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Design Commission - Minutes     
Wednesday, January 12, 2011

CALL TO ORDER:
Chair Maloof called the meeting to order at 7:32 PM in the Council Chambers, 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island, Washington. 
 
ROLLCALL:
Chair Emmett Maloof, Vice-Chair Scott Kuznicki, Commissioners Steve Bryan, Bert Loosmore, and Donald McLaughlin were present.  Commissioners Susanne Foster and Lucia Pirzio-Biroliand were excused.  Council Liaison Bruce Bassett was present.
 
STAFF PRESENT:
Shana Crick, Planner; Travis Saunders, Planner; and George Steirer, Principal Planner were present.
 
MEETING MINUTES APPROVAL:
Chair Maloof motioned to approve the minutes from November 10, 2010. The minutes were approved by acclamation.
 
REGULAR BUSINESS:
AGENDA ITEM #1 – Open record public hearing: Chevron Station Addition
Travis Saunders, Planner, provided a staff presentation and responded to questions from the Design Commission.
 
Dan Baggen of Mercer Capital, L.L.C. provided the presentation for the applicant and answered questions from the Design Commission.
 
Chair Maloof opened the hearing for public testimony at 7:51 PM.
 
David Ulrich of 7655 Sunset Highway, Mercer Island, WA 98040 provided testimony. 
 
Chair Maloof closed the hearing at 7:53 PM and the Design Commission deliberated.
 
Vice-Chair Kuznicki moved to grant DSR10-021 final Design Commission approval for a 252 square feet, single-story addition to an existing building in the Town Center, as demonstrated in Exhibits 1 through 6 in the January 12, 2011 staff report to the Design Commission subject to the following conditions of approval:
1. If the applicant has not submitted a complete application for a building permit within two years from the date of the notice of the final design review decision, or within two years from the decision on appeal from the final design review decision, design review approval shall expire. The design commission or code official may grant an extension for no longer than 12 months, for good cause shown, if a written request is submitted at least 30 days prior to the expiration date. The applicant is responsible for knowledge of the expiration date.
2. All landscaping depicted in Exhibit 4 shall be maintained in good condition. Maintenance shall include regular watering, mowing, pruning, clearance of debris and weeds, removal and replacement of dead plants and the repair and replacement of irrigation systems.
 
Commissioner Bryan seconded the motion.
 
The motion passed with five ‘yeas’ and zero ‘nays’.
 
AGENDA ITEM #2 – Open record public hearing: Jacksons Food Store Addition
Shana Crick, Planner, gave the staff report. The Design Commission did not have any questions regarding the staff report.
 
Caryl Mattson of Barghausen Consulting Engineers, Inc. gave the applicant’s presentation and responded to questions from the Design Commission.
 
The Design Commission deliberated.
 
Commissioner Bryan moved to grant final Design Commission approval of a single-story addition, a new trash enclosure, replacement windows and doors, and a new accessibility ramp as demonstrated in Exhibits 1-5 in the January 12, 2011 staff report to the Design Commission subject to the following conditions of approval:
1. If the applicant has not submitted a complete application for a building permit within two years from the date of the notice of the final design review decision, or within two years from the decision on appeal from the final design review decision, design review approval shall expire. The design commission or code official may grant an extension for no longer than 12 months, for good cause shown, if a written request is submitted at least 30 days prior to the expiration date. The applicant is responsible for knowledge of the expiration date.
2. All landscaping depicted in Exhibit 3 shall be maintained in good condition. Maintenance shall include regular watering, mowing, pruning, clearance of debris and weeds, removal and replacement of dead plants and the repair and replacement of irrigation systems.
3. The proposed walls of the trash enclosure, as illustrated by Exhibit 5, shall be increased to a minimum height of 7 feet.
 
Commissioner Loosmore seconded the motion and proposed a friendly amendment to the motion adding a condition of approval requiring that indigenous, drought tolerant, or plant species proven adaptable to the local climate be used.
 
Commissioner Bryan seconded Commissioner Loosmore’s friendly amendment.
 
The motion was amended as follows:
 
Commissioner Bryan moved to grant final Design Commission approval of a single-story addition, a new trash enclosure, replacement windows and doors, and a new accessibility ramp as demonstrated in Exhibits 1-5 in the January 12, 2011 staff report to the Design Commission subject to the following conditions of approval:
1. If the applicant has not submitted a complete application for a building permit within two years from the date of the notice of the final design review decision, or within two years from the decision on appeal from the final design review decision, design review approval shall expire. The design commission or code official may grant an extension for no longer than 12 months, for good cause shown, if a written request is submitted at least 30 days prior to the expiration date. The applicant is responsible for knowledge of the expiration date.
2. All landscaping depicted in Exhibit 3 shall be maintained in good condition. Maintenance shall include regular watering, mowing, pruning, clearance of debris and weeds, removal and replacement of dead plants and the repair and replacement of irrigation systems.
3. The proposed walls of the trash enclosure, as illustrated by Exhibit 5, shall be increased to a minimum height of 7 feet.
4. Indigenous, drought tolerant, or plant species proven adaptable to the local climate shall be used.
 
The motion passed with five ‘yeas’ and zero ‘nays’.
 
 
OTHER BUSINESS:
 
At their upcoming retreat, the City Council will be discussing potential code amendments allowing for administrative design review on all wireless communications facilities and minor exterior modifications to existing structures in the Town Center.
 
The Commissioners discussed potential modifications to the existing Design Commission Bylaws. Staff was directed to send an email to ascertain each Commissioner’s preferred regular Design Commission meeting time. 
 
Staff conducted elections for Chair and Vice-Chair of the Design Commission.  George Steirer, Principal Planner, explained the process to the Commission. Commissioner Loosmore nominated Commission Maloof for Chair. Commissioner Maloof was re-elected Chair with 4 ‘yeas’ and 1 abstention. Commissioner Loosmore nominated Commissioner Kuznicki as Vice-Chair. Commissioner Kuznicki was re-elected Vice-Chair with five ‘yeas’ and zero ‘nays’. 
 
Neither a Council Liaison report nor staff comments were given.
 
Joint training with the Planning Commission, the Open Space Conservancy Trust Board, and the Design Commission training will be held on February 23, 2011.
 
The next regular Design Commission meeting is scheduled for January 26, 2011.
 
ADJOURNMENT:     8:40 PM



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