The site of FARMSTEAD has been zoned as Residential Medium Density.
GENERAL PLAN of the City of Vacaville
The General Plan was adopted on August 11, 2015, and represents the basic policy direction of the Vacaville City Council regarding community values, ideals, and aspirations to govern a shared environment through 2035. California Government Code Section 65300 requires that the General Plan be comprehensive, internally consistent, and long-term. The City of Vacaville’s General Plan is the principal policy and planning document for guiding future conservation, enhancement, and development in the city. It’s Vision Statement includes the following:
- Preserve its “small town feel” by continuing to be a family-friendly city.
- Foster community-oriented neighborhoods that are diverse, attractive, safe, walkable, and affordable
- Look ahead to plan for expected population growth and allow landowners to maintain economic use and value of their property.
REQUIREMENTS FOR DEVELOPERS
1. Land Use: Medium Density Residential (8.1 - 14 units/acre)
On this site, the General Plan requires developers to create a Residential Medium Density community. The dwelling unit density must be between a minimum of 8.1 homes/ acre and a maximum of 14 homes/ acre. (NOTE: the nearby condominiums also qualify as Medium Density Residential).
2. Neighborhood Park:
a. Location: The adjacency of the old trees surrounding the existing structures next to Hemlock Elementary School suggested a logical location for the neighborhood park required of this property. (Please see pages PR-14, PR-15, and PR-19 of the City of Vacaville General Plan, Parks and Recreation Element)
b. Size: The City standard for a neighborhood park is 6.0 acres. This language was reaffirmed during the last General Plan update whose impetus was the annexation of thousands of acres east of Leisure Town Road where very large master planned developments are being processed. Typically, approximately 1,500 homes are necessary to fund the maintenance of a 6.0-acre neighborhood park, compared to what will be less than 150 homes in Farmstead as the property is approximately 20 acres. The City General Plan allows new neighborhood parks less than 6 acres in infill areas where there is a documented shortfall of parkland. (Please see pages PR-1 and PR-13 of the City of Vacaville General Plan, Parks and Recreation Element)
c. Character: Our goal to preserve the old trees on the property for Farmstead can allow a thoughtful and special park plan. It is the intent of the City of Vacaville General Plan, and the City of Vacaville Recreation Needs Assessment for neighborhood parks to have a unique character, and to avoid standardized, programmatic designs. Trails and picnic areas emerged as a popular and top-ranking feature of the Vacaville parks and recreation system.