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Arcata Planning Commission
Feb. 13, 2024, 5:30 p.m.
1. CALL TO ORDER.
A. Land Acknowledgment
B. Roll Call
C. Roll Call
2. ORAL COMMUNICATIONS.
3. CONSENT CALENDAR.
A. Minutes of Jan 23, 2024 5:30 PM
4. ITEMS REMOVED FROM CONSENT CALENDAR.
5. PUBLIC HEARINGS.
This report is about a proposal to install a security gate near the entrance of a building in the Arcata Plaza Historic District. The gate would be used to limit access to the building during non-business hours. The report recommends that the Planning Commission approve the installation of the gate. The gate would be black metal and collapse to the sides when open, expanding when closed. It would not encroach into the sidewalk. However, the report mentions concern about the use of security gates becoming common in the area. The report also states that there are no specific design standards for security gates. The project qualifies for an environmental review exemption. Attached to the report are the Planning Commission’s proposed action, findings, conditions, and plans, as well as a map of the Plaza Area Historical District and photos of the building.
Detective Jake Thompson had been assigned to a relatively simple case - a design review permit for a scissor gate installation near the front entrance of a building in the Arcata Plaza Historic District. However, as he delved deeper into the details of the case, he realized that there was more to it than met the eye.
The applicant, a business owner at 887 and 893 H Street, had requested the scissor gate as a security measure to protect the storefront entry from vandalism and trespassing. But something about this explanation didn’t sit right with Detective Thompson. Why would someone repeatedly vandalize and trespass in the same location? It seemed like there was more to this story.
Armed with this suspicion, Detective Thompson decided to visit the location himself to gather more information. As he walked the streets of the Arcata Plaza Historic District, he couldn’t help but notice the number of recessed entryways and covered areas in the area. It struck him as odd that the applicant’s building was the only one seeking to install a security gate.
Curiosity piqued, Detective Thompson spoke to the neighboring businesses and residents to collect their insights. He discovered that the applicant’s business wasn’t particularly special or high-profile, making it even more puzzling why they were targeted for vandalism and trespassing. He heard rumors about a notorious local gang known for their territorial behavior, but couldn’t find any concrete evidence linking them to the incidents.
As he continued his investigation, Detective Thompson came across an anonymous tip that led him to a nearby café. Rumor had it that the café owner, who had been trying to expand their business, was behind the vandalism and trespassing as a way to sabotage the applicant’s store and eliminate competition.
Intrigued by this possibility, Detective Thompson delved deeper into the café owner’s background. He discovered a history of cutthroat business tactics and a reputation for playing dirty to get ahead. Could this be the break he was looking for?
With a search warrant in hand, Detective Thompson arrived at the café early one morning. As he searched through the café owner’s office, he found a hidden stash of blueprints and plans for various businesses in the area. Among them, he discovered a detailed plan for breaking into the applicant’s store, complete with a step-by-step guide on how to avoid detection and disable security measures.
Confronted with this incriminating evidence, the café owner cracked under pressure and confessed to orchestrating the vandalism and trespassing. He admitted that he saw the applicant’s business as a threat to his own and believed that eliminating the competition was the only way for him to succeed.
Satisfied with solving the case, Detective Thompson presented his findings to the Planning Commission, who used the new evidence to revoke the café owner’s permits and take legal action against him. The scissor gate design review permit was ultimately approved for the applicant, allowing them to protect their storefront from any further harm.
As Detective Thompson closed the case, he couldn’t help but reflect on the lengths people would go to gain an advantage in business. The seemingly innocent planning commission meeting had turned into a complex detective investigation, and he was glad he had followed his instincts and unraveled the truth behind the proposed scissor gate.
6. BUSINESS ITEMS.
The Planning Commission and Council are reviewing the General Plan and considering recommendations to improve it. The Commission will make a formal recommendation to the Council in April or May. They are also reviewing environmental impacts and inviting public comment on the plan. The Draft Environmental Impact Report is available for review and comments can be submitted until March 18, 2024. A public hearing is scheduled for March 12, 2024, to gather input from the public on the plan. The City will prepare a final Environmental Impact Report, which will include responses to public comments, for consideration by the Planning Commission.
📢 Thread: Planning Commission Meeting Update 🏛️
1/ Hey everyone! Here’s an update on the Planning Commission Meeting held on February 13, 2024. The staff at the Department of Community Development provided recommendations for incorporating outstanding recommendations into the final General Plan.
2/ The Commission will make a formal recommendation to the Council in April or May after discussions held since January. Staff has been tracking changes recommended by the Council and Commission. An analysis of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) implications will also be provided.
3/ The Planning Commission discussed topics raised by Commissioners and the public, as summarized in the attachments of the staff report. These recommendations will be considered for the General Plan.
4/ You can find the December 12, 2023, version of the General Plan on the City of Arcata website. Head to https://www.cityofarcata.org/974/General-Plan-Updates to take a look.
5/ The Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the Arcata General Plan Comprehensive Update, including the Gateway Area Plan, and the Gateway Code is now available for review. Public comment is invited from January 31, 2024, to March 18, 2024.
6/ The DEIR identifies significant impacts to various environmental issue areas, including air quality, biological resources, cultural resources, geology and soils, greenhouse gas emissions, and noise. Some impacts can be fully mitigated, but others cannot.
7/ As part of the public review process, the DEIR and other project materials are available for review and download on the City of Arcata website. Printed copies are also available for public review at Arcata City Hall and the Arcata Public Library.
8/ The public review period for the DEIR ends on March 18, 2024, at 5 p.m. Comments on the DEIR can be mailed or emailed to David Loya, the Director of Community Development.
9/ A public hearing is scheduled for the Arcata Planning Commission meeting on March 12, 2024, at 5:30 p.m. This is an opportunity for public agencies and the public to provide input and comments on the DEIR.
10/ After the public review period, the City will prepare a Final EIR, incorporating all received comments, for consideration by the Planning Commission. The Final EIR will be available at least 10 days prior to certification.
That’s all for now! Stay tuned for more updates on the General Plan. #ArcataPlanningCommissionMeeting