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LEMOORE — The Lemoore City Council will meet Tuesday to discuss a 40-acre development request by Lennar Homes and the fate of the Downtown Merchants Advisory Committee.

During a public hearing, members of the public can voice their opinions on a proposal from Lennar Homes to create a 174-lot, single-family subdivision with a park and storm drainage basin to be located at the northeast corner of Hanford-Armona Road and Avenue 18¾.

The planned unit development in this case would allow the project to deviate from the city’s zoning ordinance standards in specific areas. For example, the developer would be allowed to create lots smaller than the minimum 7,000 square feet.

The city’s Planning Commission approved the project at its hearing, but it is now up to council to approve and adopt the planned unit development.

Council will also discuss lowering the required number of members on the Downtown Merchants Advisory Committee from nine members to five members.

The city collects a double business license tax from businesses in the downtown district. The regular tax goes into the city’s general fund, while the other half goes to the fund managed by the Downtown Merchants Advisory Committee.

The committee gives recommendations to the City Council about expenditures of the Parking and Business Improvement Area fund.

The city has long struggled to recruit members for the downtown board, which is required by the municipal code to maintain nine members. After some members termed-out in December, the committee has not been able to fill the vacancies.

If the city is unable to hold regular public meetings of the Downtown Merchants Advisory Committee, then the city becomes responsible for the funds. Decreasing the number of members would make it easier for the committee to hold regular meetings.

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