A Special Joint Meeting of the City Council and Planning Commission take place on March 1, 2011 at 6pm, to consider three issues related to the General Plan Update: 1) a strategy to address discount superstores (AKA "big box stores"); 2) the EIR alternatives to the preferred land use plan; and 3) revisions to the overarching themes for the General Plan.
At the January 11, 2011 Turlock City Council Meeting, City Staff requested that Council provide direction to staff on whether or not to investigate one or more alternative regulatory approaches that would allow “Discount Superstores” in the City of Turlock.
As reported by TurlockCityNews.com in the article "Turlock Council Approves to Study Allowing Discount Superstores," the Turlock City Council voted 4-1 (Councilman White was opposed) to include the study of a Regional Commercial Zone allowing discount superstores in Turlock as part of the General Plan Update process, and at no extra cost to the City.
The public is encouraged to attend the Special Planning and Council Meeting. Public comment will be taken on these issues before the Council and Commission take their respective actions.
If you have any questions or would like to submit comments, please feel free to contact the Turlock Planning Division at (209) 668-5640.
View the complete Turlock City Council Agenda Packet in pdf form here:
Special Joint Meeting City Council and Turlock Planning Commission Agenda
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
City of Turlock Yosemite Room
156 S. Broadway, Turlock, California
1. CALL TO ORDER
A. City Council
B. Planning Commission
2. PUBLIC PARTICIPATION – LIMITED TO ITEMS DESCRIBED IN THE NOTICE FOR THIS MEETING
This is the time set aside for citizens to address the City Council concerning any item that has been described in the notice for the meeting before or during consideration of that item. You will be allowed three (3) minutes for your comments. If you wish to speak regarding an item on the agenda, you may be asked to defer your remarks until the Council addresses the matter.
3. DECLARATION OF CONFLICTS OF INTEREST AND DISQUALIFICATIONS
4. CONSENT CALENDAR: None
5. GENERAL PLAN UPDATE: DISCOUNT SUPERSTORES, EIR ALTERNATIVES AND REVISED THEMES
A. Workshop to provide input on several key issues required to prepare the General Plan Update and its associated Environmental Impact Report. The City Council and Planning Commission will consider incorporating a zoning strategy to accommodate Discount Superstores, providing direction on the range of alternatives to the preferred land use plan that will be evaluated in the Environment Impact Report, and approving revised themes for this General Plan Update. (Whitmore)
Motion: Adding an implementation policy to the General Plan to conduct an updated Discount Superstore Market Demand Analysis when the City of Turlock grows to approximately 27,000 housing units to determine the economic impacts of modifying the City’s zoning to allow Discount Superstores within the City of Turlock and, as appropriate, evaluating a range of possible zoning strategies including: 1) increasing th
Allowable percentage of non-taxable floor area for Discount Superstores; or 2) designating a new Regional Commercial zoning district or an overlay district which may include commercial areas located adjacent to Monte Vista Avenue, Fulkerth Road, and/or Lander Avenue.
Motion: Directing staff to evaluate in the Environmental Impact Report two alternatives to the Preferred Land Use Plan approved by the City Council on August 23, 2010: 1)the Southeast Area including Southeast Master Plans 1 thru 6; and 2) the Phase 1 development including Southeast Master Plans 1, 2 and 3.
Actions related to Revised General Plan Themes:
For Planning Commision:
Motion: Recommending that the City Council approve the revised General Plan Themes
For City Council:
Resolution: Rescinding City Council Resolution 2009-063 and approving the revised General Plan Themes