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.
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