Even though EGL is trying to shut Dr Gordon up tonight about too much Talaria talk, it’s perfectly relevant for him to be asking questions about the project. The council is being asked to approve a traffic study (subcontracted, interestingly enough, by Rincon, which we can’t see was mentioned anywhere in the staff report) and so what it’s for is perfectly ok to ponder.
Gordon made a funny point, too– that we’re being asked to ok a project (tenatively, sort of, or at least the traffic study) based upon an “exceptional project” exception to Burbank2035 that hasn’t even been formulated yet via an ordinance! The Cusumanos want more density, and are seeking it under this “exceptional” exception, and yet we don’t even know what those exceptional criteria will be.
Also, Talaria wants to be ok’d as a Planned Development, which trumps everything local– the Code, Burbank2035, or whatever the neighbors want. Under a PD, an outside developer could seek to build a starship spaceport in town and it could get approved. PDs create a world of their own under their own rules.
So whether or not we have a “Burbank2035” makes no difference. The rule book basically gets thrown out with PDs. — and that’s why it is so important to scrutinize them before they go on the books.
EGL was sure intent on NOT wanting to talk too much about Talara tonight, wasn’t she?