Sunday, September 27, 2015

The Week Ahead In Costa Mesa

On Monday, September 28, 2015 the Costa Mesa Planning Commission will meet again for another adventure in Development Land.  The meeting begins at 6:00 p.m. in City Council Chambers and will also be televised live on Costa Mesa Television and streamed live on the city website if you just want to hunker down in your LazyBoy and watch from the comfort of your home - and click back and forth between the meeting and Monday Night Football.  You can read the agenda HERE.

The Consent Calendar has a fascinating chart which purports to show Building Inspection Activity from 2005 - 2015, sliced in Trimesters.  Does anyone else chop numbers into trimesters?  I don't think I've ever seen it before.  Anyhow, this chart shows a low of 3,172 inspections for the period Jan-April, 2011 to a high of the most recent trimester, May-August, 2015 of 11,023.  Click on this chart to enlarge it.
Public Hearing #1, HERE, is the request from Segerstrom and Sons for an extension of the development agreement entitlements for  Segerstrom Town Center for another 20 years, until 2035.
Public Hearing #2, HERE, it a conditional use permit request to install a 40 foot square helistop atop an existing building at 3132 Airway Avenue.  This request was first considered by the Planning Commission in 2011, but was withdrawn by the applicant before the City Council could hear it... they're back.  It's unclear what has changed since their last pass at this request, but I suspect many of the objections contained in the more than 130 page staff report from 2011 and 2012 still exist.
Public Hearing #3, HERE, is a request for a two-year time extension to October 14, 2017 for a previously approved development at 522 and 526 Bernard Street, at the corner of Charle Street.  The developer is having trouble finding financing for this project - one of those projects with lots of deviations and modifications.
Public Hearing #4, HERE, is a Design Review for a 5-unit, two-story small lot subdivision at 2333 Elden Avenue.  The staff is recommending approval.


On Wednesday, September 30, 2015, the Costa Mesa Bikeway and Walkability Committee meets for their second meeting this month and the first on their accelerated schedule at the Costa Mesa Senior Center, 695 West 19th Street beginning at 6:30 p.m.  You can view the agenda HERE.  Unfortunately, if you want to know what's going on with this committee you'll have to attend or read my report since there is no live or recorded coverage by the City, and usually not by the local media, either.

According to the agenda, activities that evening will include the following:
  • Introduction to consultant/facilitator Rock Miller
  • Review of Goals/Objectives/Policies/Programs for the Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan
  • Presentation of September 2013 Public Outreach Meeting by Stantec.
The group will apparently also discuss:
  • Committee Vacancies - they have at least one
  • Items for the next agenda
I plan to attend this meeting - they usually last a couple hours and have been very sparsely-attended in the past - and report the progress or lack thereof.  This group is under the gun timing-wise if their efforts are to be considered in the General Plan update.  They have a good attitude and seem to be straining at the bit to get started.  Perhaps this meeting will be the time that happens.


The latest edition of the First Friday Road Show will be held in the City Hall parking lot at 77 Fair Drive on Friday, October 2, 2015 beginning at 5:30.  This is a great event, is free, usually has wonderful music and some good grub PLUS the chance to see some very nifty classic cars.  It's great family fun on a warm Indian Summer evening.

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Anonymous Where's My Coffee? said...

So the "staff" recommends approval of the 3 story developments? Nothing new here. I did note that the space required was cut down to barely useable.

This madness needs to stop. Elden is already over parked. Not sure where Bernard is, but if the past is any indication, it will be over parked also. Hell, what in Costa Mesa isn't over parked?

Wait until you hear what the mayor and mayor pro tem are doing to their own homes. Will not endear themselves to anyone.

We seriously need a new crew on board in November 2016. These guys are killing this town.

9/27/2015 08:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Eleanor Egan said...

Regarding the proposed helistop - it was considered back in the 1980's and rejected. It should be rejected again. It would serve only the private benefit of a few people, would provide no public benefit, and it would increase the noise level dramatically for all the people living and working in the vicinity. Bad precedent as well.

9/27/2015 08:01:00 PM  
Blogger Joe said...

Agree with Mrs. Egan re the proposed heliport. Besides, it's literally next to the airport! Surely there's a spot at the airport for helicopters to land, making this unnecessary.

Question of the week- Do Dickson or his colleagues ever discuss agenda items with their mentors Riggy and Mensy prior to hearings on any matter before the planning commission?

9/28/2015 10:48:00 AM  
Blogger Cindy Lou Who said...

Thanks for the shout out on the FFRS Geoff! Firehouse Subs is our food vendor and Live Mike is our music for the night. Hope to see y'all there!

9/30/2015 10:32:00 AM  

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