Bravo/Rodiles development tops Calexico council agenda

September 02, 2001|By AARON CLAVERIE, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — The City Council will conduct a public hearing at Tuesday's regular council meeting regarding the initial study of the proposed Bravo/Rodiles development.

If approved by the council, construction would be allowed to begin on the long-delayed plans for an industrial park, a recreational vehicle park and homes. The project is planned for farmland in the northeast part of town.

Months ago, the city Planning Commission ruled that the owners of the land needed to commission an environmental review of the project.

A review for a project of such size — more than 200 acres — would cost about $100,000 and take up to a year.


The landowners appealed the commission's decision, but the City Council — in a unanimous decision — backed the commission and city staffers' ruling that the owners had to pay for a review before they could develop the land.

After the ruling from the council, some of the landowners sued the city and the councilmen themselves in an attempt to overturn the ruling.

At a late August council meeting the council decided to revisit the project.

At Tuesday's hearing, the council will again hear from the landowners' representatives, who have argued the landowners don't need to delay their project any further because all potential impacts of the development have been addressed.

The council might hear a rebuttal from city Planning Director Ricardo Hinojosa, who has argued that the project needs a review because of traffic and environmental concerns.

The City Council meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in City Hall, 608 Heber Ave.

Also on Tuesday's agenda:

· City Manager Richard Inman will seek direction concerning a possible increase in the transient occupancy tax being placed on the March ballot.

· Linda Nuñez, the city's human resources director, will discuss reclassification policy and procedure and the Ewing classification study. - Mayor Victor Carrillo will appoint two more commissioners to the Calexico Housing Authority board of commissioners, two to the recreation commission, one police commissioner, a beautification commissioner and an economic development commissioner.

Staff Writer Aaron Claverie can be reached at 337-3419 or

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