Planning Commission Meeting Monday Night
The Costa Mesa Planning Commission led by Chairman Jim Fitzpatrick will meet for the first time in March with what appears to be a fairly light agenda, HERE. The meeting begins in City Council Chambers at City Hall at 6:00 p.m.
CODE ENFORCEMENT UPDATE
The Consent Calendar contains the Code Enforcement Update, HERE, but it's not likely that it will be pulled for discussion.
ANOTHER INFILL HOUSING PROJECT
The first Public Hearing is for a tentative tract map for a 6-unit, two-story detached residential development at 2183, 2187 and 2191 Miner Street called The Oxford Cottages, HERE. As has been the case in most recent requests for similar developments, this one has a load of requests for deviations/modifications to the current codes, including reduced front and rear yard setbacks, reduction is space between buildings and a small reduction in the front yard setback. The staff is recommending approval.
RECYCLING CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT
Public Hearing #2 is the six-month review of the conditional use permit for a neighborhood recycling permit in the State Bros. Market parking lot at 2180 Newport Boulevard, HERE. This permit has thirty (30) conditions which, based on a review of the staff report, several of which are out of compliance. The commission will provide direction regarding the continuance or revocation of the conditional use permit.
EXPAND RESTAURANT BY 240%
Public Hearing #3, HERE, is a request for the expansion of an existing restaurant (the Wild Goose) from 1,517 square feet to 5,185 square feet as part of a new two-story, 8,720 square foot multi-tenant retail/office building. The staff has requested this item be continued - again - to the meeting of March 24th. This project also has many deviations, including conditional use permits for 15 valet parking spaces for weekend use; expansion of outdoor seating; a shared driveway. They also want to deviate from the shared parking requirements down to 50 from the 72 spaces required and to deviate from the maximum number of compact parking spaces, up to 10 from the current maximum of 7. This was a hot-button project for the surrounding neighbors the first time around and I expect it will also be when the commission finally hears it later this month.
DESIGN AWARD TO AN EMPLOYEE?
The final item on the agenda, New Business #1, is the nomination of city Code Enforcement Officer Mike Brumbaugh for the "Planning Commission Design Award", HERE. This is strange. In the past such awards are presented to projects, not people, and particularly not employees. I know Brumbaugh a little bit - he's a swell guy who appears to be doing a terrific job. But a "Design Award"? Really?