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Ripon workshop for major housing plan
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The North Pointe Specific Plan is a major project for the City of Ripon.

A milestone was reached with the release of the Preliminary Draft, with a workshop planned for 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25.

“We are seeking comments and input from the community on this important plan for the future of Ripon,” said Planning Director Ken Zuidervaart.

This will be the time for interested parties to review and make comments on the Preliminary Draft consisting of an update on the Housing Element.

“The Housing Element is an important tool that provides guidance and direction to address the City’s housing needs,” Zuidervaart said. “We hope that residents representing a broad spectrum of the community can attend so we can understand their concerns and priorities.”

What is a Housing Element?

This is a document designed to address the existing and projected housing needs for people of all income levels, according to Zuidervaart, who encourages everyone in Ripon, from seniors, farm workers, physical and developmental disabled, single parents, large families and homeless, to attend.

Those attending will have a chance to see what types of houses are needed here along with possible locations. A map of potential sites for high density and affordable housing will be available for comment.

The input from this meeting will be used to help put together strategies, policies and programs to guide the residential development in the City.

The same input will assist the City in addressing problems that are specific to Ripon.

 What will this mean for the future?

“More of the housing needs of City residents will be met through the implementation of the Housing Element policies,” added Zuidervaart.

For more information, call 209.599.2108 or log on to

Hard copies of the plan can be obtained at City Hall and all comments on the preliminary plan are due back to the City no later than March 10th by 5:00 PM.