The upcoming regular West Hollywood City Council meeting will take place on Monday, December 6, 2021 at 6 p.m. as a teleconference meeting out of an abundance of caution due to a rise in COVID-19 cases and the emergence of the omicron variant. Below is the current meeting agenda.
Note that City’s website (www.weho.org/wehotv) is the only official viewing platform for the City of West Hollywood’s public meetings. To afford the public with a multitude of viewing options and in order to expand access to our public meetings, broadcasts are also available as a courtesy on local cable television and multiple streaming platforms. However, because they are a third party and operate independently from the City of West Hollywood, their reliability cannot be guaranteed. Broadcasts of public meetings can be found on Spectrum Cable Television’s Channel 10 within West Hollywood’s borders. Digital streaming platform viewers can easily find programming by searching for “WeHoTV” within the search functions of the following services. Android TV, Apple TV, Fire TV, Roku and YouTube. If your video or audio device has buffering or streaming issues while accessing our LIVE feed, please access the meeting at the City’s website www.weho.org/wehotv for updated information and troubleshooting tips for your device and visit www.weho.org/councilagendas for information on how to participate by phone. If you are having difficulties connecting to the meeting you can also call (323) 848-3151.
TO PARTICIPATE BY PROVIDING WRITTEN CORRESPONDENCE OR AN E-COMMENT:
To better facilitate the remote meeting, members of the public who wish to comment on matters before the city council are strongly encouraged to submit written correspondence to [email protected] or submit an E-Comment by visiting www.weho.org/wehotv, scroll down to the November 15 City Council meeting, click E-Comment, and submit E-Comments on the agenda items. Please submit E-Comments no later than 2:00pm on the City Council meeting day. Note: Written Correspondence and E-Comments will not be read into the record during the City Council meeting; however, correspondence received by 2:00 p.m. will be forwarded to the City Council and posted on the City’s website as part of the official meeting record.
TO PARTICIPATE BY PROVIDING PUBLIC COMMENT BY PHONE:
1. You are strongly encouraged to e-mail [email protected] no later than 2:00 p.m. Council meeting day, to be added to the Public Speaker List for the meeting. Please include your name, the phone number from which you will be calling, and which item you would like to speak on.
2. Dial-in 10 minutes prior to the start of the meeting (the meeting begins at 6:00 p.m.) You will be placed on HOLD in the Virtual Meeting Room until it is your turn to speak. Dial-in #: 669-900-6833; Meeting I.D.: 856 2012 6461, then #
Below are some items that may be of interest. To access the full meeting agenda, click here.
2.H. COMMISSION AND ADVISORY BOARD MEETING SYNOPSES [M. CROWDER, A. POBLADOR]: The City Council will receive Synopses from the Human Services Commission, Public Safety Commission, Disabilities Advisory Board, Russian Advisory Board, and Senior Advisory Board regarding actions taken at their recent meetings.
STAFF REPORT 2.I. 2021 HOUSING CAPACITY ANALYSIS – OVERVIEW OF CITY OF WEST HOLLYWOOD OWNED PROPERTIES [R. ABRAMSON, B. LEAGUE, C. SARKEES, A. BARTLE]: The City Council directed staff to complete a generalized housing capacity analysis for specific City-owned properties. This analysis explored several scenarios for each site and sought to assess a range for the number of housing units that could potentially be built by applying selected density bonus tracks (for housing production by for profit or non-profit developers). Results of the analysis and the attached supporting documents summarize the process and illustrate possible outcomes. In addition to staff’s internal analysis, this report also contains the findings from the Urban Land Institute’s Technical Assistance Panel (ULI TAP) efforts that the City Council authorized as part of developing external ideas for selected city-owned properties.
STAFF REPORTPublic Hearings:
3.A. APPEAL OF THE PLANNING COMMISSION’S APPROVALS AND PERMITS TO DEMOLISH ALL STRUCTURES ON THREE ABUTTING RESIDENTIAL PARCELS, COMBINE PARCELS, AND CONSTRUCT A NEW FIVE-STORY, 18-UNIT APARTMENT BUILDING WITH THREE UNITS OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING AT 1301, 1307 FAIRFAX AVENUE AND 7909 FOUNTAIN AVENUE [J. KEHO, J. ALKIRE, A. GALLO]: The City Council will consider an appeal filed by Jerry Ptashkin and Nick Hoogendyk regarding the Planning Commission’s adoption of Resolution No. PC 21-1408, approving the construction of a new five-story, 18-unit apartment building with 3 units of affordable housing and 32 parking spaces.
3.B. REQUEST TO PERMIT A STATIC ON-SITE ADVERTISING BILLBOARD ON THE PROPERTY LOCATED AT 9165-69 SUNSET BOULEVARD [J. KEHO, B. ECK, J. DAVIS]: The City Council will consider the proposal for the installation of a one-sided static billboard located at 9165-69 Sunset Boulevard under the Sunset Boulevard Off-Site Signage Policy. The application requests are for the approval of a development agreement, a zoning map amendment, a sign permit, and a certificate of appropriateness.
3.C. A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WEST HOLLYWOOD AMENDING THE MASTER FEE RESOLUTION FOR FISCAL YEAR 2021-22 TO ADOPT A NEW RECREATION SERVICES FEE SCHEDULE [S. CAMPBELL, S. MARTINEZ, C. JUBREY, L. QUIJANO, A. RUIZ]: The City Council will consider amending Master Fee Schedule Resolution No. 21-5400 for Fiscal year 2021-22. The proposed modifications include eliminating unnecessary fees and redefining them to be more in line with industry standards; adjusting fees to adapt to the ongoing cost of providing high-quality programs to the community; and incorporating new fees in preparation for the opening of the West Hollywood Aquatic and Recreation Center and Park.
4.A. PERSONAL DELIVERY DEVICES PILOT PROGRAM [J. KEHO, R. EASON, B. CHEUNG]: The City Council will receive an update on the Personal Delivery Devices (PDD) Pilot Program and consider extending the program.
4.B. POST-PANDEMIC ACTION ITEMS [J. KEHO, J. ALKIRE, R. EASON, J. ROCCO, T. WORDEN, R. ABRAMSON]:
On July 21, 2021 this information was provided to the City Council, and on August 2, 2021, the Council directed staff to conduct outreach to businesses and community members and report back at a later date.
4.C. PUBLIC BENEFITS POLICY [J. KEHO, R. EASON, R. DIMOND]: The City Council will receive an update on the City’s Public Benefits Policy, which helps in determining appropriate public benefits for certain proposed development projects that are required to provide a public benefit in order to depart from certain Zoning Code or General Plan standards. The Policy includes three components: a standard process that includes expanded public and Planning Commission input, a standardized tool for determining the economic value of the request, and a menu of public benefit categories based on priorities established in adopted City plans.
4.D. APPOINTMENT OF COUNCILMEMBERS TO THE PLUMMER PARK PROJECT SUBCOMMITTEE AND THE GATEWAY SIGNAGE/WAYFINDING PROJECT SUBCOMMITTEE [Y. QUARKER, M. CROWDER, A. POBLADOR, R. ABRAMSON, C. SARKEES]: The City Council will make appointments to the Plummer Park Projects Subcommittee and the Sunset Gateway Signage/Wayfinding Project.
4.E. COMMISSION, ADVISORY BOARD, AND SOCIAL JUSTICE TASK FORCE APPOINTMENTS [Y. QUARKER, M. CROWDER, A. POBLADOR]:
Mayor Pro Tempore Shyne will make her direct appointment to the Planning Commission and the Social Justice Task Force. Councilmember Horvath will make her direct appointment (male) to the Lesbian and Gay Advisory Board. Councilmember D’Amico will make his direct appointment to the Women’s Advisory Board.
5.A. TEXT COMMUNICATION PLATFORM [S. SHYNE, J. D’AMICO, J. LEONARD, A. LOVANO]: The City Council will consider directing the Communications Department to expand the City’s existing communication tools by procuring a text communication platform. This item requests that Finance allocate $15,000 from unallocated General Fund Reserves to the Special Council Programs Account 100-1-01-00-531001, and increase the budget for Special Council Programs by the same amount.
5.B. HISTORICAL CONTEXT STUDY AND EVALUATION OF A REPARATIONS PROGRAM [S. SHYNE, J. ERICKSON, J. LEONARD, A. LOVANO]:
The City Council will consider directing staff to prepare and issue a request for proposals to complete a historical context study of the City of West Hollywood and to evaluate the establishment of a community reparations program. This item requests that Finance allocate $100,000 from unallocated General Fund Reserves to the Special Council Programs Account 100-1-01-00-531001, and increase the budget for Special Council Programs by the same amount.