North Coast Advisory Council (NCAC)
REGULAR MEETING, Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Rabobank Community Room, 1070 Main St., 6:30 PM
Roll Call, Establishment of Quorum, Agenda Review
Public comment period: Limited to items not on agenda; three minutes per speaker.
Council Member Items/Discussion: Limited to items not on agenda.
–October 17, 2012 (See Attachment 1 – 10-17-12 Draft Minutes, with corrections highlighted)
–November 28, 2012 (See Attachment 2 – 11-28-12 Draft Minutes)
Treasurer’s Report – Heide Santos
Public Agency Reports
Public Safety, Sheriff: Sgt. Andy Rasmussen
Public Safety, CHP: Chris Day or Phil Knox
Cambria Community Services District: Jim Bahringer
County Supervisor: Bruce Gibson
Environmental Report: Mary Giacoletti
Transportation Committee: Erwin Ohannesian, Chair
1) Appointment of Area 7 alternate
2) Fire prevention fee (with presentation by Chief Robert Lewin)
3) Highway 1 chip seal concerns
4) Land Use and Project Review Committee: John McGarry
Attachment 1 – 10-17-12 Draft Minutes (corrections discussed on 11/28 are highlighted):
I Roll Call, Establishment of Quorum, Agenda Review
Present: Bambi Fields, Bob McLaughlin, Heide Santos, Marjorie Sewell, Ralph Covell, Teri O”Rourke, Sigrid Castaneda, Tom Gray, John McGarry, Amanda Rice, Lucille Bosco, Dawn Dunlap, Mac VanDuzer, Mike McLaughlin, Marty Munoz-Main, Mary Giacoletti, Laurel Stewart, Claudia Harmon Worthen
Excused: Roland Soucie, Erwin Ohannesian, Debby Mix
Absent: Gary Gall, Clive Finchamp,
Establishment of Quorum, Agenda Review
Insertion of new agenda item and motion to move Mary Giacoletti’s Environmental Report to an earlier time.
Motion to suspend rules in order to hear the current issue of PG&E Seismic Testing project.
Motion is passed.
Also, Supervisor Gibson will present his report before the above issue is heard.
October 30th, public input on seismic testing issue, via Coastal Commission hearing.
II Public Comment Period: limited to items not on agenda.
Claudia Harmon Worthen makes brief comment..
III Council Member Comments
Heide Santos-favorable opinion of Scarecrow Festival, but event has caused several fender benders in town. Claudia agrees with Heide and has some unfavorable comments re. some of the scarecrows.
Marty Main-passes card to send to Taylor Hilden for her original idea and states that the Festival has brought many tourists to town during an otherwise slow time for Cambria’s merchants.
Bambi Fields- states 225 riders on the Trolley this weekend (Saturday), reflecting the high number of visitors drawn here by the Scarecrow Festival.
Amanda Rice-solutions to problems via a letter to the organizers.
Dawn Dunlap-effigy festival, not a scarecrow festival(?).
Ralph Covell- perhaps extra parking at the high school or on the grounds of the dog park.
Has seen more people walking.
Does not agree in leaving out any scarecrow, regardless of quality or artistic merit.
Some of the entries have come from school children.
Kathe Tanner-Robinson and Taylor both responsible for the Festival
Amanda Rice-leaflets from the candidates for school board-left on front table for audience if interested.
IV Consent Agenda Approval of Minutes of Sept. 19, 2012- Dawn – major fires…changes to last month’s minutes previously made by Main.
V Treasurer’s Report- Heide Santos Balance-$1260.
VI Public Agency Reports
1. Public Safety-Sgt. Andy Rasmussen-absent/ no report
2. CCSD: Jim Bahringer
Scarecrow festival banners.
Pro-conservation program being worked on..will be ready for December meeting.
Mary Webb-concerns re. horses on Ranch. trails are not clearly marked. Some horses are going into forested areas and into the East Ranch.
All projects covered under one general Permit. The community needs advance notice of upcoming projects. Not happy with so many projects under 1 general permit. Kruber has agreed to give community more advance notice.
Amanda Rice-banners for S.Festival. Does each person need to go to County to obtain a permit for installing banners?
Planning Commission did detail the trails designated for horses, etc. Right of way: horse, bike, then pedestrians.
2 sets of 6 horses per week. A permit is required.
Tina Dickason-encountered 15 horses on trail during her recent walk on the Ranch. Riders should also pick up horse dung.
Tipton – a narrow trail.
Lucille Bosco-complains of not hearing speakers…
Who fines the horse riders if they break the rules?
Jim-up to 6 mos. of jail for misdemeanors.
Ralph-riders do not pick up horse droppings because each rider would need a pitchfork and a large sack, which is not feasible.
Riders cannot be expected to pick up after their horse. Need separate trails for horses and pedestrians…
3. District 2 Supervisor: Bruce Gibson
Library in Cambria-monetary goal now has been reached. Is proud of the community effort.
Old library will be sold with the vacant lot.
Banner issue-all signage issues should be taken care of by the CCSD.
Scarecrow traffic is an issue…a CHP volunteer patrol group has recently been formed.-Chris Day
wants to attend the next NCAC meeting.
Dawn Dunlap-needs microphones. thanks to Cherie Aispuro for her help but so far there are still potholes at Mile 8-9 on Santa Rosa Creek Road.
4. Environmental Report: Mary Giacoletti
Late start on issue of seismic testing.
Mary reads letter written to Board of Supervisors and various other agencies since NCAC needs to make a formal comment on this important issue.
“Take by Harassment” cumulative impacts on marine mammals.
sea otters have already been tagged. Effect of tagging on sea otters is unknown.
why tag the animals if the permit hasn’t yet been granted?
audience comments on letter.
November 10-Coastal Commission to hear the issue.
C. Harmon Worthen, researched issue and presents facts on decibels levels causing loss of hearing and even death of animal.
death of hundreds of dolphins from seismic testing elsewhere.
Jim Kerlin-Friends of the sea otters-sounds underwater are amplified and carried for a longer distance and for a longer time.
Mary Webb-the unknown is the most dangerous and threatening piece of the puzzle. Can also impact ocean activities,
fishermen also object to the testing.
sounds cannot be contained and interfere with the communication among whales.
no funds for scientific research?
Details re. the ship used in testing..
need more info from PG&E before this testing is allowed to proceed.
Many agencies have signed petitions against this project.
Lynn Harkins-pleads to NCAC to send letter in protest
Diablo-10 years until relicensing takes place. Students should not be on boat to conduct this testing…
Not all animals that die at sea wash up on the shore.
Sea Otters-small home range..will move into other foreign territories..
Tagging-antibiotics given beforehand-dangerous.
Advocate for the sea otter population/
Tina Dickason-opposed to this testing because of stress on the animals.
decibel level-too high.
Jim Webb- reads from log of another seismic testing project with this same boat in Washington.
not in favor of project.
Heide Santos, asks for Gibson’s comments
Supervisor Gibson’s Comments re. testing
Nov. 14-16 Coastal Commission hearing. See the website by going to slo.ca.gov , then link to Coastal commission.
If testing is to proceed, then CC must authorize a permit.
[From unidentified questioner]:
If permit needed , why has the tagging already taken place?
Kathe Tanner, tagging is an ongoing data collecting activity.
Gibson-tagging does not presume that testing will go forward, nor will it drive the Coastal Commission to issue the permit.
Jan. 2012-Gibson involved in technical review of project. PGE uses boat owned by Columbia University’ seismic activity of academic institution not as advanced, nor as “scientific” , nor as state of the art.
SLO deserves the best possible science.
PGE needs to explain why this boat is being used.
Tangling of cables not unusual, but other issues disturbing and concerning.
Points out good reporting on article of seismic testing in the publication NEW TIMES.
T. Gray comment on urgency of project.
Gibson – History of PGE re-licensing, …
assessing seismic risk-size of fault and its characteristics are imp. (direction, volume, etc.)
Supervisor Gibson-opposed to seismic testing as now planned…
The Big Picture-shall Diablo Canyon continue to operate?
analogous to medical procedures which put patients at risk?
T. Gr – ay-is risk to marine life unavoidable? No
Gibson – Peruvian issues not definitely tied to testing.
Robinette-question may be: Are we trying to save Diablo Canyon or are we trying to save marine life?
Bob McLaughlin-dangers of Diablo Canyon-too little, too late
Amanda-motion to send letter the gist of which is opposition to the project in question.
Discussion at length re. wording of motion.
Includes comments/suggestions from Amanda Rice, Heide Santos, Ralph Covell, Main, Mary Giacoletti, and Dawn.
Motion: The proposed seismic testing project is unacceptable to members of the North Coast Advisory Council and until more definite information is acquired, we stand in opposition to the project.
5. Transportation, Traffic Committee: Erwin Ohannesian-absent, no report.
VII. New Business
Land Use and Project Review Committee: John McGarry, Chair
The North Coast Advisory Council-Land Use Committee met for its monthly meeting on Monday, October 1, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. at Rabobank in Cambria. Committee members: Renshaw, Robinette, Sewell, Lamb, Cole and McGarry participated in discussions of the Minor Use Permit Applications listed below (LUC report text in italics):
1) DRC2012-0005 KRASSENSKY-Minor Use Permit for a 5,000 square foot single family residence, with a 1,700 square foot attached garage, 1,800 square foot attached pool house and 2,000 square foot of open arcades. The site is located off Jordan Road in Cambria. APN: 013-081-050 and 051.
Link to application: http://www.slocounty.ca.gov/Assets/PL/referrals/coastal/DRC2012-00005_KRASSENSKY-MUP.pdf
SUMMARY: Owner/Applicant’s Ron and Victoria Krassensky intend to construct a single family residence, attached garage and pool house with open arcades on real property located on Jordan Road, Cambria. Committee members conducted a site-visit and were assisted by the Kassensky’s Architect Brent Berry. The residence will have an on-site subsurface sewage disposal system and water will be supplied by the Cambria CSD. The project blue prints and site plan were discussed and the issue of water supply for the project’s lap pool was raised by Committee members. Mr. Berry stated he would research the issue. Mr. Berry subsequently informed the Committee all water for the lap pool would be furnished by a private water-supplier and no Cambria CSD delivered water would be used to fill or maintain the pool.
The Committee concludes the project is compatible with the North Coast Area Plan and RECOMMENDS APPROVAL
Discussion re. water for lap pool.
Motion to recommend approval
Vote: 7 in favor, 3 abstentions. Motion passes
2) DRC2012-00017 SWAUGER-Minor Use Permit for the conversion of a 840 square foot workshop to residential living space. The site is located at 2155 Orme Place, Cambria. APN: 023-206-048.
Link to application: http://www.slocounty.ca.gov/Assets/PL/referrals/coastal/DRC2012-00017_SWAUGER-MUP.pdf
SUMMARY: Applicant Susan Barghini intends to convert an existing 840 square foot workshop area into residential living space. Committee members conducted a site-visit with both the Applicant and her Agent-Architect, Gary Swauger, project blue prints and site plan were examined and discussed. The residential unit will house one bedroom and renovations of the bathroom and kitchen areas will be made in the conversion. Water and sewer will be supplied by the Cambria CSD.
The Committee concludes the project is compatible with the residential character of the neighborhood and RECOMMENDS APPROVAL.
Motion to recommend approval:
Vote: 7 in favor, 3 abstentions, Motion passes
3) DRC2012-00023 SCHUSTER-Minor Use Permit for a new 572 square foot garage with bathroom and laundry upgrades. The site is located at 2080 Chester Lane, Cambria. APN: 023-063-017.
Link to application: http://www.slocounty.ca.gov/Assets/PL/referrals/coastal/DRC2012-00023_SCHUSTER_MUP.pdf
SUMMARY: Owner/Applicant Zale Schuster intends to construct an additional 572 square feet to the existing attached garage and upgrade a bathroom and laundry area at his single family residence located on 2080 Chester Lane, Cambria. Committee members conducted a site-visit with the assistance of the Applicant’s Architect, David L. Bisso, project blue prints and site plan were examined and discussed. The residence is currently serviced for water and sewer by the Cambria CSD.
The Committee concludes the project is compatible with the residential character of the neighborhood and RECOMMENDS APPROVAL.
Motion to recommend approval:
Vote: 10 in favor. Motion passes unanimously.
VIII Adjournment of Meeting-at 9:08 PM.
(Due to the extensive number of comments made during this meeting, not all discussions were recorded in detail)
Respectfully submitted, Marty Munoz-Main, Recording Secretary
Next meeting scheduled for Wednesday, November 28, 2012 ( the fourth Wednesday, due to Thanksgiving Holiday)
Attachment 2 – 11-28-12 Draft Minutes
I Call to Order by Chair Tom Gray at 6:30 PM in the meeting room of the Santa Rosa Church, Main Street, Cambria.
Thank you to Santa Rosa Church for allowing short notice meeting to take place…Rabobank was already being used by another group…
II Roll Call-Marty Main
Present: Bambi Fields, Marjorie Sewell, Ralph Covell, Erwin Ohannesian, Tom Gray, Dawn Dunlap, Marty Munoz-Main, Mary Giacoletti, Amanda Rice, Laurel Stewart, Bob McLaughlin, Mike McLaughlin, Mac VanDuzer, Roland Soucie, John McGarry, Lucille Bosco
Absent/Excused: Sigrid Castaneda, Debby Mix, Heide Santos, Claudia Harmon Worthen
Absent: Clive Finchamp, Gary Gall, Teri O’Rourke
III Change of Agenda-
County Supervisors out of town, no report. Airlin Singewald not available for meeting tonight, Treasurer absent, no report and Sheriff absent, no report.
Future meetings, may add report from San Simeon CSD.
Fire fees to be put on agenda for January 2013.
Steve Cole- must fire fee be paid first, before protesting? Yes.
IV Public Comment
1. Claude Albanese-representing 3 of 4 neighbors on Marlborough, who have repeatedly contacted the County regarding Marine Terrace and East Ranch Gate Safety: Marlborough(Wedgewood). Presents letter as duplicated below:
Currently, the public is parking on both sides of Marlborough from Wedgewood to our East Ranch gate (less than 300 feet from Wedgewood)
Safety issues, especially on Fridays
1. Residents of 2705, 2760, and 2750 have endured difficulties both entering and leaving their driveways for 2 years.
2. CCSD personnel, Cambria Fire and County Cal Fire, CC Healthcare, Mission County Disposal and Friends of the Ranch Land are experiencing difficulties in maintenance and in responding to both residential and Fiscalini Ranch responsibilities and emergencies. Parked vehicles restrict access to less than 6 feet in width.
For two years the residents of 2760 and 2750 Marlborough have repeatedly contacted SLO County Government Public Works.
They are requesting that NO PARKING signs be permitted and installed on one side of Marlborough beginning at Wedgewood.
To date, they have not received a positive response from our County Public Works.
Would our NCAC members consider including this access safety issue as an agenda item in the near future?
Folk that enjoy our beautiful Fiscalini Ranch need to know that they are safe when using it for recreational purposes (and)
The residents of Marlborough thank you for your assistance and support.
Claude Albanese, CERT member (805)927-3269
Erwin Ohannesian-this issue has come before the Traffic Committee.
Jim Bahringer-Friends of Fiscalini Ranch are in charge of changing the conditions of use on the Ranch property.
Laurel Stewart-Winters and Fiscalini may not be in county compliance.
Claude-spokesperson for 3 of the neighbors involved. Move issue to January Agenda for NCAC to review.
2. John Lamb-issue of eyesore from Highway One as drivers look toward West Village.
Main-County has approved a plan for the area west of West Village.
CalTrans is in charge. Traffic Committee will review-on the agenda for January meeting of NCAC
Marty Main-in charge of getting info re. area behind businesses along Highway One.
V Council Members’ Comments
1. Mary Giacoletti-thanks to all-medical prognosis/report shared.
2. Amanda Rice-alternate for Area 7 at present. Is resigning to work on CCSD. Brief comment re. seismic testing issue before Coastal Commission.
Microphone sharing-from Health Care? NCAC in need of a microphone for meetings at Rabobank.
3. Dawn Dunlap-California Division of Highway owns all barbed wire fences along Highway One and they are not being maintained.
Accident on Highway 46 caused by bull escaping through fence in disrepair. Car hits bull on road, kills bull and no help arrives for 45 minutes. Meanwhile, ranchers are not allowed to repair any of the barbed wire fencing! (According to Dawn)
A. Rice- CHP head in county would like to attend NCAC meetings.
E. Ohannesian-are fences CalTrans owned? Yes, says Dawn.
VI Consent Agenda- changes to minutes of October meeting. Postpone review until January.
VII Treasurer’s Report- Treasurer and alternate both absent-no report
VIII Public Agency Reports
1. Public Safety-Sheriff not present. No report
2. CCSD-Jim Bahringer
Army Corp of Engineers-at last meeting.
Saltwater extraction at San Simeon Ck.
Will install the new directors at next meeting.
IX NCAC Reports
1. Environmental Report-Mary Giacoletti
Global sanitation issue.
2. Transportation Committee-Erwin Ohannesian
Improvements on Main Street-continuing. south of Bridge St-project going forward/
Cambria Drive-Vet’s Hall also in progress.
New Library building-different parking requirements.
Scarecrow Festival-traffic problems? Encroachment Permit needed by Chamber?
Highway One-Bob McLaughlin-chip seal north of Weymouth. Coarser aggregate has caused problems for bikers.
new red reflectors on roads- signify connections to fire sprinklers; blue reflectors mark hydrant positions.
X New Business
Land Use and Project Review Committee: John McGarry, Chair
The North Coast Advisory Council-Land Use Committee met for its monthly meeting on Monday, November 5, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. at Rabobank in Cambria. Committee members Renshaw, Robinette, Stewart, Sewell, Cole, Lamb and McGarry participated in discussions of the projects listed below (text of Land Use Committee report is in italics):
DRC2012-00024 KINGSTON BAY SENIOR LIVING LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY-Minor Use Permit for the construction of a senior-care and assisted living residential facility with thirty-one (31) units and forty-one (41) beds located on 1.3 acres off Green Street in Cambria. APN: 024-191-038,024,052, 056,057, 058 and 059.
Link to referral: http://www.slocounty.ca.gov/Assets/PL/referrals/coastal/DRC2012-00024_KINGSTON-MUP.pdf
SUMMARY: Applicant Kingston Bay Senior Living Limited Liability Company has requested a Minor Use Permit to construct a 28,265 square foot assisted living and memory care facility on 1.26 acres at 1981 Green Street, Cambria.
The project was submitted to the Committee by the County Planning and Building Department as an expedited project under its BAT Project (Business Assistance Team Project) procedure, which is intended to enhance job creation in the County.
The Committee has had extended project discussions with agents of the Applicant’s architectural firm (Hochhauser & Blatter), Applicant’s Managing Partner (Jeffrey King) and senior staff of the Cambria Community Services District including District Manager Jerold Gruber, Fire Chief Mark Miller and District Engineer Robert Gresens. A site visit was conducted by committee members along with review and discussion of the project documentation supplied by the County .
At the Committee’s monthly Project Review meeting on November 5, 2012 Mr. King and the senior- project architect, Ken Blatter, delivered a comprehensive power-point presentation to the Committee.
Several interested Cambrians participated/contributed in the discussion. Issues raised by meeting attendees involving exclusive CCSD authority (water availability-E.D.U’s, sewer access and fire/disaster-safety response) were discussed by the entire Committee with senior Community Services staff. The meeting resulted in the CCSD’s unconditional assurances pertinent water supply and fire/disaster response issues would be thoroughly researched and completely evaluated to insure community health and safety concerns are satisfied prior to Services District concurrence for the project.
The Committee reservedly recommends Council approval of the project on condition the Council receive written assurances from the Cambria Community Services District that the Project’s water supply and medical/fire/disaster response issues will be fully addressed and resolved to the Services District’s satisfaction and the community’s health and safety will not be compromised by the project. The Committee welcomes Council members’ inquiries and will attempt to answer all questions relating to this significant community project.
The Committee RECOMMENDS APPROVAL.
John McGarry, Chair Land Use Committee
Discussion began with presentation of project details by various presenters, an extensive handout book of the various architectural drawings of the proposal, and a slide show presented by various owners of the facility which is proposed.
A 2 page handout of 44 supporters of the project was passed out.
Discussion included, among other details, willingness of the owner to hire local contractors(he himself is a contractor), local hires to help with caring of the elderly residents, and presentation of probable staff, which will include at least one nurse present at facility , 24 hours per day. No doctors will be hired to staff the facility.
The facility will include 31 units, including 24 assisted living and 7 memory units (Alzheimers)
The project is a plan for construction of an assisted living and memory care facility on the property bordering Green Street and Ardath Drive.
No medical procedures will take place at the facility.
The architect has 18 years experience in the construction of such facilities and the owners have several facilities similar to this one in Fresno and other cities.
The building will contain 28,000 square feet and will be 25 feet high.
19 parking spaces planned in the drawings shown tonight.
fire safe shingles.
Cost for a single person in assisted living section is estimated to be anywhere from $4,000-$6500 per month.
Cost for memory care will be higher.
Cars will probably not be used by the elderly who will live in the facility.
Soucie: asks about the numbers of cars egressing the facility on a given day.
Trees-9 will be removed and replacement trees will be planted, according to rules of County.
Water has to be captured, by sisterns and pumped to various places or held in tanks. (??)
Christe Jenkins from Healthcare District- where was the market research done?
Another staff member of Kingston Bay Senior living Co. answers.
The study was done for the town of Cambria, specifically. (and shows that our town is in need of such a facility)
Assisted Living Section, ratio of 1/9 (resident to staff)
Memory Care Section, ratio of 1/6
Staff includes one full-time nurse and other trained caregivers
Costs are unknown, says owner, until project is OKd. Ballpark figures above.
Memory care-is it a locked down situation? Yes.
Bob McLaughlin-asks about staff numbers. 13 staff on duty at any one time.
Transportation for residents, Yes. Ambulance(transport van)
and 2 vans and drivers.
McTavish-is there a main dining area? Yes
common areas? small patios, yes.
John Lamb-112 trips per day. Can that number be accommodated?
Yes, since that number is over the course of 24 hours…
Is this project affordable for Cambrians?
Joy Fitzhugh—speaks against project. Too much traffic on Ardath, already congested at peak hours.
Residents will be both ambulatory and non-ambulatory.
Costs will not be subsidized.
Only 13 states can use Medicare for assisted living.
McLaughlin- expresses concern for local contractors to be hired. Local hires and local caregivers.
(owner is a contractor)
John McGarry- Land Use and Project Review Committee has studied this project and a lot of its details.
Main asks the names of individuals who voted to approve the Project. They include Joyce Renshaw, Gail Robinette, Laurel Stewart, Steve Cole, John Lamb, and John McGarry.
Jerry Gruber has recommended that NCAC receive written assurance from the CCSD re. water and fire safety issues.
Erwin Ohannesian-8 foot shoulder on Green Street is being recommended/sidewalks also?
Ardath water-run-off a problem.
Will be piped
No drainage channel on Green Street. Will flow recommendation of Public Works.
Ardath and Highway One intersection-right turn lane would be needed for safety of cars and pedestrians in the area.
Also 19 parking spaces do not seem near enough to handle visitors, staff, and others.
If 13 full time at peak plus 2 transport vans…facility proposed needs more parking spaces
E. Ohannesian-refuse containers, not on collector street. What about the pickup?
Large trees at front-sight distance?
Laurel Stewart-County says rural nature of area doesn’t need sidewalks.
Erwin Ohannesian-bus stop-this is now going to develop into a commercial area. not a rural area anymore. Sidewalks are needed.
Also refuse cans visibility-hide the cans.
Look again at parking spaces. More are needed.
Can speed bumps be installed. asks L. Stewart.
Main-comments on need for this facility in Cambria. Older people need to live out their lives surrounded by familiar environments.
Will Carson-had to place Mom at facility in Morro Bay. She wanted to stay in town.
Steve Spizak-aging Cambrians need this facility. Kids can visit the seniors .
Debbie-in health care business. Home care.
24 hour care costs over $10, 000 per month
Bruce-Ardath around curve-Green Street.
Parking issue and handicapped spots.
Facility will be one of the first buildings seen as drivers enter town.
Tony: Lighting also an issue. In addition to Grammar School lighting in same area.
L. Stewart-what will Kingston Bay be charging?
Joy Fitzhugh-issues with project.
Access road, water and run-off. She has been the victim of water runoff from the new Grammar School and low income housing.
Background: ranchers have to test their water. nitrate levels from low income housing was running off into the Fitzhugh property. She is concerned about the run-off from this facility. The project is bigger than the community can handle.
B. McLaughlin-parking issue. But other than that, project would be welcomed.
Motion made to recommend approval with conditions, which include relocation of refuse containers and access for garbage trucks, full right turn lane from Ardath to Highway One, 8 foot shoulder improvement on Green Street, sidewalks on Ardath, additional parking spaces within the facility, water collection remaining on site, and last, but not least, sight distance coming around Ardath.
Motion is seconded.
Mary Giacoletti-states that the long list of conditions in the Motion reminds her of other projects in San Simeon approved by NCAC and later by the County, which were constructed without any of the conditions originally stated.
Dawn Dunlap- concerns about project. Dangerous location near busy Ardath Drive. Run-off affecting nearby property owners.
Light pollution issue-all living things need darkness.
Where are the doctors? Already there exists a huge shortage of physicians in the area.
Are the ambulances on call? Will our taxes rise?
Never have there been large convalescent centers, fast food franchises, or mortuaries in our village for 146 years.
The facility proposed is too large and is in the wrong location.
R. Covell-aware of some issues with project, but agrees that Cambria needs the facility.
Motion to recommend approval with all the conditions stated PASSES.
DRC2012-00006 O’CONNELL-Minor Use Permit for a new Single Family Residence located off Kathryn Drive, Cambria. APN: 013-085-013.
Link to referral: http://www.slocounty.ca.gov/Assets/PL/referrals/coastal/DRc2012-00006_OCONNELL-REVISED_REF-MUP.pdf
SUMMARY: Owner/Applicant Robert Swartz intends to construct a two-story single family residence and separate two-story guest house and garage totaling 5,000 square feet on 18 acres located at 6775
Kathryn Drive, Cambria. Water will be supplied by Cambria Community Services District. Sewage disposal will be handled by an individual on-site system. Committee members conducted a site-visit and reviewed the construction blue-prints and site plan. The buildings will be located on a heavily wooded lot and the project anticipates removal of approximately twenty (20), mature, Monterey Pine trees. The Committee requests the County Planning and Building Department carefully monitor the removal and replacement of the Monterey Pines.
The Committee concludes the project is compatible with the North Coast Area Plan and RECOMMENDS APPROVAL.
Motion is made to approve above project with the conditions noted above.(see highlighted copy)
Vote to recommend approval with conditions.
In favor-YES: 9
Motion to recommend approval passes.
DRC2012-00026 GERST-Curb, gutter and sidewalk waiver at 4111 Bridge Street in Cambria. APN:013-263-011.
Link to referral: http://www.slocounty.ca.gov/Assets/PL/referrals/coastal/DRC2012-00026_GERST.pdf
SUMMARY: Applicant James Evans is requesting a Curb, Gutter and Sidewalk waiver from the County Planning and Development Department for two sidewalks (Bridge Street and Center Street) adjacent to his commercial building located at 4111 Bridge Street, Cambria. The existing five foot (5’) sidewalks are substandard to existing ten foot (10’) County ordinances. Storm drainage construction on Center Street raised the street level to that of the sidewalk. The Committee conducted a site visit and examined the waiver application documentation supplied by the County.
The Committee determined the current sidewalk and curb on Bridge Street remains serviceable and the sidewalk surface should be patched where cracked but not extended to the ten foot (10’) statutory width; and the curbing reinforced were damaged. Expansion of the sidewalk would seriously restrict traffic flow from Bridge Street to Center Street. Expansion of the sidewalk and curb on Center Street would narrow an already constricted traffic flow in a busy pedestrian and vehicular hub in the East Village of Cambria. Applicant is not to be relieved from compliance with Americans With Disability Act (42 U.S.C. Sec. 12101 et.seq.) requirements.
The Committee unanimously concluded the Curb, Gutter and Sidewalk Waiver be granted to Applicant subject to the above identified conditions and RECOMMENDS APPROVAL OF THE WAIVER.
Gerst and Evans, owners
Committee recommends approval of the waiver.
Ohannesian-why a waiver? Area badly needs sidewalks (across from Post Office).
Approval should be conditioned with property owner contributing to improvement at the time when County decides to improve the street.
Tom Gray makes a motion to disapprove waiver and when County is ready to make improvement on Bridge Street, at that time the property owner should contribute.
Discussion follows. Tom Gray withdraws motion.
Discussion re. approval or non-approval of waiver.
Motion made to approve the Waiver on condition that when Bridge Street is improved, then owner of property in question will be required to assume the cost.
Motion to recommend approval of Waiver with above conditions passes.
DRC2012-00027 MICHIE-Minor Use Permit for the demolition of five (5) small cottages located on a one (1) acre parcel off Main Street in Cambria. APN:013-241-026.
Link to referral: http://www.slocounty.ca.gov/Assets/PL/referrals/coastal/DRC2012-00027_MICHIE-MUP.pdf
SUMMARY: Owner/Applicant Douglas Michie has requested a Minor Use Permit to conduct demolition of five (5) cottages totaling 1,824 square feet ranging from 528 square feet to 280 square feet located at 2595 Main Street, Cambria. The buildings are not in use or occupied and have been vacant for several years. The seven (7) Cambria Community Service District water meters and sewer connections will remain in place.
The Committee conducted a site-visit examined the site plans and concluded the proposed demolition project is compatible with the character of the neighborhood and the North Coast Area Plan and RECOMMENDS APPROVAL.
Project referred to as the Hampton Cabins on Main Street.
Motion to approve
Motion passes as stated above.
DRC2011-00032 PACIFIC CAMBRIA INC.-Minor Use Permit for a Temporary Event including “after the fact” construction of two (2) permanent structures of less than 120 square feet each and eighteen additional temporary structures located on the Cambria Pines Lodge 2905 Burton Drive, Cambria. APN: 023-431-003.
Link to referral: http://www.slocounty.ca.gov/Assets/PL/referrals/coastal/DRC2012-00032_PACIFIC_CAMBRIA_INC.pdf
SUMMARY: Applicant Dirk Winter has requested an “after the fact “ Minor Use Permit to authorize the construction of two (2) permanent structures of 120 square feet each and eighteen (18) temporary commercial storage structures to be located on the pedestrian-pathway from the Cambria Pines Lodge to the Cambria Nursery fronting Burton Drive in Cambria. The structures will facilitate the presentation of the “Cambria Christmas Market” a temporary event described by the Applicant as similar to “Christmas Markets in Europe as part of the community-wide holiday celebration in Cambria with extensive holiday lighting, food and merchandise available for sale”. The event is scheduled to commence on November 23, 2012 and run weekends until January 1, 2013. The event will require a Community Event Organizer Application from the San Luis County Health Department.
The Committee conducted a site-visit, reviewed the plot plans and application documentation. We expressed concern about parking and pedestrian safety issues and expanded auto traffic along Burton. The Committee ultimately determined the project was compatible with the North Coast Area Plan and requests Applicant take care to assure pedestrian safety and RECOMMENDS APPROVAL.
Project is another “after-the-fact” project and most members do not wish to offer vote for such projects.
Motion is made by Roland Soucie to deny the approval (to disapprove) on the grounds that the NCAC will not generally approve as a matter of policy any and all “after-the-fact” projects.
Motion to recommend disapproval passes.
XI Adjournment-of meeting at 9:35 PM
Respectfully submitted by Marty Munoz-Main, Recording Secretary