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Tuesday, 04 December 2012 12:32

Turlock Planning Commission to Hear Report on Minor Discretionary Permits Approved by City Staff in 2012

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On Thursday, December 6th, at 7pm, the City of Turlock Planning Commission will hold its regularly scheduled meeting at City Hall, where the Commission will hear a staff report on the Minor Discretionary and Other Permits issued by City of Turlock Staff in 2012.

In 1991, the Planning Commission adopted Resolution 91-54 which adopted conditions of approval for discretionary permit applications approved by the Planning Commission. The standard conditions would simplify the process and review of permits approved by the Planning Commission.

The 1996 revisions to the Zoning Ordinance allowed staff to review and approve development projects that are routine in nature. These projects range from Minor Discretionary Permits (MDPs) such as the Olive Garden, Blue Diamond, monument signs, the re-use of properties such as Volvo Rents and capital projects such as the park and ride, City storm drain pump stations, and water wells. In addition to these development projects, staff issues sign permits, Large Family Daycare Permits, Mobile Food Vendor permits, and Temporary Use of Land Permits, such as Pumpkin and Christmas tree lot permits, Medic-Alert’s annual Community Health & Safety Fair, used car sales in shopping center parking lots, such as Wal-Mart and other similar festivals and events.

The project applications received by the Planning Division are reviewed using the General Plan, Zoning Ordinance, Design Guidelines, and other applicable plans and policies in the City of Turlock. The standard conditions adopted by the Planning Commission in 1991 are still used 21 years later.

Majority of the Minor Discretionary Permits issued in 2012, from January to November, included signage and expansions to existing buildings. During this time, 16 MDPs were issued, and 5 are currently under review.

The report also shows that there are currently 28 permitted mobile food facilities, majority of which are Taco Trucks, operating within the City of Turlock. City staff will be bringing a minor amendment to the Planning Commission in a few months to standardize the renewal dates for mobile food vendors that will put everyone on a January 1st renewal date.

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