Thin Agenda For Planning Commission Tonight
The overpaid Costa Mesa Planning Commission will meet once again this evening for yet another skimpy agenda. I said "overpaid" because these guys earn more than double most other similar municipal bodies based on the most recent survey done and, more than a little ironically, some of them are among the most vocal about employee pay and benefits.
CODE ENFORCEMENT UPDATE
Anyhow, tonight they will receive yet another Code Enforcement Update, HERE, that tells you which of your neighbors have been slackers when it comes to keeping up their properties, which ones have been slapped with fines and which ones have cleaned up their operations. It makes for interesting reading.
CODIFYING EXISTING VALET PARKING
There are four (4) Public Hearings on the agenda tonight. The first one, HERE, requests a conditional use permit to authorize an existing valet parking service that is already provided to customers at the location - a medical office building on Nutmeg Lane. A review of the staff report shows nothing particularly controversial, so I expect it will be approved.
ANOTHER DEVELOPMENT FULL OF DEVIATIONS
The second one is a tentative tract map for a 10-unit condominium development in the 500 block of Bernard Street, HERE. Although it contains nine (9) requests for deviations, including a lot that is half the size normally required, open space significantly below guidelines and only half the front set back, the staff is recommending approval. I'll be interested to hear why...
"SINGLE HOUSEKEEPING UNITS"
The third Public Hearing is a change in the municipal code to tighten-up the definition of a "single housekeeping unit", HERE. This was prompted by a lawsuit filed against the city which it lost involving a residence with more than double the approved number of occupants. Theoretically, this change will make it possible to more adequately regulate "group homes" with six or fewer residents.
The final Public Hearing, HERE, is a change in the Municipal Code to tighten up the requirements for so-called "Hookah Parlors", making it more difficult for them to open throughout the city.
NEIGHBORHOOD ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM #4
The final item on the agenda, New Business #1, HERE, deals with Residential Neighborhood Enhancement Program Number Four, which basically covers the area shown in the photo below. Apparently, the purpose of this agenda item is to receive input from the property owners involved and for the commission to direct staff to initiate the program for the neighborhood.