Saturday, November 21, 2015

More Development For The Planning Commission Monday

The Costa Mesa Planning Commission will meet Monday, November 23, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. in City Council Chambers to consider even more development in our city.  You can read the agenda HERE.

The first of four (4) public hearings involves the demolition of an existing medical office building not too far from my home, at 350 E 17th Street and the creation of a smaller multi-tenant building with restaurant uses, HEREThe request involves a Deviation, a Variance, a minor conditional use permit and valet parking as needed.  The staff recommends approval, subject to conditions.
Public Hearing #2, HERE, is a second bite at the apple for the folks planning to develop 177 dwelling units on the old Argotech/J.C.Carter industrial site at the corner of West 17th Street and Pomona Avenue.  The address is 671 W. 17th Street.  The purpose of this request is to carve out the originally-approved one-lot condominium map subdivision into four condominium parcels.  Each parcel will contain one product - detached live/work, attached live/work town homes and residential lofts.
Public Hearing #3, HERE, should be a no-brainer.  It's a request for a Conditional Use Permit to allow motor vehicle repair - a low volume, classic automobile repair business -  in a building area already occupied by similar businesses at 1375 Logan Avenue, Suite J.   In addition to meeting code requirements, but proposed business plans to operate 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., while code would permit 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
(Image courtesy of Shear Performanc, Inc.)
Public Hearing #4, HERE, is for a two-unit common interest development at 217 Cabrillo Street.  The project involves two two-story attached single family residences of approximately 2,190 square feet each, with four bedrooms/three baths and two-car attached garages.  The units will be sold separately.  No color renderings were presented in the staff report, only this type of drawing.

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Anonymous Heart for Costa Mesa said...

I just checked out the last City Council meeting per A Bubbling Cauldron's suggestion to drag the timer over to 52:50. How appropriate!

11/21/2015 10:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Casual Viewer said...

Live-work again? Does anyone think they are really going to be used that way? It seems that most of the new development is going in underparked, whether it is residential or commercial.

11/21/2015 10:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Heart for Costa Mesa said...

Thanks again for your Council viewing guide, Pot Stirrer. It was helpful to the home viewer who missed an episode of our favorite soap opera.

What struck me is how Mayor Mensinger attempted to misuse his authority to give his friend and mentor Righeimer a free pass to editorialize, in spite of council member Foley's and the City Attorney's warnings. And editorialize he did by indignant tone of voice and emphasis. Councilmember Gary Monahan did real well to calmly suggest that interested parties go to the city website to read public information about contract negotiations for themselves. He tactfully offered a legally safe way out for Mensinger and Righeimer to back down without any loss of face. If the Mayor had taken the hint it would have calmed Councilmember Foley and shown good leadership. It would have been the Mayoral thing to do. Unfortunetly the Mayor we have can't control a meeting without frequent use of his gavel, always been a sign of a weak leader.

I'm getting real tired of hearing that gavel. I guess you can't even teach some people how to be leaders. I'm pretty sure he's getting coached but it just isn't sinking in.

11/22/2015 12:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Arthur Nern said...

Nutcase Riggy has no SELF control, but he does a good job of controlling the puppet Steve.

If you watch the video carefully, you can see Riggy's lips moving when the "Mayor" is talking.

11/22/2015 06:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Casual Viewer said...

The OC Register (Nov. 23) has a big puff piece on Costa Mesa real estate on the front page that sounds like it came directly from Steve's publicist, oops, I mean the city's Public Information Officer.

11/23/2015 09:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Mike McNiff said...

Colin McCarthy just posted an article from the OCR on Public Square, a glowing, rhapsodic and completely fawning talk about all the wonderful growth in Costa Mesa and how hip and cool it is. A post 10 minutes later from the Pilot spoke of a robbery of a pedestrian at 4 a.m. on Harbor and Mesa Verde Drive - about a quarter of a mile from his home. Crazy, huh? Two people with a gun held up someone and took their wallet.

The city (in this case, Hatch is the source of the entire article) can keep hanging its hat on how eclectic and cool Costa Mesa is, and it really is. I don't even question that, it's one of the reasons I love living here and have my whole life. But stop talking about all the cool surf companies, etc. that are in Costa Mesa - they refer to Quiksilver and Paul Frank, which left town LONG ago. It also talk about all the new apartments going in on Anton. I remember just a few years ago in the Mansoor years when they said we had too many renters. So what do they do? Build massive 'luxury' apartment complexes. There is no logic whatsoever to what these guys are doing.

Smart development is great. Dumb development isn't. I just await the day when we find out where all the money's going!

11/23/2015 09:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Muffin Top Bob said...

These numb-nuts on the Planning Commission and the male dominated idiots on the City Council are trying to get as much pushed through while they can, they know their time is coming up and they want fill their dirty little pockets with as much developer money as they can.

11/23/2015 03:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Heart for Costa Mesa said...

That's what happens when you put developers on the council.

11/24/2015 12:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Xyn Bohemia said...

re:the register fantasy article by hatch... did you catch this:

"We fall into a conversation about the homeless, and Hatch explains Costa Mesa gets more than its share and has created some shelter and built storage facilities.

He suggests each city in the county house a proportionate number of homeless based on its general population.

“I’m proud of this town,” Hatch states. “We’ve embraced the homeless community.”

some shelter, and storage facilities? omg do they even read the crap they write before it is published?

11/24/2015 01:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Where's My Coffee? said...

Xyn, the city council has embraced the homeless so much they build pointed cement blocks for them to sit on. They embrace them so much they remove bus benches to make sure they sleep on the cold cement. They embrace them so much they want to close the soup kitchens so they starve, in hopes of moving them to another city.

Oh yeah, they embrace the homeless alright. (Great job, Tony)

11/25/2015 01:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Mike McNiff said...

I liked the fact the keep referring to companies (Quiksilver, Paul Frank) that left town years ago, but they continue to hang their hat on that.

11/25/2015 02:24:00 PM  

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