Contrary to what you might be hearing in the news, the Planning Commission did NOT approve the One Paseo project today (October 16, 2014.) Instead, they specifically decided to send the project on to the City Council WITHOUT a recommendation.
UPDATE: Someone has also noted that the Planning Commission didn't even recommend to certify the environmental report!
To start the day, the Commission first considered ways to reduce the project, including cutting the retail component in half (down to 100,000 SF.) They could not agree on this approach, and spent many hours discussing One Paseo. Clearly, some commissioners were for the project, and some against. There was a great deal of concern expressed about both traffic and building height.
The Commission finally noted that they agree that the project in concept is good, but they are unable to recommend approval to City Council. They offered a list of suggestions for City Council to consider before approving any project, including a reduction in building heights. One Commissioner noted that there are some reductions that appear to be appropriate here, and that if he were in the "shoes of the developer", he would accept less office space to allow for lower building heights.