CALL TO ORDER:
The meeting was called to order at 1:33 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 21, 2008.
ACCEPTANCE OF THE AGENDA:
Chair Marantz announced that the applicant has requested to withdraw Item 5, Case 5.1050 PD 312. Mr. Ewing noted an error on Item 7 and requested it pulled from the agenda and rescheduled. Chair Marantz noted her abstention on Item 2B and 2C. Commissioner Scott noted his abstention on the minutes of March 12, 2008.
1. PUBLIC COMMENTS: (Three minute time limit.)
Chair Marantz opened Public Comments. There being none, Public Comments was closed.
Commissioner Ringlein noted her abstention on the minutes of February 6, 2008.
Commissioner Conrad requested two changes on the minutes of March 5, 2008.
Motion to To approve, as a part of the Consent Calendar. Moved by Cohen, seconded by Conrad.
Vote to To approve, as a part of the Consent Calendar. (Approved)
2A. Draft minutes of February 6, 2008, February 27, 2008, March 5, 2008 and March 12, 2008.
Approved, as part of the Consent Calendar; the minutes of March 5, 2008, as amended. (Noting
Commissioner Ringlein’s abstention on the minutes of February 6, 2008 and Commissioner Scott’s
abstention on the minutes of March 12, 2008.)
2B. Case TTM 30350 (Alexander Vista Estates) - A request by Michael Hutchison of Contempo Homes for
a one-year time extension for TTM 30350, a previously approved subdivision of an 11.42-acre parcel
for 39 single-family residential lots located south of Verona Road and east of Whitewater Club Drive,
Zone R-1-D, Section 6, APN: 677-030-001. (Project Planner: Bryan Fernandez, Assistant Planner).
Approved, as part of the Consent Calendar. (Noting Chair Marantz’ abstention)
2C. Case TTM 33623 (Alexander Village) - A request by Michael Hutchison of Contempo Homes for a one-
year time extension for TTM 33623, a previously approved subdivision of a 3.42-acre parcel for 10
single-family residential lots located north of Via Escuela and west of Gene Autry Trail, Zone R-1-D,
Section 6, APN: 677-030-019. (Project Planner: Bryan Fernandez, Assistant Planner).
Approved, as a part of the Consent Calendar. (Noting Chair Marantz’ abstention.)
3. Case LUP 08-003 - An application by Luciano Ramirez requesting that the Planning Commission
determine that an outdoor display of books is similar to other uses permitted by Land Use Permit within
the Central Business District (C-B-D) zone. The outdoor display would be located at 180 East
Tahquitz Canyon Way, Section 15, APN: 513-092-004. (Project Planner: David A. Newell, Associate
Craig A. Ewing, Director of Planning Services, provided background information as outlined in the staff report dated March 26, 2008.
Staff noted that vending carts for food beverage, crafts and floral items are permissible in the C-B-D zone, subject to a Land Use Permit.
The Commission expressed their concerns with plastic portable tables and other undesirable display items.
Commissioner Scott noted that he did not have any concerns with the display of books, however, he felt that other items could easily get out of hand.
Further discussion was made regarding outdoor displays and regulating other types of uses. Staff suggested a future meeting to discuss regulating outodoor display items to develop standards within a Land Use Permit.
Vice Chair Hochanadel suggested a proper window display so that the sidewalk would not be cluttered.
Commissioner Conrad noted that she does not have a concern with the display of books.
Motion to To approve, and direct staff to schedule a session to review design standards for outdoor displays in the C-B-D zone. Moved by Scott, seconded by Cohen.
Vote to To approve, and direct staff to schedule a session to review design standards for outdoor displays in the C-B-D zone. (Approved)
4. Case 3.3187 MAJ - An application by Andrew Zobler of 701 East Palm Canyon Lessee, LLC & Affiliates for
the renovation of the former Howard Johnson Hotel by reducing the existing 210-room vacant hotel to
190 renovated guest rooms, adding approximately 4,000 square feet of event space and remodeling
the reception and restaurant located at 701 East Palm Canyon, Zone R3, Section 26, APN: 511-041
-002. (Project Planner: David A. Newell, Associate Planner)
Mr. Ewing provided background information as outlined in the staff report dated March 26, 2008.
-Lance O’Donnell, architect for the project, provided further details on the removal of the central parking area, the event building, the swimming pools and the small retail building. Mr. O’Donnell provided additional information pertaining to the restaurant, the existing parking and gated entry and landscaping.
Commissioner Ringlein requested information on the types of conservation methods implemented into the project. Mr. O’Donnell responded that the main one is the elimination of the black asphalt, additional solar control, a green roof and retention of the boiler system.
-Jonathon Heath, General Manager the Viceroy Hotel, provided further details on the total number of employees and spoke about their efforts to encourage public transportation and ride-sharing.
-Jack Baron, hotel partner, provided further details on the proposed project.
-William Kopelk, landscape designer, provided details on the landscape plans. Mr. Kopelk noted that each that each ground floor room will include a patio and provided further details on the landscape.
Motion to To approve, subject to Conditions of Approval. Moved by Ringlein, seconded by Cohen.
Vote to To approve, subject to Conditions of Approval. (Approved)
5. Case 5.1050 PD 312 (Smoke Tree Commons) - A request by Donahue Schriber to amend previously
approved Condition of Approval No. 6 for the shopping cart retrieval system located on the southwest
corner of East Palm Canyon Drive and Farrell Drive / Barona Drive, Zone C-S-C, Section 25. (Project
Planner: Craig A. Ewing, Director of Planning Services.)
The item was withdrawn by the applicant and pulled from the agenda.
6. Case 3.2894 MAA - A request to modify the requirements of the City of Palm Springs Zoning Ordinance
for outdoor lighting for the Signature Flight facility located within the Palm Springs International Airport
at 250 North El Cielo Road, Zone A, Section 18, APN; 677-270-022. (Project Planner: Ken Lyon,
Ken Lyon, Associate Planner, provided background information as outlined in the staff dated March 26, 2008.
Commissioner Conrad expressed concern over the lighting in the automobile parking area and requested enforcement of compliance with the light requirements in the future to maintain the beauty of the night sky.
Motion to To approve, subject to Conditions of Approval. Moved by Conrad, seconded by Scott.
Vote to To approve, subject to Conditions of Approval. (Approved)
7. Appointment of Rob Perkins as a Licensed Landscape Architect Member to the Architectural Advisory
Mr. Ewing noted an error on the agenda and requested this item be rescheduled for the next meeting.
Chair Marantz suggested reconstituting the previous subcommittee consisting of Vice Chair Hochanadel, Commissioner Conrad and herself and requested staff provide the set of standards to interview the Architectural Advisory Committee candidates.
Commissioner Conrad noted her interest in serving in the subcommittee.
Motion to Approve To continue to an indefinite date, and reconstitute the previous subcommittee consisting of Dianne Marantz, Larry Hochanadel and Tracy Conrad, until such a time that the subcommittee reports back to the Commission on the status of the candidacy. Moved by Conrad, seconded by Scott.
Vote to Approve To continue to an indefinite date, and reconstitute the previous subcommittee consisting of Dianne Marantz, Larry Hochanadel and Tracy Conrad, until such a time that the subcommittee reports back to the Commission on the status of the candidacy. (Approved)
8. COMMISSION WORK PROGRAM: * Work Program Priorities and Subcommittee Assignments
Mr. Ewing reported that the next study session will consist of a continuation of the General Plan orientation and outdoor display items in the downtown area. Mr. Ewing provided an update on the newly formed utility undergrounding subcommittee and noted that a meeting would be scheduled within a few weeks.
Commissioner Ringlein noted that she will not be in attendance at next week’s study session and requested staff extend the utility undergrounding meeting to the middle of April.
9. COMMISSION/STAFF REPORTS AND REQUESTS:
Vice Chair Hochanadel requested that the lighting level be adjusted on a lamp pole that is extremely brightly lit in the parking lot adjacent to the Well’s Fargo Bank.
Commissioner Conrad thanked staff for the article on green LEED certification.
Commissioner Cohen commented on the newly painted rocks at the Pedregal project.
Chair Marantz commented that she attended the Uptown Merchants meeting and was impressed with the growth and vitality in this part of town.
There being no further comments the meeting adjourned 3:00 p.m.
Mar 26, 2008 Planning Commission