OAKDALE -- The city has ambitious plans to develop its west and east sides that call for more than 1,900 homes and 1.8 million square feet of office buildings, stores and other commercial uses.
Details are in the Crane Crossing and Sierra Point specific plans, which are part of Oakdale's efforts to update its general plan, which serves as the blueprint for a city's growth and economic development.
Oakdale officials are quick to emphasize these are long-range planning documents and they don't expect landowners to start large-scale developments until the economy rebounds. But George Osner, the city's planning consultant, said some development could start in early 2014.
Mayor Pat Paul said the city is lining up a project for Crane Crossing at West F Street and Crane Road for a large store that sells groceries.
"This is something we've been needing for years," she said. "Those folks go to Riverbank to shop."
Paul said a nondisclosure agreement she and other city officials signed prevented her from saying more.
Oakdale is soliciting comments from the public regarding its general plan update, the two specific plans and associated documents. The city expects to adopt the general plan and the specific plans by the end of this year.
The two specific plans are for land that is primarily orchards and pasture with some homes and other uses as well.
Details of each plan
Crane Crossing encompasses two areas totaling 262 acres near West F Street and Crane Road. The specific plan calls for 1,039 units of single-family to multifamily housing and 710,506 square feet of commercial and office space.
Sierra Point consists of 297 acres bordered by Sierra Avenue, Orsi and South Stearns roads, and East F Street. The specific plan calls for 901 units of single-family to multifamily units and 1.12 million square feet of commercial and office space.
Sierra Point may benefit from the North County Corridor, a 26-mile freeway planned to link Highway 99 to Highway 108 east of Oakdale but skirting Modesto, Riverbank and Oakdale.
One of the North County Corridor routes under consideration would pass through Sierra Point. The state is about a year away from choosing a route for the freeway.
Oakdale has spent a few years updating its general plan. Osner said consultants are charging $2.3 million for Oakdale's 2030 general plan update, the two specific plans and associated documents. He said the cost is being shared by the city and landowners in the two specific plans. A cost breakdown was not available Thursday.
The city will soon release financing details for both specific plans, identifying costs and how the projects will be funded by developers.
"The city policy is that development has to be self-sustaining," Osner said.
Once Oakdale has approved the general plan and other documents, landowners in the two specific plans can ask the Local Agency Formation Commission to annex them into the city.
Bee staff writer Kevin Valine can be reached at email@example.com or (209) 578-2316.
The public can submit comments on the draft general plan update, draft environmental impact report, the two specific plans and other documents through 5 p.m. Sept. 17. The documents can be viewed at City Hall, the Oakdale Library or at www.ci.oakdale.ca.us/gp/Project_Documents.html. Comments can be mailed to the Community Development Department, 455 S. Fifth Ave., Oakdale 95361 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, call George Osner at (209) 845-3625.