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Council. From page 1 Community Improvement Agency to spend money orr making the road safe for public passage. "The city and ACIA's efforts to comply with the Coastal Com- mission's demands to allow full access to Pebbly Beach Road by undertaking a rock fall mitigation project were thwarted by the Cali- fornia Department of Finance de- termination that the ACIA's con- tribution of $1 million was not an enforceable obligation," said the staff report by City Attorney Scott Campbell. Letter to the Where is my dog's freedom in Avalon? No Front Street, No Bricks, No Beach and No Park. Is there any .place my dog can be free? I pay my city dog tags, what rights do I have, please tell me? I'm just a dog owner in Avalon and we can't do anything or go anywhere! There is no place for my dog to go without a leash or having to me carrying the dog around. There isn't really any place for my dog to take care of business ! I'm sure that's how most of our dogs feel around this town, at least that's how I feel as a dog owner: We live on a boat and we have a rescue dog that w6 take into town every day with us but there is nowhere in town that we are allowed to take him and let him run around for a little bit and be a dog. As a community with lots of fellow dog owners we should be able to have a place downtown for our dogs to be free of leashes and have a nice dog park for them to be - a dog and run around. Not to men- tion the tourists that come over here don't know what to do with their dogs when they do bring them to our Island. Why not use the "Old Amphi- theater" that is not being used and make into a "Nice Dog Park?" It would be close to downtown for locals and tourists and close to the city park. Why not use up "wasted space" for a good cause? I found talking to most dog owners that most of the dogs that they own are rescue dogs and they have had a pretty hard life in the past. It would be nice not to have to keep them on a leash 24 hours a day and just let them be a dog! I know my dog would love that! What about yours? Dianna Jewett, Avalon Since the California legislature abolished redevelopment agency's, cities have only been allowed to spend redevelopment monies on the obligations of the disbanded agencies. However, the Department of Finance has authority to decide what is or is not an obligation. The planned project to set up nets to catch falling rocks appar- ently failed to qualify in the eyes of Finance Department officials. "The California Coastal Com- mission has asked that restrictions to access to Pebbly Beach Road be removed absent the rock fall miti- gation project," Campbell's report said. "The proposed ordinance will remove the city's restrictions on travel on Pebbly Beach Road. The city and other public safety offi- cials retain power to close Pebbly Beach Road when persons using the road may be endangered due to rockslides," the Campbell report said. "Appropriate warning signs will be posted on Pebbly Beach Road to warn people traveling on the road of the potential for rock- slides," the report said. Vacation rentals Staff asked the City Council to consider a moratorium on issuing conditional use permits for vaca- tion rentals. The council listened to a presen- tation, but took no action, accord- ing to Planning Director Amanda Cook. She said the council listened to a presentation by Mark Milan, thanked him and then continued with other council business. "The guidelines for transient rental by conditional use permit (CUPs) have a long history of re- view and Revision," wrote Cook in her staff report to the council. "The two issues that we most often still receive negative com- ments about are: 'are we adequate- ly addressing saturation?' and 'the permit shouldn't be an asset to the property,'" Cook wrote. "Vehicles also continue to be an issue based on rumors about conditions of approval not being adhered to; i.e vehicles being 'loaned' to the transient guests or maids and/or management provid- ing a vehicle," Cook's report, said. "These are all issues that are al- most impossible to control." Cook's report included a chron- ological review of Avalon's han- dling of the transient rental issue. According to the report: In January 1988, the council established a CUP requirement for rentals. In 1993, the first transient rental CUP was issued. Over the next seven years, Avalon issued 134 CUPs. On Feb. 6, 2001, the council established a moratorium on rental CUPs. In November 2001, the coun- cil adopted an ordinance regulat- ing vacation rentals. This ordi- nance included an expiration date for CUPs. In March 2006, the council adopted another vacation rental ordinance. This one eliminated the expiration date for CUPs. In May 2010, the council ad- Opted the latest ordinance, which regulates occupancy size of bed- rooms, use of decks, use of vehi- cles, signage and required 24-hour management. As of June 2012, there are 318 active transient rentals in Avalon. CITY OF AVALON NOTICE TO PUBLIC FINAL DRAFT GENERAL PLAN UPDATE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council/Planning Commis- sion of the City of Avalon will hold a public hearing on August 21, at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers, 410 Avalon Canyon Road, Avalon, CA to consider the following project: Project Title: Final Draft General Plan Update. Description: This General Plan Update includes the seven mandated elements of the General Plan: Land Use - Circulation - Conservation - Housing - Safety - Noise - Open Space City proposes td complete both the 2008-2014 and 2014-2021 Cycles of the Housing Element together. Due to time constraints it has be- come prudent for the City to review both Housing Cycles at the same time. The City is seekincj the public's input on the Final Draft General Plan update Environmental Information: The City of Avalon, as the Lead Agency will prepare an Environmental Impact Report for the General Plan update. A subsequent notice and eeview of the EIR will be provided on the City's website and posted with the C!ty Clerk for public review of the environmental document. Persons interested may appear before the City Council at the above date and time. If you challenge the actions of the City Council in court, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in this notice, or in writ- ten correspondence delivered to the City Council at, or prior to, the public hearing. The city of Avalon is endeavoring to be in total compliance with the Americans with Disabilities.AcL If you require assistance or aux~iliary -aids in order to participate at the City Council meetings, please con- tact the City Clerk's Office at 310/510-0220, x122 as far in advance of the meeting as possible. For questions concerning the above project, please contact Amanda Cook, Planning Director at 310/510-0220, ext. 110. or at planning@ cityofavalon.com Posted: August 10, 2012 City Hall Published: August 10, 2012 Catalina Islander A View'0f Pebbly Beach Rod form the hills above. Courtesy photo PLANNING COMMISSION CITY OF AVALON WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 22, 2012 AT 7:00 RM. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Avalon Planning Commission will hold PUBLIC HEARINGS to consider the following items at the August meeting to be held on Wednesday, August 22, 2012, at 7:00 " p.m in the COUNCIL CHAMBERS AT 410 AVALON CANYON ROAD, AVALON CALIFORNIA. 1 .A Public Hearing for a Local Coastal Development Permit and Site Plan Application for a new 15' x 15' deck and cabana to be used as a utility area for storage, employee break area, and laundry. This ap- plication is within the appealable area to the Coastal Commission. Owner: Santa Catalina Island Company Applicant:Massages by the Sea Location: 1 St. Catherine Way (Descanso Beach) APN: 7480-001-001 PC#2489 Zone: Resort/Recreational 2.A Public Hearing for a Site Plan Application to remodel two existing commercial spaces into One and a Conditional Use Permit to expand the existing Restaurant, Bar, Care use at 302 Crescent Avenue. The Coastal Development Permit for this project will be processed by the Coastal Commission. This application is within the appealable area to the Coastal Commission. Owner: Santa Catalina Island Company Applicaqt:Same Location: 302 Crescent Avenue APN: 7480-021-007 PC#2490 Zone: Resort/Recreational 3.A Public Hearing for an Application for a New Conditional Use Per- mit and Resolution to allow the renting or leasing of a room or rooms with or without table board in a dwelling unit for periods of fewer than thirty.(30) consecutive days duration (Transient Rental Sec. 9-6.603 AMC) at 323 Clemente Avenue. Owner: Robert Irone Applicant Same Location: 323 Clemente Avenue APN: 7480-037-031 PC# 2492 Zone: High Density File Date: July 25, 2012 Members from the Public who would like to address the Planning Commission may" appear at the public hearing during the consider- ation of this item and state their opinion. Written comments may also be submitted to the Planning Department, attention Planning Director Cook, PO Box 707, Avalon, CA 90704 prior to the Planning Commission's consideration of the item. If you challenge the actions of the Planning Commission in court, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the Planning Commission at, or prior to, the public hearing. Anyone may appeal any decision made by the Commission to the City Council. To appeal, you must file a written appeal, and include an appeal fee of $842.00 with the City Clerk within fifteen (15) calendar days of such action. All actions on Local Coastal Development permits seaward of the appealable area boundary (within 300 ft. of established mean high tide line) may be appealed by any aggrieved person to the Coastal Commission. By: Amanda Cook, Director of Planning Posted: City Hall Friday, August 10, 2012 Catalina Islander Friday, August 10, 2012 i~riday, August 10,20/~2 : 5 THE CATALINA ISLANDER