Santa Paula Planning Commission: Healthy Food and New Officers

By Sheryl Hamlin

The February 27, 2018 Santa Paula Planning Commission brought a new business to the city and new officers to the commission.

Waba Grill

Waba Grill serves healthy food made to order and no alcohol. The menu includes rib-eye, salmon and, according to the franchisee, Sandeep Chahal, who spoke at the commission meeting, all food is grilled without oil, so is extremely healthy. There are 150 Waba Grill restaurants in Los Angeles and two in Oxnard. Mr. Chahal also owns a Waba Grill in Castaic.

Planner Anna Arroyo explained that the requirement for the CUP (Conditional Use Permit) is based on the parking calculation. With two buildings on the property at 132 West Harvard, Jonesy Liquors and Waba Grill, the total per code would be 73 required spaces based on business square feet, but the property provides only 29. A parking study analyzed peak business demands and found that only 25 spots would be needed in peak. Planner Arroyo noted that the property is surrounded on four sides by residential, which could theoretically bring walk-in customers.

Waba Grill Proposal

Commissioner McPhail asked how this could be considered “fast food”, if all the meals were cooked to order. Per code, the use of plastic cutlery and disposable plates designates the restaurant as “Fast Food”. The franchisee volunteered to change this, if required.

Conincidentally, the city of Malibu has banned the use of plastic utensils and straws the same week. The State of California banned single use plastic bags in 2016

The item was passed with Commissioner Sommer absent.

New Officers

Chair Ikerd nominated Commissioner Robinson, who declined stating that he was not renewing his application. He nominated Commissioner Bangs for chair. Commissioner McPhail was nominated as Vice Chairman. All accepted and were elected.

Commissioners McPhail and Bangs

Tom Tarantino, Assistant Planner, noted that there will be two vacancies on the commission with the ending of the terms of Commissioner Sommer and Robinson, both of whom are not reapplying.

Applications can be sent to the City Clerk: Lucy Blanco,
[email protected]

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One Response to Santa Paula Planning Commission: Healthy Food and New Officers

  1. Sheryl Hamlin March 5, 2018 at 3:31 pm

    Michael Sommer resigned effective April 2018, so the appointment will be for the remainder of the term. The next term ends in October. Applications may be submitted. Press release soon.


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