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Zoning Text Amendment to CC District

Zoning Text Amendment (ZTA): 
To conditionally allow a new use to the Central Commercial Zoning District

Status
On July 23, 2019, after a presentation from staff and the applicant, and over an hour of comments from the public, the Commission closed the public hearing and voted unanimously to direct staff to draft a resolution recommending denial of the Zoning Text Amendment, based on the concerns raised by the public. The item was continued to August 13, 2019 to allow staff time to draft the resolution. Per the City Attorney's direction, for the next meeting the resolution recommending denial will be on the consent calendar for action.

August 6, 2019: Due to unexpected and unavoidable circumstances, the Planning Commission meeting set for August 14th does not have a quorum and therefore it must be cancelled pursuant to the Brown Act. Therefore the resolution recommending denial of the Zoning Text amendment to allow enclosed shooting galleries in the CC district will be taken to the Planning Commission on August 27, 2019, the next regular meeting.

The project planner is: Margaret Kavanaugh-Lynch, City Planner.
She may be reached at: 925-372-3518 or mkavanaugh-lynch@cityofmartinez.org

Project
A Zoning Text Amendment (ZTA) to add a definition for “Shooting gallery within an enclosed building” and for allow indoor shooting ranges or shooting galleries within an enclosed building as a conditionally permitted use in the Central Commercial (CC) District.

As the use is not currently allowed in the CC district, this application was brought forward by an applicant as part of his business plan for a new sporting goods store to be located at 604 Ferry Street.

Background
The request before the Planning Commission is to amend the zoning code to add shooting gallery within an enclosed building in the Central Commercial (CC) zone as a conditionally permitted use. This Amendment to the Zoning Ordinance will extend the use to the CC zoning designation which occurs in two areas of the city; specifically part of downtown and along Arnold Drive.  

Downtown

Along Arnold, near Pacheco Blvd

Public Meetings
April 23, 2019See: Planning Commission packet for April 23, 2019
The Planning Commission first held a hearing on this item at their April 23, 2019 meeting. Unfortunately, there was an error in the noticing of the item. The item was re-noticed and was brought back to the Commission for additional consideration. The project was noticed for the May 14, 2019 hearing.

May 14, 2019See: Planning Commission Agenda for May 14, 2019
Due to unforeseen circumstances on the afternoon of May 14th, a quorum could not be attained for the Planning Commission meeting. Therefore, pursuant to the Brown Act, the meeting had to be adjourned. Community and Economic Department staff stayed at City Hall and met with interested community members to inform them of the adjournment, listed to comments offered by those members and gathered contact information.

June 20, 2019. Although not a meeting of the City of Martinez, the applicant hosted a meeting at City Hall to explain his personal business plan. Approximately 35 persons attended the presentation.

July 23, 2019See: Planning Commission Agenda for July 23, 2019
After a presentation from staff and the applicant, and over an hour of comments from the public, the Commission voted unanimously to direct staff to draft a resolution recommending denial of the Zoning Text Amendment, based on the concerns raised by the public. This item was continued to August 13, 2019 to allow staff time to draft the resolution.

August 27, 2019. See: Planning Commission Packet for August 27, 2019 (187MB)

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