Election Report And Planning Commission Agenda
Although Registrar of Voters Neal Kelley and his staff worked hard, as of 5:00 p.m. Saturday, November 12, 2106 there were no changes to our local races. Based on a quick peek at the Registrar of Voters stats, his staff processed 10,000 Vote-b-Mail Ballots Returned at the Polls, leaving a total of that group of 174,174. The next report is scheduled for Sunday, November 13, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. I'll check back after that time and advise you of any change.
PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING ON MONDAY
The Costa Mesa Planning Commission meets Monday, November 14, 2016 in City Council Chambers at City Hall beginning at 6:00 p.m., as I mentioned in an earlier post. The full agenda may be read HERE.
A VERY UNUSUAL MEETING
This will be an unusual meeting because a third of the items on the agenda are scheduled to be "continued" to a Special Meeting on Monday, November 21, 2016. According to City Staff last week, all non-sober living issues on this agenda will be continued so the commission may concentrate their efforts on the sober living items, so let's dispose with those four items first.
ITEMS TO BE CONTINUED TO 11/21/16
Each of these items will be continued. Even though each of these staff reports indicate that nothing will be done on these four items, I'm told that comments on these items may be permitted, but that no deliberations will be held on them at this meeting.
Public Hearing #1, HERE, is a design review and subdivision at 166 Rochester Street involving the demolition of a single family residence and replacement with two larger single family residences.
Public Hearing #2, HERE, is a variance request to allow a detached accessory structure to be located within the rear yard setback and more at 321 Rochester Street.
Public Hearing #3, HERE, is a zoning application for a minor conditional use permit for two reserved parking spaces at 3033 Bristol Street, Suite A.
Public Hearing #12, HERE, is a General Plan Amendment, Rezone, Master Plan and Tentative Tract Map for a 28-unit common interest development at 440 Fair Drive.
ITEMS THAT WILL BE HEARD ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2016
The following remaining agenda items all involve actions on Sober Living Homes and will be heard on Monday:
Public Hearing #4, HERE, appeal of the denial of special use permit to operate a sober living home at 1180 Augusta. Staff recommends denial.
Public Hearing #5, HERE, appeal of the denial of special use permit to operate a sober living home at 653 Joann Street. Staff recommends denial.
Public Hearing #6, HERE, appeal of he denial of special use permit to operate a sober living home at 647 Joann Street. Staff recommends denial.
Public Hearing #7, HERE, is a Planning Application for an all-male sober living facility with two attached condominium units serving 11 occupants, including one resident house manager, at 165 E. Wilson Street. Staff recommends approval.
Public Hearing #8, HERE, is similar to #7, above. The same operator requests an all-male sober living facility within 3 existing units, serving 13 occupants, including one resident house manager at 2041 Tustin Avenue. Staff recommends approval.
Public Hearing #9, HERE, is a Conditional Use Permit to operate a sober living home serving 14 women at 166 E. 18th Street, including an appeal of denial of reasonable accommodation. Staff recommends denial.
Public Hearing #10, HERE, is for two (2) conditional use permits to operate a sober living facility serving 28 persons, including appeal of denial of reasonable accommodation for a land use requirement at 269 and 271 16th Place. Staff recommends the denial of one and the approval of the other.
Public Hearing #11, HERE, is very similar to #10 above. It involves two conditional use permits for a sober living facility serving 28 people at 351 and 357 Victoria Street. Staff recommends approval of one and denial of the other.
THIS COULD BE A LONG, LONG NIGHT.
As you can see, this could be a very long evening, even with a third of the agenda being continued for a week. It's going to be very interesting to see how the commission deals with these items because they are just the tip of the iceberg. Many more such items are stacking up, awaiting hearings. I suspect the council chambers will be full of attorneys representing these applicants, and I anticipate public comments on them to be numerous. And, I wonder how this will play out from a staff standpoint, since we have no permanent leadership in the Planning organization - only consultants hired to fill holes in the organization due to departures among the senior ranks. We shall see.