Tom Lindstrom RV Sales Inc., based in Moorpark, Calif., recently approached the city about leasing a former Caltrans property as a site for RV sales.
The Ventura County Star reported that during a special meeting last week, the Moorpark City Council unanimously approved the lease agreement with Lindstrom. A conditional-use permit also is needed, and the Moorpark Planning Commission will consider that at its Sept. 27 meeting. The decision by the commission will be final unless it is appealed.
Servicing, storage and sales of commercial vehicles will be forbidden. RVs, cars, or light trucks may be taken in for trade-in and sold on the property as long as they don’t exceed 10% of the on-site inventory. The city will receive a total of $355,884 under the five-year lease agreement.
The city demolished buildings on the abandoned lot so it could be redeveloped. After an office and several structures were removed, the lot sat vacant for almost two years. Caltrans ran the yard until 1994, when its operations moved to a location on Fitch Avenue.
The property is in front of homes and next to a small shopping center. The city has no purpose for the lot now but is keeping the lease to five years in case it wants the lot for another purpose in the future, city officials said.
Councilman Keith Millhouse wanted to know whether lighting will be addressed so the needs of the RV lot are met without intruding on neighbors. City staff said a specific condition requires downward-directed lighting and the containment of lighting in the property line.
Councilman David Pollock said he was glad to see productive use of a site that is overrun by weeds.
“It was starting to become an eyesore, and I’m glad someone is putting it to use,” Pollock said.