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Ripon planners review development agreements
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The Ripon Planning Commission approved 10 active Development Agreements at Monday's annual review meeting.

"This is something we do every year at this time," said Planning Director Ken Zuidervaart.

The reason for that, he added, is to lock up the Development Agreements with those involved in the projects for protection of any new fees.

Over the years, the City of Ripon has had a total of 57 Development Agreements on the master list, with 10 still active.

Of that, seven are entirely residential projects. Zuidervaart noted that The Vineyards along with Cornerstone II and Silverstone are 100 percent built out.

Another subdivision on the list, Alexandra Place, is currently under construction with two lots remaining of the 19 total.

Three have yet to be started.

"We're looking for builders," said Zuidervaart, indicating that the Meadowbrook and Meadowood subdivisions being located in the area near the SaveMart shopping center.

The area of the other project, Pereira subdivision, was annexed into the City about two weeks ago, according to Zuidervaart.

Gil Plaza is a commercial project adjacent to the Mistlin Sports Complex -- the estimated 20-acre site remains undeveloped.

Ripon Gardens II is also on the master list.

The Planning Commissioners are familiar with this area consisting of 6 1/2 acres of apartments and 3.5 acres of Neighborhood Commercial, denying at last month's meeting plans to build a gas station and convenience store on the corner or River Road and North Ripon Road.

Lastly, Calvary Reformed Church is not classified as residential, commercial or industrial. Not too long ago, the Ripon City Council approved an extension for another 15 years on the master plan.

"They fell behind on projects (on the master plan)," Zuidervaart said.

A public hearing held on the Development Agreement Master List was met with no opposition.

Commissioners, in turn, found a "compliance of good faith with the terms and conditions of all perspective Development Agreements."

Staff can now prepare a written report on the matter to the City Council for approval at a future meeting.