AutoZone OK’d by supervisors

By Mike Morris / The Union Democrat

Following a lengthy appeal process, the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors gave its approval Tuesday to a proposed auto parts store in Valley Springs.

The 4-1 vote, with Supervisor Merita Callaway dissenting, came after hours of discussion regarding the planning process and highway access issues with Caltrans.

A Roseville-based commercial retail developer wants to build a 7,380-square-foot AutoZone store along the west side of Highway 26, about 30 feet south of Jean Street in Valley Springs.

The Calaveras County Planning Commission voted 2-3 last month to reject the proposal, citing access and traffic issues.

"I find it very discouraging that a business wants to come to the middle of Valley Springs and we have to go through all of this mess," said Supervisor Cliff Edson. "It's no wonder businesses don't want to come here."

Meanwhile, Board Chairwoman Debbie Ponte said she was "really saddened by all the bureaucracy and the he-said, she-said."

The main issue revolved around whether Caltrans would issue an encroachment permit to allow access from Highway 26 to the proposed site.

For the complete story, see the July 23, 2014, edition of The Union Democrat.

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