Saturday, November 08, 2014

More Westside Development On Tap Monday

"Dynamic" Chairman Jim Fitzpatrick will lead the Costa Mesa Planning Commission meeting on Monday, November 10 2014, HERE,  but it might end up being a fairly short meeting.

Public Hearing #1, the request from Saddleback Church to occupy over 19,000 square feet at 1901 Newport Blvd. has, once again, been requested to be continued to a meeting in December.  You can read that staff report HERE.

Public Hearing #3, HERE, is a request for a motorscooter showroom at 1536 Newport Boulevard.  It is also being continued.

That leaves only Public Hearing #2, HERE,  - the biggie on the agenda.  This one is for The Lighthouse,  a mixed-use development - 49 single family dwellings and 40 live/work units on the far west border of the city, adjacent to Newport Beach and the Banning Ranch, at 1620 - 1644 Whittier Avenue.  You can read the entire 280 page staff report at the link I provided.  It would replace historically industrial uses at that site, which is currently being vacated.  Here's the location: (click on the image to enlarge the image)

Here's what the plan layout looks like: (click on the image to enlarge it)

As I read the staff report, the trips generated by this development would double the current use.   The congestion caused by this development will potentially be exacerbated by the traffic generated by the proposed Newport-Banning Ranch development nearby - if it ever comes to fruition.

Theoretically, the Planning Commission will meet one more time before the new City Council is seated the first meeting of December.  That meeting, on November 24th, is the week before Thanksgiving.  We'll see if it is held.  It wouldn't surprise me if it is cancelled because of the holiday week.

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Anonymous Atlas Shrunk said...

Since a property I am associated with is directly adjacent to this development, I intend to review the document with a fine tooth comb.
A casual glance through shows the adjacent properties in continuous shadow from 3-story units built where and alley should be.
The units appear under parked, particularly if real work is intended, where will the customers park?

11/08/2014 05:21:00 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Atlas Stunk, be sure to do your best! These projects always have too little parking and look bad don't they?

11/09/2014 06:59:00 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hey, why do you think Banning Ranch might not be developed, that seems like a near certainty.

11/10/2014 06:21:00 PM  

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