SANTA ROSA CITY COUNCIL SPECIAL MEETING MINUTES
MONDAY, JUNE 10, 2002
COUNCIL CHAMBER, CITY HALL, 100 SANTA ROSA AVENUE
3:00 P.M. (MAYOR'S CONFERENCE ROOM)
1. CALL TO ORDER AND ROLL CALL
Mayor Martini called the meeting to order at 3:00 p.m. in the Mayor's Conference Room. Present: Mayor Martini, Vice Mayor Wright, Councilmembers Bender, Condron, Evans, Rabinowitsh and Vas Dupre (arrived at 3:10 p.m.).
2. CITIZEN PUBLIC APPEARANCES
Lisa Stagnoli spoke regarding allowing grocery stores in neighborhood versus community centers, advocating for allowing only smaller stores, citing Pacific Market as an example, for neighborhood markets and reserving Community Center designations for larger stores. She asked that the plan not be based on one proposed grocery store.
Tom Scott, Oliver's Market manager, noted that Oliver's is 21,500 square feet, and advocated having 30,000 square foot supermarkets in community centers which need strong anchors.
Maureen Middlebrook, Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce, made reference to a letter submitted by the Chamber regarding the housing allocation plan, cautioning that monitoring this would not be manageable and opposed its addition to the General Plan.
Jill Sitton stated opposition to amending the General Plan with the provisions relating to grocery stores in neighborhood and community centers. She stated it appears the plan will be changed to accommodate a single proposed project. She stated that the neighborhood center designation is designed for the immediate needs of the neighborhood, and the community center designation must serve a larger population to be viable. She stated that Whole Foods is not appropriate for a neighborhood center, but belongs in the community center zone, and stated that a market study should be conducted.
3. CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION - DRAFT GENERAL PLAN - SANTA ROSA 2020
Community Development Director Wayne Goldberg briefly outlined the process to date, noting that the first eight in a series of discussion items had been completed, and asked that the remaining discussion items be addressed, with staff to report on those items which the Council has requested more information.
The Council then resumed its review of the discussion issues enumerated on the staff working document entitled "City Council Discussion Items, June 4, 2002," reviewing items 8 through 20. Wayne Goldberg, Dick Carlile, Lisa Kranz, Ken MacNab and Mike Sheppard were present to answer questions. Susan McCue was also present.
Mr. Carlile commented that there is a need for a downtown urban plan that is a more physical plan with a block by block prescription for design, parking, and other elements to be considered in an overall plan. Discussion ensued among Council members, with the resulting consensus being to leave the language as stated.
Discussion regarding the item relating to the jobs to housing ratio ensued, with the objective of maintaining a balance so as not to discourage commercial development while still providing for affordable housing, noting the potential for jobs to go to other towns while employees still reside in Santa Rosa. It was agreed to monitor progress and omit reference to a housing ratio number. It was also requested that diversity of incomes be monitored as well.
It was the consensus to add to infrastructure concurrency for sidewalks that on-site improvements are required, and off-site are strongly encouraged. It was suggested that the policy be monitored over time.
Regarding provision of city services to county areas prior to annexation, it was suggested that planning efforts be more closely coordinated between the city and county for those areas.
Regarding equestrian facilities, it was suggested that the statement to expand facilities remain intact, and then work through the Recreation and Parks Department to implement the policy on a site specific basis.
4. ADJOURNMENT OF MEETING
Hearing no further business, Mayor Martini adjourned the meeting at 5:45 p.m. The next regularly scheduled meeting will take place on June 11, 2002, at 2:30 p.m.