In addition to another new coffee shop, the Galt skyline will look a little different after the Galt Planning commission approved a 75-foot Dutch Bros. sign to be added to the coffee shop’s drive-thru location on Pine Street. The decision, as well as several others, was addressed at the commission’s Aug. 13 teleconference meeting. Other discussions included the fate of an infill project and recommendations for City Council regarding two annexation projects and the Carillion Boulevard Master Plan.

Dutch Bros. owners/applicants Nick Davidson with Auburn Ravine Investors, LLC and Todd Clark with iT Architecture, Inc. petitioned Planning Commissioners to amend their Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to include a 75-foot tall freestanding freeway-oriented sign on their site.

The original drive-thru CUP was approved by commissioners on July 7.

According to the staff report, other signs in the area stand 100 feet tall, including the Galt Plaza Center, Chevron and McDonald’s signs.

The Dutch Bros. sign will depict the shape of a coffee cup with the company’s logo in blue on a white background.

Commissioners passed the amendment 5-0.

An agreement regarding drainage was reached between the city and developer Fausto Abarca Jr., who has proposed an infill project located at 573 A Street, between Oak and Palin streets.

The 9-dwelling unit project, A Street Crossing, will sit on an existing 1.29-acre parcel, which Abarca will subdivide into four separate parcels, three for duplexes and a larger parcel for the triplex. Each unit will have the same floor plan, which includes two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a one-car attached garage. Each unit will be 1,163 square feet in size.

Abarca plans to build a gated private road off of A Street for unit access.

Commissioners unanimously approved the project.

Both the East Galt Infill “notch” annexation and the Summerfield at Twin Cities annexation projects received a thumbs-up from commissioners.

The East Galt Infill “notch” annexation includes just over 338 acres, 120 of which is planned for the Simmerhorn Ranch residential project, proposed by Elliott Homes.

The project has a combination of three different types of homes, ranging from low, medium and medium-high density housing.

Currently the plan calls for 149 low density residential units, 119 medium density units and 161 medium-high density units on “I Courts”.

The developer was before the commission last month; however, commissioners were unfamiliar with I Courts and had concerns.

At Thursday night’s meeting, Elliott Homes representatives presented examples of existing I Court projects in Folsom and Rancho Cordova.

Commissioners ultimately agreed to recommend that the City Council adopt a resolution approving the project.

Galt may be getting a new gated community. Summerfield at Twin Cities is proposed to have 211 single-family residences with a minimum lot size of 6,500 square feet. The proposed development would include a new internal circulation system, as well as fencing, landscaping and associated improvements. The proposed project would also include development of a 1.9-acre private park in the center of the site, as well as 7.9 acres of open space, along the northern portion of the site.

The project would require annexation of its 58 acres located north of Twin Cities at Marengo Road.

Commissioners voted 5-0 to recommend that City Council approve the project, including the annexation.

This project is slated to go before Council Sept. 15.

Commissioners ultimately chose to not support the Carillion Boulevard Corridor Plan in a split 3-2 vote.

After over an hour of public comments and a lengthy discussion, commissioners Mark Crews, Mat Pratton and Dan Gerling did not support the proposed plan, wanting staff to reevaluate the proposal to put Carillion on a “road diet”, changing it from a four-lane road to a two-lane road. Commissioners Keith Jones and Kevin Papineau felt that the proposed changes, which includes wider bike lanes and 11 roundabouts, should be forwarded to City Council with their blessing.

Although Crews made a motion, supported by Pratton and Gerling, to not move the item to City Council, Community Development Director Chris Erias informed commissioners that they did not have that power, but could vote to show Council that the commissioners were not in favor of the proposal.

City Council was to discuss and ultimately vote on the proposal at last night’s Council meeting; however, results of that discussion were not available as of press time.