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Arcata Planning Commission
Jan. 24, 2023, 6 p.m.
1. CALL TO ORDER.
A. Land Acknowledgment
B. Roll Call
2. ORAL COMMUNICATIONS.
3. CONSENT CALENDAR.
A. Minutes of Jan 10, 2023 6:00 PM
4. ITEMS REMOVED FROM CONSENT CALENDAR.
5. PUBLIC HEARINGS.
A. 4092 : Consider Approval of the Cal Poly Bookstore Design Review Permit
A Cal Poly bookstore in Arcata is proposing to modify the existing storefront, including the fenestration of the existing street-facing windows and installation of new permanent signage. The proposed modifications must meet the requirements of the City's Historical Preservation Element policy and Land Use Code sections. The Historic Landmarks Committee and the Planning Commission are reviewing the proposal to determine if it meets the requirements.
… or, as a conversation between two very stoned people named Starfish and Noodles!
Starfish: Hey Noodles, did you hear about the Cal Poly Bookstore Design Review Permit?
Noodles: No, what's that?
Starfish: Apparently, the city is considering approving a permit for them to modify the storefront with new windows and signage. It's all part of a plan to make the plaza area look more modern.
Noodles: Wow, that sounds cool. What else do they have planned?
Starfish: It looks like they're planning to increase the transparency of the windows on the north and west elevations to better connect the building to the public. Plus, they're proposing to add permanent signage that will match the temporary banner signs already onsite in terms of color, type font, and scale.
Noodles: That sounds nice! I'm sure the students at Cal Poly will appreciate it.
Staff Report • Attachment A_Draft Action • Attachment B_Historical and Architectural Report
6. BUSINESS ITEMS.
1. 4093 : Consider the Community Benefits Program Associated with the Gateway Area Plan
The Planning Commission is considering a community benefits program for the Gateway Area. The program would provide incentives for projects that meet certain requirements, such as providing moderate to high density housing and amenities. The commission will identify which items should be considered community benefits and how to rank those benefits in terms of the value they bring to the community. Community benefits could include parks, trails, the arts, affordable housing, and more. The Commission will decide which benefits should be incentivized and which ones should be dropped from the list.
Welcome to Arcata, California, where the city is facing a crisis: a housing shortage, open space and recreation needs, energy conservation, and alternative transportation.
But the citizens, committees, and the Planning Commission have come up with a plan to incentivize developers to provide the community with the much-needed benefits.
The Arcata Gateway Area Plan has introduced a community benefits program, a streamlined pathway for projects that provide moderate to high density housing and amenities.
As the Commission begins to define the connection between the values and vision of the community and the feasibility of implementing the benefits, they must sift through the multitude of benefits to decide which ones should be incentivized, and how to rank them in terms of value they bring to the community.
Will the Commission be able to come up with a plan that will benefit the community without sacrificing the ideals of the citizens?
Find out in the upcoming Planning Commission meeting on January 24th, 2023.
2. 4094 : Land Use and Growth Management Element Updates
At a Planning Commission Meeting on January 24, 2023, staff is recommending the Commission review and consider proposed updates to the Land Use and Growth Management Elements of the City's 2020 General Plan. These updates would strengthen existing guiding principles, goals, and policies related to infill housing development and environmental protection (including climate change and sea level rise adaptation). The majority of the City's growth would be within the present City boundary and concentrated in identified activity centers. The updates will be evaluated for potential environmental impacts as part of the overall analysis of the Infill Program.
The Case of the Missing Land Use Element
Detective Michael Smith stared out the window of his office, lost in thought. It had been two weeks since he was assigned to a perplexing case - the disappearance of the Land Use Element from the City of Arcata's Planning Commission Meeting. He had been given only a few scant details to go on: the Land Use Element had been presented to the Commission, but never seen again. To make matters worse, the Growth Management Element had also gone missing. He sighed and turned away from the window, his thoughts interrupted by a knock at the door.
"Come in," he said.
The door opened, and a woman stepped into the office. She was tall, with dark hair and piercing blue eyes. She wore a tailored navy suit and held a leather briefcase in her hands.
"Detective Smith," she said. "My name is Susan Diehl McCarthy. I'm a Community Development Specialist from the City of Arcata."
"What can I do for you, Ms. McCarthy?" Detective Smith asked.
"I'm here to help you with your investigation," she said. "I believe I may have some information that could be of use to you."
Detective Smith motioned for her to take a seat, and she complied. She opened her briefcase and withdrew a folder, which she laid on the desk.
"This is my report from the Planning Commission Meeting," she said. "It contains all of the information that was presented regarding the Land Use and Growth Management Elements."
Detective Smith opened the folder and started flipping through the pages. As he read, his brow furrowed in concentration. The report outlined the proposed updates to the Elements, as well as the implications of their disappearance.
"This is all very interesting," he said. "But I'm still not sure what happened to the Elements."
"Neither am I," Ms. McCarthy said. "But I think the answer may lie in the report."
"What do you mean?"
"Well, I noticed something strange when I was writing the report," she said. "The language in the Land Use Element seemed to focus heavily on infill development and protecting the greenbelt and agricultural lands around the city. It almost seemed like someone was deliberately trying to keep the Elements from being adopted."
Detective Smith nodded. He had heard rumors of shady deals in the
Staff Report • Attachment A. Growth Management Element • Attachment B. Land Use Element • Attachment C. Land Use Map