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Town of Atherton 
PLANNING COMMISSION AGENDA 
 March 23, 2022
 6:00 p.m.
REGULAR MEETING
 
THIS MEETING IS BEING HELD VIRTUALLY

This meeting is compliant with the Governors Executive Order N-08-21 issued on June 11, 2021 allowing for deviation of teleconference rules required by the Brown Act. The purpose of this is to provide the safest environment for staff and the public while allowing for public participation. The meeting will be held by tele or video conferencing. The public may participate via: Zoom Meeting.



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1.        ROLL CALL  
 
Planning Commissioners: Eric Lane, Randy Lamb, Nancy Lerner, Perry Narancic, Gabia Konce

Staff: Lisa Costa Sanders (Town Planner), Stephanie B. Davis (Principal Planner), Ralph Robinson (Assistant Planner), Sally Bentz-Dalton (Town Arborist), David Huynh (Senior Engineer), Andreas Booher (Deputy City Attorney)

2.        PUBLIC COMMENTS (only for items, which are not on the agenda - limit of 3 minutes per person)

3.        APPROVAL OF MINUTES –  February 23, 2022 Planning Commission Meeting

4.        PUBLIC HEARING

a. Special Structures Permit (SSP) – 52 Fairview Avenue, Atherton (APN 070-162-010) – Request for a Special Structures Permit to allow for a detached accessory structure (shed) to have a reduced front yard setback. Atherton Municipal Code Chapters 17.15, 17.32, 17.40.

Recommendation: Approve the Special Structures Permit.

 

b. Special Structures Permit (SSP) – 357 Walsh Road, Atherton (APN 074-130-220) – Request for a Special Structures Permit to allow for retaining walls greater than six (6) feet in height and less than twenty (20) feet from other retaining walls. Atherton Municipal Code Chapters 17.15, 17.32, 17.46.

Recommendation: Approve the Special Structures Permit.

 

c. Heritage Tree Removal (HTR) – 45 and 55 Melanie Lane, Atherton (APN 073-181-160 and 073-181-150) – Request for a Heritage Tree Removal (HTR) Permit for three (3) heritage redwood trees at 45 Melanie Lane and three (3) heritage trees at 55 Melanie Lane. Atherton Municipal Code Chapter 8.10.

Recommendation: Approve the Heritage Tree Removal.

 

d. Tree Protection Zone (TPZ) Exception – 186 Atherton Avenue, Atherton (APN 070-070-130 Request for Tree Protection Zone (TPZ) Exception for two (2) heritage oak trees. Atherton Municipal Code Chapter 8.10.

Recommendation: Approve the Tree Protection Zone Exception.

 

e. Variance – 25 Isabella Avenue, Atherton (APN 070-250-250) Request to allow for an eight (8) foot tall fence and construction of a retaining wall less than five (5) feet from a property line. Atherton Municipal Code Chapters 17.16, 17.32, 17.46.

Recommendation: Deny the Variance


5.        STAFF REPORTS

6.        COMMISSIONERS’ REPORTS

7.        ADJOURN

If you challenge a Town zoning, planning, or any other decision in court, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in this agenda, or in written correspondence delivered to the City Council at, or prior to, the public hearing.  Judicial review of any Town administrative decision may be had only if a petition is filed with the court not later than the 90th day following the date upon which the decision becomes final.  Judicial review of environmental determinations may be subject to a shorter time period.


Copies of all staff reports and documents subject to disclosure that relate to each item of business referred to on the agenda are available for public inspection by 5:00 p.m. the Friday before each regularly scheduled Planning Commission meeting at the Atherton Library, 2 Dinklespiel, Station Lane, and the Town Administrative Offices, 80 Fair Oaks Lane, Atherton, CA 94027.


In compliance with SB 343, materials related to an item on this Agenda submitted to the Planning Commission after distribution of the agenda packet are available for public inspection in the Town Administrative Offices, 80 Fair Oaks Lane, during normal business hours.


Planning Commission decisions are appealable by any aggrieved person to the City Council within 10 days of the date of the decision.


Pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance in this meeting, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at (650) 752-0500.  Notification of 48 hours prior to the meeting will enable the City to make reasonable arrangements to ensure accessibility to this meeting.  (29 CRF 35.104 ADA Title II)