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Planning commission may revoke Gymfitness permit

Posted: March 16, 2009 1:10 a.m.
Updated: March 16, 2009 1:00 p.m.
The Santa Clarita Planning Commission giveth - and come Tuesday night it may taketh away.

One of two items on the agenda for the commission's meeting is a request to revoke the minor use permit for Hugo's Gymfitness in the Centre Pointe Business Park.

After receiving complaints from neighboring businesses, city staff visited Gymfitness and found the 11,530-square-foot space was not being used in the manner that had been approved, according to an agenda report on the request.

The Planning Commission approved a permit in February 2008 for Hugo Cherre to use 1,006 square feet for instructional space, 1,122 square feet for office space and 9,620 square feet of storage space to house equipment for his mobile gymnastics training program, according to the report.

In May 2008, city officials visited Gymfitness and found the business was using more space for instruction than was approved, and that no approvals or occupancy certificates had been granted by the Los Angeles County Fire Department or the county departments of building and safety and environmental services.

The report states the business was also hosting sleepovers, parties and day care for children under 6 years old.

Gymfitness offers instructional programs including gymnastics, cheerleading, martial arts, rock climbing and dance, according to the business' Web site.

In October 2008, Gymfitness submitted an incomplete minor use permit application requesting approval for the unpermitted improvements, according to the agenda report.

On Tuesday the Planning Commission will be asked to open a public hearing and allow staff to return on April 21 with a possible resolution.

According to the report, Gymfitness has four options: Use the space as it was originally approved; find a different property; apply for a permit for a shared parking agreement with the neighboring businesses; or apply for a variance to the parking requirements.

In other business, the commission will be asked to approve the subdivision of a 2.75-acre parcel at 24740 Valley Street in Newhall.

The Planning Commission meets at 7 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at City Hall, located at 23920 Valencia Blvd.

At 5:30 p.m. in the Century Conference Room at City Hall there will be a presentation on the traffic model being developed by the city and the county.


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