CALL TO ORDER:
Chair Klatchko called the meeting to order 1:36 pm.
Roll Call: 7 members present, 0 members absent, 0 members excused.
Staff Present: Flinn Fagg, Michael Daudt, Terri Hintz, Savat Khamphou, Ken Lyon, Glenn Mlaker and Edward Robertson
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 6:00 pm on Thursday, July 16, 2015.
ACCEPTANCE OF THE AGENDA:
Commissioner Roberts noted changes to the draft minutes.
The agenda was accepted.
Chair Klatchko opened the pubic comments portion of the meeting:
FRANK TYSEN, expressed concern with the development of Building "A" and the Event Center plans for the Downtown project.
The following persons spoke in favor of Item 2B (Crossley Road Street Name Change):
RUTH DEBRA, spoke in favor of the street name change to include Golf Club Drive.
PAUL ZAK, requested approval of the street name change to honor Lawrence Crossley and the black community.
RAY MORGOVAN, spoke in favor of honoring Mr. Crossley.
KEVIN HARMON, Crossley Community resident, said the businesses on Crossley Road between Ramon Road and Dinah Shore would be adversely affected; spoke in favor of the street name change on Golf Club Drive.
DANIEL AGAZI, DA Computers, owner, said this change would adversely his business; and he requested the street name change from Dinah Shore to Hwy. 111.
ALFONSO MURRAY, Palm Springs Black History Committee, spoke in favor of honoring the Palm Springs historic pioneer who deserves a public space.
CINDY CHAISSON, Crossley Tract, spoke in favor of renaming the street to Lawrence Crossley Road for everyone to honor Lawrence Crossley.
BERNARD HOYES, Black History Committee, said as an organization they are all in support of the street name change and requested a thorough and efficient turnaround.
SUZANNE SEVERIN, Human Rights Commission, member, provided history of the contributions Mr. Crossley made to the city and said they are in full support of the street name change.
The following persons spoke in opposition of the street name change:
PATRICK BROWN, Espree Condominium resident, said this will be a timely and costly process that will affect changes to their driver's license, social security, ultilities etc. and is not opposed to the change on the current Crossley Road section.
MATTHEW LEVY, DA Computers, managing partner, is not opposed to Lawrence Crossley but their business they suffer financially.
ROSIE HARMON, mother resides on Crossley Tract, spoke in favor of the street name change to honor Lawrence Crossley.
MIKE SCHAEFER, agrees that Mr. Crossley should have recognition; however, his first name is sufficient for his accomplishments in the city and suggested other forms of recognition such as a fountain or a monument.
There being no further speakers the public comments was closed.
1. CONSENT CALENDAR:
1A. APPROVAL OF MINUTES: JUNE 24, 2015
Motion to approve Approve the minutes of June 24, 2015, as amended. Moved by Vice-Chair Roberts, seconded by Commissioner Weremiuk.
Vote to approve Approve the minutes of June 24, 2015, as amended. (Approved)
2. PUBLIC HEARINGS:
2A. CONT'D - 750 LOFTS, LLC FOR A MIXED-USE HOTEL DEVELOPMENT ON A 1.13-ACRE PARCEL LOCATED AT 750 NORTH PALM CANYON DRIVE, ZONE C-1/R-3/PDD 104 / RESORT COMBINING ZONE / LAS PALMAS BUSINESS HISTORIC DISTRICT HD-1 (CASE 5.1350 PDD 374 GPA/CUP AND 3.3795 MAJ.) (KL)
Director Fagg reported that staff is requesting a continuance to the meeting Aug. 12, 2015, to respond to the comments received relative to the recirculated initial study.
Motion to approve Continue to date certain of August 12, 2015. Moved by Commissioner Lowe, seconded by Commissioner Middleton.
Vote to approve Continue to date certain of August 12, 2015. (Approved)
2B. CITY OF PALM SPRINGS FOR A REQUEST TO CONSIDER A STREET NAME CHANGE THE NAME FOR CROSSLEY ROAD AND GOLF CLUB DRIVE TO LAWRENCE CROSSLEY ROAD BETWEEN EAST RAMON ROAD AND EAST PALM CANYON DRIVE (CASE 5.1376 SNC). (FF)
Planning Director Fagg provided background information on the proposed street name change.
Assistant Planner Mlaker presented an overview on the proposed street name change as outlined in the staff report.
The Commission asked technical questions relating to:
-Is Crossley Tract a neighborhood organization?
-Number of years allowed for dual street names and implications associated with this matter.
-Length of time for update on GPS and navigation systems?
-Costs associated with the street name changes;
-Fee required for upgrade on veihcle navigation systems.
Chair Klatchko opened the public hearing:
JEFFREY FOWLER, resides on Golf Club Drive, noted this change would be costly for businesses on Golf Club Drive; however, he adding the name Lawrence Crossley to a new street in the city.
JAMES KING, provided details regarding street name changes made in Riverside and requested approval.
CLEMENT LUMLEY, said the change is important and requested the street name change include the entire street from Hwy. 111 to Ramon Road.
DANIEL ALGAZI, DA Computers, explained that older GPS systems will never be updated.
TRAE DANIEL, spoke about Lawrence Crossley's achievements in the city and indicated that people will be inconvenienced for a short period of time.
There being no further speakers the public hearing was closed.
Commissioner Roberts commented that although this would be a major inconvenience he is in support of changing the entire street name.
Commissioner Middleton noticed that this will be a big inconvenience to homeowners and suggested keeping dual names for 2 - 3 years from East Palm Canyon to Ramon Road.
Commissioner Calerdine noted that this would be a major inconvenience and suggested the dual street names for at least 5 years so that all mapping systems will include the name change.
Commissioner Lowe pointed-out that the street name change would have signicant impacts on businesses and suggested a stronger recognition could be done such as a naming new street possibly Main Street (downtown) that will provide more coverage and would have no impact on businesses.
Commissioner Weremiuk concurred wiht Commissioner Lowe and suggested a plaque would be greater recognition or naming the proposed Main Street downtown.
Motion to approve Recommend approval to the City Council subject to:
-Dual sign names for a period of five years.
-Consideration of renaming the proposed Main Street in the downtown. Moved by Commissioner Calerdine, seconded by Chair Klatchko.
Vote to approve Recommend approval to the City Council subject to:
-Dual sign names for a period of five years.
-Consideration of renaming the proposed Main Street in the downtown. (Approved)
3. NEW BUSINESS:
3A. VA CONSULTING FOR A ONE-YEAR TIME EXTENSION FOR A PREVIOUSLY APPROVED PLANNED DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT 317, (PDD 317) TO CONSTRUCT 75 SINGLE-FAMILY RESIDENCES, 155 TOWN-HOMES AND AN ACTIVITY CENTER ON APPROXIMATELY 80 ACRES OUT OF A 117-ACRE SITE LOCATED ON THE WEST SIDE OF SOUTH PALM CANYON DRIVE AT BOGART TRAIL, ZONE PD 317, SECTION 34 (CASE 5.1070-PDD 317). (ER)
Principal Planner Robertson presented the time extention request as outlined in the staff report. He reported that the project was recently acquired by new ownership.
Commissioner Donenfeld questioned if it is appropriate to extend the entitlements for a project that has changed (new tentative tract map and PDD).
MAX VAHID, VA Consulting, representing the property owner, clarified that this project is a modification of the existing approved map with a reduction of the townhomes. He indicated that the flood system is still a part of the project and would like to keep the current entitlements in case the new one is not approved.
MIKE COLE, owner & managing partner, explained that a significant amount of money has been spent on submittal of the new map that includes a reduction in density. He stated that the commitments that came with the project - the storm drain and debris basin are a critical part of the project and it has taken them a while to look at the economics and market place to determine that they could remove the townhomes. He said realistically they are looking two years out until construction begins.
Chair Klatchko commented that unlike many projects this applicant has moved forward earnestly with the new tract map. He noted that there are many aspects of this project such as the dedication and flood control that are not changing and is inclined to approve this extension for a full year.
Commissioner Calerdine noted that another major reason for not losing the entitlements is the environmental approval.
Commissioner Weremiuk commented that the fact there is a major redesign on this project with a reduction in density and appreciates the significant work the applicant has done.
Commissioner Middleton noted it may be helpful to the applicant if they would bring the new project to a study session.
Motion to approve Approve one year time extension. Moved by Commissioner Calerdine, seconded by Commissioner Weremiuk.
Vote to approve Approve one year time extension. (Approved)
PLANNING COMMISSION REPORTS, REQUESTS AND COMMENTS:
The Commission requested and/or commented on:
-Create a subcommittee to discuss guidelines for review of time extensions. The subcommitte to consist of Commissioners Calerdine and Lowe.
-Status update on the downtown Event Center.
PLANNING DIRECTOR'S REPORT:
Planning Director Fagg provided an update on the street name application for 34th Avenue and the small lot ordinance. He reminded the Commission of the upcoming study session with the AAC on August 10th at 1 pm.
The Planning Commission adjourned at 3:52 pm to Wednesday, August 12, 2015, City Hall, Council Chamber, 3200 East Tahquitz Canyon Way.
Jul 22, 2015 Planning Commission