Planning Application PLN22-0028 is a minor plot plan to revise the parking lot and internal circulation for an existing and permitted mortuary located at 27010 Encanto Drive to accommodate the road widening and intersection improvements at Encanto Drive and Rouse Road. The road and intersection are being widened by the developer of the Legado Specific Plan and these improvements are a condition of approval and mitigation measure of their development; in addition, the improvements are identified in the City’s General Plan. The developer of this “Legado Project” is providing additional land for the new parking and fire access adjacent to the mortuary and a large basin within the Legado Project. Specifically, the existing driveway on Encanto Drive, just south of Rouse Road will be eliminated. The existing driveway on the southern boundary of the mortuary site will be expanded with the expansion separated from the existing driveway by a landscape island. Eighteen (18) existing parallel parking spaces in the northwest portion of the site will be relocated to the southern portion of the property. Twenty-two (22) parallel parking spaces will be added in this area. Employee parking will be relocated. Three (3) ADA stalls will also be added. A new courtyard for employee breaks and landscaping will be provided in the area where parking currently exists in the northwest portion of the site. The existing 11,180 sq. ft. building is to remain and is not proposed to be enlarged. The minor plot plan application includes a conceptual landscaping plan, grading plan, lighting plan, and circulation/truck turning plans.
Planning Application PLN22-0238 is a minor Conditional Use Permit to generally allow improvements of the nonconforming use pursuant to Section 9.15.050 of the Menifee Municipal Code (“MMC”). In order that nonconforming uses may gradually be brought into greater conformity with Title 9 of the MMC and the adverse external effects of such uses may be reduced, upon application to and approval of a Conditional Use Permit, the owner of any land or structure so used may be permitted to make limited changes to such structure or use in conjunction with a plan whereby through the addition of landscaped screening and buffer areas, the improvement of lighting, or redesign of parking areas and access drives, the approval authority finds that the purposes of Title 9 of the MMC would be furthered by such action. The existing onsite parking and landscaping does not meet current MMC requirements and is considered nonconforming. Even with the proposed site revisions, the site will be unable to accommodate the parking and onsite landscaping currently required by the MMC. However, the site access, fire truck circulation, lighting, and landscaping are all improved by the proposed site revisions and are brought into greater conformity with the MMC.