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ARCADIA CITY COUNCIL <br />CONTINUED SPECIAL MEETING MINUTES <br />TUESDAY, MAY 5, 2015 <br />CALL TO ORDER - Mayor Kovacic called the Continued Special Meeting to order at 6:25 p.m. in <br />the Arcadia Police Department Emergency Operations Room (EOC). <br />ROLL CALL OF CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS <br />PRESENT: Council Member Beck, Chandler, Kovacic, Tay and Wuo <br />ABSENT: None <br />CLOSED SESSION <br />a. Pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9(d)(1) to confer with legal counsel <br />regarding the matter of Save the Arcadia Highlands v. City of Arcadia, City Council of the <br />City of Arcadia, and Does 1 through 10; and Robert Tong, Bowden Development, Inc., <br />29 East Orange Grove Avenue, LLC, and Does 11 through 25; Los Angeles Superior <br />Court (Central District — Stanley Mosk Courthouse); Court Case No. BS 154327. <br />The City Council directed the City Attorney to read the following prepared statement into the record <br />in open session: <br />"On or about March 24, 2015, an entity called Save the Arcadia Highlands served on the City of <br />Arcadia, the City Council, and also Developer, Bowden Development Company, Inc., concerning <br />1600 Highland Oaks Drive, Developer, 29 East Orange Grove Avenue LLC and Architect Robert <br />Tong, a Petition Seeking Administrative Mandamus to overturn the decision made by the Arcadia <br />City Council to approve design review for two separate single family homes. One of the homes is <br />located at 29 East Orange Grove Avenue, and the other at 1600 Highland Oaks Drive. The City <br />Council has unanimously determined to defend this litigation. Until now, the City of Arcadia, at the <br />direction of the City Council, was actively working with zoning and land use consultants to prepare a <br />proposed update of the City's zoning code for presentation to the public at community meetings, <br />and then to the City Council for possible adoption later this calendar year. This project was initiated <br />in July of 2014 and several community meetings have already been held. The City Council had <br />also directed staff to bring back to the City Council for its consideration a proposed historic <br />preservation ordinance. City staff has completed interviews and an historic preservation consultant <br />has been selected for this project. Finally, at the Council's request, City Staff has formed a <br />"Neighborhood Impacts Committee" to discuss the full range of issues facing our single - family <br />neighborhoods and develop recommendations for the City Council. Due to the filing of this <br />litigation against the City by the petitioner, Save the Arcadia Highlands, and the resulting need to <br />obtain a determination by the court of issues that affect the zoning code update, the City Council <br />has determined by a 3 -2 vote that the City must place the zoning code update project and <br />neighborhood impacts community meetings in abeyance until the litigation filed against the City by <br />Save the Arcadia Highlands is resolved. In addition, by a 3 -2 vote, the City Council determined to <br />move forward with consideration of a historical preservation ordinance, however, excluding the <br />Highland Oaks Homeowners Association area. The City Council considers this to be an <br />unfortunate delay in presentation of these projects due to this litigation as well as the staff time and <br />related cost to the taxpayers resulting from this litigation." <br />The Continued Special Meeting adjourned at 7:00 p.m. <br />05 -05 -15 <br />