September 24, 2013 |
Even though the Elk Grove City Council has expressed a prejudicial view on it, the controversial fast-food and gas station project proposed by local developer Gil Moore, still needs to be rezoned. As part of the rezoning process, the city has posted a subsequent environmental impact report on the matter.
Moore's project, which is on the corner of East Stockton Blvd. and Sheldon Road, has been a lightning rod of controversy since he first discussed it at a March, 2012 city council meeting. In order to have a McDonald's outlet in the development, Moore said the the fast-food behemoth required a freeway sign, which at that time was prohibited for non-freeway adjacent businesses.
At their August 28 meeting, city council members liberalized the ordinance governing freeway billboards such that Moore could possibly have a sign near the Highway 99 and Sheldon Road interchange. During the time leading up to this change, Moore has made significant contributions to four of the five city council members campaigns' and was a major sponsor of Mayor Gary Davis' recent Elk Fest.
In the numerous meetings where the sign ordinance and Moore's project has been discussed, council members consistently said from the dais they thought it was a good project, even though the parcel the project would sit on is not currently approved for that use.
The current zoning for the 4.46-acre parcel is high density residential. The document can be viewed here.