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Yucca Valley Gun Sales Allowed: 5 Acre Parcels or Greater

 

 ARCHIVED: August 13, 2014/”YV Planning Commissioners Vote 4-1, Gun Sales Permitted Residential RL-5 Acres”

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By Margo Sturges /Yucca Valley, Ca.,- It was great to see the Planning Commission meeting well attended for an important vote on HOP, Home Occupation Permits, however, the room was not packed as were the previous SEVEN meetings on the same subject.
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Fritz Koenig spoke during Public Comments to inform everyone he did not like me for reasons that were very grounded and then took the Commissioners to task. Tami Roleff was there to cover the meeting for the local radio station and Town Council Candidate Susan Simmons was in attendance too. Representing Billings Transfer was 29Palms Councilman Jay Corbin in his capacity as a consultant presenting an application for a commercial business on behalf of his client.
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The planning commission approved a new Middle Eastern restaurant with an outdoor adjoining hookah lounge, extended the CUP, Conditional Use Permit, for Lupine Plaza, scrutinized and approved the application for a new rock & gravel business with some minor changes and asked for more information on the item to vacate an easement on Sage Drive which will be brought forth at a future meeting.
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The agenda packet was 327 pages long and I was pleased to hear the detailed questions and scrutiny by Commissioner Steve Whitten and Commissioner Vickie Bridenstein who obviously studied their agenda and were prepared for the meeting.
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Agenda item #2 was the SEVENTH meeting regarding HOP’s and there were lively discussions on permitting gun sales, or not permitting gun sales, in residential neighborhoods. Susan Simmons also asked whether the ordinance would allow two HOP at the same residence under this ordinance. It was an excellent question but unfortunately I did not catch the answer.
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Commissioners Vickie Bridenstein and Jeff Drozd were not pleased they were characterized as flip-flopping on the previous SIX meetings (& 1 workshop) against the previous consensus and input from the public on the hot button topic of gun sales out of the homes. On July 8th, these two commissioners sided with Chair Tim Humphreville to change their stance as if pre-arranged to allow for RS, residential lots 18,000 square feet (.4 acre) to sell guns from their homes.
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At the last meeting, after being assured the current establishments would be grandfathered in with their current lot sizes, Commissioner Bridenstein said she could agree to to RL, five acres or larger for gun sales and Commissioner Drozd also agreed. Commissioner Steve Whitten had always stood his ground during ALL seven meetings for a compromise of lots zoned RL-5 acres or larger to allow gun sales from the home. Commissioner Warren Lavender had been against any home gun sales. This revised HOP ordinance will not allow guns to be sold from mobile homes, apartments or multi-family units.
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The roll call vote was 4-1, with Chair Tim Humphreville as the lone vote no.
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This updated HOP ordinance will be presented to the Yucca Valley Town Council at a future date for their approval.
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PLEASE NOTE THE CACTUS THORNS STORIES BELOW MAY STATE “PAGE NOT FOUND” DUE TO THE RECENT WEBSITE CRASH WHEN THE NEW FORMAT WAS INSTALLED. MY STORIES HAVE BEEN ARCHIVED AND WILL BE RE-POSTED AT A FUTURE TIME AND UPDATED.  THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE.

 



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Sturges has posted 1,000 articles on Cactus Thorns covering Yucca Valley, Twentynine Palms, Joshua Tree and San Bernardino County agency meetings. www.MargoSturges.com
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One Response to Yucca Valley Gun Sales Allowed: 5 Acre Parcels or Greater

  1. desertrider

    desertrider

    September 2, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    I have not been following this issue but fail to see what the lot size has anything to do with the sales of firearms, except to curtail it.

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