Subdivision plans delayed: Weapons range, traffic cited

December 20, 2001|By RUDY YNIGUEZ, Staff Writer

The El Centro Planning Commission on Tuesday delayed action until March on a 465-home subdivision earmarked for south of Interstate 8.

Commissioner Chuck Storey said two issues to be addressed include the relocation of the city Police Department's weapons range and the impact of the development on Clark Road traffic.

"I questioned the traffic counts with regard to Clark Road," Storey said, adding other commission members did the same. "There's some question in our minds over how accurate the traffic count is."

The project — Buena Vista Park — would be shaped like an upside down L, with the main east/west portion on 80 acres, and a 40-acre parcel attached at the easternmost side. The northern boundary would be the city's water treatment plant, the weapons range, an Imperial Irrigation District electrical substation and the El Centro Equestrian Center. The eastern boundary would be Clark Road. The southern boundary is described as Palmview Avenue, an existing ditch, rural residences and farmland. The western boundary is defined as Imperial Avenue to the north and Cypress Drive to the south.


Storey said besides traffic and the weapons range, he is concerned with the subdivision's impact on the local school, McCabe Union Elementary. He said a new school will be needed if the project is approved.

"I think those issues are being addressed," Storey said.

The landowner, former Holtville resident Brent Grizzle, said the public safety sections of the final environmental impact report will have to be redone and circulated for 30 days. He said the new traffic count will have to wait until January, and the issue should be before the Planning Commission at the March 5 meeting.

Grizzle said moving the weapons range and redoing the traffic count is fine.

"In the long run it helps the project because moving the weapons range close to (Imperial Valley College) helps the whole south of El Centro," he said, adding he is expected to pay a portion of the cost but he does not know how much that will be.

Grizzle said freeing up the site would allow the city to build its new water tank there.

Finally, Grizzle said if there are any existing doubts about the final EIR, now is the time to address them.

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

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