Planning Commission To Hold Special Meeting Monday
The Costa Mesa Planning Commission will hold a special meeting Monday, August 29, 2016 HERE, beginning at 6:00 p.m. in City Council Chambers at City Hall. The agenda for that meeting is
It's very unusual for the Planning Commission to hold special meetings, particularly during the summer when many meetings are canceled due to vacation schedules of members. This one has only two items on it.
HIGH DENSITY HOUSING
Public Hearing #1, HERE, is a code amendment to bring our codes into conformity with the 2015-2035 General Plan that was approved late in June. This one involves the residential overlays and incentives for high density development, primarily along Harbor Boulevard.
FAIRVIEW DEVELOPMENTAL CENTER
Public Hearing #2, HERE, similarly brings code changes into conformity with the new General Plan. This one involves rezoning the Fairview Developmental Center property in anticipation of near-term availability if the State closes that facility.
WHY THE SPECIAL MEETING?
When I inquired why a special meeting was necessary I was told there was a specific time limit following the adoption of the new General Plan during which these changes were to be made. I was assured that the pending election had nothing to do with this accelerated process.
RUBBER-STAMP AND PASS ON
It's very unlikely that either of these items will get much discussion. The commissioners will just rubber-stamp them and send then on to the City Council for adoption - sometime in September.
SOBER LIVING APPLICATION STAMPEDE COMING
And, just an FYI, it's my understanding that there are something like 50 Sober Living applications in the pipeline that will start being squeezed into the system next month. Since these things are on a first-come, first-served basis, the operators are anxious to get approvals so they don't get shut out. It ought to make for some very interesting meetings.