The Galt City Council held another video meeting on April 21 and heard from Community Planning Director Chris Erias on the planned subdivision off of Kost Road. Erias asked Council to approve the rezone from R1A with a 10,000-square-foot minimum lot size to a R1C with 6,500 as the minimum lot size. The subdivision will feature 87 single-family homes. Council approved both the tentative map and the rezone with a vote of 5-0.
The proposed rezone is the same size as the North Cardoso subdivision located across Kost Road. The Galt Planning Commission approved the map and rezone at its March 12 meeting. True Life Company is the developer and their representative, Aiden Berry, was also on the video meeting to answer questions.
An 8-foot masonry wall will provide security and a sound barrier along the tracks at the east end of the subdivision and a 6-foot wall along the Kost Road frontage. There will be 34.44 acres left available for a future open space along with a recreational trail and bike trail that will extend the full length of the subdivision.
Berry said he felt very privileged to work with the Galt staff.
“This project and others like it will do a lot to bring us out of the COVID-19 crisis,” Berry said. “We believe we’ve come this far because of how your staff conducts business. We hope to put shovel to dirt later this year and get started building in 2021.”
Vice Mayor Rich Lozano asked about all the shared public places and who would be responsible for building the parks, walking trails and maintaining them.
Erias said the developer would be responsible for building everything within the community.
“With our new Community Facilities Districts (CFD), not only will it cover maintenance but other costs as well,” Erias said.
Later in the meeting, Interim City Manager Tom Haglund introduced Kim Byrons from BBK consultants to present a report on the proposed CFDs.
Her Power Point presentation stated that flood control, street improvements, parks, libraries, police, fire and storm drain services, along with water and sewer improvements, could all be covered by CFDs.
The CFDs would have to be approved by registered voters by a two-thirds vote. The cost to homeowners cannot exceed 2 percent of the base sales tax.
The appeal to having a CFD in the community includes accelerated home sales, a higher profit margin for the developer and planned-community feel.
Haglund also asked council to add the city’s support of Cal-Waste’s letter to the state asking for stimulus for waste haulers that have lost a significant amount of business due to COVID-19. Council Member Shaun Farmer asked Haglund about Cal-Waste’s decision to discontinue the bulky waste pick-ups temporarily.
Haglund said their contract with the city did include an “uncontrolled circumstance provision”, which allows Cal-Waste to make changes such as during the COVID-19 crisis. He said they made the decision to avoid more contact with the public that might expose both the public and their employees to the virus.
The measure to support the letter for waste haulers at the state capitol passed 5-0.