CIty Council Action Summary: Joint City Council/Planning Commission Meeting Minutes, August 6, 2003
Minutes of the joint Centerville City joint City Council/Planning Commission work session held Wednesday, August 6, 2003 at 6:l0 p.m. in the Centerville City Council Chambers, 250 North Main Street, Centerville, Utah.
CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS PRESENT:
Mayor: Michael L. Deamer
Council Members: David R. Gill
Brian Gold (was excused at 6:30 p.m.)
R. Dean Layton
Debbie L. Randall
Nancy F. Smith
PLANNING COMMISSION MEMBERS PRESENT:
Chairman: Brian Hulse
Commissioners: Ken Averett
ABSENT: Lewis Nielsen
STAFF PRESENT: Steve Thacker, City Manager
Aric Jensen, Community Development Director
Connie Larson, Recording Secretary
Neil Lindberg, Zoning Code Consultant
DISCUSS PROPOSED CHANGES TO CENTERVILLE ZONING ORDINANCE
Planned Development Overlay Zone
Neil Lindberg, Zoning Code Consultant, explained that the development standards are under the Planned Development Overlay Zone. He explained the Yield Plan determines how much density a person could obtain under the existing rules. Mr. Lindberg said that planned developments and special districts are for consolidated clustering of open space, and that a clearer definition of what open space is needs to be more clearly defined in a PUD.
Aric Jensen, Community Development Director, suggested eliminating bonus density, and if more density is needed, the zone can be raised. After discussion, the City Council and Planning Commission concurred with this recommendation, and they also agreed that five acres will be the minimum density allowed for a single-family development.
Special District Zones and Florentine Villa Special District Zone
Mr. Lindberg explained the special district zones essentially “write their own ticket.” He said special district zones are very flexible, but they require a great amount of “brain work” by the applicant and the City. He suggested removing the special district zones and bonuses, and use PUD overlays in its place to make the process simple. Mr. Lindberg stated the Special Overlay Zone will be left in place for now and rewrite the Planned Development Section, and if possible, remove the Special District Zone.
Mr. Lindberg explained Sensitive Lands is for property with high water tables and hillside areas. He said an expert would analyze the soil and inform the City Engineer how to build on the land. He believes this would eliminate the City from liability issues, as the City Engineer would approve the plan. It was agreed to have the City Engineer and Randy Randall determine if a building slope of 20 percent is sufficiently high, or should it be allowed to be higher. The Scope of Application paragraph will include that a study of the slope should be completed prior to approval for construction even in a subdivision that has already been approved.
Appeals on the decision of a City Engineer were discussed and Lisa Romney, Assistant City Attorney, will verify if the State Board of Appeals will hear these appeals. The City Council and Planning Commission agreed they do not want to appoint a Board of Appeals in the City to hear these appeals.
Mr. Lindberg discussed the uses allowed for a home occupation license and when a business license is required. He said when a person requires a business license to work out of their home, they should be required to have a home occupation license also. After discussion, it was agreed the number of vehicles allowed to park in front of a home at one time with a home occupation license is five.
Councilman Layton referred to the Accessory Apartment Regulations in Washington State. He said affordable housing is necessary for senior citizens, widows, and single women. He explained an accessory apartment in the basement of a home make renting affordable for these people, and it is ideal for someone who wants to stay in their home but don’t want to do yard work, maintenance, etc. The City Council and Planning Commission discussed the requirements for an accessory apartment, and agreed that accessory apartments will require a conditional use permit. Mr. Lindberg will meet with the Steering Committee on suggestions and options for accessory apartments.
Aric Jensen displayed a conceptual zoning map of Centerville with the proposed zoning changes.
The next Joint City Council/Planning Commission work session will be held on Wednesday, September 3, 2003 at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall.
Marilyn Holje, City Recorder Date Approved
Connie Larson, Recording Secretary