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Parcel split may be precursor to Ripon Flying J expansion
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Pilot Travel Center at Jack Tone Road in Ripon is looking to expand by acquiring an adjacent vacant site.

Pilot Travel Center otherwise known as Pilot Flying J in Ripon has plans of someday expanding at its current location near busy Highway 99.

The first step of doing that is acquiring a vacant site for future development.

The Ripon Planning Commission on Monday approved the Pilot Travel Center's Tentative Parcel Map based on findings and subject to the condition of the staff report.

Planning Director Ken Zuidervaart, in his report, indicated that on the tentative parcel map is an existing 16.92-acre property -- this was subdivided to 14.96 acres and the 1.96 acres, respectively.

The larger of the two or the fully-developed Parcel A consists of the fueling stations, convenience store, Denny's Restaurant, and truck scale and service bay.

Zuidervaart said that Parcel B, at the corner of Jack Tone Road and Highway 99 Frontage, is vacant but at one point depicted hotel use for future growth under the original site plans from the early 1990s, but was never built.

"This application does not include any design or site plan approvals for that site and no improvements are proposed at this time," Zuidervaart said.

He added that any future plans for development here would be required to come back before the Planning Commission for approval.

The tentative parcel map does comply with the Map Act and all City standards, according to the staff report.