On a motion by councilor Jeffery Collings, which was seconded by mayor Barbara Wagner, the council voted 3-2 not to hear the appeal, which was filed by project proponent Jim Freeze on Sept. 27 following the planning commission’s Sept. 17 decision.

Opponents of a proposed mini-storage and car wash in Mount Shasta gave a smattering of applause Monday after the city council voted not to hear an appeal of the planning commission’s previous decision to deny the car wash portion of the project.

As a result, a car wash can not be developed on the triangular parcel of land between N. Mt. Shasta Blvd. and Ski Village Drive, explained Mount Shasta’s city manager, Bruce Pope.

On a motion by councilor Jeffery Collings, which was seconded by mayor Barbara Wagner, the council voted 3-2 not to hear the appeal, which was filed by project proponent Jim Freeze on Sept. 27 following the planning commission’s Sept. 17 decision.

Councilor Paul Engstrom agreed with Collings and Wagner, with John Stackfleth and John Redmond voting no, indicating they’d like to hear the appeal.

City staff recommended that council not hear the appeal “on the basis that it was not filed following the procedures set forth” in Mount Shasta’s municipal code, according to the meeting agenda.

The appeal was due to be submitted at any time between Sept. 17 and 27, city planner Juliana Lucchesi explained to the council during Monday’s meeting.

An email was received on Sept. 27, and the fees accompanying the appeal were paid last week, she said.

Because the council voted to deny consideration of the appeal, there was no public hearing on the issue.

On Sept. 17, the planning commission voted 4-2-0-1 to deny a conditional use permit for the car wash portion of the project, meaning the commission could not make one or all of the required findings to grant the permit. The commission also moved to collect additional pieces of information in reference to the mini-storage portion of the project, which could possibly move forward of Freeze chooses to do so. The commission asked about Freeze’s grading and lighting plans, dust control measures, and storage of chemicals in the mini-storage portion of the development.

The project in question, known simply as the Freeze Project, proposes a 234 square foot single-story office building and 153 storage units in three separate single-story buildings. The proposed car wash included a storage/equipment building, a 18 by 40 foot automatic car wash and three 16 by 24 foot self-wash bays as well as four vacuum stations.

Opponents worry that such a project would be “highly visible” from Spring Hill Trail and at the northern entry to Mount Shasta. They also argued that the project could be harmful to the nearby Sacramento River Headwaters across Mt. Shasta Boulevard at the Mount Shasta City Park.