The City Council has approved a 34-unit condominium project on a portion of the former South School property while simultaneously launching a review of the density allowed in all residential zones.
The 3-1 vote to allow the development came after a closed session was called in the middle of a debate to determine if the council could legally defend a move to reduce the number of condominiums.
"It appears our hands are tied on this," acting mayor Tony DeBellis said after the council returned from the 10-minute session. "It is the result of our own shortcomings and understanding of the law."
The city's ordinance currently allows 25 to 40 units per acre in the residential planned development zone where the school is located, at 446 Monterey Blvd. Developer Ben Biagas requested the maximum number of units at the site, which is slightly less than one acre.