The Turlock Planning Commission will finally vote on the repeal and replacement of the Zoning Ordinance on Thursday, although this time the food truck ban will be considered as a separate item.
Planning Commission originally approved the Zoning Ordinance repeal, along with the food truck ban, on a 4-3 vote on March 6, 2014.
Nearly one year to the day of the original vote, the Planning Commission will once again hear the item at City Council’s recommendation.
The controversial food truck ban in Downtown Turlock will be voted on as a separate item from the Zoning Ordinance repeal, before going in front of Council if approved by majority vote.
After Planning Commission approved the ordinance last year, Turlock City Council needed to vote on the item. In November, then-Council moved the vote to the Jan. 13 Council meeting, although that vote never took place.
Due to some reservations about the ordinance, Council decided to send the ordinance back through Planning Commission with some revisions.
Mayor Gary Soiseth cited “potential defects in the process” as his reason for desire to table the vote.
City Attorney Phaedra was unable to speak directly about any “potential defects” in January, to not risk violating the confidentiality of said information, but said the vote was going to go back through the Planning Commission “out of an abundance of caution.”
At the Jan. 13 meeting, Councilmember Bill DeHart also voiced concerns over the Zoning Ordinance, including what was in the previous ordinance and what had been changed.
“I ended up having more questions than answers,” said DeHart in January.
The Zoning Ordinance repeal and replacement was largely uncontroversial at the time of Planning Commission’s original vote, with most disagreement coming due to the food truck ban included in the ordinance.
With the items separated, Planning Commission will vote specifically to prohibit food trucks in the Downtown Core, Downtown Core Transition, and Office-Residential districts. Then the Commission will vote on the comprehensive update to the Turlock Zoning Regulations — Title 9 of the Turlock Municipal Code.
If approved, bother items would go before Turlock City Council before they can be approved and enforced.
On Thursday, Planning Commission will also consider declaring that two incoming subdivisions will not have a significant impact on the environment.
Planning Commission will meet at 6 p.m. on Thursday in the Yosemite Room of Turlock City Hall, 156 S. Broadway.