Needles, CA: Public Hearing on new Dollar General Store during Needles City Council Meeting on Tuesday.


Needles, CA: Public Hearing on new Dollar General Store during Needles City Council Meeting on Tuesday.

A public hearing on a new Dollar General Store in Needles, California will be held during the Needles City Council, Needles Public Utility Authority, and Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency Meeting at 6:00pm PT on Tuesday, September 8th, 2015 inside the Needles City Council Chambers located on the 1700 block of J Street near the Needles Recreation Center and Bailey Avenue in Needles, California.

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According to the City of Needles, applicant, SimonCRE, submitted an application for a 9,100 square foot general merchandise retail building, on July 27, 2015. The proposed site is at the southeast corner of J Street and Hospitality Lane, A Site Plan Review meeting was held on Tuesday, July 28th, 2015, initially with staff and the city engineer, and then with the applicant. The applicant was provided with a checklist of items that needed to be provided to process the application (Exhibit 1). Items not received from the applicant have been included in the Conditions of Approval. Approval of any site plan amendments will be at the discretion of the Needles City Manager.

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The project site is 2.41 acres, and is rectangular in shape. The parcel is zoned C-2, general commercial, which allows a general retail store as an outright permitted use. To the north of the project site is the Days Inn Motel; to the west is the Motel 6 and Denny’s Restaurant, and to the south is the City of Needles’s dog park. Parking is planned to be along the west side of the parcel. Vehicular ingress and egress is provided by two driveways, one on J Street and one on Hospitality Lane. There are 36 parking spaces, including two handicap-accessible parking spaces.

The applicant seeks to utilize a metal building for the store. Section 99.02 of the City Code requires a Conditional Use Permit (C.U.P.) for a metal building. A Conditional Use Permit (C.U.P.) requires public notice a public hearing, and a discretionary approval from the Needles Planning Commission and Needles City Council.

The Needles Planning Commission met on Monday, August 24th, 2015 to consider the Conditional Use Permit (C.U.P.) application from SimonCRE. The subject of the Conditional Use Permit (C.U.P.) application is solely the allowance of a pre-fabricated structural steel building. The Needles Planning Commission conducted a public hearing in which a person spoke against the project (stating that the size of the building was too large for the parcel, that they did not want any more “Dollar” stores in Needles and that they objected to metal buildings”. The Planning Commission took action to adopt Resolution 08-24-2015-1 PC by a vote of 6 in favor and 1 opposed.

– Conditional Use Permit Findings:

In accordance with Section 94.07 (Conditional Use Permits and Special Use Permits), the Planning Commission must make the following findings for approval of a conditional use permit.

1. That the requested permit is within its jurisdiction according to the Table of Permissible Uses. The use is permitted in the C-2 Zone.

2. The application is complete. All of the information required by the Code and staff in order to review the project has been submitted.

3. The use is consistent with the General Plan. The General Plan identifies this site as General Commercial.

4. The use will be in harmony with the area in which it is to be located. The proposed site plan meets the City’s Development Standards Ordinance to ensure that building design, lighting and buffers are compatible with surrounding uses. The building perspective envisions faux brick on a portion of the front of the building.

5. The use will not materially endanger the public health or safety because the use is being implemented with appropriate mitigations (as spelled out in the Conditions of Approval) addressing such items as water, sewer, access, drainage/erosion control and fire protection.

6. The use will not substantially injure the value of adjoining or abutting property. The project is designed and planned to have a positive impact on the economy othe community and may benefit the values of adjoining properties. The project will result in an economic investment exceeding $1,000,000 (construction and fixtures) as well as resulting in the creation of ten (10) to fifteen (15) jobs.

– Fiscal Impact:

Fees will cover the cost of City of Needles review and permitting. The Project will generate additional new revenue for City services such as public safety and public works. The project will provide a convenient retail opportunity to this portionof the community.

– Environmental Impact:

Exempt from California Environmental Quality Act (C.E.Q.A.).

– Recommended Action:

Motion to approve Resolution No. 2015-45, approving a Conditional Use Permit for a 9100 Square Foot General Merchandise Retail Building, Partially Clad With a Steel Exterior, Located on the Southeast Corner of J Street and Hospitality Lane, Also Known as APN 0185-211-30.

** Agenda Item #3: **

Members of the Needles Planning Commission approved the 6 conditions and a resolution for a Dollar General Store off of J Street in Needles, California during a Needles Planning Commission Meeting held on Monday, August 24th, 2015.

** You can read and watch the Needles Planning Commission approving the new Dollar General Store at the following ZachNews on WordPress website address: **

During that public hearing regarding the Dollar General Store at the Needles Planning Commission Meeting held on Monday, August 24th, 2015, Needles Planning Commission Member Debra Downey tells public that the Dollar Tree Store in Needles, California is closing.

** You can read and watch the Needles Planning Commission Member telling public that Dollar Tree Store is closing at the following ZachNews on WordPress website address: **

Since the news broke of the Dollar Tree Store in Needles, California is closing, nobody from Dollar Tree Store management or corporate has spoke to or contacted ZachNews with any updates regarding the closure or to response to the comments made by Needles Planning Commission Member Debra Downey during that public hearing at the Needles Planning Commission Meeting.

Residents and business have been telling ZachNews that they knew of the closure from employees and management at the Dollar Tree Store days and weeks before the Needles Planning Commission Meeting and are upset that another business in our community is closing.

Some residents were not surprise and agreed with the comments made about the 99 Cents Only Store and Dollar Tree by Jan Paget, wife of City of Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget, and say that they have seen a decrease in people going into the Dollar Tree store for months and instead they head on over to the 99 Cents Only Store.

The 99 Cents Only Store has been opened for a year after coming into the old Bashas’ Grocery Store which closed in May 2014.

According to the City of Needles, the 99 Cents Only Store has generated similar amount of sale tax as Bashas’ Grocery Store did before they closed in May 2014, and while not an ideal replacement, the City of Needles says that the 99 Cents Only Store has served in providing some of the essentials the community needs such as fresh produce, dairy, meat, cheese, and bread.

Residents continue to ask for the City of Needles to bring back a grocery store into the community and wondered if the City of Needles is doing anything about getting a new grocery store.

At the end of the Needles Planning Commission Meeting, Needles City Manager Rick Daniels told members of the Needles Planning Commission about the work that has been going on to find a new grocery store and who the City of Needles has talked with so far.

** You can read and watch what Needles City Manager Rick Daniels talking about the work to get a new grocery store at the following ZachNews on WordPress website address: **

For more information regarding the Needles City Council Meetings, please contact Dale Jones in the City Clerk’s Office at the City of Needles at: 1 (760) 326-2113 Ext. 345.

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