Ukiah Costco Store Moves Forward

The Costco store in Ukiah has a green light to move for­ward as the City Coun­cil approved the project’s Envi­ron­men­tal Impact Report. Once the EIR was approved, the coun­cil then needed to adopt a “State­ment of Over­rid­ing Con­sid­er­a­tions” declar­ing that the store’s ben­e­fits would out­weigh its neg­a­tives. That was nec­es­sary because the EIR iden­ti­fied three areas of sig­nif­i­cant impacts to air qual­ity, traf­fic and global cli­mate change. The ben­e­fits include: the store is expected to col­lect $120 mil­lion a year, could bring the city another $900,000 a year, and will cre­ate up to 200 new jobs that would pay more than min­i­mum wage.The next step is approval of its Site Devel­op­ment Per­mit, which will go before the Ukiah Plan­ning Com­mis­sion late next month.