MODESTO APPROVES WOODGLEN PLAN:
The City Council voted 7-0 on Tuesday night to approve a developer's plan for 353 single-family homes and 180 units of multifamily housing, such as apartments and condos, on 72 acres of farmland in northwest Modesto. The council approved the specific plan, environmental impact report as well as moving forward on annexing the 72 acres for the Woodglen development. The annexation request now will go before the Local Agency Formation Commission, which approves or rejects annexation requests. Woodglen would be bounded by Pelandale Avenue, Tully Road, Bangs Avenue and Carver Road and would feature nine acres of open space in the center of the development. The 353 single-family homes would be built on 55 acres. The multifamily housing would be built on eight acres along Tully Road. Several audience members spoke against the project, citing the loss of prime farmland, that the city has a glut of foreclosed homes and doesn't need a project of this size, and that the multifamily housing would be for low-income residents. City staff and Fitzpatrick Homes, the project developer, said the multifamily housing would be market-rate housing and not low-income. City officials said Modesto has planned for housing on the 72 acres for many years. Fitzpatrick Homes President Dennis Fitzpatrick said his company believes there is a market for this development. Fitzpatrick said construction on the first homes could start by summer.