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04/06/1992226 MINUTES JOINT MEETING OF THE SAN LUIS OBISPO CITY COUNCIL AND PLANNING COMMISSION MONDAY, APRIL 6, 1992 - 7:00 P.M. COMMUNITY ROOM - CITY /COUNTY LIBRARY - 995 PALM STREET SAN LUIS OBISPO, CALIFORNIA ROLL CALL Councilmembers Present: Councilmembers Peg Pinard, Penny Rappa, Jerry Reiss, Bill Roalman, and Mayor Dunin Absent: None Planning Commission Present: Commissioners Brett Cross, Keith Gurnee, Barry Karleskint, Fred Peterson, Allen Settle, Dodie Williams and Chairman Gilbert Hoffman Absent: None City Staff Present: John Dunn, City Administrative Officer Ken Hampian, Assistant City Administrative Officer, Jeff Jorgensen, City Attorney; Pam Voges, City Clerk; Arnold Jonas, Community Development Director; Jim Gardiner, Police Chief; Dave Romero, Public Works Director, David Gray, Administrative Analyst Downtown Review Committee Present: Rod Levin, Pierre Rademaker, Ken Schwartz, Andrew Meriam, and Charles Crotser Mayor Dunin and Chairman Hoffman introduced the various members, welcoming everyone present. PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD There were no public comments. STUDY SESSION 1. DOWNTOWN DESIGN PLAN The Downtown Review Committee provided a lengthy (3 hour) presentation of the plan. They identified the primary goals as: A. Providing a physical framework to retain and strengthen the economic health and make provision for reasonable future growth in the downtown area. B. Give pedestrians priority in the downtown; encourage walking by making the downtown ■ a varied and exciting place. C. Treat streets and pedestrians ways as urbanized parks. 227 City Council Meeting Page 2 Monday, April 6, 1992 - 7:00 P.M. D.' Improve downtown circulation by emphasizing alternative routes for through traffic not passing through the court area. E. Provide parking structures at strategic points on the periphery that are within easy walking distance to the major activity areas. F. Eliminate surface parking within the court area to allow enfll commercial and mixed use. G. Improve access between the downtown core and peripheral areas through better public transit; increase parking spaces for private autos and regulating times and incentives to minimize conflicts with service vehicles. H. Preserve and augment the visual mixture. 1. Enhance San Luis Creek as a visual resource. I Create opportunities for an additional 1 -2 anchor retail stores. K. Provide and maintain quality environment to keep office and retail establishments in the core area L. Encourage the County to meet its future office needs in the vicinity of the existing County Government Center. M. Expand cultural and recreational entertainment facilities in the downtown. N. Preserve residential uses on the periphery of the downtown and encourage more residential uses on upper stories of commercial buildings in the core area. O. Provide harmonious transitions between core area functions and neighbors on the edges. P. Accent the entrees and gateways to the downtown. Ken Schwartz presented a slide presentation of the downtown's history over the last 20 years. Pierre Rademaker reviewed the design aspects of the concept plan. Chuck Crotser explained changes required to the Circulation Element including possible street closures. Andrew Meriam identified the current and proposed historical districts on the map and explained the importance of preserving them. Councilwoman Pinard thanked the committee for its efforts and questioned the next steps for implementation. She was particularly concerned about the financial aspects of the program and what that would involve. Commissioner Settle urged that the city identify ways of encouraging the lending institutions to change some of their policies to allow easier credit to business and commercial investors. Upon question, Mr. Schwartz stated the next step in the process was the Planning Commission review. He suggested review of the mixed use policies. Further, to begin to identify this in the Capital Improvement Program and include future property acquisitions as needed. Mayor Dunin suggested referring this to the Planning Commission with its recommendations for implementation including the C.I.P. 228 City Council Meeting Monday, April 6, 1992 - 7:00 P.M. Page 3 Commissioner Peterson believed the city needed to be aggressive in attracting businesses in the downtown. After thanking the Downtown Concept Plan Committee for their efforts and the amount of hours in volunteer work they have provided for the program, moved by Ranna /Reiss the Council gratefully accepted the Design Concept Program and referred it to the Planning Commission for processing. 10..00 P.M. there being no further business to come before the City Council, Mayor Dunin adjourned the meeting. APPROVED BY COUNCIL: 5/19/92 V Pa Voges, City Cle PV:cm rlo MINUTES REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL TUESDAY, APRIL 7, 1992 - 7:00 P.M. COUNCIL CHAMBERS - CITY HALL - 990 PALM STREET SAN LUIS OBISPO, CALIFORNIA ROLL CALL Councilmembers 1 Present: Councilmembers Peg Pinard, Penny Rappa, Jerry Reiss, Bill Roalman, and Mayor Dunin Absent: None City Staff Present: John Dunn, City Administrative Officer, Ken Hampian, Assistant City Administrative Officer, Jeff Jorgensen, City Attorney; Pam Voges, City Clerk; Wayne Peterson, City Engineer, Arnold Jonas, Community Development Director, Bill Statler, Finance Director, Bob Neumann, Fire Chief; Ann McPike, Personnel Director, Jim Gardiner, Police Chief; Dave Romero, Public Works Director; Harry Watson, Transit Manager, Deb Hossli, Administrative Analyst PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD P.C.I. Carla Sanders urged the Council to support the previous advisory vote on State Water. P.C.2. Mike Hughes, representing Gay and Lesbian business owners, urged a formal liaison be appointed to. represent them and a task force be formed to protect them from discrimination. P.C3. Richard Schmidt felt the Council was violating the Brown Act in its briefings with staff regarding State Water. Moved by Pinard / Roalman that the briefings for the State Water project be posted. Motion carried (4-1, Mayor Dunin voting no). 0 P.C.4. Timothy Farrell expressed disappointment in what he believed was a Councilmember's revised stand on State Water.