Report on March 4th Flying J Presentation


I participated in the Flying J Truck Stop Neighborhood Meeting that was
held Tuesday, March 4 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm in the McQueen High School
Auditorium and stated my opposition to the proposed truck stop. About
40 other people spoke out as well. Today I received a letter from Mike
Railey (, 322-5100), a planning designer hired by
Flying J, who had answered questions from the audience about plans for the
truck stop at I-80 and Robb Drive on property that is currently zoned
Single Family Residential. He explained that Flying J operates about 250
truck stops around the United States and Canada, so it is pretty
obvious to me that they purchased the I-80/Robb parcel in 2002 with one
purpose in mind. They have of course requested a zoning change that would
allow the property to be used for a truck stop and for other purposes.
Many members of the audience voiced their opposition and concerns
about problems such a truck stop may create for nearby residential areas.
No one spoke in favor. Mike said the zoning change will be presented
at the Ward 5 NW Neighborhood Advisory Board (NAB) meeting Thursday,
March 20 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at the McQueen Fire Station (7105 Mae
Anne Avenue), also known as Fire Station Number 11, and that all
interested residents are encouraged to attend. I participated in the last NAB
meeting there, and in fact my wife and I were the only two people left
in the audience when the meeting finally ended about 10 pm. We are
trying to encourage other Sierra Canyon residents to attend the March 20


 -- Richard Williams