CALL TO ORDER:
Chair Klatchko called the meeting to order at 1:30 pm.
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 4:00 pm on Thursday, June 2, 2016.
ACCEPTANCE OF THE AGENDA:
Commissioner Lowe and Vice-Chair Calerdine noted their abstention on the minutes of the May 23, 2016.
Chair Klatchko opened public comments:
-GARY LUEDERS, volunteer at PS Air Museum, said he was a Vietnam Veteran and retired pilot, and served on the Airport Commission. He stated that this project is a part of the whole big picture for the museum and this new hangar will be dedicated to the history heritage of Vietnam and Korea.
ROBERT FINELY, Vietnam Veteran, said he is gratified to have the museum honor this aircraft they flew and urged approval.
There being no further speakers public comments was closed.
1. CONSENT CALENDAR:
1A. APPROVAL OF MINUTES: MAY 23, 2016 SPECIAL MEETING MINUTES
Commissioner Weremiuk noted a correction on page 3.
Motion to approve Approve minutes of May 23, 2016, as amended. Moved by Commissioner Donenfeld, seconded by Commissioner Middleton.
Vote to approve Approve minutes of May 23, 2016, as amended. (Approved)
2. NEW BUSINESS
2A. PALM SPRINGS AIR MUSEUM, FOR A MINOR ARCHITECTURAL APPLICATION FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A 20,230-SQUARE FOOT HANGAR GALLERY EXPANSION AT THE PALM SPRINGS AIR MUSEUM LOCATED AT 745 NORTH GENE AUTRY TRAIL, ZONE A. (CASE 3.1412 MAA). (GM)
Planning Director Fagg provided an overview of the proposed hangar expansion.
Commissioner Weremiuk said the museum and is a very important part of the community and will support this edition. However, she said she is an HOA member at the Escena Development and recieved eight noise complaints from the museum's Splash House outdoor event.
FRED BELL, PS Air Museum, vice-chairman & managing director, addressed Commissioner Weremiuk's concern about amplified music from an outdoor event to help the city from overflow in the downtown. He said he was not aware of any noise complaints from the event and will certainly deal with them. He would be happy to talk to the HOA and will comply with the Noise Ordinance.
Commissioner Hirschbein questioned why this project did not go to the AAC for review.
Planning Director Fagg explained that since there is an approved Master Plan and colors and materials are consistent with the Plan it is not necessary.
Commissioner Lowe congratulated and thank all those in the audience who served our Country.
Commissioner Middleton said they did have a Splash Event in her neighborhood and the organizers made themselves available to meet with the neighborhood leaders to try to mitigate the sound. She would be happy to connect Commissioner Weremiuk with them.
Vice-Chair Calerdine thanked the applicant for taking over the spillover from downtown and the museum is a tremendous asset to the city.
Chair Klatchko concurred that the museum is a valuable asset to the city and is pleased to see history will be carried forward.
Motion to approve Approve with Conditions, as submitted. Moved by Commissioner Lowe, seconded by Commissioner Middleton.
Vote to approve Approve with Conditions, as submitted. (Approved)
PLANNING COMMISSION REPORTS, REQUESTS AND COMMENTS:
Commissioner Donenfeld noted that this is Chair Klatchko's last meeting as he will be terming out and commended him on his incredible ability, fairness and good judgment and wished him well.
Vice-Chair Calerdine thanked Chair Klatchko for his hard work. He requested a briefing on the College of the Desert Master Plan and disposal of former site.
Commissioner's Weremiuk, Middleton and Hirschbein wholeheartedly thanked Chair Klatchko for his time serving on the Commission.
PLANNING DIRECTOR'S REPORT:
Planning Director Fagg reviewed the subcommittees in place as follows:
-Desert Fashion Plaza Landscape Subcommittee: Commissioner Weremiu and Vice-Chair Calerdine was appointed to replace JR Roberts.
-The Downtown Park Subcommittee: Commissioner Weremiuk and Commissioner Middleton, as alternate. Commissioner Hirschbein was appointed.
-Laision to the Sustainability Commission - Commissioner Middleton
-PDD / Small Lot Subcommittee: Vice-Chair Calerdine, Commissioner Weremiuk and Commissioner Hirschbein
Planning Director Fagg provided an update on the Architectural Advisory Committee (AAC) expired terms, vacancies and interviews (tentatively scheduled for 11:30 am on June 22, 2016).
The Planning Commission adjourned at 2:05 pm to Wednesday, June 22, 2016, at 1:30 pm, City Hall, Council Chamber, 3200 East Tahquitz Canyon Way.
Jun 08, 2016 Planning Commission