Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Planning Commission To Consider Goals and Development

READ THE AGENDA
In a meeting pushed out one day because of the Memorial Day holiday, the Costa Mesa Planning Commission - under the guidance of Chairman Jim Fitzpatrick -  will meet tonight, Tuesday, May 27, 2014 beginning at 6:00 p.m. in City Council Chambers to discuss more development, the Capital Improvement Programs and the commission's goals, HERE.

THUMBS DOWN ON TOWING
The first of four public hearings, HERE, involves what will probably be the denial of a request for an auto repair shop on Logan Street to add a towing capability.

2 UNITS ON ROCHESTER STREET
Public Hearing #2 is a request to sub-divide a 10,101 square foot lot and build two, two-story single family residences at 389 Rochester Street, HERE.

5 UNITS ON PACIFIC AVENUE
Public Hearing #3 is a request from prolific developer Peter Zehnder to build a 5-unit two-story detached residential development on just under 1/2 acre at 2294 Pacific Avenue, HERE.

28 UNITS AT HARBOR AND HAMILTON
Public Hearing #4 is a request for a development of 28 three-story residential and live/work condominium units at the corner of Harbor Boulevard and Hamilton Street, HERE.
CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMS
New Business #1 is the General Plan Conformity resolution for the one-year 2014/2015 and seven-year 2014/2021 Capital Improvement Programs, HERE.  The staff report includes attachments that show more than $28 million in Capital Improvement Programs for the Fiscal Year 2014/2015, of which the CEO has recommended just over $19 million for completion.  The seven year Capital Improvement Program list shows, for the period 2014/2021, nearly $202 million in projects planned.

SETTING THEIR GOALS
The final item on the agenda is New Business #2, the Planning Commission Goals Setting For Fiscal Year 2014/2015, HERE. As you review that staff report you'll find some interesting issues that are being recommended for inclusion during the next fiscal year.  They include:
  • Tighter monitoring of Group Homes
  • Revising or revoking Specific Plans (Newport Boulevard and 17th Street).
  • Revise /Update/Consolidate the Urban Master Plans.
  • Consider Monument Sign Standards and Accessory Structure Regulations.
  • Shalimar traffic and land use.
  • Train Code Enforcement Officers on parking regulations and ticketing of on street vehicles.
  • Review the 4 Neighborhood Improvement Programs.
  • Consider a Business Improvement District, an Overlay or a Specific Plan in Airport Industrial Area.
  • Consider Parking Structures on City Parking lots and improve access to businesses.
  • Consider "incentives and flexible development and land use standards to promote and encourage motel conversions and redevelopment." for motels. 
  • Limit long-term occupancy - they're going for "ZERO" long-term stays.
  • Review the Conditional Use Permits for long-term stays.  
  • Monitor Neighborhood Improvement Task Force Annual Motel Inspections and "identify properties for Title 20  investigations and potential nuisance action."
  • Review Zoning Code Chapter IV - Citywide Land Use Matrix - to determine if changes should be made to which uses should be permitted, which should requie a CUP and which should be permitted.  
  • Reduce CUP's where appropriate.  
  • Consider sunset provisions for some CUP's - presently CUP's run with the land.  
  • Consider annual certifications or inspections.  
  • Consider suspending annual CUP inspections due to staffing constraints.
  • Consider the integration of the two Code Enforcement groups.
  • Create an Economic Development Plan.
  • Continue 19th Street and Randolph Avenue improvements.
  • Review recent Planning Commission decisions, going back two years on projects implemented.
  • Review Live-Work projects and regulations to determine if the standards and regulations currently in place are appropriate today.
AGGRESSIVE AND HEAVY-HANDED
As you can see, these goals are aggressive and, in several cases, heavy-handed.  It's going to be interesting to see how the discussions of a few of them play out.  See you there.





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5 Comments:

Anonymous Arthur Nern said...

Anyone else hear the rumor that the planning commission might have been "directed" to take a zero tolerance position toward certain motels? Is that legal?

5/27/2014 11:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Muffin Top Bob said...

Riggy "directs" Putzpatrick on most things in his life, so no surprise about the "problem motels".

5/27/2014 06:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Arthur Nern said...

Monahan and Fitzpatrick brag about their Irish ancestry all the time. Yet, unlike their ancestors who never stopped fighting oppressors, these two kneel before the foreign invaders.

5/27/2014 08:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Heart for Costa Mesa said...

Co$ta Me$a is for $ale. What the heck is going on here? The General Plan update is not finished. It should be completed before these major changes to the face of the City are made. I guess a reasonable procedure like that won't be considered. That would be Ready, Aim, Fire instead of Fire, Ready, Aim which must be the new policy adopted in some secret meeting somewhere. The overwhelming majority of members of the public spoke against high density. The PC list of priorities is about the opposite of what the public's priorities are. This is so wrong, on so many levels.

5/28/2014 12:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Papa Smurf said...

Ready, aim, fire takes discipline under pressure. Spray and pray is what a panicky amuture does.

Seems about right for this group.

5/28/2014 07:45:00 AM  

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