Moratorium on Building Plans for Tank Farm Extended a Year

The City Council unanimously agreed Tuesday night to extend a moratorium on building permits for the 33-acre Chevron tank farm for another year.

The council also set a study session with the Planning Commission for Tuesday to discuss a draft land-use study of the site prepared by the commission.

A one-year moratorium enacted in February, 1986, expired Wednesday, but city officials said they need more time to study possible development for the site.

"Before we could even look into possible uses we had to clear the property and that takes time," Councilwoman Jacqueline Rynerson said. "Now that that is done we will look into what would be a good use for that property."

The tank farm, in the northeast portion of the city at Downey Avenue and South Street, was declared surplus property by Chevron Oil a year ago. More than 60 developers have expressed interest in the site, said Charles Ebner, director of community development.

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