The Costa Mesa City Council on Tuesday is scheduled to discuss a hookah lounge moratorium, a proposed Westside condominium project, a cost-recovery ordinance and enforcement against problematic rehabilitation homes.
Officials also will revisit an increasingly contentious topic — whether to tack all but 10 public comments on items not on the council agenda onto the end of the meeting or whether to allow them all at the start.
Last month, after receiving the Planning Commission's recommendation to do so, the council voted to place a 45-day moratorium on new hookah lounges within the city. City staffers are now recommending that the moratorium be extended further, by no longer than 10 months and 15 days.
The extension would allow more time to study rules for the smoking establishments, including zoning regulations. City officials are attempting to alleviate quality-of-life concerns related to the parlors, including secondhand smoke, excessive noise and code-enforcement activity.
The moratorium is not expected to affect the three existing parlors — Bublyz Hookah Lounge, 3303 Bristol St.; Harbor Hookah Lounge, 440 Fair Drive; and Sultana Hookah Lounge, 698 W. 19th St.
Westside condo project
The condo development at 573-591 Victoria St. would replace 27 apartments with 37 detached, three-story town homes. The 2.28-acre property is zoned for medium density.
Council members plan to provide feedback on the project. They will not provide any precedent for final approval or denial of the development, however, city staff said.
The "excessive use of resources" ordinance targets motels that "utilize a substantial amount" of city resources, particularly code enforcement and emergency police services, according to city documents.
The council last discussed the cost-recovery ordinance Nov. 5. One city official called it a "good first start" in the effort of raising accountability at motel properties.
"In a sense, this is a way to get motel owners to be a little bit more responsible and responsive to solving their own problems and not having our Police Department act, literally, as a security guard for their issues," Assistant CEO Rick Francis said during the Nov. 5 meeting.
To give the city a boost in its legal defense against noncompliant rehab homes, the council will give its final vote on changing some zoning code language.
The change would give a more full-bodied definition of what's officially called a "single housekeeping unit."