Planning Commission Agenda For Tonight
The Costa Mesa Planning Commission, under the direction of Chairman Colin McCarthy - also president of the Costa Mesa Taxpayer's Association and main shill for the OC GOP attempt to take over Costa Mesa government - has an agenda that could generate some interesting discussions and evoke comments from the public, too. You can read the agenda HERE. The meeting begins at 6:00 p.m. in City Council Chambers.
MORE ALCOHOL TO BE DISPENSED AT "THE TRIANGLE"!
In the Consent Calendar there is an item requesting yet another liquor license for The Triangle (formerly known as Triangle Square). You can read the request for the transfer of this license from another location just down the street to this location HERE. In my opinion, we have more than plenty of places where a person who wants to get soused can do so, including just a stone's throw up the street at a pub owned by a current council member. I'm hoping that a city council in the future will seriously look at the proliferation of liquor stores and bars in our city. There's a reason members of the CMPD consistently rank high in the number of DUI arrests they make each year.
RECYCLING CENTER REQUEST CONTINUED
The first Public Hearing deals with a new Recycling Center on the Westside. The applicant has requested a continuance until the May 14th meeting.
STARBUCKS AND MORE
The second Public Hearing is a request to convert an existing building at 450 17th Street into a drive-thru Starbucks coffee dispensary plus something described as "another food use". It's my understanding that many of my Eastside neighbors are not happy with this and may show up tonight to speak against it. You can read the staff report HERE. As an aside, I have a question... Just how many Starbucks stores do we need in a two block stretch? This would be the third in basically three blocks! Yikes!
TWO FOR ONE
The third Public Hearing is a request to convert a residential lot at 164 Flower Street into two parcels so a two-unit common interest development can be constructed and each sold separately. The variances for this one seem minor. You can read the staff report HERE.
NEW WESTSIDE DEVELOPMENT
Finally, the fourth Public Hearing deals with a request to build a six-unit common interest development at 2070 Maple Avenue - another attempt to upgrade the Westside one development at a time. The staff report, including all the requests for variances, can be read HERE.
MORE PLANNING COMMISSION MEETINGS LATELY
In case you've not noticed, our Planning Commission has begun to have more meetings lately. That's a very good thing. That means that folks with money have finally decided to spend some of it developing and re-developing properties in Costa Mesa.