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MINUTES
ORO VALLEY PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION
REGULAR SESSION
February 4, 2020
ORO VALLEY COUNCIL CHAMBERS
11000 N. LA CAÑADA DRIVE
             
REGULAR SESSION AT OR AFTER 6:00 PM

Chair Gambill called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.
             
CALL TO ORDER
             
ROLL CALL
Present: Hal Bergsma, Commissioner  
  Celeste Gambill, Commissioner  
  Skeet Posey, Commissioner  
  Neal Herst, Commissioner  
  Jacob Herrington, Commissioner  
  Daniel Sturmon, Commissioner  
Absent: Ellen Hong, Commissioner
Staff Present: Michael Spaeth, Principal Planner
David Laws, Permitting Manager
Joe Andrews, Chief Civil Deputy Attorney
  Town Council Liaison Melanie Barrett arrived at 6:29 p.m.
             
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

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

There were no speaker requests.
             
COUNCIL LIAISON COMMENTS

Council Liaison Melanie Barrett provided an update of Planning items on past and upcoming Town Council agendas.
             
REGULAR SESSION AGENDA
             
1. REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF THE DECEMBER 19, 2019 STUDY SESSION MEETING MINUTES
  Motion by Commissioner Jacob Herrington, seconded by Commissioner Skeet Posey to approve the December 19, 2019 meeting minutes as written.
  Vote: 6 - 0 Carried
 
Other: Commissioner Ellen Hong (ABSENT)
             
2. REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF THE JANUARY 6, 2020 SPECIAL SESSION MEETING MINUTES
  Motion by Commissioner Neal Herst, seconded by Commissioner Hal Bergsma to approve the January 6, 2020 meeting minutes as written.
  Vote: 6 - 0 Carried
 
Other: Commissioner Ellen Hong (ABSENT)
             
3. DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION REGARDING A RANCHO VISTOSO PAD TEXT AMENDMENT AND CONCEPTUAL LANDSCAPE PLAN TO CONVERT A NATURAL OPEN SPACE AREA INTO A CONSTRUCTED LANDSCAPED BUFFER YARD LOCATED AT THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF ORACLE ROAD AND RANCHO VISTOSO BOULEVARD AT THE RANCHO VISTOSO CENTER, 1901527. THE REQUEST INCLUDES TWO ITEMS.

A. PUBLIC HEARING: PAD TEXT AMENDMENT TO ALLOW GRADING AND LANDSCAPING FOR DRAINAGE IMPROVEMENTS IN A NATURAL OPEN SPACE AREA

B. CONCEPTUAL LANDSCAPE PLAN FOR THE OPEN SPACE AREA
  Senior Planner Hannah Oden provided a presentation that included the following:

- Purpose
- Location Map
- Applicant's Request
- Item A: Existing Zoning and Proposed Text Amendment
- Existing Conditions
- Item B: Conceptual Landscape Plan
- Cross Section of the Proposed Design
- Public Outreach
- General Plan and Zoning Code Conformance
- Summary and Recommendation

Applicant Chris Laria with The Planning Center, provided a presentation that included the following:

- Regional Context Map
- Location Map
- General Plan Land Use Map
- Zoning Map
- Goals and Objectives; Project Evolution and Outreach
- Landscape Plans
- Landscape Buffer Sections
- View Simulations
- Continued Work

Discussion ensued among the Commission, applicant and staff.
  Chair Gambill opened the public hearing.

There were no speaker requests.

Chair Gambill closed the public hearing.
  Motion by Commissioner Hal Bergsma, seconded by Commissioner Daniel Sturmon to recommend approval of Item A, the PAD Text Amendment with the revised language, "The 100’ natural area setback from the planned right-of-way line of Oracle Road in the C-1 commercial use area may be disturbed and revegetated as a constructed landscaped buffer yard compliant with the Oro Valley Zoning Code", based on the finding that the application is in conformance with the relevant Your Voice, Our Future General Plan goals and policies and the Zoning Code.
  Vote: 6 - 0 Carried
 
Other: Commissioner Ellen Hong (ABSENT)
  Motion by Commissioner Skeet Posey, seconded by Commissioner Neal Herst to recommend approval of Item B, the Conceptual Landscape Plan, subject to the conditions in Attachment 1, based on the finding that the application is in conformance with all Zoning Code requirements.
  Vote: 6 - 0 Carried
 
Other: Commissioner Ellen Hong (ABSENT)
             
PLANNING UPDATE (INFORMATIONAL ONLY)
  Principal Planner Michael Spaeth provided the Planning Update which included tentative agenda items for the next Commission meeting, a date change for the August meeting and two upcoming neighborhood meetings.
             
ADJOURNMENT

Chair Gambill adjourned the meeting at 6:52 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 4th day of February, 2020.  I further certify that the meeting was duly called and held and that a quorum was present.

Dated this 5th day of February, 2020.
 

___________________________
Jeanna Ancona
Senior Office Specialist

    

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