Planning Commission Meeting Thursday, May 04, 2023 06:00 PM City Council Chambers

Please review the Notice of Remote Access for instructions on participating in the meeting remotely.  The Notice of Remote Access is at the end of the agenda. 

All correspondences received prior to 5:00 p.m. on the Wednesday preceding a Planning Commission Meeting will be distributed to Commissioners to review prior to the meeting. Information submitted after 5 p.m. on that Wednesday may not have time to reach Commissioners, nor be read by them prior to consideration of an item.

All matters listed on the Regular Meeting of the Capitola Planning Commission Agenda shall be considered as Public Hearings.

1.Roll Call and Pledge of Allegiance

Commissioners Susan Westman, Courtney Christiansen, Paul Estey, Gerry Jensen, Peter Wilk

2.New Business

3.Oral Communications

A. Additions and Deletions to the Agenda

B. Public Comments

Please review the Notice of Remote Access for instructions. Short communications from the public concerning matters not on the Agenda. All speakers are requested to print their name on the sign-in sheet located at the podium so that their name may be accurately recorded in the Minutes.  Members of the public may speak for up to three minutes, unless otherwise specified by the Chair. Individuals may not speak more than once during Oral Communications. All speakers must address the entire legislative body and will not be permitted to engage in dialogue.

C. Commission Comments

D. Staff Comments

4.Approval of Minutes

  1. A.March 2, 2023 - Planning Commission Meeting Minutes

  2. B.April 6, 2023 - Planning Commission Meeting Minutes

5.Consent Calendar

All matters listed under “Consent Calendar” are considered by the Planning Commission to be routine and will be enacted by one motion in the form listed below. There will be no separate discussion on these items prior to the time the Planning Commission votes on the action unless members of the public or the Planning Commission request specific items to be discussed for separate review. Items pulled for separate discussion will be considered in the order listed on the Agenda.

  1. A.603 Escalona Drive

    Permit Number: #23-0076

    APN: 036-142-16

    Design Permit and Coastal Development Permit for an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) above an existing garage within the R-1 (single-family) zoning district.

    Environmental Determination: Categorical Exemption 15301(e) Existing Facilities

    Property Owner: Stanley Ketner

    Representative: Stanley Ketner, Filed: 02.10.2023

6.Public Hearings

Public Hearings are intended to provide an opportunity for public discussion of each item listed as a Public Hearing. The following procedure is as follows: 1) Staff Presentation; 2) Planning Commission Questions; 3) Public Comment; 4) Planning Commission Deliberation; and 5) Decision.

  1. B.Citywide Housing Element Update

    Permit Number: 23-0019

    APN: Citywide

    Housing Element Update 6th Cycle

    Environmental Determination: Pending

    Property Owner: City of Capitola

    Representative: Bret Stinson, RRM Design and Veronica Tam, VTA, Inc.

7.Director's Report

8.Commission Communications



Notice of In-Person & Remote Access

Meetings are open to the public for in-person attendance at the Capitola City Council Chambers located at 420 Capitola Avenue, Capitola, California, 95010

Other ways to Watch:

  • Spectrum Cable Television channel 8
  • City of Capitola, California YouTube Channel

To Join Zoom Application or Call in to Zoom:

To make a remote public comment:

  • Via Zoom Application: Use participant option to “raise hand”. The moderator will unmute you
  • Via Zoom phone call: Dial *9 on your phone to “raise your hand”. The moderator will unmute you

To participate remotely and make public comment:

- Send email:

- As always, send additional materials to the Planning Commission via by 5 p.m. the Wednesday before the meeting and they will be distributed to agenda recipients.

- During the meeting, send comments via email to

- Identify the item you wish to comment on in your email’s subject line.

- Emailed comments will be accepted during the Public Comments meeting item and for General Government / Public Hearing items.

- Emailed comments on each General Government/ Public Hearing item will be accepted after the start of the meeting until the Chairman announces that public comment for that item is closed.

- Emailed comments should be a maximum of 450 words, which corresponds to approximately 3 minutes of speaking time.

- Each emailed comment will be read aloud for up to three minutes and/or displayed on a screen.

- Emails received by outside of the comment period outlined above will not be included in the record.

- Zoom Meeting (Via Computer or Phone):

If using computer: Use participant option to “raise hand” during the public comment period for the item you wish to speak on. Once unmuted, you will have up to 3 minutes to speak

If called in over the phone: Press *6 on your phone to “raise your hand” when the Chairman calls for public comment. It will be your turn to speak when the Chairman unmutes you. You will hear an announcement that you have been unmuted. The timer will then be set to 3 minutes.

Appeals: The following decisions of the Planning Commission can be appealed to the City Council within the (10) calendar days following the date of the Commission action: Conditional Use Permit, Variance, and Coastal Permit. The decision of the Planning Commission pertaining to an Architectural and Site Review Design Permit can be appealed to the City Council within the (10) working days following the date of the Commission action. If the tenth day falls on a weekend or holiday, the appeal period is extended to the next business day.

All appeals must be in writing, setting forth the nature of the action and the basis upon which the action is considered to be in error, and addressed to the City Council in care of the City Clerk. An appeal must be accompanied by a five hundred dollar ($500) filing fee, unless the item involves a Coastal Permit that is appealable to the Coastal Commission, in which case there is no fee. If you challenge a decision of the Planning Commission in court, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in this agenda, or in written correspondence delivered to the City at, or prior to, the public hearing.

Notice regarding Planning Commission meetings: The Planning Commission meets regularly on the 1st Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 420 Capitola Avenue, Capitola.

Agenda and Agenda Packet Materials: The Planning Commission Agenda and complete Agenda Packet are available on the Internet at the City's website: Need more information? Contact the Community Development Department at (831) 475-7300.

Agenda Materials Distributed after Distribution of the Agenda Packet: Materials that are a public record under Government Code § 54957.5(A) and that relate to an agenda item of a regular meeting of the Planning Commission that are distributed to a majority of all the members of the Planning Commission more than 72 hours prior to that meeting shall be available for public inspection at City Hall located at 420 Capitola Avenue, Capitola, during normal business hours.

Americans with Disabilities Act: Disability-related aids or services are available to enable persons with a disability to participate in this meeting consistent with the Federal Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Assisted listening devices are available for individuals with hearing impairments at the meeting in the City Council Chambers. Should you require special accommodations to participate in the meeting due to a disability, please contact the Community Development Department at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting at (831) 475-7300. In an effort to accommodate individuals with environmental sensitivities, attendees are requested to refrain from wearing perfumes and other scented products.

Televised Meetings: Planning Commission meetings are cablecast "Live" on Charter Communications Cable TV Channel 8 and are recorded to be replayed on the following Monday and Friday at 1:00 p.m. on Charter Channel 71 and Comcast Channel 25. Meetings can also be viewed from the City's website: