Calexico Planning Commission Begin Analyzing New Zoning Ordinance Update

By Mario Conde

The Calexico Planning Commission began analyzing the new zoning ordinance update at their Monday meeting.

The proposed Zoning Ordinance Update creates limited new zones and revises land use regulations to improve consistency with 2007 updated General Plan. Land uses authorized by a City’s zoning ordinance must be compatible with the objects, policies, general land uses, and programs specified in the general plan. In addition, several new legislative actions have occurred over the past several years that must be incorporated into a city’s Zoning Ordinance to adhere to the current land use laws of the State of California.

The City’s General Plan was updated in 2007 and was analyzed in a programmatic EIR that assessed the environmental impacts resulting from the development of land uses and implementation of policies established by the General Plan. The Zoning Ordinance Update is intended to implement the new land uses and policies established by the General Plan. The existing Zoning Ordinance was adopted by the City in 1992. The City’s General Plan was updated in 2007 and was analyzed in a programmatic EIR that assessed the environmental impact resulting from the development of land uses and implementation of policies established by the General Plan. The Zoning Ordinance Update is intended to implement the new land uses and policies establish by the General Plan.

The Calexico Planning Commission and the Calexico City Council had a joint session two months ago to discuss the updates on city ordinances. They heard a presentation by Brian Mooney, Analytical Environmental Services Southern California regional director. Mooney proposed changing zoning names in Downtown Calexico and also discussed changes that could be made at Cesar Chavez Blvd in the advent of the Calexico Grand Plaza Outlet Center development that will go the planning commission soon and its later construction. The Grand Plaza project was continued by the planning commission early this month in order for the engineers of the project to work on the traffic mitigations on Cesar Chavez Blvd. City staff said that the project would come back in January but there is a good chance that the final approval of the project could come next month.

The Planning Commission opened the public hearing to hear the voices for and against the new zoning update proposal. The hearing will be continued to a later date when Brian Mooney makes a presentation to the Planning Commission and the board will make its final approval.