Getting in the zone

Signal Hill Planning Commission amends zoning ordinances in preparation for new dog park

Sebastian Echeverry | Signal Tribune
On Tuesday, Nov. 21, the Signal Hill Planning Commission unanimously voted to adopt general-plan zoning amendments that would allow for the development of a new dog park on a 1.5-acre land space, located off California Avenue near the Gateway shopping center and the I-405. The amendments reclassify .4 acres as an Open Space zone and 1.1 acres as a Public Institutional zone.

During its swift Tuesday, Nov. 21 meeting, the Signal Hill Planning Commission unanimously voted to adopt general-plan zoning amendments that would allow for the development of a new dog park.

The park will be located just off of California Avenue near the Gateway shopping center and the 405 Freeway.

Originally, this 1.5-acre land space was considered a Commercial General zone. The planning commission’s amendments reclassify .4 acres as an Open Space zone and 1.1 acres as a Public Institutional zone.

Commissioner Jane Fallon said that she was “very happy” with the City’s vote to reclassify the zoning ordinance.

An initial study last year for the dog park concluded that it was necessary to include mitigation measures associated with stormwater impacts.

However, current construction plans for the park indicated that stormwater runoff is addressed and the park is compliant with municipal separate storm sewer (MS4) permit regulations, according to the City’s presentation about the park.

A current study of the dog park found that there are no significant environmental impacts.

Scott Charney, City of Signal Hill Community Development director, gave a brief presentation on the City’s beautification and sustainability awards programs goals and expectations for 2018.

The beautification award acknowledges commercial and public properties in the city that have upgraded fences or gates, remodeled exteriors, new landscaping projects and new paint jobs. The sustainability award program recognizes residents and businesses that make efforts to save water and energy by planting drought-tolerant plants or solar-energy panels.

Charney said that there are few public nominations for the awards. He invited planning commissioners to speak with community members to get more involved with the award programs.

“Staff relies on you to be the bridge to the neighborhood,” Charney said.

He said that the City will rework the webpage to display the award programs and to add additional funds for advertising purposes.
Following the presentation, the planning commission voted to adjourn the meeting.

The next public meeting will be Tuesday, Dec. 19 in the Signal Hill City Chamber at 7pm.

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