A group of Escondido residents used petitions and colorful banners to fight a proposal to build a car wash, lube shop and restaurant on a large empty lot in their middle-class neighborhood, according to a published report.
The city's Planning Commission rejected the proposal Tuesday night in a 6-1 vote, the North County Times reported.
Commissioners agreed that traffic and noise from the project would make it a bad fit with the adjacent residential neighborhood.
But an attorney for the developer told the paper Wednesday that the commission's ruling would be appealed to the City Council, with a council hearing on the project tentatively scheduled for early March.
The project would be built on a 1.34-acre lot at the northwest corner of Centre City Parkway and Brotherton Road. The lot is directly bordered by nine homes in New Tradition, a 57-home subdivision built just north of Brotherton in the early 1980s.