The Patterson City Council voted 5-0 Tuesday, Nov. 19 to enter into an agreement that obligates the city to fix county roads impacted by traffic from the park’s development through taxation in the form of a community services district.
The community services district was already planned, but the city will now make certain county roads and intersections impacted, such as Zacharias and Rogers Roads, part of the district. No monetary value on the cost of impacts has been set, but as part of the agreement, the county has said it will not oppose the project as it faces its last major hurdle in front of the Local Agency Formation Commission next month.
The road impacts have been a point of contention for over a year between the county, developers and County Public Works Director Matt Machado.
Machado has written letters and expressed his concerns during public comment periods during the city’s consideration process, as well as to LAFCo, calling for $40 million to be placed in a city run account as the project develops to offset increases in traffic related to the expansion.
An application for a massive 1,100-acre expansion of the West Patterson Business Park, originally approved by the Patterson City Council more than a year ago, will be considered by the countywide land-use agency, Local Agency Formation Commission, in December. The Stanislaus Local Agency Formation Commission is an agency chartered to deal with land-use issues for Stanislaus County and its cities.
LAFCo will hear the proposal for development December 4 at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers.
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 opportunities.
Developer and farmer Jeff Arambel said the project will provide approximately 10,000 jobs with $3.1 million in net revenue to the county, and another $3.5 million annually to the 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A similar application was to be considered by the agency in February, but was withdrawn due to lack of LAFCo staff support for the project because of concerns over a wastewater treatment facility.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 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 due to farmland preservation efforts.
That application that was re-submitted Sept. 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.
Adding it to the city limits would expand Patterson’s physical area by roughly 30 percent in four phases during 20 years or more.
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