CALL TO ORDER:
The meeting was called to order at 1:33 p.m.
Roll Call: 7 members present, 0 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, November 14, 2008.
ACCEPTANCE OF THE AGENDA:
The agenda was accepted, as presented.
Chair Hochanadel opened Public Comments; there being no appearances, Public Comments was closed.
1. CONSENT CALENDAR:
1A. Case 5.1108 / PD 326 Time Extension - A request by Wessman Holdings for a one year time extension for a previously approved 66-unit town-homes on an approximate 6.498 vacant parcel located between 1501 and 1601 South Belardo Road, Zone R-3, Section 22, APN 513-300-003 and -043. (Project Planner: Glenn Mlaker, Assistant Planner)
Motion to To approve a one year time extension from April 18, 2009 to April 18, 2010. Moved by Ringlein, seconded by Vice Chair Cohen.
Vote to To approve a one year time extension from April 18, 2009 to April 18, 2010. (Approved)
2. ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW:
2A. Case 5.1176 / PD 347 - An application by J.H. Farrell Business Park, LLC, for the approval of final development plans for five single story buildings consisting of general and medical offices on an approximate 2.7-acre parcel located at the northeast corner of Farrell Drive and Computer Way, Section 12, Zone M-1-P, APN: 507-350-038. (Project Planner: David A. Newell, Associate Planner)
David Newell, Associate Planner, provided background information as outlined in the staff report dated November 19, 2008. Staff has determined that the final plans are in substantial conformance with the previously approved development standards.
Motion to To approve, as submitted. Moved by Donenfeld, seconded by Vice Chair Cohen.
Vote to To approve, as submitted. (Approved)
3. PUBLIC HEARING:
3A. Case 5.1204 GPA / ZTA - Proposed Draft Specific Plan to allow up to 955 high-density residential units, up to 400,000 square feet of commercial retail and office space, and up to 620 hotel rooms located at the northwest corner of North Palm Canyon Drive and Tahquitz Canyon Way, and other nearby properties. (Project Planner: Craig A. Ewing, Director of Planning)
Commissioner Conrad noted a business-related conflict of interest and would not be participating in the discussion or vote. Ms. Conrad left the Council Chamber at 1:40 p.m.
Motion to To continue to the meeting of December 3, 2008. Moved by Ringlein, seconded by Vice Chair Cohen.
Vote to To continue to the meeting of December 3, 2008. (Approved)
Commissioner Conrad re-entered the Council Chamber at 1:41 p.m.
PLANNING COMMISSION COMMENTS:
PLANNING DIRECTOR’S REPORT:
Director Ewing provided an update on tonight’s City Council meeting. Staff reminded the Commission that there will be no meeting next week (November 26th) and the public hearing for the Desert Fashion Plaza Specific Plan is scheduled for December 3rd.
Marcus Fuller, Assistant Director of Public Works, requested three volunteers for the panel to review proposals for landscape architect for the Tahquitz Canyon Way median. Vice Chair Cohen, Commissioner Donenfeld and Commissioner Scott volunteered to participate in the consultant selection committee.
There being no further comments the meeting adjourned at 1:45 p.m.
Nov 19, 2008 Planning Commission