On The Planning Commission Agenda, July 9, 2013

Hidden Agenda ClipartThere’s not much on Tuesday’s Tustin Planning Commission Agenda unless you plan to subdivide your property.

The sole item on the agenda is a public hearing on Code Amendment 2013-002 that would amend the subdivision code for the city. According to the agenda, the ordinance would remove outdated language, make sure city codes align with state codes and streamline the subdivision process. This is a comprehensive update on codes that haven’t been touched for 16 years. The original proposal was sent to the Planning Commission at the May 28th meeting to allow the commissioners time to consider the proposals.

If there is an item of concern, it is in the proposed “streamlining” process. The Community Development Department is asking to take total responsibility for coordinating all subdivisions including lot line adjustments and final tract maps. They also propose that the city council no longer be required to make final approval of maps as the work has already been effectively completed by the Planning Commission and the Community Development Department. This makes sense to us. The City Council is the primary legislative body of the city. While an argument could be made that Final Maps need some type of legal authority, the completion is actually administrative in nature and best handled by the Community Development Department.

That’s it for the week’s meetings. Please say a prayer for those who were killed and injured in the aircraft accident in San Francisco last week. 182 passengers were hospitalized, 49 in serious condition and 5 in critical condition. Unfortunately, 2 children were killed in the accident.

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