Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Planning Commission To Hold Special Meeting Monday

The Costa Mesa Planning Commission will hold a special meeting Monday, August 29, 2016 HERE, beginning at 6:00 p.m. in City Council Chambers at City Hall.  The agenda for that meeting is

It's very unusual for the Planning Commission to hold special meetings, particularly during the summer when many meetings are canceled due to vacation schedules of members.  This one has only two items on it.

Public Hearing #1, HERE, is a code amendment to bring our codes into conformity with the 2015-2035 General Plan that was approved late in June.  This one involves the residential overlays and incentives for high density development, primarily along Harbor Boulevard.
Public Hearing #2, HERE, similarly brings code changes into conformity with the new General Plan.  This one involves rezoning the Fairview Developmental Center property in anticipation of near-term availability if the State closes that facility.
When I inquired why a special meeting was necessary I was told there was a specific time limit following the adoption of the new General Plan during which these changes were to be made.  I was assured that the pending election had nothing to do with this accelerated process.

It's very unlikely that either of these items will get much discussion.  The commissioners will just rubber-stamp them and send then on to the City Council for adoption - sometime in September.

And, just an FYI, it's my understanding that there are something like 50 Sober Living applications in the pipeline that will start being squeezed into the system next month.  Since these things are on a first-come, first-served basis, the operators are anxious to get approvals so they don't get shut out.  It ought to make for some very interesting meetings.

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Blogger Rick Huffman said...

I have been walking the overlay zones on Newport and Harbor. Newport is by far the largest recipient of super high density 40 units per acre zoning. Only about 20% of the parcels targeted are for 4 old motels. The rest of it is commercial or multi-family that includes thriving businesses and nice apartment complexes. Of particular interest is a huge 3 block area at 19th and Newport that includes charming bungalows on Church and Fullerton streets and numerous auto service businesses. And at the north-east end of Newport is a huge area that includes u-haul rental, Dick Church's,the vet hospital, office buildings and storage. Across the freeway is another huge area with viable businesses, shopping, an office building and self storage.There is even more commercial to list but the point is that the motel issue is a smoke screen for a badly planned massive spot zoning scheme to benefit apartment developers that will damage the Eastside for years to come. This is why the Smart Growth Measure Y is needed to help blunt this huge land grab.

Harbor Bld. is another story and is actually less alarming. I will explain why later. Thanks again Geoff for your blog.

8/25/2016 09:44:00 AM  

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