The city of Galt is seeking the input of local residents for the Galt Market Community Plan. Two meetings are planned, Monday, March 9 and Monday, March 30 at the Chabolla Community Center, 600 Caroline Avenue. Both meetings will be held at 6 p.m.
These meetings are part of the process in revitalizing the Galt Market and surrounding properties.
City officials are looking for input on the design and development of the conceptual plan for the area.
The area in the spotlight sits between Highway 99 to Lincoln Way and C Street to Meladee Lane. The area houses the Galt Flea Market, City Hall, Galt Sports Complex and park area, Gora Aquatic Center, Chabolla Community Center, Marian O. Lawrence Library and Veterans Soccer Field, as well as Galt Joint Union Elementary School District Fairsite School Readiness Center and other privately owned property in the adjacent area.
Although the city has been talking about the potential for the property for a couple of years, existing legislation, AB 3773, limits what the 44 acres owned by the city can be used for, stymying project planning.
Galt City Council considered language for a new bill, AB 2220, at last night’s City Council meeting, which could open the door to options for that property, including selling or leasing the property and finding other uses that could generate income for parks and rec. Council’s decision was not available as of press time.
Gifted to the city in 1969, AB 1089 dictated that the “land shall be substantially used for recreational or park purposes”. However, in 1982, the city petitioned the State Legislature to allow the city to sell up to seven acres of the then 48 acres, and modify the requirements for the use of the land in AB 3773.
In the books now, AB 3773 gives the city permission to use a portion of the property to operate a flea market as long as the rents from these uses “be utilized by the city solely for park and recreation purposes” and continues the requirement that the existing property be used for “park and recreation purposes.”
Now facing a decline in the market revenues, and limited on a funding mechanism on that property due to the use constraints, city officials have petitioned the state once again to modify the limitations appropriated by the Assembly bills.
Once language is finalized for the new bill, the 2020 State Legislature could consider the bill during Floor Session Aug. 17-31.
Galt Market Community Plan
Chabolla Community Center
600 Caroline Avenue
Monday, March 9 at 6 p.m.
Monday, March 30 at 6 p.m.