Monday, October 31, 2005

The Vacaville Planning Commission is expected to vote on housing plans for a 221-lot Browns Valley subdivision "Cheyenne at Browns Valley"

Article Launched: 10/29/2005 08:04:59 AM

Development up for vote by planning commission

By Tom Hall/Staff Writer

Vacaville planning officials wanted to avoid the cookie-cutter mold with any new residential development in the northern parts of Browns Valley.

Tuesday, those officials will decide whether the developer has delivered such an out-of-the-ordinary neighborhood.

The Vacaville Planning Commission is expected to vote on housing plans for a 221-lot Browns Valley subdivision at its regular meeting Tuesday.

The development, now named "Cheyenne at Browns Valley," was approved in March. The land it will sit on, in the far northern part of Vacaville, officially was annexed into the city in January.

The subdivision, which sprawls across 150 acres north of McMurtry Lane and west of Browns Valley Road, previously was known as Reynolds Ranch.

The house plans call for large homes on lots varying from from a quarter-acre to a half-acre in size. The subdivision also includes one-acre lots, but a staff report indicates custom homes will be designed for those spaces, which wrap around near the perimeter of the project.

The homes on the smaller, interior lots will range from 2,700 square feet in size to 4,300 square feet. Some models will be single-story, though two-thirds of the lots will feature two-story homes.

Six of the eight housing plans feature four bedrooms, with the two 4,000-square-foot models featuring five.

The largest plan includes five bedrooms, 4 1/2 bathrooms, a four-car garage, an office, a retreat, a porch, a front balcony and an optional loft.

In March, planning commissioners lobbied for the subdivision to create a transition from densely developed Vacaville to sparsely inhabited unincorporated city land.

The commission will also be asked to approve a sign program for a Merchant Street retail building currently under construction.

The applicant, Jerry Kirkpatrick, is requesting approval for a 12-foot sign in the southwest corner of his property next to Baker's Square restaurant near the corner of Merchant and Alamo Drive.

Kirkpatrick's six-tenant retail building was approved in April.

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

Tom Hall can be reached at

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