Business park expansion before LAFCo next week
by Nick Rappley | Patterson Irrigator
Nov 27, 2013 | 1677 views | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend | print
An application for the massive 1,100-acre expansion of the West Patterson Business Park, originally approved by the Patterson City Council more than a year ago, will face its final major hurdle next week when it will be considered by the countywide land-use agency, the Local Agency Formation Commission. LAFCo is an agency chartered to deal with land-use issues for Stanislaus County and its cities.

LAFCo will hear the proposal for development Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. in the Modesto City Council Chambers at 1010 Tenth St., Modesto.

The expansion has two main park components, the Arambel Park and the KDN Business Center. If approved, it would eventually increase Patterson’s land size by more than 30 percent.

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.

Developer and farmer Jeff Arambel said the project will create an estimated 10,000 jobs with $3.1 million in net revenue to the county, and another $3.5 million annually to the city of Patterson.

All told, the developers would be paying close to $80 million in impact fees to the city, county, schools and hospital district, he said.

A disagreement between the developers and Stanislaus County was recently settled over road impacts on county roads that may increase as businesses locate to the annexed portion of Patterson.

A similar application was to be considered by the agency in February but was withdrawn due to lack of LAFCo staff support for the project because of concerns over a wastewater treatment facility the project would have built. The second application for the project was submitted July 5 with a plan to use the city’s wastewater infrastructure, but that application was sent back to the city of Patterson over use of farmland for development, and lack of a plan to help set aside farmland from future development.

That application was re-submitted September 5, and was accepted after the city of Patterson passed an agricultural mitigation ordinance.

The expansion in west Patterson would encompass the 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 even after annexation, Arambel said.

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

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