CALL TO ORDER:
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE:
Roll Call: 5 members present, 3 members absent, 0 members excused.
ACCEPTANCE OF THE AGENDA:
Motion to Accept the Agenda as Presented. Moved by Councilmember Mills, seconded by Councilmember McCulloch.
Vote to Accept the Agenda as Presented. (Approved)
Mayor Oden and the City Council presented a Certificate of Appreciation to City Employee Dirk Voss, Community Preservation Coordinator, for his service to the City of Palm Springs.
REPORT OF CLOSED SESSION:
HAROLD STONE, Palm Springs, commented on the Airport sound wall to be installed, and airport noise from military and/or from other sources.
MICHAEL GRANT, Riverside, Century Vintage Homes, commented on Item 1.A. regarding Hillside development; and requested Century Vintage Homes be included in the process and further negotiations.
JEFFREY MORGAN, commented on Item 1.A. regarding Hillside Regulations in the Chino Code area, and recommended one home per 40-acres.
CODY STOUGHTON, Palm Springs, read a letter from Peter Moruzzi, Palm Springs Modern Committee, regarding Item 1.A. Hillside development and in support of open space conservation in planning area 5.A and 5.B.
VIC GAINER, Palm Springs, commented on Item 1.A. regarding Hillside development and spoke in support of the two ordinances recommended by the Citizens Task Force.
GREG DAY, Palm Springs, commented on Item 1.A. regarding Hillside regulations, and in support of open space conservation.
SHERYL HAMLIN, commented on Item 1.A. regarding Hillside development and planning areas 5.A. and 5.B.
LOBO VADENSCEARCE, commented on bicycle and pedestrian safety and the proposed relocation of Vons Grocery Store.
GLADYS KRENEK, Palm Springs, commented on Item 1.A. regarding Hillside development and stated her support for the ordinances as recommended by the Citizens Task Force and proposed density transfer.
CHUCK NISBET, commented on Item 1.A. regarding Hillside development and recommended the City Council consider the recommendations of the General Plan Steering Committee.
DANA STEWART, Palm Springs, stated her support of the MSHCP and stated her support for ordinances for density transfer as a protection of the Chino Canyon.
JOAN MARTIN, Palm Springs, commented on Item 1.A. regarding Hillside development and stated her support for protecting the Chino Canyon area and for the City to purchase the land for open space.
JONO HILDNER, Palm Springs, commented on Item 1.A. regarding Hillside development and requested a compromise approach regarding Measure B and the current Urgency Ordinance and in support of the recommendation of the General Plan Steering Committee.
JAMES HAYTON, Palm Springs, commented on Item 1.A. regarding Hillside development and in support of the proposed density transfer.
APRIL HILDNER, commented on Item 1.A. regarding Hillside development and stated her support for one unit per 20-acres and open space acquisition.
FLORENCE KLAASEN, commented on traffic signals and requested the Engineering Department review the timing of traffic signals for pedestrians.
JOY MEREDITH, Palm Springs, commented on the General Plan Steering Committee and voting procedures with respect to the current Hillside development issue.
DAVE BARON, Palm Springs, commented on Item 1.A. regarding Hillside development and the past partnerships developed between the nature conservancy and developers.
COUNCILMEMBER COMMENTS AND REQUESTS:
CITY MANAGER'S REPORT:
1. STUDY SESSION:
1.A. DISCUSSION AND DIRECTION ON HILLSIDE REGULATIONS:
Staff Report Item 1.A.
Craig Ewing, Director of Planning Services, provided background information as outlined in the staff report dated February 8, 2006.
Councilmember Pougnet requested clarification regarding the vote of the General Plan Steering Committee.
Mayor Pro Tem Foat requested clarification and commented on the staff report regarding commercial land use in Planning Area 5.A., recommended low density land use, preparation of specific plans, the inclusion of design standards in the proposed ordinance, the amount of tribal land v. sovereign land, division of land by topography, and property acquisition information.
Councilmember McCulloch requested clarification and commented on the timing of the urgency ordinance, outreach and/or comments received from the Tribe, staff recommendation as it relates to the Multi-Species Habitat Plan, density transfer near Ship Rock, density transfer as a concept and past practice with a current project.
Councilmember Mills requested clarification and commented on the coordination and input from the Tribe, costs for acquisition, developable acres including tribal land and Shadowrock, development of Specific Plan and the inclusion of development standards, definition of open space, clustering concepts and areas for open space.
Councilmember Pougnet requested clarification and commented on planning area boundaries, defining slope, density transfer and clustering for additional open space.
Mayor Oden commented on Measures B and C and the process that got us this far, the goal of compromise, timeline for adoption, definition of habitat and open space, density transfer and other areas suitable for density transfer.
Mayor Pro Tem Foat requested clarification on the preparation of an Environmental Impact Report, and tribal land.
Mayor Oden requested clarification from Councilmember Pougnet regarding the preparation of two ordinances and the content included in each.
Councilmember Mills commented on slope and density transfer and a possible density bonus not be limited to the Chino Cone area.
Mayor Pro Tem Foat commented on acquisition cost and possible assessment charges for a bond issue.
Councilmember McCulloch requested staff comment on the impacts to Century Vintage Homes the use of averages when commenting on density, the use of berms, timeline and density transfer.
The City Council recessed at 8:31 P.M.
The City Council reconvened at 8:42 P.M.
Councilmember Foat suggested that the City Council give staff direction to develop an ordinance for base land use of the Citizens Task Force Recommendation rate less 20%.
Councilmember Mills requested clarification on the Citizens Task Force calculation for the number of dwelling units.
Councilmember Pougnet clarified the Citizens Task Force maximum dwelling Units of 745 and suggested the City Council use the Citizens Task Force recommendation for base land use.
Councilmember Mills commented on the compromise with the current Urgency Ordinance and suggested using the Citizens Task Force recommendation.
Councilmember Pougnet commented on the planning areas and stated he would support the Citizens Task Force recommendation.
Councilmember McCulloch requested that Council not provide direction at this time.
Councilmember Mills suggested the City Council use the Citizens Task Force Recommendation for base land use.
Mayor Oden stated he was comfortable with the Citizens Task Force Recommendation for base land use.
Councilmember McCulloch noted his concerns and recommended the City Council not provide direction to staff at this time.
Councilmember Mills commented on and provided further direction on density transfer.
By consensus of at least three-members of the City Council, direct staff to prepare a draft zoning ordinance for the Chino Cone using the density numbers offered by the Citizens Task Force, as well as significant open space protections and design standards for environmental and view protection.
1.B. DOCKET REVIEW -- PRIORITIZE FUTURE AGENDA/STUDY SESSION TOPICS:
Staff Report Item 1.B.
City Manager Ready provided background information as outlined in the staff report dated February 8, 2006.
Mayor Oden commented on the Cable Franchise Renewal Process and currently scheduled Study Sessions.
Councilmember Pougnet commented on the Homeless Resource Center and requested a Study Session on April 12, 2006, regarding the Homeless Resource Center.
Mayor Pro Tem Foat requested the Green Building Ordinance move forward.
Councilmember Mills requested discussion regarding the Energy Commission and Co-Generation Plants be included with the Study Session on the Green Building Ordinance.
Mayor Pro Tem Foat commented on the Miss. Teen Funding request and recommended the request be placed on a Regular Meeting Agenda.
Councilmember Mills commented on the Airport Targeted Development Plan and the Joint Workshop with City Council, Planning Commission and Architectural Advisory Committee.
Councilmember Pougnet commented on the So. Cal. Institute of Architects presentation, and recommended that staff move forward without a Study Session on Short Term Vacation rentals with interested parties.
Mayor Oden commented on the development use plan for the Palm Springs Mall and the County Buildings across from City Hall.
Councilmember McCulloch requested clarification on the Undergrounding Ordinance.
COUNCILMEMBER COMMENTS AND REPORTS:
Councilmember Mills commented on the reorganization of the Code Enforcement Division and requested regular City Council updates.
Councilmember McCulloch requested the City Engineer review pedestrian safety at certain intersections and at intersections with left-turn arrows.
Councilmember Pougnet recognized City employees who received compliment cards in the month of January.
Mayor Oden announced Black History month and outlined the activities and events attended by the Mayor's Office; requested staff moved forward with the installation of the sound wall near the Airport, and place the appointment of a City Council subcommittee on the O'Donnell Golf Course on the next City Council Agenda.
Feb 08, 2006 City Council Meeting