CALL TO ORDER:
Chair Donenfeld called the meeting 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 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 21, 2012.
ACCEPTANCE OF THE AGENDA:
The agenda was unanimously accepted, as presented.
Chair Donenfeld opened public comments:
-Madeleine deJean, expressed concern with problems she is having with short term rentals in her neighborhood and the lack of police enforcement.
-Carl Enzor, Chief Administrative Office, Eisenhower Medical Centers of Palm Springs, requested approval of increased wattage to address security issues they are experiencing due to transient loitering.
There being no further appearances public comments was closed.
1. CONSENT CALENDAR:
Motion to To approve, Items 1A and 1B, as part of the Consent Calendar. Moved by Philip Klatchko, seconded by Leslie Munger.
Vote to To approve, Items 1A and 1B, as part of the Consent Calendar. (Approved)
1A. Minutes of May 23, 2012
Approved, as part of the Consent Calendar.
1B. Case 5.1236 CUP / 7.1336 AMM TE - A request by MV Solar, LLC (formerly AES Solar, LLC) for a one year time extension for a previously approved conditional use permit for a 13 MegaWatt solar energy production facility on approximately 24 acres located at 2001 West Garnet Avenue, Zone E-I (Energy-Industrial). (Ken Lyon, Associate Planner)
Approved, as part of the Consent Calendar.
2. OTHER BUSINESS:
2A. Case 3.3038 MAA Appeal - An appeal by Eisenhower Medical Center of the Planning Director?s decision to approve landscape lighting for the medical office building located at 151 South Sunrise Way, Zone RA (Resort Attraction of Section 14 Specific Plan), Section 15. (David A. Newell, Associate Planner)
Associate Planner Newell provided background information as outlined in staff report dated June 27, 2012.
Commissioner Roberts noticed that there may be a major security problem in this area but concluded that it would be not be solved using brighter lights.
Vice Chair Hudson concurred with Commissioner Roberts that increasing the lighting level will not address the security problems. Vice Hudson suggested placing a security guard on the premises to address the safety issues.
Commissioner Conrad spoke in favor of staff’s recommendation to reduce the wattage in each lighting fixture.
Commissioner Klatchko stated that he would be willing to allow increased lighting to the most secluded area (west side) given that there has been an improvement to the transient security issues.
Commissioner Munger concurred with Commissioner Klatchko and suggested uplighting on the ground in the area associated with security problems.
Commissioner Roberts suggested using a shared security guard with Rite Aid to address the security problems in this area.
Motion to To deny the appeal without prejudice. Moved by Tracy Conrad, seconded by J.R. Roberts.
Vote to To deny the appeal without prejudice. (Approved)
Director Ewing reported that this action is subject to appeal to the City Council.
2B. Portable Open Signs - Initiation of a procedure to amend Ordinance No. 1744 relating to Palm Springs Zoning Code Section 93.20.09(B)(5), portable open signs (Edward Robertson, Principal Planner)
Principal Planner Robertson provided background information as outlined in the staff report dated June 27, 2012.
Commissioner Conrad expressed a preference for the City Council to initiate this zone text amendment. Ms. Conrad stated that the A-Frame signs create a lot of sidewalk clutter and spoke in opposition of extending the Portable Open Sign Ordinance.
Motion to To not initiate a Zone Text Amendment to extend the Portable Open Sign Ordinance. Moved by Tracy Conrad, seconded by J.R. Roberts.
Vote to To not initiate a Zone Text Amendment to extend the Portable Open Sign Ordinance. (Approved)
3. PUBLIC HEARING:
3A. Case 5.1278 CUP - A request by Pilot Travel Centers, LLC for the establishment of a Conditional Use Permit to allow the continued operation of an existing automobile service (gas) station and truck stop at 6605 North Indian Canyon Drive, Zoned HC, Section 15. (Project Planner: David A. Newell, Associate Planner)
Associate Planner Newell provided background information as outlined in the staff report dated June 27, 2012.
Chair Donenfeld open the public hearing:
-Art Lujan, representing Pilot Travel Center, asked who is the staff contact person pertaining to the parcel merger.
There being no further apppearances the public hearing was closed.
Motion to To approve Case 5.1278 CUP, subject to the Conditions of Approval. Moved by Leslie Munger, seconded by Vice Chair Hudson.
Vote to To approve Case 5.1278 CUP, subject to the Conditions of Approval. (Approved)
PLANNING COMMISSION COMMENTS:
Chair Donenfeld noted that this is Tracy Conrad’s last day serving on the Planning Commission and expressed wholehearted gratitude for her contribution and experience given to the City of Palm Springs.
Commissioner Roberts requested that staff review the high intensity lighting at the Rite Aid Shopping Center on the corner of Sunrise Way and Tahquitz Canyon Way.
Commissioner Klatchko spoke highly of the contribution Tracy Conrad has given to the City and expressed gratitude for her service.
PLANNING DIRECTORS REPORT:
Director Ewing reported an update on:
-Two facilites operating as sober living centers without permits have come forward and applied for conditional use permits;
-A public hearing will be scheduled for the meeting of July 11th for a zone text amendment to allow the director to refer Land Use Pemits, Minor Architectural Approval and Administrative Minor Modifications to the Planning Commission;
-A study session will be scheduled to discuss regulating standards for sober living facilities;
-The Zeldas Nightclub Conditional Use Permit has expired and new conditions will be proposed;
-The tentative tract map for the Desert Fashion Plaza site has been received and will tentatively come to the Commission in September;
-On the new Planning Commissioner appointed by the City Council;
There being no further comments the Planning Commission adjourned at 2:25 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 11, 2012, City Hall, Council Chamber, 3200 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way.
Jun 27, 2012 Planning Commission