Hanford
CA

Staff Report

Finding of General Plan Consistency for the disposition of approximately 18.1 acres which is a portion of the parcel at the southwest corner of West Cortner Street and 11th Avenue (A portion of APN 008-360-006).

Information

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Category:Presentation

Attachments

  1. Printout
  2. Finding of Consistency with 2035 General Plan (This file has not yet been converted to a viewable format)
  3. Exhibit A - City Council Minutes March 7, 2017

Meeting History

Jun 13, 2017 7:00 PM  Planning Commission Regular Meeting
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Director Mata presented the staff report, recommended a finding of consistency, and invited questions from the Commissioners.

Following questions of staff, Chairperson JOHNSTON called for a motion.

Motion by Commissioner DOUGLAS, seconded by Chairperson JOHNSTON, to find the disposition of the 18.1 acres of real property located adjacent to Hidden Valley Park consistent with the 2035 General Plan, adopted April 24, 2017, in accordance with Government Code Section 65402. Motion failed by the following roll call vote:

AYES: Commissioners DOUGLAS, JOHNSTON, PERICO

NOES: Commissioners HAM, GALVAN, PADEN, NAHAL

ABSTAIN: Commissioners NONE

ABSENT: Commissioners NONE

Commissioner GALVAN stated she needed more time to review the 2035 General Plan.

Commissioner PADEN requested copies of all the historic documents relating to Hidden Valley Park, listed under Property Background in the staff report. He also requested information regarding other parcels within the City that have more than one zoning designation. Staff will provide this information before the continued meeting date of June 27, 2017.

Motion by Commissioner PADEN, seconded by Commissioner GALVAN, to continue the meeting to June 27, 2017. Motion carried by the following roll call vote:

AYES: Commissioners PADEN, GALVAN, HAM, DOUGLAS, PERICO, NAHAL,

JOHNSTON

NOES: Commissioners NONE

ABSTAIN: Commissioners NONE

ABSENT: Commissioners NONE

This portion of the meeting closed at 8:31 p.m.

The meeting reconvened June 27, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Commissioners HAM, GALVAN, PADEN, DOUGLAS, PERICO, and JOHNSTON were present. Commissioner NAHAL was absent.

Community Development Director Mata briefly reviewed the item, noting that the first motion for a finding of General Plan Consistency had failed and there was a vote to continue the meeting. Thus, the item was brought before the Commission at the reconvening of the June 13, 2017 meeting. She informed the Commissioners that attorney Richard Harriman had emailed comments to be presented at this reconvening; however, because there is no Public Comment at this continued meeting, his comments were not distributed.

Chairperson JOHNSTON invited Commissioners' comments.

Commissioner PADEN stated that as he was walking out of the meeting on June 13, he was approached with the following comments: 1) Planning Commission was in violation of Robert's Rules of Order and the Brown Act, and 2) The Commissioners should not have to state why they voted "No" on June 13.

City Attorney Mizote replied: 1) The Commission is not in violation of Robert's Rules of Order or the Brown Act; 2) The Commission must make findings based on evidence in the record. So, staff must provide evidence of findings. He strongly recommended that each Commissioner state why they decided, based on findings.

Commissioner HAM stated that he confirmed with the school districts that school property was not to be used as park land. He stated that Page 3-19 of the 2014 Climate Action Plan is not being followed. City Council requested this review in March (before adoption of the 2035 General Plan); therefore, he felt that findings should be based on the 2002 General Plan.

Commissioner GALVAN asked how they could find it consistent, if there are old houses and new houses. Director Mata replied that it is based on density. This property is zoned "R-L-5," which is the same as the surrounding property.

Commissioner PADEN read a statement that he found this to be one of the toughest issues he has faced as a Commissioner but that the Commission has to make a recommendation based on findings, and vote without bias.

Commissioner PERICO suggested that those who disagree with the zoning apply for a General Plan Amendment and Rezoning. He encouraged people to meet with their City Councilmembers when they have concerns.

Chairperson JOHNSTON requested a motion.

Motion by Commissioner DOUGLAS, seconded by Commissioner JOHNSTON, to find the disposition of the 18.1 acres of real property located adjacent to Hidden Valley Park consistent with the 2035 General Plan, adopted April 24, 2017, in accordance with Government Code Section 65402. Motion carried by the following roll call vote:

AYES: Commissioners DOUGLAS, JOHNSTON, GALVAN, PADEN, PERICO

NOES: Commissioners HAM

ABSTAIN: Commissioners NONE

ABSENT: Commissioners NAHAL