Fairfield planners OK 38-home subdivision

By From page A5 | May 15, 2014

FAIRFIELD — A 38-home subdivision on five acres at 3933 Suisun Valley Road south of Solano Community College – a development proposal that spurred concerns from nearby residents about added traffic and other problems – won unanimous approval Wednesday by Fairfield planning commissioners.

“I really like this project,” Commissioner Lamont Thompson said before the vote.

Commissioner Perry Pattiz praised the Koros subdivision as well.

“It seems to fit right in,” he said.

But Daren Blonski, whose home is next to the proposed development, said he and other residents in the Turnstone subdivision sought more time to find solutions to problems that include added traffic and the loss of cul-de-sacs where children play.

Ben Kevan said, “We’re here not to stop the development” but to further review the proposed subdivision.

Dough Buzbee, representing project sponsor DBRE of Davis, said the development less than a mile from Interstate 80 is “smart infill growth.”

House sizes in the development are between 2,082 and 2,711 square feet. That’s about the same size as houses in Turnstone, according to the city.

Turnstone was built in 2005. A previous project was approved the next year for the Koros subdivision site but the 55-unit development proposal was never built during the housing downturn that took place amid the recession.

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  • Joseph JoyceMay 15, 2014 - 4:22 am

    "CA home prices gain slow" this was reported today! These idiots approve more homes? Did they not learn what happens when you over saturate the market with inventory? We're not out of the woods yet! Another stupid decision by the city. Great, keep driving down prices!

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  • just sayin'May 15, 2014 - 7:20 am

    Part of the We Want Your Taxes war on our valley. We are told we are in a drought. Classrooms are CROWDED. Schools are closed down. Hwy80 is Massively Congested. Oh, btw, more homes are being built. Gives all the criminals here someone new to shoot at.

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  • CD BrooksMay 15, 2014 - 8:06 am

    Just sayin', this is hardly a surprise, but you are right about the downside. This city doesn't have enough resources to manage what we have and we're spreading the city out on both ends. Great planning.

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  • Rick WoodMay 15, 2014 - 9:46 am

    js: Can you explain this "war" you're talking about? Given what Fairfield has done to preserve, protect, and enhance Suisun Valley as an agricultural area--and it's working--I'm surprised that attitude still exists. Of course things can change. If I've missed something, please fill me and others in on it.

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  • The MisterMay 15, 2014 - 7:22 am

    Stack n Pack.

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  • StRMay 15, 2014 - 8:52 am

    And is there a limit to the amount of water resources available? Do you over build like in LA and then cry about no water?

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  • Rick WoodMay 15, 2014 - 9:40 am

    Water supply is not a growth constraint in Fairfield.

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  • Rich GiddensMay 15, 2014 - 10:32 am


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  • Mr. Green ValleyMay 16, 2014 - 5:05 pm

    Lets see: Scott Tonnesen - Real Estate Mortgage Broker (will likely profit from this new development some how) Don McDonald - Realtor (will likely profit from this new development some how) Perry Pattiz - Based on his comments, I'm surprised he provided a 'yes' vote. Seems like he was just following Camille Jones - She seemed engaged, and concerned about children's welfare, but no one seemed to care about the impact on schools James Dunbar - couldn't run a profitable fundraiser for schools, and closed it quickly. So I'm guessing the best answer is get more taxes and shove more kids in the schools? Lamont Thompson - Was zone out the entire time the applicant, residents and engineers spoke with regards to the project. He read through the documents and didn't listen to the input of the speakers. It was amazing to watch. Randy Blankenchip - Managing partner of Texas Roadhouse, the more he floods the city the more people go to the restaurant and the more money he gets (assuming he gets commission). What did I learn? The 'leaders' of the planning commission have tons of influence on the decisions of newer commissioners. There was no good reason why this was approved (for a second time, it was also approved in 2006). One item provided was to 'create more businesses on business center drive'. However, nothing addressed schools (this lot was only 38-homes, but 3 weeks prior ~140 homes were approved across the street), infrastructure (i.e., more people getting onto Interstate 80 where Hwy 12 gets on, is a mess already). it's just amazing that things can get approved without additional reasons of why other than 'i really like this'.

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  • streetMay 16, 2014 - 6:42 pm

    Wasn't this part of a bigger project that was stopped several years ago because of the recession? And isn't it zoned for housing? Finally the market is starting to turn around, and the builder wants to finish the project. Why are people surprised? I guess the opponents could purchase the property and turn it into open space if they so desired. And this is an issue that now turns into personal attacks. ..sounds like the planners did as they should have...their job.

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