Needles, CA: Summary and voting results from the Needles Planning Commission Meeting.

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Needles, CA: Summary and voting results from the Needles Planning Commission Meeting.

A Needles Planning Commission Meeting was held on Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 inside the Needles City Council Chambers in Needles, California.

** Here is a summary and the voting results that occurred during the meeting: **

**** Public Appearances: ****

 

**** New Business: ****

– Agenda Item #6(A):

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Amendment of City Code Section 104.17.6 “P” “Outdoor Advertising Displays”.

Background: Eliminating the requirement that allows the City to utilize up to 20% of the billboard face, free of charge, during the term of the agreement, for displays promoting the City.

Members of the Needles Planning Commission unanimously voted to continue the hearing to the next Needles Planning Commission Meeting being held on Wednesday, March 15th, 2015.

 

– Agenda Item #6(B):

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Various General Plans in support of a General Plan Update.

Agenda Item #6(B) was information only and no votes was taken by members of the Needles Planning Commission.

 

**** Board Requests: ****

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Members of the Needles Planning Commission discussed and asked Needles City Manager Rick Daniels about a variety of topics.

Members of the Needles Planning Commission was asked Needles City Manager Rick Daniels about temporary storage of pipes inside the old Colorado River Ford Auto Repair Building located at 539 West Broadway. Unclear why the pipes are being storage there and what project this is for, but Cindy Semione said it wasn’t a public works type project.

Members of the Needles Planning Commission was then asked Needles City Manager Rick Daniels about looking in-house for a city engineer and if he has sent out a R.F.P. (Request for Proposal). Needles City Manager Rick Daniels said there are 3 positions that we are currently contracting for that he thinks we can be more efficient in-house; Building Official, City Engineer, and City Planner.

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels discussed about a subdivision project that a developer wants to pick up to build homes, which can help in getting to the “magic number” to get a grocery store; 10,000 people within a 10 miles.

Members of the Needles Planning Commission was then asked Needles City Manager Rick Daniels about a letter regarding getting extra 30kw of power.

 

**** City Manager Requests: ****

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Needles City Manager Rick Daniels discussed and listed medical marijuana facilities in Needles, California.

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels said that there has been 9 medical marijuana facilities approved in Needles, California; 2 are operational.

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels also discussed other medical marijuana facilities coming soon, including what is coming to the old Taco Bell building and property. 

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels then discussed power and medical marijuana facilities.

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels said that we (City of Needles) are only permitting “medical marijuana facilities” adding that “each of these companies have to be non-profits”.

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels talked about California’s marijuana recreation.

 

**** After the Needles Planning Commission Meeting: ****

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ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez talked with Needles City Manager Rick Daniels regarding medical marijuana facilities in the City of Needles as well as the United States of America President Donald Trump stands on medical marijuana and if the City of Needles has any concerns.

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ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez asked Needles City Manager Rick Daniels about the General Plan and why the community is needed for their input.

 

**** You can view other City of Needles meetings agendas at the following City of Needles website address: ****

http://cityofneedles.com/Pages/Departments-Services/Boards/

For more information regarding the Needles City Council Meetings, please contact Cindy Semione, Secretary to the Board, at the City of Needles at: 1 (760) 326-2113 Ext. 327.

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