell A venue, stated that the area proposed is a swamp with standing water year round. The water literally runs like a creek in the wet seasons. There is an historic drainage problem in the area making it unsuitable for high density housing use. The area is heavily wooded and supports a large number of animals such as bear, deer, pheasant, pileated woodpeckers, owls, and a variety of songbirds. Vice Chair Winters noted that the issue is whether the property should be rezoned, not the development concerns which would have to be dealt with at a development stage. The property is developable as it is presently zoned. Mr. Brandt said he understood but wished to define the constraints on a multi-use development in the area. Traffic is very, very hazardous in the area. He has been informed that the Police Department is not manned such that it can respond to calls for assistance in an acceptable time frame. Some who occupy existing apartment developments in the area exhibit inconsiderate and unacceptable behavior now, speeding, partying, gun shooting. More multi-family uses would only intensify the situation. The roadways are unsafe. If money is available to improve roadway, drainage, and utility problems for the proposed project, why wait and do so only if a multi-housing use is approved. The best use for the area would be a park to alleviate some of the negative influences which exist in the area at present. Planning Commission November 30, 1994 Page 7 . Floyd Gabriel, 1411 Eckard Avenue, stated that the proposed Campbell Avenue Housing Project is a government project, not a private development. There would be no control as to the type of people who would be permitted to live in such a development. This property should be removed from a rezone proposal at this time and considered separately. Two hundred fifty thousand dollars has been set aside by the City to provide sewers for a housing proposal. Residents in the area were required to provide- sewers through an L.I.D. process. This rezone should be looked at for what it is and given much more detailed study prior to any action. Clair Kirkman, 1006 Glenwood, agreed with Mr. Kapetan that the "C" Street Extension area is very impacted by the large number of users generated from the various housing developments in that area. Rezone of the property west of "C" Street on Sixteenth Street would further exacerbate the heavy traffic concerns in the area. It is very dangerous at present. She also objected to the proposed extension of commercial zoning in the area of Fairmount Restaurant. The area should remain residential. Gladys Wallace, 2711 West Eighteenth Street, objected to the RMD zoning designation proposed for the property situated north of her property which is located at Eighteenth and lip" Streets. Such a rezone would reduce property values and increase traffic. The rural quality of the area at present is very desirable. . Linda Jones; 3923 Tiller Road, objected to the RMD proposal in the area of Campbell Avenue, north of her property, which is located in the County. She expressed distress and' strong objection to the rezone which would result in a significant change in the rural character of the area which is why she chose to invest her residential dollars in the area, and over what would be a decline in living standards that a housing development as planned would bring. Impacts on the schools would be great. Bill LaRue, 222 West Park A venue, stated that as a twenty-two year veteran of the local real estate community, housing development proposals have been discussed tonight may not be the only answer to the housing problems also described by the audience. There have been one hundred five units of housing applied for in building permits since the summer of 1992. A survey was performed in 1991 which may have reflected upon the theory that there is a need for housing; however, the vacancy factor appears to be increasing, not declining. If vacancies are high, why not direct the available federal monies to subsidized housing opportunities rather than impacting established neighborhoods with new federal housing developments. Caution should' be exercised. He volunteered to help seek other properties, which may be more suitable for a housing developments if it is determined that there is a need that could be exchanged for the Clallam County property in the Campbell Avenue area. . Bill Kirkman, 1006 Glenwood, noted the drainage in the Fairmount area is very poor and unsuitable for a rezone to commercial as proposed. Present traffic impacts should be handled before consideration is given to a rezone which would only add to the current traffic problem. Planning Commission November 3D, 1994 Page 8 . Leah Holman, 1121 Fountain, spoke in favor of the proposed commercial rezone of her property, the Fairmont Restaurant. Any upgrades to her property would only enhance the area. She would provide adequate landscaping and screening to the neighborhood in the event of expansion. Lee Baublits, 1149 Olympus, reiterated that traffic problems in the Campbell Avenue neighborhood are very hazardous. He described traffic accidents caused by excessive speed which have resulted in accidents in his yard. He has tried to speak to the Police Department but has received no satisfaction to date. There are a lot of children in the area whose safety is in question mainly due to the occupants of the existing multi-family uses at present. Rezone to RMD as proposed would only increase the already hazardous and unacceptable congestion and thoughtless behavior which currently exists as a result of the close living situations. Norman Rockford, 1162 Monroe Road, felt that the community's mind set is very NIMBYish. The City is where people live. More rural settings are found in the County. . Wayne Drabing, 3606 Mt. Angeles Road, agreed with the Housing Element of the City's Comprehensive Plan which indicates that"... adequate low and moderate income housing opportunities should be provided within the Port Angeles planning area n and that "... scattered site housing construction programs should be promoted." The current Campbell A venue rezone proposal is too large. Members of the community would consider it far better justice to scatter low income housing opportunities throughout the community. There being no further audience comment, Vice Chair Winters closed the public hearing and called for a break at 10: 10 p.m. Commissioner Souders announced that she would be abstaining from any vote on the Campbell Avenue area rezone proposal as she has worked on the housing committee spoken of earlier. Vice Chair Winters stated similarly that he would be abstaining from any decision reached on the Harborcrest area as he resides in that area. The Commission reconvened at 10:25 p.m. Commissioner Nutter moved to continue the meeting beyond the 10:00 p.m. deadline Commissioner Souders seconded the motion, which passed 6 - O. . Commissioner German opened discussion by stating that he was uncomfortable recommending any action on the proposed rezones without individual study and environmental review for each area proposed for rezone. He suggested that, with the Comprehensive Land Use Map approved, the City should do review on a case by case basis as those areas are requested for rezone. With over sixty acres of land being proposed for rezone to RMD, more comprehensive review is needed which could be done at such time as the open market calls for it. Individual property owners and neighbors need to be notified, and this would provide that opportunity on a case by case basis as the market demands. In response to Vice Chair Winters, Brad Collins answered that in areas where zoning Planning Commission November 30, 1994 Page 9 . does not provide consistency with the Comprehensive Plan it would be a disservice to the property owners to let them believe that their present zoning which is inconsistent with the Comprehensive Plan designated uses would automatically allowed development without a rezone. Commissioner Nutter spoke concerning the complications of not proceeding with the zoning consistent with the Comprehensive Land Use Plan and Map but agreed with the desire to individually review properties for rezone impacts. She suggested some options for more comprehensive notification practices such as full ~aps in the newspaper and individual neighborhood meetings. ~ Commissioner Souders suggested that more time be given to study the issues in each individual neighborhood/case. Possibly the City should be divided as to the classification of the zoning proposed or grouped into neighborhoods for further study and more detailed review and notification of affected property owners/neighbors. She noted that the Comprehensive Plan Land Use Map has been available for public inspection for about a year and a half. It is unfortunate that people don't apparently know the significance of its use. Commissioner Winters indicated that it appears the Commission is collectively uncomfortable with passing a recommendation to the Council on the rezone proposals. . Commissioner German reiterated that without an environmental impact statement there is no review. In any other case, an applicant is charged with that review. In response to Vice Chair Winters, Brad Collins answered that the Comprehensive Plan Environmental Impact Statement would be used to satisfy land use issues for not only this particular type of proposal for zoning regulation but also for any future rezone of property that is consistent with the Comprehensive Plan Map. The idea being that there would be less environmental review required in the future for those projects that are consistent with the Comprehensive Plan and Map. The environmental impact statement doesn't address specific issues such as traffic, however. When the development occurs, certain types of site specific impacts would have to be addressed at that time, but the issue of whether or not the land use is appropriate would already have been addressed. He was not aware of any significant changes proposed in the zoning regulations other than what was anticipated in the Comprehensive Plan. The intent is to implement and be consistent with the Comprehensive Plan, not to create a new impact or new direction. Commissioner Philpott stated that he sensed a lot of pressure to move on with this issue because the City is being pushed by the State to comply with a January 1, 1995, deadline which may not be practical. . Commissioner German stated that it would be helpful to know which areas of the City are zoned inconsistent with the Comprehensive Land Use Map. He advised that theuCity should be allowed to grow into its zoning needs. When those situations come to light that are not zoned consistently, an applicant may approach the City for rezone of Planning Commission November 30, 1994 Page 10 . that property. Commissioner Souders agreed with Commissioner German in cases of an upzone~ however, there are other cases where it is important to designate areas such as wetlands or environmentally sensitive areas so people will know in advance where these areas are. Mr. Collins suggested that, rather than the do nothing approach, certain areas which are not contentious can be dealt with, leaving the remainder for more detailed analysis at a later date. A recommendation of the Growth Management Advisory Committee was to possibly continue those matters which create controversy to a future time in order to work with property owners and affected parties. In broad, area-wide rezones you do not have the opportunity for in-depth analysis, and notice is not given in the normal manner. Following further discussion, Commissioner Souders moved to recommend adoption of a revised Zoning Map consistent with the Comprehensive Plan Land Use Map in separate public hearings, by policy category, by August, 1995, with Public Buildings and Parks (PBP) areas studied first. eommissioner Philpott seconded the motion for discussion. Commissioner Nutter suggested that neighborhood meetings be scheduled in order to obtain public input in specific areas. . There was continued discussion with regard to notification of property owners and neighborhood meetings. Commissioner Nutter expressed concern that with the loss of one Planning staff person, there may be a severe restriction on staffs availability and resources. Brad Collins noted that given the new City budget direction, staff will be gearing away from Growth Management functions. A good deal of time was spent in discussion of the need for citizen input in land use issues. It was agreed that a very important component of any governmental action is citizen input, and the lengthened time frame will allow for that. The motion was called for and passed 5 - 1 with Commissioner Gennan voting in the negative. Commissioner German indicated his negative vote was because he felt the Zoning Map should remain as it is, letting the market drive future zoning changes with full environmental review done and notice given in each individual case by the applicant. ZONING CODE REVIEW: Mr. Collins referred .to copies of the revised Zoning Code dated November 30, 1994, presented for the Commission's consideration and provided a detailed.review of the forty points identified as amendments to the Code. A good portion of the amendments were categorized as housekeeping in order to make the document more user friendly. Vice Chair Winters opened the public hearing. . John Ralston, P.O. Box 1405, requested more clarification as to the amendments made in the LI, Light Industrial, District and the new IH (Industrial, Heavy) Zone. He asked Planning Commission November 30, 1994 Page 11 . for clarification of the storage of automobiles. He also asked what changes are proposed for buffers in the industrial zones. Commissioner Souders answered that it is her understanding that the intent of the amended wording with regard to automobile storage is to define outside automobile storage, not inside storage uses. Mr. Ralston said he would need more time to study the proposal. David Stalheim, 205 West Fifth Street, encouraged the Commission to continue the Zoning Code amendments in a similar manner as to how the Commission recommended the proposed Zoning Map amendments be dealt with. He felt the public should have more time to review the proposed amendments. No coordination with the County was done in this matter. It is important to coordinate with agencies with an interest in the amendments, such as the County. The Growth Management Act requires that development regulations be consistent with the Comprehensive Plan. There is a deadline of January 1, 1995, for that action; however, the Growth Management Hearings Board has ruled in other cases that they could continue down the path that they were going with their existing ordinances. You can't make the connection that come January 1, 1995, in a conflict between the Plan and the Zoning Ordinance, the Comprehensive Plan will come first. . He stated that he lives in an area zoned for high density development. At a minimum, high density housing situations should be reviewed by conditional use permit in order to address historic issues when they arise in a public hearing process. He questioned the development standards in the Residential High Density District. Jack Glaubert, 1305 East First Street, would like to attend the Growth Management Advisory Committee meetings in the future. There being no further public comment, Vice Chair closed the public hearing. The Commission took a break at 11:50 p.m. The meeting reconvened at 11:55 p.m. ~- oM- Commissioner Winters began discussion as to how to make the public more aware of the proposed changes in the Zoning Code for consistency with the Comprehensive Plan. Commissioner Souders indicated that she thought the proposed changes would basically make the zoning document easier to use. The Growth Management Advisory Committee only tried to bring the existing Zoning Code into compliance with the Comprehensive Plan. Beyond that, no changes were intended. Vice Chair Winters agreed that the amendments as proposed are for the best but he would like further public participation if possible. . Following discussion, Commissioner Nutter moved to set a public hearing for January 25, 1995, for further consideration of amendments to Title 17 (Zoning) of the Port Angeles Municipal eode with a possibility of adoption at that time. Commissioner Planning Commission Minutes November 30, 1994 Page 12 . Souders seconded the motion which passed 6 - O. In response to Vice chair Winters, Brad Collins stated that although the City would not be able to meet the State imposed deadline of January 1, 1995, certainly a good faith effort has been exhibited thus far. He could not speak as to the possible fiscal impacts of noncompliance. Al\1ENDMENT TO eHAPTER 15 (ENVIRONMENT) OF THE PORT ANGELES MUNIeIPALCODE (PAMe) ENSURlNG COMPLIANCE WITH THE NEWLY ADOPTED COMPREHENSIVE PLAN Brad Collins briefly indicated that one of the steps following adoption of the Comprehensive Plan is to ensure that City ordinances which reference the Plan in an exercise of authority reference the current ordinance. Therefore, the draft ordinance before the Commission for action amends the Port Angeles Municipal Code with reference to the City's new Comprehensive Plan ordinance number, rather than the old, and includes reference to other development ordinances which have also been established as a result of the Growth Management Act such as the City's Clearing/Grading Ordinance and Wetlands and Environmentally Sensitive Areas Ordinances passed in 1993. . Vice Chair Winters opened the public hearing. There being no one present to speak. to the issue, he then closed the public hearing. Following limited discussion, Commissioner Souders moved to recommend approval of the ordinance as drafted for compliance with the current Comprehensive Plan. Commissioner Nutter seconded the motion, which passed 6 - O. STAFF REPORTS Brad Collins informed the Commission that John Jimerson is no longer with the City. He explained that direction from the City Manager/City Council was that the Associate Planner's position would be filled only if necessary. It is not clear whether the position will be kept or eliminated. . Commissioner Nutter responded that the Planning Department was pushing its workload limits with four staff persons. A full four-person workload has been exhibited time and again. She urged the Council to keep the position open. ~~~ The Commission discussed the need to inform the \C~~n~i~~~_ber~of their -4~~it:e tG-- support the fourtlt PhmAiAg D@partm@nt p63ition. ~ ~~ David Sawyer distributed a Draft Urban Services Ordinance (USO) which was the third in a four-part review and reminded the Commission' that the item would be heard at a public hearing on December 14. Planning Commission November 30, 1994 Page 13 . REPORTS OF COMMISSION MEMBERS The Commission discussed its disappointment that John Jimerson is no longer working for the City. It was decided to write a letter to Mr. Jimerson expressing the Commission's thoughts that he was a real credit to the City and will be missed as he quietly turned out a large amount of work quickly and aided tremendously in speeding development work through the Planning Department. The community as well as the Planning Commission owe him a great deal for getting things done and taking care that things moved through the City in a timely manner. The subject of additional funds for the Planning Department's advertising budget was discussed in order to provide ample notification to the public for projects requiring review. Vice Chair Winters expressed appreciation to staff in recognition of the great deal of extra work involved in staffs attempt to allow the City to meet the State imposed January 1, 1995, deadline for Growth Management issues. The Commission heartily concurred. Mr. Collins expressed his disappointment that the deadline would not be met but hoped the document would be better for the waiting and that no significant consequences would result due to the delay in compliance. . ADJOURNMENT The meeting adjourned at 12:42 p.m. ~~ Brad Collins, Secretary Cf>r:>~ L-_ Bob Winters, Acting Chair e PREPARED BY; S. Roberds . PLEASE SIGN IN CITY OF PORT ANGELES Planning Commission Attendance Roster Meeting Date: >;7#'r", '?q /991 . . .., . . .. . . .. "' . . .,.. ',' ..C,"_ . . .:.. :.. :J\J)J)RES$:, . L4./ I ~ . /J, I -. ~ . PLEASE SIGN IN CITY OF PORT ANGELES Planning Commission Attendance Roster Meeting Date: /j7#1.r-,,~ 199ft! l- ) ,