By Jacob Wilson/Garden Grove Journal
The Westminster City Council at its May 12 meeting established a new development review process and a new fee structure for local businesses that want to make physical changes to their facilities.
“With this new fee structure more small businesses will be able to make changes and improvements,” said council member Andy Quach. “Our fees are significantly lower than other cities.”
Previously, businesses needed either a site plan review, an architectural design review or both. The old fee structure started at $465 for a minor site plan review without a design review. The highest cost was $3875 for combined site plan and design reviews that need planning commission approval.
“We’ve combined two separate processes into a streamlined development review,” said Art Bashmakian, Westminster‘s planning manager. “The lower fees reflect the faster process.”
Minor first level development reviews cost $275 and are needed for outside modifications to buildings less than 7,500 square feet. Larger buildings with less than 30 percent of exterior modifications also qualify. Major level one reviews, which cost $500, are needed for additions to industrial buildings under 5,000 square feet and commercial buildings smaller than 3,000 square feet.
Level two reviews are also divided into minor and major. Minor reviews cost $980 and cover exterior modifications to more than 30 percent of larger business buildings. Major reviews cost $2,580 and are needed for new buildings over 3,000 square feet.
Third-level development reviews are for building projects of 10,000 square feet or more and cost $3,865. This includes new buildings and large additions to existing buildings. Wireless communication facilities that are not designed as stealth facilities also require level three reviews.
The city council also approved new parking restrictions for Edwards Street at Navajo Road and for Trask Avenue.
No parking will be allowed on the west side of Edwards Street within 70 feet north of Navajo Road. A sight distance analysis called for 121 feet of parking restrictions but because of parking availability concerns, commission staff recommended 70 feet.
“You take your life in your hands when you turn there,” Mayor Margie Rice said about the Edwards and Navajo intersection.
No parking will also be allowed for 25 feet on either side of Shalom Preschool, located at 8362 Trask Ave. Currently there is no parking within 15 feet of the property. The restricted curbsides will most likely be painted red and reserved for emergency vehicles.
Westminster resident Melody Benabou asked the city to make the Edwards and Navajo intersection a no-parking zone in February because parked cars would block views of oncoming traffic. Jeong Lee requested the restrictions at Shalom Preschool.
The traffic commission voted to recommend the new restrictions at its March 30 meeting.