IMPERIAL — At their regularly scheduled meeting, city council members and residents discussed zone changes and the general plan amendment for the 12th through 15th Street Apartment project Wednesday, November 6. Council members approved the proposal to transform the single-family residential area into 80-unit multi-family apartments.

The proposed use and zone change would be consistent with the current surrounding land uses, helping the city of Imperial move closer to compliance with the State of California’s Regional Housing Needs Allocation numbers, as outlined within the city of Imperial’s recently adopted housing element.

Concerns regarding the project were expressed by residents of Imperial, including an increase of noise, losing access to alley ways, and increased traffic. Residents were also concerned the city’s lack of maintenance of roads, lack of sidewalks, flooding, and lack of privacy with multi story structure looking down into yards.

According to the proposal, the project will not damage scenic resources and would enhance the quality and character of the surrounding residential zones. The increase in density will create new sources of light and glare resulting from the addition of streetlights and lighting from the additional homes. The proposed project and zone change will also not result or influence the conversion of farmlands, forests, or agricultural uses.

No fiscal impact is known regarding the new development.

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