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Tuesday, January 27, 2015 

City Hall Council Chambers, 4th floor
6500 Palma Avenue, Atascadero, California
(Enter on Lewis Ave.)
 PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: Council Member Sturtevant
ROLL CALL: Mayor O'Malley
Mayor Pro Tem Moreno
Council Member Fonzi
Council Member Kelley
Council Member Sturtevant

  1.  Employee Service Awards
 CONSENT CALENDAR:  (All items on the consent calendar are considered to be routine and non-controversial by City staff and will be approved by one motion if no member of the Council or public wishes to comment or ask questions.  If comment or discussion is desired by anyone, the item will be removed from the consent calendar and will be considered in the listed sequence with an opportunity for any member of the public to address the Council concerning the item before action is taken.  DRAFT MINUTES:  Council meeting draft minutes are listed on the Consent Calendar for approval of the minutes.  Should anyone wish to request an amendment to draft minutes, the item will be removed from the Consent Calendar and their suggestion will be considered by the City Council.  If anyone desires to express their opinion concerning issues included in draft minutes, they should share their opinion during the Community Forum portion of the meeting.)    Motion and Vote
1. City Council Draft Action Minutes – January 13, 2015
  • Recommendation: Council approve the City Council Draft Action Minutes of January 13, 2015. [City Clerk]
2. Dove Creek - Onsite Landscape & Biological Mitigation Planting Acceptance, Bond Release and Reduction - Santa Barbara Road and El Camino Real
  • Fiscal Impact: None.
  • Recommendations: Council:
    1. Accept and certify the satisfactory completion of onsite landscape improvements and biological mitigation plantings related to Building Permit BLD 2006-06029, Tract 2626, Dove Creek Development; and,
    2. Authorize staff to release the Landscape Labor, Material, and Maintenance Letter of Credit for $310,447.71, and authorize the collection of an Irrevocable Performance Letter of Credit, Bond or Cash Deposit in the amount of $14,800.00 to ensure up to a two year maintenance period and US Army Corps of Engineers permit close out for biological replanting and restoration areas; and,
    3. Authorize staff to release the $14,800.00 Maintenance Warranty Letter of Credit or Cash Deposit upon satisfactory completion and close out of permits by the US Army Corps of Engineers. [Community Development]
 UPDATES FROM THE CITY MANAGER: (The City Manager will give an oral report on any current issues of concern to the City Council.)
 COMMUNITY FORUM: (This portion of the meeting is reserved for persons wanting to address the Council on any matter not on this agenda and over which the Council has jurisdiction. Speakers are limited to three minutes. Please state your name for the record before making your presentation. Comments made during Community Forum will not be a subject of discussion. A maximum of 30 minutes will be allowed for Community Forum, unless changed by the Council. Any members of the public who have questions or need information, may contact the City Clerk’s Office, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at 470-3400, or
  1.  PLN 2014-1493 / GPA 2014-0028 - Adoption of 2014 - 2019 Housing Element (H.E. Cycle A-2015) - Safety Element Amendments (S.E. Cycle A-2015) - (City of Atascadero)        Motion and Vote
  • Ex-Parte Communications:
  • Fiscal Impact: Adopting the updated Housing Element will not have a direct fiscal impact on the City. The City is required to have a certified Housing Element in order to apply for State Grants and to issue building permits both of which create positive revenues for the City.
  • Recommendations: Planning Commission recommends the City Council:
    1. Adopt Draft Resolution A, approving the 2014-2019 City of Atascadero Housing Element Update (PLN 2014-1493/ GPA 2014-0028) based on findings; and,
    2. Adopt Draft Resolution B, approving amendments to the Safety Element of the Atascadero General Plan Land Use Element (PLN 2014-1493/ GPA 2014-0028) based on findings. [Community Development]
  1.  PLN 2013-1473 - ALPS Three Bridges Trailhead - Request for Use of City of Property & City Funding Commitment - Atascadero Creek Reservation #A & Carmelita Road - (Atascadero Land Preservation Society)       Motion and Vote
  • Fiscal Impact:
    • $500,000 from the Open Space Acquisition Fund to complete construction of the trailhead and emergency access road from Barranco Road at Highway 41. Fund balance is currently $596,188.
    • $120,000 bridge loan from the Tree Plant Fund, for ALPS trail construction, to be secured by ALPS property and repaid upon payment by the Natural Resources Agency grant which has been awarded to ALPS. Fund balance is currently $326,330.
    • City staff time and resources to manage and construct the trailhead and emergency access road at Carmelita as a capital project.
  • Recommendations: Council:
    1. Adopt Draft Resolution A, certifying proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration 2014-0010 prepared for the project; and,
    2. Authorize the City Manager to enter into a Use Agreement with ALPS to allow ongoing use of City property on Carmelita Road for a trailhead; and,
    3. Authorize the City Manager to execute a Deed of Conservation and Open Space Preservation Easement and a Public Access Easement, to guarantee open space status and public access to trails on the ALPS owned properties at 8300, 8350, 8400 Toloso Road (Three Bridges Oak Preserve property) in perpetuity; and,
    4. Authorize the City Manager to execute the required documents for a bridge loan to ALPS in the amount of $120,000, with funds from the City’s Tree Plant Fund, provided that the loan be secured by ALPS property, to front the project construction costs which will be later repaid by reimbursement by the California Natural Resources Agency grant; and,
    5. Authorize the Administrative Services Director to appropriate $500,000 in Open Space Acquisition funds and $58,000 in ALPS contribution funds for the for construction of trailhead parking and a 20-foot emergency access road on Carmelita (from Barranco Road to Highway 41); and,
    6. Adopt Draft Resolution B, approving a preliminary trailhead and emergency access road design for construction on City property at APN 055-161-003 (Atascadero Creek Reservation #A) and on Carmelita Road right-of-way. [Community Development]
  2.  Economic Development - Commercial District Appearance - 2015 Signage Clean-up Strategy      Motion and Vote
  • Fiscal Impact: Reducing the permit fee to $50 would reduce permit fees by approximately $4,250 annually. However, the long term financial benefit of improving the commercial districts and making it more competitive with surrounding communities is expected to result in an ongoing financial benefit to the City.
  • Recommendations: Council:
    1. Direct the City Manager to bring back a resolution reducing building permit fees for commercial sign permits to a flat fee of $50 for a period of 18 months; and,
    2. Direct the City Manager to bring back a resolution reducing Administrative Use Permit fees for commercial sign permits to a flat fee of $100 for a period of 18 months; and,
    3. Direct staff to create an expedited process for issuance of commercial sign permits; and,
    4. Determine that A-Frames signs are not allowed to be placed within a public right-of-way due to safety, liability and accessibility concerns; and,
    5. Direct staff to implement a phased, banner clean-up program. Staff will coordinate with the Chamber of Commerce on public information. [Community Development]
  3.  Fiscal Year 2013-2014 Audit
  • Fiscal Impact: None.
  • Recommendation: Council review and accept the financial audit for the period ended June 30, 2014. [Administrative Services]
  4. Strategic Planning Update
  • Fiscal Impact: There is no direct impact as a result of this report.
  • Recommendation: Council receive and file this report on the progress being made relative to the City Council's six goals. [City Manager]
 COUNCIL ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REPORTS: (On their own initiative, Council Members may make a brief announcement or a brief report on their own activities. Council Members may ask a question for clarification, make a referral to staff or take action to have staff place a matter of business on a future agenda. The Council may take action on items listed on the Agenda.)
D.  COMMITTEE REPORTS:     (The following represent standing committees. Informative status reports will be given, as felt necessary):
  Mayor O'Malley
1. City / Schools Committee
2. County Mayors Round Table
3. Integrated Waste Management Authority (IWMA)
4. SLO Council of Governments (SLOCOG)
5. SLO Regional Transit Authority (RTA)

Mayor Pro Tem Moreno
1. California Joint Powers Insurance Authority (CJPIA) Board
2. City of Atascadero Finance Committee (Chair)
3. Economic Vitality Corporation, Board of Directors (EVC)

 Council Member Fonzi
1. Air Pollution Control District
2. Oversight Board for Successor Agency to the Community Redevelopment Agency of Atascadero
3. SLO Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo)
4. City of Atascadero Design Review Committee
5. Water Issues Liason

Council Member Kelley
1. Atascadero State Hospital Advisory Committee
2. City of Atascadero Design Review Committee
3. Homeless Services Oversight Council
4. City of Atascadero Finance Committee

Council Member Sturtevant
1. City / Schools Committee
2. League of California Cities - Council Liaison
  1. City Council
2. City Clerk
3. City Treasurer
4. City Attorney
5. City Manager
Please note: Should anyone challenge any proposed development entitlement listed on this Agenda in court, that person may be limited to raising those issues addressed at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the City Council at or prior to this public hearing. Correspondence submitted at this public hearing will be distributed to the Council and available for review in the City Clerk's office.