CITY OF ARCATA
HISTORIC AND DESIGN REVIEW COMMISSION
REGULAR MEETING
COUNCIL CHAMBER
736 F Street, Arcata, CA 95521
July 22, 2015
Wednesday, 04:00 p.m.


Persons with disabilities may request special accommodations by contacting the City Clerk at 822-5953 three working days in advance of the meeting. Assistive listening devices are available.

I. ROLL CALL.  Commissioners: John Barstow, Janette Heartwood, and Jim Lowry. Two Commission member vacancies.

II. ORAL COMMUNICATIONS.  This time is provided for people to address the Historic and Design Review Commission (HDRC) or submit written communications on matters not on the agenda. At the conclusion of all oral and written communications, the Commission may respond to statements. Any request that requires Commission action will be set by the Commission for a future agenda or referred to staff.

III. CONSENT CALENDAR.  Consent Calendar items are considered to be routine by the Commission, are enacted on one motion, and are not individually discussed. Commissioners or public members may request items to be removed after the calendar’s reading.

A. Minutes.  Approval of June 10, 2015, HDRC Minutes. June 24 and July 8, 2015, HDRC meetings were cancelled.

HDRC Draft Minutes for 06-10-15

B. Consent Project:  Downing LLC Mixed Use Project Landscaping and Signage, 828 "I" Street, APN 021-102-002, File Number 145-079-DR.  This project review is for landscaping and signage which were deferred items for a mixed use project that was approved by the HDRC on December 11, 2014. A ±30 sf wall sign is proposed on the building’s west elevation. Landscape elements include areas of hardscape, landscaped wind screens and planters, gates, and landscaping along the building’s south elevation. The property is located within the Plaza Area Historic District.  Staff Recommendation:  (1) Approve the project with conditions and findings; and (2) Adopt a California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Categorical Exemption per sections 15301 Existing Facilities, Class 1, and 15311 Accessory Structures, Class 11.

Staff Recommendation: (1) Approve the project with conditions and findings; and (2) Adopt a California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Categorical Exemption per sections 15301 Existing Facilities, Class 1, and 15311 Accessory Structures, Class 11.

Staff Report - 145-079-DR Downing LLC

Attachment A.1 Plans - 145-079-DR Downing LLC

Attachment A.2 Sign Mockup - 145-079-DR Downing LLC

Attachment A.3 GIS  - 145-079-DR Downing LLC

Attachment B Findings and Conditions of Approva - 145-079-DR Downing LLC

IV. PUBLIC HEARINGS.  Prior to opening each public hearing item, Commissioners will provide Ex Parte disclosures. Disclosures include a summary of information and sources gathered outside of the public hearing.

A. Continued Projects.  NONE.

B. New Projects.

1. Strombeck Twin Parks Apartments, 1305 Foster Avenue, APN 505-131-014, File No. 145-074-DR2.  The project proponent requests a Type "A" Design Review Permit to develop up to 40 multi-family residential units on the subject property and to demolish a 3,400 sf former mill-related equipment shed. The proposed residential development is not exempt from CEQA and an Initial Study and Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) has been prepared for the HDRC’s review and action. The applicant will develop a pedestrian trail across the western portion of the property from the southeast corner of Alliance and Foster to the Rail with Trail. The property is ± 1.70 acres in size. The Type "A" Planned Development Permit (PDP) will be heard by the Zoning Administrator at a separate noticed public hearing.

Staff Recommendation: (1) Receive a staff report; (2) Receive testimony from the applicant and the public; (3) Approve the project with conditions and findings; and (4) Adopt the Initial Study and Mitigated Negative Declaration prepared and circulated in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

Staff Report - 145-074-DR2 Twin Parks Apartments

Attachment A Plans and Materials  - 145-074-DR2 Twin Parks Apartments

Attachment B Zoning Compliance - 145-074-DR2 Twin Parks Apartments

Attachment C Findings and Conditions of Approval  - 145-074-DR2 Twin Parks Apartments

Attachment D Initial Study and Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration - 145-074-DR2 Twin Parks Apartments

Attachment E Referral Comments - 145-074-DR2 Twin Parks Apartments

Attachment F Speier Mill Photo - 145-074-DR2 Twin Parks Apartments

2. Willey-Salt Restaurant Exterior Modifications, 761-773 8th Street, APN 021-108-003, File Number 156-128-DR. Project proposes exterior modifications required as part of a restaurant remodel in the south (alley) tenant space of a commercial building on the Arcata Plaza. Project modifications include: New siding and windows; ADA-accessible door; awning; signage; and exterior lighting. Application includes a downlight to illuminate the new restaurant’s 1:1 replacement sign located on the building’s north facing Arcata Plaza elevation. The property is located within the Arcata Plaza Historic District and is not a city designated Historic Landmark or Noteworthy structure.

Staff Recommendation:
(1) Receive a staff report;
(2) Open the project for public comment;
(3) Approve the project with conditions and findings; and
(4) Adopt a California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Categorical Exemption per sections 15301 Existing Facilities, Class One, and 15311 Accessory Structures, Class 11.

Staff Report and Public Notice - 156-128-DR Willey-Salt

Attachment A.1 Plans - 156-128-DR Willey-Salt

Attachment A.2 Alternate Plans - 156-128-DR Willey-Salt

Attachment A.3 Restaurant Photos - 156-128-DR Willey-Salt

Attachment A.4 Application Materials - 156-128-DR Willey-Salt

Attachment A.5 GIS - 156-128-DR Willey-Salt

Attachment B Findings and Conditions of Approval - 156-128-DR Willey-Salt

Attachment C Referral Comments + Previous Design Permit - 156-128-DR Willey-Salt

3. Samoa Boulevard Industrial Park Shed Demolition and New Building, 1061 Samoa Boulevard, APNs 021-185-016 & 503-251-013, File Number 145-125-DR.  Applicant seeks approval to demolish an existing shed structure and develop new 6,858 sf light industrial building and associated parking at the Samoa Boulevard Industrial Park. Project items under the HDRC’s purview that require submittal and future design review include driveway locations, parking layout, aisle and driveway surfacing, bicycle parking, landscaping, solid waste and recycling, outdoor lighting, and signage. The project is located in the Coastal Zone and city mapping identifies moderate and high liquefaction potential for the property. 

Staff Recommendation:
(1) Receive a staff report;
(2) Open the project for public comment;
(3) Approve the project with conditions and findings; and
(4) Adopt a California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Categorical Exemption per sections 15301 Existing Facilities, Class 1, and 15303 New Construction, Class 3.

Staff Report - 145-125-DR Samoa Blvd Industrial Park

Attachment A.1 Plans - 145-125-DR Samoa Blvd Industrial Park

Attachment A.2 Photos - 145-125-DR Samoa Blvd Industrial Park

Attachment A.3 Notice and Map

Attachment A.4 GIS - 145-125-DR Samoa Blvd Industrial Park

Attachment B Findings and Conditions of Approval - 145-125-DR Samoa Blvd Industrial Park

Attachment C Code Compliance Table - 145-125-DR Samoa Blvd Industrial Park

4. Bailard-Roeder Garage Demolition and Accessory Structure (Second Unit), 1357 C Street, APN 020-082-005, File Number 156-126-DR.  The property owner proposes to demolish an existing garage and construct a two-story accessory structure (second unit) consisting of a garage and a second floor residential unit. The property contains a Craftsman era residence and the garage, which is over 50 years of age, is similar in architectural style, design elements, and materials to the main house. An alley exists to the rear of the property. The residential property is located in the Bayview Neighborhood Conservation Area and is not a designated Historic Landmark or Noteworthy structure. 

Staff Recommendation:
(1) Receive a staff report;
(2) Open the project for public comment;
(3) Review Historic Landmark Committee recommendations;
(4) Approve the project as presented or with revisions and conditions and findings per the Commission; and
(5) Adopt a California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Categorical Exemption per Sections 15301 Existing Facilities, Class 1, and 15303 New Construction, Class 3.
OR
Alternative Staff Recommendation:
(3) Review Historic Landmarks Committee project recommendations and find that additional information is required prior to taking an action on demolition; and
(4) Continue the project and require the applicant to submit a Historic Report to provide additional information prior to HDRC determination on the proposed demolition.

Staff Report - 156-126-DR Bailard-Roeder

Attachment A.1 Historic Information and Plans - 156-126-DR Bailard-Roeder

Attachment A.2 Photos - 156-126-DR Bailard-Roeder

Attachment A.3 Contractor Letter - 156-126-DR Bailard-Roeder

Attachment A.4 Demo Notice and Map - 156-126-DR Bailard-Roeder

Attachment A.5 GIS - 156-126-DR Bailard-Roeder

Attachment B Findings and Conditions of Approval - 156-126-DR Bailard-Roeder

Attachment C HLC Recommendation - 156-126-DR Bailard-Roeder

V. BUSINESS ITEMS.

A. Discussion:  Design Review Exceptions.

B. Discussion: Creamery District.

VI. FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS. The purpose of this item is for Staff and the Commission to request and prioritize items to be placed on future agendas. No deliberation of the items will be conducted, nor will any action take place, other than whether a specific item will be included on a future agenda.

VII. CORRESPONDENCE, COMMISSION & STAFF COMMUNICATIONS.

VIII. ADJOURNMENT.