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City Council OKs plans for Cornerstone II

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POSTED July 7, 2013 11:43 p.m.

The Cornerstone II took a step forward on Tuesday.

The Ripon City Council approved the Development Agreement with California Valley Executive Builders while adopting the mitigated negative declaration to create the 55 single-family residential project just west of North Ripon Road.

This project will be located near the Cornerstone I, according to the council-approved tentative subdivision map.

Cornerstone II will feature two main streets, Clendenin Parkway and Diamond Lane, and 74-foot wide streets with landscaped parkways.

Elected leaders, upon a request from California Valley Executive Builders, gave their OK on the Development Agreement.

“As always, the purpose of the agreement is to insure that the development of the project is in the best interest of the city, and will provide for orderly grown and development of the area is consistent with the city’s planning goal and objects,” said Planning Director Ken Zuidervaart.

This ordinance calls for the developer to get a 50 percent reduction in Parks and Recreation fees – a savings of about $366,000 – and another 40 percent savings ($293,000) the following year. By then, the project could be built out.

Zuidervaart added that Cornerstone II is consistent with the Ripon general plan.

At the council meeting, Vice Mayor Chuck Winn supported the Development Agreement draft. However, he was disappointed that similar-type negotiations weren’t used as a tradeoff to have the restrooms and concession built for the softball project at the Mistlin Sports Complex.

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