Fairfield commission approves projects with 207 lots

By From page A4 | August 14, 2014

FAIRFIELD — The Enclave at Red Top, a 143-lot single-family residential subdivision on 22 acres, and Gold Hill 2, a 64-unit single-family subdivision on 8 acres southeast of Red Top Road, won Fairfield city planning commissioners’ approval Wednesday by a 6-1 vote.

Commissioner Camille Jones, who cast the lone “no” vote, noted concerns expressed by two residents about parks, traffic and public safety in the area.

Juliet Cubias told commissioners that “traffic is already bad,” grocery stores and restaurants are needed rather than more residential development and that people are worried about increased crime.

Cathi Engel said before the commission vote that Red Top Road is packed with traffic every afternoon and that the closest city park is 5 miles away.

Community Development Director Erin Beavers said the residential developments will mean traffic improvements as well as the construction of a new fire station. Commercial development follows residential growth, he added.

“It really does come down to the number of rooftops,” Beavers said.

Developer Discovery Builders will build Fire Station No. 35, estimated to cost $3.8 million, on about 1.5 acres at the intersection of Lopes Road and Red Top Road across from Rodriguez High School. The new station will replace the existing station at 473 Edison Court.

Discovery Builders will receive public facilities credits for the fire station construction that will be applied to the cost of building permits.

The Enclave at Red Top would be located just north of the future Villas at Havenhill apartment complex. Gold Hill 2 is similar to Gold Hill Village under construction at the Interstate 680 and Gold Hill Road interchange.

The subdivision proposals require approval of a General Plan amendment from commercial to residential.

Reach Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or [email protected]

Ryan McCarthy


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  • SKAugust 14, 2014 - 7:35 am

    Yet they want us to conserve water like crazy, and I have cut back at least 25% from previous years, mainly our outside watering. But this and all the other developments being build make me want to say SCREW THAT!!!!!!!!

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  • Dexter FowlerAugust 14, 2014 - 10:17 am

    Who owns the land?

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  • CathiAugust 14, 2014 - 9:04 pm

    I actually said that the Cordelia Park is about 5 miles away from where they plan to build and this is much too far for children to walk or ride their bikes to. Red Top Road will be turning into an artery to connect 680 and 80. That means traffic will be very heavy and this makes it even more dangerous for children crossing the street to get to school each day, with or without crosswalks. In addition, the commissioners feel that we are not in a drought here in Cordelia/Fairfield. I voiced my concern about the critical water shortage and that it was poor timing to add over 200 new homes and over 360 apartment units that will require water for household use, landscaping and the tree-lined streets shown in the plan. Apparently we have so much water in Lake Berryessa (they said), that water is not a concern. I also want to thank Commissioner Camille Jones for asking questions about safety for children, plans for parks and schools and for actually understanding that this plan is not appropriate at this time. I wish all our elected officials would consider what is best for our children before accepting contributions and "deals" from builders.

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