The November 16 Coronado council meeting kicked off with the award presentations of the annual Thanksgiving Poster Coloring Contest. Hosted by the Recreation Department and Coronado Junior Woman’s Club (CJWC) each year, awards and prizes for first, second, and third place winners across three age groups were handed out by city council members.
“I think all the artists in town were practicing this past year during the pandemic because we got more entries than ever – 250 entries – and they are all posted on the walls in the Community Center. So if you’re going to work out or swim, you’ll see them all and understand why it was so hard to judge them since they’re so great,” Stacy Berman, Recreation Programs supervisor, commented of this year’s contest before the awards presentation began. The President of CJWC, Jessica Cunningham, was also present for short ceremony with each of the winner’s entry to showcase their work.
In the kindergarten and first grade category, the winners were as follows:
Ava Lehner, first grader at Christ Church Day School was awarded 1st place
Emily Birch, kindergartner at City Tree Christian School was awarded 2nd place
Teo Alvarez, first grader at Christ Church Day School was awarded 3rd place
In the second and third grade category, winners included:
Luca Loforti, second grader at Silver Strand Elementary was awarded 1st place
Pepper Stephens, third grader at Silver Strand Elementary was awarded 2nd place
Jimi Chapple, third grader at Village Elementary was awarded 3rd place
And in the final category of fourth and fifth graders:
Piper Gaisford, fourth grader at Silver Strand Elementary was awarded 1st place
Keanna Prentiss, fifth grader at Village Elementary was awarded 2nd place
Elena Braga, fifth grader at Village Elementary was awarded 3rd place.
After due congratulations were given to each student and photos taken, the meeting proceeded to a period of public comment where a Coronado resident brought forth concerns about the traffic noise level at Third and Fourth streets. Speaking on behalf of himself and other residents in that vicinity, they would like to see the city coordinate with Caltrans (the California Department of Transportation) to repave those streets with a noise reducing pavement material, typically referred to as rubberized asphalt. In his presentation, it was noted that Coronado has had roads paved with rubberized asphalt about two decades ago and the group of concerned residents believe it’s time to have Caltrans come in and refresh those pavements with noise-reducing material once again to benefit the community.
Another resident brought forth concerns with the shorter than normal review period of the Port District’s revised master plan and hopes the city will continue to keep a close eye on the process, especially as Coronado sees current Port Commissioner Bonelli retire and the city undergoes the process of hiring someone new to fill that position. A third resident spoke to the protest and chalk graffiti incident that occurred at Coronado High School in recent weeks and concerns about what transpired and what measures were or weren’t taken during and after the event.
The City Manager’s report followed with City Manager Tina Friend thanking the community and city staff for their work and participation in recent events, including the Thanksgiving Poster Coloring Contest and the Coronado Island Film Festival, making it a successful and eventful season. Friend finished with a reminder that most city activities are closed on Thanksgiving Day, with the exception of the golf course and tennis center, which will open for walk-ons. Friday after Thanksgiving the Aquatic Center, Community Center and Boathouse, Skatepark, tennis center, and golf course will all be open.
Jesse Brown of the Community Development Department then presented the department’s proposed ordinance to amend Coronado’s Municipal Code to allow for regulations regarding residential and urban development in the wake of State Bill (SB) 9. The department was directed to create such a plan at a previous council meeting to present recommendations to the council, and the department’s proposal on November 16 addresses two-unit residential development and urban lot-split subdivisions in single family residential zones in the City of Coronado.
To recap, the city may adopt ordinances to regulate certain aspects of development under SB 9, so long as those ordinances meet the standards set for the bill which are as follows:
Setbacks up to 4 feet in side- and rear-yards
FAR limits that do not preclude units up to 800 square feet
Height limits of up to 16 feet
Parking of one space per unit
Access to a street
New parcel minimum size of at least 1,200 square feet and no less than 40% of the original parcel size
The city is proposing that applicable parcels for this development fall under the following:
Single family zone
No existing carriage house or guest house
Not occupied by tenant in last 3 years
At least 2,400 square feet (for lot split provisions)
In addition, a non-historic, single family parcel would be permitted to be developed up to a maximum of two primary dwellings. Single family zoned parcels that meet the 2,400 square feet minimum requirement under the proposed ordinance could be split into 2 parcels, so long as each parcel would meet the 1,200 square feet requirement and be no less than 40% of the original size of the lot.
The recommended ordinance also includes proposed limits for any new units constructed under SB 9, including:
New units restricted to no larger than 800 square feet (current structures could be maintained in their current state and size)
New units must comply with current front- and street side-yard setback ordinances
New units must comply with having a minimum of 4 feet for side- and rear-yard setbacks, or comply with the setback applicable to the zoning district (whichever is less)
New units would be limited to single-story units and may not exceed 16 feet in height
New units would require vehicular access to a right-of-way for each property utilizing SB 9
New units would fall under existing prohibition ordinances on alley-only parcels and new curb cuts for properties that abut an alley would be maintained.
Additionally, new units would need to meet FAR and Site Coverage requirements permitting at least two 800 square foot units, with certain exceptions as mandated by the state. Coronado falls within a Coastal Zone and SB 9 would not supersede Local Coastal Plan parking requirements for the city, which mandates parking for all dwelling units (Coronado’s code currently requires two parking spaces per unit.)
In terms of occupancy, the ordinance proposes that for lots split into two, the lot owner would be required to reside in one of the two lots with an occupancy intent for three years. Short term and transient rentals would also not be allowed for new units built under SB 9 with a 30-day minimum rental period proposed.
After a brief period of discussion on the details of some of the proposed points, Councilmember Marvin Heinze made a motion to approve the ordinance as written by the Community Development Department. The motion was seconded and approved by the council unanimously.
The final item of the council meeting was presented by Kelly Purvis of the Coronado Cultural Arts Commission. The commission is proposing a new public art project for installation, “Crossing Paths,” by local artist Amos Robinson who created the “My Bike” kinetic sculpture in Tidelands Park.
The project was initiated by residents through the Coronado Shores Alliance Group to address the transition of a bike to no-bike area at the cul-de-sac of Avenida del Sol. The purpose would be to signal to bike-riders that past the Hotel del Coronado they would need to walk their bikes on the path in front of the Shores, and do it with a beautiful piece of public art for all to enjoy in the newly renovated area.
The proposed kinetic sculpture would be 10-11 feet in height, with a three-foot spreader piece at the top that would hold two kinetic contrails where 1-foot sculpted birds would perch upon. The piece would be made from stainless steel with highly corrosion-resistant ceramic bearings. If approved, a base and plaque or other signage would be designed for future approval.
Logistically, the artwork would be sited on private property but owned and maintained by the City of Coronado, while the landscaping would be owned and maintained by The Shores L&R. The Cultural Arts Commission is proposing funding for the piece and installation to be sourced through the Hotel del Coronado Development Agreement Fund, which would cover the $31,786 to commission the piece and the $18,653 for installation.
A brief period of discussion followed with councilmembers asking the artist a few questions about his work on the development of “Crossing Paths.” Following discussion, Councilmember Bill Sandke made a motion to approve the Cultural Arts Commission’s recommendation to authorize and move forward with the commission of this piece of public art. The council passed the motion unanimously.
The next Coronado City Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 30 at 4 p.m. For more information, visit https://www.coronado.ca.us/government/city_council.