As plans move forward to create more parking space to serve the El Rematito Flea Market - so patrons don't have to park along Crows Landing Road - the Ceres City Council gave their blessings to the moving of a lot line.
Quetzal, the corporation that runs the flea market, asked for a lot line adjustment in its quest to obtain two neighboring parcels for the construction of a larger parking area.
One of the flea market parcels was annexed to the city of Ceres as part of the West Landing Specific Plan and annexation in 2012. That makes plans for expansion to fall under the jurisdiction of the city, not Stanislaus County. Prior to the annexation, the county had granted approval to plans to develop another parking lot that would accommodate 900 parking spaces.
With the approval of the lot line, the sale of the two parcels may proceed, said Tom Westbrook, the city's director of Community Development.
The Ceres Planning Commission is expected to consider the proposed parking lot layout this fall.
Westbrook said that the lot line adjustment works to the advantage of G3 Enterprises which owns the northern most lot. Moving the line leave G3 with a squared off parcel that is "better suited for eventual commercial development," he said.
The adjustment leaves three lots sized at 20.1 acres, 27.62 acres and 6.03 acres.