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MINUTES
ORO VALLEY PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION
REGULAR SESSION
December 3, 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  
  Skeet Posey, Commissioner  
Absent: Ellen Hong, Commissioner
Staff Present: Bayer Vella, Planning Manager
Bill Rodman, Town Council Liaison
J.J. Johnston, Community and Economic Development Director
Joe Andrews, Chief Civil Deputy Attorney
             
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

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

There were no speaker requests.
             
COUNCIL LIAISON COMMENTS

Council Liaison Bill Rodman stated the golf issue and police chief recruitment process has been the focus of Council lately. He thanked outgoing Commissioners Bob Swope and Tom Gribb for their service, and also said this was his last meeting as the Council liaison for the Commission.
             
REGULAR SESSION AGENDA
             
1. REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF THE NOVEMBER 5, 2019 REGULAR SESSION MEETING MINUTES
  Motion by Commissioner Thomas Gribb, seconded by Commissioner Skeet Posey to approve the November 5, 2019 meeting minutes as written.
  Vote: 5 - 0 Carried
 
Other: Commissioner Ellen Hong (ABSENT)
             
2. DISCUSSION AND OVERVIEW REGARDING THE COMPREHENSIVE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY (CEDS)
  Community and Economic Development Director J.J. Johnston provided a presentation that included the following:

- Community and Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) plan
- Overarching goals
- Initial priorities
- Process
- Alignment with the Strategic Leadership Plan
- Summary

Discussion ensued among the Commission and staff.
             
3. PUBLIC HEARING: DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION REGARDING A PROPOSED ZONING CODE AMENDMENT TO THE ECONOMIC EXPANSION ZONE, SECTION 24.9 AND SECTION 22.10
  Community and Economic Development Director J.J. Johnston provided a presentation that included the following:

- Purpose
- Planning and Zoning Commission feedback
- Town Council 20-day appeal period
- General Plan conformance
- Summary and recommendation

Discussion ensued among the Commission and staff.
  Chair Swope opened the public hearing.

There were no speaker requests.

Chair Swope closed the public hearing.

Further discussion continued among the Commission and staff.
  Motion by Commissioner Hal Bergsma, seconded by Commissioner Celeste Gambill to recommend approval of the proposed code amendment to the Economic Expansion Zone (EEZ) based on the finding that it is in conformance with the General Plan.
 
Other: Commissioner Ellen Hong (ABSENT)
  Motion by Chair Bob Swope, seconded by Commissioner Thomas Gribb to offer a Friendly Amendment to modify the open house meeting requirement to apply to all properties within 100 feet of residential areas.
 
Other: Commissioner Ellen Hong (ABSENT)
  Vote: 5 - 0 Carried
 
Other: Commissioner Ellen Hong (ABSENT)
             
4. PUBLIC HEARING: DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION REGARDING PROPOSED ORO VALLEY ZONING CODE  REVISED AMENDMENTS TO C-1, C-2, TECHNOLOGICAL PARK AND EQUIVALENT PLANNED AREA DEVELOPMENT DISTRICTS REGARDING LAND USES AND DEVELOPMENT STANDARDS SUCH AS BUILDING HEIGHTS, SETBACKS ETC.

ITEM A:  AMENDMENTS TO THE ORO VALLEY REVISED ZONING CODE 

ITEM B:  AMENDMENTS TO THE RANCHO VISTOSO PLANNED AREA DEVELOPMENT

ITEM C:  AMENDMENTS TO THE LA RESERVE PLANNED AREA DEVELOPMENT
  Principal Planner Milini Simms provided a presentation that included the following:

- Purpose
- Planning and Zoning Commission feedback
- Permitted uses: low-impact employment uses
- Provide parity among Tech Park zones
- Permitted uses proposed in Tech Park zones
- Ancillary uses in Tech Park
- Proposed building heights in Tech Park Zones
- Proposed building heights for Innovation Park and La Reserve
- Intensity along scenic corridors
- Specific use standards
- General Plan conformance
- Public outreach
- Summary and recommendation

Discussion ensued among the Commission and staff.
  Chair Swope opened the public hearing

Oro Valley resident Shirl Lamonna stated she generally supports bringing industry to the Town, but has concerns about warehousing and odor. She also commented on the CED report and to remember the reasons why people originally came to live in Oro Valley.

Chair Swope closed the public hearing.
  Further discussion ensued among the Commission and staff.
  Motion by Commissioner Hal Bergsma, seconded by Commissioner Skeet Posey to recommend approval of [Item A] the proposed code amendments to the C-1,C-2 and Technological Park zoning districts and associated standards, with the modification that light warehousing and hotels/motels are changed from a permitted use to an ancillary use, based on the finding the changes are in conformance with the General Plan.
 
Other: Commissioner Ellen Hong (ABSENT)
  Motion by Commissioner Thomas Gribb, seconded by Chair Bob Swope to offer a Friendly Amendment that the verbiage also include the building height restrictions be extended to properties within 100 feet of residential areas.
 
Other: Commissioner Ellen Hong (ABSENT)
  Vote: 5 - 0 Carried
 
Other: Commissioner Ellen Hong (ABSENT)
  Motion by Commissioner Thomas Gribb, seconded by Commissioner Hal Bergsma to recommend approval of [Item B] the proposed code amendments to the Rancho Vistoso Planned Area Development, and include language that the building height restrictions be extended to properties within 100 feet of residential areas.
  Vote: 5 - 0 Carried
 
Other: Commissioner Ellen Hong (ABSENT)
  Motion by Commissioner Hal Bergsma, seconded by Commissioner Thomas Gribb to recommend approval [Item C] of the proposed code amendments to the La Reserve Planned Area Development based on the finding they are in conformance with the General Plan.
  Vote: 5 - 0 Carried
 
Other: Commissioner Ellen Hong (ABSENT)
             
PLANNING UPDATE (INFORMATIONAL ONLY)
  Planning Manager Bayer Vella spoke about the four (4) commissioner appointments open for consideration at Town Council on December 4, upcoming Commissioner training on December 19, the next Commission meeting will be January 6 (Monday) in the Hopi Conference Room and a neighborhood meeting is scheduled for January 9. He also thanked Chair Swope, Commissioner Gribb and Town Council liaison Bill Rodman for their service.
             
ADJOURNMENT
  Motion by Commissioner Thomas Gribb, seconded by Commissioner Skeet Posey to adjourn the meeting.
  Vote: 5 - 0 Carried
 
Other: Commissioner Ellen Hong (ABSENT)
  Chair Swope adjourned the meeting at 8:27 p.m.
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 3rd day of December, 2019. I further certify that the meeting was duly called and held and that a quorum was present.

Dated this 6th day of December, 2019.
 

___________________________
Jeanna Ancona
Senior Office Specialist

    

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