FAIRFIELD — Fairfield’s effort to add another 1,044 acres – well over a square mile – to its boundaries for a proposed train station community has hit a speed bump.
The Local Agency Formation Commission met Monday to discuss the annexation request. Fairfield and the U.S. Air Force requested and received a delay until the February 2013 LAFCO meeting.
Fairfield Senior Planner Dave Feinstein and city project consultant Ron Rowland said after the meeting that no big obstacles have arisen. Rather, the Air Force as a matter of procedure must review the recent addition to the annexation request of 100 acres within the Travis Air Force Base fencing, they said.
Solano County asked Fairfield to add the 100 acres of Travis Air Force Base to the annexation application. Otherwise, Rowland said, the 100 acres would form an “island” of rural land surrounded by city land once the annexation is completed.
“From the city’s standpoint, it makes sense, because the vast majority of the base is in the city,” Feinstein said.
The city annexed the bulk of Travis Air Force Base in 1966.
Fairfield and Solano County a few months ago passed an agreement pertaining to the proposed train station annexations. Among the provisions was that no “islands” of unincorporated land would be created where the county would still have to provide services.
Fairfield is annexing land for the train station community in two phases. LAFCO on Oct. 15 approved having Fairfield annex 1,244 acres. The proposed 1,044-acre annexation would bring the total to 2,288 acres.
The train station community is to someday have 6,800 residences, 286 acres of industry, 47 acres of commercial development, a 50-acre Great Park, a 25-acre park with a lake and an elementary school. The centerpiece is to be a train station along the Capitol Corridor route that commuters could use to travel to jobs.
A LAFCO report recommends that the agency board approve the proposed 1,044-acre second-phase annexation. Commissioners are John Saunderson, Fairfield Mayor Harry Price, Dixon Mayor Jack Batchelor and county Supervisors Jim Spering and John Vasquez.
One of LAFCO’s annexation standards is that an area added to a city should see signficant growth within 10 years. Fairfield presented a study using a 20-year time frame. The city in two decades expects 90 percent of the homes to be built, 90 percent of the commercial land developed and 70 percent of the industrial land to be developed.
While these projections don’t fully conform to the 10-year time frame standard, using a 20-year time frame is logical given the large scale of the proposed development, a LAFCO report said.
Monday’s annexation request differed in a key way from the earlier train station community annexation. That Oct. 15 hearing dealt with land that is mostly vacant and owned by the developers. The latest, so-called “core” annexation request includes land with rural businesses ranging from storage to recycling.
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