Public to weigh in on Vacaville housing projects

By From page A3 | March 10, 2014

VACAVILLE — The City Council on Tuesday will oversee three public hearings and will be asked to approve multiple resolutions and ordinances concerning future housing development in the Southtown and Vanden Meadows areas in the southeast corner of the city.

These same issues were heard and approved Feb. 18 by the Planning Commission. Several residents voiced concern and asked questions during that meeting. Residents’ concerns ranged from the density of the proposed Southtown neighborhood of large homes with smaller outdoor space to environmental issues affecting area wildlife and wetlands areas.

The first public hearing involves developer TRI Pointe Homes and a revision to the Southtown Phase 1 site plus housing plan approval for 141 single-family homes. City staff is looking for approval for three resolutions and one ordinance.

The proposed changes include two General Plan amendments involving both an apartment site that will no longer be built on Leisure Town Road and amending the General Plan land use map for 33 acres from residential low density to residential medium-low density. The latter also involves rezoning of the acreage from a 5,000-square-foot minimum lot size to a 4,500-square-foot minimum lot size, which would allow for the use of different development standards.

The second public hearing involves one resolution and two ordinances and focuses on the Parkside (Papin) project in the Vanden Meadows area. The proposed project involves reaffirmation of the Vanden Meadows specific plan and environmental impact report for a change to the prezoning of the 11.46-acre project. The land is currently zoned agricultural and, if approved, would change to residential low density with a 6,000-square-foot minimum lot size.

The last public hearing focuses on an apartment site within the Vanden Meadows project. Instead of a 192-unit planned apartment site on 7.9 acres, the developer and property owner have proposed 32 single-family homes. The prezoning would change from residential high density to residential low density with a 6,000-square-foot minimum lot size.

The prezoning designation exists because the property has not yet been annexed into the city.

Council members meet at 7 p.m. in the City Hall council chambers, 650 Merchant St. An agenda is available on the city’s website at www.ci.vacaville.ca.us.

Reach Susan Winlow at 427-6955 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/swinlowdr.


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  • Tax PayerMarch 10, 2014 - 6:21 am

    These meetings are nothing but let's let them give feedback we already have decided to do it. The traffic generated by these 5,000 homes will make Alamo Drive look like an LA freeway during most of the day. The fees collected will cause the city council to overlook the quality of life for their south town citizens. This sort of project would never even have any chance in north town.

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  • The MisterMarch 10, 2014 - 6:38 am

    Citizens should be concerned about the high-density, stack-n-pack, Agenda 21 housing. But our City Council always has, and always will, bow down to the Agenda 21 ABAG, etc., and make our more rural communities just like the worst of their Oakland and Richmond communities. Tell the City Council they work for YOU and are not Agenda 21 puppets.

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  • patrickMarch 10, 2014 - 3:36 pm

    look out air force ----buildings coming in

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  • mescMarch 10, 2014 - 9:00 am


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