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Feb 25, 2019

Planning Commission met on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 6 p.m. at City Hall. Here are a few of the notable items on the agenda. Get the full agenda here .

Agenda Items 9 to 11 — Addition to J.T. McWilliams Elementary School: Clark County School District is proposing to construct a two-story, 30,156 square-foot classroom building to add to the existing elementary school. Staff recommends approval on the requested variances. APPROVED.

Agenda Item 12 — Special Use Permit for Proposed Tavern-Limited Establishment at 1221 South Main Street: This is a request for a proposed Tavern-Limited Establishment in the Arts District. Staff recommends approval of the special use permit, with conditions, as the proposed meets the goals of the Downtown Las Vegas Master Plan. APPROVED.

Agenda Item 13 — Special Use Permit for Proposed Urban Lounge Use at 197 East California Avenue, Suite 140: The applicant has proposed to operate an Urban Lounge within the 18b Las Vegas Arts District. The proposed lounge will be within an existing three-story building on the southwest corner of California Street and Casino Center Boulevard. Staff recommends approval. APPROVED.

 Agenda Item 14 — Special Use Permit for Proposed Tavern-Limited Establishment at 1214 South Main Street: This is a request for a proposed Tavern-Limited Establishment in the Arts District. Staff recommends approval of the special use permit, with conditions, as the proposed meets the goals of the Downtown Las Vegas Master Plan.  APPROVED.

Agenda Item 16 — Special Use Permit for Conversion of Existing Wireless Communication Facility at T-Mobile, 450 S. Buffalo Drive: The applicant is proposing to replace the existing flagpole canister containing wireless antennas on a 60-foot pole with an exterior antenna array. This would effectively change the use classification from a Wireless Communication Facility, Stealth Design to Non-Stealth, requiring approval of a Special Use Permit. Although it is located within a commercial development and partially screened from residential development by the existing commercial buildings, the proposed wireless communication facility will be modified in such a way as to be more visually intrusive to the surrounding neighborhoods and therefore more intense. Staff recommends denial as it will not be harmonious and compatible with the adjacent land uses. TABLED.

Agenda Items 22 to 29 — Proposed Building with Drive Through Lane at Bilpar Road and Tenaya Way: The applicant has proposed to construct a 7,350 square-foot building with a drive through lane on the southeast corner of Bilpar Road and Tenaya Way. Staff recommends approval of the General Plan Amendment from Office designation to Service Commercial designation and the request to rezone the site from Office to Limited Commercial. APPROVED.

Agenda Item 30 — Proposed 30-Lot Residential Development in Ward 6: The applicant is proposing a 30-unit single-family attached residential development on the west side of Clark County 215 at the southern terminus of Larry McBride Street. The subject site is a vacant, triangular 2.44-acre infill parcel. Staff recommends approval. APPROVED. 

Agenda Items 34 to 36 — Addition to Desert Torah Academy:  The applicant is proposing a two-story, 10,800 square-foot addition to an existing two-story, 65,800 square-foot private school located at 1312 Vista Drive within the R-E (Residence Estates) zoning district. Staff recommends denial of the following:

  • Variance to allow 20-foot setback where 101 feet is required
  • Variance to allow less than the required number of parking spaces
  • Major Amendment to approved Site Development Plan Review

APPROVED.

Agenda Items 37 & 38 — Lyft Art Park:  The applicant is proposing to use portion of the property as a Temporary Parking Lot and Outdoor Plaza, where ride-share customers can experience artwork and queue as they wait to be picked up by the service, or after they have been dropped off at the designated location. During certain special events, the Outdoor Plaza may function primarily as a Temporary Parking Lot. The temporary licenses approved in September 2018 have expired and the applicant is proposing to develop the site as a permanent location. Staff recommends approval as it is conducive to an improvement in pedestrian environment of the area, and to improve the pedestrian safety and circulation at the location. APPROVED.

Agenda Item 40 — Special Use Permit for Proposed Massage Establishment at 8450 W. Sahara Ave. Suite 101:  The project is a request to allow for a Massage Establishment with a Waiver of the residential distance separation requirement. The proposed business location is on property zoned C-1 (Limited Commercial) and will be within a vacant commercial tenant space at an existing commercial plaza at 8450 W. Sahara Ave., Suite 101. Staff recommends denial. DENIED.

Agenda Item 41 — Downtown Open Space and Trails Plan: Per the Vision 2045 Downtown Las Vegas Master Plan, the creation of additional open spaces in the form of parks, plazas, landscaped greenways and trails is one of the highest priorities. As outlined in “Big Idea #4: A Greener Downtown,” and more specifically stated in “Goal #1: Urban Environment,” the master plan states the need to establish a green infrastructure network that more than doubles the current amount of parks, trails and open space. In response to this need, a strategic plan, called the Downtown Open Space & Trails Plan, is being presented to provide specific scenarios that establish and grow an open space network that will span all 12 Downtown Master Plan Districts. No action required. 

Agenda Item 42 — Amendment Request to Town Center Development Standards Manual to Allow Marijuana Dispensary with Approved Special Use Permit: This is a request to amend the Town Center Development Standards Manual to add Marijuana Dispensary as a use that can be approved via a Special Use Permit. Staff has no recommendation. If approved, this amendment will accomplish the following:

  • Add Marijuana Dispensary as a use that can be approved via a Special Use Permit in the General Commercial, Service Commercial, Urban Center Mixed Use, Main Street Mixed Use, Employment Center Mixed Use and Montecito Special Land Use Districts.
  • Establish Minimum Special Use Permit requirements for the Marijuana Dispensary use, pursuant to LVMC Title 19.12. These requirements would be automatically applied to the use within the Montecito special land use category.
  • Clarify that the Special Use Permit requirement to comply with the Minimum Special Use Permit Requirements of LVMC Title 19.12 is not waivable. Specific Minimum Special Use Permit Requirements of LVMC Title 19.12 could be waived, if permitted by that document.

APPROVED.