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City Manager Responds to SJCOG Ruling on Ellis Development

Posted: Oct 1, 2013

October 1, 2013


Proposed amendment would add more houses near airport
Tracy, Calif.  –City Manager, Leon Churchill Jr. received notification from the San Joaquin Council of Governments (SJCOG) regarding Surland Companies application to amend the Ellis Specific Plan. The ruling from the Airport Land Use Commission (ALUC) denied the application. The application was denied based on the determination that the specific plan amendment is inconsistent with the 2009 Airport Land Use regulations surrounding the safety cone area. This area is dependent upon the Tracy Airport runway length.
“The determination sets up choices for the City Council to ultimately decide regarding the Ellis Development and the airport. Currently, the Ellis Development is capped at 2,250 homes. The decisions for Council are whether to allow any placement of those homes in the current safety zone area or not. This area is adjusted according to the airport runway length, recorded as 4,002 feet. The Tracy City Council is now faced with two options”, stated City Manager Leon Churchill.
The City Council options are to:
1)                  Not approve the Ellis Specific Plan Amendment
                                                                          i.      Very few houses in the safety zone area
                                                                        ii.      Airport runway set to current official length at 4,002 feet
2)                  Overrule the ALUC determination of inconsistency
                                                                          i.      Allow houses to be built in the safety area
                                                                        ii.      Council directs staff to adjusted airport length to 3,997 feet
As previously stated, the ruling gives the Tracy City Council a final opportunity to discuss the airport’s layout, and future. Critical components to the discussion involve the airport’s official runway length and the Council’s desire for a viable and balanced community where housing needs, public facilities and thriving businesses can coexist for the betterment of the community.
 “The City of Tracy is committed to civic engagement and transparency. I invite the community to join the discussion and weigh in on the options presented to Council on October 15, 2013 at 7 p.m. during the regular City Council meeting.” says City Manager Leon Churchill Jr.
This decision affects current residents and future developments near the airport.
Leon Churchill Jr., City Manager

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