MINUTES
ORO VALLEY PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION
SPECIAL SESSION
July 10, 2015
Town Hall, DIS Building, Hopi Room
11000 N. LA CA√ĎADA DRIVE
 
PZC 07/10/2015 Special Session Packet

SPECIAL SESSION AT OR AFTER 3:00 PM

CALL TO ORDER

Chairman Rodman called the July 10, 2015 study session of the Oro Valley Planning and Zoning Commission or order at 3:01 PM.

ROLL CALL

PRESENT:
Bill Rodman, Chairman
Bill Leedy, Vice-Chairman
Greg Hitt, Commissioner
Melanie Barrett, Commissioner
Charlie Hurt, Commissioner

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

No Pledge of Allegiance was conducted due no flag in the Hopi Room.

CALL TO AUDIENCE - at this time, any member of the public is allowed to address the commission on any issue not listed on today’s agenda.  Pursuant to the Arizona open meeting law, individual commission members may ask town staff to review the matter, ask that the matter be placed on a future agenda, or respond to criticism made by speakers.  However, the commission may not discuss or take legal action on matters raised during "call to audience."  In order to speak during "call to audience" please specify what you wish to discuss when completing the blue speaker card.

Greg Patchen, Oro Valley resident, commented on the Sunkist/Miller Ranch project being tainted.  It's very unlikely that the interest in using that space was very real.  Mr. Patchen asked the Commission to consider this down the road if the case was heard by the Commission again.  Staff's job is to be neutral but in his estimation it's been anything but that.

Adelina Kempner, Oro Valley resident, asked how Town Council is going to understand the quality of aspects that are mentioned in the General Plan.

COUNCIL LIAISON COMMENTS

Council Member Hornat had no comments.

1.

REVIEW AND/OR APPROVAL OF THE JUNE 2, 2015 REGULAR SESSION MEETING MINUTES


PZC 06-02-2015 Draft Minutes

MOTION: A motion was made by Commissioner Hurt and seconded by Commissioner Barrett approved the June 2, 2015 Regular Session meeting minutes

MOTION carried, 4-0. with Bill Leedy, Vice-Chairman abstained.
 
2.

DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION, YOUR VOICE, OUR FUTURE PUBLIC DRAFT COMMENTS


YVOF Public Review Period Phase2 Staff Report

Attachment 1-Public Review Draft PZC Comments

Attachment 2 - Phase 2 Draft Schedule

Bayer Vella, Planning Manager, presented the following:

- Today's Purpose
- Project Schedule
- Stakeholder Review
-Committee Work
- User-friendly Document
- What's in the Plan?
- Community Chapter
- Environment Chapter
- Development Chapter
- State Lands
- Land Use Map:  Proposed Changes
- Land Use Proposals
- Amendment Criteria

Comments/Concerns from the Commissioners:

- Something that is readable to the residents, the voice of the document needs to be as clear and concise as possible 
- Place more people in photos
- Distinguish between policy vs. action or define a difference to what is a policy opposed to what is an action.  Move to a more condense or consolidated version. 
- In what way does the community provide increased opportunities for resident input on Town decisions in Planning?
- What exactly is increased opportunities for resident input on Town decisions and planning?
- As we approach build out, what does that mean in terms of making sure there is still development opportunities?
- Balance between open space and development.
- Adding an action item that looks at the unattended consequences of the Environmentally Sensitive Land Ordinance (ESLO) and have we gone too far in compacting clustering.
- Page 74, number 72: Continuing to manage development and allow for compact development and flexible design options, including clustering, transfer of development rights or other techniques.  Language like this saying that our goal is to allow compact development and clustering, not sure that people that are in Oro Valley want or people that are moving to Oro Valley are looking for. 
- More space between homes, more of a variety in homes around Oro Valley to fit people's budget and demographics. 
- It's not a density issue, it's a lot size issue.  Consider a floor-to-area ratio to require yards in cluster development.
- There is another audience for this document and its the developers, and when they read this document some developers are going to think that they will be able to cram things together and that's not what we want.
- It's the word "Density" that confuses people.

- We need a robust process to amend the general plan, with all the work that has gone into the general plan the Commission should trust this document. 
- Make the public participation process and the public hearing process the same for both.  Public Participation process is the same, Council vote is different.
- Change 20 acres to 40 acres.
- Take out high density residential, Master Planned Community, planning area boundary changes and amendments for properties outside the Urban Services Boundary, from Type I Amendment threshold criteria. 

-Amending the general plan is moving in the right direction, but it's not there yet, more specificity is needed so what we can say we looked at it and we went point by point as opposed to what we seem to be doing now and maybe doing in the future. 
- Doesn't really like the check list of the seven requirements, don't like the flexibility or the interpretation.  There should be some level of interpretation because this document may consider market changes that we don't know today.

3.

YOUR VOICE, OUR FUTURE PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION LIAISON UPDATE


No update at this time.

PLANNING UPDATE (INFORMATIONAL ONLY)

Bayer Vella, Planning Manager, presented the following:

- Town Council on summer break
- Upcoming August 4th Planning and Zoning Commission items
- Nakoma Sky Senior Living Facility Neighborhood Meeting

ADJOURNMENT

MOTION: A motion was made by Vice-Chairman Leedy and seconded by Commissioner Hurt to adjourn the Planning and Zoning Special Session meeting.

MOTION carried, 5-0.