FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA

Solano County

Rural Woodcreek subdivision proposal returns

By From page A3 | March 23, 2014

FAIRFIELD — People can give their opinions on what an upcoming Woodcreek 66 environmental impact report should address.

Woodcreek 66 is the latest incarnation of a proposed subdivision for the rural area bordered by Suisun Valley Road, Rockville Road and Oakwood Drive, near Rockville Hills Park. The proposed development is to have 66 homes on quarter-acre lots on 33 acres.

The Solano County Resource Management Department will have a scoping meeting for the upcoming environmental report. It will take place at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Board of Supervisors chamber at the county Government Center, 675 Texas St.

An earlier version of Woodcreek proved controversial. The Solano County Board of Supervisors in July 2010 by a 3-1 vote decided to allow 33 homes on the property, with lots of a half-acre to an acre. Some neighbors objected, saying the proposed subdivision would bring an urban feel to a rural area and would cause traffic and flooding problems.

The Rockville Homeowners Association filed a lawsuit to try to stop the project. Woodcreek property owners in April 2011 returned to the Board of Supervisors and asked it to overturn the approval, saying the project no longer worked given the market and economic conditions. That version of Woodcreek was dead.

But the property owners came up with a new version called Woodcreek 66 that calls for twice as many homes. At its July 30, 2013, meeting, the Board of Supervisors approved hiring the consulting firm AECOM to prepare a project environmental report, with the project proponents to pay the $208,600 cost.

Most rural homes in the county use septic systems. Woodcreek intends to have the project served by the Fairfield-Suisun Sewer District, a county report said. Septic systems in the Rockville area have experienced problems because of a high water table.

Most rural residential areas in the county get drinking water from wells. Woodcreek intends to buy drinking water from neighboring Fairfield. Irrigation water for open space areas would come from the Solano Irrigation District.

Stormwater runoff would go through a system with drain inlets and conveyance pipelines. It would flow through vegetated swales and ditches and enter onsite detention basins, the report said.

Building is to be done in phases. Twenty-four units would be built in 2015 and the remaining 32 from spring 2016 to winter 2018, the report said.

An initial AECOM report determined an environmental impact report should address aesthetics, air quality, biological resources, cultural resources, landslide risk, greenhouse gas emissions, hydrology and water quality, noise, public services, recreation, traffic and utilities and service systems.

Reach Barry Eberling at 427-6929 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/beberlingdr.

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling has been a reporter with the Daily Republic since 1987. He covers Solano County government, transportation, growth and the environment. He received his bachelors of art degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.
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