Costa Mesa planning commissioners reject four sober-living home applications – Orange County Register

Planning commissioners denied permit applications for four sober-living homes on Monday, Aug. 28, citing the need to protect neighborhoods from becoming inundated with the facilities and other quality of life issues stemming from their presence.

After several hours of discussion, the commission voted 4-1 – with Commissioner Jefferey Harlan dissenting – to deny a conditional use permit to Summit Coastal Living that would have allowed that sober-living home to serve up to 13 men in three units at 2041 Tustin Avenue.

The planning commission previously denied a permit application for the Tustin Avenue property in November.

Summit Coastal Living operator Keith Randle filed an appeal, but the commission was disbanded in January, forcing the issue to be brought before the current commissioners, most of whom were not on the panel last year.

During the public comment portion of the meeting, residents complained of issues with parking, traffic, noise and cigarette smoke coming from the home and its proximity to Woodland Elementary School.

On Monday, some commissioners who denied the application took issue with the intensity of the use being proposed.

“Regardless of what the use would be, Mr. Randle would have the right to rent those three different units to families or any number of people,” Harlan said before voting. “We would have a greater use. The only reason we’re bringing it up is because he needs a CUP here.”

An application for a conditional use permit for a drug and alcohol treatment facility at 166 E. 18th St. that would have allowed the expansion of the number of residents at the all-female facility from six to 14 women was unanimously denied.

The owner of the facility, Casa Capri LLC., was also appealing a denial by the economic and development services director which would have exempted the home from the city’s 650-foot buffer rule, which prohibits the facilities from clustering near each other.

The commission also unanimously denied…

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