Monday, March 10, 2014

Planning Commission Meeting Monday Night

The Costa Mesa Planning Commission led by Chairman Jim Fitzpatrick will meet for the first time in March with what appears to be a fairly light agenda, HERE.  The meeting begins in City Council Chambers at City Hall at 6:00 p.m.

The Consent Calendar contains the Code Enforcement Update, HERE, but it's not likely that it will be pulled for discussion.

The first Public Hearing is for a tentative tract map for a 6-unit, two-story detached residential development at 2183, 2187 and 2191 Miner Street called The Oxford Cottages, HERE.  As has been the case in most recent requests for similar developments, this one has a load of requests for deviations/modifications to the current codes, including reduced front and rear yard setbacks, reduction is space between buildings and a small reduction in the front yard setback.  The staff is recommending approval.

Public Hearing #2 is the six-month review of the conditional use permit for a neighborhood recycling permit in the State Bros. Market parking lot at 2180 Newport Boulevard, HERE.  This permit has thirty (30) conditions which, based on a review of the staff report, several of which are out of compliance.  The commission will provide direction regarding the continuance or revocation of the conditional use permit.

Public Hearing #3, HERE, is a request for the expansion of an existing restaurant (the Wild Goose) from 1,517 square feet to 5,185 square feet as part of a new two-story, 8,720 square foot multi-tenant retail/office building.  The staff has requested this item be continued - again - to the meeting of March 24th.  This project also has many deviations, including conditional use permits for 15 valet parking spaces for weekend use; expansion of outdoor seating; a shared driveway.  They also want to deviate from the shared parking requirements down to 50 from the 72 spaces required and to deviate from the maximum number of compact parking spaces, up to 10 from the current maximum of 7.  This was a hot-button project for the surrounding neighbors the first time around and I expect it will also be when the commission finally hears it later this month.

The final item on the agenda, New Business #1, is the nomination of city Code Enforcement Officer Mike Brumbaugh for the "Planning Commission Design Award", HERE.  This is strange. In the past such awards are presented to projects, not people, and particularly not employees.  I know Brumbaugh a little bit - he's a swell guy who appears to be doing a terrific job.  But a "Design Award"?  Really?

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Blogger Joe said...

In reading comments under the DP articles, I've become worried about Ken Nyquist. Does anyone know friends or family of his who could check on him?

3/10/2014 06:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Hold 'em Accountable said...

Yes, Brumbaugh is a good guy. The council needs justify the 5th floor hires. What better way with goofy awards.

Thanks for posting Jake's letter. Another HUGE loss for Costa Mesa. As Jake said, it's not about the money for the officers. It is about being treated like Cr@p by the city councilmen AND working so shorthanded.

Research how officers get "drafted," and how often.
Awful and a direct result of Riggys mismanagement of the city.

3/10/2014 10:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Arthur Nern said...

Republicans are fighting back against the Tea Party. How funny is it that our little general is a member?

3/10/2014 05:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Dumb Biker said...

Mike is a good guy and he has been an all-star in code enforcement. He has been doing a really, really really good job and I mean a really good job.

3/10/2014 06:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Where's My Coffee? said...

Joe, I saw the comment(s) you are talking about. I wonder if he is taking meds, or should be. But you are right, there is something wrong with him. He sounds violent and off his rocker.

3/10/2014 08:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Volo Pro Veritas said...

I don't know how we got on the subject of Nyquist, but hey, I'll bite. I don't know that he's violent, but he is certainly all over the map. Not but a couple of months ago, he was fired up and made statements to the effect that he wasn't going to rest until he exposed the council majority for the corrupt men he believed they were. He was blasting the majority. As I recall, his chief complaint was about the closure of the trailer park.

Some time after he teed off on the majority, he apparently met with Mensinger and Righeimer (coffee?) and they sufficiently explained their position to him. Suddenly, the council majority were stand up guys and apparently not the corrupt guys he believed them to be. At that same time, the PD and POA coincidentally became evil incarnate in Nyquist's estimation. Being that I don't believe in coincidence, something else was clearly afoot.

Nyquist is/was either a provocateur, very gullible, or he needs to get his meds adjusted so he can balance out. Bottom line, that dude is all over the map.

3/10/2014 11:02:00 PM  

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