CALL TO ORDER:
Chair Cohen called the meeting 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 posted for public access at the City Hall exterior bulletin board (west side of Council Chamber) and the Planning Services counter by 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 21, 2010.
ACCEPTANCE OF THE AGENDA:
Motion to To accept the agenda, as presented. Moved by Bill Scott, seconded by Doug Donenfeld.
Vote to To accept the agenda, as presented. (Approved)
PUBLIC COMMENTS: Three (3) minutes is allowed for each speaker.
Chair Cohen opened public comments:
-Lyn Calerdine, president, PSEDC, (in reference to Item 1A / Case 5.1231) spoke in favor of the project and urged the Commission to set a public hearing on this item.
-Marc Dauncey, Palm Springs, (in reference to Item1A / Case 5.1231) spoke in support of the project; stating that this development will provide high-quality, energy efficient, moderately-priced homes for working people and families in the community.
-Joy Meredith, president, Main Street Palm Springs, (in reference to Item 1B / Case 5.1042 PD 311) expressed appreciation for the Commission’s willingness to review and discuss the time extension for South Palm Canyon’s existing development.
-Tamara Stevens, Palm Springs, (in reference to Item 1A / Case 1A) spoke in favor of the development in this development particularly with the West Valley Campus coming into this part of town; she encouraged the Commission to view this blighted parcel as an opportunity to build the north end in a positive manner.
-Paul Mediano, vice president, Main Street Merchant Association, spoke in reference to Item 1B / Case 5.1042), stated his business is located in South Palm Canyon’s existing development and has noticed a decline of the property in the last 5 years; he requested proper maintenance and upkeep of the property.
There being no further appearances, public comments was closed.
1. OTHER BUSINESS:
1A. Case 5.1231 PDD 356 / TTM 36185 - A request for Reconsideration by ComDyn LLC, for a 51-unit moderate-income condominium development located at 3130 North Indian Canyon Drive, Zone R-2, Section 02. (Project Planner: Ken Lyon, Associate Planner)
Ken Lyon, Associate Planner, provided background information as outlined in the staff report dated January 27, 2010.
Commissioner Conrad expressed her preference to hear the applicant’s presentation during a new public hearing in order to give the neighbors a chance to voice their opinion.
The Commission and staff discussed the Commission’s previous action of a continuance and the process before them including modifying their previous action, as advised by the City Attorney.
The consensus of the Commission is to hear the applicant's testimony during a new public hearing and give the neighbors an opportunity to speak, as well.
Motion to To direct staff to return the application to the Commission and notice a public hearing for an undetermined date (excluding than February 10, 2010). Moved by Tracy Conrad, seconded by Doug Donenfeld.
Vote to To direct staff to return the application to the Commission and notice a public hearing for an undetermined date (excluding than February 10, 2010). (Approved)
Vice Chair Caffery clarified his vote noting that he was opposed to the original motion.
1B. Case 5.1042 PD 311 - A request by South Palm Canyon, LLC, for a one-year time extension for a previously approved mixed-use development located at 450 - 490 South Palm Canyon, Zone CBD, Section 13. (Project Planner: Edward O. Robertson, Principal Planner)
Edward O. Robertson, Principal Planner, provided background information as outlined in the staff report dated January 27, 2010.
Director Ewing explained to the Commission that staff would work with the applicant on the suggestions made by the Commission regarding the maintenance conditions submitted by the applicant.
Motion to To approve a one-year time extension from October 25, 2009 to October 24, 2010, subject to the revised conditions submitted by the applicant. Moved by Vice Chair Caffery, seconded by Leslie Munger.
Vote to To approve a one-year time extension from October 25, 2009 to October 24, 2010, subject to the revised conditions submitted by the applicant. (Approved)
2. PUBLIC HEARING:
2A. Case 5.1233 CUP - A request by Mark P. Green for a Conditional Use Permit application to allow a cocktail lounge in an existing tenant space located at 224 North Palm Canyon Drive, Zone CBD, Section 15, APN: 513-091-005. (Project Planner: David A. Newell, Associate Planner)
David A. Newell, Associate Planner, provided background information as outlined in the staff report dated January 27, 2010.
Chair Cohen opened the public hearing:
-Mark Green, applicant, provided an overview of his plans for the cocktail lounge describing it as charming and atmospheric. Mr. Green described his plans for the window and requested placement of an indoor neon sign.
There being no further appearances the public hearing was closed.
Commissioners Hudson and Caffery noted that they were in favor of an operable window.
Motion to To approve, subject to Conditions of Approval, as amended:
-To include an operable window and placement of a neon sign inside the building more than 3 feet from any window. Moved by Tracy Conrad, seconded by Bill Scott.
Vote to To approve, subject to Conditions of Approval, as amended:
-To include an operable window and placement of a neon sign inside the building more than 3 feet from any window. (Approved)
PLANNING COMMISSION COMMENTS:
Commissioner Conrad reported a dramatic increase in helicopter traffic in residential areas throughout the City. Director Ewing agreed to invite airport staff to comment on this issue.
Commissioner Munger noted that she may not be in attendance for the upcoming study session.
PLANNING DIRECTOR’S REPORT:
Director Ewing provided an update on the City Council’s upcoming meetings including the Joint City Council meeting with the Planning Commission and Architectural Advisory Committee to be held in February or early March.
There being no further comments the Planning Commission adjourned at 2:31 p.m. to a study session on Wednesday, February 3, 2010, at 2:00 p.m. in the Large Conference Room at City Hall, 3200 East Tahquitz Canyon Way.
Jan 27, 2010 Planning Commission