By Bryan Harrison - posted September 25, 2017
Visionaries, skeptics and hopefuls alike will have an opportunity to voice their opinions, support, and any concerns over the actual Mountain House Town Center proposed plan details at a County Planning Commission Public Hearing Thursday, October 5, 2017.
A detailed map, released by the San Joaquin County Community Development Department September 16th, provides specifics not previously released. Individual tracts are numbered and the streets have now all been named.
Embracing the Italianate style embedded into the master plan, Mountain House Developers, LLC chose street names such as Giotto, Raphael and Vivaldi Streets.
“We wanted to add to the overall feel of the theme with the street names,” stated Project Manager, David Sargent.
The overall project is large in scope. San Joaquin County Community Development Principal Planner, John Funderburg, outlined what all the plan entails, along with the map release. “The project consists of a Master Plan Amendment (PA-1700002), a Specific Plan I Amendment (PA-1700003), a Specific Plan II Amendment (PA-1700004),” he stated, “and a Specific Plan III Amendment (PA-1700005). “The Master Plan Amendment and Specific Plan II Amendment primarily focus on changes to the Mountain House Town Center Traffic and Roadway Circulation system, with a minor alteration of the Community Commercial, Park, and Public areas to conform to the proposed final map,” he explained.
Changes to the town center have been at the forefront of what turned into a longer process than initially anticipated. From town hall-style community meeting to gather resident input on the project beginning in late 2013, to delays due to negotiations over a major throughway street change, and whether a new Environmental Impact Report was necessary, further delayed the project.
Even assuming the Planning Commission signs off on this latest map - which does appear a likely outcome - final approval will then have to come from the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors, hopefully before the end of the year. In all likelihood, that will be little more than a formality, as well. District 5 Supervisor, Bob Elliott, has stated repeatedly his support for getting things moving for the residents of Mountain House. While nothing is guaranteed, the liklihood of his fellow Supervisors complying appears great. The Planning Commission hearing will be held at the location below: