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Commission approves 465-home subdivision

March 07, 2002|By RUDY YNIGUEZ

Staff Writer

The El Centro Planning Commission unanimously approved a 465-home Buena Vista Park subdivision earmarked for south of Interstate 8 on Clark Road.

The action came Tuesday.

Commission chairman Dennis Bergh said all the major concerns with the project were resolved in the final environmental impact report, and that other concerns expressed by some area residents will be resolved through the development map process.

The project 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 Police Department 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.


The project is owned by former Holtville resident Brent Grizzle.

"Of course I'm happy that we get to move the project to the next level," he said. "The planning process is long and tedious but it ensures the city gets a good project in the end."

Bergh said the issue of the weapons range will be addressed by an ad hoc committee and that traffic concerns will resolved when the city annexes the area and road improvements are undertaken. He said the project will be built out in eight to 10 years.

Commission vice chairman David Lee Marks said the project should go before the City Council in two weeks.

Meanwhile, residents in the area of Clark, Horne and McCabe roads still have concerns about the project. Calling themselves Keep Clark Road Country Committee, the group submitted a number or written concerns to the Planning Commission. Forty-one residents signed the comments.

Comments were made on land use/community character, traffic/circulation and public safety.

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

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