Thursday, April 10, 2014

Planning Commission Agenda

JIMMY FITZY AND HIS MERRY MEN
Next Monday, April 14, 2014, the Costa Mesa Planning Commission will meet for their first meeting this month.  The agenda can be viewed HERE.  The meeting begins at 6:00 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall.

CONSENT CALENDAR
This one has the potential to be VERY interesting.  The Consent Calendar contains  a couple items that will be of interest for you to review, even if they do not get pulled for discussion on Monday.  #2 is the Code Enforcement Update, HERE.  #3 is the 2013 Annual Review of the General Plan, HERE.

OFFSITE PARKING AT THE CAMP
There are two public hearings scheduled for the evening.  #1, HERE, is a review of the Conditional Use Permit for offsite parking at The Camp on Randolph Avenue.  The applicant wants the CUP to run until it's no longer needed, avoiding another review in another ten years.  The staff recommends approval.

SANDPIPER MOTEL CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT

Public Hearing #2, HERE, is the dicey one for the evening.  This one recommends that the Planning Commission direct the staff to prepare a resolution that either indicates that the Sandpiper Motel has been operating in violation of its CUP and/or as a public nuisance and revoke the CUP, OR conclude there are insufficient findings to revoke it and allow the business to continue to operate.  This should be a very interesting discussion.

2013 PLANNING COMMISSION GOALS

The final item on the agenda, New Business #1, is the Status Report on 2013 Planning Commission Goals, HERE.  This was delayed from a previous meeting because they just ran out of time.  The staff report provides information on the ten (10) goals the commission set for itself last year and makes suggestions for 2014 goals.  The ten goals for last year are listed below:

  1. Adoption of a Small Lot Subdivision Ordinance.
  2. Proactive Enforcement of Convenience Markets and Liquor Stores.
  3. Modification of Fire Prevention Turnaround requirements in site planning for properties.
  4. Motel Solutions and Enforcement.
  5. Additional parking requirements for nightclubs, coffee shops with Wi-Fi access, and small food & beverage establishments.
  6. Updating of sign standards and requirements.
  7. Develop landscape pallets for market windows and arterials.
  8. Review "Enhanced Code Enforcement Project".  Did it accomplish goals?  Were hardship cases treated respectfully?  Were there many hardship cases?.
  9. Commissioner Participation in the General Plan Meetings.... How many?
  10. With the liquor store, bars, restaurants morphing into night spots, does Costa Mesa have alcohol related arrests/problems due to these establishments? 
A quick peek at the staff report will give you plenty of information about their "accomplishments".

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