Following the announcement of Mexican fast-food chain Taco Bell likely opening a new restaurant at 3606 N. Golden State Blvd., at the intersection of Roberts Road, Turlockers shared their disagreement with the Turlock Planning Commission’s unanimous approval.
Public comments were made in protest, but a limited number of appeals came in: one before the decision was brought to the Turlock Planning Commission (which pushed it there) and one following the approval by the commission.
Pam and Ray Franco, owners of eight rental properties across Mountain View Road from the proposed Taco Bell, filed the $125 public appeal against the planning commission’s approval.
In the appeal, Pam Franco provided 13 reasons explaining why she believes “the decision or action was wrong,” detailing everything from interruption of local residents to potential traffic hazards.
Pam Franco believes that not enough mitigation has been made to avoid the interruption of the public as residents across the street from the new restaurant will be “harmed substantially” by noise, traffic, smell, and lights. She also pointed out that the traffic study only took into consideration current traffic instead of future traffic, which would include added trips as the restaurant is established and if neighboring properties also become restaurants.
Pam Franco also would like to see the exit on Roberts Road removed, as she argues that precedent is set with the Jack in the Box on Main Street and Golden State Boulevard that “ingress and egress,” or entrance traffic and exit traffic, only occurs on Golden State Boulevard, not Main Street.
“Nothing was addressed about safety for pedestrians,” Pam Franco shared concerns about the west side of Mountain View Road where no sidewalk is present and could place foot traffic in the street or cause jaywalking which are safety hazards.
The appeal includes these general concerns involving traffic and safety, but also more specific suggestions, such as a security guard for the 24-hour restaurant and a mandate for no trash dumping after 10 p.m.
Because the Francos made the appeal of the Turlock Planning Commission’s unanimous approval, the matter will now be taken to Turlock City Council at the July 22 meeting.