Sunday, September 13, 2015

A Big Week Ahead In Costa Mesa

It's going to be a very busy week for those of us who try to follow all the official meetings in Costa Mesa.  I'll give you a very brief summary of what's ahead and may cover the meetings in greater detail later.

The Costa Mesa Planning Commission meets in Council Chambers at City Hall beginning at 6:00 p.m. for their normal meeting and there's a lot on the agenda, HERE.
Fire Check List
One of the more interesting items on the agenda is the Consent Calendar item from the Fire Department, the "Fire Plan Submittal Checklist and Guidelines", HERE.

Public Hearings
Public Hearing #1, HERE, is the revocation of a conditional use permit for a defunct business - the former Orchid Restaurant.  The staff is recommending continuing this item because the property owner is unable to attend this meeting.

Public Hearing #2, HERE, is a request to legalize the the conversion of a unit in an existing triplex at 141 Melody Lane.  The applicants have requested for this one to be pulled from the calendar so they may continue to work with the staff on alternatives.

Public Hearing #3, HERE, is a small lot subdivision for two units at 288 15th Street and falls under the Small Lot Ordinance without a request for deviations or adjustments.

Public Hearing #4, HERE, is a 10-unit residential ownership development at 527 and 531 Bernard Street which requires adjustments in front setbacks and minimum lot sizes.


The Costa Mesa City Council, cross-dressing as it sometimes does as the Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency and the Costa Mesa Housing Authority, meets in open session beginning at 5:45 p.m. in City Council Chambers at City Hall.  The meeting will be preceded by a closed session at which two separate pieces of existing litigation with Sober Living entities will be discussed.  You can read the full agenda HERE.

More Legal Fees
The Consent Calendar contains some interesting items.  As usual, there is a Warrant - #2542, HERE, that lists recent payments.  I won't list the items - you can scroll down through them yourself, but will observe that legal charges are more than $145,000 this time.  And, there's a curious entry for a nearly $10,000 payment to the City of Newport Beach for "Fair Housing Choice Analysis"... Odd.  And, of course, we continue to pay huge numbers for consulting and temporary employees.

And on, and on, and on...
Item #8, HERE, is an amendment of the professional services agreement with a company now called Moore Iacofano Goltsman, Inc (MIG) - it used to be known as Hogle-Ireland when we first contracted with them - to extend their contract for work on the General Plan for another year, through October, 2016.  You know a project is taking too long when the company changes its name!

Old Business - Two Second Readings
There are two Old Business items, both of which of are second readings of items previously heard.  #1, HERE, is the Ordinance addressing smoking lounges and vaping in the city.  #2, HERE, codifies the allocation of specific percentages of the General Fund budget for Capital Expenses.

More Development
New Business #1, HERE, is a screening request for a 6-unit small lot development falling within the
Mesa West Residential Ownership Urban Plan at 592 Hamilton Street.

Review of Parks Commission Decision
New Business #2, HERE, is councilwoman Sandra Genis request to review an action by the Parks and Recreation Commission regarding the realignment of a trail in Fairview Park to be sure it is consistent with the Fairview Park Master Plan.

The Costa Mesa Bikeways and Walkability Committee will hold a SPECIAL MEETING at a new venue.  This meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Costa Mesa Senior Center,  695 West 19th Street.  You can read the agenda for that meeting HERE.  Vice Chair Cynthia McDonald will make a presentation on Protected Bike Lanes.  The committee will discuss holding meetings twice a month instead of only once a month because of the need to accelerate their deliberations to meet General Plan requirements.  They will also have a long-overdue discussion on Goals and Objectives and will also hear a presentation by a consultant on a nearly 2-year old Public Outreach meeting.
The Mesa Water District is holding a tour/town hall meeting at their Water Reliability Facility, 1350 Gisler Avenue,  from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. where Mesa Water staff will be available to answer all your questions about the drought and our water supplies.  Be sure to RSVP to the number below.

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Anonymous Casual Viewer said...

Does the site ever end up looking like the renderings? They tend to leave out lots of cars and add more landscaping than what the site plan has room for. They also leave out adjacent fencing, red curbs, etc. If you look at the Hamilton site on Google Earth, you will see the whole street is lined with cars, and there are fewer units than proposed. The existing property has no landscaped area.

On another topic, what ever happened to the recommendations of the Homeless Task Force? The housing element seems to have been dropped.

9/13/2015 07:42:00 PM  

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