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Carmel Event Center City Council Agenda Item 04-02-13.pdf

Carmel Event Center City Council Agenda Item 04-02-13.pdf

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City CouncilAgenda Item Summary
Meeting Date: 2 April2013Prepared
b
y:
MarcWiener,Associate Planner
Name:
Consideration
of
a use permit application, water allocation transfer andcertification
of
anegative declaration for the establishment
of
an event center ata sitelocatedinthe Service Commercial(SC)District.
Description:
The project site isa16,000 square foot commercial property that is developed withtwo buildings totaling 5,357 square feet. The applicant is proposing to use the existingbuildings on the site as an eventcenterto provide a venue for specialevents,such as meetings,conferences, wedding receptions, cooking demonstrations,hands-on classes, retailshows,etc.Avalet service isproposed
to
park cars at theCarmelPlazagarageand the Sunset Center parking lot. The projectwill requirecertification
of
the InitialStudy/Negative Declarationandtheapproval
of
a use permit to allow for off-site parking.Theprojectwillalso require the transfer
of
Citywater intothe"Commercial Category"to
be
used for this project.
Overall Cost:City Funds:
N/A
Grant Funds:
N/A
Staff Recommendation:
1)
Certifythe Initial Study
N
egative Declaration; 2) Approve the usepermit application to allow for off-site parking; 3) Direct staff
to
return with a resolutionfor the transfer
of
water into the
"C
ommercial" category for thesubjectproject, uponreceiving recommendations from the Planning Commission.
ImportantConsiderations:
An Initial Study (IS) was prepared
by
RBFConsulting.Based onthe
IS
the consultant andstaffdetermined that the project would not cause asignificant effect on the environment and prepareda NegativeDeclaration(ND). The Citycurrently has2.97acre-feet
of
waterin reserves.Theproperty contains 0.3750acre-feet
of
waterwouldrequireanadditional0.5110acre-feet
ofwater
from the City.
Decision Record:
Planning Commission reviewed the project on January 9,2013 and wassupportive
of
the proposed use
of
thesiteand request for off-site parking.
Attachments:
Staff Report• Attachment"
A"-
Initial Study/Negative Declaration• Attachment"B"-Attorney AnalysisLetter (BrianFinegan) • Attachment"C"-Correspondence • Attachment"D
"-
CMCSection 17.38.30 Reviewed by:Jason Stilwell,CityAdministrator Date
 
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CITY OF CARMEL-BY-THE-SEASTAFF REPORTTO:MAYOR BURNETT AND MEMBERS OF THE CITY COUNCILFROM: MARC WIENER, ASSOCIATE PLANNERTHROUGH: JASON STILWELL,CITY ADMINISTRATORDATE: 2 APRIL 2013SUBJECT:CONSIDERATION OF A USE PERMIT APPLICATION,WATER ALLOCATION TRANSFER AND CERTIFICATION OF A NEGATIVEDECLARATION FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF AN EVENTCENTER AT A SITE LOCATED IN THE SERVICE COMMERCIAL(SC) DISTRICT.BACKGROUNDThe project site is a 16,000 square foot property located at the southeast comer
of
Dolores Street and Seventh Avenue. The site is developed with two commercialbuildings totaling 5,357 square feet and a parking lot containing
15
angled parkingspaces. The buildings were designed by Walter Burde in
1971
and have historically beenused as a bank and for retail purposes.The City spent several years reviewing a proposal for an 18,000 square foot mixed usebuilding with underground parking at the subject property named Plaza Del Mar. Theproject was denied
by
the City in November 2009 for reasons primarily related
to
thepreservation
of
theexistingstructure.The building has been vacant for the past several years.PROJECT DESCRIPTIONThe applicant is proposing
to
use the existing buildings on the site as an event center toprovide a venue for special events.The applicant has indicated the activities would likelyinclude meetings, conferences,wedding receptions, cooking demonstrations,hands-on classes,retail shows,etc. The maximum allowable occupancy for any event would be 194 people.The proposed hours
of
operation are from 8:00a.m. to 10:00 p.m.An InitialStudy/Negative Declaration (!SIND) was prepared for the project (Attachment"A")
by
RBF Consulting.
 
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CarmelEvent CenterUP 12-202April2013Staff Report
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To providesufficientparking the applicant
is
proposing to use a valetservice,NationalParking & Valet (NP&V), to park cars at the Carmel Plaza garage and the Sunset Centerparking lot.Theprojectsitewill serve as the drop-off and pick-up point. The applicant is also proposing to modify and reconfigure the parking lot at the project site
to
accommodate 30 perpendicular parking spaces for the valet service.Interior modifications are proposed to the main building to accommodate the new use.The main building is 4,729squarefeet and is comprised
of
a main floor (3,267 sf.), apartial second floor (612sf.),and a basement (850 sf.). Thesecondfloor is proposed to be removed and the basement will be used forstorage.Other interior refurbishmentsinclude the installation
of
a kitchen and expansion
of
the existing restrooms. Thefootprint
of
the building is not being expanded.The property would be required
to
obtain additional water credits tosupportthechange
of
use. Thesitecurrently contains 0.3750 acre-feet
of
water and at a minimum wouldneed an additional 0.5110 acre-feet
of
water. There were two prior water allocations thatwere intended to be transferred to the property for the Plaza Del Mar Project. Becausethe project was denied, the waterwasnever transferred to the property and itcurrently remains inthe City'swaterallocation.The applicant is requesting to have the water transferred from the City's2.97 acre-footallocation to the property for this project. TheCitycontracted land use attorney, BrianFinegan,
to
provide a legal analysis
of
the waterentitlement (Attachment "B")
If
the Council chooses toapprovethe project a resolution would need to be adopted totransfer the water into a category that could be applied to this project. A further analysis
of
the water is provided in theEvaluation section
of
thisreportand in the IS/ND.However,staffnotes that thecircumstancessurrounding the water situation have changed since the IS/ND was prepared, which will be discussed later in this report.PLANNING COMMISSION REVIEWThePlanningCommissionreviewed this project at its meeting on January 9,2013forthe purpose
of
providing recommendations to theCity Council. TwoCommissioners had torecues themselves because they own property within 500' feet
of
the project site.ThePlanningCommissionRules
of
Procedure states that four members are required to makea quorum when voting on a use permit. Because only three Commissioners are able toparticipate, this project has been forwarded to the City Council for consideration
of
theuse permit. The project wouldalsorequire theadoption
of
a water allocation resolution
by
theCity Council.

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