Friday, August 19, 2016

Two Sober Living Items Yanked From Planning Commission Agenda

The Costa Mesa Planning Commission meets again on Monday, August 22, 2016 beginning at 6:00 p.m. in City Council Chambers at City Hall and the agenda, HERE, was changed since originally issued.
Public Hearings #4 and #5 were continued to September 12, 2016.  These items, HERE and HERE are requests for Conditional Use Permits for two sober living homes at 165 E. Wilson Street and 2041 Tustin Avenue.  The applicant is Keith Randle, a Newport Beach resident who lives just a couple blocks from me.  There is no indication as to why these items have been continued, but it's my understanding that they are the tip of the iceberg of sober living issues about to descend on the Planning Commission.
Public Hearing #1, HERE, is a request to amend the North Costa Mesa Specific Plan as related to Home Ranch, 3350 Avenue of the Arts and Sakioka Lot 2.  Staff recommends approval of the proposed amendments to bring the projects into compliance with the most recent 2015-2035 General Plan adopted in June.

Public Hearing #2, HERE, is the 4th amendment to the Home Ranch Development Agreement.  The staff report - all 173 pages - provides plenty of information.  However, the first page tells you what this is all about.  This amendment is to address the following:
  • Correct the inconsistency and clear up the uncertainty related to the State dedicated land;
  • Add the 10,000 SF Water District Parcel to the Office Portion for all purposes;
  • Reflect the allocation in the Trip Budget between the Office Portion and the Industrial Portion;
  • Update the description of the Office Portion; and,
  • Ensure that the development Agreement includes and references the changes to the Home Ranch Project approved by the City.
Public Hearing #3, HERE,  is a planning application for a conditional use permit to allow extended hours of operation for customer service and sale of alcoholic beverages for on-site consumption after 11:00 p.m. for a new restaurant (Oak and Coal) located at 333 East 17th Street, Suite 2.  This is the former site of Union Jack Fish and Chips.  The propose operating hours are 6:00 p.m. - 11:00, Monday thru Thursday and 6:00 p.m. to midnight, Friday and Saturday.

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Anonymous WaterRat said...

Worth posting again. The windfall isn't over. If these two upcoming CUPs (Conditoional Use Permits) are granted it opens up all of the sober living homes to the same. Why is our councilmen favoring sober living homes? I will re-post this as it is still the case:

Solid Landings, who owns the largest group of sober living homes in Costa Mesa, has gained a major victory, and the City of Costa Mesa is the loser. We handed Solid Landings a windfall.

The settlement agreement with Costa Mesa allows Solid Landings to take up to three years to operate without that pesky city ordinance in their way before the last of their homes are closed (Pg. 3, No. 3 Settlement Agreement and General Release)

The city has now relinquished all control of these facilities for up to three years. Once that time limitation is exhausted, Solid Landings will most likely seek state licensing which will continue to exempt them from the City sober living ordinance.

Residents were initially told that Solid Landings would vacate its building on 19th Street. In reality, Solid Landings is simply moving to a center on Airway and one on Bristol. Both facilities still in Costa Mesa. (Pg. 4, No. 4, Settlement Agreement and General Release).

Solid Landings is merely eliminating a few of their high-dollar properties that did not house as may clients as the multiple family units, so they will either be sold or leased, and there is a strong possibility that these homes will be sold or leased to other rehab facilities.

Without the controls of the city ordinance, the operators of these homes during the next three years, will be able to make a conservative estimate of Fifteen Million Dollars.

The City of Costa Mesa would have been better served to let this issue be litigated, as the ordinance would either stand or not. Now we will not know if the ordinance is valid. If it stood up in court, great. If it failed, then the ordinance could be re-written in such a way that it would satisfy the court. But now we are back to square one with all the other sober living homes.

This “landmark” settlement gained the city nothing. The question remains, who is profiting?

8/20/2016 08:38:00 AM  
Anonymous College Park Resident said...

Rumor has it that the public hearing for the CUPs keeps getting pushed because they are trying to get a state license for the properties. If that happens, the "rehab/sober home" could do whatever they want/whenever they want and the city will do NOTHING.

8/20/2016 09:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Where's My Coffee? said...

College Park Resident -- BINGO!! And it appears our Planning Commission is attempting to help them.

8/20/2016 03:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Muffin Top Bob said...

Costa Mesa, the Rehab Riviera of Orange County.

8/21/2016 09:34:00 AM  

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