VACAVILLE — Plans to build a 767-home development on the southeast corner of Elmira Road and Leisure Town Road got approved Tuesday by the City Council with the warning that plans to offset the development’s impact better be followed.
“If anything goes differently, there will be inquiries,” said Vacaville Mayor Steve Hardy.
The council also added the proviso that a planned six-acre park be put in earlier than originally proposed, specifically, that it be built by the time permits for the 400th home are pulled.
Brighton Landing will be built by The Sares-Regis Group on 230 acres. The project includes plans for a private Catholic high school, 11 acres set aside for an elementary school and $2.5 million in funds for storm water and flood protection projects built elsewhere in the city.
The council approved Brighton Landing’s environmental impact report and its specific plan in a 4-0 vote. Vice Mayor Dilenna Harris was absent due to illness.
The EIR states that Brighton Landing had almost four dozen significant impacts that city planners said are being avoided or reduced to a less-than-significant level.
Council members talked about the traffic the development would create, dust generated by the project’s construction and biological impacts. They told staff to make sure that the mitigation measure to offset these impacts had teeth in them to ensure any problems were dealt with.
Council members said Brighton Landing’s traffic impacts can only be mitigated by the completion of the Jepson Parkway project, which includes widening Leisure Town Road to four lanes along its length. Brighton Landing’s mitigation is providing right of way and mitigation fees, according to the EIR.
Vacaville and the Solano Irrigation District are still negotiating how to amend the Master Water Agreement with regard to water service to the development. City staff said any higher prices charged by SID for water to the subdivision if an agreement is not reached would be paid for by the developer.
Opposition to the development came from two Elmira residents who said they opposed the project because it brought Vacaville closer to the small unincorporated community and affect their semirural lifestyle. Once finished, Brighton Landing would cut the distance in half between the present edge of Vacaville’s homes and Elmira.
“I don’t expect the town to be coming out to me and telling me what to do with my animals,” Katy Tiernan-Lang said.
Another resident said the development circumvents Measure T, which was supposed to keep development west of Elmira Road. City staff said Measure T was a county measure and that Brighton Landing was located within city limits and Vacaville’s urban growth boundary.
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