Planning commission holds public hearing on planned subdivision in El Centro

December 05, 2001|By RUDY YNIGUEZ, Staff Writer

The El Centro Planning Commission on Tuesday continued the public hearing on the 465-home subdivision planned for the south part of the city until Dec. 18.

The plan calls for 465 single-family residences to be built on about 120 acres of what is now farmland. The project sits directly south of the city water treatment plant and Police Department weapons range between Clark Road and Imperial Avenue, north of McCabe Road.

A consultant for the environmental study said more time is needed to review the potential effects of the project on the weapons range.

The consultant, Carey J. Fernandes of Mooney & Associates of San Diego, said mitigation could include moving the range.

Fernandes said the project's impact on McCabe Union Elementary School would not be immediate, but a new school eventually would be needed.


The commission also was told the only streets scheduled to be widened toward the south of the city are Dogwood Road and La Brucherie Road, and not Eighth Street. Imperial Avenue is scheduled to become a freeway overpass by about 2005.

In other business, the Planning Commission:

· approved a 36-child day care center for employees of El Centro Regional Medical Center. The commission imposed certain restrictions on where parents may drop off and pick up their children to minimize any further traffic impacts on Ross Avenue.

Two local residents urged the commission to do something about the worsening traffic on the former alley.

The facility will be at 1215 Ross.

· delayed action on approving a gas station in the Northgate Plaza.

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

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