Monday, June 06, 2005

Nursery seeks to root near Lagoon Valley

Article Launched: 06/06/2005 07:27:53 AM
By Tom Hall/Staff Writer

It's not unusual for people to grimace when they hear that a new business is setting up shop right next to a park richly endowed by nature.

That may not be the case Tuesday though, as the Vacaville Planning Commission considers plans to approve a plant nursery at the northern edge of Lagoon Valley Park.

Vacaville Planning Commission
7 p.m. Tuesday
City Council Chamber
650 Merchant St.

The nursery would include four buildings on 1.1 acres at the end of Butcher Road, just south of Interstate 80 on the western edge of the city.

The applicant, Palm Island Nursery owner Dale Motiska, is proposing two 1,500-square-foot greenhouses, a 1,200-square-foot store and 1,250-square-foot workshop on the property, as well as an 1,800-square-foot open trellis structure.

One of the issues involved is the presence of 49 oak trees on the site, 31 of which would be cut down to allow the buildings.

As a result, the city is recommending the commission mandate replacement oaks - one for each small oak cut down and two for every large oak removed.

The replacement trees would be placed either on nursery property or on the site's border with the park.

Staff has also recommended that the nursery be required to comply with the city on future improvements to the end of Butcher Road. Plans for the road call for its eventual expansion and
an expanded parking lot for the park.

In other action, the commission will hear plans to add a second monument sign to the Town Square plaza parking area in front of the downtown Vacaville Public Library.

The sign would be placed at the edge of the parking lot, 60 feet south of the existing library sign.

It would resemble the existing sign, and would host two Town Square businesses' names - Eunice Cranmer Realty and Town Square Candy Company.

The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Council Chamber at 650 Merchant St.
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