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July 15, 2009 > Planning Commission

Planning Commission

City of Milpitas
July 8, 2009

Item 1

Approve changes to Centria West residential development plan

The applicant proposed making changes to the approved plan to appeal to a higher income market segment.

The initial proposed changes included eliminating below market rate units and eliminating compact parking spaces, making more standard size parking spaces.

Chair Cliff Williams shared some of the reasoning behind the strict overview that the planning commission exerts over development applicants.

"When we are looking at a project, and we approve it, the developer has collected his fees and moved on to other projects or gone back home. We are more or less stuck with...having to deal with the projects that have been built here" Williams said.

Williams explained that Milpitas has a parking issue. He posed rhetorically "How do we, as planners, try and minimize this impact in our community?"

The Planning Commission has to make sure that any development is not going to make the parking problem worse than it already is.

One municipal method to regulate parking is to include parking restrictions as part of Conditions, Covenants, and Restrictions (CC&R) agreement, in this case regarding regulations that prohibit residents or guests of one location parking their vehicles outside of the designated parking area.

In this high density area cars are going to be an issue.

This item was approved with two added conditions.

The applicant will work with staff to evaluate the feasibility of mixing full sized and compact car parking stalls, if such a mixture can increase the total parking stall count, and the applicant shall be required to draft CC&R provisions to the satisfaction of planning and city attorney staff that creates enforceable parking limitations in compliance with parking requirements for said project.

Chair Williams wanted to make sure that the applicant was aware of a very large, high pressure petrochemical line running in the corner of Abel and Great Mall Parkway, and that provisions were in place regarding notification of residents and such.

Item 2

Item 2 placed on consent calendar, approved without discussion.

A request to locate a children's indoor recreation facility, Pump It Up, at 164 North Abel Street.

Item 3

Item 3 removed from the agenda.

This was a request for modifications to the Owner's Participation Agreement and approved floor plan to reflect changes in the unit mixes for Apton Plaza Apartments located at 230 N. Main Street.

Item 4

Item 4 removed from the agenda.

An agreement addressing extension of permit timelines, park dedication requirements, and other public benefits. The Landmark Tower is an approved mixed use project for 375 units and 148,805 square feet of commercial space to be located at 600 Barber Lane

Item 5

Item 5 approved without discussion.

Review of the approval for a certified Farmers' Market located within the Great Mall parking lot on Sundays from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. during the months of April until the first Sunday prior to Thanksgiving.

Staff Recommendation: Close the public hearing; note, receipt, and file until the next review.

Item 6

Staff presentation on public noticing procedures.

Planning Director James Lindsay explained the procedures that staff follows to ensure that adequate public notice is provided for public hearings.

Notices are mailed to property owners and property occupants.

Public hearing notices are also published in the Milpitas Post newspaper. In the past those notices appeared in the back of the newspaper where all of the legal ads are displayed, foreclosure notices, business names, etc.

Recent amendments to city code increased the size of the newspaper display ad so that it was no longer in fine print in the back of the Milpitas Post newspaper, now more like a usual advertisement.

Certain types of applications require this increased display, such as conditional use permits, general plan amendments, and other things.

Other types of hearing notices still utilize the standard legal ad that would appear in the back of the newspaper.

The third type of notification is the posting of signs on the property.

To accommodate people who are unable to receive the above types of notification, staff is considering implementing the govdelivery system to email notices of public hearing.

Govdelivery is a feature for subscribers to receive email updates about any pages of the City of Milpitas website.

Staff feels that including public hearing notices in this subscription service would be an excellent option for any owners of business or property outside of the city, that don't receive mail, the Milpitas Post, or the signs.

The govdelivery system is an expense that city council has authorized, to add the public notice feature is not necessarily an added expense.

For the govdelivery system to work most effectively there would have to be a webpage designated for notices of public hearings to which people could subscribe to receive updates.

Commissioner Tabladillo suggested using the City's public access channel to put up public hearing notices. Lindsay said he would look into the possibility.

Next meeting
Wednesday, July 22
7 p.m.
Milpitas City Hall
455 E. Calaveras Blvd., Milpitas
(408) 586-3279

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