TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL PART 1: ACCESSORY STRUCTURES, TOURIST WALKWAY

TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL PART 1: ACCESSORY STRUCTURES, TOURIST WALKWAY

The Twentynine Palms City Council met last night with a busy agenda. Reporter Dan Stork breaks his report into two parts. Today, accessory structures and a pedestrian walkway. Tomorrow, Project Phoenix and the redevelopment agency…
The Twentynine Palms City Council began its meeting with an appreciation of Steve Whitten’s year of service on the Planning Commission. The Council then turned to a reconsideration of a code amendment on accessory structures. The Planning Commission had rejected Council member Jay Corbin’s shortened version of the rules that it had developed, and returned its measure to Council in a slightly lengthened form. Corbin moved his version as the final word, but only Mayor John Cole agreed with him, and the motion failed.
Then the Planning Commission’s version was enacted into the code with minor language tweaks, by a vote of 3-2, Cole and Corbin dissenting. Acting under a state-imposed deadline following the court decision that promises to disband all Redevelopment Agencies on February 1, the Council unanimously named the city as the successor agency and successor housing agency to the Redevelopment Agency. City Manager Richard Warne addressed the impact on Project Phoenix – we’ll report on that in a separate story. The council then directed staff to develop plans for a pedestrian trail and sidewalk from Highway 62 to Joshua Tree National Park headquarters, along National Park Drive. Council liked the idea of a meandering walkway, but opted for a straight path out of considerations of construction, land acquisition and maintenance expenses.

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