Calexico could approve truck yard

October 01, 2001|By AARON CLAVERIE, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — During its regular meeting Tuesday, the City Council here could allow the development of a truck parking yard at 360 W. 2nd St.

The city Planning Commission has approved a resolution granting a conditional-use permit for the truck lot even though the area — west of the downtown Port of Entry near Vons supermarket and the local airport — is not zoned for a heavy truck lot.

The council will be asked to rule on the Planning Commission's resolution and, in other business, will decide whether to approve an agreement with the Juarez & Lincoln Club to manage the Horacio Luna Gun Club and, in closed session, meet with a city employee labor negotiator.

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

The deliberation on a truck-yard permit comes more than a month after a number of truck owners asked the council to overturn an ordinance that bans truckers from parking their rigs at home.


During the August meeting the truckers said the city's truck parking lots are unsafe and poorly managed. They told the council their trucks were being vandalized and stripped of expensive parts.

The council passed the matter to the Planning Commission, which voted to leave the ordinance as is despite an hour of pleas from truck owners.

During the debate, city Planning Director Ricardo Hinojosa told the truck owners of a truck yard project planned for West Second Street. That is the project that could be approved Tuesday.

Hinojosa said the commission will impose safety requirements and conditions on the Second Street lot that it can't impose on the other lots in the city because the new lot needs a conditional- use permit.

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

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