Suisun City

Suisun council cautious of developing south of Petersen Road

By From page A9 | October 02, 2013

SUISUN CITY — The Suisun City Council wants to be very careful when it comes to any potential development east of Walters Road and south of Petersen Road.

While the council on Tuesday supported seeing the vacant land north of Petersen Road used for commercial development, it proposed putting the area on the south side in a special planning area with the proviso that whatever is done with the land not pose any encroachment threat to Travis Air Force Base.

That was the direction the council wants to go when it comes to what it wants to see in its general plan for that area’s preferred land use for the next 20 years. Council members also said whatever is built should generate income for the city.

Suisun City’s planners came before the council Tuesday night, asking what the council wanted to see done with undeveloped land on the east side of town in the area around Petersen Road, which totals about 1,100 acres of vacant land.

Those potential uses included leaving it as agriculture and open space, allowing a mix of commercial, industrial and agricultural uses, or designating it as a special planning area.

Part of the challenge for developing includes its proximity to nearby Travis Air Force Base and its runways, pockets of environmentally sensitive areas and the lack of infrastructure for development.

The land’s owners asked the council to support zoning designations for the 714-acre area that allowed for 125 acres north of Petersen Road and on the southeast corner of Petersen and Walters Road to be commercially developed. They also asked to designate 125 acres on the south side of Petersen Road as limited industrial use. The remaining land would remain agriculturally zoned.

Resident David Mariano spoke up, saying that any development would threaten Travis Air Force Base and asked that the land stay the way it is.

A representative for a group of developers suggested allowing zoning to let them build a sports complex there, but that idea seemed like a non-starter when the attorney for the landowners stated this group was not offering to pay what the owners thought the land was worth.

Reach Ian Thompson at 427-6976 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ithompsondr.

Ian Thompson

Ian Thompson

Ian Thompson has worked for the Daily Republic longer than he cares to remember. A native of Oregon and a graduate of the University of Oregon, he pines for the motherland still. He covers Vacaville and Travis Air Force Base for the Daily Republic. He is an avid military history buff, wargamer and loves the great outdoors.

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  • S KOctober 02, 2013 - 6:50 am

    I'd say it is about time that Suisun develops an industrial park SOMEWHERE. It appears that Fairfield has several areas, paying them big dividends in tax base, Suisun, NADA. When my Wife and I go to our favorite Chinese restaurant down in Cordelia, The Happy Garden, we drive back down that new path along I-80 where Northbay Medical has that new building. Fairfield has done an excellent job on such projects. Sorry Suisun, we LOSE. And I haven't driven past the new WalMart construction site in a few weeks, but I'd be willing to bet 1/2 a dozen donuts that there still isn't any equipment, materials on that site>>>WHAT HAPPENED. Talk about putting all your eggs in one basket :-)

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  • Rich GiddensOctober 02, 2013 - 7:46 am

    Suisun's horrible leaders are grandstanding and only paying lip service to the concept of stopping encroachment. Between the proposed development site and Travis AFB is Petersen Ranch, so the point is moot! All of this is so hypocritically and typically Suisun---a theater of the absurd where they claim things that simply aren't true as they stage these photo ops and sound bites. This article is dull, insipid and boring. Ian's not telling you what happened at that horrible meeting last night, but I will! You know where to go on YouTube to see the fireworks at last night's meeting of the mindless!

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  • B. ThiemerOctober 02, 2013 - 12:17 pm

    "Council members also said whatever is built should generate income for the city" .. since when should that be a stipulation for private property owners to do what they want to with their property?

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  • rlw895October 02, 2013 - 3:09 pm

    Since zoning was invented? That was back in the 1920s sometime, and it's been upheld by the Supreme Court. If you want to do whatever you want with your land, you have to go somewhere where you don't expect any government services.

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  • Mr. PracticalOctober 02, 2013 - 6:31 pm

    And without proper zoning you'll end up with something like Vallejo. Zoning ensures that you have the right mix of retail, service, light industrial, etc... to meet the city's needs. It also makes sure that the type of business is conducive to a particular area. Suisun has the unique problem of having very little land left that can generate income. Currently, the retail sales tax base is extremely low. Land use that generates income is necessary to ensure that critical services can be provided.

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