City withdraws annexation application
by Nick Rappley | Patterson Irrigator
Feb 28, 2013 | 2275 views | 1 1 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Facing mounting opposition to a 1,119-acre expansion of the West Patterson Business Park, the City of Patterson and project developers withdrew their application to the county’s governing land use agency Wednesday, Feb. 27.

The city's decision came the same day that the Stanislaus Local Formation Commission was slated to vote on whether to allow Patterson to annex land for the project, with LAFCo staff calling for commissioners to vote against the expansion.

By withdrawing their application, developers of the Arambel Business Park and KDN Retail Center will need to submit an entirely new application for their project. Project officials hope to have another plan before LAFCo this summer.

“We felt like we needed more time to address their concerns,” Arambel Project Manager Joe Hollowell said. “Particularly, we’ve done a poor job communicating with LAFCo staff.”

LAFCo is an agency chartered to deal with land-use issues for Stanislaus County and its cities. It consists of two county supervisors selected by the full board of supervisors, two city council representatives selected by a majority of the mayors in the county and a public member selected by the other four members.

The commission's chief executive, Marjorie Blom, recommended in a staff report that the commission deny the annexation with prejudice — meaning the project could not return in any form for at least a year.

Patterson had not demonstrated the availability of water or sewer services, she wrote in a LAFCo staff conclusion, and she noted that Patterson's water and sewer wastewater capacity would not be known until the city’s master plan process was completed in late spring.

Matt Machado, Stanislaus County’s public works director, also submitted a letter this week stating concerns about the project's impact on traffic. He had previously told the Patterson City Council in July — before the council approved the project application in August — that the city could see an increase of 150,000 car trips per day because of new businesses in the expanded business park area.

Area roads and intersections needed to be prepared for the added congestion, he said. He also noted that the project’s environmental impact report called for 15 percent of the project’s cost to go toward a new intersection at Zacharias Road and Highway 33, saying that was “clearly inadequate.”

The city originally planned to have the expansion continued to a meeting on March 27 and declared so in a letter Monday, Feb. 25, but fully retreated Wednesday in another letter from Doug White, Patterson's deputy city attorney. White said they hope to have a new proposal before the commission as soon as July 31.

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March 01, 2013
We felt like we needed more time to address their concerns,” Arambel Project Manager Joe Hollowell said. “Particularly, we’ve done a poor job communicating with LAFCo staff.”

LOL, it isn't about poor communication. The applicants thought LAFCO staff would roll over like the City Council almost always does with developers. Like the general plan, when LAFCO raised concerns, the City just ignored them. Water, Traffic,farmland mitigation and fees were not adequately addresssed. LAFCO did its job and protested.

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