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MINUTES
ORO VALLEY PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION
REGULAR SESSION
May 5, 2020
VIA ZOOM MEETING
             
REGULAR SESSION AT OR AFTER 6:00 PM
             
CALL TO ORDER

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

Chair Gambill recited the Pledge of Allegiance to the Commission and audience.

Chair Gambill also provided instructions regarding conduct and participation in the meeting. There were no speaker requests for the Call to Audience.
             
COUNCIL LIAISON COMMENTS

Council Liaison Melanie Barrett provided an update on past and upcoming Town Council meetings as related to Planning items. She also thanked all Town staff for their hard work during this pandemic, and stated the Town Council has the community at the forefront of their thoughts during this situation.
             
REGULAR SESSION AGENDA
             
1. REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF THE MARCH 3, 2020 REGULAR SESSION MEETING MINUTES
  Motion by Commissioner Hal Bergsma, seconded by Vice Chair Jacob Herrington to approve the March 3, 2020 meeting minutes.
  A roll call vote was taken:

Chair Gambill - Aye
Vie Chair Herrington - Aye
Commissioner Bergsma - Aye
Commissioner Herst - Aye
Commissioner Hong - Aye
Commissoner Posey - Aye
Commissioner Sturmon - Aye
  Vote: 7 - 0 Carried
             
2. DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION TO PERMIT A MONUMENT SIGN IN THE RIGHT-OF-WAY OF TANGERINE ROAD FOR THE ST. MARK CHURCH LOCATED AT 2727 W. TANGERINE ROAD
  Senior Planning Technician Patty Hayes provided a presentation that included the following:

- Purpose
- Subject property
- Sign location
- Location sign standards
- General Plan
- Summary

Applicant Mitch Lorenz, representing St. Mark Church, provided a presentation that included the following:

- Summary of key points
- View of St. Mark church, emphasizing the long setback
- View simulations showing proposed sign location
- Overall sign design as related to height and width
- Enlarged median plan view
- The sign is needed for safe wayfinding

Discussion ensued between 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 Skeet Posey, seconded by Commissioner Daniel Sturmon to recommend approval of the proposed right-of way sign location for St. Mark Church based on the finding that it meets the standards of the Zoning Code.
  A roll call vote was taken:

Chair Gambill - Aye
Vie Chair Herrington - Aye
Commissioner Bergsma - Aye
Commissioner Herst - Aye
Commissioner Hong - Aye
Commissoner Posey - Aye
Commissioner Sturmon - Aye
  Vote: 7 - 0 Carried
             
3. DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION REGARDING A MASTER SIGN PROGRAM FOR THE PROPERTY KNOWN AS TWO ORACLE PLACE, LOCATED AT 7315 N. ORACLE ROAD
  Senior Planning Technician Patty Hayes provided a presentation that included the following:

- Purpose
- Subject property
- Master sign program
- Monument and entryway signs
- Existing monument sign
- New monument sign
- Wall signs
- Summary

Applicant Melissa Lal, representing Larsen Baker, provided a presentation that included the following:

- Center will have a contemporary look, which this master sign program will complement
- Outlined the challenges and competition with the property
- Construction scheduled to start this week; with the current challenges, signage is critically important for this property to be successful
 
Keri Silvyn, representing Lazarus & Silvyn Law Offices, also provided a presentation that included the following:

- Reviewed aerial view and provided details on property, noting the 1200 feet of frontage property
- The property was always meant to function as a cohesive center
- The uniqueness of the building and the goals of the sign program
- Reviewed the existing and proposed monument sign at south entrance
- Reviewed entryway signage, wall signs and under canopy signs
- Summary of modifications the applicant is requesting

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.

Further discussion continued among the Commission and applicant.
  Motion by Commissioner Hal Bergsma, seconded by Commissioner Daniel Sturmon to recommend approval of the master sign program in Attachment 1, for Two Oracle Place based on the finding that the proposed sign program is consistent with the Design Principles.
  A roll call vote was taken:

Chair Gambill - Aye
Vie Chair Herrington - Aye
Commissioner Bergsma - Aye
Commissioner Herst - Nay
Commissioner Hong - Aye
Commissoner Posey - Aye
Commissioner Sturmon - Aye
  Vote: 6 - 1 Carried
 
OPPOSED: Commissioner Neal Herst
             
4. DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION REGARDING PROPOSED GRAZING IN A PORTION OF STONE CANYON NEIGHBORHOOD 7, LOCATED NORTH OF TORTOLITA MOUNTAIN CIRCLE ABUTTING THE TOWN'S BOUNDARIES

A. PUBLIC HEARING: A TEXT AMENDMENT TO THE RANCHO VISTOSO PLANNED AREA DEVELOPMENT TO ADD GRAZING AS A CONDITIONAL USE TO THE LOW-DENSITY RESIDENTIAL ZONING DISTRICT

B. PUBLIC HEARING: A CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT ALLOWING GRAZING IN A PORTION OF STONE CANYON NEIGHBORHOOD 7, LOCATED  NORTH OF TORTOLITA MOUNTAIN CIRCLE ABUTTING THE TOWN'S BOUNDARIES
  Principal Planner Milini Simms provided a presentation that included the following:

- Purpose
- Subject area
- Existing Zoning Standards
- Item A: Text amendment to RV PAD
- Item B: CUP for grazing in part of Stone Canyon and mitigation measures
- General Plan Conformance
- Summary and Recommendation

Paul Oland with Paradigm Land Design, representing the applicant, provided a presentation that included the following:

- Land has a history of grazing dating back decades; this property is part of a large grazing area that extends into Pima and Pinal counties
- The subject property is approximately 209 acres; most residents are not even aware of current grazing, which is pulled back as development occurs
- Application is seeking to continue the historic grazing
- The Stone Canyon CC&Rs do approve of the grazing

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

The following individuals spoke on Agenda Item #4:

- Michael Staab, Oro Valley resident
- Tim Bohen, Oro Valley resident
- Mark Henning, Oro Valley resident

Chair Gambill closed the public hearing.

Further discussion ensued among the Commission, applicant and staff.
  Motion by Commissioner Hal Bergsma, seconded by Vice Chair Jacob Herrington to recommend approval of the text amendment (Item A) to the Rancho Vistoso Planned Area Development to add farming and ranching activities, including grazing, as a conditional use to the Low Density Residential zoning district based on the finding it is in conformance with the General Plan.
  A roll call vote was taken:

Chair Gambill - Aye
Vie Chair Herrington - Aye
Commissioner Bergsma - Aye
Commissioner Herst - Aye
Commissioner Hong - Aye
Commissoner Posey - Aye
Commissioner Sturmon - Aye
  Vote: 7 - 0 Carried
  Motion by Commissioner Hal Bergsma, seconded by Vice Chair Jacob Herrington to recommend approval (Item B) of a conditional use permit allowing grazing in a portion of Stone Canyon Neighborhood 7, as depicted in Attachment 1 and subject to the conditions in Attachment 5, based on the finding it is in conformance with the Zoning Code, except that the recommended condition of approval #4 shall be amended to state an average of three (3) head of cattle shall graze the subject property, and no more than ten (10) head of cattle shall graze the subject property at any given time.
  A roll call vote was taken:

Chair Gambill - Aye
Vie Chair Herrington - Aye
Commissioner Bergsma - Aye
Commissioner Herst - Aye
Commissioner Hong - Aye
Commissoner Posey - Aye
Commissioner Sturmon - Aye
  Vote: 7 - 0 Carried
             
PLANNING UPDATE (INFORMATIONAL ONLY)

Principal Planner Michael Spaeth provided the Planning Update: two upcoming Zoom neighborhood meetings and tentative agenda items scheduled for the next Planning and Zoning Commission meeting on June 2, 2020.
             
ADJOURNMENT
  Motion by Commissioner Hal Bergsma, seconded by Commissioner Daniel Sturmon to adjourn the meeting.
  Vote: 7 - 0 Carried
  Chair Gambill adjourned the meeting at 8:42 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 5th day of May, 2020.  I further certify that the meeting was duly called and held and that a quorum was present.

Dated this 8th day of May, 2020.
 
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Jeanna Ancona, Senior Office Specialist

    

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