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Council, staff at odds over rezoning request

Against staff recommendation, the Mission City Council approved a rezoning request for the easternmost 60 feet of south one-half Block 8, Citriana Heights from C-2 to C-3 in its Monday meeting.

The site faces Del Mar Street and is located next to an auto shop owned by Arnold Cadena, who made the zoning request. The auto shop is behind a C-3 commercial area facing Lomita Avenue, which runs parallel to Conway Avenue. The side street, Ebano Street, where the vacant lot is located, leads into a residential area. Currently, there is only an alley buffering the auto shop and the residential area facing Citriana Street.

The lot where the auto shop is located is already zoned C-3. Cadena wanted to extend the C-3 designation to the vacant lot to allow for a car sales lot.

City-of-Mission-logoPlanning Director Danny Tijerina objected, said it was normal staff policy to have a buffer between C-3 sites and residential areas to the south. The current zoning of the site, C-2, was considered a buffer because it was restricted primarily to office use.

Mayor Beto Salinas asked if it would be possible to create a conditional use permit to allow the business on that location. Tijerina said the action would have to be tabled and brought back another time because a permit was not what was requested on the agenda.

Salinas said he thought the street to the south of the lot was enough of a buffer.

But Tijerina warned that if the business disappears and the area is zoned C-3, a number of businesses that were undesirable in residential neighborhoods could be put in that location if it were zoned C-3.

The council sided with the mayor, voting to approve the zoning change.

In other action, a home occupation daycare center was approved for a residence located at 4204 San Roman. When asked if there had been any objections to the request, Tijerina said there had been one objection raised at the Planning and Zoning Commission. However, the applicant brought a petition from neighborhood residents speaking in favor of the request, saying they used the applicant’s daycare in another location across the street and wanted to continue to use it.

Also, the council gave its approval to an emergency purchase of a high-service pump for the North Mission Water Plant because an existing pump cannot be repaired. Without replacement, portions of the city could experience low water pressure. The cost of the pump is $13,395.41.

Excellent Fence was awarded the bid for fencing at First Street Park in the amount of $8,936.

Approval was given to solicit bids for landscaping at First Street Park. Items to be used for landscaping include five palm trees, 12 shade trees and 275 bougainvilleas.

The council meeting regularly scheduled for Monday, March 9, was rescheduled to Thursday, Mar. 12, because the city manager and a councilperson will be out of town.

Following executive session, the Salinas was given authorization to negotiate a professional contract with Mark Sossi, P.C., and Carlos Ortegon.

The council denied a request by Gar-Sal Properties and Land Developers, LLC to withdraw their bid on Lot 24, Block 2, Erdahl Subdivision.

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