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Arcata Planning Commission
Dec. 13, 2022, 6 p.m.


1. Land Acknowledgment

2. Roll Call





A. 4053 : Approve a Design Review and Planned Development Permit Review of the Valley East Lofts Multifamily Development Project

The Planning Commission is considering a proposal to develop a 19,777 square foot, three-story multifamily housing project on a vacant 0.6 acre parcel located on Valley East Boulevard. The project includes 22 units, including studio, one bedroom, and two bedroom units types. Staff is recommending the Planning Commission approve the project by adopting a California Environmental Quality Act Exemption and a draft Action with Findings and Conditions of Approval.

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… or, as a sea shanty!

Verse 1:
Aye, me hearties it's time to start,
We've a plan for the Valley East Lofts,
It's a grand design, and a work of art,
We'll create something that won't get lost.

Hoist the sails, me hearties, hoist 'em high!
We'll get this project done by and by!
The Valley East Lofts be a sight to see,
A-hoy, a-hoy, a-hoy!

Verse 2:
It's an infill project, some twenty-two,
We'll set 'em up for all to view,
A grand design, each unit unique,
It's a sight that'll make ye proud.

Hoist the sails, me hearties, hoist 'em high!
We'll get this project done by and by!
The Valley East Lofts be a sight to see,
A-hoy, a-hoy, a-hoy!

Verse 3:
With a CEQA exemption for us,
We can make this a real success,
This project's worth all the strife,
So we'll keep on a-workin' it right.

Hoist the sails, me hearties, hoist 'em high!
We'll get this project done by and by!
The Valley East Lofts be a sight to see,
A-hoy, a-hoy, a-hoy!

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Staff ReportAttachment A. Draft ActionAttachment B. Valley East Lofts Plan Set

B. 4051 : Consider an action on the proposed Design Review Permit and Hillside Development Permit for Pires Residential Development at 547 Bayside Road; File No. 223-016-DR

This report is about the consideration of a proposed Design Review Permit and Hillside Development Permit for a residential development project. The proposed project includes a primary dwelling unit and an accessory structure larger than the primary unit. The Planning Commission must consider whether the accessory structure is incidental in function and scale to the primary structure on the site and does not alter the character of the primary structure or use. The Commission must decide whether to approve, deny, or provide additional direction on the project.

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… or, as a job interview.!

No fiscal impact.

The job interview scene takes place in a small office with two people, the interviewer, Joe Mateer, and the interviewee, John White.

Joe: Welcome, John. Please have a seat.

John: Thank you.

Joe: So, I'm Joe Mateer, senior planner here at the Planning Commission. I'm sure you know why you're here. We have an opening for a Director of Community Development.

John: Yes, I'm very excited about the opportunity.

Joe: Let's start with you telling me a little bit about yourself and why you're interested in this position.

John: Sure. I've been working in community development for about five years now. I've always been passionate about creating a positive environment for local residents and businesses and I'm excited about the potential to do that here. I'm highly organized and I have a lot of experience with zoning regulations and planning processes.

Joe: That sounds great. Now, let's talk about the project that you'll be working on if you get the job. It's a Design Review Permit and Hillside Development Permit for a residential development. Can you tell me your thoughts on how this project should be approached?

John: Absolutely. My approach would be to analyze the current zoning regulations and general plan, as well as any other applicable regulations, to ensure that the project complies with all standards. I would then work with the property owner and their team to develop a plan that meets the requirements while satisfying their needs and goals. I would also look into any potential environmental impacts and take steps to minimize them. Finally, I would make sure that the project is beneficial to the community, both in terms of aesthetics and overall quality of life.

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Staff ReportPlanning Commissin Action


1. 4055 : Consider the Draft Parks and Recreation Element of the General Plan 2045

At the Planning Commission meeting on December 13, 2022, staff will recommend consideration of updates to the Parks and Recreation Element for the 2045 General Plan. This would involve receiving public comment, and providing recommendations and changes if necessary. The proposed changes incorporate the vision and objectives of the 2010 Parks & Recreation Master Plan, with language that emphasizes equitable outcomes and accessible play equipment. A comparison of 1994 and 2022 Guiding Principles and Goals is provided, and an Environmental Impact Report is in the works.

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… or, as a scene from a thriller!

The meeting room was filled with a palpable tension. David Loya, the Director of Community Development, had just finished his presentation of the Draft Parks and Recreation Element and the Planning Commission had begun to discuss their thoughts.

Delores Freitas, the Senior Planner, sat in the back of the room, observing the proceedings. She had worked tirelessly over the past few months to make sure that the document was perfect and now her work was being scrutinized by the Commission.

The Honorable Chair of the Commission was the first to speak, "This document is a major policy document and will guide the City's decisions for the next twenty years. We must make sure that it is up to our standards."

The other Commissioners agreed, and began to ask questions. "What is the process for public input?" asked one. "What environmental impacts will this document have?" asked another.

The Planning Commission continued to discuss the document, and Delores listened intently, her heart pounding in her chest. She knew that this document would have major implications for the City and she wanted to make sure that the Commission's decision was the best one for them.

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Staff ReportAttachment A. Draft Parks and Recreation ElementAttachment B. Summary of 1994 Element Goals, Policies and Programs



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