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Planning Commission Meeting Update

June 27, 2012                     Wednesday                                6:00 p.m.


ROLL CALL:      Commissioners John Fowler, John Larson, Michael Multari, Airlin Singewald, Charles Stevenson, Vice-Chairperson Eric Meyer, and Chairperson Michael Draze


MINUTES:  Minutes of June 13, 2012, were approved as amended.



1.    Economic Development Strategic Plan:  Receive presentation, comment, and provide forum for public input.  (Claire Clark)

Michael Codron, Assistant City Manager, presented the staff report recommending the Commission receive the presentation of the Draft Economic Development Strategic Plan, provide a forum for public input, and provide staff with comments on the plan.

The Commissioners gave input regarding the workshops, definition for head-of-household jobs, the focus of the report, the role of the Downtown Area, and the development review and permitting process.

In particular, Commissioners asked that the current Economic Development program be integrated with the focus on head-of-household jobs so that the needs of the entire city are taken into account.  Commissioners noted the City's responsibility to existing businesses, growth of small/home-based businesses, the importance of public-sector jobs to the local economy, and using branding to make a clear connection between tourism and head-of-household job growth.

Staff stated they will take those suggestions to the City Council as part of the review of the draft Economic Development Strategic Plan.


2.    Open Space.  GPI 61-12:  Review of Reservoir Canyon Natural Reserve Conservation Plan and proposed Negative Declaration of Environmental Impact; City of San Luis Obispo, applicant.  (Neil Havlik and Freddy Otte)

Freddy Otte, City Biologist, presented the staff report, recommending review of the draft Conservation Plan and Initial Study, and recommended to the City Council that the Plan and Mitigated Negative Declaration be adopted as presented based on findings and subject to conditions which he outlined.

On motion by Commr. Stevenson, seconded by Commr. Fowler to accept the draft Conservation Plan and Initial Study, and recommend to the City Council that the Plan and Mitigated Negative Declaration be adopted to include consideration of alternatives for the trail to minimize impacts on private property and working with the City Attorney to address any potential legal issues with the private property owner.


3.    Staff

a. Agenda Forecast – Doug Davidson presented the agenda forecast.

4.    Commission

ADJOURNMENT – Meeting adjourned at 8:52 p.m.




Any writings or documents provided to a majority of the Planning Commission regarding any item on this agenda will be made available for public inspection in the Community Development, 919 Palm Street, during normal business hours.

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