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Farm labor housing plan irks Ripon homeowners
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RIPON — Subdivision residents on the east side of Jack Tone Road midway between Highway 99 and Ripon’s West Main Street are voicing their discontent over farm labor housing that is now being built just across the road from their homes.

Ripon Planning Director Ken Zuidevaart told city council members at their Tuesday night meeting that the development is underway and he cannot speak to it because it is located on agriculturally zoned land and is in the county.  He added that residents have complained to him about the impact they fear the development will have on their property values.
The redevelopment property was long the site of two large commercial chicken houses that were recently leveled by the owner of the land, Mark Hogan.  Zuidevaart said that grading of the property is underway noting that at least eight units will be built on the property planned to have its own septic system.

The planning director said Hogan had come to him early-on wanting to hook up to city sewer and gain water access, but decided the required cost of annexation to the city was too costly for him to undertake.  The planner said the neighbors living in the subdivisions to the east were not given an opportunity to respond to an environmental impact study that would have measured the project’s potential effects on their homes.

Zuidevaart said future development on Jack Tone Road – a major arterial into the community – could be complicated in the city’s future planning that will mix city zone requirements with that of the agricultural housing project having a different set of building and landscaping standards – albeit within the city’s supposed sphere of influence with the county.