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By Allison Jarrell
A last-minute special City Council meeting called by Mayor Pam Patterson is set to take place Friday, Dec. 11, at 1 p.m. in City Hall, located at 32400 Paseo Adelanto. The meeting regarding the Historic Town Center Master Plan was noticed with an agenda posted online exactly 24 hours in advance.
The mayor’s sole agenda item is the “consideration of a resolution to clarify the Historic Town Center Master Plan regarding the established building height limit and setbacks for new construction on adjoining lots of the Esslinger Building and the Judge Egan House.”
The same item was originally up for consideration at Tuesday’s Planning Commission meeting, but former Planning Director Charlie View informed the commission that several commissioners faced potential conflicts of interest and would need to contact the California Fair Political Practices Commission before participating in the discussion.
The City Council now seems to be bypassing the Planning Commission to discuss the issue itself.
Patterson’s agenda cites the HTC master plan, stating that, “New buildings on directly adjoining lots (of the Esslinger Building and Judge Egan House) must provide a minimum setback equal to the height of the new structure and such new buildings could not exceed the height of the historic structure.”
“These two properties would be substantially preserved in their existing condition and adaptive re-use of these existing structures would be maintained or could occur consistent with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties with Guidelines for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings,” the agenda reads.
The land in question, between the Esslinger Building and the Egan House, belongs to local movie producer Steve Oedekerk and is the location for a proposed Kimpton hotel, the application and plans of which are currently being reviewed by the city’s planning department. Patterson’s agenda states that “applicants for large building projects have consistently misconstrued the plain meaning of the language contained in the above-cited paragraph.”
Stay tuned for updates from tomorrow’s meeting.