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  Item # 2.       
Meeting Date: 01/20/2016  
Requested by: Bayer Vella
Submitted By: Robert Kirschmann, Development Infrastructure Services
Department: Community Development & Public Works  

Information
SUBJECT:
PUBLIC HEARING: DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION ON A REQUEST FOR A CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT TO ALLOW THE INSTALLATION OF AN OVERHEAD CABLE LINE LOCATED ON THE NORTH SIDE OF INA ROAD BETWEEN PASEO DEL NORTE AND ORACLE ROAD
RECOMMENDATION:
The Planning and Zoning Commission recommends approval.
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:
The purpose of this request is to consider a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to install approximately 1,130 feet of cable line on existing utility poles on the north side of Ina Road, between Paseo del Norte and Oracle Road (Attachment 1). The proposed cable line is intended to provide phone and internet services to future users in the vicinity. The applicant’s submittal is provided as Attachment 2.

The Zoning Code requires applicants to obtain a CUP prior to installation of new overhead utility wires. A CUP requires recommendation by the Planning and Zoning Commission and a final decision by Town Council. On August 4, 2015, the Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the request to Town Council.
BACKGROUND OR DETAILED INFORMATION:
The applicant proposes to install 1,130 feet of new overhead cable line on existing utility poles on the north side of Ina Road, between Paseo del Norte and Oracle Road. The existing utility poles are approximately 50 feet in height and contain seven (7) existing utility lines serving the area. Specific project details include:
 
Proposed Improvements
  • 1,130 feet of new overhead cable line
  • ½” thick cable
  • Cable line approximately 25’ above grade
  • 1' above existing cable line
Previous Approvals
  • Town Council approved a similar request in the same location on July 1, 2015
 Zoning

The zoning for the area is depicted in Attachment 3 and summarized below:
  • North: Tohono Chul Park Planned Area Development (PAD)
  • East: Commercial District (C-2)
  • South (Pima County): Single Residence (CR-1)
  • West (Pima County): Single Residence (CR-1)
  • Southeast (Pima County): Local Business (CB-1)
Review Criteria

The application was reviewed utilizing the policies established by the General Plan, Zoning Code, and Conditional Use Permit criteria. The overarching goal of the review criteria is to ensure the project is reviewed for aesthetics, compatibility and safety.

A key objective expressed in the Zoning Code is to ensure that new utility lines do not obstruct views and are placed underground where appropriate. Given that the lines and poles are pre-existing and the views of the Catalina Mountains will not be substantially diminished, this objective is satisfied. A detailed Zoning Code analysis is provided in Attachment 4 and a detailed Conditional Use Permit analysis is provided in Attachment 5.

Public Participation
 
Notice to the public was provided consistent with Town-adopted noticing procedures, which included the following:
  • Letter to all property owners within 600 feet
  • Posting at Town Hall
  • All registered HOAs
A neighborhood meeting was held on July 8, 2015, with no residents in attendance. To date, no comments or concerns have been received.
 
Planning and Zoning Commission Action
 
The request was considered by the Planning and Zoning Commission at the August 4, 2015 meeting. No members of the public spoke in regard to the request. The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the request, finding that the proposal satisfies the General Plan, Zoning Code and Conditional Use Permit review criteria. The Planning and Zoning Commission staff report and minutes are provided as Attachments 6 and 7, respectively.
FISCAL IMPACT:
N/A
SUGGESTED MOTION:
I MOVE to approve the Conditional Use Permit to install the proposed cable line based on the finding that the proposal is consistent with the General Plan, Zoning Code, and Conditional Use Permit review criteria.

                                                                        OR

I MOVE to deny the Conditional Use Permit to install the proposed cable line, based on the finding that _______________.
Attachments
Location Map
Applicant's Submittal
Zoning Map
Zoning Code Analysis
Conditional Use Permit Criteria Analysis
Planning and Zoning Commission Staff Report
Planning and Zoning Commission Minutes


    

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