CITY OF SANTA MARIA, CALIFORNIA

CITY HALL COUNCIL CHAMBERS

AGENDA OF THE CITY COUNCIL

AND REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY

 

 

Mayor Larry Lavagnino

Mayor Pro Tem Bob Orach

Councilmember Alice Patino

Councilmember Leo Trujillo

Councilmember Hilda Zacarías

 

 

City Manager Tim Ness

City Attorney Gil Trujillo

City Clerk Patti Rodriguez

Chief Deputy City Clerk Patricia Perez

Ex-Officio Clerk of the City Council

 

 

REGULAR MEETING

OCTOBER 21, 2008

6:30 P.M.

 

 

This agenda is prepared and posted pursuant to Government Code Section 54954.2.  By listing a topic on this agenda, the City Council has expressed its intent to discuss and act on each item.  In addition to any action identified in the summary description of each item, the action that may be taken by the City Council shall include:  a referral to staff with specific requests for information; continuance; specific direction to staff concerning the policy or mission of the item; discontinuance of consideration; authorization to enter into negotiations and execute agreements pertaining to the item; adoption or approval; and disapproval.  Items not on the agenda may not be discussed or acted upon except under emergency circumstances.  (Government Code Section 54954.2).

 

Copies of the staff reports or other documentation relating to each item of business referred to on the agenda are on file in the Office of the City Clerk, 110 East Cook Street, Room 3, available for public inspection during City Hall business hours, and in the Library the Friday before the meeting. Any writing or documents provided to a majority of the City Council after distribution of the Agenda will also be available for public inspection in the Office of the City Clerk and the Library.  If requested, the agenda and supporting documents shall be made available in alternative formats to persons with a disability.  The City Clerk’s Office will answer any questions regarding the agenda.

 

The City of Santa Maria welcomes orderly participation at its meetings from all members of the public.  Orderly participation means speaking only on items of City business or on subjects within the City’s control.  Though the City Council wants to hear your concerns and values your input, it is inappropriate to defame, yell, or use profane language.  All cellular telephones and pagers are to be turned off or set to vibrate, and signs are not to be displayed in a manner which violates the rights of others or prevents others from watching or fully participating in the Council meeting.  Pursuant to Government Code Section 36813, the Mayor is authorized to prohibit such conduct, up to and including ordering anyone that disrupts the meeting to be removed from the City Council Chambers.

 

Participation includes assistance under the Americans with Disabilities Act to provide an equally effective opportunity for individuals with a disability to participate in and benefit from City activities. For the hearing impaired, the City has assisted listening equipment available. For TDD (Telecommunications Devices for the Deaf) service, please call (800) 735-2929.  In order for the City to make reasonable accommodation arrangements for the use of this assisted listening equipment, notification is required by at least 4:00 p.m. the Friday before the meeting by calling 925-0951, extension 307.  This equipment can also be used for translation by Spanish-only speaking persons.  To allow the City to coordinate and request a Spanish translator from the volunteer corps, call 925-0951, extension 307 by 1:00 p.m. on Monday before the meeting.  Para permitir a la Ciudad el poder coordinar y solicitar a un traductor para español del cuerpo de voluntarios, llame al 925-0951, extensión 307 a la 1:00 de la tarde el lunes antes de la junta.

 


INVOCATION:

 

 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG:    

 

 

CALL TO ORDER:              Mayor Lavagnino

 

 

ROLL CALL:                        Councilmembers Orach, Patino, Trujillo, Zacarías, and Mayor Lavagnino

 

 

1.      PROCLAMATIONS/COMMENDATIONS/PRESENTATIONS

 

A.           Resolution No. 2008-157 to be adopted commending:

 

DAVID FRANCIS

 

retired member of the Block Grants Advisory Committee, for his many years of dedicated service.

 

 

A.           Recreation and Parks Department Volunteers of the Month for October 2008:

 

JOHN HOTCHKISS

and

SANTA MARIA SPORTMAN’S ASSOCIATION

 

for their involvement in the “Take Me Fishing” event and the “Autumn Arts Grapes and Grains Festival.”

 

 

B.          Proclamation urging the community to attend and support the

 

“THIRD ANNUAL LITERACY AND

MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL”

 

in the City of Santa Maria to be held on November 2, 2008, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 

 

1.      PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD (NOT TO EXCEED A TOTAL OF 15 MINUTES):

 

The Council values your input.  Individual speakers are limited to three minutes or as directed by the Mayor.  To address the Council you are asked to fill out a Request to Speak Form and provide it to City Staff PRIOR TO this part of the agenda.  This assists the Clerk in accurately preparing the minutes of the meeting.  Once the public comment period commences, no other speakers will be allowed to submit a Request to Speak Form.  This time is reserved to accept comments from the public on Consent Agenda items, Closed Session items, or matters not otherwise scheduled on this agenda.  Direction to staff may be given; however, State law does not allow action to be taken by the Council on matters not on the printed agenda at this meeting.  The law requires that notice be given to the public at large to allow for full disclosure and discussion and decisions on important public issues.  To have City Council discussions and decisions on unnoticed items would prevent the type of public input necessary to make governmental decisions.

 

 

2.      CONSENT CALENDAR:

 

The following routine items are presented for City Council approval without discussion as a single agenda item in order to expedite the meeting.  The Consent Calendar is approved by roll call vote with one motion.  These items are discussed only on request of Councilmembers.  Members of the public may speak on Consent Calendar items during the Public Comment Period.

 

SHOULD A COUNCILMEMBER WISH TO DISCUSS OR DISAPPROVE ANY ITEM, it must be dropped from the blanket motion of approval and considered as a separate item.

 

ROLL CALL:      Councilmembers Orach, Patino, Trujillo, Zacarías, and Mayor Lavagnino

 

CITY MANAGER/CITY CLERK:

 

A.     Recommendation of City Staff to waive the reading in full of all ORDINANCES and RESOLUTIONS.  Ordinances on the Consent Agenda will be adopted by the same vote cast at the first meeting, unless City Council indicates otherwise.

 

B.     Recommendation of City Staff that the City Council approve the MINUTES of the Regular City Council Meeting of October 7, 2008.

 

a.      Minutes to be approved.

 

ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES DEPARTMENT:

 

C.    Payment of WARRANTS.

 

a.      To be ordered ratified subject to having been certified as being in conformity with the budget and having been approved for payment by the Director of   Administrative Services.

 

D.    Payment of PAYROLL.

 

a.      To be ordered ratified subject to having been certified by the proper Department Heads, as shown on records on file in the Department of Administrative Services, and having been approved for payment by the Director of Administrative Services.

 

E.     Recommendation of City Staff that the City Council adopt a resolution approving and implementing an IDENTITY THEFT PREVENTION PROGRAM in compliance with the Federal Trade Commission’s Fair and Accurate Transaction Act of 2003.

 

a.      Resolution No. 2008-158 to be adopted approving and implementing an Identity Theft Prevention Program.

 

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT:

 

F.     Recommendation of City Staff that the City Council conduct the second reading by title only of Ordinance NO. 2008-23 amending Chapter 8 of Title 12 of the Municipal Code (Zoning Regulations), pertaining to the R-3 (High Density Residential) zone,  allowing exceptions to the thirty-five foot (35’) maximum height for mixed-use projects up to fifty-five feet (55’), subject to Planning Commission recommendation and City Council approval of specific criteria and findings.

 

a.      Ordinance No. 2008-23 to be adopted.

 

G.    Recommendation of City Staff that the City Council conduct the second reading by title only of Ordinance NO. 2008-24 rezoning a 3.76 acre portion of a total of 9.41 acre site located at the northwest corner of Orcutt Expressway (State Route 135) and Skyway Drive from PD/C-2 (Planned Development/General Commercial) to PD/R-3 (Planned Development/High Density Residential) with 5.65 acres to remain zoned PD/C-2 (Planned Development/General Commercial).

 

a.      Ordinance No. 2008-24 to be adopted.

 

POLICE DEPARTMENT:

 

H.     Recommendation of City Staff that the City Council adopt a resolution authorizing the receipt of and appropriation of $33,041 to be allocated to the Santa Maria Police Department under the provisions of the Office of Traffic Safety, California Seat Belt Compliance Campaign Program, in concert with the terms and conditions contained therein.

 

a.      Resolution No. 2008-159 to be adopted approving the appropriation.

 

PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT:

 

I.         Recommendation of City Staff that the City Council adopt a resolution declaring used police motorcycles as surplus property and authorizing the sale of this equipment to other law enforcement agencies.

 

a.      Resolution No. 2008-160 to be adopted declaring police motorcycles as surplus property and authorizing the sale.

 

J.      Recommendation of the Traffic Committee that the City Council adopt a resolution establishing a NO STOPPING ZONE on North Railroad Avenue along the easterly right-of-way beginning three hundred twenty (320) feet north of the northerly right-of-way of Alvin Avenue then continuing north for sixty-two (62) feet.

 

a.      Resolution No. 2008-161 to be adopted authorizing the establishment of a no stopping zone on North Railroad Avenue.

 

 

MAYOR LAVAGNINO TO CONVENE A JOINT MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL AND REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY.

 

ROLL CALL:            Councilmember Orach, Patino, Trujillo, Zacarías and Mayor Lavagnino

 

ROLL CALL:            Board Member Orach, Patino, Trujillo, Zacarías and Chairperson Lavagnino

 

 

PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

3.      GENERAL PLAN AMENDMENT, ZONE CHANGE AND SPECIFIC PLAN FOR DOWNTOWN SANTA MARIA, GENERALLY LOCATED NORTH OF MORRISON AVENUE, SOUTH OF FESLER STREET, EAST OF PINE STREET AND WEST OF SCHOOL STREET, FILE NOS. GPZ-2008-004, SPZ-2004-001 AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT E-2004-001 (265 ACRES). [Agenda Report Attachments 1-3] [Agenda Report Attachments 4-5] [Agenda Report Attachment 6] [Agenda Report Attachment 7] The City Council and the Redevelopment Agency will consider a recommendation from the Planning Commission regarding the certification of the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR), E-2004-001, and project recommendations. The Downtown Specific Plan project (SPZ-2004-001) is located within a project area of approximately 265 acres. The project (GPZ-2008-004) proposes an amendment to the General Plan Land Use Element which would amend most General Plan designations within the specific plan area to Central District I (CD-I) or Central District II (CD-II). An amendment to the General Plan Circulation Element is proposed which would amend various existing General Plan policies. The entire project area would be rezoned to include a Specific Plan (SP) zoning district.  A portion of the Entrada Specific Plan project boundaries would be amended and Santa Maria Municipal Code Section 12-3.05 (Westside Revitalization Project Design Guidelines) would also be amended. Various Assessor Parcel Numbers are associated with this project.

 

a.      Staff report to be made.   (Director of Community Development)

 

b.      Written communications.

 

c.      Those in favor to be heard.

 

d.      Those in opposition to be heard.

 

e.      After all persons have been heard, and all communications filed, hearing to be closed.

 

f.        Joint Resolution of the City Council and Redevelopment Agency Nos. 2008-162 and 2008-01 to be adopted certifying the Final Environmental Impact Report (SCH#2007041105), E-2004-001, making CEQA findings, adopting a statement of overriding considerations, and adopting a mitigation monitoring program for the Downtown Specific Plan (GPZ-2008-004, SPZ-2004-001). [Exhibits A-B]  [Exhibits C-D]

 

g.      Joint Resolution of the City Council and Redevelopment Agency Nos. 2008-163 and 2008-02 to be adopted amending the General Plan (Land Use Element and Circulation Element) of approximately 265 acres of property, generally located north of Morrison Avenue, south of Fesler Street, east of Pine Street and west of School Street (GPZ-2008-004) to: 

 

1.      Amend the General Plan Land Use Policy Map contained [within the boundaries of the Downtown Specific Plan] by re-designating certain areas from various land use designations to Central District I (CD-I) or Central District II (CD-II) land use designations; and

 

2.      Amend the Land Use Element text to add the SP (Specific Plan) zoning district as corresponding zoning within Central District I (CD-I) and Central District II (CD-II) land use designations; and

 

3.      Amend the Circulation Element text (page C-17) to revise the location of the transit center from the Town Center Mall to the southeast corner of Miller Street and Boone Street; and

 

4.      Amend the Circulation Element text to revise Policy C.1a (Acceptable Levels of Service) to allow reduced Levels of Service (LOS) for roadways in the Downtown Specific Plan area; and

 

5.      Amend the Circulation Element text to revise Policy C.4a (Location of Noise-Sensitive Land Uses) to allow exceptions for the Downtown Specific Plan area.

 

h.      Joint Ordinance of the City Council and Redevelopment Agency Nos. 2008-25 and RDA Ord-2008-01 to be introduced by title only for first reading and continued to the next meeting for second reading and adoption to: [Exhibits A, B & D]  [Exhibit C]

1.      Adopt the Downtown Specific Plan which specifies that all new development in the Downtown Specific Plan area would be reviewed and considered for approval as provided by the Downtown Specific Plan (SPZ-2004-001); public noticing would also be given; and

2.      Amend Santa Maria Municipal Code Section 12-3.05(c) to apply development standards of the Westside Revitalization Project Design Guidelines within the Downtown Specific Plan area for the geographical areas defined in the Westside Revitalization Project Design Guidelines project area map; and

3.      Amend the Entrada Specific Plan to remove the Downtown Specific Plan area from the Entrada Specific Plan (SP-1).

 

i.        Joint Ordinance of the City Council and Redevelopment Agency Nos. 2008-26 and RDA Ord-2008-02 rezoning approximately 265 acres of property of the Downtown Specific Plan area to the SP (Specific Plan) zoning district to be introduced by title only for first reading and continued to the next meeting for second reading and adoption.

 

j.         Once the City Council adopts the aforementioned Resolutions and Ordinances, the City Council is requested to provide direction to staff regarding implementation of the Downtown Specific Plan as it pertains to the following three options.  (Note:  In all three options, the Planning Commission and City Council would still be notified of proposed development in the Downtown Specific Plan area. In addition, Santa Maria Municipal Code Chapter 12-41 would apply for appeals to the Planning Commission.)

 

Option 1 - All new development in the Downtown Specific Plan area would be reviewed and considered for approval as provided by the Downtown Specific Plan.  Public noticing would be given.  OR 

 

Option 2 - A Planned Development (PD) overlay district would apply to the entire Downtown Specific Plan area boundaries.  OR

 

Option 3 - All new development in the Downtown Specific Plan area that is 5,000 square feet of floor area or less would be reviewed and acted upon as provided by the Downtown Specific Plan.

 

All new development in the Downtown Specific Plan area that is greater than 5,000 square feet of floor area would require the review and action by the Planning Commission.

 

      ROLL CALL:  Councilmembers Orach, Patino, Trujillo, Zacarías, and Mayor Lavagnino

 

ROLL CALL:     Board Members Orach, Patino, Trujillo, Zacarías, and Chairperson Lavagnino

 

 

JOINT CITY COUNCIL AND REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY MEETING TO ADJOURN AND RECONVENE TO REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING.

 


REGULAR BUSINESS:

 

4.      INTERIM TECHNICAL AMENDMENTS TO THE SANTA MARIA MUNICIPAL CODE.  The City Council will consider a proposed ordinance making various technical amendments to the Santa Maria Municipal Code that facilitate smooth functioning of the City’s administration.

 

a.      Staff report to be made.  (Senior Assistant City Attorney/Utilities Counsel)

 

b.      Council discussion.

 

c.      Ordinance No. 2008-27 making technical amendments to the Municipal Code to be introduced by title only for first reading and continued to the next meeting for second reading and adoption.

 

ROLL CALL:     Councilmembers Orach, Patino, Trujillo, Zacarías, and Mayor Lavagnino

 

 

 REPORT BY CITY MANAGER:

 

 

ORAL REPORTS OF COUNCILMEMBERS AND OFFICERS (INCLUDING AB1234 REPORTS):

 

 

ADJOURNMENT:          

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

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THE NEXT REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING WILL BE HELD ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2008.  THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING ITEMS FOR THE NOVEMBER 4TH MEETING IS OCTOBER 23, 2008.

 

 

CITY CALENDAR

 

BOARD/

COMMISSION

NEXT

MEETING

 

MEETING PLACE

MEETING

TIME

 

 

 

 

Block Grants Advisory

Committee

Nov 10, 2008

City Hall Conference Room

5:30 p.m.

 

 

 

 

Landmark Committee

Nov 11, 2008

City Hall Conference Room

4:00 p.m.

 

 

 

 

Recreation and Parks

Commission

Nov 11, 2008

City Council Chambers

6:30 p.m.

 

 

 

 

Library Board

Nov 11, 2008

Library Conference Room

7:00 p.m.

 

 

 

 

Planning Commission

Nov 5, 2008

City Council Chamber

6:30 p.m.

 

 

 

 

Code Compliance Board

Nov 13, 2008

City Council Chambers

4:00 p.m.

 

 

 

 

All-America City Committee

Nov 17, 2008

City Hall Conference Room

5:30 p.m.