Monday, August 26, 2013

Planning Commission Meeting Agenda Tonight

ONE MORE TIME
The Costa Mesa Planning Commission, chaired by the ever-dynamic Jim Fitzpatrick, will meet again this evening at 6:00 in City Council Chambers for what may be a fairly short meeting.

On the agenda tonight, HERE, are a couple of public hearings and two items under new business.

A FOURTH EXTENSION?
The first Public Hearing is a request for a FOURTH one year extension of a project that proposes building 26 attached three-story units with a handful of deviations, listed on the staff report, HERE.  The staff recommends approval of the request.

"CONTINUING" A CONTROVERSIAL PROJECT
The second Public Hearing is request to continue this item to the Planning Commission meeting of September 9, 2013.  This item, HERE, is Peter Zehnder's project in the 2500 block of Santa Ana Avenue that
generated significant public outcry when it was first presented on July 8, 2013.  You'll understand why when you read the list of variances, administrative adjustments, deviations and minor modifications involved.

SMART & FINAL NOMINATION
Under New Business there's a request from a resident to nominate the renovation of the Smart & Final store on east 19th Street for an award.

CODE ENFORCEMENT TICKETING PROCEDURE
The final item on the agenda, HERE, is a presentation by staff on how Code Enforcement violations are handled.  This should be interesting, since there's a lot of "urban myth" stories about Code Enforcement policies floating around these days.

WHY TWO MEETINGS A MONTH?
So, once again, the Planning Commission has very little to do at this meeting - which seems to be a habit ever since they decided to meet twice a month again earlier this year.  I'm still trying to figure out how this makes any sense from a "utilization of staff resources" standpoint.

MORE LATER
I'll report later this evening on the events of this very brief meeting.

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