Planning Commission
Regular Meeting Agenda

March 22, 2021
5:30 P.M,


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Chair, Ward 4 Representative
Citywide Representative
        BAO PHAM
Ward 1 Representative

Ward 2 Representative
Ward 3 Representative

Ward 5 Representative
Ward 6 Representative

       Executive Director

John Funk
Legal Counsel
Ali Pezeshkpour, AICP
Principal Planner
Sarah Bernal
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  Commissioners Mark McLoughlin, Chair
    Eric M. Alderete
    Miguel Calderon
    Thomas Morrissey
    Bao Pham
    Isuri S. Ramos
    Alan Woo
  Executive Director  Minh Thai
  Senior Asst. City Attorney John Funk
  Principal Planner Ali Pezeshkpour
  Recording Secretary  Sarah Bernal 

PUBLIC COMMENTS (non agenda items)  



Recommended Action: Approve Minutes from February 22, 2021.

Excused Absences


Recommended Action: Excuse absent commissioners.

The Planning Commission decision on Conditional Use Permits, Variances, Tentative Tract and Parcel Maps, Minor Exceptions, Site Plan Review, and Public Convenience or Necessity Determinations are final unless appealed within 10 days of the decision by any interested party or group (refer to the Basic Meeting Information page for more information). The Planning Commission recommendation on Zoning and General Plan amendments, Development Agreements, Specific Developments, and Specific Plans will be forwarded to the City Council for final determination. NOTICE: Legal notice was published in the OC Reporter on March 10, 2021 and notices were mailed on March 11, 2021.
Conditional Use Permit No. 2021-03  – Jerry Guevara, Case Planner

Location:    1935 East Seventeenth Street, Unit A-2 located in the Arterial Commercial (C5) zoning district.

Request: The applicant is requesting approval of a conditional use permit to allow a Type 41 Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) license for the sale of beer of wine for on-premises consumption at an existing restaurant.

Environmental Impact: The Planning Commission will consider a determination that the project is categorically exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) pursuant to Section 15301 of the CEQA Guidelines – Class 1/Existing Facilities. Notice of Exemption, Environmental Review No. 2021-20 will be filed for this project.

Recommended Action: Adopt a resolution approving Conditional Use Permit No. 2021-03 as conditioned.

Density Bonus Agreement No. 2020-02 – Pedro Gomez, Case Planner

Location:    801, 807, 809, 809 1/2 East Santa Ana Boulevard located in the Transit Zoning Code (SD-84), within the Urban Neighborhood 2 (UN-2) land use designation zoning district.

Request: The applicant proposes to construct a 17-unit rental affordable residential community known as FX Residences. In order to facilitate the construction of the project, the applicant is requesting approval of density bonus agreement to utilize waivers from development standards and/or development concessions as permitted pursuant to California Government Code sections 65915 through 65918 as implemented by the Santa Ana Municipal Code (SAMC) Sections 41-1600 through 41-1607.

Environmental Impact: In accordance with the California Quality Environmental Act (CEQA), the recommended action is exempt from CEQA per Section 15194 (Affordable Housing Exemption). This exemption applies to development projects for affordable housing that meet the threshold criteria set forth in Section 15192; are not located on a site more than five acres in area; are located within an urbanized area with a population density of at least 5,000 persons per square mile, and immediately adjacent to qualified urban uses; and that consist of the construction of 100 or fewer residential housing units that are affordable to low-income households. Therefore, no additional environmental review is required. Based on this analysis, a Notice of Exemption, Environmental Review No. 2019-108 will be filed for this project.

Recommended Action: Adopt a resolution approving Density Bonus Agreement Application No. 2020-02 as conditioned.

Elect a Vice-Chairperson to serve for a partial term expiring July 2021,

Recommended Action: Elect a Vice-Chairperson. 
The next virtual meeting of the Planning Commission will be on April 12, 2021 at 5:30 PM.

  • Conditional Use Permit 2021-04 to allow the sale of beer and wine for on-premises consumption at an existing restaurant located at 3950 S. Bristol Street.



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The formal action by the Planning Commission shall become effective after the ten-day appeal period, unless the City Council in compliance with section 41-643, 41-644 or 41-645 holds a public hearing on the matter, then the formal action will become effective on the day following the hearing and decision by the City Council. An appeal from the decision or requirement of the Planning Commission may be made by any interested party, individual, or group. The appeal must be filed with the Clerk of the Council, accompanied by the required filing fee, and a copy sent to the Planning Department, within ten days of the date of the Commission's action, by 5:00 p.m. If the final day to appeal falls on a City Hall observed holiday or a day when City hall is closed, the final day to appeal shall be extended to the next day City Hall is open for public business. Please note: Under California Government Code Sec. 65009, if you challenge in court any of the matters on this agenda for which a public hearing is to be conducted, you may be limited to raising only those issues which you (or someone else) raised orally at the public hearing or in written correspondence received by the Planning Commission or City Council at or before the hearing.