Zoning Administrator Hearing City of Mesa Sep 25, 2007 CASE: ZA07-100
Zoning Administrator Hearing
Mizner Conference Room
Mesa City Plaza Building, Suite 130
20 East Main Street
Mesa, Arizona, 85201
John S. Gendron
DATE September 25, 2007 TIME 1:30 P.M.
Staff Present Others Present
Jeff McVay Jennifer Weskalnies
Jim Hash Richard Hale III
Katrina Rodgers Greg Hitchens
Constance Bachman Rick Wagner
Case No.: ZA07-100
Location: 6901 South 89th Place
Subject: Requesting a minor modification of a Planned Area Development (PAD) to allow: 1) a reduction in onsite parking; 2) a modification of the landscape requirement within the rear storage yard; and 3) a modification of the foundation base requirement for walls within the rear storage yard; all in the M-1-PAD zoning district.
Decision: Approved with the following conditions.
- Compliance with the site plan submitted.
- The use of decomposed granite in the rear yard area shall be treated with a Soiltac type agent that will dust proof that area and provide stabilization and re- applied as per manufacturers specifications.
- Compliance with all conditions of approval set by DR07-109.
- Compliance with all requirements of the Building Safety Division with regard to the issuance of building permits.
Summary: Jennifer Weskalnies represented the PAD modification request, noting that she did not have additional information to add to the record. Mr. Gendron discussed the request with the applicant and staff. Discussion included the amount of parking provided in relation to the POA requirements and paving of the rear storage. Mr. Hash provided a staff report and recommendation. Mr. Gendron agreed that the request was consistent with the intent of the original PAD approval and would be compatible with surrounding development.
Finding of Fact:
- The minor modification of a PAD provides relief from development standards that approved with zoning case Z05-090. That case provided setback requirements of 20’ front, 7.5 rear, 20’ street side, 15’ and 7.5 side yards (0’ and 15’ setbacks where two buildings are adjoined at a common lot line).
- The development is consistent with the General Plan and the Gateway Commerce Park design guidelines. The proposed one story, 4,994 sf building is located on a 34,267 sf industrial lot and will be the future location of Precision Irrigation. The proposed building totals 15% lot coverage, with the remainder of the lot providing landscaping and parking fields in front. The building that be accessed by customers and a rear area be composed of recycled asphalt or DG gravel.
- Due to dust that could be produced by the use of DG in the rear yard area the use of a Soiltac agent is recommended to dust proof the area and provide stabilization, that will be re- applied as per manufacturers specifications.
- The reduction of foundation base and landscaping in the rear yard areas are not viewable through the gates that separate the parking area from the rear yard. In addition to the use of DG surface, the applicant is requesting all use of extruded curbing be eliminated in the rear storage lot area due the maneuvering and loading of large track type earth moving equipment.
- The site plan and landscape plan are commensurate with development where large off road construction equipment and tools are stored. The applicant has provided a letter from the architectural committee for the Gateway Commerce Park approving the plan submitted and staff has no issue with the site as purposed.
- Strict compliance with current Code requirements would create an environment in the rear storage lot of the facility that would not be practical in regards to upkeep, maintenance and safety. The degree of relief from current code requirements for the proposed site is compatible with, and not detrimental to properties also being developed in the Gateway Commerce Park. The requested deviations related to parking would allow parking that meets City of Mesa standards. The approved case required a higher ratio fro parking at this development.