M I N U T E S REGULAR MEETING OF THE PLANNING COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF SANTA MONICA Founded 1875 "Populus felix in urbe felici" WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18, 1995 CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS 7:00 P.M. ROOM 213, CITY HALL 1. CALL TO ORDER: The meeting was called to order at 7:09 p.m. 2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: Commissioner Zinner led the Pledge of Allegiance. 3. ROLL CALL: Present: Kenneth Breisch Ralph Mechur Eric Parlee Thomas Pyne, Chair Kathy Weremiuk John Zinner Also Present: Kyle Ferstead, Commission Secretary Suzanne Frick, Director of Planning/PCD Amanda Schachter, Senior Planner Mary Strobel, Deputy City Attorney Kenyon Webster, Planning Manager 4. APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Ms. Frick stated that the minutes for December 7, 1994, were previously approved on January 11, 1995. Commissioner Zinner made a motion to approve the minutes for December 14, 1994, as submitted. Commissioner Breisch seconded the motion, which was approved by voice vote. 5. PLANNING DIRECTOR'S REPORT: Ms. Frick gave the Director's Report. She stated that the Commission meeting scheduled February 1st has been rescheduled to February 8th due to a quorum problem. She also reported that the City Council will be considering the Arboretum on January 24th. Chair Pyne asked Ms. Frick if the public hearing has been closed for the Arboretum. Ms. Frick stated that requests to speak received on the prior hearing date will be honored, but new requests will not be taken. Commissioner Mechur stated that the Planning Commission Chair might be allowed to speak. Ms. Frick stated that is correct, and that the City Council may elect to reopen the public hearing. 6. STATEMENTS OF OFFICIAL ACTION: Consent Calendar Statements of Official Action were not submitted for approval. 7-A: PUBLIC HEARINGS: Consent Calendar Resolution of Intention, Permit Lifespan (Planner: Amanda Schachter) Staff Report Commissioner Parlee made a motion to approve item 7A, as submitted. Commissioner Breisch seconded the motion, which was approved by voice vote. 8-A: PUBLIC HEARINGS: Development Review 94-002, 3110 Main Street, CM District, Applicant: Main Street Plaza, Application for a Development Review Permit to amend DR 234 to allow commercial visitors, customers, employees and tenants at 3110 Main Street to be charged for parking. Currently, DR 234 requires that parking be provided "at no direct cost" to "all project tenants, customers, visitors and employees" at 3110 Main Street. (Planner: D. Buckley) Staff Report The applicant's representative, Chris Harding, 1250 6th Street, Suite 300, Santa Monica 90401, was present to discuss the application. Commissioner Zinner asked Mr. Harding to correct his letter regarding sale of bus tokens for the RTD, to the MTA. He also asked if tokens for the Santa Monica bus line would be available. Mr. Harding stated they are available and he will correct his records regarding the RTD. Commissioner Zinner asked if by "carpool", the applicant means two or more riders or three or more riders. Mr. Harding stated "two or more riders". The following members of the public spoke: Sara Faulds, 2411-I 3rd Street, Santa Monica 90405 Bonnie Reiss, 26665 Seagull Drive, Malibu Mike Feinstein, 142 Hollister Avenue, Santa Monica 90405 Mr. Harding spoke in rebuttal to the public comment. Commissioner Weremiuk asked how many spaces were in the parking area. Mr. Harding stated that there are 152 spaces. Commissioner Weremiuk asked how many of those 152 spaces are used by employees. Paul Silvern of Hamilton, Rabinovitz and Alschuler, responded that he prepared the parking analysis for the application, and stated that he did not have an exact number, however approximately 26% of the spaces are used by employees and tenants of the building during peak evening hours and 11% of the spaces by visitors to the facility. Commissioner Parlee commented on parking and potential impacts to the neighborhood. Mr. Silvern stated that he did not obtain information regarding where employees park if they do not use the building's parking, however he felt there was no need for employees to park on the street. Commissioner Mechur commented on the parking spaces leased at St. Clement's Church. Mr. Harding stated that there are thirty spaces leased at the church for the employees of Shatzi's restaurant. He also stressed that the office use in this building is very low intensity and that the residential area near the site, in Santa Monica, has preferential parking at night. Mr. Silvern stated that his survey of the area, which was done in the summer, revealed only 55% of the available spaces in use at any one time. He also stated that the building's parking could absorb more intensive users. Chair Pyne closed the public hearing. Commissioner Zinner asked staff for the Commission's authority in changing the hours for preferential parking in the area. Ms. Frick stated that the Commission has no discretion in this matter and such requests must be generated by residents. Commissioner Zinner expressed agreement with the applicant regarding free parking as not being a solution. He stated that preferential parking for the neighborhoods would be a better solution. Commissioner Mechur also expressed agreement with the applicant and asked if a condition could be made to survey the residential parking. Ms. Frick stated that such a survey is very labor intensive. She recommended that the applicant work with staff on this matter if the residents request a change in hours for the preferential parking. Commissioner Parlee asked staff if it would be appropriate to ask the applicant to work with the neighbors regarding the expansion of preferential parking. Ms. Frick stated that the Commission has done this in the past. Commissioner Zinner suggested tying such work to OPCO and asked the applicant to agree to fund any studies that might be needed for the expansion of preferential parking. Ms. Frick stated that if the residents come forward with a request for an expansion, then the applicant could be contacted to aid the neighbors in their request. Commissioner Zinner made a motion for approval with the following conditions: that page five be amended to clarify carpools as two or more riders; that the language regarding bus tokens be amended and include a 50% discount for all bus lines; and that language be created to require the applicant to aid residents in the preparation of documentation for any request to expand preferential parking hours. Commissioner Mechur seconded the motion. Commissioner Breisch asked about the inclusion of a condition regarding funding for a shuttle. Commissioner Zinner stated he would accept the language used in the Lawrence and Harding letter. Commissioner Mechur also agreed to the additional condition. Deputy City Attorney Strobel suggested clarifying the shuttle condition, as the letter indicates it would be contingent upon the creation of an assessment district. Chair Pyne reopened the public hearing to allow Mr. Harding to speak. Mr. Harding stated that the language regarding the shuttle may be broadened and not be contingent upon an assessment district. The motion was approved by the following vote: AYES: Breisch, Mechur, Parlee, Pyne, Weremiuk, Zinner. 8-B: Conditional Use Permit 94-022, 1429 Third Street Promenade, C3C, Applicant: Albert Mizrahi/Gotham Hall, Application for a Conditional Use Permit to amend Conditional Use Permit 92-014 to permit a 4,766 sq.ft. expansion of an existing 9,365 sq.ft restaurant/bar with an approved Type-47 (On-Sale General for Public Eating Place) alcohol license on the second floor and roof deck of 1429 Third Street Promenade. The proposal includes a request for a 190 sq.ft. dance floor, a 102 sq.ft. stage, and live music. The proposal would add 237 seats to the existing 206 seats for a proposed total of 443 seats. (Planner: Susan Healy Keene) Continued to February 1, 1995 Commissioner Breisch made a motion to continue item 8B to February 8, 1995. Commissioners Weremiuk and Parlee seconded the motion, which was approved by voice vote.