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

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

A Needles Planning Commission Meeting was held on Wednesday, March 15th, 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 96.01 “Table of Permissible Uses, Section 104.17.6 “L” “Offsite Signs”, and Section “P” “Outdoor Advertising Displays” (continued from the March 1, 2017 Planning Commission Meeting).

Members of the Needles Planning Commission unanimously voted to approve Agenda Item #6 (A).

 

– Agenda Item #6 (B):

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Amendment of City Code Section 13-63 “Prohibited parking areas—at all times” Replacing “no parking” areas with additional parking along J Street in the vicinity of Nikki Bunch Ball Field.

Members of the Needles Planning Commission discussed the painted parking lines along J Street and what will be results of this replacement. 

Chalking lines in the dirt parking area at Nikki Bunch Ball Field so there is better organized parking spaces and hopes for the property owner of lots down the hill along J Street for a new parking lot to be build in the future was discussed. 

Members of the Needles Planning Commission voted 3-3 on Agenda Item #6 (A); the motion failed and will be placed again on the agenda for the next Needles Planning Commission Meeting.

 

– Agenda Item #6 (C):

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Amendment of Landscape Requirements for Project Located at 105 W. Broadway Replacing greenery with public art.

Agenda Item #6(C) 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.

  1. Needles City Manager Rick Daniels was asked about signage before the North K Street Underpass and the continuing issue regarding semi trucks and tall recreational vehicles trying to go through the North K Street Underpass. A suggested came up to paint something saying height restriction ahead on the roadway. 
  2. Needles City Manager Rick Daniels was asked about Needles Highway and what is the latest on that project. Currently, utility location and relocation is happening along Needles Highway, including the gas company. Needles City Manager Rick Daniels said that the last thing he heard is that they’re $147,000 short and moving back and forward between project Phases 1 to 2 on the Needles Highway Project. The $147,000 is out of $2 1/2 million dollars for the project. There’s also a pending federal allocation that hasn’t been procreated yet that would fund project Phase 3. 
  3. Needles City Manager Rick Daniels was asked by Needles Planning Commission Member Linda Kidd about the old Colorado River Ford Auto Repair building, located at 539 West Broadway in Downtown Needles, California and if that was supposed for a new car dealership. 
  4. As for what’s been going on in the last few weeks inside the old Colorado River Ford Auto Repair building with all of these large pipes being moving in and out for the building, Needles Planning Commission Member Robert McDaniel said that crews are taking old Southern California Gas Company piping – 20 miles outside of Amboy, California and later going to do 10 miles out of Needles, California soon – taking the old pipe out, clean out all of the tar and everything on the pipe, then they’ll sent it out to be scrap metal. The inside of the old Colorado River Ford Auto Repair building has been gutted out. Work on the old pipes may go on for at least 6 months. 

 

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

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels discussed about a variety of topics.

  1. Needles City Manager Rick Daniels talked about the latest information regarding the medical marijuana facilities in Needles, California; including who’s been approved, who’s soon to be up and running, who’s doing construction still, the latest Conditional Use Permit (C.U.P.) orders, and water related to medical marijuana facilities. There was a question asked about overbuilding medical marijuana facilities and short comment about what could be done if that did happen.
  2. Needles City Manager Rick Daniels talked about something that will be coming to members of the Needles Planning Commission regarding medical marijuana facilities and the use of volatile solvents. A couple of the medical marijuana facilities want the City of Needles to reconsider the use of volatile solvents; which the City of Needles’ ordnances doesn’t allow volatile solvents.
  3. Needles City Manager Rick Daniels talked about the new AutoZone, which will be getting build at the Needles Towne Center just off East Broadway near Interstate 40 in Needles, California. The was surveying would seen being done on the property where the new AutoZone is to be build and Needles City Manager Rick Daniels said that they have a sign permit issue for them, but they don’t want it until they get ownership of the property going on.
  4. Needles City Manager Rick Daniels talked about him still working with a hotel developer for a 105 room hotel to be build across the street from Panda Garden along Needles Highway in Needles, California (The dirt lot to the south of the Westside Chevron Gas Station).
  5. Needles City Manager Rick Daniels talked about his meeting with an individual and the plans he saw for a 50 to 60 housing development off River Road near Bureau Road in Needles, California (The dirt field to the south of Verde Shores Estates and River Road).
  6. Needles City Manager Rick Daniels talked about his meeting with a person who wants to do a R.V. park off Bureau Road in Needles, California (In the area where golf holes 14 and 15 are located).
  7. Needles City Manager Rick Daniels talked about an old development project named “Rusty Acres”, that has a final map approved for 78 lots for residential. A developer who wants to pick up those lots and finish up those lots to build a subdivision, building homes. Needles City Manager Rick Daniels said that this project seem to be really close to beginning, in the next couple of months.
  8. Needles City Manager Rick Daniels talked about another area of residential development interest located to the east of Clary Drive (land north of La Cima Road) in Needles, California. Needles City Manager Rick Daniels said that there’s a tentative map for 40 homes there and there’s somebody who wants to be that finalized.
  9. Needles City Manager Rick Daniels talked about yet another area of residential development interest located just east of Paseo Del Rey Street in Needles, California. Needles City Manager Rick Daniels said that there’s vacant property there from San Clemente Street to Lilyhill Drive. 
  10. Needles City Manager Rick Daniels talked about being contacted by 2 of the medical marijuana businesses who are wanting a list of all of the dilapidated houses in Needles, California because they want to buy them and convert them into homes for their employees. Needles City Manager Rick Daniels said that this will remove blight, create housing, and create some business. 
  11. Needles City Manager Rick Daniels talked about the City of Needles’ power, the inner-tie power project, and power related to medical marijuana facilities.
  12. Needles City Manager Rick Daniels talked about the City of Needles’ possible new revenue from medical marijuana facilities and what would be done with that money, including improving important infrastructures in the City of Needles; water, power, roads, and et cetera, as well as what is important for the community, that needs to be think about before spending the money. 
  13. Needles City Manager Rick Daniels talked about adding in the future a non sworn in police officer for medical marijuana facilities so to make sure everybody is in full compliance at all times. Needles City Manager Rick Daniels said that because what’s gonna happen is either the Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation could come in and want to know if we at the City of Needles are protecting kids; preventions in place to proven money laundering, organized crimes, and drug cartels; somebody is going to be checking and we at the City of Needles need to be at a state of profection. 
  14. Needles City Manager Rick Daniels talked about 2018 and the State of California issuing state permits for medical marijuana.
  15. Needles City Manager Rick Daniels talked about the future of wanting to hire in-house in 3 positions; Building Official, City Engineer, and City Planner, that are currently being contracted.

 

**** 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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