M I N U T E S REGULAR MEETING OF THE PLANNING COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF SANTA MONICA WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 1994 CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS 7:00 P.M. ROOM 213, CITY HALL 1. CALL TO ORDER: The meeting was called to order at 7:17 p.m. 2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: Commissioner Pyne led the Pledge of Allegiance. 3. ROLL CALL:Present: Kenneth Breisch Ralph Mechur Pamela O'Connor Eric Parlee Thomas Pyne Kathy Weremiuk John Zinner Also Present: Paul Casey, Transportation Planner Kyle Ferstead, Commission Secretary Suzanne Frick, Director of Planning/LUTM Amanda Schachter, Senior Planner Mary Stobel, Deputy City Attorney 4. APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Commissioner Breisch made a motion to approve the minutes for April 6, 1994, as submitted. Commissioner Zinner seconded the motion, which was approved by voice vote. Commissioner Pyne made a motion to approve the minutes for May 4, 1994, as submitted. Chair Mechur seconded the motion, which was approved by voice vote with Commissioner Breisch abstaining.. 5. PLANNING DIRECTOR'S REPORT: Ms. Frick gave the Director's Report. She reminded the Commission of the Livable Cities Conference next month, and which will include lunch. 6-A: Meeting minutes contain no additional text for this item. 6-B: Meeting minutes contain no additional text for this item. 6-C: Meeting minutes contain no additional text for this item. 6-D: Meeting minutes contain no additional text for this item. 8-A: Conditional Use Permit 94-004, Variance 94-006, 1323 Ocean Avenue, Residential-Visitor Commercial (RVC) District, Applicant: K. Momdjian Associates. Application to permit the change of use from residential to office use at the Gussie Moran House site. The Gussie Moran House and site is a designated City landmark. The Variance application requests the reduction of required parking for the proposed change of use. (Planner: Patrice McCartney) Staff Report The applicant's representative, Chris Harding, was present to discuss the application with the Commission. Chair Mechur asked staff how the number of employees will be confirmed. Staff stated that the applicant must supply this information when they apply for their business license and Planning staff reviews all business license applications; additionally, staff stated that the GIS computer system will be able to track such information in the new future. Chair Mechur closed the public hearing. Commissioner Pyne made a motion to approve the application per staff's recommendations and with the amended condition regarding the front yard setback as cited by Mr. Harding and staff. Commissioner Parlee seconded the motion. Commissioner O'Connor commented on the significance of the structure in question and praised the property owner for the renovation and for the reuse of the structure. She also stated that the granting of the variance is a good incentive. Commissioner Breisch expressed agreement with Commissioner O'Connor. He also commented on continuing the economic viability of the property. He asked the City Attorney if the variance could be tied to the property's landmark status. Deputy City Attorney Strobel stated this could be done. Commissioner Breisch asked Commissioners Pyne and Parlee if they would accept tying the variance to the structure's landmark status as a friendly amendment. Commissioners Pyne and Parlee agreed to the friendly amendment. The motion, as amended, was approved by the following vote: AYES: Breisch, Mechur, O'Connor, Parlee, Pyne, Weremiuk, Zinner. 8-B: Recommendation that the Planning Commission conduct a public hearing and recommend to the City Council the adoption of the Bicycle Master Plan and Certification of the Environmental Impact Report. (Planner: Paul Casey) Staff Report Following the staff report, Commissioner Parlee asked if there are any conflicts between the proposed Bicycle Plan and mitigation measures for lane restriping, etc. Mr. Casey stated that there are no known conflicts at this time. Commissioner Pyne commented on the purpose of the proposed Bicycle Plan. He expressed concern regarding whether the plan will indeed reduce commuter trips and why certain streets were chosen for the plan. Mr. Casey commented on problems in designing a route network for bicycle travel in the City, which included barriers such as the freeway and boulevards. Commissioner Pyne stated he is not opposed to the ideas of the Bicycle Plan and commended the effort made, however he expressed concerned regarding the safety of riders and whether the bicycle lanes will be used on the proposed routes. Commissioner Weremiuk asked staff if 14th Street had been considered as an alternative to 11th Street as a bicycle route. Mr. Casey stated that 14th Street had been considered, however the Transportation Department objected to 14th Street as it is a bus route. Commissioner Pyne commented on the width of streets, using less traveled streets and the problem of car doors opening in front of cyclists. Commissioner Zinner asked why Montana Avenue was omitted from the plan. Mr. Casey stated that due to the current plans to restrip Montana Avenue and other plans going before the City Council in July, Montana Avenue was omitted from the plan. Commissioner Zinner about the downtown area of the City. Mr. Casey stated that the Bayside District is currently working on a circulation plan. Commissioner Zinner commented on cycling on San Vicente Boulevard. He also noted that the bicycle route on 17th Street stops at Santa Monica College. Mr. Casey stated that the college will not allow the path to cut through the college property. Commissioner Zinner asked if the college could be urged to let a path go through the campus. Ms. Frick stated the Commission could make such a recommendation in their motion. Commissioner Zinner asked staff if the City buses will be installing bicycle racks on their buses as the Metropolitan Transist Authority (MTA) has done. Mr. Casey stated this issue was pursued with the Transportation staff, however they are reluctant to install the racks for a variety of reasons. Commissioner Breisch asked about the previously proposed bicycle boulevards for Washington Avenue and Pearl Street. Mr. Casey stated that the City Council had directed staff to begin a community process, that workshops were done and there was a very low turnout from the public. Due to the low turnout, staff determined there was little support for the bicycle boulevards. Commissioner Breisch commented on the "watered down" plan and expressed his desire to see the boulevard alternative reinstated as an experiment. Mr. Casey stated that the proposed Pearl Street bicycle boulevard would have been in conflict with the Sunset Park traffic plan currently being devised. Ms. Frick stated that a recommendation could be made to reinstated the bicycle boulevard concept. Commissioner Parlee commented on the Main Street bicycle plan and how the plans for changing Main Street may cause problems for the current bicycle lanes. The Commission commented on the prior Bicycle Plan meeting and the strong opposition raised by the public to the bicycle boulevard concept. ADJOURNMENT: The meeting was adjourned at 9:22 p.m.