Action Meeting Minutes from the February 10, 2015, Planning Commission Meeting.

Meeting Date: APRIL 14, 2015

Approval of Minutes of Meeting Held on January 20, 2015.

Note from TheGardeningSnail: Parts of this page may have been prepared by running a PDF Image Document through a program which converts image to text. My apologies for any Textual Gremlins that may have slipped in. Copy of the Original can be found on the City’s Website. I may also broken up some of the longer paragraphs for ease of reading and/or highlighted items of special interest.




A regular meeting of the Livingston Planning Commission was held in the City Council Chambers on February 10, 2015. The meeting was called to order by Planning Commission Secretary Holly Owen in the absence of a Chair and Vice-Chair. The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m.


Commissioners Present: Commissioner Francisco Castellanos, Commissioner Ranjeet Jhutti, Commissioner Adanan Bath, and Alternate Commissioner Francisco Mendoza-Gonzalez.

Commissioners Absent: Vice-Chair Mario Mendoza and Commissioner Warren Umberg (excused).

Staff Present: Contract City Planners Holly Owen and Randy Hatch (Collins & Schoettler), and Sr. Administrative Analyst Filomena Arredondo.

Others Present: Coy Stark and Lee Hancock, Sr. (Gold Circle, LLC), Katherine Schell-Rodriguez, David Blevins, Luis Enrique Flores, Council Liaison Arturo Sicairos, Mayor Rodrigo Espinoza, and others in the audience.


The pledge of allegiance to the flag was recited.

Contract City Planner Owen introduced new contract City Planner Randy Hatch, also with Collins & Schoettler. Mr. Hatch will take over the Livingston Planning Department from this point forward.

Randy Hatch gave a small depiction of his education in Architecture and Urban Planning and his 20+ years of experience. He looks forward to the opportunity of working in the City of Livingston.


Contract City Planner Owen announced the resignation of Commissioner Luis Enrique Flores and wished him well in future endeavors. Mr. Flores was appointed to the Planning Commission in April 2010 and served as Planning Commission Chair since February 2011. His intellect, as well as his passion for Planning and his amazing attention to detail were greatly valued.

Contract City Planner Owen also announced the recent appointments to the Planning Commission. Adanan Bath was appointed to a 4-year term ending December 2018 and Mario Mendoza was reappointed to finish Mr. Flores’ term ending December 2015.

Commissioner Adanan Bath introduced himself and stated he wanted to serve on the Planning Commission because he grew up in Livingston and he would like to contribute to his community.


Contract City Planner Owen asked for nominations for Planning Commission Chair and Vice­ Chair for calendar year 2015.

Both Alternate Francisco Mendoza-Gonzalez and Commissioner Castellanos feel this is a decision made best when all Commissioners are present.

Contract City Planner Randy Hatch suggested they appoint an Interim Chair among the present Commissioners for this meeting only and continue this item to the next regular meeting to appoint permanent positions when all members are present.

Alternate Commissioner Francisco Mendoza-Gonzalez moved to appoint Commissioner Ranjeet Jhutti as the Interim Chair for this meeting only. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Castellanos, and carried 4-0, by the following roll call vote:

AYES: Commissioners Bath, Castellanos, Jhutti and Mendoza-Gonzalez

NOES:  None

ABSENT: Vice-Chair Mendoza and Commissioner Urnberg


Interim Chair Jhutti opened and closed the public comment period at 7:18 p.m. there being no public comments.




Gold Circle, LLC, has submitted a Site Plan/Design Review application to construct ten (10) single-family residential units (including 2 model homes), ranging in size from 2,034 sq. ft. to 3,102 sq. ft. in the existing subdivision of Sun Valley Estates (also known as Somerset 1), located southwest of the intersection of Peach Avenue and Main Street on property zoned Low-Density Residential (R-1), APN numbers 047-581-003 and -004; 047-582-021 and -022; and 047-586-002 through -007.

Contract City Planner Owen presented the staff report.

Tentative Subdivision Map 93-01 for Sun Valley Estates Subdivision was approved in 1993 for 134 lots. The Design review of the original housing product was approved September 2005.

Twenty-three (23) houses were constructed in and around 2006. As the economic downturn occurred, however, construction ceased and the remaining lots became available for purchase.

Gold Circle, LLC, purchased the remaining lots in 2014 and approached the City about building eight ‘spec’ houses and two model homes on an initial ten (10) lots, with expectations to eventually complete the subdivision. City staff reviewed the floor plans and elevations for the project and determined that they fit successfully in with the existing housing in the area.

The City Engineer has given them a will-serve letter for water quantity for up to 30 houses to be developed at this time. The applicant has voluntarily participated in community outreach and has had a positive response to the project from existing neighbors in the subdivision.

Staff recommends approval of the project subject to the two conditions listed in the resolution and the addition of a third condition that Gold Circle, LLC and the City of Livingston shall enter into a Reimbursement Agreement regarding Well 17.

The applicants were present to answer any questions.

Coy Stark, Gold Circle, LLC, 528 East Main, Turlock, introduced himself as the new Developer of Sun Valley Estates. He said they are excited to start building homes in Livingston and added he is a former graduate of Livingston High School, so he is very familiar with the City.

Commissioners’ Questions/Comments:

Interim Chair Jhutti

• Thinks it is good that development is starting up again and is glad that there is positive feedback from the community.


• Asked the Applicant to elaborate on Gold Circle, LLC.

Coy Stark explained Gold Circle, LLC, is a corporation owned by him and his partner Lee Hancock, Sr. Both partners have been developers for several years and are currently building single family homes (Meadow View Estates) in Atwater.

• Asked the Applicant if water supply is a constraint for their development.

Mr. Stark replied they cannot build without water, but it appears that all is going well and according to City Engineer Gouveia, the well will be online in October.

• Asked the Applicant if their long term plan is to build out.

Mr. Stark said, "Yes" and added they are projecting to complete the project over a 5-year term.

• Thinks they will do well as there is high demand for housing in Livingston.

Commissioner Castellanos

• Asked what will be their starting price.

Mr. Stark replied it will be in the range of $250,000 to $300,000.

Alternate Commissioner Mendoza-Gonzalez

• Thinks they are offering a good quality design.

• Expressed concern of noise and dust derived from construction taking place next to existing homes. He asked if they are going to take any measures to mitigate that.

Mr. Stark replied they will take all necessary precautions when the time comes and will comply with all existing codes and standards. He added they plan to start building across from the park away from the existing homes and then go easterly, so they will only be up against existing homes when they build the two model homes.

Interim Chair Jhutti opened the Public Hearing at 7:30 p.m.

Katherine Schell Rodriguez, P.O. Box 163, Livingston

• Asked staff to go into more detail about the reimbursement agreement to be worked out. What will be negotiated into this reimbursement agreement and when is this expected to be done?


• Contract City Planner Owen said the reimbursement agreement has to do with the infrastructure needs concerning the well. City staff is currently in discussions with the applicant. The staff involved in the negotiations consists of Interim City Manager Odi Ortiz, City Attorney Jose Sanchez and City Engineer Mario Gouveia.

Contract City Planner Hatch explained the basic reason for this reimbursement agreement is because the water from Well 17 will serve more of the City than just this subdivision, so since the improvements the developer is doing to this well will have generalized benefits to the community, a portion of those generalized benefits are subject to reimbursement.

Interim Chair Jhutti closed the Public Hearing at 7:32 p.m.

Motion by Alternate Commissioner Mendoza-Gonzalez, seconded by Interim Chair Jhutti, to adopt Resolution 2015-01, recommending to the City Council approval of new floor plans and elevations for Sun Valley Estates Subdivision (AKA Somerset 1) subject to the two conditions of approval listed in the resolution and adding a third condition that Gold Circle, LLC, and the City of Livingston enter into a reimbursement agreement regarding Well 17. Motion carried 4-0, by the following roll call vote:

AYES: Interim Chair Jhutti and Commissioners Bath, Castellanos and Mendoza-Gonzalez

NOES: None

ABSENT: Vice-Chair Mendoza and Commissioner Urnberg



Motion by Interim Chair Jhutti, seconded by Commissioner Castellanos, to approve the minutes from the Special Meeting of December 17, 2014. Motion carried 4-0, by the following roll call vote:

AYES: Interim Chair Jhutti and Commissioners Bath, Castellanos and Mendoza-Gonzalez

NOES: None

ABSENT: Vice-Chair Mendoza and Commissioner Urnberg


Planning Commission Commissioner Bath

• Nothing to report.


Commissioner Castellanos

• Nothing to report.

Alternate Commissioner Mendoza-Gonzalez

• Nothing to report.

Interim Chair Jhutti

• Thanked Luis Enrique Flores for serving on the Planning Commission and for his overall dedication and involvement in City affairs which extended beyond the Planning Commission. He hopes his engagement with the City continues.

• Welcomed Contract City Planner Randy Hatch to the City of Livingston.

• Welcomed Adanan Bath as a new member to the Livingston Planning Commission.

City Staff

Contract City Planner Owen

• Commented she is not really going away, only stepping aside to focus on updating the Livingston Housing Element which is an important and necessary document for the City to obtain funding and grants. She is also working as Contract Planner in the City of Kingsburg and there have been some scheduling conflicts with both cities; therefore, Collins & Schoettler decided to bring in extra support staff to alleviate the problem. They are very fortunate to have Randy Hatch join their staff who comes with many years of Planning experience.

Sr. Administrative Analyst Arredondo

• Wished Luis Enrique Flores success in his future endeavors and welcomed aboard new Commissioner Adanan Bath.



The meeting was adjourned at 7:40 p.m. APPROVED: April 14, 2015


Interim Chair, RANJEET JHUTTI Secretary of the Planning Commission,


The written meeting minutes reflect a summary of specific actions taken by the Planning Commission. They do not necessarily reflect all of the comments or dialogue leading up to the action. All meetings are digitally recorded and are an official record of the meeting’s proceedings. Digitally recorded verbatim minutes are available upon request and may be obtained at Livingston City Hall.


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