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PLEASE TAKE NOTICE: A Special Meeting of the Planning Commission has been called for Wednesday, September 2 at 5:30 PM. In an effort to reduce the risk of spreading Coronavirus (COVID-19), the members of the Planning Commission and City staff will participate via teleconference. The meeting will be broadcast on CityTV Channel 16 and be streamed on the City’s website, but participants may also join the teleconference via the methods listed above.


Those wishing to give written public comment must submit their comments via email to Written comments received prior to 12 p.m. on the day of the meeting will be distributed to the Planning Commission prior to the meeting and posted online for viewing. Public comment may also be made by telephone during the meeting by calling the number listed above. Remarks from the public made by telephone will be limited to no more than three (3) minutes. Please note the agenda item in your comments.



1.       CALL TO ORDER


2.       PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE Suspended


3.       ROLL CALL



Information concerning future Planning Commission and City Council Agendas.  Update on recent City Council action on appeals, ordinances, development projects, and planning policy studies. Information on recent Architectural Review Board and Landmarks Commission actions. Update on project status and related planning matters.





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8.       PUBLIC HEARING: Consent Calendar:

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9.       PUBLIC HEARING: Public Input Permitted


9-A.    Recommendation to the City Council on Approval of 1133 Ocean Avenue (13EIR-001 Environmental Impact Report; 1992 Local Coastal Plan, Land Use Plan Amendment; 11DEV-003 Development Agreement; 20ENT-0153 Vesting Tentative Tract Map;) Applications for a 1992 Local Coastal Plan Land Use Plan Amendment, Development Agreement, and Vesting Tentative Tract Map to  redevelop the existing Fairmont Miramar Hotel as a new 502,157 sf mixed-use hotel project with a maximum height of 130 feet with the following key components:


·                312 hotel guest rooms.

·                New food/beverage space, meeting/banquet space, and spa/fitness facilities.

·                New retail space along Wilshire Boulevard.

·                Up to 60 for-sale residential condominium units.

·                14,000 SF publicly-accessible open space at the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Ocean Avenue.

·                Approximately 428 parking spaces in an on-site subterranean garage.

·                Preservation of the Landmark Moreton Bay Fig Tree.

·                Preservation and rehabilitation of the Landmark Palisades Building.

·                Funding and land for a minimum of 42 deed-restricted affordable apartments located in a 100% affordable housing building that is approximately 41,250 sf (5 stories) to be developed by a nonprofit housing provider on property currently owned by the Applicant and used as a surface parking lot at 1127-1129 Second Street.

·                In addition to the historic preservation and 100% affordable housing components above, other negotiated community benefits include public art, historic preservation interpretive feature, local hiring program, internship program, community meeting space availability, sustainable design features, open space programming, enhanced development impact fee contributions, sustainable water infrastructure contribution, affordable lodging contribution, and an economic equity/opportunity fund contribution.


Planner: Roxanne Tanemori. Applicant/Owner: Ocean Avenue, LLC


Staff Report

A.             Public Notification

B.             Draft Development Agreement

o   Exhibit G-1 to the Development Agreement

o   Exhibit M to the Development Agreement

C.            Vesting Tentative Tract Map

D.            Landmark Designation Findings

E.             HR&A Advisors, Inc. Fiscal Impact Study and Economic Impact Study

F.             Applicant’s LLG Parking Demand Study

G.            Applicant’s LLG Traffic/Trip Generation Studies

H.            Applicant’s Historic Resources Study, Including Chattel Conformance Report

I.               Applicant’s Arborist Report

J.              Applicant’s Sustainability Overview and LEED Checklist

K.             Applicant’s CBRE Fiscal Impact Report

L.             Applicant’s Miramar Hotel Project Plans

M.            Final Environmental Impact Report



Supplemental Staff Report

A.             Developer’s Comparison of Affordable Housing Contribution Scenarios

B.             HR&A Advisors, Inc. Financial Feasibility Review of the Miramar Hotel Redevelopment Project



Public Comment Link will be updated regularly to include new correspondence.


The public hearing may, after a vote of the Commission, be continued to a future date for commencement of Commission deliberations and a final vote on the recommendation to the City Council. It is anticipated, however, that the Commission will complete at least the following portions of the public hearing on September 2:


·                Staff report

·                Questions of staff from Commission

·                Applicant report

·                Questions of Applicant from Commission

·                Public comment

·                Applicant’s response to public comment






Please note that this agenda is subject to change up to 24 hours prior to the scheduled meeting. We encourage you to check the agenda 24 hours prior to the meeting.





Mario Fonda-Bonardi, Commissioner

Nina Fresco, Commissioner

Leslie Lambert, Chairperson

Shawn Landres, Vice-Chairperson

Richard McKinnon, Commissioner

Elisa Paster, Commissioner

Jim Ries, Commissioner


City Staff

David Martin, Director of Planning & Community Development

Jing Yeo, AICP, City Planning Division Manager

Francie Stefan, AICP, Assistant Director/Chief Mobility Officer

Heidi von Tongeln, Deputy City Attorney

Melissa Zak, Commission Secretary





The Planning Commission considers a range of requests for development permits, appeals, and planning policy matters, and conducts public hearings on many of its agenda items. Due to the number, complexity and public interest associated with many agenda items, meetings of the Commission are generally lengthy. The Commission makes every effort to proceed as expeditiously as possible; your patience and understanding is appreciated.


PUBLIC HEARING PROCEDURES on each public hearing item include ex parte communication disclosure by the Commissioners; presentation of a staff report; Commission questions of staff; a fifteen (15) minute presentation by the project applicant or applicant’s representative or team, if any; Commission questions of the applicant; three (3) minutes for each member of the public wishing to speak to the item (see REQUESTS TO SPEAK below for new information on public comment at teleconference meetings); three (3) minutes for project applicant to respond to the public or clarify issues raised by the public; Commission deliberations and decision. For an appeal, the appellant, if not also the applicant, has fifteen (15) minutes to address the Commission prior to the applicant speaking and three (3) minutes to respond to public comment.


SPECIAL TIME LIMITATIONS. The Commission may limit the time of individual speakers or the total time on a particular issue. If there are more than seven (7) speakers requesting to speak on an agenda item, or if twenty (20) or more persons have requested to speak on any combination of items, the project applicant or appellant on any agenda item shall be limited to ten (10) minutes initially and three (3) minutes in rebuttal. Members of the public are permitted three (3) minutes to address the Commission except as follows: if a member of the public requests to speak on more than one agenda item, the time will be three (3) minutes for the first item and two (2) minutes for any other item unless the Commission grants by a majority vote additional time.


REQUESTS TO SPEAK. Public comment may be made by telephone during the meeting by calling (310) 458-8423. Remarks from the public made by telephone will be limited to no more than three (3) minutes. Please note: Caller queues for each item do not open until just before the item is called.


WRITTEN COMMENTS may be submitted to up until 12 p.m. the day of the meeting. Written comments received prior to the 12 p.m. cutoff will be distributed to the Commission for review and posted online for public viewing.


ASSIGNING OF TIME for members of the public wishing to speak to an item is permissible within specified limits. A "representative speaker" may be allowed one additional minute of speaking time, to a maximum of five (5) additional minutes [hence, eight (8) minutes total] for each person actually in attendance who assigns his or her right to speak via a request to speak form to the "representative speaker." The project applicant, applicant’s representative or team of representatives (which may include the project architect, attorney, facilitator, and all other representatives of the applicant), shall be allowed a total of fifteen (15) minutes initially and three (3) minutes in rebuttal.


PROFESSIONALS APPEARING BEFORE THE COMMISSION should clearly identify their status, such as "attorney", "paralegal", "architect", "designer", or "landscape architect".  Instances of misrepresentation of professional status may be referred to the City Attorney for possible prosecution.


DEVELOPMENT PROJECT FILES AND PLANS. The project file and project plans regarding any development application on this agenda are available at the Planning Commission webpage:


EX PARTE COMMUNICATION DISCLOSURES. During the pendency of any quasi-judicial proceeding, no member of the Planning Commission may engage in ex parte communications with applicants, appellants, or members of the public with respect to the matter which is the subject of the proceeding unless that member of the Commission discloses such communication. Prior to each quasi-judicial agenda item each Commissioner must place on the record the subject and substance of any written or oral ex parte communication including the identity of the person, group, or entity with whom the communication took place.


TIME LIMITATION ON CONSIDERATION OF NEW ITEMS. The Commission shall not commence consideration of a new item on its agenda after 11:00 p.m. unless otherwise required by State or local law or unless otherwise determined by a majority vote of those Commissioners present.


CONSENT CALENDAR items will be acted upon by the Commission at one time without discussion unless a Commissioner requests discussion on an item or a member of the public has submitted a request to speak on an item. If such a request is made, the item will be heard after the balance of the Consent Calendar has been voted upon.


ACTION BY THE PLANNING COMMISSION on most matters occurs with the affirmative votes of at least four Commissioners.


DESIGN ASPECTS OF PROJECTS considered by the Planning Commission must also be approved by the Architectural Review Board. For more information on this process, contact the City Planning Division.


APPEALS of certain actions of the Commission are appealable to the City Council.  The appeal period is generally ten to fourteen days from the date of the Commission’s action. For specific information on appeals, please contact the City Planning Division.


For more information regarding the Planning Commission agenda or development permit procedures and standards, please contact the City Planning Division at


Copies of agendas and staff reports are available on the City’s Home Page at: or



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  • Listen to others respectfully 

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