The Sacramento, Calif., Law and Legislation Committee voted unanimously this week to forward a proposal to the city council that would ban auto-service and self-storage businesses along the Stockton Boulevard corridor where it intersects with Broadway. The council is expected to review the proposal this month, according to the source.
If passed, auto repair and self-storage would be added to an ordinance that already bans new check-cashing outlets, liquor stores and towing yards from being built in the area. The ordinance is part of the city’s goal to clear way for more housing and “transit-friendly” development along the corridor, according to councilmember Eric Guerra, who proposed expanding the measure after a storage facility was approved by city planners earlier this year.
The proposal applies to the east and west sides of Broadway and Stockton from 2nd Avenue to 65th Street, an area known as the Broadway Stockton Special District. Existing businesses wouldn’t be impacted.
“Most of the land owners, they own small lots," Guerra told the source. “It’s more about being able to connect them to something that’s different than what they’ve been familiar with, like strip malls and junk yards and tire shops. They're not used to building housing; that's an entirely new beast.”
The affected area is in the vicinity of Aggie Square, a planned satellite campus by the University of California, Davis. The California Department of Transportation launched a redesign study for the Stockton corridor earlier this year. The study is expected to be complete next summer, the source reported.
Sacramento Business Journal, City Considers Ban on Auto Shops, Storage Businesses on Stockton and Broadway