Antioch Autozone vote shows city is open for business

Arne-SimonsenThe Antioch City Council made a fairly bold statement at the March 25 council meeting when on 5-0 vote overturned a decision by the Planning Commission. At issue was an appli­cant’s request to build the third Antioch Autozone store on half-acre lot that has sat idle for a long time along Lone Tree Way. This parcel had been a popular spot for council candi­dates and ballot measure committee to place their campaign signs on the cyclone fence.

Most speakers were in favor of the City Council overturning the planning commission decision and approving the plans for an Autozone store. After the public hearing was closed, the statements each member of the City Council sent a clear signal to the business world that Antioch is “open for busi­ness,” followed by an affirmative vote in favor of the new Antioch Au­tozone.

This is reminis­cent of what the City Council did in 2001 when it severely curtailed residential development and place its emphasis on economic development.

The result was Slatten Ranch shopping center, a second Lowe’s store, the Venture Capital Commercial buildings, a completely new and expanded Costco, the remodeling and renaming of the mall to Somersville Towne Center with the ad­dition of Macy’s, and the list goes on. Now the City Council needs your help! Applications for one full term on the city’s Economic Development Commission are being accepted through April 10.

The Planning Commission reviews all major plans for new development and ma­jor tenant improvements.

With the new guidance from the city council, the planning commission and city staff should be looking for ways to help applicants through the planning process in an expeditious manner. The applications for both these commissions are available at the City Clerk’s counter at City Hall and online at the City website at <a href=”http://www.ci.antioch.ca.us/” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”>www.ci.antioch.ca.us</a> and be sure to include your resume.

This commission will be used more to help the city work with its existing businesses and those looking to possibly locate in Antioch. Applications are also being accepted for one full four-year term on the city’s Planning Com­mission through April 24.

~ A  longer version of this article originally appeared in the Contra Costa Times. Arne Simonsen is the Antioch City Clerk. He can be contacted at [email protected]

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