FAIRFIELD — Proposals to create an area north of Dixon for processing plants and other businesses that support agriculture are going to the Solano County Planning Commission.
The proposals are consistent with the county General Plan growth policies approved by county voters in 2008. They would create a 548-acre agricultural services district next to an existing 173-acre rural manufacturing district that includes such businesses as Lowrie Trucking and the Campbell Soup processing plant.
Commissioners meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at the county Government Center, 675 Texas St.
The county’s stated goal is to provide a place for industries that help local agriculture. Among the constraints in the area are the lack of utility infrastructure and storm water drainage, a county report said. The general boundaries of the proposed district are south of Interstate 80, east of Pedrick Road and northwest of the Union Pacific railroad tracks.
A letter from the Dixon Resource Conservation District expressed concern that development of the proposed agricultural services district could alter the area’s drainage patterns. It asked that the county consider not only how proposed projects will increase runoff, but ensure that storm flows do not get transferred to downstream public drainage facilities that cannot handle the added water.
New businesses to the area will have to work with the Dixon Resource Conservation District and Reclamation District 2068 to avoid having drainage cause downstream problems, a county report said.
The Planning Commission will make a recommendation on creating the agricultural services district, with the county Board of Supervisors making the final decision.
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