SUISUN CITY — A Suisun City Council majority designated a 355-acre parcel of open area east of Walters Road as a special planning area Tuesday night despite the landowner telling them that it was not going to be doing him any good.
City staff stated that the designation would facilitate the parcel’s future development with the goal of both promoting development that would generate revenue for the city and protect the interests of Travis Air Force Base, which is located northeast of the land.
The council approved the move in a 4-1 vote with Councilwoman Lori Wilson voting no. She said that adding the special planning area designation would not add anything special.
Landowner Chris Johnson said he has been working with the city to develop the property for more than seven years without any success and said he was consulted on the city’s move to put his land in a special planning area.
Johnson told the council he will start the process to remove his land from the city’s sphere of influence so he could work with Solano County planners instead.
The vacant land is located east of Walters Road and south of Petersen Road between the Montebello subdivision and the Lambrecht Sports Complex. The area is presently zoned as agricultural and open space reserve, which would require additional review and planning before any development takes place.
There is no specific plan for the wedge-shaped area yet, which is presently owned by the Johnson family and used for occasional cattle grazing.
The land has several environmentally sensitive sites and is located near Travis Air Force Base, both of which would have to be taken into account when it comes to development.
Possible land uses presented to the council at its Oct. 1 meeting included keeping it as agricultural and open space, allowing mixed commercial/industrial, visitor use development and creating a special planning area.
Draft goals set forward by the city’s Planning Commission supported encouraging a gateway development to Suisun City that would assist the base with a potential travel center for truckers serving the base, take advantage of traffic along Highway 12 and create jobs.
The next step after approving the special planning area will be approving policies to guide anyone who wants to develop this area in the future.
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