Needles, CA: Summary and voting results from the Needles Planning Commission Meeting.

By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):

Source: Cindy Semione, Secretary to the Board with the City of Needles (Information):

Needles, California: The Needles Planning Commission held a meeting inside the Needles City Council Chambers on Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021.

The Needles Planning Commission Meeting was broadcast live at ZachNews on Facebook.

The City of Needles wants to remain the public that the Needles Planning Commission is continuing to hold meetings pursuant to the provisions of the Governor’s Executive Order N-29-20 which suspends certain requirements of the Ralph M. Brown Act.

As a result of the California’s Executive Order to “Stay-At-Home”, the City of Needles said that in person participation at the Needles Planning Commission meetings is not allowed at this time and the Needles City Council Chambers are not open to the public.

**** Here is a summary and the voting results that occurred during the meeting: ****

*** Approval of Agenda: ***

amended – PC packet – 2-3-2021

Members of the Needles Planning Commission unanimously voted to approval of Agenda.

*** Correspondence: ***

Cindy Semione, Secretary to the Board with the City of Needles, told members of the Needles Planning Commission that she put several Correspondence in the packet, including one today from a local resident Robert Lyons.

Cindy Semione read into the record Robert Lyons’ letter in support of the retail cannabis business located at 1804 Needles Highway, Agenda Item #6(A).

*** Introductions: ***

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels interdicted the new chief building official for the City of Needles name Alberto Paiva, who comes from the City of Anaheim, heading up their planning review section; and has all of the requirements for building inspector, electrical inspector, mechanical, pluming and structural; as well as a regular professional engineer, license to operate in California. He is fulfilling both of those rolls as Chief Building Official and City Engineer.

*** Public Appearance: ***

Nobody from the public to wanted to speak during Public Appearance.

*** Old Business: ***

– Agenda Item #6(A):

A public hearing to consider all evidence for or against recommending approval of a Conditional Use Permit for a 2,500 sq. ft. Retail Cannabis Business, located at 1804 Needles Highway, in the C-2 (General Commercial) Zone, also known as APN 0185-045-03 (continued from the December 2, 2020 Meeting).

*** Agenda Item Packet: ***

amended – PC packet – 2-3-2021

(Agenda Item #6(A) Packet In Full Agenda Packet)

Members of the Needles Planning Commission voted 5-2 to approve the Conditional Use Permit for a 2,500 sq. ft. Retail Cannabis Business, located at 1804 Needles Highway, in the C-2 (General Commercial) Zone, also known as APN 0185-045-03.

Commissioner Charles Dressler and Commissioner Joey Wade voted “No” on this item well Chairperson Linda Kidd and Commissioners Robert McDaniel, Barbara Beard, Bob Rath and Kevin Ostby voted “Yes” on this item.

The item will head to the Needles City Council at their meeting schedule for 6:00 p.m. PT on Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021 for discussion and possible action.

**** More Information Regarding Agenda Item #6(A) Vote At Following ZachNews Website: ****

https://zachnews.net/2021/02/04/news-alert-needles-ca-needles-planning-commission-passes-majority-vote-approving-a-conditional-use-permit-for-a-proposed-retail-cannabis-business-despite-objections-from-fort-mojave-indian-tribe/

*** New Business: ***

– Agenda Item #7(B):

A public hearing to consider all evidence for or against recommending approval of Amendment of City Code Section 104.17.1 Legal Non-Conforming Signs Allowing Non-Commercial Messages.

This agenda item has been continued to the March 3, 2021 meeting.

– Agenda Item #7(C):

Approval of Planning Commission Minutes for 1-6-2021 Meeting

*** Agenda Item Packet: ***

amended – PC packet – 2-3-2021

(Agenda Item #6(A) Packet In Full Agenda Packet)

Members of the Needles Planning Commission unanimously voted to approve the Needles Planning Commission Minutes for 1-6-2021 Meeting.

*** Needles Planning Commission Requests: ***

During Needles Planning Commission Requests, Commissioner Robert McDaniel asked Needles City Manager Rick Daniels for an update on repairing Needles Highway on the north end of Needles, California.

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels provided an update saying that the Needles City Council reviewed the 2021 Phase of Road Repairs, and that we will be doing an estimated $2.7 million dollars of road repairs that will include grinding the old pavement out and replacing water lines that need to be repairs while we have the road uncovered, and then repaving and striping as well as signage; and the major roads we are undertaking are North K Street, L Street up to Washington Street, Washington Street to Bailey Avenue to the school and Bailey Avenue to J Street.

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels continued saying that in addition, we are doing a haft street improvement over the trench that was cut for the second pressurize water line up to the tanks, to the water reservoirs earlier last year after the blow out that occurred January 2020 on the Lillyhill Drive side of the D Street bridge near Interstate 40.

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels continued saying that we are doing the final paving on the D Street bridge, we are looking at a possibly slurry seal and striping at Jack Smith Memorial Park and we’re looking at from Jack Smith Memorial Park including from the boat launch area and the parking for the park and the road all the way to the top of the hill at Verde Shores Estates; we’re soliciting bids for that.

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels continued to discuss about the 2021 Phase of Road Repairs, that is being funded by multiple sources and mentions those sources of revenue, including from cannabis revenue and Measure I funds.

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels then spoke about north portion of Needles Highway, saying that the plan there is to go in and scrape out the section of roadway that are patches on patches and lay down a two inch overlay, and that should be sufficient for five to ten years.

When asked where are they at on approving the road repairs, Needles City Manager Rick Daniels said that public bidding law prevented that, but it’s out to bid and we will be soliciting and probably be getting bids back in a month, and our expectation is six weeks from now the Needles City Council will have the final numbers in front of them.

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels then went back to discussing about the sources of revenue for the 2021 Phase of Road Repairs.

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels spoke about two other topics; discussing about the new Hampton Inn that will be breaking ground on Tuesday, February 16th, 2021 along Needles Highway between O Street and River City Pizza Company, and estimated goal of completion is April 2022, and discussing about working with a grocer who has interest in the former 99 Cents Only Store/Bashes vacant space at the Needles Towne Center, and today was contacted by a second grocer who also has interest in the former 99 Cents Only Store/Bashes vacant space.

Commissioner Charles Dressler asked Needles City Manager Rick Daniels about if these grocers were major chain grocery companies?

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels responded to Commissioner Charles Dressler saying that one of these grocer is a national chain and one is a company that specializes in rural smaller town grocery.

In regards to the second grocer, Needles City Manager Rick Daniels said that he has visited their store before, and their vision or what they did at that store that has a feel like a in size wise with a Trader Joe’s, but Needles City Manager Rick Daniels wanted to make clear this is not a Trader Joe’s, but it has that feel in terms of size; it’s not a big replacement of Bashes, but the national chain would be; they want to do the whole 35,000 sq. ft. of the vacant space.

Just to note, ZachNews continues to monitor the latest information regarding any new grocery store wanting to come to Needles, California, and will report on any confirmed grocery store when that occurs.

Commissioner Charles Dressler then asked Needles City Manager Rick Daniels about the Needles Regional Senior Center, asking if this is City property which Needles City Manager Rick Daniels replied “Yes,” and if we (City) maintain the property which Needles City Manager Rick Daniels replied “Yes.”

Commissioner Charles Dressler told Needles City Manager Rick Daniels and members of the Needles Planning Commission that we need to address something up there, saying it’s looking really shabby; the trees need pruning and watering, it looks really neglected up there.

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels told Commissioner Charles Dressler that it was noted and he will talk with Public Works on Thursday to address those issues at the Needles Regional Senior Center.

Needles Planning Commission Requests continued with Commissioners Barbara Beard, Bob Rath, Kevin Ostby and Joey Wade and Chairperson Linda Kidd having no Commission Requests.

*** City Manager Report: ***

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels:

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels had nothing else for City Manager Report other than what he spoke about during Commission Requests.

For more information regarding the Needles Planning Commission Meetings, please contact Cindy Semione, Secretary to the Board, at the City of Needles at: 1 (760) 326-2113.

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