No ruling on development suggestions

January 03, 2002|By AARON CLAVERIE, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — The City Council here did not rule on four city Planning Commission recommendations concerning development plans of the "Bravo Partners" at Wednesday's special council meeting.

The council will consider the recommendations and the partners' appeal of those recommendations Jan. 15.

Because the appeal was not listed on the agenda for Wednesday's meeting, no action could be taken.

The Bravo Partners are owners of three parcels of farmland, more than 200 acres near the intersection of Bowker and Cole roads.

For four years the partners have worked on creating a development with houses, an industrial park and a mobile home/RV park.

Late last year, the Planning Commission recommended rejecting the partners' plans for an industrial park and a mobile home/RV park.

After hearing from San Diego development consultant Brian Mooney, the commission passed a resolution asking the council to allow the partners to build 500 single-family houses on 73 acres the partners had planned for the mobile home/RV park. The commission recommended scrapping the plans for an industrial park.


Immediately after the commission meeting, the partners filed an appeal of the commission's actions.

Having already heard about the postponement of the council's deliberations, the partners and their representatives didn't show up for Wednesday's meeting.

The council instead heard from 20 teen-age freestyle BMX bike riders.

City Fire Chief Carlos Escalanate said he thought the city was having some sort of charitable giveaway when he walked into City Hall.

"The bikes were piled up like this," he said.

Standing nervously at the podium, the chosen leader of the free-stylers asked the council to provide a city bike park since the city's skateboarders have a brand-new skating facility at Nosotros Park.

Freestyle BMX riding has exploded in popularity recently. Dave Mirra of North Carolina is the rider most kids look up to since he has a popular video game and annual exposure at the ESPN X-Games.

The youths asked if the bike park could be next to the city's skate park on the west side of town.

Mayor Victor Carrillo told the riders he would look into the feasibility of turning a 5-acre parcel near the Fifth Street river bottom into a off-road BMX/freestyle park. The land had been set aside some five years ago for just such a park.

Real estate agent Linda Barrientos was impressed with the way Carrillo handled the situation.

"He treated them like adults," she said.

Later in the meeting, Councilman Javier Alatorre proposed creating a "committee to review suggestions from the community." The other four councilman didn't support the idea.

Mayor Pro Tem John Renison and Councilman Gilbert Grijalva said they opposed the idea because it might give the community the impression that the council is creating a buffer between it and the council.

Alatorre said he would rework his idea and bring it back.

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