Tracy Hills takes step forward
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A unanimous Tracy City Council directed city staff members on Tuesday, Jan. 15, to negotiate an agreement with the landowners of Tracy Hills, a largely residential project slated for the southwest corner of the city.

The development of more than 5,000 homes that will straddle Interstate 580 west of Corral Hollow Road was named one of three top-priority residential projects in October by the city council. The others are the Ellis subdivision off Linne and Corral Hollow roads and a tract northeast of Valpico and Corral Hollow roads.

A developer agreement would assure Tracy Hills’ principal landowner, Newport Beach-based Integral Communities, that the project was set to move forward, according to representative John Palmer. Tracy-based Souza Realty and Development is a partner in the project.

Palmer said the agreement would avoid wasted time and money by spelling out the timing of and financing for Tracy Hills’ infrastructure.

The developer agreement would likely last 25 years, according to a city staff report, and net the city “up to $5 million for additional community recreational facilities” and an extended parks system.

In exchange, the developer seeks vested rights to build, the establishment of a community facilities district to finance infrastructure and a schedule that spreads out impact fees to “avoid up-front costs,” among other items.

The agreement could take several months to hammer out, according to city planner Bill Dean.

Once it is finished, the council would have to approve the deal for it to take effect.



Also at Tuesday’s meeting

• The City Council unanimously agreed to rezone Tracy Ballpark from low-density residential to a park designation, giving it added protection from future development.

The change in zoning means that if the city wanted to use the land for something aside from a park, the City Council must first announce its intention to the public and then have two-thirds of the council vote to overturn any objections. After that, a citywide vote would determine the park’s future.

In September, neighbors near the park objected to preliminary suggestions for turning the greensward into a housing development.

At the time, they said the park was a part of the city’s history.



• The City Council unanimously agreed to join other county cities in a law enforcement task force.

As part of the agreement, Tracy will receive $135,000 in state grant money to hire and equip an additional full-time police officer who will work with officers from Stockton, Lodi, Manteca and the county probation department.

Tracy Police Department Chief Gary Hampton said the state money and task force are designed to address the impact of Assembly Bill 109, which shifted responsibility for many state prison inmates to local jails to ease prison overcrowding.

Hampton said the legislation has resulted in the early release of many inmates and has strained local resources.

n Contact Jon Mendelson at 830-4231 or jmendelson@tracypress.com.

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