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MINUTES
ORO VALLEY PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION
REGULAR SESSION
November 5, 2019
ORO VALLEY COUNCIL CHAMBERS
11000 N. LA CAÑADA DRIVE
             
REGULAR SESSION AT OR AFTER 6:00 PM
             
CALL TO ORDER

Chair Swope called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.
             
ROLL CALL
Present: Bob Swope, Chair  
  Hal Bergsma, Commissioner  
  Celeste Gambill, Commissioner  
  Thomas Gribb, Commissioner  
  Ellen Hong, Commissioner  
  Skeet Posey, Commissioner  
Staff Present: Bill Rodman, Town Council Liaison
Bayer Vella, Planning Manager
Joe Andrews, Chief Civil Deputy Attorney
J.J. Johnston, Community and Economic Development Director
             
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Chair Swope led the Commission and audience in the Pledge of Allegiance.
             
CALL TO AUDIENCE

No speaker requests.
             
COUNCIL LIAISON COMMENTS

Council Liaison Bill Rodman provided updates on past and upcoming Council meetings.
             
REGULAR SESSION AGENDA
             
1. REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF THE SEPTEMBER 10, 2019 SPECIAL SESSION MEETING MINUTES
  Motion by Commissioner Hal Bergsma, seconded by Commissioner Skeet Posey to approve the September 10, 2019 meeting minutes as written.
  Vote: 6 - 0 Carried
             
2. DISCUSSION REGARDING PROPOSED CODE AMENDMENTS TO C-1, C-2, AND TECHNOLOGICAL PARK ZONING DISTRICTS, IN ORDER TO EXPAND THE AMOUNT OF AVAILABLE PROPERTY FOR PRIMARY EMPLOYMENT USES AND REVISE ASSOCIATED DEVELOPMENT STANDARDS
  Principal Planner Milini Simms provided a presentation that included the following:

- Purpose
- Background
- Expand Amount of Available Property
- Revise Development Standards for Consistency
- Revise Specific Use Standards
- Summary and Feedback

Discussion ensued among Commission and staff.

Chair Swope granted a public speaker request: Oro Valley resident Shirl Lamonna spoke as opposed to Agenda Item #2 as it is currently written.
             
3. DISCUSSION REGARDING A PROPOSED ZONING CODE AMENDMENT TO THE ECONOMIC EXPANSION ZONE, SECTION 24.9 AND SECTION 22.10
  Principal Planner Milini Simms provided a presentation that included the following:

- Purpose
- Background on Economic Expansion Zone
- Allow Shovel-ready Sites
- Refine Development Review and Approval Process
- Summary and Feedback

Discussion ensued among the Commission and staff.
             
4. DISCUSSION REGARDING THE TOWN’S PROGRESS ON IMPLEMENTING THE YOUR VOICE, OUR FUTURE GENERAL PLAN
  Principal Planner Milini Simms provided a presentation that included the following:

- Purpose
- Importance of Progress Report
- Implementing the General Plan
- Land Use and Zoning Tasks
- Environment Use and Zoning Actions
- Development Land Use and Zoning Actions
- Current Planning Projects
- Summary

Discussion ensued among the Commission and staff.
             
5. DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION REGARDING THE PLANNING DIVISION WORK PLAN FOR FY 19/20 - FY 20/21
  Planning Manager Bayer Vella provided a presentation that included the following:

- Purpose
- Commission Role
- Planning Work Plan
- Short-term Action Items
- Previous Work Plan
- Summary

Discussion ensued among the Commission and staff.
  Motion by Commissioner Hal Bergsma, seconded by Commissioner Skeet Posey to recommend approval of the Planning Division Work Plan FY19/20 - FY20/21 with the following changes: (1) add provision under short-term action items to do an annual review of the General Plan progress report; (2) add an amendment to Section 22.4 of the Zoning Code to ensure compliance with State Law; and (3) increase priority of new Planning Commission training.
  Motion by Chair Bob Swope,  a Friendly Amendment to heighten the priorities of the design standards for custom-built homes and ESL review to the short-term action items category.
  The Friendly Amendment was accepted by both the Motioner and Seconder.
  Vote: 6 - 0 Carried
             
6. DISCUSSION ONLY REGARDING RECENT CHANGES TO TOWN CODE SECTION 3-6-6 LIAISON AND TOWN COUNCIL POLICIES 5 AND 8 REGARDING ADVISORY BOARDS AND ASSOCIATED COUNCIL LIAISONS
  Chair Swope inquired about the motivation for this change. Commissioner Bergsma asked for clarification in speaking to elected officials as a resident. Continued discussion ensued between the Commission and staff.
             
PLANNING UPDATE (INFORMATIONAL ONLY)
  Planning Manager Bayer Vella complimented Principal Planner Milini Simms for her successful leadership of the Community Academy this year and expects many great applications for the boards and commissions. He also spoke about upcoming cases for the next Commission agenda on December 3, 2019.
             
ADJOURNMENT
  Motion by Commissioner Skeet Posey, seconded by Commissioner Hal Bergsma to adjourn the meeting.

Chair Swope adjourned the meeting at 8:23 p.m.
  Vote: 6 - 0 Carried
I hereby certify that the foregoing minutes are a true and correct copy of the minutes of the regular session of the Town of Oro Valley Planning and Zoning Commission of Oro Valley, Arizona held on the 5th day of November, 2019.  I further certify that the meeting was duly called and held and that a quorum was present.

Dated this 7th day of November, 2019.
 

___________________________
Jeanna Ancona
Senior Office Specialist

    

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