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Paved road rule snag for RV storage

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POSTED July 11, 2017 1:11 a.m.

Roger Hartley wants to convert a 2.11-acre site on Park Avenue – an unpaved road that provides access to rural homes and small businesses off of McKinley Avenue – into a new tow-yard capable of storing upwards of 78 recreational vehicles and the equipment necessary to maintains a business.
The only problem is that according to city staff, the proposal that going before the Lathrop Planning Commission on Wednesday, July 12, violates the City of Lathrop’s municipal code governing paved access to new developments within the community.
It will be up to the commission to decide whether the applicant’s proposal can continue to proceed.
According to the staff report, the municipal code states “the parking area, aisles and access drives shall be paved so as to provide a durable, dustless surface, and shall be so graded and drained as to dispose of surface water, with the design and specifications of such work subject to city standards and the approval of the director of public works.”
While the application does propose some upgrades to the existing area – a gravel surface for the tow yard and recreational vehicle parking areas, aisles and access and compacted decomposed granite for the automobile parking area, aisles and access – those additions do not, according to staff, meet the City of Lathrop’s requirement for paving.
Access to the site itself is more than a quarter-mile away from the nearest paved road, and since no paving is proposed, according to the staff report, further work to determine impacts associated with “traffic, dust, particulates, air quality, drainage, emergency response, pedestrian and bicycle safety, noise and impacts on adjacent uses” and if an environmental impact report is required beyond the initial study, the applicant would be responsible for the cost of staff time and the consultants that would be hired to conduct the environmental studies required to complete the document.
And even if adequate paving were to be completed to minimize those impacts, the municipal code also states that development that borders or traverses an existing street, then the applicant may be required to install curbs, gutters and sidewalks to support future development – something that the applicant is not planning on doing despite the City Engineer identifying those requirements or a deferred improvement agreement.
It will be up to the five-member commission to determine which of the three options are before them – either an outright rejection, which would prevent the applicant from reapplying for 12 months, a rejection without prejudice, which is requested by staff to allow the applicant to reapply within that 12-month window, or give staff direction to continue preparing the necessary documents to begin the Initial Study to determine whether an EIR is required.
The Lathrop Planning Commission meets at Lathrop City Hall, located at 390 Towne Centre Drive, on Wednesday, July 12, at 6 p.m. A copy of the agenda and the supporting documentation can be found at the City of Lathrop’s website by visiting www.ci.lathrop.ca.us and clicking on the City Council link, and the Agendas and Minutes tab on the page that follows.

To contact reporter Jason Campbell email jcampbell@mantecabulletin.com or call 209.249.3544.

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