CALL TO ORDER:
The meeting was called to order at 1:31 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 4:30 p.m. on Friday, December 5, 2008.
ACCEPTANCE OF THE AGENDA:
The agenda was accepted, as presented.
Chair Hochanadel opened Public Comments; and no speakers coming forward Public Comments was closed.
1. CONSENT CALENDAR:
1A. Minutes of October 1, 2008.
Motion to Approve Approved, as part of the Consent Calendar. Moved by Donenfeld, seconded by Scott.
Vote to Approve Approved, as part of the Consent Calendar. (Approved)
2. OTHER BUSINESS:
2A. Architectural Advisory Committee: Appointment of Landscape Architect
Director Ewing provided background information as outlined in the staff report dated December 10, 2008.
Motion to To create an ad hoc committee to interview both applicants and make a recommendation to the Planning Commission. The ad hoc committee to consist of: Chair Hochanadel, Commissioner Ringlein and Commissioner Caffery. Moved by Conrad, seconded by Caffery.
Vote to To create an ad hoc committee to interview both applicants and make a recommendation to the Planning Commission. The ad hoc committee to consist of: Chair Hochanadel, Commissioner Ringlein and Commissioner Caffery. (Approved)
3. PUBLIC HEARINGS:
3A. Case 5.1190 CUP / 6.509 VAR (Palm Springs Batch Plant) - A request by Elsinore Ready Mix Company for a Conditional Use Permit to allow the installation and operation of a portable concrete batch plant on approximately 5.29-acres and a Variance request to exceed the thirty foot height maximum permitted in the E-1 zone. The site is located at the southwest corner of Dillon Road and Karen Avenue, Zone E-I, Section 10, APN 668-280-015: (Project Planner: David A. Newell, Associate Planner)
David A. Newell, Associate Planner, provided background information as outlined in the staff report dated December 10, 2008.
Chair Hochanadel opened the Public Hearing:
-Brad Adams, North Palm Springs, (representing adjacent wind energy owners) commented that the location of the concrete plant may affect the turbine energy production, air quality, view and fence screening (blown from high winds).
James Bennett, applicant, requested staff provide clarification on certain project fees and conditions of approval. Mr. Bennett noted that dust control measures would be completed and provided further details.
-Danielle Sakai, representing the applicant, emphasized that the concrete plant has not been in operation to affect the air quality to the adjacent wind mills.
There being no further apperances, the Public Hearing was closed.
The Commission discussed and/or commented on the unresolved issues between the two parties, location, dust control, fencing (including use of block walls) and the high-winds in this area.
Motion to Approve To continue, to the meeting of December 17, 2008, to allow the applicant to respond to the project concerns. Moved by Conrad, seconded by Ringlein.
Vote to Approve To continue, to the meeting of December 17, 2008, to allow the applicant to respond to the project concerns. (Approved)
3B. Case 5.1137 PD 335 / TTM 35230 / 3.3028 MAJ - A request by Wessman Holdings, LLC, to construct a four-story mixed use development consisting of first-floor commercial/retail,19 residential condominium units, adaptive re-use of the existing building for the retail/restaurant use and a Tentative Tract Map located at 300 South Palm Canyon Drive, Zone CBD, Section 15, APN: 513-204-005. (Project Planner: Ken Lyon, Associate Planner)
Craig A. Ewing, Director of Planning Services, requested the Planning Commission continue the public hearing to January 14, 2009.
Motion to To continue, the public hearing to January 14, 2009. Moved by Ringlein, seconded by Scott.
Vote to To continue, the public hearing to January 14, 2009. (Approved)
PLANNING COMMISSION COMMENTS:
Commissioner Caffery requested chain-link fencing in the north-end as a discussion item for an upcoming study session. Discussion occurred on the City Council’s continuance of the medical cannabis item.
PLANNING DIRECTOR’S REPORT:
Staff discussed the upcoming format of the planning commission minutes.
Director Ewing provided an update on planning items scheduled for tonight’s City Council meeting.
Marcus Fuller, Assistant Director of Public Works, provided an update on the following capital improvements:
*The Belardo Road project.
*The Interchange projects on Gene Autry and Indian Canyon Way.
*The Landscaping project on Gene Autry Way and Vista Chino Way.
The Planning Commission adjourned at 2:26 p.m. to Wednesday, December 17, 2008.
Dec 10, 2008 Planning Commission