Smoky Hollow Specific Plan 2018 (web version)
4.5 Project Review and Approval Process
All projects proposed within the Smoky Hollow Specific Plan area shall substantially conform with the provisions of this Specific Plan.
4.5.1 Administrative Adjustments
The Administrative Adjustment review
process allows limited exceptions to certain development standards. In addition to the instances allowed by ESMC Section 15-24-1 (Adjustments), a property owner or authorized
agent of the property owner may file an Administrative Adjustment application whenever any one of the following deviations from the provisions of this Specific Plan is proposed:
- Condition of Approval. If an Administrative Adjustment process is not already included in an approved conditional use permit or administrative use permit, a minor deviation from a condition of approval.
- Development Standards. A deviation in any numeric development standard, excluding the number of required parking spaces, density, height, or floor area ratio, not exceeding 10 percent.
- Curb Cuts for Additions. A deviation from the standard required by Section 4.4.5.B (Additions to Buildings).
Findings and required notice for Administrative Adjustments shall comply with ESMC Chapter 15-24 (Adjustments).
4.5.2 Community Benefits Plan
Community benefits are based on the principle that in exchange for allowing incremental increases in development intensity, the community should, in return, receive certain benefits, including beneficial design features such as publicly accessible open space and other development requirements that serve the community’s core needs. Any project in Smoky Hollow proposing a deviation from development standards beyond the minor deviations allowed by Section 4.5.1 Administrative Adjustment shall submit a Community Benefits Plan for review and approval by the Director. The Community Benefits Plan shall outline the request for flexibility from strict interpretation of the development standards and regulations of this Specific Plan, as well as the proposed public amenities, features, and improvements prioritized in this Specific Plan that would be provided. Examples of potential community benefits include, but are not limited to, publicly accessible open space, publicly accessible parking, enhanced accessibility improvements, and implementation and/or funding of streetscape improvements identified in this Specific Plan. See Table 4-1: Community Benefits Plan for a description of the process and requirements for Community Benefits Tiers I and II.