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.
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