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Ripon moves to allow 19 homes along Doak
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Alexandria Place is a proposed 4.79 acre housing development nestled along the main intersections of Doak Boulevard and Vera Avenue in Ripon.

The plan is to subdivide that one parcel into 19 single family residential homes.

Last week, the Ripon City Council helped pave the way towards making that happen by approving to amend the General Plan Land use designation, from Low Density / Medium Density to just Low Density residential.

Elected leaders, in addition to the rezone, unanimously approved the Alexandra Place Development Agreement (as amended) along with the Tentative Subdivision map, and adopted the Mitigated Negative Declaration for the project.

According to Planning Director Ken Zuidervaart, Low Density residential will allow up to five units per acre. “The proposed use for the property is consistent with the City of Ripon General Plan and conforms to what is deemed the best use of the property,” he said.

The approved agreement – a public hearing was held at the June 16 meeting for the project, which was recommended by the Planning Commission – was necessary to ensure that the development of Alexandra Place is in the best interest of the City and “will provide for orderly growth and development of the area consistent with the planning goals and objective,” said Zuidervaart.

City staff has been working with Eavenson Construction on the plans.

Most along Doak Boulevard came in support of the project. “It will be an added benefit to the existing neighborhood,” said Gordon Nickison at last week’s public hearing.

Councilman Mark Winchell pointed out that the lots along Seventh Street have little to no room for planting trees for privacy due to the PG&E easement.

Scott Eavenson of Eavenson Construction responded, saying: “We would be happy to help the residents who have privacy concerns with planting trees.”

The landscaping will be handled by the developer and would have to meet the new state mandates for water conservation.