Don’t let the brevity of Tuesday’s agenda for the Planning Commission fool you. The single item on the agenda has to do with the fate of every historically significant building in Tustin, particularly Old Town.
Item 2 under Regular Business is a “Presentation on California Historical Building Code”. It should continue, “and the Community Development Department’s interpretation”. Taking a look at the PowerPoint accompanying the presentation raises the hair on the back of my neck. I can just hear Scott Reekstin’s voice as he provides commentary for the presentation on how to avoid the pitfalls of the CHBC when dealing with those anarchists of Old Town. Echoing the sentiments of Boss Tweed Jerry Amante and his talking head, Elizabeth Binsack, who clearly have declared war on Old Town and anything that gets in the way of their vision for the future of the city, this should be an interesting twist on the California Historic Building Code.
We are contemplating sending a letter in (alas, we cannot attend) outlining our concerns over any way the Community Development Department would interpret the CHBC. We suggest anyone living in Old Town Tustin attend this meeting. This is the future of our area of the city we are talking about. And, it is becoming clear that this commission, even though Chairman Jeff Thompson lives in the Old Town area, is clearly out of touch with the rest of the community.