Saturday, April 25, 2015

Development, Hydrogen Fuel Station On Agenda

FINAL APRIL MEETING
The Costa Mesa Planning Commission, led by Chairman Rob Dickson, meets again beginning at 6:00 p.m. in City Council Chambers at City Hall on Monday, April 27, 2015 and has a variety of issues on the agenda, HERE.

CONSENT CALENDAR
Right off the top they will consider the Consent Calendar - items considered routine and would typically be considered with one vote and no discussion of any individual item.  This time around there are four (4) items on the Consent Calendar and at least two of them are interesting/provocative enough to perhaps warrant a little discussion.

DEVELOPMENT PHASING AND MONITORING
For example, Item #2, HERE, is the 2015 Development Phasing and Performance Monitoring Report - the nearly 50 page report, the purpose of which is to "conduct an annual review of the cumulative impacts of development and circulation system capacity."  Well, since there have been many concerns expressed recently by activists about the impact of what some have described as "willy-nilly" development throughout the city, it would seem that this report could help defuse some of those criticisms - or fuel them, depending on how you interpret the numbers.  Perhaps someone will ask to have this report explained on Monday.

GENERAL PLAN CONFORMITY
Item #4, HERE, is the General Plan Conformity Resolution For The City of Costa Mesa One Year 2015-2016 and Seven-Year 2015-2022 Capital Improvement Programs.  State law requires that the Planning Commission review these programs, which are plans nearly $280 million in capital improvements in the city over that seven year period.  Perhaps a curious commissioner or member of the public will ask for a little explanation.  We'll see.

REQUEST FOR EXTENSION
Public Hearing #1, HERE, is a request for a two-year time extension for a 33-unit common interest development at 2626 Harbor Blvd. - at the corner of Harbor and Merrimac Way, across the street from the renovation project for the Cadillac dealership.  The City previously approved this development in September, 2011.  The site is being used as a temporary venue for the Cadillac dealership, so the applicant needs more time for that project to be completed before he can commence with his.  Former Director of Economic and Development Services and Deputy CEO Peter Naghavi represents the developer.

ANOTHER SMALL LOT DEVELOPMENT
Public Hearing #2, HERE, is another small lot development - this one at 162 East 18th Street, where a 2-unit, two story detached development is planned, replacing two single-story units and a shed.
EXPANDED DEVELOPMENT ON HAMILTON
Public Hearing #3, HERE, is yet another development - this on a 24-unit residential development at 650 Hamilton Street.  This is the former site of a church, which has been demolished.  Last September it was approved for an 18-unit development for another builder, who has since sold the property to the current owner, who is back asking to increase the previously-approved density by a third.  Several administrative adjustments are being requested.
HYDROGEN FUELING SITE
Public Hearing #4, HERE, is a conditional use permit to construct a Hydrogen Dispensing Station at an existing gas station at 2050 Harbor Blvd., across Bay Street from Theodore Robins Ford.
INDOOR SWIMMING SITE
Public Hearing #5, HERE, is the final item on the agenda and is a request for a conditional use permit for an Indoor Swim School - Aqua Tots - in the KMart Plaza shopping center at the corner of Harbor and Wilson Street,  and requires a deviation from shared parking requirements.

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