Annexation, Smoking Lounges And More...
HERE. This meeting will also be televised live on CMTV - Channel 3 on Time Warner Cable and Channel 99 on ATT U-Verse and streamed live at the City Website. It will be available for later viewing via streamed video at the city web site and also on television replay. That schedule will be available via the City Website after the meeting.
AN INTERESTING EVENING
This one promises to be VERY interesting, so let me just run down the agenda items for you to review. If any pique your interest and you wish to communicate with the Planning Commission and/or City Staff there are contact addresses available on the City Website.
The Consent Calendar contains items that typically are not individually reviewed by the commissioners, but are voted on in one vote. However, anyone may ask to have any of those items pulled for discussion and a separate vote. There are four (4) items on the agenda Monday. The first is the minutes of the April 28th, 2014 meeting.
CHECK THIS OUT
CC#2 is the Code Enforcement Update, HERE. You may find this information useful to see which of your neighbors have been cited and/or fined for transgressions.
CC#3 is VERY interesting. This is the Development Phasing and Performance Monitoring Program Report (DPPMP), HERE, required by County Measure M funding eligibility requirements and the Growth Management Element of the City of Costa Mesa 2000 General Plan. You may find some of the charts tracking growth and traffic useful.
CC#4, HERE, is the proposed vacation of a sliver of Public Right-of-Way at 1677 Superior Avenue.
GAME ROOM OR RENTAL SPACE?
Public Hearing #1 is a request to build an over-sized garage with second story game room at 2175 Placentia Avenue, HERE. I think most of us would love to have this kind of garage/fun room at our homes, but this one looks very much like that "game room" could end up being rental living quarters - something not permitted by our code.
ADD A TOWING COMPANY
Public Hearing #2 is a request amend the existing Conditional Use Permit to add a towing company to an existing auto repair business at 1343 Logan Avenue, HERE. The applicant has requested a continuance but it's not clear that will be granted based on the staff report.
MAPLE CROSSING CONDOS
Public Hearing #3 is a request for a 37-unit condominium development at 573-591 Victoria Street - basically at Victoria Street at Maple, HERE. There are significant deviations being requested involving rear yard second story setback, building separation, open space and building bulk/massing. It will be interesting to see if the Planning Commission does as it has been doing and permits a project with significant deviations.
HOOKAH, CIGARS AND VAPING
Public Hearing #4 is a proposed ordinance for so-called "smoking lounges" - those businesses that provide smoking lounges for hookah, cigars and electronic cigarettes - vapor or vaping lounges, HERE. If the Planning Commission approves it - as the staff recommends - it will go to the City Council soon for the first reading. I've read through this staff report and the ordinance. It imposes some very significant restrictions on operators.
COLLEEN-SANTA ANA ANNEXATION
Public Hearing #5 deals with the annexation of a section of the Eastside referred to as the Colleen-Santa Ana Annexation Area, HERE, near Santa Ana Avenue and 22nd Street. Some may know that it has been the goal of the County of Orange to get rid of little islands of county land - to get them annexed-off to contiguous cities. This chunk abuts both Costa Mesa and Newport Beach. What makes this one so interesting is that large, irregular shaped plot of land shown in basically brown that represents some fascinating development potential. It's going to be interesting to see who turns out for this item on the agenda Monday night.
GOAL #1 - MAKE LIFE MISERABLE FOR MOTEL OWNERS
New Business #1, the Planning Commission Goals Setting For Fiscal Year 2014/2015, HERE. First on the list is "Motel Regulation, Inspections and Enforcement", which includes "incentives and flexible development and land use standards to promote and encourage motel conversions and redevelopment." That phrase, coupled with the other elements of that section, tell me that the City will continue to make life difficult for motel owners and try to force them out of business.
Among the other goals are:
- Updating Zoning Codes
- General Plan recommendations
- Revise/Update/Consolidate the Urban Master Plans
- Review Live-Work projects and regulations
- Revise or Revoke existing Specific Plans for Newport Blvd and 17th Street
- Revising the plans for the Airport Industrial Area
- Train Code Enforcement Officers to write parking tickets
- Major review of Conditional Use Permits and the processes involved, including considering so-called sunset provisions for some CUPs.
As I take a look at some of those "goals" it makes me more than a little nervous - they seem like very significant overreaches and pretty heavy-handed.
So, that will be it Monday night. Attend or watch if you can...