Monday, May 24, 2010

Dixon City Council to discuss plans for land annexations

By Reporter staff/
Posted: 05/24/2010 01:01:32 AM PDT

A pair of proposed land annexations will be the focus for Dixon city leaders when they meet Tuesday.

The Dixon City Council will hold public hearings on the Parkway West Annexation project and the North Dixon Annexation project.

The Parkway project includes 18.6 acres of land along Pitt School Road north of Parkway Boulevard. It is adjacent to the already-approved West Parkway Infill Plan, and its annexation resolves an objection that Solano County raised in having parcels split between jurisdictions.

The property is currently outside of the city's sphere of influence, which will require an amendment of the boundary in addition to the annexation -- both questions that will ultimately have to be determined by the Local Agency Formation Commission, which oversees annexation throughout the county.

The site contains a single-family home and farm buildings, and the applicant is asking that it remain zoned for agriculture.
The second site to be considered, the North Dixon Annexation, includes 34.1 acres in seven parcels and is located on the north side of the Pedrick Road/Interstate 80 interchange.

The city Planning Commission considered the proposal last month and voted in favor of it.

However some planning commissioners "express concern," a staff report notes. Specifically they question why the annexation is necessary right now since there is no development planned currently and there are "uncertainties" about traffic and water there, as well as the future of the Flying J, a proposed truck stop and travel center idea for the area that has languished for more than a year.

Nonetheless, the property owners want to move forward with annexation because they hope to develop the area in the future and believe being within the city boundaries would be in their best interests, according to the staff report.

The Dixon City Council meets at 7 p.m. in the Council Chamber, 600 East A St.