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Planning Commission Agenda
Planning Department, 701 Ocean Street, Suite 400, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
  Meeting Date :  Wednesday, January 25, 2012 9:00 AM  
  Location :  Board of Supervisors Chambers, Room 525
County Government Center
701 Ocean Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
  The meeting starts at 9:00 AM with the first item and proceeds through the items in consecutive order unless otherwise noted. Staff reports on permit applications are available for review or purchase one week before the hearing by calling 454-3371. You may also view staff reports here by clicking the underlined item number below. All items are subject to continuance. No notices of continued or rescheduled hearing dates are mailed. Please contact the project planner for further information on specific applications.  

1.Roll Call
2. Election of Officers
3. Planning Director's Report
4. County Counsel's Report
5. Additions and Corrections to Agenda
6. Report on Upcoming Meeting Dates and Agendas
7. Oral Communications
 Planning Commission will hear brief (5-minute maximum) statements regarding items not on this agenda.
8. Declaration of Ex Parte Communications

9. Approval of minutes
 To approve the minutes of the December 14, 2011 Planning Commission meeting as submitted by the Planning Department.
10. Annual Report of the Planning Commission
 Accept and file the 2011 Planning Commission Annual Report

11. 111114-Appeal(**)     NO SITUS                 APN(S):  N/A (7 SITES IN CALTRANS & COUNTY RIGHT-OF-WAY) (EQUIPMENT SHELTER ON APN 058-022-11)
 Appeal of the Zoning Administrator’s Approval of a proposal to install 7 new microcell wireless communication facilities, each to be co-located on existing utility poles along inland side of Hwy. 1 (6 sites in Caltrans Hwy. 1 right-of-way, 1 site in County's Swanton Rd. right-of-way).  Proposal includes a 192 square foot, 13'-6" tall equipment shelter (Telecommunications Hub) on an agricultural parcel (APN 058-022-11) Requires a Level 5 Commercial Development Permit, a Level 5 Coastal Development Permit, and three Telecommunications Act Exceptions to requirements contained in the County Wireless Communications Facilities Ordinance.  Appealed 12/16/11 by Andrew and Wan-Jean Hsu.  Six of the proposed utility pole microcell sites are located in the Caltrans right-of-way along an approximately 13 mile stretch of Hwy. 1, beginning 3.8 miles northwest of Western Drive and ending .4 miles northwest of the entrance to Big Creek Lumber. The 7th site is located in County right-of-way along Swanton Rd. on a utility pole  approx. 1.1 miles north of the southernmost Swanton Road intersection with Hwy.1. The equipment shelter is proposed to be located immediately northwest of the southernmost intersection of Highway 1 and Swanton Road.
12. Public Hearing to consider updating regulations in the Santa Cruz County Code, and amend related General Plan(GP) and Local Coastal Program (LCP) policies.
 A proposal to update regulations in the Santa Cruz County Code, and amend related General Plan (GP) and Local Coastal Program (LCP) policies, as follows:  Part 1:  Amend Chapter 13.10 to provide new regulations for nonconforming uses and structures, and amend related GP/LCP policies.  Part 2:  Amend regulations in Chapter 13.10 regarding commercial uses and parking standards.  Part 3:  Delete the amendment defining the word “structure” in Chapter 12.10 as it relates to soils report requirements, and amend Geologic Hazard Regulations (Chapter 16.10) regarding when the County is authorized to require geologic review.  Part 4:  Revise the Level 4 permit approval process in Chapter 18.10.  Part 5:  “Clean-up” various provisions in Chapters 13.10 and 13.11 of the Santa Cruz County Code.  Chapters 13.10, 13.11, 16.10 and 18.10 are Coastal Implementing Ordinances.
Denial or approval of any permit by the Planning Commission is appealable to the Board of Supervisors. The appeal must be filed with the required appeal fee within 14 calendar days of action by the Planning Commission. To file an appeal you must write a letter to the Board of Supervisors and include the appeal fee. For more information on appeals, please see the "Planning Appeals" brochure located in the Planning Department lobby, or contact the project planner.

(*) This project requires a Coastal Zone Permit which is not appealable to the California Coastal Commission. It may be appealed to the Board of Supervisors; the appeal must be filed within 14 calendar days of action by the Planning Commission.

(**) This project requires a Coastal Development Permit. Denial or approval of the Coastal Development Permit is appealable to the Board of Supervisors; the appeal must be filed within 14 calendar days of action by the Planning Commission. After all local appeal periods have ended (grounds for appeal are listed in the County Code Section 13.20.110), approval of a Coastal Development permit is appealable to the California Coastal Commission. The appeal must be filed with the Coastal Commission within 10 business days of receipt by the Coastal Commission of notice of final local action.

Note regarding Public hearing items: If any person challenges an action taken on the foregoing matter(s) in court, they may be limited to raising only those issues raised at the public hearing described in this notice or in written correspondence delivered to the Planning Commission at or prior to the public hearing.

Agenda documents may be reviewed at the Planning Department, Room 420, County Government Center, 701 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz.

The County of Santa Cruz does not discriminate on the basis of disability, and no person shall, by reason of a disability, be denied the benefits of its services, programs, or activities. The Board of Supervisors chambers is located in an accessible facility. If you wish to attend this meeting and you will require special assistance in order to participate, please contact the ADA Coordinator at 454-3137 (TDD/TTY number is 711) at least 72 hours in advance of the meeting to make arrangements. Persons with disabilities may request a copy of the agenda in an alternative format. As a courtesy to those persons affected, please attend the meeting smoke and scent free.