DPW (County Dept of Public Works) submitted Sept 9 comments on BW North Parcel Alternative requiring the condition that mitigation measure at Highway 1 and Cypress (signal or roundabout) be approved and coordinated with Caltrans, and constructed by the applicant prior to issuance of building permit at no cost to the County.
CDRC (Coastside Design Review Committee) considered the project again on Sept 11 (continued from July 10), but continued to be frustrated with the lack of design detail of what they termed a “moving target”. Project Engineer Scott Holmes agreed that the project has not yet been designed by an architect.
CDRC members went so far as to sketch some ideas to demonstrate how the building and parking layout could be designed to take advantage of the unique assets of the site such as views for the occupants, improved pedestrian circulation and outdoor spaces for residents and other building occupants, and to attempt to bring the development more into line with existing community character (small scale eclectic).
Leaving architectural design until after the project is approved, as the developer proposed to do, is problematic because the major subdivision creates separate parcels of the footprints of the commercial buildings in their existing size, shape, orientation, and location, which could not be changed after the project is approved.
CDRC continued the item until date uncertain. This means the Oct 22 Planning Commission decision hearing will be pushed out to perhaps December or January.