By Alex Dominguez
NORWALK – Amidst a transition period of new leadership, the Norwalk Planning commission approved several modifications to local businesses at its last official meeting on March 22.
Change began relatively early in the meeting after the commission unanimously voted to decline a local gas station a permit for the sale of alcohol, when Commissioner Jennifer Perez – having recently been elected to Norwalk City Council – recused herself and exited the chambers to ensure that there will be no future conflicts of interest after she is sworn in April 11.
Before stepping down from the evenings meeting, Perez took the opportunity to compliment her three fellow commission members on dedicating countless hours to the agendas and a “job well done,” as well as thanking city staff.
Now down to three members, the commission approved several changes to local businesses.
First of which, a request for the removal and replacement of an 85-foot freeway oriented sign with a 100-foot freeway oriented sign by Mckenna Motors was approved with a unanimous 3-0 vote.
A local Taco Bell - located at 12503 Alondra Boulevard – will also be seeing some changes to its façade and interior after also receiving unanimous support from the commission.
Requests for reconstruction of a former neighborhood market were unanimously voted to be continued at a meeting in May, at the request of the applicant.
Lastly, Commission Chair Scott Collins acknowledged that this would be Commissioner Phyllis Barth’s final meeting, stating that it was an honor to work with her.
Barth stated that it was an honor to be a part of the Commission and that she had learned a lot during her time.