CALL TO ORDER:
The meeting was called to order at 1:30 p.m.
Roll Call: 6 members present, 1 members absent, 0 members excused.
REPORT OF POSTING OF AGENDA:
The agenda was available for public access at the City Hall exterior bulletin board (west side of Council Chamber) and the Planning Services counter by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 7, 2008.
ACCEPTANCE OF THE AGENDA:
The agenda was accepted, as presented.
1. PUBLIC COMMENTS: (Three minute time limit.)
Chair Marantz opened Public Comments and there being none, Public Comments was closed.
Vice Chair Hochanadel requested Item 2B pulled from the Consent Calendar for further discussion.
Motion to To approve, Item 2A as part of the Consent Calendar. Moved by Caffery, seconded by Cohen.
Vote to To approve, Item 2A as part of the Consent Calendar. (Approved)
2A. Case TTM 31848 (Avalon) - A request by Deborah Van Huis of SunCal Companies for a one-year time
extension for Tentative Tract Map 31848 from May 5, 2008 to May 5, 2009 located at North Avenida
Caballeros and San Rafael Drive, Zoned PD 290, Section 35, APN’s: 669-330-016, 039 and 041.
(Project Planner: Bryan Fernandez, Assistant Planner)
Approved, as part of the Consent Calendar.
2B. Case TTM 34165 - A request by Cynthia Nelson of Nexus Development for a one-year time extension
for Tentative Tract Map 34165 from April 19, 2008 to April 19, 2009 located at the southeast corner
of Avenida Caballeros and Alejo Road, Zone PD 321, Section 14, APN’s: 508-060-008, 009
and 031. (Project Planner: Bryan Fernandez, Assistant Planner)
Vice Chair Hochanadel requested staff address removal of the green fence to provide a more natural view.
Commissioner Conrad concurred with the removal of the fence. Staff responded that unless the fencing is required for PM 10 (dust control) a condition could be added to address this concern.
Motion to To recommend approval to the City Council, of a one-year time extension from April 19, 2008 to April 19, 2009, as amended:
-Remove the green fencing and stabilize any loose dirt to control the dust, preferably with wildflowers, subject to the approval of the Director of Public Works, as part of the dust control plan. Moved by Vice Chair Hochanadel, seconded by Conrad.
Vote to To recommend approval to the City Council, of a one-year time extension from April 19, 2008 to April 19, 2009, as amended:
-Remove the green fencing and stabilize any loose dirt to control the dust, preferably with wildflowers, subject to the approval of the Director of Public Works, as part of the dust control plan. (Approved)
3. Case 08-003 - A pre-application by Pacifica Colony Palms Lofts, LLC, to construct
a mixed-used project including first floor and second floor retail/commercial space,
46 condominium units and subterranean parking on an approximately 49,302
square foot lot located at 750 North Palm Canyon, Zone PD 104, Section 10,
APN: 505-303-018. (Project Planner, Diane A Bullock, Associate Planner)
hearing will be conducted for informational purposes only and no action will be
taken at this meeting.
Diane Bullock, Associate Planner, provided background information as outlined in the staff report dated March 12, 2008.
Commissioner Ringlein entered the Council Chamber at 1:41 p.m.
Ms. Bullock noted that the parking calculations stated in the staff report are based on the preliminary information given because the absolutes are not known at this time.
Chair Marantz opened the Public Hearing:
-Doug Hudson, Palm Springs, representing himself, voiced concern with the height and mass of the project; and noted a number of in-fill projects for this area will coming forward in the near future.
-Nejat Kohan, Palm Springs, requested limits be placed on the height and density; and a traffic study be imposed upon this project prior to making a decision.
-Jono Hildner, Palm Springs, requested enforcement of the zoning ordinance.
-Roxanne Ploss, Palm Springs, noted three hotel renovations including traffic calming measures in this vicinity; she believes the impact would create a lot of stress in this area.
-Arelene Battishill, Palm Springs, spoke in support of the project; is pleased with the retail aspect of the project.
-Steve Oren, co-developer, provided details on the conceptual vision for the property. Mr. Oren provided additional information on the architecture, the use and the environmental aspect of the project.
-Carol Blum, co-developer, provided further details their efforts in providing LEED certification for the buildings.
-Charles Sachs, Palm Springs, concerned with the height affecting the mountain views.
There being no further comments the Public Hearing was closed.
Discussion was made on the green roofing material and an alternate design, revisions to the site plan, setbacks and height regulations. Ms. Conrad expressed concern for height and for businesses succeeding in this part of town.
Chair Marantz noted the quality of improvements to this part of town (uptown area) primarily due to development and remodeling within the past year.
Mr. Caffery noted that the project is very nice; however, expressed concern with the parking, height and mass of the project. Mr. Cohen concurred with the height and parking concern.
There being no further comments the discussion was concluded on this item.
4. COMMISSION WORK PROGRAM: * Work Program Priorities and Subcommittee Assignments
Mr. Ewing reported a meeting with the Undergrounding Subcommittee and Engineering staff would be set-up within the next several weeks. Mr. Ewing suggested a study session to discuss the different levels of LEED certification.
Ms. Conrad noted the Zoning Code orientation and Planned Development District’s as priority items for the next study session.
5. COMMISSION/STAFF REPORTS AND REQUESTS:
Ms. Conrad requested Code Enforcement follow-up on non-compliance signs along East Palm Canyon Drive.
Chair Marantz requested Code Enforcement follow-up on a yellow sign adjacent to the Social Security building on Ramon Road.
There being no further comments the meeting adjourned at 2:45 p.m.
Mar 12, 2008 Planning Commission