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BACKGROUND/DISCUSSION <br />BACKGROUND <br />On January 15, 2019, the City Council initiated Zone Change No. ZC 19-01 in response to a <br />request by the Applicant to rezone the subject property from Commercial Industrial (C -M) to <br />Planned Community (PC). The Applicant then submitted requests for consideration of Planned <br />Community Master Plan No. PCMP 19-01 ("Master Plan"), and Development Agreement No. <br />19-01 ("Development Agreement") for development of a 5 -story building with 114 residential units. <br />An EIR for the Project pursuant to the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act <br />("CEQA") was prepared for this request. <br />Summary of Project <br />The subject is located on the southeast corner of Mercury Lane and Berry Street. The property <br />has a General Plan designation of Light Industrial and is zoned C -M, Commercial Industrial. The <br />property is currently vacant, adjacent to the Downtown and is surrounded by industrial uses. <br />The Project proposes to change the zoning to allow a Planned Community designation for a <br />high-density, workhouse housing residential project in an industrial zone. The residential complex <br />would include the construction of a 5 -story building, 68 -feet in height on a 1.01 -acre parcel, see <br />Attachments 4 & 5 — Master Plan & Plans. The Applicant has a vision for a private approach to <br />affordable housing. The Project proposes to provide 114 multi -family residential apartments. The <br />units range in size from studios (452-596 square feet), one bedrooms (651-675 square feet) and 2 <br />bedrooms (1,111 square feet). The Project identifies these apartments as "workforce" units due <br />to their size and proximity to major employment centers including: Mercury Insurance, Downtown <br />Brea businesses, and adjacent commercial and industrial uses. The Applicant has also <br />incorporated into the Project a plan to offer and maintain affordable rents based on the design, <br />location, size and management of the complex. <br />More specific information about the Project can be found in the staff reports prepared for the <br />Planning Commission and the Master Plan, included as attachments to this report. <br />Planning Commission Review <br />On January 28, 2020, the Planning Commission held a public hearing to consider the Project and <br />the Final EIR. The Planning Commission continued the hearing until February 25, 2020, see <br />Attachment 6 — January 28, 2020 Staff Report & Minutes. <br />On February 25, 2020, the Planning Commission reviewed additional information provided by <br />Staff, received additional public testimony and closed the public hearing. The Planning <br />Commission directed Staff prepare a draft Resolution with Conditions of Approval to address <br />several remaining issues/concerns, see Attachment 7 — February 25, 2020 Staff Report & <br />Minutes. The Planning Commission continued the item to the March 23, 2020 regularly <br />scheduled meeting. <br />The March 23, 2020 Planning Commission meeting was canceled due to the current COVID-19 <br />emergency. The City re -noticed the Mercury project for the April 28, 2020 Planning Commission <br />meeting. At this meeting, the Commission considered additional information presented by Staff, <br />see Attachment 8 — April 28, 2020 Staff Report, the Applicant, and during public testimony. The <br />public hearing was closed and the Commission deliberated and provided their recommendation <br />