Developer's plans on hold indefinitely

October 24, 2001|By AARON CLAVERIE, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — City Planning Department officials have put on hold indefinitely a developer's efforts to move forward with the construction of an RV park, housing units and an industrial park on land near the intersection of Cole Road and Highway 98 here.

Planning Director Ricardo Hinojosa said the development consultant working on the interconnected plans for the three separate projects has not amended the plans as the City Council required.

During a City Council public hearing in September, Mayor Victor Carrillo told the development consultant, Tom DuBose of El Centro, that the council would not allow the three projects to be constructed without a $200,000 environmental impact review unless a community park was included in the final design.

DuBose and the developers agreed to amend their plans and the council voted to waive the requirement for the review.

Hinojosa said Monday the developers have not added the park to the final design and have not addressed impacts the development could have on the city and traffic on Cole Road.


Until those concerns are mitigated, the project is on hold indefinitely, Hinojosa said.

DuBose said this morning that he will meet with the city today to address officials' concerns.

He added he'd be happy to add a park to the plans and work with the city Public Works Department on any traffic issues yet to be addressed.

DuBose said he didn't amend the plans earlier because he only became aware of the city's latest requests via a letter sent by the city Thursday.

DuBose said he hopes this latest setback for the project, called the Bravo-Rodiles Development Project, will be a short one as it comes more than a year after the landowners submitted their first application with the Planning Department.

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

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