Fairfield planners eye 38-home subdivision

By From page A3 | May 12, 2014

FAIRFIELD — The Koros subdivision of 38 detached, single-family homes on five acres at 3933 Suisun Valley Road south of Solano Community College goes before the Fairfield planning commissioners when they meet Wednesday.

The Koros Family Trust is the property owner for the development that’s the subject of a public hearing. DBRE Consulting of Davis is listed as the project sponsor.

House sizes in the development are between 2,082 and 2,711 square feet.

Other matters before the panel include a State of the City address by David White, assistant city manager.

Commissioners meet at 6 p.m. in the City Council chambers at 1000 Webster St.

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

Ryan McCarthy


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  • The MisterMay 12, 2014 - 6:25 am

    Wow, talk about "stack n pack" housing. 38 large to very large homes on 5 acres. There's your Agenda 21. The days of having a yard for the kids to play in are almost over in California.

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  • AlfMay 12, 2014 - 9:59 am

    First guys says these are stack and pack and the second calls them McMansions. Both of you are wrong. The lot sizes range from 4500-5000 square feet. They should have both a front and back yard. They will be houses, not condos, and they are far from a McMansion. A 2500 square foot house is typical for a neighborhood dating back to the 1980's. This is nothing but a cookie cutter subdivision. There is nothing resembling Agenda 21 or McMansions in this application. And if the land is zoned for single family residences, it should be no surprise to anyone that houses get built there.

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  • The MisterMay 12, 2014 - 10:18 am

    Alf, you must be from another planet... just like Alf from the TV show. 2500 sq ft for a home is HUGE!! Maybe it's typical in the neighborhood you live in... as you must be one of the 1 percenters.

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  • Danny BuntinMay 12, 2014 - 4:33 pm

    @Alf: "lot sizes range from 4500-5000 square feet". That is stack and pack for the suburbs.

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  • Mr. PracticalMay 12, 2014 - 6:11 pm

    I have a 3000 square foot house on 3,500 square foot lot. The design provides plenty of privacy for us and our neighbors. At my age, I like the small yards and minimal maintenance. Every community should have a variety of housing for different needs. Some like large yards or even acreage. Others prefer no yards and high density, near public transportation. Proper zoning should provide both and everything in between.

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  • Danny BuntinMay 12, 2014 - 6:18 pm

    How can 500 sq/f provide good privacy?

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  • Danny BuntinMay 12, 2014 - 6:20 pm

    Check that, how can a max of 1500 sq/f provide privacy?

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  • Mr. PracticalMay 12, 2014 - 6:24 pm

    Danny, it's a two story with an attached one car garage and a detached two car garage. We have a small lawn with a little landscaping in front and a small lawn with a large patio and landscaping in back. We have nobody behind or in front of us. There are no fences in the back. The only neighbors are to the sides. There is only 12 feet between houses, but the elevations are such that windows don't match up.

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  • Danny BuntinMay 12, 2014 - 7:01 pm

    To each his own, but after living in Suisun Valley for 11 years, I prefer more space.

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  • Mr. PracticalMay 12, 2014 - 7:04 pm

    You would have to see our view.

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  • More McMansions for Suisun ValleyMay 12, 2014 - 8:44 am

    Americans use 150 gallons of fresh, clean water per day per person vs. 4 gallons by some countries. I think we can use some downsizing of our yardspace. Remember the drought this year? Or is all this climate news just a little too much to handle for you? I do think these megamansions are completely out of sync with the times. We apparently still have a planning department trapped in the 1980s.

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  • Mr. Green ValleyMay 12, 2014 - 10:11 pm

    The yard space on many of the new developments are much smaller than those built in the 80's. Look at the design documentation prior to making assumptions. However, the house sizes may be bigger than that of the 80's while the avg # of people within the household is likely near the same (calculated @ 3.2 right now). Bigger house with same number of people as a smaller house with the same number of people doesn't equate to additional water consumption. Now a bigger house on a smaller lot, also seems like there's a reduction of landscape requirements which again, seems like there's not additional water consumption. I also have to argue a stacked house typically seems to have more wasted sq/ft.

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  • Mr. Green ValleyMay 12, 2014 - 8:56 am

    I'm a resident of the adjacent subdivision to the proposed Koros Subdivision. We're currently doing our part in trying to limit the building out of this sub-community. We're looking at packing the commission meeting as much as possible on Wednesday. However, due diligence notification to affected home owners did not take place. Further more, the requirement was only to notify residents within a 500 ft. vicinity of the proposed work sites. Please help limit the building by coming to the planning commission. Thank you.

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  • MarkMay 12, 2014 - 2:59 pm

    Mr Green Valley, Make sure you mention that to the commissioners and ask them to continue the discussion until such a time as the city has sent out sufficient notice to the surrounding residents.

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  • Mr. Green ValleyMay 12, 2014 - 10:06 pm

    No question about it. This has been relayed to both the designer and the commission. It will again be discussed at the commission meeting on Wednesday. I suspect the developer wants it built and sold before the other properties start coming up. Because that would only eat into the slim margins i'm sure they are working on.

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  • LarbudMay 12, 2014 - 11:57 am

    This is no big deal. If this property has been zoned for residential development, it should be no surprise to the neighbors that now that the market is rebounding that building will too. These are small lots and not too large of homes, pretty consistent with the surrounding home developments in the area. If you don't like what a property owner is legally planning to do, I suggest you put your money where your mouth is and buy the property and let it sit undeveloped. Otherwise get over it.

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  • Mr. Green ValleyMay 12, 2014 - 10:03 pm

    Outside of this, there are plans for nearly another 340 homes in a close vicinity. Majority of this is to get enough residential properties to build out some commercial lots (so far I know of a Lowes).

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  • Salty DogMay 12, 2014 - 2:20 pm

    Like Solano County needs more homes. Lets just continue to build more and more homes what about the jobs. I guess they are all leaving the state. And i guess the government needs to have a place for people to live when they are dependent on the government.

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  • just sayin'May 12, 2014 - 10:12 pm

    There's not enough water for the people we have now. Schools have been closed, Teachers laid off, Classrooms are Crowded. -- The Solution? -- Build more houses. Ruin the Valley. Add more Crime. FIRE and/or Vote OUT everyone who votes to build more houses.

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  • Mr. PracticalMay 13, 2014 - 5:20 am

    Actually, we have more than enough water in Fairfield-Suisun. Only in extreme drought years do we have the discussion. The problems with schools, crime, etc... have nothing to do with this project. And lastly, that is not "the valley."

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