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Sunday, 06 July 2014 08:26

Appeal Filed Against New Taco Bell, Turlock City Council to Rule on Issue

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Appeal Filed Against New Taco Bell, Turlock City Council to Rule on Issue Courtesy of Taco Bell
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. 

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  1. Jobs

WTF why are people voting against it? The new jobs this would bring is much better than empty land!

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  1. Turlock

I want my Taco Bell!!!

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  1. s

I am sure this land was zoned commercial when these people purchase their homes.
They should have done their research at that time and not be complaining now.

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  1. Sissy Lala

If it was a Trader Joe's going in no one would complain.

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  1. Offended Mexican

I'm offended that Taco Bell was described as a "Mexican fast-food chain"

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  1. Offended Mexican

I'm offended that Taco Bell was described as a "Mexican fast-food chain"

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  1. someone who lives there

The problems that Pam presented are all very valid points. I have lived here for 4 years. When I first moved in, the property (house) in question was occupied and southbound traffic Golden State could turn onto Roberts. In that time they closed...

The problems that Pam presented are all very valid points. I have lived here for 4 years. When I first moved in, the property (house) in question was occupied and southbound traffic Golden State could turn onto Roberts. In that time they closed off the median to deter traffic and the occupants of the property left. Traffic in the morning and mid afternoon is already a nightmare during the school year. Not just from Pitman but also from Turlock Junior High parents that want to bypass Walnut and Christofferson. It takes me on average about 5min to back out of my driveway in the morning. I cringe when i think about what will happen when one of America's and Turlock's most popular fast food chain and hang out spot moves in.

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  1. "S" is for stupid

Hey "S" how do you know it was zoned commercial at that intersection? Are you sure? Those homes have been there for at least ten years now and no one who bought a home there, as a rental or otherwise, was anticipating a busy fast-food chain at...

Hey "S" how do you know it was zoned commercial at that intersection? Are you sure? Those homes have been there for at least ten years now and no one who bought a home there, as a rental or otherwise, was anticipating a busy fast-food chain at that small side street. At Christoffersen or at Taylor why not? Those are major intersections. Even if that strip is zoned commercial, it doesn't mean a business that causes tons of traffic should be there. I love how our "Christian" community puts themselves in their neighbors shoes! No mention of what it would be like to have a drive-thru across from your house! Cars with young people blasting their music (as they should), loud engines, etc. until 2 in the morning...maybe you can send your address to the City Council and see if they'll move it.

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  1. guest

Hey "S" is for stupid

Yes, the property was in fact zoned commercial long before the houses were there. The Franco's built the subdivision out there and kept those houses because no one would buy them facing commercial property. ALL property...

Hey "S" is for stupid

Yes, the property was in fact zoned commercial long before the houses were there. The Franco's built the subdivision out there and kept those houses because no one would buy them facing commercial property. ALL property in the city is zoned on a public map. It would take someone ten minutes to look it up online before buying a house. No one here is asking for a zoning change, the developer is acting within the rules set in place years ago for commercial zoning. All land fronting Golden State will be developed into commercial business. The city cannot dictate what is built, only how and where. If someone wants to build 20 Taco Bells in town they can as long as they are built on land zoned for commercial use that includes fast food designations.

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  1. It's business

This is about business and not personal feelings. Read the link about the previous article and you'll see that Mrs. Franco owns many rental homes in the area. Don't be fooled that she really cares about anything but HER property value.

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