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June 23, 2021

San Juan may expand ‘urban boundary’ with 85-lot project

San Juan Bautista, the quaint Mission City town known for its resistance to development, is set to undergo another growth spurt with the help of an 85-lot subdivision.
San Juan Bautista planning commissioners Tuesday night are weighing a development agreement for 85 homes on the north part of the city near the Creekbridge Homes subdivision, along with a general plan amendment changing the “urban growth boundary” and land-use designations.  The urban growth boundary established in the 1998 general plan update designates residential areas in the city – which also includes some agricultural designations within its limits outside of the urban zone, said City Manager Roger Grimsley.
Aside from including the development agreement, Tuesday’s agenda calls for expanding that urban growth boundary by 28.3 acres to accommodate the new development. Additionally, the change would bring five existing homes – currently within an agricultural designation – into the urban growth boundary, Grimsley said.
The relatively robust 85-lot subdivision in a city of 1,900 people is a proposal from Bob Fulton out of Walnut Creek, Grimsley said, while the property is owned by the Christopher family that is known for its garlic production. Grimsley said the project would be built in 11 phases over four years, while it won’t likely break ground until at least next spring.
The city also recently approved a 27-lot subdivision, while the largest existing development in the city is 35 homes, Grimsley said.
It would continue a trend set between 2000 and 2010 when San Juan grew by 20 percent, the largest jump in the county.

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