Garden Grove

Moratorium on mortuaries OKd

A SPECIAL meeting of the Garden Grove City Council will be held Friday morning to consider an urgency interim ordinance for a moratorium on new mortuaries and crematoriums.

A SPECIAL meeting of the Garden Grove City Council will be held Friday morning to consider an urgency interim ordinance for a moratorium on new mortuaries and crematoriums.

UPDATE: The Garden Grove City Council approved the proposed moratorium on new mortuaries and crematoria at a special meeting Friday morning on a 4-0 vote. Councilman Steve Jones was on vacation.

A special meeting of the Garden Grove City Council will be held Friday morning to consider an interim urgency ordinance to impose a moratorium on the approval of new mortuaries and crematoriums within city limits.

The meeting will be held at 7:30 a.m. in the council chambers in the Community Meeting Center, 11300 Stanford Ave.

gg-logo_lg-e1446082015536Such a moratorium would be for a 45-day period, giving city staff time to draw up regulations regarding those uses. After that interval, the council could extend it another 10 months and 15 days. Since this is an “urgency” ordinance, passage would require at least four votes.

One proposed mortuary/crematorium proposed to be built on Garden Grove Boulevard near Fairview Street was voted down by the city planning commission. Objections to the project included concerns about fumes as well as worried about “ghosts” that might emanate from such businesses.

According to a memo from Lisa Kim, economic and community development director, other inquiries about such businesses have been received.

 

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