On The Planning Commission Agenda, February 24, 2013

Hidden Agenda ClipartMy apologies for the lapse in reporting this past few days. It seems that I was the victim of the classic left-turn-in-front-of-the-motorcycle type accident as I was traveling Main Street in Old Town last Wednesday. A few cuts and scrapes later, I am not much worse for the wear but the doctor demanded I not do much for a few days. I made it as far as Sunday evening and then couldn’t stand it anymore. So, here I am.

Not a whole lot to discuss at this coming Tuesday’s Planning Commission meeting. Assuming no member of the public will be speaking, one has to wonder why they are meeting at all, other than to collect their $250 and give some of the staff a bit of overtime.

The first item is the General Plan Annual Report. According to the staff report, staff are proposing text amendments to the Zoning and City Code that will maintain consistency with the General Plan and State Law. The plan has been updated several times since its inception in 1966. I’m not willing to bore myself with reading the 87 pages of documentation but you can if you like. Let me know if you see anything interesting.

The only other item on the agenda is the Transmittal of Code Amendment 13-001, Zoning Code Update. The staff report summary assures these are mostly minor text changes and changes that will “modernize” the code. It also consolidates some sections for easier navigation. One thing that puzzles me, however, is the section that “incorporate policy practice into the Zoning Code”. The example cited is that guest quarters will be subject to a recorded deed restriction. What happened to our town hall meetings on the subject, Elizabeth? Or is this just another example of smoke and mirrors by the Community Development Department in holding meetings to distract the homeowners while Binsack and her wrecking crew stamp their own brand on Old Town? Other “minor text changes include establishing open space requirements for residential districts establishing what amounts to new uses that were not defined before. It would seem these are not just minor text changes but, I guess that depends on your interpretation.

This is a draft of the amendments that staff are providing, as they say, in a timely manner. The public hearing will be held at a March meeting of the Planning Commission. We may be asking the city to provide more information on the “minor text amendments”.

That’s it for this week’s meeting. I am doing my best between pain pills to get back in the saddle. I’ll have to ask you to bear with me.

About Jeff Gallagher

I am a retired peace officer from the 2nd largest law enforcement agency in Orange County. I live in and love Tustin where my family and I have resided for the past 25 years. I am a highly moderate libertarian that despises hardcore Republicans, Democrats and anyone else who is not willing to compromise for the good of the people.

Posted on February 25, 2013, in Local Government, politics, Tustin City Commissions and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Sorry to hear about your accident. Hope u feel better soon.

  2. Best wishes for a speedy recovery! Take it easy, everything will still be a mess when you get back. 🙂

  3. Thanks, everybody. No broken bones and no skin lost. Just a gash on the face that required stitches but will make a cool scar when it’s over.

  4. Glad you’re okay.
    The City needs to fill all the vacant commercial space that’s available. Not, increase population density in Old Town which some folks paid a premium price for. If people bought what they couldn’t afford, those who did should not have to suffer because of their error.

    • I think the city is doing everything reasonable to lure business to Tustin. They are continuing the license and permit fee abatement and, aside from the obvious favorites the Community Development Director plays, is allowing plans to move along. Folks in Old Town don’t deserve to have an oligarchy decide what is best for them as a whole in zoning and planning issues. The city pays lip service to the residents while going ahead with draconian measures, like deed restrictions, to enforce their ideal of what Old Town and, indeed, the rest of the city should look like.

      Thanks for reading and commenting.

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