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Council Denies Complex Appeal

At the Monday, 10/16 Visalia City Council meeting included a public hearing to consider an appeal of the Planning Commission's approval of Conditional Use Permit (CUP) No. 2017-08.

Commonly known as the apartment complex project on Shirk Street and Doe Avenue, the CUP was a request by Christopher Owhadi to construct a 200 Unit apartment complex with a Community Building in the R-M-2 (Multiple Family Residential) zone.

Coming on the heels of the Planning Commission's last public hearing, in which the Planning Commission approved the project 4-0, with Commissioner Peariso recusing herself, the Council heard from citizens throughout Visalia.

The public hearing included comment from citizens both opposed and supportive of the project, with addresses from homeowners and the project managers.

The apartment complex is set for Shirk Street and Doe Avenue, between Visalia Fire Station 55 and the Viking Ready Mix plant. It is a 17.5 acre, dogleg-shaped piece of property for the project.

The City Council members each offered their thoughts on the project, with Mayor Gubler thanking everyone in attendance and for taking part in the democratic process.

Voting 4-1, Gubler oppose, Council adopted the Resolution denying the appeal, and upholding the Planning Commission’s approval of the project.

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