Canan Tasci, Staff Writer
Created: 04/16/2012 09:19:36 AM PDT

CHINO – Council members are expected tonight to sign off on an environmental impact report that may allow a new recreational vehicle storage facility to open.

Opposition from McBride’s RV storage facility said they are against the development because of safety issues as well as a violation of state law regarding outdoor storage facilities.

The property applicant, RV Storage Associates, LLC, wants to build its business at the northwest corner of Mountain and Edison avenues, which is located within the Southern California Edison easement corridor and is obstructed by three easements for electric power transmission.

The city would have to amend its General Plan and change the existing land use designation in the East Chino Specific Plan from “recreation/open space” to “light industrial.”

“Recreational vehicles store large quantities of combustible material, including gasoline, diesel, fuel, racing fuel and propane, which would turn a small fire into a series of catastrophic explosions,” said Christy McBride, who works for McBride Service and Supply, which is a repair business for McBride’s RV.

“Hot ash falling from overhead powerlines dramatically increase the risk of starting fires on dry fiberglass and rubber roofs.”

After wildfires in 2007, California’s fire safety code was changed to state that structures shall not be constructed within utility easements under high voltage transmission lines.

Mayor Dennis Yates countered McBride’s RV was speaking against the proposal because it doesn’t want another competitor.

Their “motive is they’re trying to protect their own interest and they don’t want any RVs anywhere in the city but their own,” he said.

A public hearing on the item was set for the April 3 council meeting, but it was pulled to include a report about green house submissions that was required due to a recently settled lawsuit against the city.

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