Mountain House board opposes rezoning adjacent property
by Denise Ellen Rizzo
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MOUNTAIN HOUSE — The Mountain House Community Services District directors voiced their objection Wednesday, Feb. 13, to a county proposal to rezone land adjacent to their community from agricultural to industrial and commercial uses.

During the monthly directors meeting, Morgan Groover, the town’s development manager, told the board that county supervisors planned to have public hearings Tuesday, Feb. 19, and Feb. 26 to discuss zoning changes across the county.

In contention are seven lots south of the community at the corner of Mountain House Parkway and Interstate 205, totaling 188.11 acres. As well as three lots to the east within the triangle formed by Bethany, Byron and Wicklund roads, totaling 179.76 acres.

The owner of the eastern parcels has requested a change to industrial zoning. The southern parcels, owned by three individuals, would be rezoned for commercial, industrial and mixed uses.

Groover said the changes would conflict with the Mountain House Master Plan, which requires an agriculture buffer between the town and county land.

“There’s a great deal of concern that we have all these (master plan) agreements in place and the county appears to be changing the scope of the agreements without a whole lot of input from us,” Groover said. “It’s a new plan that no one discussed with us.”

Groover said the proposals are part of the county’s five-year general plan review.

Board President Celeste Farron said she called 5th District Supervisor Bob Elliott for his input, and he reportedly told her he was still in “fact-finding mode” regarding the situation.

Farron opposes the changes and wants to send representatives to the hearings.

The county planning commission endorsed the changes, Groover said, despite the county staff’s recommendation against doing so.

“This is a stealth project that went through,” Groover said.

Also objecting to the proposal was Eric Bose, spokesman for community commercial property owner Trimark. He said the changes could hurt Mountain House’s development.

Even if supervisors approve the changes, Groover told the board that some form of recourse remains. Any developer would have to complete a 12- to 18-month environmental impact study and get the county to sign off on a proposal for the parcels.

Supervisors will discuss the changes at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, and at 9 a.m. Feb. 26 in the board room at 44 San Joaquin St., Ste. 627, in Stockton.

• Contact Denise Ellen Rizzo at 830-4225 or drizzo@tracypress.com.
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