Council members will determine if they will schedule an appeal of a Planning Commission decision allowing Ontario-based King Equipment, a new and used lift equipment dealership, to open on Rio Rancho Road in southern Pomona.
The dealership would be located a short distance from the future site of a retail center that will be anchored by a Target store.
Council members will also conduct a public hearing before voting on a proposed ordinance that would change zoning regulations to allow businesses such as King Equipment to open in areas zoned highway commercial or light industrial.
Businesses would be required to have conditional use permits, according to a city staff report.
The zone change is needed for King Equipment to move forward with plans to open on Rio Rancho.
Council members attempted to address the zoning matter last month but failed to make a decision and instead opted to take up the matter up tonight.
Councilwoman Paula Lantz said she had reservations about the zone change because it would affect areas with the same zoning across the city.
However, the conditional use permit provision provides a means of establishing a safeguard, she said.
Most of those areas are along the city's major corridors.
Lantz said she doesn't foresee numerous equipment dealerships springing up across the city if the zone change is approved.
The lift dealership project merits attention, Lantz said, and could generate about $200,000 in tax revenue for the city.
"It certainly would be a big chunk of change we haven't been able to find so far," Lantz said. "It would be a significant addition" for the city.
Some council members are concerned a lift dealership will have a negative effect on the future retail center.
Lantz said the dealership could be more compatible with a home improvement center on part of the retail center planned for an area bound by the 71 Freeway, Lexington Avenue and White.
Councilman Freddie Rodriguez said he is hoping additional information will be available today to help make a decision but as of Friday he still had concerns about the effects a zoning change would have on other parts of the city.
In addition, Rodriguez said he is worried about the effect an equipment dealership would have on the retail center.
"Would that really be a right fit? I'm trying to digest it," he said.
The council will meet at 5:30 p.m. for the closed portion of its meeting and then reconvene for the open portion at 6:45 p.m. at City Hall, 505 S. Garey Ave.
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