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Meeting Date: May 09, 2017
Agenda Item #: Sa.
Meeting Date: May 9, 2017
Report Date: May 2, 2017
CITY OF LIVINGSTON PLANNING COMMISSION STAFF REPORT
CITY FILE NUMBER: Lupita’s Auto Sales, Site Plan/ Design Review 2017-01
OWNER/APPLICANT: Luis Naranjo, Owner and Applicant 2235 "F" Street Livingston, CA 95334
PROJECT LOCATION: 2235 "F" Street, at the northeast comer of Hammatt Avenue and "F" Street, APN #: 023-080-002. The property is currently used for auto sales.
PROPOSED ACTION: Adopt Resolution 2017-_, recommending approval by the City Council of the site plan, floor plans and elevations submitted for the new sales office at 2235 "F" Street.
PREPARED BY: Randy Hatch, Contract City Planner
Property Size: 0.28 Acre
Existing Land Use: Auto sales with a 400 sq. ft. sales office
1999 General Plan Designation: Highway Commercial (HC)
Zoning: Highway Service Commercial (C-3)
Street Access: 2235 "F" Street
ADJACENT ZONING AND LAND USE:
North: C-3, parking area as part of a truck wash facility and State Highway 99
South: Across "F" Street, Merced County land in agriculture
East: C-3, truck wash facility
West: Across Hammatt Avenue, R-3 vacant land and apartment building
The owner and applicant, Luis Naranjo, is requesting a Site Plan and Design Review approval to remove an existing 400 sq. ft. office building and replace it with a 700 sq. ft. building to be used as a sales office for the auto sales business. As part of this project, three parking spaces (one handicapped) will be provided.
The property is currently in use for auto sales, is 0.28 acres in size, and is located at 2235 "F" Street, at the northeast comer of Hammatt Avenue and "F" Street. The whole area is General Planned Highway Commercial and zoned C-3, Highway Service Commercial. The C-3 zone allows a wide variety of commercial uses serving the needs of City residents and those traveling along Highway 99, such as retail auto sales.
While such businesses are allowed, City Code requires new development (including the removal of an existing commercial building and replacing it with a larger building) to be reviewed in terms of its Site Plan and Design characteristics. The purpose of a Site Plan and Design Review is to assure compatibility, harmony in appearance, and reduction of negative impacts of non-aesthetic development and orderly development of the community.
The Planning Commission is the recommending body for a Site Plan and Design Review with the City Council being the approving body. Therefore, this proposal must go before both bodies.
The new auto sales office will be 700 sq. ft. in size. The rectangular shaped building is oriented parallel to Hammatt Avenue with the three parking spaces next to the building on the south. The building is placed on the east property line adjacent to the truck wash building. The floor plan identifies a reception area, three offices, a break area and a rest room. The majority of the site is used to display and store autos for sale.
The new building is single story, 15 ft. high at the highest part of the parapet with the balance of the building 13 ft. high. The front elevation of the building is primarily stucco in dark brown around the entrance and the front windows and in beige for the remainder of the front. Stacked stone columns accent the comers facing Hammatt Avenue and around the front entrance feature with a dark brown trim capping the stacked stone columns and the entrance feature. The beige stucco finish continues on both the left and right sides of the building with windows enhanced by a dimensional trim on the top and bottom of the window. The roof is flat shielded from view by the parapet and walls trimmed in dark brown. Wall signage is located on the entrance. No other signage is shown.
The construction of a new sales office is a project subject to review under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The construction of the sales office is exempt from CEQA under CEQA Guidelines Section 15303, class 3. This exemption applies to the construction of small facilities. The subject project is a small building (700 sq. ft. in size) consistent with zoning standards and requirements and, therefore, qualifies for this exemption. No further environmental review is necessary.
The property is properly General Planned and Zoned for such a use. The proposal meets the Zoning standards with respect to setbacks, height, parking, and lot coverage. The parking required for professional offices is 1 space for every 300 sq. ft. of building area, resulting in a requirement of 3 spaces. Three (3) parking spaces are provided, including 1 handicapped space.
Staffis of the opinion the proposed building’s design, materials and colors are of high quality and attractive. The new building has a variety of textures and visual interest provided by the two complementary colors, stacked stone, trim, and parapet. Signage is conceptually identified but will require final staff approval. Exterior lighting is not addressed leading staff to recommend a condition of approval to require lighting to be shielded and focused on the building and parking areas. The City has a Design Guide applicable to all new development. Staff has compared the proposed new building’s design and colors with the Design Guide. The overall design of the new building appears to be consistent with the Design Guide in terms of being compatible in scale with the surrounding area and providing visual interest.
Staff is of the opinion that the new building would be an asset to the area and beneficial in the City. Staff feels the site layout and building, as proposed and as conditioned, complies with all the requirements and standards applicable. Staff recommends the Planning Commission recommend approval by the City Council of Site Plan and Design Review 2017-01 based on the Findings and Conditions of Approval contained in the attached resolution.
1. Resolution 2017-
Exhibit A, Conditions of Approval
2. Project Location and Zoning Map
3. Site Plan, Floor Plan and Elevations
RESOLUTION OF THE PLANNING COMMISSION
OF THE CITY OF LIVINGSTON RECOMMENDING TO THE CITY COUNCIL APPROVAL OF THE SITE PLAN AND DESIGN REVIEW 2017-01 FOR
A NEW OFFICE FOR LUPITA’S AUTO SALES
WHEREAS, pursuant to Livingston Municipal Code ("LMC") section 5-6-7, Luis Naranjo, applicant and owner, has applied for a Site Plan and Design Review approval to construct a new office at 2235 "F" Street, in the City of Livingston; and
WHEREAS, the site is zoned C-3 (Highway Service Commercial), and has a General Plan designation of Highway Commercial according to the official zoning map of the City of Livingston and the 1999 Livingston General Plan; and
WHEREAS, LMC Section 5-6-7 requires the approval of a Site Plan and Design Review for new structures within the C-3 district to assure compatibility, harmony in appearance in neighborhoods, reduction of negative impacts of nonaesthetic development, and orderly development of the community; and
WHEREAS, a public hearing for the proposed project has been properly noticed by posting, a newspaper ad and a mailing to adjacent properties within 300 feet of the site; and
WHEREAS, the proposed project is categorically exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act ("CEQA") under Section 15332 In-Fill Development Projects and a Notice of Exemption will be filed with the Merced County Clerk within five (5) days of project approval; and
WHEREAS, Staff has reviewed the project with reference to the 1999 General Plan, the Zoning Ordinance (specifically Sections 5-6-7 "C" thru "E") and the adopted Livingston Design Guidelines; and finds that, based on the evidence documented within the associated staff report and proceedings of the public hearing, the proposed use, its site plan and design, is consistent with the General Plan, complies with the Zoning Ordinance in that the site plan and design meets the zoning standard and requirements (including those specifically referenced above), and meets the intent and guidance of the Livingston Design Guidelines.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Livingston Planning Commission hereby adopts Resolution 2017-_, recommending City Council approval of the Site Plan and Design of the subject new development.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Conditions of Approval within Planning Commission Resolution 2017-_, Exhibit A, are hereby approved.
The foregoing resolution was introduced and moved for adoption on May 9, 2017, by ,and being duly seconded by ,was passed by the following vote:
Chair, Secretary of the Planning Commission,
Exhibit A Conditions of Approval