FEBRUARY 8, 2011 Draft Minutes

MINUTES

LIVINGSTON PLANNING COMMISSION
REGULAR MEETING AGENDA

FEBRUARY 8, 2011

7:00 P.M.

The regular meeting of the Livingston Planning Commission was held in the City Hall Conference Room on Tuesday, February 8, 2011. The meeting was called to order by Chair Soria at 7:08 p.m.

Commissioners Present:

Commissioners Absent:

Staff Present:

Others Present:

Chair Roy Soria, Commissioner Luis Enrique Flores,

Commissioner Mario Mendoza, Commissioner Harpreet Bains, and Alternate Commissioner Manoj Bains.

Commissioner Alex Gonzalez (excused)

Administrative Assistant Filomena Arredondo, Community
Development Director Donna Kenney, and Acting City Manager Vickie Lewis.

Council Liaison Theresa Land, Katherine Schell-Rodriguez, David Blevins, Gurpal Samra, Rodrigo Espinoza, Antonio Silva, Daniel Varela, and others in the audience.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

The pledge of allegiance to the flag was recited.
CONSENT AGENDA

ACTION MINUTES FROM REGULAR MEETING OF JANUARY 11, 2011 (SORIA, FLORES, M. BAINS).

Motion by Commissioner Flores, seconded by Alternate Commissioner Manoj Bains, to approve the minutes from the regular meeting of January 11, 2011. Motion carried 3-0.

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INTRODUCTION OF INCOMING COMMISSIONERS

Community Development Director Donna Kenney introduced the two incoming Commissioners Harpreet Bains and Mario Mendoza.

ELECTION OF CHAIR AND VICE-CHAIR FOR 2011 CALENDAR YEAR

Responding to a question, Director Kenney informed the Commission that it is possible for the current Chair to remain the Chair for another year if the Planning Commission so desires.

Chair Soria opened for nominations.

Commissioner Mendoza nominated Commissioner Flores for Chair. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Flores and carried 5-0 by the following vote:

AYES: Chair Soria and Commissioners Flores, Mendoza, H. Bains, and M. Bains

NOES: None

ABSENT: Commissioner Gonzalez
ABSTAIN: None

Commissioner Soria nominated Commissioner Mendoza for Vice-Chair. Motion was seconded by Commissioner H. Bains and carried 5-0 by the following vote:

AYES: Chair Flores and Commissioners Soria, Mendoza, H. Gains, and M. Bains

NOES: None

ABSENT: Commissioner Gonzalez
ABSTAIN: None

PUBLIC COMMENT

Members of the Audience

Gurpal Samra, 1034 J Street, Livingston, congratulated Chair Flores and Vice-Chair Mendoza for their new appointments as Chair and Vice-Chair of the Livingston Planning Commission for calendar year 2011.

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Katherine Schell-Rodriguez, P.O. Box 163, Livingston, welcomed the two incoming commissioners. She stated that by the time a project comes before the Planning Commission the applicant has already spent a fair share of time, effort, and money preparing their project; therefore, applicants need the assurance that the people they are dealing with are thinking straight.
She added that Commissioners have a choice as to how they will be perceived and what they say or do will determine whether or not their reputation improves or gets worse. She stated, "Today is the first day of the rest of your commission. What you make of it and how you will be perceived will be squarely up to you!"

PUBLIC HEARINGS

CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT 2010-05 – CLEARWIRE, LLC.

Applicant has applied for a Conditional Use Permit to install a sixty (60) foot palm tree antenna tower with antennas to be located at 321 Second Street, pursuant to LMC 5-5-8. This item was continued from the Planning Commission’s regular meeting of January 11, 2011.

Director Kenney stated that the applicant requested this item be put on hold until further notice. She explained that some antenna companies maintain what they call a "soft list." They submit dozens of applications at one time and as they go through the approval process, they may occasionally take a step back to look at their coverage area before proceeding with a certain project, and so this may be the reason Clearwire is putting this item on hold.

Since this is a continued item, it can be opened for public comment. Chair Flores opened the Public Hearing at 7:20 p.m.

Katherine Schell-Rodriguez, P.O. Box 163, Livingston, said that if and when this project does come back to the Planning Commission, she would like to hear more about the merits of the project and how it will improve coverage for Clearwire and less about who owns the property the tower will sit on.

Chair Flores closed the Public Hearing at 7:21 p.m. Commissioners’ Comments

M. Bains

• No comment.

H. Bains

• No comment.

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Soria

• Suggested the Planning Commission treat the item with an open mind. Mendoza

• No comment.
Flores

• Asked if the existing Clearwire antenna that is located next to the Walnut Child
Development Center was going to be affected.

Director Kenney replied that this was a separate project and that the antennas at the Walnut location were already installed, so there is still Clearwire coverage in the area.

REPORTS

Planning Commission

M. Bains

• Nothing to report.

H. Bains

• Nothing to report.

Soria

• Nothing to report.

Mendoza

• Nothing to report.

Flores

• He is excited to have been nominated and voted Planning Commission Chair. He thinks it is going to be a good learning experience and hopes that commissioners are transparent and open so that they can attract businesses into Livingston.

• Thanked Administrative Assistant Arredondo for the great minutes.

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• Livingston High School won their basketball game the past weekend and they made it on
the front page of the Livingston Chronicle.

• He appreciates the invitation to attend the Stanislaus County Planning Commissioners’
Workshop coming up in March. He thinks all commissioners can benefit from any
planning-related educational events that will expose them to the roles, rules, and codes.

City Staff

Community Development Director Kenney

Noted that since the Clearwire item was cancelled for this meeting, the City Attorney did not have to drive down for this meeting; therefore, the training they had originally planned was postponed for a later date.

Director Kenney gave the Planning Commission her contact information so that they know where to reach her or her administrative assistant if they have any questions or comments on any planning-related matters.

She explained that in the next several weeks they would be informed about how planning projects are reviewed by City staff and outside agencies before they make it to the Planning Commission and about the various steps in the environmental document process. She added that some of the projects coming up before them in the near future include the revised General Plan Update and the City master plans, which will consist of a lot of reading material.

ADJOURNMENT

The regular meeting was adjourned by consensus at 7:26 p.m. APPROVED: April 12, 2011

Chair, LUIS ENRIQUE FLORES Secretary of the Planning Commission,

DONNA M. KENNEY

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