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October 3, 2023

Hollister council lacks votes to OK new subdivision

With just three members voting, the Hollister City Council on Monday rejected a new subdivision on Cushman Street.

Council members voted 2-1 in favor of the Los Pinars subdivision, but three votes were necessary. Council members Mickie Luna and Jim Gillio OK’d the subdivision agreement, but Mayor Ignacio Velazquez was against it. Velazquez has been steadfast against any new development approvals in recent times and has argued Hollister has been approving far too many homes over the past few years.

Councilman Karson Klauer recused himself due to a family conflict. Former Councilman Ray Friend recently resigned, so this was the first meeting without him.

The resolution was calling for approval of a subdivision improvement agreement for the Los Pinars subdivision, a conditionally approved residential development consisting of 15 lots for single-family units, 26 for townhomes, one lot for 44 apartment units, one lot for a common space area. It is located at 1603 Cushman St.

-Kollin Kosmicki