Further, CEQA review is needed for ALL his existing Palmetto Avenue applicant C-3 rental properties, (locations at 800-1046). However, the applicant did not hire a consultant to conducted these studies. And, in the future CEQA review would be needed for each new property tenant. The scope of this State CEQA requirement is potentially "mind numbing", and very expensive for all concerned.
Net result: The applicant property owner, his tenant small business owners, their vendors, citizens who use these services, any resulting city tax revenue ALL lose. The city staff report blames the applicant and claims financial loss, without alternative suggestions, assistance or solutions. The ruling from city council is the usual: "we can do nothing". NIMBYS win again, well that's "happy holidays" to them! For the rest of us, humbug. For those interested, see city council meeting, 11/28/11, Hearing appeal, pages 56-58.