MINUTES
ORO VALLEY PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION
REGULAR SESSION
September 5, 2017
ORO VALLEY COUNCIL CHAMBERS
11000 N. LA CA√ĎADA DRIVE
 
REGULAR SESSION AT OR AFTER 6:00 PM

CALL TO ORDER

Chair Hurt called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

ROLL CALL

PRESENT:
Charlie Hurt, Chair
Melanie Barrett, Vice Chair
Tom Drzazgowski, Commissioner
Bob Swope, Commissioner
Greg Hitt, Commissioner
Don Cox, Commissioner

EXCUSED: Thomas Gribb, Commissioner
 
OTHER STAFF PRESENT:
Chief Civil Deputy Attorney Joe Andrews
Planning and Zoning Administrator Bayer Vella
Senior Planning Technician Patty Hayes

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Chair Hurt led the Commission and the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance.

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 Commissioners 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.

No speakers.

COUNCIL LIAISON COMMENTS

Councilmember Bill Rodman stated the Council was off for the month of August and the first meeting back will be the following evening.

REGULAR SESSION AGENDA

1.

REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF THE NOVEMBER 15, 2016 STUDY SESSION MEETING MINUTES


12-15-16 Draft Minutes

MOTION: A motion was made by Commissioner Drzazgowski and seconded by Commissioner Swope to approve the November 15, 2016 minutes as written.

MOTION carried, 5-0. with Don Cox, Commissioner abstained.
 
2.

REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF THE AUGUST 1, 2017 STUDY SESSION MEETING MINUTES


8-1-17 Draft Minutes

MOTION: A motion was made by Commissioner Cox and seconded by Commissioner Hitt to approve the August 1, 2017 meeting minutes as written.

MOTION carried, 6-0.
 
3.

PUBLIC HEARING: DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION ON A ZONING CODE TEXT AMENDMENT RELATED TO A-FRAME SIGNS (OV1701692)


Attachment 1 A-frame sign code draft

Senior Planning Technician Patty Hayes gave a presentation that included the following:

- Purpose
- A-frame Signs Description
- Current Standards
- Proposed Standards
- Language in General Plan
- Summary

Questions/concerns raised by Commission and addressed by staff:

- Text specifically states cannot face public roads, what is the logic for that?
- Has issue with "oriented" language regarding public-facing A-frames
- We should give every opportunity to businesses
- Clarify intrusiveness
- Clarify what "in the shopping center" means
- Clarify the "four-foot walkway"
- How does this affect residential areas close to shopping areas?
- How many businesses does the current code affect?
- How was the twenty feet determined?
- Does this solve the issue or is this a temporary solution?
- Could we keep Code as is and have businesses ask for exceptions?

Chair Hurt opened the public hearing.

Dave Perry, Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce and Oro Valley resident, spoke in support of the Zoning Code amendment to A-frames and outdoor displays signs.

Question raised by the Commission:

- Are there provisions for businesses to protect their areas?

Chair Hurt closed the public hearing.

MOTION: A motion was made by Commissioner Cox and seconded by Commissioner Hitt to recommend approval of the Zoning Code Amendment in Attachment 1 related to A-frame signs, based on the finding that the request meets the intent of the general plan concerning signage.

Additional concerns raised by the Commission:

- The clustering of signs as a visible intrusion
- Feels this directly conflicts with general plan
- A-frames are designed for pedestrian traffic

MOTION carried, 4-2 with Vice Chair Barrett and Commissioner Swope opposed.
 
4.

PUBLIC HEARING: DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION ON A ZONING CODE TEXT AMENDMENT RELATED TO OUTDOOR DISPLAYS (OV1701947)


Attachment 1 Outdoor Display Draft

Senior Planning Technician Patty Hayes gave a presentation that included the following:

- Outdoor Displays
- Current Standards
- Proposed Standards
- General Plan
- Summary

Question/concerns raised by the Commission and addressed by staff:

- Clarification on access area with new change
- Clarification on measurement standards

Chair Hurt opened the public hearing.

Dave Perry, Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce and Oro Valley resident spoke in support for this item. It provides good viable opportunities for businesses.

Chair Hurt closed the public hearing.

MOTION: A motion was made by Commissioner Hitt and seconded by Commissioner Cox

to recommend approval of the Zoning Code Amendment in Attachment 1 related to Outdoor Displays, based on the finding that the request meets the intent of the general plan to support businesses.


MOTION carried, 6-0.
 
5.

DISCUSSION ONLY: ORO VALLEY MAIN STREETS PROJECT UPDATE AND POTENTIAL USE OF FORM-BASED CODE


Planning and Zoning Administrator Bayer Vella asked that this item be continued to the October 25, 2017 special session meeting.

PLANNING UPDATE (INFORMATIONAL ONLY)

Planning and Zoning Administrator Bayer Vella gave a Planning Update that included information on the following:

- Two upcoming neighborhood meetings
- Final Conceptual Design Review Board meeting is the following week
- Seven (7) cases on agenda for the October 3, 2017 Planning and Zoning Commission meeting at Icagen, Inc. No votes will be taken; items will be discussion only
- Second meeting in October for the Planning and Zoning Commission on October 25
- Community Academy will start on October 12

ADJOURNMENT

Chair Hurt adjourned the meeting at 6:58 p.m.

Prepared by:


Jeanna Ancona
Senior Office Specialist

I hereby certify that the foregoing minutes are a true and correct copy of the regular session Planning and Zoning Commission meeting of Oro Valley, Arizona held on the 5th day of September, 2017. I further certify that the meeting was duly called and held and that a quorum was present.