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Ripon may allow vendors to sell on vacant property
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RIPON – Elected officials will consider Tuesday an amendment to the seasonal temporary use permits.

Thus far, the City of Ripon allows for non-profit groups to operate Christmas tree lots and pumpkin patches in certain areas of town.

Non-profits, under the ordinance, must be state recognized and local with membership consisting of 25 or more. Such groups are required to have an established meeting place and operate within city limits.

An amendment would open door for business folks such as John Heida, who hopes to use his vacant property located south of town to sell seasonal items.

At the 7 p.m. meeting at Ripon City Hall, 259 N. Wilma, City Council members will consider the changes that received the OK from the Planning Commission last month.

The amendment would also allow for- and non- profit vendors to set up shop in office, commercial, industrial and mixed use districts.

However, they’ll still be prohibited from operating in residential areas.

In other agenda items:

•City Council could authorize Mayor Elden “Red” Nutt to sign the jurisdiction endorsement forms. One would allow staff to proceed with the Regional Transportation Project, connecting the Ripon bike path to the one in Manteca, and the other would go to the Local Priority Project, calling for future plans to construct a pipeline to the SSJID water system.  

•City officials will hear the presentation by Vince Nastro, who will discuss the importance of selecting French Camp as the location of a new Veterans Hospital.

•The Ripon Redevelopment Agency will have a public hearing regarding the resale of three single-family homes, which will be sold to ‘qualified’ buyers under the City’s Below Market Rate Housing Program.

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