Giant biz park expansion back before LAFCo
by Nick Rappley | Patterson Irrigator
Aug 01, 2013 | 1977 views | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend | print
An application for a massive 1,100-acre expansion of the West Patterson Business Park, originally approved by the Patterson City Council nearly a year ago, is once again being considered by the countywide land-use agency, Local Agency Formation Commission, this month. The Stanislaus Local Agency Formation Commission is an agency chartered to deal with land-use issues for Stanislaus County and its cities.

A similar application was to be considered by the agency in February but was withdrawn due to lack of LAFCo staff support for the project. The second application for the project was submitted July 5.

LAFCo Executive Officer Marjorie Blom said the staff of the agency is busy poring through the application and would rule by Monday, Aug. 5 whether the application was deemed complete for consideration later this year.

The expansion in west Patterson would encompass Arambel Business Park and KDN Retail Center, projects proposed for land west of Rogers Road, east of Interstate 5, south of Zacharias Road and north of Sperry Avenue. Most of the area is farmland and would continue to be farmed until developed.

Adding it to the city limits would expand Patterson’s physical area by roughly 30 percent in four phases during 20 years or more.

The 948-acre Arambel Park would focus on light industrial businesses, similar to those already in the West Patterson Business Park, including CVS and Kohl’s distribution centers. The 104-acre KDN center would include retail uses.

The biggest agency expressing concerns about the project is Stanislaus County and its Public Works Director Matt Machado.

Machado, who has written letters and expressed his concerns during public comment periods during the city’s consideration process, is calling for $40 million to be placed in a city run account as the project is developed to offset increases in traffic related to the expansion.

“The project would increase traffic at the intersection of Zacharias (Road) and (Highway) 33 by 10 fold,” he said, adding that the same would happen at the intersection of Rogers Road and Highway 33. “They’re little tiny county roads and have proposed no improvements to them.”

Arambel Project Manager Joe Hollowell and farmer Jeff Arambel, who owns a majority of the expansion’s property, said Monday, July 29 they would not comment until after LAFCo ruled on the whether the application was complete or not.

This biggest difference in the application is that the project will now tie into existing sewer lines and use the city’s sewer capacity for the project rather than have a self-contained plant on the park’s site, according to Deputy City Attorney Doug White.

The developers would pay for upgrades at the city’s water treatment plant as part of the new plan.

LAFCo 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. None of the five commissioners is from Patterson.

Contact Nick Rappley at 892-6187, ext. 31 or nick@pattersonirrigator.com.

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