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Carmel Event Center 08-06-13

Carmel Event Center 08-06-13

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Carmel City Council Agenda Item
Carmel City Council Agenda Item

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City CouncilAgenda Item Summary
Meeting Date: 6 August 2013Prepared by: Marc Wiener, Senior Planner
N
arne:
Consideration
of
a use permit application; water allocation resolution; and certification
of
an initial study/negative declaration for the establishment
of
an
event center at a sitelocated in the Service Commercial (SC) District.
Description:
The project site is a 16,000 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 event center to provide a venue for special events, such asmeetings, conferences, wedding receptions, cooking demonstrations, hands-on classes,retail shows, etc. A valet service is proposed to park cars at the Carmel Plaza garage andthe Sunset Center parking lot. The project will require certification
of
the InitialStudy/Negative Declaration and the approval
of
a use permit to allow for off-site parking.The project will also require the adoption
of
a water allocation resolution to transfer Citywater into the "Commercial Category" to be used for this project.
OverallCost:City Funds:
N/A
Grant Funds:
N/A
Staff Recommendation:
With the attached findings and conditions:
1)
Approve the use permit application to allowfor off-site parking 2); Adopt a resolution to certify the Initial Study/NegativeDeclaration; 3) Adopt a resolution to pre-commit the water in the "Commercial" landuse category to the Event Center Project.
Important Considerations:
An
Initial Study (IS) was prepared by RBF Consulting. Based onthe
IS
the consultant and staff determined that the project would not cause a significanteffect on the environment and prepared a Negative Declaration (ND).
Decision Record:
Planning Commission reviewed the project on 9 January 2013 and was supportive
of
theproposed use
of
the site and request for off-site parking.
On
4 June 2013 the City Councildetermined that the applicant is equitably entitled to water that was previously donated tothe City
to
use for the Plaza Del Mar project.
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Attachments:
Staff Report with Conditions and FindingsAttachment
"A"
-Resolution with findingsAttachment
"B"-
Initial Study/Negative DeclarationAttachment
"C"
-CorrespondenceReviewed by:AdministratorDate
2
 
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CITY OF CARMEL-BY-THE-SEASTAFF REPORTTO: MAYOR
BURNETI
AND MEMBERS OF THE CITY COUNCILFROM: MARC WIENER, SENIOR
L~~R
THROUGH: JASONSTILWELL, CITY ADMINISTRATORDATE: 6 AUGUST 2013SUBJECT: CONSIDERATION OF A USE PERMIT APPLICATION, WATERALLOCATION RESOLUTION AND CERTIFICATION OF AN INITIALSTUDY NEGATIVE DECLARATION FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OFAN EVENT CENTER AT A SITE LOCATED IN THE SERVICECOMMERCIAL (SC) DISTRICT.BACKGROUNDThe project site
is
a 16,000 square foot property located atthesoutheast 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
the existing structure. The building hasbeen vacant for the past severalyears.
PROJECT
DESCRIPTIONThe applicant
is
proposing to use the existing buildings on the site as an event center toprovide a venue for special events. The project is named the Carmel Event Center.Activities would likely include meetings, conferences, wedding receptions, cookingdemonstrations, hands-on classes, retail shows, etc. The maximum allowable occupancyfor any event would be 194 people. The proposed hours
of
operation are from 8:00a.m.to 10:00 p.
m.
An
Initial Study/Negative Declaration (!SIND) was prepared for theproject (Attachment"A")by RBF Consulting.

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