Special meetings, leaf blowers, summer reading

Update on the Strategic Planning Meeting

“The Council will be holding a Special Council meeting on Tuesday, September 20th at FS [Fire Station] 48 at 9:00 AM, for a Strategic Plan workshop,”Jill Ingram, City Manager, wrote the August 16 email.

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m looking forward to it. I was able to write seven stories in a row based on last year’s meeting.

Cancelled meetings

This week’s Planning Commission meeting was canceled.

The August 22 Seal Beach City Council meeting had been cancelled. According to the city’s website, the August 24 Recreation and Parks Commission meeting had been cancelled.

However …

Special meeting set August 29, 2009

A Seal Beach City Council special meeting has been scheduled for Monday, August 29 to discuss potential overturning of a county-airports commission land-use determination.

Schelly Sustarsic was the District Four Councilwoman and requested that the hearing be extended until Aug. 29,

“I requested a continuance of the Public Hearing to consider an Overrule of the Airport Land Use Commission (ALUC) decision of inconsistency with the Seal Beach Housing Element Update,”She wrote.

“I had been unable to access the staff report for the August 8th City Council meeting on the Prime Gov site of the City’s website all weekend and I was concerned that the public would not be able to read the material that would be discussed at the public hearing,”She wrote.

“The city had posted the meeting agenda, which is all that is legally required.  However, I know from experience that the state Housing and Community Development Department (HCD), considers public input vital in the Housing Element process.  I want residents to have quick access to all pertinent information.  This Public Hearing has now been continued (rescheduled) to a Special City Council Meeting on Monday, August 29th from 7:00 pm -9:00 pm,”She wrote.

The county agency discovered inconsistency due to a proposed site plan for Old Ranch Country Club property. This has not been approved.

The approval process for the development project is still in progress. The city recently hired an environmental consultant to assist with the development proposal’s environmental impact report.

The Housing Element of the city’s General Plan is another issue altogether. The state requires that cities update the Housing Elements of their General Plans. These updates include mandatory planning for additional housing.

The mandatory planning does NOT allow for the construction or renovation of housing. Seal Beach must plan for 1,243 housing units. That’s citywide.

Update for Slip and Fall

Seal Beach sent me an email on Friday, Aug. 12, informing me that it took longer than expected to process my request for emails regarding how to minimize the potential for trip injury and fall liability in Seal Beach.

Leaf blower news

Recently, a resident asked me whether Seal Beach is considering a law regarding gas-powered leaf-blowers.

According to Patrick Gallegos, Assistant City Manager on August 8, an email was sent by Gallegos “The City is not aware of any specific complaints and are not currently looking at revising our noise ordinance.”

It turned out that it may not be necessary to revise the noise ordinance for leaf blowers. Late last year, state law was amended to ban gas-powered leaf blowers. The deadline for the extermination of leaf blowers in 2024 has been set.

Summer reading

I have just recently started to read “Arbitrary Lines,”A book that calls for the end of zoning as it is. I’m not quite a third of the way through the book so it’s too soon to write a review. However, I’m learning quite a bit about the history of zoning. Since 2005, when I began covering the seal Beach Planning Commission for the Sun, my interest in the subject has been growing.

Special meetings, leaf blowers, and summer reading



Special meetings, leaf blowers, summer reading

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