October 25, 2022 6:00 PM 401 Grove Street, Healdsburg City Hall - City Council Chamber
CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) ADVISORY NOTICE
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Approval of October 25, 2022 Agenda
Approval of September 27, 2022 Minutes
Acceptance of Communications and Correspondence
Declarations of Conflicts of Interest
Disclosures of Ex Parte Communications
This time is set aside to receive comments from the public regarding matters of general interest not on the agenda but related to Planning Commission business. Pursuant to the Brown Act, however, the Planning Commission cannot consider any issues or take action on any request during this comment period.
4. PUBLIC HEARINGS
Description: AppealAP2022-02 Honor Mansion
Description: Appeal of the Community Development Director’s determination that the type of membership club proposed to be added to the existing Honor Mansion residential visitor lodge (B&B) would be classified by the Land Use code as a “Private club, fraternal lodge and meeting hall” which is not a permitted use or a conditionally permitted use in the R-1-6,000 zoning district.
Location: 891 Grove Street, APNs: 089-120-070 and 089-120-069
Applicant: 891 Grove Street, LLC - Contact: Patrick Wilhelm
Determination: If a proposed activity is not a project as defined by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), it is exempt from CEQA review. Under CEQA, a project is defined as a discretionary action by a public agency that may cause either a direct physical change in the environment, or a reasonably foreseeable indirect physical change in the environment. Analysis of whether an activity constitutes a project under CEQA also requires consideration as to whether the activity’s potential for causing environmental change is sufficient to justify the further inquiry into its actual effects that will follow from the application of CEQA. Here, the use determination is a discretionary action because it allows for discretion on the part of the decision maker to come to a determination regarding the proposed use of a project. However, the use determination’s potential for causing environmental change is not sufficient to justify further inquiry into its actual effects under CEQA. The use determination does not confer any land use benefit or right. The determination merely decides what the proposed land use described in the application is. The specific facts of this determination require the need for a future discretionary permit no matter the outcome of the determination. CEQA analysis would therefore be captured in that future discretionary action.
Even if the determination described herein was determined to be a project under CEQA, the determination would still be exempt under CEQA Guidelines Section 15061(b)(3), which states that a project is exempt from CEQA “where it can be seen with certainty that there is no possibility that the activity in question may have a significant effect on the environment...” CEQA Guidelines Section 15064(d) requires consideration of direct physical changes in the environment which may be caused by the project and reasonably foreseeable indirect physical changes in the environment which may be caused by the project.” CEQA Guidelines Section 15064(d)(3) states that a change that is speculative or unlikely to occur is not reasonably foreseeable.” The determination would not result in any physical change to the environment, as the applicant would still have to proceed with a discretionary CUP application at minimum to have their project considered. Attempting to conduct analysis under CEQA right now would be speculative, as the use determination does not confer any land use benefit or right and matter the outcome of the determination, the applicant would still need to decide whether to move forward with the project. The required future discretionary actions would capture any CEQA analysis. As a result, the determination is exempt from CEQA.
5. NEW BUSINESS
6. COMMISSIONER AND SUBCOMMITTEE REPORTS
7. DIRECTOR’S REPORT
Scott Duiven, Community Development Director, October 20, 2022
Posting: This agenda was posted on City bulletin boards and the City’s website at least 72 hours prior to the meeting, in accordance with state law.
Availability of Written Materials: All written materials (e.g., staff reports, conditions, resolutions) prepared for items on this agenda are available for public review at least 72 hours prior to the meeting at the Community Development Department at 401 Grove Street and on the City’s website at www.ci.healdsburg.ca.us. Written materials submitted after the posting of this agenda, but before the Commission meeting, will also be made available for public review in the Community Development Department. If written materials are presented to the Commission at the meeting, a copy will be made for public review at the meeting.
Disabled Accommodations: In compliance with the American Disabilities Act, persons requiring special assistance to access, attend or participate in this public hearing should contact the Community Development Department at 401 Grove Street or by calling (707) 431-3346 during normal business hours at least 72 hours prior to the meeting to ensure the necessary accommodations are made.
Public Comments: Persons speaking on items on this agenda are requested to provide their name, address and the subject of their comments. Comments are generally limited to three minutes, however additional time may be granted by the Commission Chair as appropriate, depending on the scope of the project.
Appeals: Anyone that does not agree with the Commission’s decision may appeal the decision to the City Council, provided that a written appeal is filed within ten (10) calendar days from the date of the Commission’s action