Alternative education facility appeal hearing set

February 06, 2001|By RUDY YNIGUEZ, Staff Writer

The El Centro City Council will hold a public hearing on whether to overturn a city Planning Commission decision that rejected locating an alternative education facility for high school-aged students at 203 E. Ross Road.

The project was rejected by the Planning Commission on a 3-3 vote, with one absence.

The City Council meets at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at 1275 Main St. The public hearing is tentatively set for 7 p.m.

The alternative school project is a program designed to meet the academic and vocational needs of students who have been expelled from a comprehensive school and/or placed by probation.

The City Council in May 2000 approved the addition of alternative education schools to the light manufacturing zoning of the area, subject to the issuance of a conditional-use permit. A CUP is a permit that allows a use under specific conditions that assures the use will not be detrimental to the public health, safety and welfare and will not impair the integrity and character of the zone in which it is proposed.


The project was not recommended for approval by city staff, as there were concerns over the lack of sidewalks, that the location is in the middle of an industrial area with its related traffic and the unsightliness of adjacent properties.

City staff recommends the City Council reject the appeal by the Imperial County Office of Education.

In a second public hearing, the City Council will consider a recommendation by the Planning Commission to approve an amendment to the city's general plan circulation element by adding a bicycle master plan.

Under new business, the City Council will consider the adoption of a policy to "cut and plug" broken private water lines that undermine, impede or otherwise cause a hazard in the public right-of-way.

Finally, the council will consider awarding a $44,920 parking lot project to Masters Construction of Brawley.

Staff Writer Rudy Yniguez can be reached at 337-3440.

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