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EIR work up next on 310-acre project
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The North Pointe Specific Plan is a major project taking place in northeast Ripon.

Several community workshops have been held as part of the process to establish the overall vision and development criteria for approximately 310 acre area bounded by the Mistlin Sports Complex to the north, Fulton Avenue to the east, Highway 99 and frontage road to the south, and Jack Tone Road to the west.

 On Tuesday, the Ripon City Council could give the nod to proceed with the environmental review based upon the Conceptual Land Use Map.

This item is up for discussion during the 7 p.m. open session in the Council Chambers, 259 N. Wilma Ave.

The review of the plan under the California Environmental Quality Act could pave the way for Council to authorize staff to retain BaseCamp Environmental to prepare a focused Environmental Impact Report.

BaseCamp out of Stockton would need at least a conceptual land use plan with minimum and maximum densities as part of the process for the EIR.

“This requested action is not intended to commit the City Council to ultimately approve the Conceptual Land Use Plan as the final land use map in the Specific Plan. That determination can only be made in the context of the Specific Plan as a whole, with public input and careful consideration of the findings and conclusions in the final EIR,” according to the staff report.

At one of the recent workshops, Specific Plan sketched out neighborhoods with plazas, Paseo and trail, boulevards, pedestrian parks, wider streets and roundabouts.

Wayne Rasmussen of Rasmussen Planning Inc. even presented an idea for specific commercial uses including possibly hi-tech businesses or medical offices.

Council, if so inclined, can also authorize staff along with Rasmussen, BaseCamp, and landscape architects Gates + Associates to utilize the Conceptual Land Use Map in preparation of the EIR for the North Pointe Specific Plan.

For more information, call Ripon City Hall at 209.599.2108 or log on to