FAIRFIELD — Solano County has released the latest version of the environmental impact report on its vision for balancing rural middle Green Valley development and preservation.
The Solano County Board of Supervisors in 2010 approved the original report. The report looked at plans to build up to
400 new homes in middle Green Valley, as well as preserve 1,400 acres of farmland and open space and promote agritourism. With that, the county appeared to have ended a long-running growth war over this area’s fate.
But a previously unknown group called the Green Valley Homeowners Association filed a lawsuit, saying the environmental impact report was inadequate. Solano County Superior Court agreed that the report needed a better analysis of how the project would get water.
One possible water source is Fairfield, the revised environmental report said. The city would supply water for homes and the Solano Irrigation District for irrigation. The city has said it has enough water rights to supply middle Green Valley.
But Fairfield’s General Plan says that municipal services should be available only within Fairfield’s boundaries and voters reaffirmed this policy with Measure L. Middle Green Valley is outside of city limits and could not be annexed to the city without a vote of the people. That creates uncertainty about whether this water would be available, the report said.
Another possible source is groundwater. Groundwater from at least three wells could be used for homes and, again, Solano Irrigation District water for irrigation. Enough groundwater is available, the report said.
Regardless of which water source is chosen, a county service area would be established to pay for and oversee water, wastewater, storm drainage and parks and recreation construction, it said.
Ascent Environmental Inc. of Sacramento prepared the 38-page report for the county, which in addition has several appendices. The new report deals with water only. Other issues are covered in the original, 2010 environmental impact report.
People have until Oct. 10 to comment on the water environmental impact report section. Go to https://admin.solano
county.com:4433/depts/rm/planning/middle_green_valley_specific_plan.asp to view the report.
Copies of the report can also be fond at the Fairfield Cordelia Library, 5050 Business Center Drive in Fairfield, and the Fairfield Civic Center Library, 1150 Kentucky St. For more information, please contact Matt Walsh of the county Resource Management Department at 784-6765.
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