The proposal includes the creation of a Planned Development district, which if approved, would exempt the developer from certain requirements normally imposed by the City's planning regulations. As such then this could be controversial proposal.
The City's report to the AAC can be viewed and downloaded here.
This sets out the criteria which the AAC would use to to assess the proposal and the City's assessment of the degree to which the proposal meets those criteria. Not all aspects do and the City's staff have recommended modifications, indicated in the report.
Though we agree with the recommendations made we also feel that they should take into consideration further factors and issues such as:
- The proposed development is in a currently non-existent “neighborhood”. Other new residential development is taking place nearby both on Ramon (proposed) and on the other side of South Palm Canyon Drive (SPCD), (the Cameron project). How does the AAC view the longer term future of this area and can it consider that in its thinking about this proposal?
- The proposal includes Live-Work units - essentially businesses with residential space above them. Twenty-two such units are being built in the Cameron project. Do we need more along SPCD? Note that we have similar property further south on SPCD that is currently unrented. Can the developers be asked to provide an economic feasibility study to justify building more commercial units here?
- The Cameron project includes 15,000 sq ft of retail on the east side of SPCD. How that looks should be considered in examining the proposed frontages for the RG development, i.e. there should be some degree of harmony between the street-facing elements of the RG development and the Cameron Project.
- SPCD opposite this development is to be redesigned with a median strip and traffic lights. However as far as we know there is no proposal to change the speed limit which for southbound traffic on SPCD rises from 25mph to 40 mph north of the development. Can the AAC consider engineering/road-design issues and make a proposal regarding the speed limit?
We'll be asking those questions and more and posting answers on the site.
We recommend local residents to review the proposal through the link provided above and to submit their comments to the AAC or to attend the meeting on August 10th.