Planners say no to commercial at SR-67/Dye

Ramona Community Planning Group members, from left, Scotty Ensign, Jim Cooper and Kevin Wallace look at a map showing Caltrans’ planned improvements for the state Route 67 and Dye Road intersection. Real estate agent Janet Worsham proposes commercial zoning for the southeast corner of that intersection.  Sentinel photo/Karen Brainard
Ramona Community Planning Group members, from left, Scotty Ensign, Jim Cooper and Kevin Wallace look at a map showing Caltrans’ planned improvements for the state Route 67 and Dye Road intersection. Real estate agent Janet Worsham proposes commercial zoning for the southeast corner of that intersection. Sentinel photo/Karen Brainard

By Karen Brainard

The idea of new commercial business at the corner of state Route 67 and Dye Road was quickly shot down by Ramona Community Planning Group members after a presentation from a real estate agent.

Janet Worsham said she represents four property owners, whose lots total 4.11 acres at the corner of SR-67 and Dye Road. The lots are zoned agriculture, A70. The sellers are interested in a lot merge and a commercial zoning variance for C37 zoning, she said.

“They all feel it should be commercial. It’s very noisy to live there, obviously,” said Worsham.

According to Worsham, county staff told her that because the corner is at a major intersection, the likelihood exists that it could be rezoned commercial. She suggested a business such as a gas station with a small market would be useful for residents.

When she asked the planning group what it thought about the idea, all comments were negative.

“I do not want to see a gas station on that corner, at all,” said RCPG vice chair Scotty Ensign, adding that it would ruin the character of the entrance to Ramona.

“Absolutely no way, never,” said planner Matt Deskovick. Jim Cooper said the problem is that, once the property is rezoned, there is no limit to what commercial building can be built. “It can, in fact, be almost anything, and that’s a major intersection that you enter the Valley of the Sun through, and I am very, very opposed to having any kind of a big commercial project on that.”

Inter Auto Car Dealer, a used car dealership, operates southeast of the intersection on part of the property discussed.

Chair Jim Piva told Worsham it appeared that she would not get a majority vote of approval from the planning group.

Worsham asked whether the county takes recommendations from the planning group. Piva explained­ that the planning group is advisory only to the county, but it was established to give the county the community’s opinion on items that required a vote. The county has approved projects that the planning group opposed, he noted.

   
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